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CHAMP: What’s goodie homey? What are you up to at the current moment?
J-Hood: Just finishing one of these mixtapes that I’m about to put up.
CHAMP: You just dropped the video for “Play My Song” featuring Babs. Is that the official single off Tales From the Hood?
J-Hood: Nah, what we gon’ do is I’ma drop five different videos off the Tales From the Hood, and I’ma just have it on the net for free download so we can promote that basically.
CHAMP: Now is there going to be two versions of Tales From the Hood or is it gonna be a different title we got for the actual LP?
J-Hood: This is it. This is all original material that I wanna get out there fast just because they had to wait as long as they had to wait so it’s just something that I’m giving out to the people. When I get this next major distribution you’ll actually get the official album.
CHAMP: How does it feel to have this project that was anticipated since you first came out finally drop?
J-Hood: More or less it’s just like…I just wanted to get it out there because along with the people that was waiting out, I was one of the people. Even though I was the artist, I was actually waiting for it to drop myself.
CHAMP: The project will drop under ODG. What’s poppin’ with the team and if you educate the people more on ODG and the movement?
J-Hood: ODG is my movement and it stands for On Da Grind. It’s for anybody that’s in the streets or not even in the streets. Whether you in the streets or the suburbs. Wherever you at when you want something you gotta grind for it. With that being said, it’s for anybody that’s on the grind. It don’t matter if you selling envelops, Jawbreakers, candy bars, whatever you selling and whatever you doing you on the grind. We just looking for the have-nots and the people that got ambition to keep doing what you gotta do to meet your goals and stuff like that.
CHAMP: Going back to Tales From the Hood. Who do we got featured on the joint?
J-Hood: What I tried to do was keep that to a minimum and show people that I can actually do it by myself and I don’t really need to be leaning on nobody for features to get people to be interested in the project so with that being said, I just put my ODG artists and I ain’t try to go crazy with the features.
CHAMP: Of course the whole situation with D-Block we can say is dead right now. Is it safe to say your focus is directed elsewhere, or is still something you got on your mind to this day?
J-Hood: My focus is definitely on something else man. My focus is strictly on making good music and just putting it out and letting the material speak for itself. I’m past that point in my life. I’m not holding grudges. What happened happened and it probably wasn’t the best thing that could’ve happened but it happened, and everything happen for a reason. You live and you learn. We probably could’ve handled situations differently but everything’s all said and done and I ain’t crying over no spilled milk. I ain’t got nothing against them dudes, they not enemies or nothing like that. I'm not saying we cool or nothing like that, but good luck to them with anything they doing.
CHAMP: Did you take in The Last Kiss album?
J-Hood: That’s a good album. To me that’s his best album he ever came out with me personally speaking.
CHAMP: There was the issue with Royce Da 5’9 and Joe Budden. That issue came about when Royce was sending requests for you to be on a joint –
J-Hood: Maaaaan that dude…I ain’t gon promote no artists out here ‘cause that’s what they want me to do. God bless America man. (Laughs). Word up.
CHAMP: (Laughs). Aside from that last year you were seen with 50. Was there anything happening in terms of you going over to G-Unit and is that still something that we can possibly see?
J-Hood: The thing with 50 was that he was telling me that he respected my work and he liked my music. We tried to see if we could work out a situation and I was looking for a negotiation where we could do a 50/50 joint venture deal with my project being on ODG/G-Unit, but we couldn’t patch that up due to some other stuff but I still respect his work ethic and I respect him as a business man and possibly in the future we can do something.
CHAMP: Going back to Tales From the Hood. What direction are we going with this album?
J-Hood: I’m not really doing a sort of direction. I’m just letting it flow right now. Whatever come to my mind this week when I went in the studio I’ll just let it flow.
CHAMP: Of course the game’s going through a recession right now. Could we see Hood possibly tapping into the commercial route to gain more success on a more “popish” type track?
J-Hood: I don’t know if you would say popish, but I’m after the gwop. We’re on the net heavy and when you look on the net and see my name out there, that’s my street team. You can’t pay for that. I’ma just do what I do to keep my name out there. Commercial doesn’t actually mean you have to make a pop record. I can definitely make a radio. You gon’ actually hear a couple from me as a matter fact. The actual Tales From the Hood is gon’ be coming out June 23 for free download on DatPiff. We also have ten mixtapes coming out before that. So look out for The Uncrowned King Part One, and it’s on from there.