Despite a "Super Thug" reputation, N.O.R.E. declares that nothing bothers him more than seeing a rapper act hard or cranky. The LeFrak City, Queens MC is high energy, and bursts with laughter, whether discussing his Reggaeton period, being the first video banned from MySpace, or his favorite Howard Stern Show goonie. A lover of film, old school underdogs and point guards, this is one celebrity who doesn't need to say that he loves his life. Why shouldn't he? Having recently relocated to Miami, N.O.R.E. didn't choose to be closer to Reggaeton, instead - he's ditching it, despite still professing a love. The veteran is working with DJ EFN on a fundamental return to rap. Already garnering impressive results through mixtape work like "Shame on a N***a," God's favorite returns home, carrying gifts. Now off Def Jam, N.O.R.E. campaigns towards Global Warming 11368 with a reality DVD, a Green Lantern tape, and an online stack of tracks, all showcasing a restored love in Hip-Hop. Speaking a mile a minute, N.O.R.E. held court with AllHipHop.com, and entertains with anecdotes, honesty, and even a roast of his longtime mentor and supporter - Akinyele. Though he may be "outta state," this MC keeps his hood on his mind.AllHipHop.com: On the song Cocaine Cowboys, you said, Im loyal to the hood so Im giving the hood hope. Break that down for me.N.O.R.E: Sometimes, no matter what I do, no matter what level I [achieve], I'ma always be a hood person. I'ma always keep the hood in heart. Like, I dont have to be in the hood everyday and I dont have to sell crack in order for me to be hood. Being hood is living in a penthouse, drinkin Kool-Aid. Thats what I really meant by it; its like no matter how much success I receive, Im loyal to the hood, man, so Im givin them hope. Theres people that know that things dont have to change you all the time. Sometimes you can actually change the things. AllHipHop.com: When you were growing up in the LeFrak City, who was giving you hope?N.O.R.E: Well, what was giving me hope was seeing people like Kenny Anderson, people like Akinyele, people like Kenny Smith and just seein people make it out the hood and still maintaining who they are and maintaining their integrity and thats what makes me who I am today. AllHipHop.com: Youve always championed the guys like Akinyele and Grand Daddy I.U., tell me about that, those guys arent talked about like that too often N.O.R.E: Grand Daddy I.U. is my number one favorite rapper of all time. Obviously, Rakim is Nas favorite rapper, so when you listen to Nas, you hear Rakim in there. When you hear Jay-Z, you can hear [Big Daddy] Kane in there. So when people hear me say Grand Daddy I.U. was my favorite MC, they listen to me and they say, Damn, I dont hear no Grand Daddy I.U. in N.O.R.E. Theyre not really realizing that every time I hit you with a slick rhyme "Hennessy and Tomato sauce" thats me trying to be Grand Daddy I.U. He said, I knew a girl named Kenya, from West Virginia, boy would I love to stick something in her. That s**t was so hot! Me, I always go for the underdogs...I was a big D-Nice fan [too]. But then, when you talk about Akinyele Ak meant so much to me as a youth growin up. I never wanted to be bigger than Ak. I just wanted to be...on his level, you know what Im sayin? When I came home from jail, I had dropped War Report on the streets I remember this like it was nothing. I was outside sellin' crack, and he grabbed me and he told me to look at every car that drove by, man. Every car that drove by was playin The War Report. He asked me how much crack did I have on me, and I told him how much I had. He gave me the money for it, he took the crack and threw the crack in the sewer. Ak means the world to me, so when I got on and I became the n***a, you know, what did I do? I came to him, although I couldnt take his money away because he was getting stripper money. [Laughs] So I said, "Yo mothaf**ka, come with me on tour," and I repaid him that favor. Me and him, to this day, have a wonderful relationship because of that. AllHipHop.com: The things you said on the Shame on a N***a record were things going on in a lot of peoples minds, particularly your accusing Def Jam of slighting Redman, Method Man, and LL Cool J. I know you said you wouldnt diss Jay-Z or the label, so what was your