June 8, 2009 |
Interview By: ESTAXX
With the South Bronx being the original birthplace of hip-hop, New York has brought legendary artists into the hip-hop world. New York has since lost some of its prominence in the hierarchy of Hip Hop relevancy, but there are several artists who strive to bring New York back on the map. ‘Beef’ has been an instrumental tactic for several artists to gain relevancy in Hip Hop, especially for artists from New York. But the latest saga has a bit of a twist.
The ongoing beef between Miami’s own Rick Ross and New York’s own 50 Cent is probably one of the biggest topics in hip-hop this year. Both of them and their camps have taken shots at each other on several videos and songs. Now, Ross is pushing his artists on his Maybach Music Group label starting off with his group Triple C’s which are planning to drop their debut album “America’s Most Wanted” later this year. Coming out of the Rick Ross camp comes Torch, born and raised in the Castle Hill Projects in the Bronx and now living in Miami. Torch is slowly becoming an artist that will hit the scene hard and lead the resurgence of the prominence of Hip Hop in New York.
[smartads]KeepItTrill.com: Today I bring to you Torch from Triple C’s. I would like to welcome you to KeepItTrill.com and to our viewers also, I would like to say thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for this exclusive interview with KeepItTrill.com. Let’s start this interview off by introducing yourself to the people that don’t already know who you are.
Torch: I go by Torch (Cartel- Headbussa from the Bronx) 1/3 of the infamous Coral City Cartel, Maybach Music Groups top gun and CEO of Specialyst Entertainment.
KeepItTrill.com: As a new artist coming from New York but now living in Miami. Can you tell the people as you were growing up who did you listen to? Who influenced you as an artist?
Torch: Currently I live on the road (Hotels, planes tour busses etc.) spreading the remainder of my time equally between my home town of New York, Miami, LA and Atlanta.
I feel that I‘m blessed to be an 80′s baby. I have an old soul (laughing) Coming up I listened to Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Slick Rick. When I got to high school I started to bang 2 Pac, Biggie, Wu Tang, Scare Face, Snoop, Nas and Jay Z just to name a few. I’m a fan of good music period.
KeepItTrill.com: Can you tell the world how long you’ve been rapping & who or what introduced you to Hip Hop?
Torch: I’ve been rapping since I was about fourteen or fifteen, but I really didn’t start taking it serious until Ross dropped “Hustling”. Seeing someone that close to me make a hit record sparked something inside of me. I knew I was capable of greatness to. Now I feel like I’m top 10 in the world, lyrically there aren’t too many people on my level.
KeepItTrill.com: What do you feel you’re bringing to the table and what separates you from the next new artist coming out?
Torch: “VERSAITILITY” Most new artist and even a few vets have so called lanes when it comes to music. When it comes to me I can’t be put in a specific box, every time you think you know what to expect. I come with a different flow, concept.
People see that in the numerous songs that I’ve ghost written for other artist in a variety of genres. A few of the songs placing on Billboard top 20 charts. I keep everything I do fresh.
KeepItTrill.com: How did you hook up with Rick Ross and become a member of Triple C’s?
Torch: When I was sixteen I caught a drug charge and my mom sent me to live with my older sister in Miami to avoid going to jail. “I STILL ENDED UP GOING”… But anyways one day Ross saw me chilling on the corner on my New York shit and he told me “That aint how we do shit down here, you’re gonna fuck around and get yourself indicted”. He took me under his wing and been like a big brother to me ever since.
As far as Triple Cs I’m one of the founders. It’s a big misconception that Ross came to New York and signed me. I helped build this growing empire from the ground up.
KeepItTrill.com: On this website we keep it Trill. Lately in Miami the beef with Ross and Trick Daddy has gone to another level. There was a video that was leaked onto the internet a few months back which was the unviewed part where Ross was first asked “How do you feel with Trick Daddy releasing the corrections officer photos.” He went to talk about Trick Daddy in a way that caught a lot of people off guard. Can you share with the world your opinion on this whole beef with Ross and Trick Daddy?
Torch: Ross and Trick Daddy are two heavy weights on the same turf. There’s always going to be a power struggle in situations like this. Trick Daddy use to be where Ross is now and sometimes it’s hard for those who came before to pass the torch (no pun intended) But, it is what it is, as long as no one says my name we straight. Soon as lines get crossed my lyrical reputation speaks for its self, I won’t leave anyone standing. You say fuck me, well fuck you too.
KeepItTrill.com: There has been a lot of beef in the ’09 and you and your crew have been in the center of it. What is your take on the beef between your crew & G Unit? How does this affect your relationship with other artists and fans in New York?
Torch: In my eyes there is no beef just washed up people with too much time on their hands. Miscommunication always turns into conflict and in this business conflict rolls into currency. Don’t get it twisted shits real but, I just focus on making my music. I don’t focus on that shit. New York is my home town POINT BLANK! You always going to get those who aint even associated with anything or anyone who want to try and make a name for them self when the cameras are on. But, when in your face ask for your autograph. This is a business and if you want to let petty shit get in your way of progression stay out of my way.
KeepItTrill.com: Ok….now as you know there have been concerted efforts to undermine Rick Ross and anyone that is associated with him. How do you feel about the whole ordeal of Ross’s legitimate past employment and his baby’s mother doing business with 50 cent? How does all of this negative attention and ridicule affect you and the rest of the members of Triple C’s & Maybach Music Group?
Torch: That situation doesn’t have an effect on anything Triple Cs. I don’t know how washed up niggas with no deals are trying to step to anyone right now. I focus on Torch.
KeepItTrill.com: Wow…Lets make a right turn and talk about your music. What projects have you been working on? Can you clarify your current label situation for the folks at KeepItTrill.com?
Torch: Def Jam/ Maybach Music Groups the label. I also own my own label Specialyst Entertainment. We have the next dudes to run the game, so get ready cause we’re coming. My latest solo project titled Ski Mask Music Vol. 1 dropped a couple of months ago. I’m also recording Triple Cs Album “Amerika’s Most Wanted” in addition to my solo album “Human Heroin”. On top of ghost writing for a few people, I’ve been doing more multitasking than there are hours in the day.
KeepItTrill.com: How would the fans get in contact with you, if they wanted to listen to new music or even book you?
Torch: I’m global, constantly cooking classics! I can be reached at http://www.torchisny.com/ or www.myspace.com/torch917. If push comes to shove my publicist can always find me! (Laughing) firstname.lastname@example.org, she’s going to kill me for this one.
KeepItTrill.com: Thank you for providing KeepItTrill.com with this exclusive interview. Anything you want to tell the fans of KeepItTrill.com?
Torch: Yeah, shot outs to KeepItTrill.com and my nigga Chris. Estaxx it’s been a pleasure my dude. Specialyst Entertainment, Sinsay, my nigga Gat, Truth, Smoke Grey ,Gunplay, Ross, Mass Pike Miles. Fuck what ya heard it’s what you’re hearing. Torch! I’m that BOY….
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