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07-22-2006, 08:18 PM
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It doesn't show you the diffrence between the inteviewer & Lake. But It's a good interview. Enjoy

Queensbridge. As Nas once said, itís ďthe worldís most largest and notorious project.Ē For those of you who donít know, QB has been one of hip-hopís most fertile breeding grounds of lyrical talent since the days of Marley Marl and MC Shan. The way Brooklyn breeds point guards, Queensbridge does emcees.

In the mid- to late í90s, it seemed as if there was a renaissance brewing from the housing projects out on Long Island City, led by Nas, Mobb Deep and Capone-N-Noreaga, with young guns such as Nature, Cormega and Lake waiting in the wings. Since then, though, the relationships between most of these rappers have become frayed, with both lyrical and physical confrontations ensuing. One such instance occurred last year when Nas become the target on wax of his former protťgť Lake.

But while Jada and Ja seemingly try to live off of beef, Lakey the Kid is moving past all that. If you were hoping to read more about the alleged beef with Nasir, you wonít it in this interview. What you will find is a profile of a man on a mission who, through My Brotherís Keeper, his release with Cormega that should be released later this summer, is out to aid the millions affected by Americaís often corrupt prison system.

As Mos Def said, ďBeef don't come with a radio edit/ Beef is when the judge is callin' you defendant/ Beef, it comes with a long jail sentence, handed down to you in a few short minutes.Ē

Youíve got the new album coming out with Cormega. How long have you two known each other?

We knew each other since we were little kids. We used to live together and all of that. When nobody was thinking about rapping or putting out an album, me and íMega was down together. Our history goes beyond the music, and when we stop making music weíll be together. When we both were incarcerated we wrote each other and kept each other up. Thatís my dog.

Thereís a lot of suburban kids that listen to rap music, but have no idea of what really goes on in American projects. How would you paint a picture of what itís like to live in QB?

Itís a struggle. Thatís the first thing you get adjusted to, the struggle. You will never have anything easy. Everything that you get youíre gonna have to work for. Growing up in the projects, youíre already in a low-income area; you donít have a silver spoon in your mouth. Youíre not gonna be blessed with things. A lot of things youíre gonna get denied. Thatís what gives us our ambition: We come from having nothing.

Youíre gonna have to fight. Youíre gonna have to learn how to defend yourself. You learn not to be in certain places at certain times. You learn the element of survival. Then you take those traits everywhere you go. Me and íMega went through a lot because of the choices we made, but we handled it and it makes us the people we are today. Thatís what weíre giving out in our music. The main word is struggle, and thatís the main thing we go through in the projects.

Whatís the meaning behind the title of the album, My Brotherís Keeper?

All we got is each other. The way the album came out is, a few friends got caught in situations that were jamming that up, and we had to fight for them and try to help them. We came together on this album to try and generate monies to keep them afloat and the resources they need to fight these situations. This is our life, day to day. This is what we do; we support each other. The title represents our life. Weíre gonna be like this until we die.

Will there be more albums with you and íMega, or is this a one-shot deal?

Me and íMega is gonna work at a drop of a dime. We definitely are gonna put out more projects.

Who are the producers for the album?

We got Buckwild, Premo, C-4, Alchemist, Ron Browz. Our production is incredible. [Editor's note: This interview was given before production had been confirmed. The album includes production by J. Waxx Garfield, Buckwild, Ax the Bull, Ski, Get Large, Now or Laterz, and Cormega.]

You once said ďThe strong rule the weak, but the wise rule the strong.ď But arenít there pitfalls in the American education system?

The education system, they teach you what they need to teach you as far as working for them or fitting into society. Theyíre not gonna teach you anything to excel. Thatís where it comes on individual research. The only way to learn things is on your own. Most of the stuff they teach you [in school] is not required learning. The stuff that weíre being successful for, we didnít learn in school. This entrepreneurship, the music, creativity: we didnít learn none of that in school.

Thatís why they said in the African universities is ďMan, know thyself.Ē The purpose of education was to draw it out, to develop the gifts that you already have.

Is a street education is just as important as a formal education?