motivation? N.O.R.E: At the end of the day, sometimes I think me asking for my release from Def Jam might have not been my best move, like, but at the same time, I think it was my best move. I left because they wasnt payin attention to nobody else but just one person and who he was payin attention to. So part of me doin it was just, just being loyal to the hood, you know what Im sayin? So Im like, Yo, you know what? I see the things thats transpiring, I see the things thats goin on and I dont wanna be that next person to be complainin' about a record label. Im 29 years old, and its tiring to see these artists that try something, and it dont work, and then they blame the record label. I dont want to blame the record label, first off. I dont want to blame nobody but myself. I wanted to explain [why I left]. I wanted to say that wasnt comfortable there; I wasnt comfortable with what was goin' on; I wasnt comfortable with the Roc La Familia situation. I did not diss Jay-Z on the joint. In my opinion, the best CEOs Ive ever had was Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles, and not because they gave me more money - its because they paid attention to everybody that was on the label, and if they didnt, they damn sure tried. So my whole motivation for doin' Shame on a N***a was purely just because I wanted to stop answering those questions AllHipHop.com You mentioned Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen. and I wanted to ask you, at the point in which you left Def Jam, I know obviously on the record that weve been talking about, you mentioned something about Koch... At any point, did you feel like maybe stepping to Warner Brothers and getting back up with these guys that worked so well with you? N.O.R.E: You know what? I dont know why I didnt do that, man. I dont know why I didnt feel like, you know, trackin down Kevin Liles and puttin him in the meeting and handcuffin him to a table and doin the same for Lyor Cohen. I dont know why, because at the end of the day, what Im tryna do is Im trying to own my own ringtones and Im trying to own ownership of my records and tryna do things like that when I know at their level of-of artistry, I dont think theyre willing, and I dont think theyre able to give artists their own situations like that. When I met Lyor Cohen this is one of the most beautiful stories in Hip-Hop: Lyor Cohen called me in 1998 and said, N.O.R.E., I want to be in business with you. What are you doin today? I said, Yo, Im at Puns video shoot." The man hung up the phone, he said I will be there in an hour. Do you know that man didnt ask me where the Puns video shoot was, he didnt ask me [anything]. He hung up the phone and sure nuff, he showed up to Puns video shoot in a half hour AllHipHop.com: Wow.N.O.R.E: With Ja Rule in the car for me. Im not dissin CEOs, Im not sayin [Jay-Z] is not a good CEO, Im not sayin' this man is not a good president. For me though, to me, when you want to be in biz with a Hip-Hop artist, and you want to do business with them, the best thing to do is show interest.AllHipHop.com: To what extent do you think that your co-sign of Cocaine Cowboys brought that movie to the hood?N.O.R.E: Yeah I cant front. I remember going on AllHipHop.com, I remember you guys did a review on Cocaine Cowboys and the first thing, the first sentence you guys said was, look, we heard Rick Ross say he knows the real Noriega, but for right now, we talking about the rap Noreaga, who fully cosigns this movie. I was so thankful, cause, you know, usually when you cosign something, people never remember the cosigner. I moved to Miami a year ago, and obviously, I didnt have cable yet, so I was goin to the movie places and local bootleggers. I went to a local bootlegger and I bought two DVDs, one Norieaga Cocaine Country and then there was this joint Cocaine Cowboys. I figured, alright, let me go home, watch it. I fell in love with it.Me, I love movies, Im a movie buff, and you can sit here and talk to me about any movie. One of my all time favorite movie [genres] are documentaries because I also like to deal with reality. Of course I like Hollywood, I like the fake blood, fake pictures and the fake boobs. I like that, but every now and then, I want to go into reality. I want to see what actually is real. And when I was