Mobb Deep broke a few hearts when they made their decision to sign with the hip-hop powerhouse known as G-Unit. Many of their long time fans questioned the choice and then wondered what type of position they were in before making the move with 50 Cent. Even though many called their G-Unit debut a flop, Havoc tells us why he feels otherwise.
BallerStatus.com chopped it up with Havoc about his mentality at G-Unit, and talks about 50 Cent’s presence in the studio and in the office. Answering the public outcry about the partnership himself and Prodigy’s become a part of, Havoc talks numbers, dollars, and why it made sense.
Oh, and he also talks about his first project as a solo artist, called The Kush, which is dropping on indie label, Nature Sounds. He tells us why him and Prodigy aren’t dropping their solo project on G-Unit, among other things. One things for sure, it’s still G-Unit.
BallerStatus.com: 50 has attacked anyone who has worked with his industry enemies his entire career. Will that be the case for you if you do a beat for someone he’s had problems with?
Havoc: 50 doesn’t control my life like that. I’m a bread getting dude and he’s the same. I will work with anybody I want to, but The Game. (Sarcastically) If Ja Rule came with $50,000 for a beat, then I would think about it (laughs).
BallerStatus.com: Let’s talk production. You have two tracks on 50’s new album right?
Havoc: Yeah … put it like this: one is called “187” and the other one is (quotes 50) “When Jeezy and Keisha was mmmh-mmmh kissing.” That’s the “Fully Loaded Clip” joint. So you know what it is.
BallerStatus.com: It’s pretty well known that anybody signed to G-Unit is going to almost have “contractual enemies” with people that have had problems with 50. Because of that, fans were quick to ask, “Why would Mobb Deep do that?”
Havoc: It was a business move and I think it was a smart move still. I’m not even worried about that question because the people who asked that question weren’t at our shows or thinking about the Mobb. Who wouldn’t get down with the biggest name in your business and it’s actually someone from your neighborhood?! I think that’s where the hate came from. 99% of the (music) population is struggling and I’m part of that too, but I’m trying to stop struggling. The business opportunity came with 50, so I took it; but without compromising my music.
BallerStatus.com: Speaking of that, were you happy with the album that was released through G-Unit?
Havoc: When I made it, I was very happy with the album. But you know how sometimes you make decisions and go, “I would’ve done this or that different?” I stepped back and looked at the album and I thought, “Maybe we did have 50 on the album a little too much.”
BallerStatus.com: Given a second chance to do it again, what changes would be there?
Havoc: We would’ve had 50 on the album as much. That’s not because he’s not a good artist or anything like that, but to keep the integrity of Mobb Deep. 50 was like, “Let me do this and that (track) with you.” And I was like, “Let’s do that sh**.” It still had the chance to be a great album if people weren’t haters.
BallerStatus.com: Will your solo project be built like you wanted the first Mobb Deep album on G-Unit to be?
Havoc: Put it like this. The first song I’m dropping is called “Shook Ones Pt. 3” and from there it’s self-explanatory.
BallerStatus.com: Why would both Prodigy and you drop albums on other labels other than a big machine like Interscope or the G-Unit brand?
Havoc: That’s more money for me. 50 didn’t try to stop me or ask for points or anything like that. He’s an entrepreneur about the business … He signed the papers and gave me my release and said, “Do what you do.”
BallerStatus.com: Guys with hits are getting 5,000 – 7,000 a show and that’s with Billboard presence. I would sound like I’m on the bandwagon if I talked about the tremendous difference in amount of money G-Unit artists are seeing when compared to other artists with more radio friendly songs. Can you explain that for the people?
Havoc: Exactly like I said earlier; (G-Unit) is a smart business move. Why should I catch so much flack for getting money? Mobb Deep is getting $17,000 a show overseas right now. Look it up.