Kidd Kidd Talks ‘Fuk Da Fame’ Mixtape, the Antichrist & SlutWalks [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
Second chances don't come often in the music business. You only get one shot and missing your chance to blow can be dependent on timing. New Orleans native Kidd Kidd can attest to that statement personally. You've probably heard by now that 50 Cent has inducted him into the G-Unit infantry, raising a lot of eyebrows in light of the bullet-riddled ruffian turned enterprising mogul's notorious stand-offish ways. But while that move may be surprising to rap fans, those familiar with the Kidd Kidd's history had a hunch as to why 50 scooped him up.
Years prior to rolling with G-Unit, the New Orleans native was a childhood friend of Lil Wayne and a member of the rapper's original Young Money clique, Squad Up. While he did snag a priceless guest appearance on Tha Carter 3 smash, "Mrs. Officer," Kidd Kidd's situation with Young Money fell through, leading him to be a free agent until hooking up with the Unit. "I ain't gonna lie, I think he kinda respect me way more just as far as me being able to get out their on my own and start making my own moves," says Kidd Kidd of his relationship with Weezy while sitting at a conference table at The Boombox office.
Bossing up also appears to be a priority for Kidd Kidd, listing his goals for the forthcoming years as "getting my mama this new house and just dropping more material and getting more work done." After listening to his latest mixtape, Fuk Da Fame, it's not far off to predict that ma dukes can be expecting a change of address sooner than later because the project is nothing short of bonkers. 50 Cent had few worries of seeing a return on this investment.
But through it all, Kidd Kidd keeps 10 toes down, his head out of the sky and his mind on the simple things, a mindstate that played a large part in the inspiration behind the title of the project. "That's just how I live my everyday life," the bejeweled rapper says of the title. "I'm one of them dudes that I don't let all that s--- get to me. I love everything, I don't ever think I'm too famous to do this, I don't ever think I'm too big-headed to do that. 'Cause I watch a lot of artists, from turning down fans that want autographs to turning down fans that want pictures, just being stuck-up, I'm just not with that. I like to stay grounded."
Kidd Kidd may still be A-1 in New Orleans, but something tells us that his spots for daily leisure are soon to transcend the Louisiana limits. The rhymer sits down with The Boombox to talk Fuk Da Fame, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans food culture, SlutWalks and much more. Get in on the conversation.
The Boombox: You just released your new mixtape, Fuk Da Fame, not too long ago. How has the reception been?
Kidd Kidd: The feedback is great. Like, real talk, I haven't even got, like, no negative response. The feedback has been great, for real. Shout out to all my fans that went out and grabbed that, shout out to the new fans that caught up to it. Fuk Da Fame it's out there, if you're missing the real element of the game you gotta get that tape. You got to.
You worked with Young Chris and Neef Buck on "The Real" on this tape. How did those collaborations happen?
Shout out to the Young Gunz, man, 'cause they real dudes, you know what I'm saying, real n----s, man. And just growing up, man, I listened to 'em a lot, just being a fan first and foremost. And when I got to meet 'em it was just crazy that they was just real dudes 'cause I was a fan of a lot of people 'til I met 'em in person. So when I met them, man, they just kept it all the way 100 wit' me and I kept it all 100 with them back. Just about two months ago they was in New Orleans, the whole State Prop. They brought me out wit' 'em and everything 'cause you know I had to go and hold 'em down, ya dig. Those my n-----s. So shout out to the whole State Prop, they doing their thing right now.
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How did y'all meet?
I met Chris a few years ago and from that, I ran into him and I ain't that type of n---- that's too much to tell you that I'm a fan of you. Nah, I grew up on your s---, for real. The s--- you was rapping about, we was really doing that s---, you know what I mean. So when I met him, I'm running into him and he like, "S---, I f--- with your s--- too" and from that, we kinda just built a friendship along that to where we exchanged numbers. Just hit each other up and s--- like that. That's the type of relationship I have with other artists. If you ever see me collab with an artist, believe it's more than music, I don't just do music with just anybody. Because some n----s, they'll know you today and they won't know you when they don't see you with 50 Cent [laughs].
I don't be with all that type of phony s---. I got the right beat and when I got that beat and I did my verse on it, I was just thinking, like "Who can I throw on it?" and I was like "Yeah, this a good joint to put Chris on it." So I shot it to him and he shot his verse back and when I first did the joint it was just me and Chris' verse on it. And I thought about it and I'm like, "Man, I need to put Neef on it, it just wouldn't be right [if I didn't]." And plus, for a fan reason, I wanted to hear them two on the same track. I wanted to bring that element back and shouts to Neef, all the way real n---- too and they came through.
