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Rap Artist 2 Pistols Exclusive 1 on 1 Interview
Rap artist 2 Pistols has taken the music industry by storm with his debut single “She Got It” featuring T-Pain and Tay Dizm. Currently touring the country as part of the Dub/MySpace tour, he is pushing his 2nd single featuring R&B star Ray-J tiled “You Know Me”.
2 Pistols has definitely made a mark on the industry but underneath the sudden stardom and success, 2 Pistols is gaining respect on all levels because he has proved to be a man that can take care of business.
Also known as 2P, the young rap star accelerated his music career in Tampa by working as a part-time concert promoter. 2 Pistols would pay to bring huge national acts to Tampa, and then placed himself as the opening act for the national artists such as T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Shop Boyz to name a few. He actually got in the game by hollering at T-Pain and collaborating with him on an independent level.
It’s important to note that 2 Pistols is signed to Grammy Award production team J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. They are hit making production team responsible for hits by Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige and Young Jeezy.
Being only 25 yeas old, 2 Pistols is wise beyond his years. 2 Pistols comes from a hustling background but it’s obvious when talking to him that he has been around the block a few times. “I think I represent the hood,” 2 Pistols said. “You really get a chance to know me and where I came from and my struggle and my grind.”
With a top 10 single getting spun coast to coast, a top 10 video getting played on your favorite music television channel and a debut album titled Death Before Dishonor that dropped this past June, its no wonder 2 Pistols went from being a notable local hustler to becoming one of the most talked about new comers in 2008.
(Sentinel) Tell me about the recent success and stardom and how it feels breaking into the industry?
(2P) It’s kind of crazy. I appreciate the love that everybody is showing me. To be honest with you, its more like, I’m new at this and I don’t feel I had too much success yet. Its cool the singles doing what it’s doing but I’m not content with any of that. I want to put out a good album because cats will buy a good album. I really want to make my mark in this. …I’m here for longevity and not just a single, because there’s a lot of new artists that come out and do ring tones but I want to sell units. But ya, it (success) feels good though.
(Sentinel) Explain how the collaboration with T-Pain came about and what made go with that specific single out the blocks?
(2P) The collaboration came with T-Pain because I was some what of a show promoter in my area when I made my transition from the streets to doing rap. So I would bring various artists and T-Pain happened to be one of the artist that I brought and I hollered at him at a radio event in Tampa Florida and was like “Yo what it do man, I’m trying to bring you to a show and I also make music so I got records too so I want to submit you a record.” I think genuinely when you step to a cat like that, if your money is right and your business is correct then they’re going to vibe with you. My money was right and my business was straight so he (T-Pain) was like “alright cool, I will check the record out”. So I brought him to an event, he performed at the event, I sent him the record, he jumped on the record and everything is everything.
(Sentinel) Tell me about more about your background and where you are from?
(2P) I came from a click called Bull Dog Entertainment. All the cats I’m affiliated with like they in the Fed’s and all of that. P who was running everything use to do shows and that’s pretty much how we got our name in the streets...So P was like the cat that was doing everything. I mean when he got locked up I looked at it like, yo, he made a mark. Everybody knew who he was. Everybody knew who Bull Dog Entertainment was so I started my own click, Blood Money Union Entertainment. I was like, “Yo, I want to make my mark”. So I got my money right and went ahead and promoted my company to get my name out because I wasn’t really doing it to flip my money. Also I was on house arrest so I had to have some kind of source of income that proved that this is what I’m doing and it’s legit. Labels was looking at me like “Yo, you got all these conspiracy charges. What are you really doing for your money? We don’t want a cat like you. You’re paying your probation off so we want to know how you making this money”. So I couldn’t go to work for 9 to 5 because they wouldn’t hire me after just being arrested. Not necessarily convicted because when I was on bond I tried to get a bunch of different jobs and they wouldn’t give it to me. So I was like, I’m going to just do something that I could actually go too and I don’t have no set hours and I am my own boss and I run my own thing. I did it to get my name hot and it happened and it worked. I built relationships with DJ’s and artists. I’m here now.
(Sentinel) Tell me about growing up and when you first started rapping?
(2P) I actually skipped school one day my freshman year. Me and one of my homeboys, he’s and artist that’s signed to me named C-BO. We skipped school with my brother and I was just kicking it with my brother and we went to the studio to do a record. And my brother funded the record but didn’t care about getting on it. It was kind of like he brought me there to make me try to do this. He was heavier into rap then I was. So I went there and we did the record and it was cool. Cats was vibin’ with it then I went on to do a couple of mix tapes and this “Dirty Foot” record that was just talking about females in the hood that are gold diggers. That was the word that everybody uses from my city is dirty foot. So we just flipped the word and used it in a record and it caught on to everybody and every other car that passed by was playing the record so it was cool.
(Sentinel) Every rapper in the game wants to come with a stamp and bring a movement to the rap game. What movement are you trying to bring or what mark would you like to leave on the game before its all said and done?
(2P) Even though I’m from the south I am going to have depth to my music. You can listen to my records and relate from any angle and say he really went through this. It’s just a realness to the situation because it’s a lot of cats that you pull their records and they aint really been through none of that and they just did it for music. And I get cats here and there that they try to say he aint this or he aint that. But then if they really holla at the solid ones that’s in the streets, you might think he’s not this or that because I didn’t expose myself like that. That’s why I was able to last through four or five different indictments. I was able to last through that because I didn’t let people in my business like that. So I really came from that. I got caught up in a situation and I got the charges that I got. But I really want people to understand that I am here and my movement is strong. I just want cats to know that I am not here for just one record or this album and ring tones. I’m really here to be in this game for a minute.