Short Dawg Interview With Ozone Magazine

September 24, 2010 by Danny M

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Short Dawg Interview With Ozone Magazine

I just spotted this Short Dawg interview on my bro James’ site with Ozone Magazine. Short speaks on his music, his upcoming Fresh album, Lil Wayne, Young Money, his mixtapes and plenty more!

You were signed back in 2005, but still haven’t had an album drop. How hard is it to stick with music through all the setbacks?
It has its moments where it’s tough because you have a lot of obstacles as a new artist when the albums don’t come out. In my situation it was an issue dealing with Russell’s new label and the president and a lot of beef that I didn’t know was going on, it was beyond my control working at Def Jam at the time. A lot of things went haywire and then I had my own situations with lawsuits and all that type of shit. People think just because you’re doing music you don’t live an actual real life and shit goes on in people’s lives, and on the creative side you get discouraged and shit, but you know that just comes with the territory of doing anything. It’s just as hard as being an athlete, you got to work hard at it and believe that it’s going to turn out for the best.

What would you say you were able to learn from all that?
I learned that being consistent is most important because regardless of the situation you’re in you still have fans at the end of the day. They don’t give a fuck if your situation is not as good as it’s supposed to be, they just want to hear that music, so you have to stay consistent through all of that. I just learned to be more wise with my surroundings and stay on top of my music and everything else will work itself out.

Why did it take two years for you to be officially signed to Young Money?
I was still signed to Def Jam at the time and I was trying to get a release, but at the same time Russ knew that I’m a good artist and he know my potential. To this day me and Russ still got a good relationship. I just got off the phone with a situation with Russ where he’s doing a reality show and he wants me to do the soundtrack for it and things like that. We got a couple of contests coming up and he’s still a part of my life. But as far as the label thing, I had to wait until Def Jam gave me a proper release because I didn’t want to go over to Young Money and still be on paperwork with Def Jam and you know they work. We go in and record a song and it becomes a hit and the Def Jam comes back like “ok appreciate y’all, let me take Short Dawg back off your hands.” It’s just me being a genuine person and not wanting to put them through no lawsuits or no paperwork. I just wanted to come when I was all the way clean and rid of my situation.

What made you feel like Young Money would be a good fit for you at this point in your career?
When working with anybody in this music stuff I got to believe in what I’m doing because I believe in myself, so if anybody believes in me just a third as much as I believe in myself than we on good terms. Wayne didn’t have to reach out, and he didn’t have to come to me and say get on this or do this and for him – it just meant something to me, like alright well this is somebody who believes in potential and my vision so it would good to work with them. Plus we was already friends, so to be cool on that level, then he really liked my music, it was a comfortable situation. With the whole Def Jam situation, I kind of went in that by myself. I didn’t have no team around me, all I had was my friends and they really don’t do what I do. So being around somebody that does what I do and is my friend as well it just makes it that much more comfortable.

Does being friends with your boss hurt or help when you’re making business decisions?
It depends on you because if you know what your level of friendship is with a person you know what to say and how to push, so you know how to get on their good side and their bad side. It’s really about you at the end of the day.

Is there a pecking order at Young Money or is everybody in the same boat?
It’s pretty much like training camp. You come into it and people know who the starters are, and even if you’re not a starter you’re fighting for a position. You’re still on the team so you want to give your best. If you’re just a supporter, you’re going to support as much as you can. If you’re a hook man, you’re going to lay the best hooks possible. If you good for a great 16 on this type of song, you’re going to do what your strong suit is. We’re all trying to keep the brand moving and keep coming behind each other.

Would you say being in that competitive atmosphere has helped bring out some of your better music?
I think it’s better for me, but I wouldn’t say it brought out my best music. I think it’s better because I’m not just doing it by myself and I have talented people around me. When we come together we put something that’s great together. At the same time, I still work well with myself. Prior to the Young Money situation I had great music, so it’s just keeping me fresh and keeping me on my toes because I have people around me who are equally as dope, if not better.

When is the debut album coming out and who’s going to be a part of it?
We’re dealing with the music industry so [it depends on] Billboards, but I’m looking to push out something real soon, scheduled for next year. Right now I’m continuing my Southern Flame Spitta series. I’m about to drop a street album of all original music called Fresh. It’s inspired by the motion picture film Fresh. That’s really my first official album because like I said, it’s original and fully produced and we’re going to distribute that. My fans have been waiting on an album since 2005 so we’re about to give them one with this Fresh project. But I’m continuing my mixtape series and official Young Money/Cash Money album will be coming shortly after that.

You’ve been getting a buzz with some singles off your mixtape series. Is this going to be a long-running series?
At the beginning of the time, it was just Southern Flame Spitta Volume 1, then it was Volume 2, and it kind of continued itself. Now that I got a solid base of people who like my music, they won’t let me stop the series. I started it out with Cannon for Volumes 1 and 2. Volume 3 me and Holiday hooked up, 3.5 DJ Rockstar and DJ Ill Will and me hooked up, and now I’m going back to Cannon for 4. We just going to keep it moving until they’re tired of hearing me rap.

How involved is Wayne with the development of artists on YM?
Wayne is the type of person that just leads by example. He’s not going to stand over you and correct your rhymes or pull you out the booth and say don’t say that, say this. Anybody that’s around him will see his work ethic and you’re going to learn something, if not you’re just ignorant because dude works extra hard and you wouldn’t want to be looked down on as a slacker around somebody who works that hard. First and foremost he teaches you hard work, and once you learn that, everything else just pretty much is ABC because hard work drives anything.

What can the fans expect from your Elvis Freshley persona?
I do a lot of recording in alternative music as well as balancing rap and mixtape stuff, you know album songs and songs from my Fresh project. I like to escape all that and get into my Elvis Freshley mode and do my alternative music as well because I’m a big fan of it. When I started doing it, I was working with my man Bei Major and he had these beats and they sounded like something I would actually listen to. I really adapted to it and once I started creating I couldn’t stop, so that’s where the whole Elvis Freshley thing came about. I’m at least 12 songs in on my Elvis Freshley project.

Are you going to be rapping over alternative beats or are you going to actually be experimenting with singing at all?
Both. The funny thing is I really can sing. I never really cared about doing so because I didn’t want to be an R&B singer because it’s kind of too soft spoken for me, but alternative is more mood music and that’s what I kind of like. I ain’t trying to serenade women all the time. Sometimes I just want to let you know how I feel and that’s what this alternative music lets me do.

When do you expect to have material released from the Elvis Freshley project?
I don’t know yet. I don’t want to confuse nobody by spitting all these bars and building a fan base of hip hop heads and then I come with the alternative music. I’m trying to find a way to work it in, but from what I see a lot of people are taking to it.

What is going to take for you to make it to that next level as a rap artist?
I just believe in keep working hard and everything will come in its due time. I ain’t going to sit here and gripe over how long it’s taking me to cross over, but at the same time I feel like I’m being molded into a better person and a more creative artist while in the process.

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3 Responses to “Short Dawg Interview With Ozone Magazine”

  1. Freeweezy Says:

    1st free weezy


  2. YungNizzy14 Says:

    Thts wassup, finally a magazine sat down wit Short and did an interview, he also noble cant wait 4 the nxt mixtape and album FREE TUNE/YOUNG MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Lilweezyfan1 Says:

    that’s what’s up. free weezy 🙂


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