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10-11-2005, 01:46 AM

It won't let me copy and paste it though.

10-11-2005, 04:26 AM

How are you doing man?

Everything's good man. Training camp's started. I'm back in the mix of things. I got the album coming, the family's good, can't complain.

How does it feel to be back?

It's been a long time. Now I finally have a chance to get back on the basketball court and I get a chance to have fun now finally.

What have you been up to with Tru Warier lately?

Tru Warier right now is popping. Allure's album still has a chance to make a lot of noise in the industry. B-12 is a hot R&B album. I'm working on my record. I got Mike Jones on there, Nas, Daron from 112, we got beats from Cool and Dre, Big Pokey's on the album, Nature's on the album, and of course Ron Artest is on the album.

How's the rapping going?

A lot of people say "oh he's an NBA player, he shouldn't be rapping" or just saying that I can't rap and not wanting to give me a chance. I don't really care what people think. I think my street credibility is just as good as any entertainers in the music industry. I feel like I got the "ok" to do whatever I want pretty much. Outside that, we have a lot of good talent on this album anyway, Nas, Mike Jones, Nature, Cormega…I got beats from Havoc, the album is sounding hot.

When do you want to put the album out?

I got people working the songs at radio. Once I get a couple of records on the radio, the albums coming out right after. It could be January or February.

What's it like going from playing ball with the best players in the world to rhyming with some of the best rappers in the world?

It's ill. I haven't mastered basketball yet. People would say I do a lot of things well, but I didn't have anything perfected. Now I have certain skills perfected. And I've been doing music for six years and my music is getting better, and I still want to get better. I take the same approach from basketball into the music. I just want to compete. I want people to hear my music and say they like that song where it doesn't even have to do with Ron Artest. I make sure my hooks are catchy and my production is tight.Looking at other basketball players that rapped. Shaq was cool, then there was Iverson, and then Kobe.

Do you feel like certain athletes have made it hard for other athletes to be taken seriously in the music industry?

Nah, it's all right. Deion Sanders had that one joint "It Must Be the Money," and people were feeling that. Shaq had "Outstanding." Those were the only two songs that really caught on. Shaq sold over a million too. Iverson likes music, Kobe likes music. What's going to separate me is that I'm not trying to be nobody but me, like Shaq. That's why Shaq sold so much. I think with Iverson, he was so gangsta where he wouldn't have made as much money selling music and people in the NBA didn't like that. And with Kobe, a lot of people just don't like Kobe. Him being an NBA player, I like his raps because I'm an NBA player. But on the other end, you have to be able to compete and be more than an NBA player that raps. I'm trying to be a hot rapper.

How do you balance your time between Tru Warier and the Pacers?

Indiana has showed me a lot of love which is ill. After I play ball, I'll go to the studio and promote my album. It's been pretty hard. I'm just trying to get people used to what I'm doing because it's never going to stop. The only way it's going to stop is if they put a stop plug in me. A lot of people don't agree with it. I don't care. I'm still in the hood. Jay-Z makes a lot of money, 50 Cent makes a lot of money, and Ron Artest makes a lot of money, so why can't Ron Artest rap? They're making money and still rapping. I'm in the hood more than a lot of people, rapper, non-rapper, and other people. I feel like I have the "ok" and nobody can question what I do.

You said you wanted to take time off last year to focus on the label, how do you feel about that statement you made today?

I think that was ****ed up what I did to my team. I should never have said that I wanted to take time off from my team to record. That was just wrong. On the other hand, it's not like I'm playing my music in the locker room. I like to listen to other music in the locker room. My teammates understand what I'm trying to do.

How many closet MC's are there in the NBA?

