For every successful rapper, there is a hundred lurking underground — hungry and talented, frustrated and longing for their chance to shine. Some rise from the underground and make it to the mainstream, some never get their chance to shine and others get only a taste of the good life. New Jersey hip-hopper, Big Lou, got a taste of the possibilities when he was signed to DJ Kay Slay’s Streetsweepers company. It seemed that the years of hard work, sacrifices and time perfecting his craft were finally paying off.
That is until he felt as if his new home was not intent on supporting his movement. Now he is ready to speak his mind exclusively to Ballerstatus, where he discusses why he parted ways with Streetsweepers, offers insight into DJ Kay Slay’s relationship with Papoose, how the DJ saved Papoose’s life in Philly, why he supports Beanie Siegel, his message to Joe Budden, being blackballed in the industry and more.
Oh, he just dropped an exclusive track airing out the entire situation as well. It’s called “I Don’t Wanna Be Right,” off the upcoming BallerStatus mixtape Digital Dynasty 10. (Download the track right here)
BallerStatus.com: How does Big Lou the free agent differ from the Big Lou that was on Streetsweepers?
Big Lou: Big Lou is now more focused. I ain’t taking that bullsh** no more. I’ve always been humble, but aggressive, and it’s time to get what I deserve. I really see how these industry motherf***ers is and even the legends — some of them are roaches. The industry ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. Cats don’t know and don’t realize how much sh** is in the game.
BallerStatus.com: Where do you and DJ Kay Slay stand?
Big Lou: We don’t stand nowhere. I talked to him and I was like “I’m gonna do my thing”, and he said “Alright.” I was like “I’ll send you some records,” and that way he could play me on the radio ’cause I need the spins. He said “Alright,” and that he had me on the album, which I ain’t understand. So I sent him records and next thing you know, he is not playing my records. He was always making excuses like he ain’t get it in his email.
BallerStatus.com: Why do you think he didn’t give you the same attention and spins as Papoose?
Big Lou: What’s funny is that he even told me that Papoose was a hard-headed n****, but yet he gave him all this love. I don’t know if he is scared of him or what. I know that was his first artist and supposedly they’re like brothers. They got a strange relationship where they always going at it like cats and dogs from what I heard. I heard it from Slay’s mouth that he’s hard-headed. I would stay quiet. I was worried about me and what we gonna do for Big Lou. I wasn’t into all that sh**. Now Slay blames it on the lawsuit, but before the lawsuit came he was barely playing me.
BallerStatus.com: Do you feel that Kay Slay is contradicting himself when he told you that he didn’t want to do music anymore, but is dropping an album in January that you are absent from?
Big Lou: When he told me that I was like “I can’t believe this sh**.” I looked up to this man as a legend. When you really start knowing these n****s, you lose respect ’cause you see what they about ain’t real. It’s all for the media. So he contradicted himself ’cause now if you don’t give a f*** about it no more, why you dropping an album?
BallerStatus.com: What is your relationship with Papoose?
Big Lou: There ain’t no relationship. I reached out when I first met the n**** and it was that fake love, but I was peeping everything out. I tried to touch base with him a couple times and he wasn’t returning my calls. I was hungry, so I’m coming in and showing that n**** love. When I didn’t see the same love, I said “F*** this n****.”
BallerStatus.com: In the new song (I Don’t Wanna Be Right), you said you “… saved him (Papoose) from those Philly n****s…” What happened in Philly when you stepped in to save him?
Big Lou: He didn’t even know it, but there was some grimy motherf****ers ready to get at his neck. I’m the one who saved that boy’s life when he was in Philly. They was ready to chop his neck off. I took them outside and talked to them. I respected them and they respected me. I said “That sh*** ain’t gonna happen like that ’cause that n****’s in my team.” I saved his life when they could have did him dirty. I ain’t go blast to him about it. I kept it to myself. It is what it is. That’s Slay’s goonie and he don’t know the realest goonie he had was me.
BallerStatus.com: Do you think Papoose will respond?
Big Lou: I don’t give a f*** what he do. He can respond or whatever, but just keep it hip-hop. I ain’t no slouch. They woke a sleeping giant.
BallerStatus.com: In looking back on your relationships with Kay Slay and Papoose, do you think you did anything to contribute to such bad relationships?
Big Lou: What I did wrong was f*** with n****s that didn’t work as hard as I worked. Kay Slay said “Meet me halfway,” and I met him more than that. 80% of the collaborations I got, I did by myself on my own muscle. If I am a CEO and I see someone that hungry, I am gonna push that n**** hard. I talk about battered women, good women and people that went through pain. I got two crackhead brothers, a strong mother and a father that don’t love us. I speak real sh**. I do music to uplift my people and Kay Slay passed on that sh**. I had love for him, but I gotta take that n**** to the yard. And Papoose needs to humble the f*** down. He’s already facing a lot of adversity and he needs to stop acting like he’s 18. He’s a grown ass man and needs to put himself together the right way and be successful.
BallerStatus.com: What happened with your lawsuit that halted your music career?
Big Lou: He is telling people things about the lawsuit like somebody kept him in the dark. He knew everything that happened in that lawsuit. He went on an interview and lied. I argued with him over that sh**. What kind of sh** is that? I took care of it, not Kay Slay. If that was Papoose, he would have been with him and helping him, but Big Lou took care of it. I was still repping Streetsweeper and keeping my loyalty at the time. He should have respected me more when he saw I took care of it. I know in the back of his mind he is thinking like “This motherf***er don’t give up.” I’m from Camden, New Jersey and we don’t give the f*** up. I go aggressive and hard.
BallerStatus.com: Do you find it ironic that both you and Beanie Siegel are going through the same thing around the same time?
Big Lou: I think real n****s are tired of dealing with fake motherf***ers that talk hip-hop and all this sh** like they really represent hip-hop. I don’t feel bad for Beanie ’cause he is a warrior like I am. We hate when fake motherf***ers don’t push the way they supposed to be pushing. Beanie said the truth ’cause I went through the same sh** and all Kay Slay will do is what Jay-Z did, which is go on a panel and talk his ass out of it and make it look good. They both know a lot of people and will have it look good, but I ain’t gonna cater to that bullsh**.
BallerStatus.com: Why did you say if Joe Budden is the king of New Jersey, you are God?
Big Lou: Joe Budden is no king of Jersey. If anybody is the king, think about Wise Intelligent, Chino XL … and definitely got to take the hat off to Redman. I’m the livest n**** after him, so call me prince. We can even take it further to Queen Latifah. You got to think about people that paved the way. I didn’t dig what he did by disrespecting Method Man, Raekwon and people that came before him. He will never make a classic. So you can’t disrespect legends that paved the way for you. They had their run, so you need to worry about you placing your mark.
BallerStatus.com: Do you think you will be blackballed in the future for you speaking your mind?
Big Lou: I am being blackballed now. I see how certain n****s react and they don’t really want to touch or connect. I see how they are moving and I know it is probably Kay Slay. I am blackballed now, but the game is different. There are different avenues and ways around that. I ain’t gonna do what a 64-year-old man wants me to do. I’m gonna still do my music.