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Blastro: Can you tell me a little bit about what it was like working with Jay- Z at Def Jam?
Juelz Santana: It was pretty much no different than my last album. I pretty much did what I had to do. It wasn't like no different. I did my album and I handed it in. I did everything I wanted to do. It was just like may last album, we were on Def Jam Roc-A-Fella my last album. He's the CEO over there, so it wasn't like a big transition. It wasn't like Jay- Z is in the studio with me; you know what I'm sayin'. It was like the same thing. I did what I had to do. Actually I was kind of more workin with "LA' Reid, but he's the president he still is involved.
Blastro: What are some things Def Jam has done differently this time around to promote your CD?
Juelz Santana: I just think they look at me as a lot more of a priority.
Blastro: Who's featured on the new album?
Juelz Santana: Sizzla, of course, gotta give a shout out to him. He's a reggae artist, like Bob Marley right now. He's crazy, you know what I mean. Of course Cam, Jim Jones, the Diplomats.I got Jeezy on the album, and I got Lil' Wayne on the album.
Blastro: That was my next question: Are you working on a next album with Jeezy and Lil' Wayne?
Juelz Santana: Me and Jeezy are working on a project together called "The Best of Both of Us'
Blastro: What kind of feedback are you getting from "There It Go' and "Mic Chec'?
Juelz Santana: Aw man, they got me where I am at right now. This buzz is goin' on. They got this frenzy so it's beautiful. "Mic Chec' was like the perfect warm up record to sing. It was a back to basics, pure hip hop record. Everybody loves that record, from the old skool age, to young dudes, to females; anybody who likes hip hop will like that record. The "Whistle' record is tearin' the clubs up; it's tearin' the radio up. Everybody loves it. The ladies love it. My dudes love it because they can relate to it. They got me hollerin at the chicks. It's all good. I got all my street records; my mix tape is out there. That album is killin', killin', killin' the streets right now.
Blastro: So about your mix tapes, do you actually make money off those or do you use them as a tool to get your name out?
Juelz Santana: I use it as a tool man, that is why I appreciate it if everybody would go out and buy my album. My mixtape, I feel like I put out enough music on the streets. I don't get nothing back off my mixtapes. I just look at that as a tool, and a way to market myself and always keep myself out there. It's how I made my living and my career. Just getting to the point I'm at. Feedin' the streets, bubblin' the streets up. Cause the streets are going to talk.
Like despite what gets played on the radios, what gets played in peoples' car. I mean, when you are not listening to the radio, stuff like that counts. I made it to where I have been real effective in that area so, I'm going to continue to do it
Blastro: I understand that you paid for the video "Mic Check' out of your pocket. Can you tell me a little bit about why it went that way? Usually the label will cover the cost of that.
Juelz Santana: It was pretty much, like I said, the reason for me staying at Def Jam was because I wanted to be a priority at a major label. I felt like they definitely had the machine and everything to put behind me.if I was a priority. So I didn't feel like I was a priority at that time. I was kind of lost in the big system. Def Jam is a big system. You can get lost. I knew my street credibility was always effective. My last album everybody still wanted Juelz Santana, they knew what it was. But I didn't know if the people in the building really understood. I knew I had 160 songs, I knew it was crazy. But the label didn't know that. I had to get that attention, and get them focused on me. I didn't wait for them. I didn't wait for them to say "alright this is the record here, we gonna run with this'. I put it out. I let the people talk. The radio picked it up. I worked it all by myself
Blastro: That's a bold move to do that.
Juelz Santana: I actually paid for two more videos out of my pocket, which you'll see on my DVD, when you get the album. It's for a video called "Shottas' which I got with Cam and Sizzla. I paid for that video out of my pocket. And a song I got with me, Jeezy, and Lil' Wayne called "Make It Work for U. That song, I paid for out of my pocket and that video, I paid for out of my pocket. And that will definitely be on the album and advanced DVD, special addition.
Blastro: What really happened when Cam' Ron got shot? What were your thoughts on that?
Juelz Santana: It is what it is. You've got people who hate it anyway. We don't know what the real reason was or what the real motive was for what happened. We can't really pinpoint anything. The bottom line is you got haters everywhere. You've got people always trying to come up. It's a dirty game out there. It's not something we want to happen. We come from the streets so we know what's out there. This is something you look at as a learning experience. It has nothing to do with D.C., that could've happened anywhere, it could happen in Harlem. They could run up in your crib, try to take what's yours. It could've happened anywhere.
Blastro: Do you guys think you all are going have more security?
Juelz Santana: Nah, nothing like that. The situation was real unorthodox, the way it happened. We can't really pinpoint the way anything happened. We just have to always be on point, and that's it. Who was it got shot? Was it Kennedy, who got shot right in front of everybody? He got shot in his head, The President. How many people did he have around him? It could happen anywhere. So the bottom line is, if there is someone that really wants to get you and they are that determined, it's gonna happen, no matter how many security guards you got. A nigga can come out with an AK 47 and shoot all the security and you. It is what it is, and I know niggas who play like that. When you know niggas who play like that you've got to expect that there are other niggas out there who play like that, who you might NOT know, and might be against you. Enough said. It is what it is baby.
Blastro: What is the 1-888-DIPSET7 Hotline?
Juelz Santana: That's the hotline. We're giving away 10,000 dollars on my album. You now find out "What the Game's Been Missing'. It's really to promote everything that Juelz has got comin' up. Everything I'm doin', where I'm going to be at. I pretty much update every week. When you call you can find out what's going on with Juelz Santana; where I'm going to be at, stuff like that. Like I said, you can find out more information on how you can win 10,000 dollars, if you really want to win that 10,000 dollars.
Blastro: So I think you've got a movie in the works, "The Killa Season"
Juelz Santana: Yeah "The Killa Season', I am co-starring in that. It's coming out in February, Valentine's Day.
Blastro: Who's putting that out?
Juelz Santana: I don't know who is putting out the movie; I've actually got to find out.
Blastro: We look forward to that.
Juelz Santana: I usually pay for the movie to get shot, so actually right now I think we are about to get a real big distribution for the movie.
I know that the album will be coming out on.records
Blastro: I know you got your hands in some clothing. I know you are a sponsor for Lot 29. Blastro's going to be running a contest to win some of that gear and a signed album of yours and a poster or two. We are pretty excited about that. I think you have a clothing company coming up called Z-Line?
Juelz Santana: Yes, clothing line, called the Z- Line, right now. Called Vengeance and then we will have the couture line called the Z-Line.
Blastro: What kind of style is that going to be? I know that Lot 29 has the Warner Bros. characters and stuff like that. Is this going to be a little different than that?
Juelz Santana: Yes, a lot different. It's going to be all sorts of fly. We are stickin' to one scripts, there;s all sorts of flyness.