You also worked with Lil Wayne on the track "Ejected." How has your relationship evolved with him since your Squad Up days?
I ain't gonna lie, I think he kinda respect me way more just as far as me being able to get out there on my own and start making my own moves. Wayne, far as his position he in, he's one of the biggest artists in the game and to still show that love to me and jump on the record is dope. But we got hella history so me and him, we gonna be friends with or without the music and it's a New Orleans thing also, you feel me. I reached out with him to do the record because "Ejected" is one of the really only commercial records I ever did so I was thinking about what could bring this record over the top and I thought about it and I was like, "This n---- Wayne" 'cause I already know how he gonna come [off on the track]. So I went down to the studio in Miami and we got it done.
What was the studio session like when you and Wayne recorded the song?
To tell you the truth, it was just me and him in there. It was just me, him, my son, I had my son with me, Lil Nut, I had Lil Nut wit' me. I don't wanna get the man busted, or nothing, but he had his little people with him [laughs], but we just got it done. Played a few tracks for him just to let him hear some of the new music I been doing and I played that track for him and he fell in love with it right then and there and he got it done for me.
Most readers are aware that you're from New Orleans, but which section of the city are you from?
Downtown, New Orleans, I say that proud, for real. Because coming from New Orleans, a lot of people that made it as far as the industry, they're from Uptown. The Cash Money, the No Limits, they always repped Uptown so I used to get that so much just traveling so much. It would be "Oh, you from New Orleans, oh, you out the Magnolia?" I'm like, "Nah, I'm from Downtown." Our projects is the Desire Projects, the Florida Projects, the Iberville, the Lafitte, you know what I'm saying. I'm from the Ninth Ward, man, for real.
Are there any other notable rappers from that area that readers may know of?
Oh yeah, of course, we got a couple of rappers on the come-up right now from Downtown. We got Elz Montana, which is my artist. You got Young Greatness, he doing his thing right now. We got the lil homie Max P out the Ninth Ward coming through now. Downtown doing great, man. One of the people that was putting on for Dowtown at the time was with No Limit, Mr. Magic, he died a few years ago. Shout out to Mr. Magic. We got a lot of legends from Downtown, but just locally, like L.O.G. and Fila Phil and people like that. I grew up on that for real. When Hot Boyz was doing their thing locally, we had other local people doing our thing because it was always like an Uptown vs. Downtown thing.
New Orleans is known as a culturally rich city. How did growing up there influence you as a person or how you look at life?
Well, real talk, when I hear people talk about that a lot, grow up knowing that yeah, like we the home of the jazz and such a musical culture, but just growing up, we never took into that, just to be all the way honest. I couldn't name one jazz song [laughs]. Out there, man, a lot of things that tourists come down and see, like, they always see the good New Orleans. But when you coming from New Orleans, all you grew up around was the bad of it. A lot of tourists when they get down there, they don't come past the French Quarters or Canal Street. When we go down there, we going there to rob tourists, you know what I'm saying [laughs]. There's always a flipside, but I love my city to death. Home is always gonna be home no matter how bad it is, that's where I feel most comfortable at.
The food scene in New Orleans is also renowned. What are some of the hot spots to get some grub if you're in the city?
Oh my god. Let me tell you something. I been all around the world, bruh, and there's no better food than us. And that ain't just to talk s--- or none of that, I'm saying this for real because we really got things down there that we make that I don't get nowhere else. Now we got char-grilled oysters. And that's the thing, I ain't no oyster fan at all, but them char-grilled oysters? My n----. I just got on 'em like two years ago, just 'cause when a n---- mention oysters, I'm like "Nah, I don't want no oysters," but n----s was like, "Nah, these char-grilled oysters." So when I ate that I was like "Oh yeah, this is the s---." So I'd be going other places and be like lemme see if they got the char-grilled oysters and they don't have that s---.
And plus, like, it's the way we season our food. There's no better seasoning. Even out here [in New York] they had somwhere selling crawfish and I tried to get some and the taste just [wasn't good]. We got s--- that they don't have anywhere else, like a hot sausage po' boy, shrimp po' boys and stuff like that, they don't do that everywhere. So whenever I go home I always make it my business to get all those things.
What's the name of that oyster spot in case in case we're ever in New Orleans?
Go to Drago's. Now, my homie and them, we'll be fussing down at this table if you was to ask me and I say that 'cause everybody got their little favorite oyster spots. They got Acme, they got Neyow's, we'll be straight arguing, but my favorite one is Drago's. Go to Drago's and get the dozen char-grilled oysters.
