To compete for a championship, you gotta assemble a team that has the perfect balance between superstar, experienced veterans, rookies, and free agent pick-ups. Dame Dash, Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella have been getting their GM duties on by constructing super group State Property. And with a franchise player in place in Beanie Sigel, and Freeway approaching perennial All-Star status with the success of his debut album, Philadelphia Freewayits time to develop the young scrappers, and for the off-seasonor in this case, between albumsignee to show and prove.
With the Young Gunz scoring a hit with the success of their anachronistic sounding, Cant Stop, Wont Stop, State P is still in the game, despite star player Sigel on the bench facing federal gun charges and a separate attempted murder charge. Prepped with their game faces, the Philly five of Chris & Neef, Oschino & Sparks and Peedi Crakk are poised to show Chain Gang Vol. II is proof that the team has their sights set on more than just the Eastern Conference. With improved role players, they are trying to do what the 01 Sixers couldnt do: win it all.
AllHipHop: Why the decision to not put out the movie and album at the same time, like how yall did before?
Freeway: Cause the streets needed the album. State Property is just so hot that they was just calling for it and we had to do it, you know?
AllHipHop: Can you explain the difference between the two State Property albums?
Freeway: On the State Property 2 album, we actually took the time and sat down, and put songs together. On the State Property 1 album, it was just like a bunch of songs that we was doing and then put it together. It wasnt really planned out or nothing. They was just like, we gon do a State Property album.
AllHipHop: Im in the Philly area right now and Cant Stop, Wont Stop is getting crazy play here. Whats it like on tour, are the other spots feelin it? Are they open to it?
Neef: Hell yeah! If you look at BDS we aint just getting spins in Philly. In some places they didnt even know the song, they just rocking with us, you know what Im saying? Its just catching on to them. But, most cities we was killin it. We tore everything down.
AllHipHop: Your track kind of sounds old school with the beat.
Neef: Its new school on the old school.
AllHipHop: Word, and is that what yall was trying to do?
Neef: Yeah, like we aint we just knock out songs. We do songs. We dont think one is hotter than the next one, you know what Im saying? We just knock them out and it just became a hit. We just threw it out on a mixtape, The Youngest in Charge. We did our own mixtapes, DJ Enuff hosted them, and we just put it out on there and like, mufuckas just started playing that shit by they self. These DJs started playing it by they self without it being out. And then they had to put it out there, they had to vinyl it up and get it out there, with no choice, because it was getting hot. And once we started getting 500 spins they had to shoot the video.
AllHipHop: And how do you feel about that new Joe Budden track (Fire) that is out? Cause your hooks is similar.
Chris: Thats crazy; I dont know whats up with that. I dont know if he heard it, and went and did his, or if he had it in the cut, I dont know? Its all good.
AllHipHop: How long ago did you record Cant Stop, Wont Stop?
Chris: A couple of months ago. We heard the beat and then we put it out on our mixtape, then niggas followed up on it. We put it out first.
AllHipHop: Who laced the beat?
Chris: A guy named Digga, from up N-Y. I heard he had an attitude when we put it out.
Chris: Then when they started spinning it, and they got that change rightit was all good.
AllHipHop: Are you gonna go out and tour for State Property 2?
Chris: We going right back out.
Sparks: Oh fa sho, in fact we are on a radio tour. Its gonna be crazy.
AllHipHop: Peedi, are you looking forward to anything being different on tour now that your face is in videos and magazines?
Peedi Crakk: More people listening, more ears. Cause thats the main thing to me, to be heard. All of the fame and shit, that come with it, the money come with it, you know what I mean? But I like for my music to get heard, especially when people appreciate it, and people know the words to my rap. I love that; I get my kick out of that.
AllHipHop: Your flow is real unique, people are describing it as sing-song, howd you start rhyming like that?
Peedi Crakk: The flow? I dont want to say I dont know. I use to spit fast as shit when I was a young boy. I use to spit fast like Fu-Schnickens and like Das EFX, and all that shit, I use to rap like that when I was like 13. It stems from that. My spit game is fluid, like I can take it anywhere. But, Im not really a slow-flow type dude. Im not into the slow flow; I like to keep it moving.
AllHipHop: I also wanted to ask, on The Come Up Show on Power 99(Philadelphia), Q-Deezy (radio personality) said that the Young Gunz came up with the whisper-style rap that Jay-Z uses, is there any truth to that?
Neef: Nah, we all get stuff from each other; we get stuff from him and he gets stuff from us, he pick up slang from us. We from different places, he from New York and we from Philly, so we just pick up on each other stuff, you know what Im saying? Thats just being around each other; it just go down like that.