Definitely. Thatís what makes you well-rounded. If you have one side more than the other, youíre not gonna understand certain things or be able to adapt to certain situations. If you can balance them out and utilize them both, it will make you a very wise individual.

Youíve also said, ďMy revolution is as real as Bobby Seale'sĒ and ďtwenty-one-gun salute the new Huey Newton.Ē It seems as if youíre very well-versed in the history of the Black Panthers, but is their spirit alive within the hip-hop community? Do we give enough respect to what they did thirty years ago?

History repeats itself. The way they had [counter intelligence programs in the FBI] and they were setting up and locking up all of those Panthers, itís because they were a threat. Now, with the hip-hop music, weíre gonna go through similar situations because we are a threat. As soon as guys get focused and realize how much of a threat they are, we will be powerful. Right now weíre only a threat because weíre not channeling our energy in the right direction. We donít have our own political party, we donít have anybody advocating for us. Weíre just saying, ďVote or DieĒ -- vote for somebody we donít know anything about just because heís running against somebody we donít like. Our priorities are all over the place, and dudes got enough money to really substantiate that.

They got the hip-hop police now, a whole bunch of stuff thatís similar to Cointelpro, and theyíre not learning from their history; thatís why theyíre gonna get faced with the same situations. Everybodyís coming out trying to battle with this dude and do that, but you gotta recognize who your enemy is. I know everybodyís not gonna get along, but heís not a threat. Because the same thing is gonna be hovering over us, and thatís the system. If you donít recognize that for what it is, weíre gonna fall victim to that, and thatís what happening now. I got different things that I donít agree with certain people about, but at the end of the day I know who my enemy is and where I have to keep my focus at.

Whatís the most pressing issue right now in hip-hop?

Itís the lack of unity. Ö Itís the people that are in positions of power, thatĎs the most important thing. The people that are there are not doing the right things. The music that should be heard is not, because you have the wrong people there that are trying to clone the artists and make them sound like somebody and taking away from who they are and who they could be to the world.

We have some great artists out there that may never be heard. I know thereís a lot of artists we havenít heard yet and didnít get the support needed because of these people telling them, ďYou gotta switch this; you gotta make a record like this,Ē and you take away from who this person really is. The format is ďcome out and do what you see somebody else do.Ē Thatís taking away from the music. Most individuals are not standing out the way they should. We need a new structure.

Being independent is good because they respect your views and your vision; they want you to get in a position where you can do what you want to. Itís like a school we go through. Once we graduate we can run our own businesses and run our lives the way we need to.

What other areas are you venturing into outside of music?

Iím trying to help dudes in prison. Iím trying to start organizations that are gonna benefit people in lower-income areas and people fighting cases without good representation and speak out against stuff like that and get people to champion our cause the way it needs to be. Iíve been doing production, clothes and I am the president of Death Row East, but overall Iím trying to construct a movement thatís gonna be beneficial for our people overall.

During your stint in prison, what was the most important lesson you learned?

The impact of my decisions. The power that I have.

Iíve always been a leader. I know I can do anything I want to do, itís asking, How do I want to be effective? And what do I want to do with myself? And, ultimately, what are my goals?

In prison you learn patience and control, and thatís what I utilize everyday to keep me doing what Iím doing. If I didnít get those two characteristics, I wouldnít be here right now. Even though I didnít want to go there to get them, I got íem and I utilize them and apply them anytime I want to. It is trying out here, and thereís a lot that you go through day to day. If you donít stay wise out here, youíre gonna fall victim.

Who is Lake?

Lake is for his people; he wonít turn his back on his people. He wants to see people struggling have some shine on their day. Anyway I can be of help to that, through my music, through an interview, thatís the most important thing. Itís not about getting a reward for a show or the recognition I may get for an album. If I said something or did something that could save somebodyís life or change somebodyís life for the positive or help somebody through a trying time, thatís the most important thing to me. Thatís what I do with my music and thatís what Iím trying to get from it -- to give back to people that I know will appreciate it and that it will help them. If I do that, then Iím doing what I feel I am here to do and what I want to do.