|Label:||Poe Boy/Cash Money/Motown|
|Next Project:||Street Medicine|
|Twitter:||Brisco on Twitter|
With the temperature rising throughout the country in anticipation of summer, Miami rapper Brisco hopes the season lasts longer than August. Set for release this fall, Brisco will unveil his Poe Boy/Cash Money/Universal Motown debut album “Street Medicene.” Labeled as the “Street Politician,” the Opa Locka native looks to make his mark as the most politically controversial artist, to have mainstream appeal, since Tupac Shakur. Co-signed by the self proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive,” Lil’ Wayne, it shouldn’t be hard for Brisco to get his name mentioned in conversation. During an interview with DJBooth.net’s DJ “Z,” Brisco discusses his plan to nurse hip hop back to health, why starting beef is so appealing, and how he blew his mother’s $400,000 life insurance policy in less than one year.
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Brisco Interview Transcription
DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on ya’ll? It’s your boy “Z,” doin’ it real big and joining me inside the DJ Booth is a man who calls Opa Locka, Florida home. Reppin’ Dade County, Cash Money, and Poe Boy. Please welcome Brisco – how you doin’?
Brisco: You know what it is: I’m great, I’m blessed.
DJ Booth: You are blessed! So I did my research on Opa Locka. Do you know what it stands for?
Brisco: You know what it stands for? I dunno.
DJ Booth: Yeah, it’s actually a contraction of the Native Americans’ name for what is ”Opa-tisha-woka-locka”, which means, “the highland north of the little river on a camping place.” I take it there’s not much camping that goes on though in Miami, huh?
Brisco: Uh-huh, naw, no campin’.
DJ Booth: There might not be camping in Opa Locka, but there does happen to be a lot of violence and drug use. So many artists talk about these realities in their music, but the fact of the matter is that they personally never experienced them firsthand. Brisco, as an artist, you grew up in that environment, you’ve lost family and friends, you know about it. How do you feel about the artists who are fronting, on that upbringing?
Brisco: I love my city; I love where I come from. Really I wanna just make it vivid to the world, paint a picture to the world. I have my city and it’s not all just bad, it’s not all violence. It is people that genuinely love the city.
DJ Booth: Definitely. Now, when you turned 18 you were able to receive the money from your mother’s life insurance policy after she sadly passed away. It was approximately, what I understand, about $400,000, is that correct?
DJ Booth: I heard it was all spent in a very short amount of time. Where did that money go; what happened?
Brisco: Aw man, I’m talkin’ about cars; I’m talkin’ about goin’ out of town, travelin’, and girls. Experience is the best teacher, so I used those things that I went for in my life now, and it was all the learnin’ experience, it made me a better person.
DJ Booth: If you could go back, would you have done something different with the money, possibly invest it?
Brisco: Yep, lotta real estate, I woulda bought a couple houses, ‘cause at the time, houses was like, a hundred thousand, a hundred-fifty thousand. I could’ve got two houses, that would’ve made me a million dollars right now.
DJ Booth: Well like you said, it’s an experience-gainer for you, so it’ll definitely help you in the future with different financial issues. In 2001, Brisco, you joined Miami powerhouse, Poe Boy Entertainment, and you just recently inked a deal with Cash Money. Is your time, Brisco, finally here?
Brisco: Yeah, it’s here, I just been in the studio, tryin’ to perfect my craft. You know, I feel like it’s my time right now. I’m comin’ to the sort of time where I found myself.
DJ Booth: Definitely, that’s important. On your hot new single, “In the Hood,” with Lil’ Wayne, you spit the line “Since I got the deal, girls saying, ‘He’s so handsome.’” Do money and the possibility of fame, ruin relationships? Are you able to, be yourself?
Brisco: It ruins relationships, ‘cause like it’s a change enough. You know, when you strugglin’, you strugglin’ all your life for dinner, you change and everything is comin’ a little easier, it’ll change anyone. Money’ll change anyone. I just see it like it’s a learnin’ experience, ‘cause I had a lot of money, I had that chance, to see my money fall on the floor like spilled milk, so therefore I know what to do and I know how to act and I know how to act accordingly. So if I was to get a million dollars right now, I’d still know how to act because I already had it, but if I didn’t had a million, it might change me a little, you know?
DJ Booth: Well, that money certainly changes the women around you. Have you had to change your cell phone multiple times to keep all those old girlfriends away?
Brisco: I changed them phones. You gotta have three, four phones.
DJ Booth: Another cut I wanna talk about, it’s called, “I’m Into That,” produced by Cool and Dre. You spit a chorus that has you alerting everyone you’re into beef and drama, and that’s an interesting stance to take. Is that just a catchy chorus, Brisco, or is that how you feel?
Brisco: The beefs, yeah man. Hip hop is made of the beefs, you know, it’s made up of the hoopla, it’s made up of the controversy. I was feedin’ in to it, you know? When a controversy and the beefs come, rappers feed in to it. That’s like the battleground of rap, of the hip hop. That’s the battleground, that’s where you go see how good your skills is. Like a sword fight.
DJ Booth: The chorus, and the song, and the idea, it’s more of just a generic idea; you’re not necessarily aiming these lines at any particular person?
Brisco: No, it’s just aimed at that hip hop. That’s what everybody into, they into that, everybody wearing flags now, different color flags. It just symbolizes unity, that’s what it is, we into that. We into hip hop, you understand?
DJ Booth: Yes sir. Now, “In the Hood,” and “I’m Into That,” are both going to be on your debut album off of Cash Money/Poe Boy/Universal Motown, called “Street Medicine,” set to drop later this summer. So, is hip hop sick, and if so can Brisco nurse it back to health?
Brisco: Yeah, ‘cause you know, not to toot my own horn or anything, I’m one of the biggest things since Tupac Shakur, in the political form of hip hop, ‘cause I’m speaking real live struggle, I’m speakin’ to the slums, I’m speakin’ to the people who on welfare, you know what I’m sayin’? The people who need welfare, just too them cats, them gangstas, them thugs, who just [need] a hug, need a little help, they just needed to be coached and put on the game, you understand? That’s the street medicine.
DJ Booth: The nickname you’ve been given because of this is “Street Politician.” That leads me to believe that you have strong beliefs on a variety of subjects, and what we’re going to do is play a little game now. I’m going to list a stance and I want you to give me a yes or a no, if you choose to either support the stance or negate the stance, okay? First one: the cost of CDs should be lower, yes or no?
Brisco: Yes, I support it.
DJ Booth: Tupac’s record label, you just mentioned him a second ago, Interscope, should continue to put out his work postmortem.
DJ Booth: Your labelmate, Lil’ Wayne is the hottest rapper currently in the industry. Yes or no?
DJ Booth: Illegal downloads are responsible for the overall decline in album sales. Yes or no?
DJ Booth: Brisco is the hottest thing out of the 305 area code, right now.
Brisco: Yes, yes. Of course!
DJ Booth: Okay. Brisco, go ahead give everybody a website, a Myspace address, so they can find out more about what you got goin’ on, and your debut album, “Street Medicine,” in stores very soon.
Brisco: http://www.myspace.com/brisco305, that’s the Myspace. Brisco Street Mob, ya’ll wanna hit me up with them tracks, them beats, I’m still workin the album, it’s not closed. Http://www.24hourhiphop.com , that’s where you can find out everything about me, Brisco. My man “Z”, he gonna have the interview online, so ya’ll check it out.
DJ Booth: Brisco, I appreciate your time, I wish you nothing but the best of luck and please, do yourself and everybody in this industry a favor: nurse it back to health, we need hip hop to be real again, and you can do that.
Brisco: God bless you, man.