The guys from Purple City wanted us to better understand that piff – with a look inside the deeper meanings, the discovery, and the purple assets of Agallah and Shiest Bub. Purple City got a Purple Reign!
AllHipHop.com: Why do you think purple has become this years pink for all of Dipset?
Agallah: Well, you know, we was basically the pink thing was just a gas! It was just Cam putting that out there to get a response on a fashion level, and it wound up blowing him right up. They was like, Yo, what the f**k Cam doing wearing pink? N***as dont wear pink! Thats a forbidden color. Thats some s**t for b*tches. So he took that s**t and made it flamboyant and flipped it on some, Yeah, Im rockin. Im that pink flamingo now! Thats what I caught from it. It was stylists, man. You know styled on them with that. Now with purple, purple is definitely a stylish color but it got to be that piff!
Shiest Bub: That was Camrons color. Dipset was red, white, you know what I mean? American flag type s**t. But, you know, its time for a change. Something thats real hood, and purple symbolizes a lot of things. It symbolizes a lot of things that people in the hood live by, like loyalty, exclusiveness. Purple is exclusive. It symbolizes a lot of things. Its countries, nations, the color alone. It symbolizes f**kin sex.
AllHipHop.com: For real?
Shiest Bub: Word, yo! To be honest, why theres such a cult following with the color purple is because its a sinful color. Even though its royalty, its still sinful. It was the color of Babylon. So, of course people who live by those underworld standards of living sex, money, women, drugs, all that s**t they gonna love Purple City. They gonna love that, because thats what it represents at the end of the day when you really do the homework behind it.
AllHipHop.com: So you think purple kind of does the same thing as pink?
Agallah: Nah, purple is more of a color that has meaning behind it. It aint a color to go out there and be like, Oh, thats pretty. Its to look at it and be like, Yeah, I got respect and loyalty when I see that color everytime! What purple means is it comes from amethyst, which is a royal gem, a royal stone. Thats how we got on it with that.
AllHipHop.com: So talking about cars, if you had to take any car and make that purple, what type of car would we be looking at?
Shiest Bub: Purple Maserati! Doesnt that sound good? Yeah! Purple Maserati! Ayyy!
Agallah: Oh, word. The motherf**kin purple lavender 600 [Mercedes]! Like my man Un [Kasa] said! [laughs] You come through in that, you looking crazy.
AllHipHop.com: And how we pimpin the inside Purple City-style?
Agallah: Like, Id make the lavender 600 with basically rims and itd be all purple with white interior. Those white cocaine seats!
AllHipHop.com: What entertainment industry female should be wearing more purple? Anybody, man! Actress, singer, whoever
Shiest Bub: Tough question Well, I like Amerie, so she could wear purple all day with me.
AllHipHop.com: Why her?
Shiest Bub: Shes a sexy little thing! Even though shes a little on the slim side, shes just exotic. Shes like purple haze. Shes like the weed. Shes exclusive!
Agallah: Damn, thats a hard one. Who out there right now? Who should wear more of that piff? Definitely Faith [Evans] should wear more purple.
Agallah: Yeah, Faith, man. Shes Purple City all the way, man. You know, man, shes one of the only females back in the day that I ever really smoked a blunt with in this industry. Shout much love to her, too, and good luck on her new project. Im glad shes back.
AllHipHop: How about in your house? Anything in there thats purple?
Agallah: Anything in my crib? Well actually, except for clothes and, you know, I got like what I got in the crib that I could say thats purple right now? Really? Nothing! Just that piff, man! That piff I be smoking wherever Im at, man that haaaze. That purple piff, that morpheus, thats the only thing thats purple. That, and a whole bunch of Purple City CDs, too.
Shiest Bub: About 65-70%. F**kin couch, curtains, room is half painted purple, sheets, dinner plates, bathroom toilet seat, bathroom curtains
AllHipHop.com: Alright, youre a rapper, straight out of Websters dictionary, can you think of any words that rhyme with purple?
Agallah: Purple virtue, commercial [laughs] work you
AllHipHop.com: Whats your favorite purple outfit?
Shiest Bub: My favorite purple outfit? The velvet purple smoking jacket. Jesus Christ, I love that jacket!
Agallah: My favorite is the who got the purple s**ts thats crazy? Well, right now, that I know of, Enyce got some good purple tops out there. Everybody jumping on the color all these fashion companies, but wait until you see my boy right now come out with that PCBG, that Purple City Byrd Gang clothing. That PCBG hitting your stores real soon! Thats what it is.
AllHipHop.com: When you guys started rocking purple, did a lot of people ask you why you did it?
Agallah: Yeah, they was wondering why n***as was rocking purple like we was a gang or something. Everybody aint on that s**t.
AllHipHop.com: What about girls? Were they feeling the purple?
Agallah: Girls feel the color. They like it. They love it.
AllHipHop.com: Did any dudes ever step to you and use your purple clothes against you? I know plenty of dudes got stepped to for wearing the pink and not being in Dipset.
Shiest Bub: Hell no! Nobody cant say nothing to me. To be honest, on a light-skinned individual, purple is a fruity color. On a dark skin person like myself, purple is almost black. It changes with the person whos wearing it. On a White person, its like, Oh wow, you have a bright purple shirt on. But on a dark skin dude, its like, Oh, he got that dark ass purple shirt on. It blends into my skin tone. Purple is black to me. I dont wear black. I wear purple. Its gangsta!
Agallah: Nah, they aint never get on it like that with us. N***as question, but it was basically n***as seeing what it is. [They thought,] They on some straight-up good music, loyal n***as, and royal people that just want to get recognized for what they been doing so long, doing this music s**t. N***as respect the movement. You look at Diplomats, you see that movement. You look at Purple City, you see that movement. You be like, That is the Diplomats. You automatically overwhelmed by the extensive love. Thats how it is. Cats didnt really give us a hard time for that.
AllHipHop.com: Other than purple, whats your second favorite color?
Shiest Bub: My favorite color is like cranberry and different tones of red. Thats what I look best in. But I’m not a Blood and Im not a Crip. Mad people hear the word Purple City Byrd Gang and think that s### is a gang and s**t like that. Just to let people know, Purple City Byrd Gang is a song that we did with my man Jim Jones, who is the CEO of Byrd Gang Entertainment. You put it together, its Purple City Byrd Gang. Hes the one with the Gang! Im just Purple City.
AllHipHop.com: Thats right, you wore red on the cover of the album.
Agallah: You know, a trends gotta end.
AllHipHop.com: Do you guys think Purple City will ever sport the name but not the color?
Shiest Bub: Damn, we been tired of that s**t to be honest! I dont even wear purple like that everyday. I wear it when I want to be exclusive. When Im with Dipset, I wear purple because thats what people are looking for. When Im doing my Purple City s**t, I dont wear purple. I wear every color but. Its exclusive! I dont want everybody wearing the s**t to be honest. I was a little mad when I seen Cam switch up to the purple, and make it seem like thats the new color for everybody to wear. Thats not the new color for everybody to wear, dog! That s**t is exclusive. Thats how s**t gets played out. Thats how people hate on it.
Agallah: Yeah and no. We definitely like the color. The shade of it is incredible. When you can match up with clothes and all that, but like I said, man, we making statements so anything we do, got meaning behind it. Everything we do got a meaning behind it, and purple just happened to be that color. It just happens to be that color with a lot of meaning behind it. Its more than a color; its really a way of life.
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