has seen more in his 20 year career than perhaps any single person in the rap
game. He has seen the top of the game after coming from the bottom, straight
outta Miami's Liberty City. Beef? Luke almost invented the concept. The rapper
took on the U.S. Government, a President, Senators, not to mention the rappers
he has taken on.
Now with some years
behind him, Luke is coaching a kid's football team and raising money for programs
dedicated to improving the lives of kids. With a tell all book and 20th Anniversary
album on the way, don't think Luke has lost his step. Miami's original bad boy
I got this report on you coaching a high school little league football team
Basically I've ran a program since 14 years ago in Liberty City. Really what
happened was people just found out that I was coaching the team that my son
plays on in Miami Lakes. For the last 3 years they been trying to get me to
coach. I'm like a founder of my program, so I was kind of caught up between
how would it look if. I'm the founder of my program which really, we go year
round baseball, football, basketball and track. I was kind of caught in between
okay, should I do it or should I not do it. I know so much about football. One
of the coaches got a team and they asked me to coach, so basically I'm out there
coaching anyway. I just went on ahead and got certified and started coaching.
The kids are 10 and 11. A 90 pound football team.
Do they know about your legacy in the rap game?
LC: Yeah a lot
of the kids know and their parents know. A lot of their parents grew up to the
music and after all, this year is my 20th anniversary. I'm pretty sure I might
of had something to do with them coming in to the world. They know the music.
I did a song for the Dolphins called "Run Ricky Run." What we doing
down here is I'm taking the song and r- doing it where we will sell the song
at the stadium and all the proceeds will got to the programs like the one my
son is in. Those programs run short of money every year. Hopefully my record
that I do, people buy at the stadium locally and donate all the proceeds to
these different charities to make sure they succeed.
What do you have planned for your 20th anniversary?
LC: I'ma do a 20th
Anniversary weekend. I got certain clubs real famous clubs down here. I started
off DJing at the parties so each one of the things that I started and that people
know about, we gonna re-live those things on the weekend.
I also heard you have some words for Snoop Dogg on your new album.
LC: I was a bit
offended by one of the little pranks they did on the show (Doggyfizzle Televizzle)
and they said I was a washed up rapper. I got a problem with that and everybody
in my camp had a problem with that. He was cool with us and we thought he had
enough respect for me not to do something like that, being that he's on all
these "Girls Gone Wild" videos, which is a take off of my "Freak
Show" videos and our peep shows. On this album it's gonna be a serious
emphasis on people like him saying slick things. The way I think, hip-hop needs
to be brought back into perspective as for what it used to be. I wanna give
my opinion about the state of hip-hop. I think a lot of that is missing. I'm
saying a lot of things to alot of people and hopefully they hear it and they
wont be offended by it cuz I aint doing nothing but telling the truth. From
Snoop on down to Puffy to everybody else. I got something to say. A lot of people
calling theirselves pimps. I'm adressing that. Saying you a pimp and your a
player. Its a lot of things I'm addressing on this album.
What is your take on that because the pimp is being labeled the new "gangsta"
LC: I got a problem
with that. Its bananas that I sit there and I look at some of these magazines.
Guys talking bout they pimps and Don Juan giving out cups to everybody. You
can buy it online now and that makes you a pimp. All they need to do is define
what a pimp is. A pimp is a person who prostitutes women. The women sell their
body and they make their money and give it to the pimp and the pimp gives the
girl what he wants to give the girl. All theses guys are claiming that they
pimps and their not pimps. On one song they say they a pimp, the next song they
say "oh Ima take you shopping, buy you clothes, buy you this. That makes
you a trick and a pimp. I don't get that, so I think it needs to be said because
aint nobody else saying it.
Did you ever get
into the pimp game at all?
LC: Never got in
the pimp game. People thought I was a pimp because I always had girls at strip
clubs and all my girls hustle. What I do is not pimping because I don't take
their money. I pay them to dance for me. What they do on the side while they
are at a party, at a club, at a show and what they do on the side is their thing.
They pimping theirselves and I aint mad at that. That's their business. They
don't go and get with no rappers and then come to me and give me they money.
No no no . I take them out and I pay them. They automatically get their bread
and when they get to these sucker rappers who wanna be with a Luke girl, they
become one of their tricks. That's some of the stuff that's in the my book,
"Uncle Luke Campbell's Chicken Soup." I'm telling stories on a whole
lot of people that was tricks. We got quite a few things going on. People gonna
be mad. They gonna be like damn. I'm calling it like it is.
Wassup with Gloria Velez? I interviewed her and she had some beef with you over
LC: That girl was
one of my dancers. All the other dancers went around danced after the show,
they have sex with men for money or other things. She was one of the very nice
looking girls and I got her on videos. I took her personally and I called her
from the strip club, because she was working in West Palm beach. Jay-Z came
down here and did one of his videos. They came by my office and was like "I
need some girls." Called her up and she called some of her friends and
we put her down put her in that video. Before she know it she blew up from that.
The Luke Freak Show Cancun video where we took her to Cancun with four other
girls, because we was shooting a tape with Ray Lewis, Cedric the Entertainer
and Vince Carter. All of these people are on this tape. All we were going to
do was the bikini contest. So we were shooting all around town and these girls
are doing wild sh*t. The Luke girls doing what they do and she was one of them.
She's on the tape. She freaking eating p*ssy, getting her p*ssy ate, freaking
all the guys, freaking other girls, turning girls out. She's on the f*cking
tape. The tape comes out, aint nobody got a problem and everybody's cool. Now
she wants to get into the music business and she wanna tell these guys who she
with that all these rap executives just see her as the girl on the videos. They
don't know she was a Luke dancer and then when they get her, they take her around
these cats showcasing her and then somebody pulls her coat. She feels like the
damn tape is f*cking her up and the tape really blew her up. I keep talling
her, "if you a freak and a hoe thats what you are." It aint like she
started right there. She was doing that before I met her.
So she signed a release for that?
LC: She signed
everything. We took her over there. Paid for her and everything that she was
doing. I tell all of them, "If I did something illegal take me to f*cking
court. It only take $35 to go file a lawsuit." Then when you do that, hey
just know what you are doing because I got a gang of f*cking lawyers. Then the
truth gonna really come out about your ass. All the Luke girls are proud of
being a Luke girl. They get in the doors most girls cant get in and then their
prices go up in the club.
So when does the book come out?
LC: We don't have
a day on the book yet but its gonna be sometime next year.
Its already written?
LC: It's being finished now. We tried to interview Queen Latifah for the book
but she kinda turned it down. Queen is my girl. I aint gonna f*ck with her because
we got some stories too. I respect why she would turn it down. Queen is fitting
to be our next superstar and I cant even f*ck with that. We got stories. I wont
even f*ck with them cuz she fittin to get with Will Smith. Ill leave that alone.
I'm getting everyone else. After the beef with me and Suge Knight, they came
down the superbowl weekend 95. We had a sit down. All that sh*t is in the book.
We had a sit down with Suge and a couple other people. He had snoop and Tha
Dogg Pound with him. That whole thing is in that book right thurr.