U.S.D.A.member and Fourth Ward representative Slick Pulla has major things jumping off. Since signing with Young Jeezy’s record label Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) back in 2004, the U.S.D.A. rapper is now ready for growth and looking to being a wealthy entrepreneur. He has a new label, "Prestige" that he recently introduced to the world as well as his mixtape and first album with CTE coming soon. The young rapper with big dreams sat down with Big Mouth Magazine's Tra'C Woo for a one-on-one interview to discuss his future plans and avenues.
What’s up Slick Pulla?
What's going on?
How you been?
I’m just working and grinding man. You know we just dropped the CTE or Nothing Mixtape. I'm working on the Uday Hussein mixtape, and then I'm going to hit ‘em with The Congressman. I’m going to introduce The Congressman to the world. That's on the label I started Prestige, you know what I'm saying which I got a lot of young artist right there. That’s where I throw my homies on. Through the Prestige label the first introduction is going to be The Congressman, and then the Uday Hussein Bill of Rights mixtape. So I'm just working.
How is CTE or Nothing Doing?
It's doing good man. We got a warm reception from that you know what I’m saying. Everybody going to respect real quality street music when it’s done, you know what I’m saying. Real recognize real and we going to keep the brand solid.
Now tell us what CTE or Nothing means?
CTE or Nothing means it’s just the mentality. It’s like you got to dig in and go with your team. CTE or Nothing means that you don’t see anything but that right now. Its tunnel vision you know what I’m saying, we working on this stunt right now.
So how is your label looking right now, Prestige?
Everything looking good you know. We are just on the grind right now with the label. We are on the beat and the streets are up first. We conquer the hood, then the world. So right now we're working on street mixtapes. They come on the road with me when I do my shows. We are about to put together a documentary, and we are going to start jumping this rhyme for these songs we got. We going to put together this mixtape and start making a visual just to show the Prestige mind frame.
How long have you had Prestige?
For like three years.
Oh yeah, how many artist on your label?
Are you still looking for new artist?
Yeah I'm still looking for new artist. But right now what I'm trying to do is first of all get this stamped first, you know what I'm saying. Because like I say you got to have something built strong and firm. These guys I have right now with me, we been thru thick and thin together, you know what I’m saying. Ain’t no instant gratification thang with these guys. You know when you get an artist you need to be ready too, you know what I’m saying.
So tell us about your artist you have, the five what's their name?
I have Grands he’s from Decatur who is a young spitter. I got Hood Rich, he's from the 4 with me. Then we also have a group called ISG, Irvin Street Gorillas, that's the name of the block. Then we got Pistola, Pistola, he from the Westside. He sings you know, the R&B cat. He put a lot of hooks down. He got a lot of nice songs to himself. I'll probably introduce his single like in the summer time it's called "On My Way" and it’s featuring me and Hood Rich. So we just make sure whenever we doing some we making sure we stamping each other.
How can we check them?
We just leaked out two new songs called "Steve Nash" and the other song is “Froze Up”. They are all over the Internet. You can just go to any hip-hop site and just type my name in the search engine and it should come up. The mixtape will be out in two more weeks. The first mixtape is from The Congressman.
What's your ultimate goal in hip-hop?
Man you know, just staying in the market as a person who keep it consistent and solid the whole way through. Also, a person who made avenues for other artist as well and helped them do they thang, you know what I’m saying. Like the artist on my label, I pave their way and whatever else I deal with in the future. You know right now my career still young. I haven't dropped my first album yet.
I know. When are you looking to do that, drop your album?
That will be coming soon. We in the act of getting that arranged now. You know by me taking that fall its like stuff went different. Also like when you doing business you can't be fucking up in the streets because you set things back. Like if I was in the street my album would have come out, but I did two and half years. So thangs changed with my contract and all that at that point. So you got to get out and get that shit right and go on.
Any advice you would like to give inspiring artist?
Yeah, man just stay on your grind. Just keep doing what you doing, stay consistent. Don't worry about what no one else tells you. Stay in the people face, stay in the booth, stay in the streets, stay in the peoples face, and stay politicking. If you stay down, it'll come to you. You got to stay down to come up.