There's a lot of people that want to do it but they don't really know what to do. You have to be yourself! Like with Nelly, when he came with that "Country Grammar," he was himself. Eminem with "Hi, My Name is…" was himself. Outkast is themselves. There might be somebody like an Outkast in the NBA because people love music.Are you the best rapper in the NBA?I'm not the best rapper in the NBA. Elton Brand is better than me. Stephen Jackson is better than me. Troy Hudson is nice. Troy Hudson has some fire. There's a lot of people in the NBA that are nice and have the credibility to do what they want because they gangsta and they got gangsta people, and the bottom line is they love music. I think even if somebody from the suburbs wanted to rap, they should be able to rap, White, Black, or Chinese. People love music nowadays, and that's what it's about.A Steve Nash album would be dope.Bottom line, that **** gotta be fire. If you're going to come out with an album, that joint gotta be hot. You can put out an album, some people are going to like it, some won't. What I'm trying to do, I want people to like my joint so I'm going in the booth trying to make hot songs.

How is the way you play ball similar to your approach to rapping?

It's totally different. When I'm in the booth, I hear the track and I say "I want to make a hit." Sometimes I don't even want to make a hit, I just want to make a song about the hood where you just have to listen to the words. Sometimes I want to make a song that could play in the club all day. Most of the songs I like to make, I'm trying to get them in the club. I want them to be in the club every day. That's how I'm coming right now. When you get the album, you get a chance to see what I've been through.

What do you think David Stern and the league thinks of your rapping?

As long as it doesn't affect the NBA, they're cool about it. I'm not talking about a lot of nice things on my album. I'm talking about stuff that I see and that I still see because I'm in the ghetto. I can't leave the ghetto for some reason. There's going to be some things on my album that the upper class and rich folk won't like. They can take it how they want to take it when they hear the album, but it's coming out.

Do you think the music will be a distraction to you this season?

No because if you think about it, I've been doing music for six years. Sometimes I'll be recording in the booth right before a game. I finished a whole album and I'm in great shape. It's really not going to be a distraction and my team, we have a bunch of strong-minded guys that couldn't care less about the album. In my spare time after practice, I'll be hitting the studio.

Do you take your studio on the road?

Yeah, I got a little set-up where if I'm feeling the track, I can take the mic into the closet and lay a gangsta-*** track and send it to my people in Queensbridge to see what they think of it and if they feel it. Half the time I couldn't care less what they think about it.

With so much history coming out of Queensbridge, do you feel the responsibility to help carry the torch?

Right now, I'm about to put Queensbridge on the map. It's not going to be no gangsta-*** kill everybody album. What I'm going to do is open the door for the Tragedy's, the Littles', the Mobbs…Queensbridge is about to blow up again. We deserve to be on top. The only reason we're not on top is because we kept it too gangsta. Now it's time to make a hit. Everybody's making money selling these club songs and these fruity songs, we have to make some real hits. Look at Interscope. That's a gangsta-*** record label. 2Pac had some gangsta-*** songs and some club joints. It's time for Queensbridge to make some club bangers.

It seems like the media portrays you to be a crazy dude. Who is the real Ron Artest?

I just do me. I play ball. I rap, and I try to make songs for the club. I have a family, so if you hear me about being in the club getting it popping, that's not true. I'm married with four children. I don't care what people think about me. I'm in the hood every summer. I'm like the king of the hood. Nobody does it how I do it. That's pretty much it man. I'm a regular dude. I don't really try to wild out. They be calling me "thug this, thug that" but you can't blame me. I grew up around gangstas and killers. You can't blame me for who I grew up around.

Do you have any regrets about how that Detroit incident went down?

Just the little kid that was in the middle of everything. They kept showing him on TV. And also all of the people that didn't want to be involved in the situation. I feel sorry for those people. I don't feel sorry for the people that started that trouble. They should get smacked in the face every time somebody sees them. And I don't care about the people that blamed the whole situation on me, whether they work for the NBA or not. Those people can kiss my ***. Other than that, I wish I wasn't a part of that. But if somebody else was a part of it, it probably would have turned out worse. At least I was able to hold myself down during that. My teammates are good people and it made them look bad, and I wasn't happy about that.

