It's About Time!
Artist: Styles P
Interviewer: Stephen Cirino
After carrying out a short bid for assault in 2003, Styles P's key focus was to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Time Is Money. Since his liberation from incarceration, the 32 year old Yonkers native has been hand cuffed by the music industry. Time Is Money has been pushed back farther than Michael Jordan's hairline. The delays led Styles to a constant mixtape grind where he released Ghost is a Shell, The Ghost In The Machine, and Do You Believe In Ghosts. After a three year hiatus, Interscope finally announced a release date of December 19th. Unfortunately for Styles P "The Ghost," Nas drops Hip Hop Is Dead...The N on that same day.
With all the trials and tribulations he has faced within the music industry, "The Ghost" still pushes forward. SoundSlam took some time out to talk to Styles about his upcoming album, label troubles, and his entrepreneurial endeavors. SoundSlam: What's good Styles P, how are you?
Styles P: I'm doing alright man....
SoundSlam: Happy belated Birthday!
Styles P: Thanks man, I appreciate that.
SoundSlam: Let's talk about Time Is Money, when is the album going to officially drop?
Styles P: The album is going to drop December 19th....
SoundSlam: Sounds good, Hip Hop needs that album man. I'm a DJ and last September "Can you Believe It" ft. Akon was a club and radio banger! What was the reasoning behind Interscope not dropping the album then, and did 50 have any influence on their decision?
Styles P: I don't really know to tell you the truth...I just don't know. It's all politics when it comes to the music industry. That's the reason why it ain't drop. It was just a whole lot of label issues, man just a whole lot of issues.
SoundSlam: I see that you have done tracks with Akon, and Talib Kweli on this record, who else are you working with as far as production and collaborations?
Styles P: As far as production, I got Hi-Tek, Havoc, Lil Jon, Scott Storch, Dame Grease for D-Block, Devine from the Ruff Ryders. As for collaborations I got Gerald Levert, Akon, Jagged Edge, J-Hood, Mario Winans, Floetry's Marsha Ambrosius, Rashad, Talib Kweli and of course The Lox.
SoundSlam: You went certified gold with your debut release Gangsta and a Gentlemen selling well over 600,000 records. Do you think you'll achieve the same amount of success with your new record?
Styles P: I don't know.... I couldn't even tell you that. I hope it has the same amount of success, but since it has gotten pushed back so much...who knows.
SoundSlam: I bet being locked up was a humbling experience for you. How was your experience in prison?? Did you gain a lot of knowledge while you were locked up???
Styles P: YAH, Hell yah. You can't do nothing else but gain knowledge while you're locked up.
SoundSlam: So that's obviously why you decided to name your record Time Is Money, correct?
Styles P: Definitely so. Sitting there wasting my time locked up, I lost a lot of money man. I could have been out there on my album and mixtape grind, you feel me?
SoundSlam: Most definitely. So with Jay-Z coming out of retirement and Nas dropping Hip Hop is Dead on December 19th, do you think lyrical Hip Hop is slowly but surely coming back, and do you see yourself as an innovative lyricist with Time Is Money?Styles P: S**t yah. Definitely so, I'm an innovative lyricist on this record. I really think lyrical Hip Hop is on the come back.
SoundSlam: That's what's up. So what's the deal with D-Block? Do you think you, Jada, Sheek, and J-Hood will be putting out another D-Block record anytime soon?
Styles P: We are putting out a Lox album and a D-block compilation real soon. It's all in the works right now. Be on the look out for it.
SoundSlam: Sounds good. So how do you delegate your time being CEO of D-Block and working on projects for your artists such as J-Hood, and focusing on your own projects?
Styles P: You just gotta squeeze it all in. It's about good time management.
SoundSlam: I bet you get no type of sleep!
Styles P: No sleep at all man! Plus we got the D-Block car wash up and running so that's something else added to my table.
SoundSlam: So how's the car wash business going?
Styles P: It's going good man, we bout to open up another car wash soon.
SoundSlam: Where is the car wash located?
Styles P: 364 Nephehan Avenue in Yonkers....Right in the hood you know.
SoundSlam: It always good to see an artist giving back to the community. So with all you have been through in the music industry from royalty trouble with Diddy to label woes with Interscope, why have you chosen to still stay in the music game?
Styles P: This is what I do. It's a stepping stone to get me to the next level in my life. This is what I love doing, rhyming is my art. Before I got checks for rhyming I did it for free. It's all about the love for this art form.
SoundSlam: Do you have any side ventures other then music, maybe acting writing as book, etc..??
Styles P: I got the car wash, I'm working on a fiction book, I'm getting into acting..... Trying to make some moves you know.
SoundSlam: So what can people expect from your highly anticipated album?
Styles P: It's a solid album, you can play it straight through.
SoundSlam: Put it in and let it ride?
Styles P: Exactly, put it in and let ride man! The album displays great great, great lyrics.