Contrary to popular belief and media advertisement, many individuals arent the least bit happy with the way the world of Hip-Hop music has played out in the 21st century. Whether shady business deals or watered down, carbon copy songs are the illness, hopeful rap heads are fortunate to have hungry artists in the booth working to cook up a remedy.
Three of those individuals are in The Product. Led by who many would claim, is the undisputed "King of the South" Scarface, the trio has a legend at the core. Then, the troupe is given some flavor from Bay Area veteran, Will Hen. Lastly, the youthful charge comes from Mississippi bred, Young Malice. This trio linked up with veteran producer Tone Capone to thread the needle, thats likely to be jabbed in the industrys veins.
Young Malice remains relatively quiet as Scarface and Will Hen reveal their plan to AllHipHop.com. Faces Underground Railroad Records may not be what Harriet Tubman had in mind, but the liberation of Black Music, as the Houston icon describes it, will begin this Black History Month. One Hunnid Percent independent.
AllHipHop.com: Whats up with the Underground Railroad movement?
Scarface: Im just trying to free the slaves.
AllHipHop.com: Are you talking about underground artists?
Scarface: These big corporate slave-driving motherf**kers Ive gotten so many slave offers in the past five months from these major labels; they still aint trying to give a n***a a fair f**king run. I mean, they want that and want this, but aint trying to give a n***a shit. Ive got to own my s**t.
AllHipHop.com: So youre just going to continue putting your life on wax
Scarface: Im an artist, man. Ill always have ideas. 20 years down the line, if somebody wants to use one of my songs, and the person who owns the publishing and masters of it is getting paid, that aint right. I did all the work. I think every artist in the music industry should boycott that s**t, and demand some of the ownership back. Were in a position to start owning our music.
AllHipHop.com: The industry doesnt get a chance to really feast on Bay Area music. I know its a land of independent hustle; can you fill us in?
Will Hen: Its moving. The Bay is doing things themselves. Well let the industry catch on later. Back in the day when Bay area artists were selling 100,000 plus records themselves, Atlantic, Priority and everybody else came out here trying to get a piece; Well take 20 and you can keep 80. They were giving out real deals back then, beyond joint ventures. Its getting back there. Its a buzzing music scene. Everyones doing something different: street s**t, crunk, spittin game and stepping up their craft.
AllHipHop.com: I know you released an album in 2002, Filmoism. But for fans who may be discovering you by way of Face, can you give us some background on yourself, as far as taking the pimp game and transcending into rapping?
Will Hen: Im a real Fillmore n***a. Im from San Francisco, California. The pimp game to me is like the crack game, an alternative, nothing out of the ordinary. Ive done anything anyone in the street had to do to survive. Anyone with any sense is going to elevate his or herself. A smart n***as not going to work hard, but work smart. We all can probably be gangster; grab a gun and hustle rocks, but the key is to find an easier way to get to the top.
AllHipHop.com: Everybody wants to pimp in rap today. What are your thoughts?
Will Hen: I dont like it. I feel like, when I went outside and put my hard shoes on and played the part, it was real. I had to really study the game and deal with the ups and downs and everything that came with it. It aint all sweet out here in the city. I gotta ride like Im supposed to and be holding what Im supposed to even though I was in the Mack game. You gotta stay gangsta on these n***as and pimpish on these hoes. A sucker or a n***a on that bulls**t is gone see a whole nother side.
AllHipHop.com: People may remember Tone Capone for doing, I Got 5 On It ten years ago. As a producer for The Product, what element does Tone Capone bring to your music?
Will Hen: Hes very influential. When a producer and MC have good chemistry, the possibilities are endless. The first time we met, we cranked out a joint. Hes an experienced professional. Tone and Face both have that ear for music they [both] old school heads for real, digging in the crates. That impressed me. Tone played a joint we did for Face, and he felt like it was time for me to get down.
AllHipHop.com: What went into the process of making One Hunnid?
Scarface: We just sat down and said, Lets try and make our s**t rock harder than anything else out there. Im a fan of the game. I love music. I feel like the game needs every song weve made, cause right now, we f***d. When you got n***as that dont appreciate it, and just want to get a payday out of it, then we f***d.
AllHipHop.com: The South is dominant in the rap game today. How do you set yourself apart from the other acts?
Young Malice:I feel like what were saying has a bit more relevance.
Will Hen:That n***as dope man. He dope for real. Hes finna change what everybody think about a Mississippi n***a.
AllHipHop.com: What was it like working with Scarface?
Young Malice:It was a family environment. It was us doing what we had to do to get to where we wanted to be. When youre working with professionals, its easier. Ive been in the studio with cats that didnt know what the f**k they were doing. Next thing you know, youve been in the studio for hours without a completed project. It takes no time for us to put a classic song together when were in the studio. Thats what made it so good working with Brad and Hen.
AllHipHop.com: As a spotlighted new artist, what do you want fans to take from the upcoming album One Hunnid?
Young Malice: I want you to gain our experience from the album. Were voicing our lives and current events. Take knowledge from the album. Dont try to be like one of us. Listen to the positive and negative parts, learn from the negative and try to take the positive with you to better yourself.
Scarface: When you listening to it, just think in your head: This is what we need, what the worlds been missing.