Renegade Foxxx is a whole other breed of artist, and he certainly shows it in an interview. In a conversation with AllHipHop.com concerning his Still Hustlin album, Renegade shares thoughts on every corner of the industry and makes some bold commentary. But if you thought it was a gimmick, the Alabama turned New Jersey rapper even admits to his craziness at one point for better or worse.
Regardless of whether Renegade Foxxx is crazy, he says things few will. From hood politics, to Rap bodybuilding, to Puffy and Oprah, and his friendship with DJ Red Alert, Renegade Foxxx is a unique spirit, an old soul, and a character for the ages. If you havent heard Still Hustlin yet, youre likely to gravitate to it after checking this
AllHipHop.com: Im rather shocked to learn youre actually a Jersey dude. Everybody seems to think youre Southern
Renegade Foxxx: Well basically, my moms who passed away and s**t, we was down in Alabama grindin, having fun. Then, I was young, a peanut-head, I got up in Jersey. Wherever you lay your head is your home, man. All hoods are the same everybody wants to get out all of em. Its just a good situation. I just wanna shut this industry down this industry is bulls**t.
AllHipHop.com: Why do you say that?
Renegade Foxxx: I did records with a lot of people I see how people be vibin. I didnt wanna do records with nobody from New York, I wanted to do records with people from the South. The South shows love, man real businessman. I cant deal with egos.
AllHipHop.com: Do you feel that you have a lot of opposition from the people in New York?
Renegade Foxxx: Nah. Everybody cool. I pimp my car, drive. You see me in the party, Im laughin. The majority of the times, its just me and [DJ] Red Alert. Thats my dude, right there.
AllHipHop.com: Thats interesting. When people think of somebody like Red Alert, we often presume the pioneers to be not-so-accepting of a Southern sound. So many of those guys thought that Southern artists went soft on lyrics and too keyboard on beats
Renegade Foxxx: Yeah, yeah. What it is, I give great respect to that man. A lot of these bulls**t ass DJs, they say they do and they wanna be with him at the conventions, takin pictures and s**t half of you motherf**kers dont know Red Alert, or Kool Herc, or Kay Slay. Cats need to understand. Reds been in this game for years. Imma listen to him. Imma listen to him before somebody else because you can only learn from an elder older brothers who been there and done that. A lot of these cats with these crews today, they aint like that. Thats why you got all these gunshot n***as
AllHipHop.com: Youve got a skit that talks about that on Still Hustlin...
Renegade Foxxx: Straight up dog, if youve got some beef with me bark it. I wont fight your boy, lets fight each other. Just fight. Go in the schoolyard, go in the alley-way. Bust my s**t I got money, I can go to the dentist. But when you start puttin up glocks and stuff, thats ignorant. Aint nothin you can say bad enough for me to shoot you. You aint hurt my mama, you aint hurt my kids I aint gotta kill you.
AllHipHop.com: Violence is running rampant in Hip-Hop right now
Renegade Foxxx: Yeah man, its f**king retarded. The littlest rappers in the world talkin bout killin somethin! What the f**k? These kids aint lived. They dont even know what its like to do time do a county bid. They swear they been on death row.
AllHipHop.com: At the same time though, youve got a song called Royal Rumble, where you say youre iller than the Son of Sam, and tell the story of a 16 year-old kid really doing it. Thats violent in of itself
Renegade Foxxx: Yeah, exactly I was ruthless on that track. I was feelin the beat by my man, Alvin Johnson down in ATL. Before me and Bonecrusher got together to do it, I was actually feedin off his vibe. Hes a beast, so Imma be a beast with him.
AllHipHop.com: Whyd you later add Pitbull and do a whole other version?
Renegade Foxxx: Because, my man Fireman from North Carolina flipped the beat like wow. Plus, Im cool with my Latin community. I think Hispanics are just like Blacks. I dont look at Pitbull as Spanish or anything I look at him as a Black man. He really shined on the record. To me, its his best 16 bars ever spit. Im glad Lil Jon got him. I remember when Lil Jon wasnt really rockin we was all in Miami at Puffys party. Jon was up and coming. Now hes getting his shine. First thing people do is say he dont rap. S**t, if you dont rap and you gettin paid you genius!
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of gettin paid, what does Still Hustlin Records get its name from?
Renegade Foxxx: People think Still Hustlin [Records] is about the street. See, what yall doing at AllHipHop yall hustlin. What any DJ is doing, what any trick is doing to get that money. Everybodys tryin to get paid. A judge can be a hustler. A doctor is a hustler. Oprah hustles her life and shes the richest chick in the world shes my favorite, I love her.
AllHipHop.com: Shes proved that fame is not ephemeral
Renegade Foxxx: We all get 15 minutes. There was a time when Puffy was the king of radio, now look at him dont nobody wanna hear Puffys s**t especially me. He still on his hustle with parties and Sean John. He on his hustle. He dont really care bout music no more. Boy N Da Hood is a good group. Will they get the attention they deserve? Hell no. Cause the CEO aint hungry no more. If you asked me if Id merge Still Hustlin Records with Bad Boy? Hell no. Cause Im hungry, Im biting like a pitbull and he out there pettin poodles.
AllHipHop.com: From a dude in prison with a dream to running a label now with an album out, are you satisfied?