Have you talked to Ben Wallace at all since the incident?

No. I never spoke to Ben Wallace before or after. I don't know him like that. I like how he plays defense.

Did the time off from last year help or hurt you?

It helped me man. I improved my song-writing. I got to get in the studio and just make fire. The time really helped out. Plus I got a chance to rest my body and I had the chance to get better in basketball too.

Are we going to see a new Ron Artest this year on the court?

Nah. The same one! Playing hard, fouling, playing all out of control, the same one.

You wore #91 last year as a tribute to Rodman, do you feel like you're the bad boy of the league right now?

Yeah. I think whenever something is wrong, they need a scapegoat, and right now, I'm that dude. It'll probably be someone else later. I love Rodman, that's my boy.

What are your plans for Allure right now?

Right now, they're free agents. I'm still kind of helping them. If nobody snatches them up before I get back on my feet from that loss I took, I'm going to snatch them back up and I'm going to put their album out in a year and a half.

What went wrong with the Allure project?

The only thing that went wrong was when I got suspended, I had to fall back. There was a lot of things on my mind. I was never ready to experience what I was going through. I took the album off the shelf. I didn't give the album a chance to see what it could do. If I get another chance to put out another Allure album, it's going to succeed because they're hot. Anybody who heard the album said it was hot, but it came out November 23rd and I got in trouble November 19th. I didn't even get a chance to see how it would do.

What are you going to differently when you drop your album?

I wish I would have had the music experience on the Allure album that I have for my album. I'm only going to get better. My experience is only going to be that much better when I drop the next album.

What does someone have to have in order to rock the Ron Artest jersey right?

The sneakers have to be fly. I have the new kicks coming out. I'm signing off on them, they're hot. G-Unit kicks are fly. The new Sean Jean joints are fly. You have to have fly joints. If you want to totally be Ron Artest for the day, you have to get my new sneakers, they're going to be on the website in another month. They're called K1x, they ain't no basketball shoes because I don't care about being a basketball player. They some shoes that you're going to fly in. I've got some basketball shoes, but don't buy my basketball shoes, buy the shoes that you can look good in. When you want to go to the club with your white tee and Artest jersey and you want to look gangsta for the night, you have to get my K1x and the Tru Warier jeans. You know you're not going to get no gummy-bear apparel. That's going to make you look right. You can get my visor or hat, and you're going to feel right. You can feel right, you're going to feel untouchable.

You said 'don't buy your basketball shoes'...

Basketball shoes is corny (to wear to club). If you can look good with your basketball shoes, that's cool. My basketball shoes, you can wear them with jeans or in the park with your family. You can wear them in the hood and no one is going to joke on you, unlike some of the other shoes that's out there that look mad phony and corny. My kicks are fly. You can cop my shoes and go right to the court after that, or go out with your girl, and you're going to have that flavor. Word.

Who has the worst shoes in the league?

I don't want to bad-mouth anybody, because a lot of my friends wear those corny shoes. But I don't know what's up with these basketball designers. I think Nike's like "yo we'll pay y'all to design some weak shoes and we'll design all the fire ones." Nike got fire, Jordan got fire. G-Unit got fire, a couple other companies have fire. But some of these companies, how am I going to wear your sneakers to the club? I can't rock Sean John jeans with certain kicks out there. You've got to look right. With the Ron Artest line coming out, you can wear that with pride man.

Are you looking for new artists right now?

I would love to have new artists, but I have to wait man, at least a couple of years, unless I can get a big label deal. I'm definitely able to run a label. Once I get a bigger staff, I'll be able to do more. I got some other artists already on the label. I don't want to sign other artists because I won't be able to do anything for them right now.

What do you want to say to everyone out there telling you to stop rapping?

I want to tell them they can suck my ****, all of them. That's what they can do. Kiss my *** and then when I see them, I'm going to smack them in the face, bring them to the hood, punch them in the face, and they can kiss my ***.

What do you want to say to all your fans out there?

