i was really proud of myself for puttin out my nigga B-Bill's record. if you notice, its not for sale any more. thats cause one of the family members, who was very misinformed, posted a message on Facebook condemning my right to put out Bill's music. that was Don-Lo who said that, somebody who i've known for years. instead of coming to me, he made a public spectacle of the issue. and sun, know me. he could of easily gotten clarity from me. when i met them comin thru Fairhill and Somerset in '93, i met him BEFORE i met Bill, because he was aware of my graffiti game. i was gettin it in back them times. i was aware of them from part of my NY experiences as a youth. he was fucked up when i asked him, "whatchall, Lo Lifes?" cause i aint know they was in Philly. HE introduced me to Bill, and we started rockin from there. what i'm sayin is, it woulda been EASY for sun to talk to me.
i actually got the album from Bill's uncle, Dave-Lo aka Dolla Bill, and Don-Lo's older brother. i asked for the album with the intention of putting it out to honor my fallen comrade. he actually gave me around 30 tracks that i broke down to what i thought were the flyest and that were in the best shape. that was the ten i put for the album. a lot of them are in horrible audio shape. i told him then that i might have to take a dollar or two out of the money because the downloader would want a cut. u know, those joints like blastmymusic.com which make it easy to sell music, but they just want their cut for lettin you use their service. sometimes as much as 25%. cool wit me. but sun was like, naw, that might cause people to ask about the money. so i said cool. so i paid for a monthly service, so that there would be NO deduction, and it would be easy to track the money, and get out of some tax issues.
my whole intention was that i wanted to do somethin for my homeboys kids for the holidays. there are now Lo Lifes all around the world, and dudes is out tourin, makin money from what my man helped build. i mean, i ran wit them... but he actually was one of the dudes who STARTED the shit. i saw some of his music on YouTube, and i was like, man, let me hurry up and get to this, cause niggas is gonna give his shit away for free. and the audio was awful. and im like, naw, i got to represent my man better than that. so i turned down a few jobs to get it done. what really lit the fire to get it done was reading his sister Michelle's comments on Dallas Penn's site, where she was blasting another member of the team. but in her comments, she was like, aint nobody doin nothin for Bill's kids. so i said fuck it, imma schedule this to get done, cause i been sittin on it for over a year. because the audio was in such poor condition, it took me longer than usual. but when his voice started pokin out, it had me a lil fucked up to hear his voice, knowin he aint around. but it made me proud to know that he still was, in a way, and that i was introducing him to a whole new generation that may not know who he is, or may have heard and didnt know sun had lyrics like that. i mean sun had spit! and im not sayin that cause thats my man. sun could really serve it.
there are a whole lot of Lo Lifes that didnt struggle for that name like we did. part of my case log when i went upstate in '95 was a few cases behind this Lo Life shit. now, i aint mad at that. i'd never want the next generation to feel like they had to do crime to be accepted. but it is a boostin crew at its heart. so those thats not gonna go get dirty, should pay homage to those that made Lo Lifes more than what dudes did to get somethin out of a fucked up life. its now a lifestyle. shit i threw away and gave away are collectors items now. and i just wanted my man Bill to get his just due. he deserves it. plain and simple.
so, i have it no longer for sale. i really dont need any more drama after the year i've had. its been a wild ride, trust me. im built for impact, but i wasnt really ready for a meteor shower. but im still standin. and im proud that i stood for somethin.
they say there's no honor amongst thieves.
you cant prove that by me.
now air it out...
"Lo Life For Life" by Boostin' Billy