The 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina just passed. Do you remember where you were when you heard news of the levees breaking?
Of course, man. Speaking on that, I did a DVD discussing on that, it's called New Orleans, you can go to neworleans.com and check that out. I did a whole documentary on that and I got a chance to speak to some of the politicians. I got a chance to put real life stories on there, like people that's still affected by Katrina for real because it's still areas down here in Downtown that got affected the hardest that look as if it just happened. So I wanted to make sure I got that out to the world and of course when that happened I was by my mom, watching the TV and s--- but nobody took it serious because it was so many hurricanes and storms that was supposed to come that never did.
But I knew it was real when the police came on there and say, "Well, for those who didn't evacuate, do not dial 911 when it's time to come and save you" and s--- like that and I'm like, "Well, who the f--- we 'sposed to call?" And right then and there I knew it was time to go and get up out of there. I had a few friends that was in jail, they said they left them by themselves. All the security guards and everybody, they dipped out on the prisoners and everything, man. Everything was f---ed up. But for real, we felt like it was the end of the world for us. And then we had to evacuate to these other cities and they was calling us refugees like we wasn't even part of the country. And then they were wondering why we was acting out the way we was acting out, like, y'all treated us like we was immigrants and s---, like we ain't come from the same lifestyle y'all living and the s--- was just crazy.
Did you lose any immediate family members or possessions as a result of Katrina?
No [family], man, thank god, but possessions, of course. We lost a lot because we couldn't take everything with us and we all in one car, one hooptie so we can just take what we can and dip out. We ain't think it was gonna be that bad to where it was just gonna wipe out everything. We thought we just had to come back for a day or two and come back and it would be all good. But once we got out there and you're really just watching your whole city being underwater. I don't have any baby photos of me or nothing. Only pictures I have of me from when I was small is from my daddy being in jail. He been locked for 19 years so he came back with those pictures from when he had 'em in jail. A lot of memories is just gone.
You referred to your baby mother as the Antichrist on Twitter a few weeks ago. What was that about?
Yeah, I said that on Twitter [laughs]. Because, man, I got the most crazy baby momma ever. Like lately I be going to church and it's like I can be coming from church and she can just text a n---- the most hateful, craziest s--- and it's like, "Got damn" [laughs]! I was just like, "I think she is the Antichrist" [laughs]. Be mindful of who you have these children with, for real [laughs].
What's y'all relationship like and how do you handle balancing co-parenting and being an artist?
I'm not gonna lie, sometimes it gets hard, it gets real hard because it feels like you're missing so much out of your life. You can't make all the parent-teacher meetings and stuff like that and when you get back you done missed part of their growth because you're like "Damn, you got big." But you gotta make sure you keep communication with your kids, make sure you talk to 'em everyday, whenever you get time, FaceTime 'em, whatever you gotta do. So when I'm back home I try to do nothing but just be with them so they can have that fatherly love, for real. I keep em involved with everything, like you see Lil Nut in the videos 'cause at the end of the day I'm glad that I can be able to be doing something positive in their eyes. Go to school and say "My daddy's a rapper," so that's a good thing. Most important is the understanding. And long as they get those Jordans every week [laughs].
I'm sure you're approached by women all of the time being a rapper, so how would you describe your type of women?
I like a real female, I don't actually have a preference. I like a female that's just all the way down to earth. I hate a stuck-up female, those type of females that be like "Nah, I can't eat in front of you." I like a straightforward, to-the-point kind of female. As long as you're 100, I f---s with you, straight up.
Amber Rose recently held a SlutWalk in L.A. in protest of slut-shaming and rape culture, but has received a bit of backlash from members of the hip-hop community. Being a father yourself, how do you feel about that SlutWalk and topic in general?
A person like Amber Rose, then they're going to call it a SlutWalk, you feel me. But if you get somebody like Michelle Obama, the word slut wouldn't cross your mind at all so it's about who you got representing that. It's like this, man... like Nas said, you gotta be mindful of the way your raise your daughters. Some females stray away and they go to thinking "I'ma strip, I'm gonna do this and that and just sell my body for money and things for money." Do you think that your daddy would approve of that? Did your mother have to do that? When you go around and do that and you have a daughter, you wouldn't want your daughter to do that, or your sister or whoever.
These days those type of females are programming these younger females to really think that's cool. You're not gonna get through life like that. Ain't nobody gonna wanna take you serious. If a man just attracted to your body, he just want your body. He don't want a life with you. That s--- gonna come and go. What else is there to you besides that? What's the sense of sex without a decent conversation? So after that, you gonna get disrespected, you gonna get, like, just treated like a slut, you gonna be treated like a bitch and don't feel bad, you're putting yourself out there like that. Listen to 2Pac song, "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch." For real, man, you gotta have more respect for yourself. You got the wrong person to represent that.