Renegade Foxxx: Nah, I aint even started yet. The day I get up on that stage and see my mama, I know I started. Other than that, she still up in Heaven, waiting... I know Im a lil bit crazy.
AllHipHop.com: Sometimes thats the only way to be
Renegade Foxxx: Nah, Im really crazy. I thought Id just tell ya. Im crazy enough to know the difference between success from failure. I want the best of both worlds. When I make this money, Imma put this money back in the hood. These cats be driving round in their 300,000 dollar cars and theyll drive past the hood and wont put a net in the basketball court. But the first words that come out these cats mouth is, For my hood! What the f**k you doing for the streets? Half of em dont even talk to they family no more. When the neighborhood bully was whoopin that ass, all you had was your family. Motherf**kers dont know. Thats why I watch this industry. I got my favorite artists my favorite is Tupac. That cat had tons of wisdom. I respect that cat. Thats the Black Elvis.
AllHipHop.com: Youve got Royal Rumble but youve also got Wonderful World the complete opposite. Tupac was very contradictory too
Renegade Foxxx: Exactly. Youre right, dog. There was a message in everything he said. I had the blessing of meeting his moms one time at the studio. It was like, Damn, girl. Anybody who can say on record, You were a crack fiend, mama, got my respect. When I was young, my family did drugs. I tried to hide that fact. Thats some f**ked up s**t. Kids never forget. Thats why, when I do this music s**t, anybody that rides with me is gonna watch a winner I dont bulls**t. Im here to make you laugh, but Im here to make you think that this motherf**ker is actually crazy enough to do it.
AllHipHop.com: We got Freddie Foxxx another bald headed, tough guy, thats been around for over 15 years. Were there any issues with your name?
Renegade Foxxx: You know what? I was gonna do a record with Freddie Foxxx. I really wanted to. It was gonna be me, Freddie Foxxx, and I was gonna call out for Foxy Brown. As time goes on, you start workin your deal bit drifts away. I got a lot of respect for that brother tons. I call myself, Renegade. Foxxx just came from my cousin who I was a big fan of, as a kid. Everybodys confusing Renegade Foxxx with Freddie Foxxx Im just Renegade. Pay homage to that brother, he been there and broke bread. Im a newjack.
AllHipHop.com: Howd you get Renegade?
Renegade Foxxx: I got Renegade just from being a bastard. I say exactly how I feel for some reason. I think a renegade is a person that just do living on the edge. Thats me.
AllHipHop.com: Still Hustlin has been out a minute. Whats happening with it?
Renegade Foxxx: It released May 17th. I wanted a new deal. This my money, this my time its a good record. I got a record thats coming out next month thats gonna knock the s**t outta everybody. Its sick. Im a shut down the Grammys its a wrap. Dog, I just started! I aint got not no talent, I got a gift.
AllHipHop.com: The Grammys?
Renegade Foxxx: I did The Source Awards red carpet I took the pictures, I did all that and I left. I didnt watch the show. I said, I aint gonna stay in the seats if Im not nominated. Im not gonna be a fan. Im gonna take it over. When I take it over, you gonna say, I talked to this motherf**ker when he said he was. We gonna shut the Grammys down! Imma let White America know.
AllHipHop.com: At one point on the record, you tease Missy Elliot
Renegade Foxxx: Missy Elliot to me, is one of the most talented women in the industry, that fire is just burning out. I love her! I know her, I goofed about her in the skit, but I goof about people that I actually respect. I liked her better when she was thick. Dont break the format.
AllHipHop.com: 50 Cent told us that hes putting M.O.P. in the gym
Renegade Foxxx: 50s big on his body-building stuff. To me, hes still light. Hes gotta bump them arms up, bump that chest up. Im 240, Im solid. You could put me on the Giants right now, and Ill bust ass. LL [Cool J] did the liposuction. Damn, he did a lot of lipo. [laughs] I been locked up all these years, I cant get that. I know he did work. [laughs] You got a lot of s**t out there that can enhance. I dont believe in that s**t.
AllHipHop.com: I know you got E-40 on the album, his boy Celly-Cel is pretty cut too
Renegade Foxxx: Yeah, yeah. Yo, E-40 is crazy. I dont know what the f**k hes saying! Theres a word he said on my record to this day, I dont know what a bozzle is. Dog, if you figure out what a bozzle is, call me. I dont think he know. Bozzle? Damn, I gotta change up my lyrics. All the stuff you hear, Snoops [dizzle language], that brother did that pay homage. I aint the first rapper to come out, and I aint the last so I aint gonna say Im the greatest. The greatest to me is them two brothers that died. Everybody else, they okay. KRS-One? He aiight. Rakim? They aiight. Theres no such thing as a great rapper no more. Freestyling? Thats bulls**t. Come on man.
AllHipHop.com: I will say that Jay-Z released a few verses this summer. Hes leaving the listener hungry at a time when rappers pump out too much material
Renegade Foxxx: Exactly. Thats why Eminem outsold everybody. He aint gonna last. Theres nothing he can talk about. I was waiting for him to say that word, n*gger. I was begging for it. When they gave him the Greatest Lyricst Award it pissed me off. Imma be honest. I think Nas is nasty with his. Jadakiss is good. Theres a lot of brothers out there. He was just such a star. Thats f**ked up. Im not taking Hip-Hop as a race war, but hes a White boy. Respect he mustve had it harder than any brother out there. So? Thats the way I like to think. F**k that!