watchin' Cocaine Cowboys and I looked across the street, and they talkin' 'bout the Omni Mall, the Omni Mall is across the street from me. Like this s**t is reality; its not a made up story. They took my video off of MySpace and Im the first dude banned from MySpace, whoo! AllHipHop.com: Do you think that happened because people involved with the movie got involved with that or what?N.O.R.E: No, [the] people involved with the movie is down with me. [Laughs] I think that MySpace in all actuality, is not something 18 and over. So I think its a lot of people thats on MySpace that are sayin that theyre 22, 26, and theyre really 13 [years old]. And I think that theyre goin on MySpace and theyre watchin my video. In no way, shape, form, or fashion was I trying to big up the drug life. Im tryna say Im in love with this movie. I really wanted to be an artist. I wanted to say, you know what? Ima write somethin thats totally not my life, not my life. Im born and raised in New York City and the Cocaine Cowboys was in Miami. I didnt even know how to get on the plane. You know what I mean? So, this is not my life. This is what Im writin'. This is my dedication to the city Im livin' in right now.AllHipHop.com: Tell me what you can about the album, Global Warming. Do you have the deal in place yet? N.O.R.E: Well the deal is in place. I came out to Miami, and I hired my boy DJ EFN to do my A&R. I did not want an industry A&R, I did not want a record label A&R, I did not want somebody...I wanted somebody who really loves Hip-Hop. Theres two reasons why I hired EFN: one, because hes my man - two, he hates Reggaeton. [Laughing] Hes one of those Latinos that thinks Reggaeton is takin' us back two-centuries. I love Reggaeton. I love Reggaeton still - but Im not doin' it no more. AllHipHop.com: To close on a funnier note: one of my favorite rap video moments from of yours is in "Grimey," when Beetle Juice throws the cereal boxes off the shelf. Tell me, was that your idea to put him in the video?N.O.R.E: Yo, man, let me tell you somethin': nobody got my idea of Beetle Juice first off. Let me just say that, right? Its like as in when I did Im a G, everybody was like, "Charlie Murphy, whos Charlie Murphy?" I was like, "You mothaf**kas aint seen The Dave Chapelle Show with Charlie Murphy?"Anyway, but I got high as hell one night, right? I came home, I sat in the crib, I turned on Howard Stern and the dude was on there goin' crazy. [Laughing] This dude, he was like two feet tall, he was an ugly individual, and he kept sayin' "Beetle Juice," and I still didnt know if they was talkin' about his ass, right? So, Im laughin' and Im like, "Yo, this dude is mad funny."So Im sittin with the director; I was like "Yo, we gotta have Beetle Juice," and he was like, "Alright cool, cool." [confusing the reference for the 1980s movie/cartoon series]Beetle Juice comes to my set, and my man 'Los [who is] like the biggest n***a in our hood, hes like 611", like 300 pounds...he was like, N.O. Im goin to meet Beetle Juice. So he ran over there, mind you, Ive never met Beetle Juice, Im just a fan of his insane comedy. So he rolls up to Beetle Juice and he was like, Yo wassup, man, Beetle Juice, my name is 'Los. Then Beetle Juice said, Get the f**k outta here. [Laughs] We all fell out, we crackin' on Los the whole time like Yeah, he played you out. So Beetle Juice came back out and 'Los was like, Yo, so dude, wassup, man? Im N.O.R.Es family. And the dude said Didnt I tell you to get the f**k outta here? [Laughing]His people were like, "We are so sorry." He didnt get to let the adrenalin out or some s**t. So they gave him the medicine. No bulls**t, like, I put him in the video to be funny, but when he got there, it wasnt funny. Like, everybody kinda got tired of his s**t, like, he cant even be foolin' with people like that. Then he took his [medicine], and he came around us all day. He was chillin', he smoked cigarettes, he drunk a couple beers, and it was great. But, he needed that medicine, kid. That guy is really crazy. I had a ball though, I had a ball. See the thing is, the thing is this. This guy is on the Howard Stern Show and a lot of people dont understand that thats Hip-Hop. This guys on here cursin', hes sayin whatever the f**k he wants to say and I figured, "Yo, you know what? Thats Hip-Hop."