I want to tell them to keep God first, and don't let nobody tell you different. God is number one man. He's going to help you do good and bad. You're going to have good times, and you'll have better times. That's real.

10-11-2005, 04:30 AM
Pacersfan, the next time you run into one of those that won't let you copy and paste it, go up to your file menu and choose "edit with...." It should bring the webpage up in whatever text editing program you use (Word, notepad). Then you should be able to copy and past what you want out of it with no problems. This also allows you to clean all the ads out of it too. I'm sure there are better ways to do it, but that's what I do.

10-11-2005, 06:51 AM
Got to Know Ron a bit better! The only things I'm slightly worried about is:

What do you want to say to everyone out there telling you to stop rapping?

I want to tell them they can suck my ****, all of them. That's what they can do. Kiss my *** and then when I see them, I'm going to smack them in the face, bring them to the hood, punch them in the face, and they can kiss my ***.

10-11-2005, 08:07 AM

10-11-2005, 09:30 AM
Since he doesn't care what anybody thinks, I guess he won't care that after seeing one of his jams on tv, I like it. It's the one where he's rolling in a Lambo or Ferrari, can't remember which. It sounds real good! JMO.

But since he doesn't care what people thinks, I guess it's moot.

Frank Slade
10-11-2005, 10:25 AM
Some of these quotes ...crack me up...:laugh:

good interview

10-11-2005, 10:25 AM
This is the Ron I don't care for. Not so much because of what he's saying - he doesn't mean any of it. It's WHY he's saying it. He's trying to be ghetto in order to push his CDs and clothes. Sounds to me like he's trying a little too hard.

10-11-2005, 10:46 AM
As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my life and realize there´s nothing left.
Cause I’ve been blasting and laughing so long that
Even my mama thinks my mind is gone.
But I ain’t never crossed a man that didn’t deserve it.
Me being treated like a punk, you know that´s unheard of.
You better watch how you’re talking and where you’re walking
Or you and your homies might lined in chalk.

I really hate to trip but I gotta loc
As they croak I see myself in the pistol smoke… Fool!
I’m the kinda G that little homies wanna be like,
On my knees in the night
Saying prayers in the street light.

( chorus )
Been spending most of our lives living in the gangsta’s paradise
Keep spending most of our lives living in the gangsta’s paradise

Look at the situation they got me facing:
I can´t live a normal life, I was raised by the streets,
So I gotta be down with the hood team.
Too much television watching got me chasing dreams.
I’m a educated fool with money on my mind
Got my 10 in my hand and a gleam in my eye
I’m a loc’d out gangsta set trippin banger
And my homies is there so don’t arouse my anger… Fool!
Death ain’t nothing but a heartbeat away
I’m living life do or die, what can I say?
I’m twenty-three now, but will I live to see twenty-four?
The way things are going I don’t know.

Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me
( chorus )

Power in the money, money in the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody is running but half of them don´t know
What’s going on in the kitchen but “I don’t know what’s
They say I gotta learn but nobody’s here to teach me
If they can´t understand it, how can they teach me?
I guess they can’t, I guess they won’t, I guess they front
That’s why I know my life is outta luck, fool!

(chorus )
Tell me why are we so blind to see
That the ones we hurt are you and me ( x2 )

Frank Slade
10-11-2005, 10:52 AM
Nothing like a good Coolio reference to start the day... classic !!

10-11-2005, 11:10 AM
He's an idiot. There, I said it.

Frank Slade
10-11-2005, 11:14 AM
He's an idiot. There, I said it.

who Coolio ?


10-11-2005, 11:38 AM
He's an idiot. There, I said it.

I don't care what Harmonica thinks about me......and he and his gummy-bear apparel can kiss my............

Ron Ron the Tru Warier

Cactus Jax
10-11-2005, 12:15 PM
I don't care what Harmonica thinks about me......and he and his gummy-bear apparel can kiss my............

