When asked to
choose between a promising career in boxing and his love for
hip-hop, 9th Prince didn't think twice about following his
heart. Born on Staten Island, NY, and raised between the
notoriously dangerous neighbourhoods of Brownsville and Bedford
Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, and the state of Ohio, music was always
a major force in his life. The classics his mother played around
the house from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield to Mtume and
Atlantic Starr - became 9th's first real musical inspiration,
piquing his interest to purse his passions further.
Generally reserved when growing up, 9th Prince's respect for the
classics later spawned an
excitement for real hip-hop; Rakim, KRS-One, The Juice Crew and
Slick Rick were inspirations, and their work encouraged him to
write his first rhyme with Shyheim at the age of 9. At 11, with
his skills more finely tuned, he began performing at local
talent shows, competing against adults more than twice his age,
and yet still holding his own. His talent did not go unnoticed.
RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) - 9th's older brother and one of his 10
siblings - put him in the studio for the first time to record
"Soldiers of Darkness" (1995), with Sunz of Man.
9th Prince later went on to form Killarmy, one of the first ever
groups to be signed under Wu-Tang along side Sunz of Man. At the
age of 20 Prince went on to record along side Dom Pachino, Killa
Sin, Shogun Assassin, Kinetic, Islord and 4th Disciple as
Killarmy for their first album, the critically acclaimed "Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars"
(1997) with 9th Prince leading the majority of the production
and A&R work. They went on to record 2 more albums together -
Fear, Love & War
(2001), both of which, much like their predecessor Silent
weapons, had 9th simultaneously acting as artist and producer.
Even with the success of the group, 9th was beginning to
discover his individual voice, and needed an outlet to express
it. In 1999, anxious to show the world his unique perspective,
9th began to contemplate a solo project, and the "Granddaddy Flow"
album concept was born. Independently released in 2003,
Granddaddy once again successfully merged 9th's skills as an
artist with his resourceful business savvy - he assumed the
roles of execute producer and A&R - to create the quintessential
album. The response to Granddaddy was incredible with 9th being
named independent artist of the month by Source magazine in
April 2004 issue.
At the height of Granddaddy flow success, 9th unexpectedly got
incarcerated. Upon release, he emerged stronger than ever with
his highly anticipated follow-up album, "Prince Of New York".
2009 sees 9th Prince completing his 3rd solo album "Revenge
Of The 9th Prince"
featuring guest appearances from The RZA, Killah Priest, Shyheim,
Planet Asia, Boy Jones, Thea, and his Killarmy comrades. With
album ready to drop early 2010 on Wu Music Group,
Wu-International catches up with the man himself to discuss
about his back and forth fall out with close friend and Killarmy
brother Dom Pachino, his involvement with Gravediggaz project,
RZA, and of course upcoming Killarmy album if any. Enjoy...
I like to say thanks first and foremost for
taking the time to answer these questions, highly
appreciated, and will also point out that nothing will be
altered, edited or changed when this is published online.
Wu-International: Peace 9th, how are you?
9th Prince: I'm at peace, meditating off life.
Wu-International: What is the exact release date of
“Revenge of the 9th Prince”?
9th Prince: It's going down the first week of
Wu-International: The Solomon Childs album that came
out via Wu Music was released only in mp3 format; will yours
have a physical release?
9th Prince: No doubt you can buy it digitally and
Wu-International: Few songs already leaked have been
well accepted by the fans, are you happy and content with
9th Prince: This is my best work ever, I never made
an album so dope before. My lyrical ability is in its
highest form and my style has advance so ill, that people I
know say that I'm one of the best out there. None of my
other albums can touch this new album, this is better than
anything on all my Killarmy albums , like I said this is my
Wu-International: Who was responsible for picking the
songs, beats and guests on the album?
I have total
control on my solo albums.
Wu-International: What songs stand out for you and
9th Prince: Every song has its element and they all
shine, you can play the whole album with out skipping.
Wu-International: What’s behind the title of the
This is just my avenge on
the industry and everyone who think I cant do it, all the
haters can eat a dick.
Wu-International: What is the difference between
Granddaddy flow and Grandfather flow?
The grandfather flow is
more advance and control of his wisdom.
Wu-International: Any reason why the album’s initial
cover was changed to the current one with your picture on
9th Prince: Yes I did not want people to think I was
trying to live off the 'W' if you ever notice any Killarmy
albums we never had no 'W' on our front cover albums because
we wanted people to like us for who we are and not because
we were down with Wu-tang.
Wu-International: There were less features from your
killarmy comrades this time with exception of Islord, was
there any reason Dom Pachino, Kinetic, and Shogun were not
featured on this album?
9th Prince: Kinetic is on my album, Shogun just came
home and Dom P was on my album but I took him off because we
just went through the Koch thing so I kept my distance from
him, but we back kicking it again.
Wu-International: Thea was featured on “Rise” with
RZA, it's appears to be taking a lot of diehard Wu fans time
to warm up to her, personally I think she’s mad talented,
how did that collabo come about and what are your thoughts
on Thea as an artist?
9th Prince: When me and RZA did the song he ask me is
it was cool if Thea sung on the hook and I said lets make it
happen because I think she is talented. she sound good on
certain beats. She just got to find what matches her style.