A few people felt your inclusion into G-Unit was unexpected and weren't as receptive to your presence as others. Did you hear any of the negative feedback and if so, how did you use that to motivate you?
Of course, because you're used to an original G-Unit sound so it's like "Who is this n----? I don't know him." Mostly it was like why does he deserve to be a part of this group, this is a legendary group already established so it's like "Who is he"? to a lot of G-Unit fans 'cause they not Kidd Kidd fans. They don't know that Kidd Kidd been doing this. [But] it was good, too because it made me go harder, it made me feel like I'ma make sure I kill everything I'm on, I'ma make sure of it. So when you do hear this new dude and that new voice, you gonna be like "That n---- was nice," you know what I'm saying.
And shout out to my bros, man, just for accepting me and shout out to 50 first and foremost for even making me a part of that. 'Cause even when the reunion happened I didn't think I was gonna be a part of the group, I just thought they was back together and was happy as a fan first. And to be all the way a part of the group, that was just major to me. Who wasn't a fan of G-Unit, you can't lie and tell me you wasn't no fan of 'em.
Aside from the features on your tape, have you been in the studio with any other artists as of late?
Yeah, man, I knocked some s--- out with the homie Young Dolph, tryna stick to the South basis. I just was in the studio with a lot of QC artists, shout out to the whole QC label, them brothers been showing me love for years and this is beyond the music. Even to this day, I still haven't did a song with the Migos, but I hang with these n----s when I'm in the A 'cause when I first moved to Atlanta, they was kinda like my only friends [there.] Rich the Kid, Skippa [Da Flippa], [Jose] Guapo and all that, them n----s kept me out with them every day, just chilling, smoking, hanging everyday and cooling. They real n----s at the end of the day and music gon' come with it 'cause we all individual artists at the end of the day but other than that that's my homies, you know what I'm saying. So shout out to them. I'd love to being in the studio with a lot of people, but I really try to stick to my own craft for now.
You've been releasing a lot of mixtapes as of late, but have you started the recording process for your solo album yet?
I got so many songs, man. I got a lot of big songs and right now I feel like I haven't reached my mark as far as grabbing everybody ears. I got enough ears to drop an album, but I want everybody ears, I want your fans, his fans so when I drop my s--- it's gonna do what it's supposed to do. So right now I'm just grinding, grinding, grinding, 'cause everything is about timing.
Who would you say are some of your dream artists to record with?
The dream artists that I wanna work with, they're gone, I would've loved to have a song with Soulja Slim before he died, I would've loved to have a song with 'Pac, everyone else I feel like I did that [already]. I've did songs with Drake, I did a lot of songs with Wayne, I've did songs with 50 Cent. It's not too many people that work with [outside of them]. I'd love to do a song with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, people that's really out here saying something for the culture. Of course I'd love to get a nice club record with my homie Future, that's all I been listening to right now. Yeah, I'm part of the Future Hive [laughs].
Can fans expect a solo project from you before the end of 2015?
Y'all keep y'all ears and eyes close, I might be dropping something probably in November. I got so many projects that's finished. I'm really sitting on four projects right now. That's the toughest thing for me is to keep switching songs 'cause I'm constantly creating music every day. So I might have a project finished and everything so when I'm ready to feel like I wanna put it out, I done did these three new songs so I always go though that. That s--- there is a headache, but it's a good headache. But don't trip, y'all should be expecting another Rapper's Worst Nightmare where I'm killing these other n----s' tracks and after that I'm gonna give you another full body of work with original material.
What's your best memory from 2015?
Best memory I had... is losing everything and gaining it back, real talk. It was a point at this year when I lost everything. Not saying I fell off, I just had a current string of just bad luck at the time. The house I was renting for years in Atlanta, even before G-Unit, it just so happened that the man ended up selling the house on me. I was just doing a lot of street type s--- and then from that, boom, I had to hurry up and get all my s--- out of there and move back down to New Orleans and then I ended up wrecking my car. Real n---- s---, not me, my baby mama wrecked my car on purpose; she ran into my car with her car, real s---. After that, beef s--- started coming back from the past it was just so much s---. And then I'm stuck in the trenches, so it was just so much s--- at one time. Then I had to really really sit down and revaulate myself and next thing you know, here comes a blessing in the XXL [Freshman] cover, checks rolling in, we doing this, we doing that. I came back!
You was down for 40, now you up 50.
Real talk, so that was one of the most memorable things about 2015 for me.
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