How long must one persevere before they're recognized as an icon; a permanent fixture in whatever medium they've conquered time and time again? Some might say forever -- the love is in the struggle and vice versa -- while others would say once there is no more for that person to do. Krayzie Bone might just say the former, and with a new mixtape, album and movie on the way, there's always more to do when you're fully surfaced.
BallerStatus.com: What is the current state of Krayzie Bone?
Krayzie Bone: I feel good. I've been hitting the studio a lot recently and have been in a really creative mood and since I quit smoking weed, I've been in a way more focused mindset lately.
BallerStatus.com: That's incredible. Everyone knows how big a part weed played into the mythos of Bone. Many of your best songs were centered on weed!
Krayzie Bone: I've been smoking weed for a long time and it was just a grown up move, you know? I can't smoke forever. I was beginning to have chest pains and lung problems because of it and I didn't want to end up like a lot of guys who didn't pay attention to the warning signs. I love life, and I want to be healthy and be able to bring that good music to the people who want to hear it.
BallerStatus.com: Do you think fans will be able to tell a difference?
Krayzie Bone: Absolutely. I have more energy now; my breath control is perfect again. I'm not sleepy like I used to be. Weed makes you lazy, you know? You might have something planned, but after you smoke that blunt, you don't want to do anything anymore.
BallerStatus.com: You've a new single that's making noise called "In The Chevy." How'd that come about?
Krayzie Bone: It's off my new mixtape that I'm dropping and it's featuring one of my artists from Thug Line named Lil' Chico from Cleveland. The mixtape should be dropped by the end of March, early April. The name of it is The Fixtape Vol. 1: Smoke On This. I made it before I stopped smoking, but it's the last album that'll you'll hear.
BallerStatus.com: Give us a little insight on your new project.
Krayzie Bone: It's the first official mixtape that I've ever done, and it was something that I had wanted to do for some time. I started hitting the studio, grabbing instrumentals and knocking out songs. I did it to show people that it didn't matter what track I'm on, I'm killing it. I have some Thug Line artists on there, rounding it out. It's not a mixtape and it isn't a whole new album; it's somewhere in the middle, so I called it a "fixtape."
BallerStatus.com: Mixtapes have become a mainstay in the world of hip-hop.
Krayzie Bone: Yeah, it's a great way to showcase a new artist, to get them more attention. Even for established artists, it's a way to keep their music out there for the fans. The way things are with the record companies right now, the mixtape is essential for any artist. With the surge of the internet, there's no reason for your music to not be heard by someone.
BallerStatus.com: When can we expect your new studio album?
Krayzie Bone: I'm working on that right now, and it's called Chasing The Devil. It's going to be about what's going on in the world and what I've been going through for the last few years. It's about the pursuit of being somebody in this world and showing that it ain't all good like that. I got a song on the album called "We Ain't Really Livin'," where I'm talking about all of the bullsh** we have to go through as celebrities and how our life isn't our own anymore.
BallerStatus.com: Do you ever wish that you could've done something other than rapping?
Krayzie Bone: All the time. There's way more negative than positive in this game and it gets hard to adjust at times. You really start to lose interest in the music because of the negative energy behind it.
BallerStatus.com: It's not often that an act can release as many albums as Bone has and furthermore a member has so many. How do you do it?
Krayzie Bone: It's a blessing that we still have a fan base of loyal supporters that still check for us. We keep going because our fans want us to. Without them, there'd be no reason, so we never take that for granted. Every time we come out, we mean to give it the best we have. We communicate with the people; everyone in the world ain't balling. People still and will always struggle, so we speak for them, to them.
BallerStatus.com: How's your record label, Thug Line, been going?
Krayzie Bone: Honestly I'm just now really getting it started because I was trying to get artists that really were the essence of what Thug Line was about. I have two R&B artists, two rap artists that I'm working with now. One of the singers is the brother of Lyfe Jennings and he's definitely one to watch.
BallerStatus.com: What was it like being over at Full Surface with Swizz Beats?
Krayzie Bone: It was an experience. He threw in elements that we hadn't had before and it allowed us to come differently with our style and sound. It was a good look all around.
BallerStatus.com: What else are you getting into?
Krayzie Bone: I've got a few other projects that I'm working on, one in particular is a black western called "Ghetto Cowboy" that's been in the works for a long time and now we're finally getting it together. It stemmed from the song we had and it went from there.
BallerStatus.com: Any parting words?
Krayzie Bone: Just look out for Bone; we're always doing something so come do something with us. Flesh's coming home this year!