Wu-International: Let’s talk about your last album
which came out via Babygrande, how well was it received by
9th Prince: People loved the album, they see 9th
Prince growing and keeping hip-hop in its purest form. I'm
one of the last MCs who can make a great album, so people
Wu-International: I can vouch for that album being a
classic, there are rumours of “Granddaddy Flow” being
re-released again with 6 bonus tracks, how true is this and
if so, when and what label will this be coming out from?
9th Prince: It's true, I'm dropping it independently
on Armyourself Entertainment Inc.
Wu-International: Let’s address the Killarmy
questions, word is that you made a deal with Koch without
the knowledge of other members of the group to release a
Killarmy greatest hits album? Care to speak on this?
Thats bullshit, Kinectic
was right there when I was making the deal, everyone knew,
everybody was going to eat but Dom Pachino wanted more power
and was being greedy since I did not give him what he wanted
he tried to cancel the deal. so I took my plans somewhere
else and made an even better deal.
It seems Dom P’s
contacting Koch resulted in them deciding not to release it
again and this also affected your album coming out via Koch,
how do you feel about this?
9th Prince: Like I said I made a better deal so that
did not stop anything,
So what is your current
relationship with Dom Pachino?
9th Prince: I just spoke to him and told him he got
to stop that bullshit. We brothers and we are equal.
and the rest members of
On our last
interview with you, both you and P confirmed that a
new Killarmy album is in works, on our last
interview P sounded pessimistic about it due to a
number of issues within the group, how possible is
another Killarmy album and what steps are you taking
towards making this happen?
9th Prince: I speak with them all the time
9th Prince: Killarmy is dropping a new album in 2010
its going to be crazy and all six members will be on
Wu-International: All six? we were led to beleive
Killa Sin was not interested in doing another group album?
9th Prince: Killa Sin will be on the next album I
never heard him say he did not want to be on no new Killarmy
Wu-International: That's great to hear, P said the
songs recorded for the project was added to the Babygrande
“Prince of New York” release as bonus songs without his
I don't know what he's talking about, he knew I was using
the songs especially as they were mines already.
Wu-International: So how many songs have you all
recorded for the Killarmy project that is still unreleased?
9th Prince: We have about ten songs but we don't know
if we will use them.
Wu-International: Looking forward to the Killarmy
album then. We have also been hearing of a 9th Prince and
The RZA joint album?
9th Prince: It's in works, its just that we have to
finish it up which will take time but its going to be hot.
Wu-International: With so many planned Wu projects
never seeing the light of the day, how possible will you
this project really be? how many songs, titles etc?
9th Prince: It's almost ready, we have some good
songs recorded already.
Wu-International: There have also been talks of a new
Gravediggaz line up which will consist of the likes of you,
Beretta 9, Killah Priest, Shabazz The Disciple, RZA and
Frukwan, whats good with this?
9th Prince: That is also in the making I'm still
laying my verses for this, Frukwan and I have been building a
lot lately, almost everyday, he's on the Grandaddy Flow new
album, the bonus tracks.
Wu-International: So whats your position within the
Diggaz, will you be a contributor or official members of
9th Prince: I'm just a guest on the album but also
part of the new Gravediggaz.
Wu-International: That’s great news, are they any
collaborations you have done within US or overseas that you
would like to share with us?
9th Prince: I have Planet Asia on my album, his verse
is straight fire, he's a cool dude and I have some other
joints that I cant speak about.
Wu-International: Your albums have been consistence
and you are yet to disappoint, some say you’ve got a good
ear for beats, some say you’ve mastered the formula for
making underground classics, others put it down to you being
unique, what do you say?
9th Prince: You have to always remember that all the
Killarmy albums was 80% my ideas, plus the direction we were
going in, and the things we wanted to achieve. A lot of
people do not know that I was the master mind behind
Killarmy, so when they hear my solo albums and they are well
put together the way a true MC is suppose to sound like,
some act surprised that it is so ill.
Wu-International: Interview we had last year, we
asked you about the much talked about fight between you and
Warcloud (Holocaust) and your response was apparently
censored by Babygrande, do you care to speak on it now?
9th Prince: Basically I beat the nigger's ass for
acting out of order, and that's that.
Wu-International: That was some time ago though,
what’s your current relationship with Warcloud and what are
the possibilities of both of you doing a song together for
the sake of the fans and the 'W'?
I have not seen him for
a while now, but I ain't mad at him, he's still my adopted
Wu-International: Any tours, side projects, mix
tapes, movies etc planned for 9th Prince?
9th Prince: I'm finishing up the granddaddy Flow part
2, then I am dropping that at the end of 2010, then we going
to drop the new Killarmy album in 2011, around the time Sin
should be back.
Wu-International: Thanks, anything else you would
like to share with us that have not already been covered?
9th Prince: I'm taking hip-hop back from them wack
ass dirty south rappers, real hip-hop heads pay attention.
"YOUR SAVIOUR HAS ARRIVE"
Wu-International: We know you have a MySpace, are you
on twitter also and can you let the fans know where and how
to keep up to date with you?
Hit me on real 9thprince
twitter, MySpace and somewhere in your hood.
Wu-International: Any shout outs, thank you,
word of advice etc?
Peace! peace to every one who got love for 9th
Prince, Killarmy, Wu-Tang Clan, I'm gonna
raise that flag and carry that W. Thanks to
Wu-International for this interview. peace.
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