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Hurricane Katrina Remembered: New Orleans rapper Choppa remembers Katrina while Texas rapper Black Stallion makes her Debute.

By Sienna Miller



An interview by Sienna MillerQ: How long have you been rapping?Choppa- “forever!”Q: Can you think back to a specific age?Choppa- “Since about the age of six.”Q: What got you interested in rapping, in the first place?Choppa- “It was always a hobby of mine…something I always did coming up. I’d put words together and said I was gonna take it to a national level after I figured{{more}} out that I had a good style and everybody was liking it.”Q: Where are you originally from?Black Stallion- “I am originally from Tyler Texas, but have lived in Arlington for the past four years.”Q: How long have you been rapping?Black Stallion- “For about seven years now.”Q: What got you interested in rap?Black Stallion- “The Hot Boys from Cash Money in 99’. I used to hate rap, to be honest.”Q: What do you think it was that kind-of changed things for you?Black Stallion- “I went to my first rap concert in Oakland California and it was their concert, The Ruff Riders Tour. They did a song called Hot Girl and I just wrote a response in the airplane on the way back home. Ever since then, I’ve been rapping!”Q: Have you had a chance to meet with them? Black Stallion- “I toured with them for a while. I did all the West coast. I did some of the South. I did some of the East coast dates on the Ruff Riders Tour and I did UTP with Juvenile when he went his own way. They didn’t really want a female. They were on a whole different level. After I toured with them, I could kind-of see why. We talked and they still inspire me. I liked them and I always will.”Q: What years did you tour with them?Black Stallion- “2000, 2001, 2002”Q: Choppa, could you tell me a little bit about your Album Comin Back Home?Choppa- “Comin Back Home was actually dedicated to New Orleans, for everybody who lost something. We’re just trying to get everybody to come back home. That’s how I came up with the name for that album.”Q: You mention Hurricane Katrina…What are your feelings on directly knowing about the tragedy that took place? About the Aftermath?Choppa- “I feel like they didn’t do enough to help us, and we still have people who don’t have rental assistance. We still have people who are living outside of New Orleans that are suppose to be back home. I go back like every other weekend, just to check on different residences, where we were staying and where some of my family was and they really haven’t done anything to those places. It’s been near two years. I just feel like they’re not doing enough to help those people who really lost things. FEMA checks have been given to people who were not even involved in this flood!”Q: Have you contributed in any way, back to New Orleans? What would you like to see done about the present state of the city? Choppa- “We did a few charity events and concerts. We donated money, we did all we could do, but it’s really not us…it’s the people above us that have to make the call for things to happen. If I could do anything, all I can really give them is love and support, for right now. It’s like everybody went through it. I also went through it, so I feel the same way they feel.”Q: From your Album Comin Back Home, What do you hope people will gain from actually coming back home?Choppa- “I feel like what we’ll gain is, we’ll just shut em’ down, because they don’t want us to come back…that’s the whole point. Most of the black areas were flooded out… They stayed on roofs for four or five days, and were still sleeping on the bridge. I feel like for us to go back, it will prove a point that they can’t take us down. New Orleans is us!”Q: On that album, you also worked with rapper Juvenile. Can you tell me a little bit about that? What is it like working with him?Choppa- “Well you know that’s my hometown. I come from New Orleans, so all of us kind of like vibe together. I was on No Limit and he was on Cash Money there wasn’t a whole lot that we could have done back in the day. But when all of us went our separate ways from No Limit and Cash Money, we started combining, collaborating and doing songs. I’ve got Juvenile, Lil Wayne, BG, Magic and a lot of different New Orleans rappers on my albums.”Q: Could you also tell me some of the other artists you’ve worked with in addition to those albums?Choppa- “I’ve been on tour with Jay-Z, Ja-Rule…50-Cent on the Street Balla Tour. I’ve worked with No Limit’s Master P. I worked recently with UNK , with the 2-Step remix.”Q: What brought the both of you here today?Choppa-“ Actually, we’re just trying to bring some of this New Orleans flavor and some of this Dallas flavor down to Abilene. Show ya’ll how we do it. We also have albums getting ready to come out, so we’re letting everybody know that Choppa’s back and Black Stallion is about to do her thing. I have my single right now that we’re working on called Whoa; it’s a club smash hit. We’ll also be performing at a local club in the city of Tye.”Q: Black Stallion, if you could tell me some of the things you’ve done. What are some of the things to look forward to o this album?Black Stallion- “I came to the top two for 3LW , when they were trying to replace their girl…which was really singing, but that’s not truly my passion. The TLC, I made it to the top two, and I was pregnant so I couldn’t do it. I have a son. Really I think my best song I think, came from that experience. I won the Bad Boy South Block Entertainment, the Hood to Hood talent search they did. As far as my accomplishments, I’ve pretty much done all that I’ve wanted to do, besides become nation-wide or drop an album and just really be successful. I want to encourage… I really just want to represent for the females to be honest.” “I haven’t had my own album before so this is my first album. I have five more songs to do. Some are explicit, I’m not gonna lie. Some are out there, but it’s reality. I look forward representing for the females in Texas. We have never had a female represent …never. Really just your everyday female, you got hood, you got prissy. Everybody’s got something in them. So I want to represent for the ladies…what is real, what is fact. I think my biggest thing is to be like it’s O.K., to be O.K. Growing up I thought you had to be thick, you gotta know how to do this, you gotta know how to do that, to be a woman. It’s not fact and we go through a lot, abortions, miscarriages, rape, whatever…that’s life. That’s what I really want to say for my album…let them know that it’s alright to be normal. The name of my Album coming out is called The Other Woman.” Q: Are you all a part of “Take Fo’Records” as well? Music Promoter and CEO of Take Fo’ Records Terrence Willburn- “Basically what we’re doing right now is a joint-venture project with Choppa. Choppa has his own label Street Ballas Entertainment. So we’re working on a joint-venture with Universal Records. The thing is he owns his own, we own our own and we’re gonna bring Stallion on as well with Universal. Everybody’s working as a team right now.”More from this interview with Music Promoter Terrence Wilburn -New orleans/Houston, Choppa and Black Stallion, coming soon. You’ll hear more about their views on Hip-Hop and community based newspapers like the Tribune, and media as a whole!

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