Ron Ron the Tru Warier


Stephen Jackson

Cactus Jax
10-11-2005, 12:17 PM
I love this line:

"Have you talked to Ben Wallace at all since the incident?

No. I never spoke to Ben Wallace before or after. I don't know him like that. I like how he plays defense."

It would seem to me that Artest would want to elaborate more but isn't saying anything that could possibly start a fire.

Jon Theodore
10-11-2005, 01:26 PM
no one pointed out that ron said "I don't care about being a basketball player"

Frank Slade
10-11-2005, 01:46 PM
no one pointed out that ron said "I don't care about being a basketball player"

uh that is kind of out of context if you read the paragraph, he is more referring to his basketball shoes, and how he does not care about having the best shoe for basketball ,but instead the best one for looking good in the club... Don't hate the bear.... hate the gummy.....

10-11-2005, 01:55 PM
I don't care what Harmonica thinks about me......and he and his gummy-bear apparel can kiss my............

Ron Ron the Tru Warier

Man, you mad phony and corny. My quips are fly. Word.

10-11-2005, 02:05 PM

10-11-2005, 02:28 PM
Thurgood Marshall was from the hood as well. Too bad Ronnie doesn't pattern himself after that great man.

10-11-2005, 02:36 PM
Man, you mad phony and corny. My quips are fly. Word.


10-11-2005, 02:42 PM


10-11-2005, 04:35 PM
:lmao: You guys are "flipping" hilarious.:-p

10-11-2005, 06:07 PM
Rat, you forgot this is Indiana:

As i walk throught the valley where i harvest my grain,
I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain.
But that's just perfect for an Amish like me,
you know I shun fancy things like electricity.
At 4:30 in the mornin' i'm milking cows,
Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows, fool
and I've been milking and plowing so long that
even Ezekial thinks that my mind is gone.
I'm a man of the land, I'm into discipline,
got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin,
but if I finish all of my chores, and you finish thine,
then tonight we're going to party like it's 1699.

we've been spending most our lives living in an Amish Paradise,
I churn butter once or twice, living in an Amish Paradise,
It's hard work and sacrifice, living in an Amish Paradise,
We sell quilts at discount price, living in an Amish Paradise.

A local boy kicked me in the butt last week,
i just smiled at him, and I turned the other cheek.
I don't really care, in fact I wish him well,
cause I'll be laughing my head off when he's burning in Hell.
I ain't never punched a tourist even if he deserved it,
an Amish with a 'tude, you know that's unheard of.
I never wear buttons, but I got a cool hat,
and my homies agree i really look good in black, fool
If you come to visit, you'll be bored to tears,
we haven't even payed the phone bill in 300 years,
But we ain't really quaint, so please don't point and stare,
we're just technologically impaired.

there's no phone, no lights, no motorcars, not a single
like robonson Crusoe, it's as primitive as can be,

we've been spending most our lives living in an Amish Paradise,
we're just plain and simple guys, living in an Amish Paradise,
there's no time for sin and vice, living in an Amish Paradise,
We don't fight, we all play nice, living in an Amish Paradise

Hitching up the buggy, churning lots of butter,
raised a barn on Monday, soon i'll raise anutter
think you're really rightious?
think you're pure in heart?
well i know i'm a million times as humble as thou art.
I'm the pioust guy the little Amletts want to be like
on my knees day and night scoring points for the afterlife.
so don't be vain, and don't be whiney,
or else my brother might have to get medieval on your hiney.

we've been spending most our lives living in an Amish Paradise,
We're all crazy Mennonites, living in an Amish Paradise,
there's no cops or traffic lights, living in an Amish Paradise,
But you'd probably think it bites, living in an Amish Paradise,


10-11-2005, 06:13 PM
Weird Al can kiss my gummy bear's ***

10-11-2005, 06:26 PM
Weird Al can kiss my gummy bear's ***

Watch it, or I'll have my sister kick that ***. That is, after her broken ankle heals from kicking VA's.