AllHipHop: And hows your relationship with the Dip Set, cause you know, we always hear a lot of stuff about how cats is beefin on the Roc.
Neef: As far as me and Chris, we show love to everybody. We here to get this money, we aint got no time to be about nothing else. Cause its business with them. Its business with everybody else. Me and him, its personal. I dont really have no problems, I love everybody. [Laughs]
AllHipHop: Free, with the first State Property, that was your jump off, with the second album do you feel like youre in more of a leadership position for the rest of the group? Is there anything you try to do for them?
Freeway: Yeah, whatever they need. If they need me to go to shows with them, or if they need me for support for songs, whatever, Im there for them. We like a family, everybody helps each other, they help me.
AllHipHop: Peedi, when you came into State P, was there a transition period or did yall click right away?
Peedi Crakk: During the time of the first State Prop album, I was already kinda a part of State Prop, but the album was already finished. I was there when they was recording that one. I been knew B. Sig from Philly, and me and Freeway was in a group when we was younger. I knew Omillio Sparks and Oschino. We all from Philly, so everybody knew each other so it was easy. When I signed to Roc-A-Fella, it just clicked like, thats Crakk.
AllHipHop: On our Website, we have a big rumor section. And about a month back, there was a rumor that you (Peedi) had a track going at Dame Dash. Is there any truth to that?
Peedi Crakk: [Laughs] Yo, you know how much shit I hear, man? People pray for your downfall, man. Its fucked up, too. Maybe a year ago, nobody wouldve even gave a fuck about me. I wouldnt even been on a Website. But once you come up just a little bit, and you get a little famous, and a little recognition, a little money, everybody want to take a shot at you, you know what I sayin'? Thats ludicrous.
AllHipHop: The second single is gonna be Oschino and Sparks?
Sparks: Oh yeah, Want Me Back, Oschino and Sparks, fa sheezy, baby
AllHipHop: When is that going to be hitting radio?
Sparks: ASAP, we looking for a video treatment and everything. Its on!
AllHipHop: Do you see this album treating yall how Freeway jumped off from the first State Property album?
Sparks: Thats what they [Roc-A-Fella] trying to do. Break us in as artists. Beans broke Freeway that way, this record broke Young Gunz, and the second one is gonna break us, then its on. Then we stand out. But its a movement, it dont stop. Then after we do our thing, we come back and do another one, it dont stop!
Chris: Its not a Beans and Free album. They was flooded over that joint [the first State Property album.] This time its more me, Oschino, Sparks, my partner Neef, Peedi Crakk all over that joint. We got a couple of features, we got the boy Twista, Lil Cease, Dirt McGirt, and of course, Jay. We didnt need that many people, we deep ourselves. Its everybody on this joint, and Im all over this joint.
AllHipHop: Whose decision was it to feature yall on it more this time rather than Beans and Free?
Chris: Ah nah, its just we came with all the heat. We was on our J-O constantly bringing songs, they couldnt deny. We earned that spot.
AllHipHop: Since youre the new edition Peedi, what is it that you bring to the State P 2 album that was missing without you on the first one?
Peedi Crakk: Fun and Club. There wasnt no club shit on the first one, besides Roc the Mic. Not taking anything away from the first album, I respect the first album. It was a lot of street shit, and it reflected from the State Property movie. The movie was really based on some street shit, so I guess it served it purpose with that. But the second one I wanted to widen the crowd out more, besides just street niggas. I broaden the crowd.
AllHipHop: And youre dropping another movie?
Sparks: We definitely gonna shoot another movie.
AllHipHop: So how are your roles in this movie?
Sparks: The script is still being written right now, so I cant really get into details.
AllHipHop: So how you like doing the movie thing?
Chris: Ima do all that, but I want to get my rapping career straight first.
Sparks: You know how you get broke in the first time you make love? Its like Im addicted now; Im turned out. But the music opened the door for everything.
AllHipHop: Are yall looking for more screen time this go round?
Sparks: I was the co-star of the last one. Fa sho, Im shooting for more time, you know? You cant deny me, why would you want to? [Laughs] I think Im gonna be in plenty more movies! Watch ya boy Omillio! Holla!
AllHipHop: Any last thoughts?
Neef: I just want to tell the people, we coming man. Look out the Young Gunnerz, Chris and Neef, we on our way. And thanks for everybody who supported from day one.
Sparks: You heard Cant Stop, Wont Stop, check the second joint Want Me Back, its major. Oschino and Sparks definitely on that.