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Lil' Zane Reflects On His 2000s Rap Stardom & How His Label Sabotaged His Career | #FindingBET

Lil' Zane Reflects On His 2000s Rap Stardom & How His Label Sabotaged His Career | #FindingBET
I remember being on a roll for like two years but after a while we all turned around like hello somebody drop this album please we only charge for 13 we take my lifestyle and see that I'm quite well 728 I'm a pig away bigger than the money catch you let us see okay let's pull to my homies call me on my monitor to the floor let you know we're looking miss you when I talk when I talk blowing up in my household in the land Oh Kevin the oldest of four my dad was a insurance agent during the day hustle at night my mom was a hard worker you know she worked two three jobs sometimes me and my brother my cousin stayed in my crib we used to rehearse and do music all the time as a kid any song that came out whether it was B BB toc at that time was poppy and ABC criss cross you name it we were just rehearse in the mirror and always wanted to do music my mom and dad they uh they supported me you know growing up if I said I wanted to do something play sports playing you do music they were always there to support me so I definitely appreciate that at a young age I knew I wanted to be a star but I knew the work it took to put into I was willing to do the work it started with my mom my mom used to take me to the hair salon with her and I would perform for the ladies in there in the in the hair salon so there's all these beautiful ladies give me a hair done and I'm in there just acting a fool but that's when I learned like I wasn't shocked you know my dad was...
lil zane reflects on his 2000s rap stardom how his label sabotaged his career findingbet
my first hero child the big thing that was the first person I saw a male figure in my life that um you know he taught me how to be a man how to deal with women how to deal with the streets you know just gave me that confidence as a as a young man if you know my daddy's been in industry for years he was my first manager so he pretty much taught me everything Street business that I know my second hair where I have to say would be pop I was born in Yonkers New York but I was raised in Atlanta Georgia and um I came to Atlanta at a time when Atlanta was just popping with the music Kris Kross was out and he was number one ABC and Kris cause those are like my number one pop pop groups that pop songs we used to listen to you know we used to be rehearsing in the room I used to put my pants on backwards you know likes to think I was crispy I wanted to be you know they inspired me like more than to pop criss cross inspired me to really want a rep because there was kids and identify with them music wasn't that big in Atlanta criss cross that just came out ABC so anything I was popping in Atlanta I just jump on it immediately they used to do these big talent shows around Atlanta and we end up in the town of show on with Usher Raymond and we end up getting second place and getting signed to RCA Records so that's how a whole Connie thinking we got some when I was about like 10 years old 11 years old but I was probably we were on the

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just sitting ducks for about three years...
lil zane reflects on his 2000s rap stardom how his label sabotaged his career findingbet
I think we were just a write-off on thing they actually planned on doing nothing at 12 13 I had a record deal you know I was young so I was moving around in spots while I was there actually able to meet pop and he walked up he like welcomed me here y'all read so I kicked my verse for my brothers are scared to rap but I wasn't scared he's like yo mommy and me you mommy you'll get my numbers man whatever they need I got him and if you knew pop you knew that I saw he was even if he was joking you know mommy and me it made me feel like I got the stem like I gotta stand up and pop like the greatest poet rapper in the world saying you a mom me I think for a kid that would inspire any kid I never took being compared the to pop as a as a bad thing I felt like he loved his people I love my people felt like he loved women you know I love women and I feel like he wanted to leave the earth with something before he left and that's all I'm trying to do so you want to compare me to the greatest they ever do this rap thing then I gotta take that as a compliment after the chronic thing happened in the

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folded and everything my brother my cousin they wanted to do other things and me I just had this burning sensation where I just always wanted to rap I knew it wasn't over for me and I'm not a follower like just because you quit don't mean I'm gonna quit so I just kept going and it turned into what it turns I met 112 do old manager of mine named...
lil zane reflects on his 2000s rap stardom how his label sabotaged his career findingbet
Kevin Wells my man K Wells he was working he was managing 112 at the time and they were doing a second album room 112 and it was doing a song car anywhere kevin was had been a part of my

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as an artist and chronic he had actually managed chronic for a little while I ran into Kevin wells again in the club and I had one of my dad I was like Big Thicket 17 trying to sneak in a club and he was like what you doing right now I'm like ma'am I'm using backup solo what's up so he was like I would just come to studio tomorrow so I went to the studio and a rat form and he was like then you missed a step well I'm over here managing 112 we're working on a new album I'll bring you by the studio so he brought me by the studio the next day and 112 played to anywhere track and I was like wow I'm like I need like 15 minutes to go home and just write this real quick so I went home and locked myself in a room for like 15 minutes I wrote the song then they came and got me in a black fire honey gave me 15 minutes to write that verse it was like can you come in and do it real quick I was like cool put it down the next day puff calling me like it's crazy you gonna put it down that was my first play ever got anywhere what was it like being on the set of anywhere you want the real answer the whole time was I did girl you feeling aware that I'm fresh out that I'm fresh out of Atlanta you bring me in Miami where all these beautiful women these cars it...
was a great experience the raunchiness of the video I think is what worked I think that was the first video where people was in the shower like Slim was in the shower Mike had the girl on the counter in the kitchen like we wanted to show every place that you could possibly do the nasty in your house so it worked for him the way I got on party records um my manager was starting his own

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he wanted to you know find a

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situation we had a relationship with puff because I was on anywhere songs so naturally I didn't have a record deal puff wanted to sign me so they pulled me in this room and they straight-up accident you know he was like y'all I want you to sign with me but puff wants you to sign with bad boy I'm just like yo Diddy if I have a problem with you I ain't gonna be able to find you you got jets and stuff if I have a problem with him I can go to his house so I was like only sticking where I'm gonna stick with my man you know and I think that Diddy respected that don't make stupid decisions when you grow up kids I'm just don't make decisions with your heart make what your mind Andrew Shaq he was on president of party records at the time I had a condo in Atlanta with a studio in it so he came to the condo and he went through all the songs and he was like this is it we bout to make him bigger than life he showed us that contract and my contract said 15 million and I was like oh man you know I said so that's what made us decide...
to go party and we had the creative control we had a bunch of people trying to sign us but some people wanted to give you 20 million but they wanted all the creative control some people wanted to give you two men and half the Kreger troll so we found a situation I was best for us so we was like yeah we're gonna go with this you know you slip that in there that Sean Connery movie I got my first little acting gig we shot it out in a block the first movie I ever end up doing was fine and Forester I was at MTV or BTS um across the street during the interview and I seen a line of people sitting outside of a McDonald's and they like oh it's lows ain't know what's going on you're like oh we auditioned for a movie and I'm like got about 10 minutes you think I could cut through this live real quick and get also I cut through the line and I actually walked through the door and they were really filming like y'all filming right now and I'm like oh shoot a money-losing around the corner MTV I got it the hugest song in the world right now can audition for this movie they do is they're sure I come in here I kill it about a week later they call me like yo and be in this movie with Busta Rhymes Sean Connery I was like wow so that's how I got dead I didn't know who Sean Connery was like I knew who he was and I want to tell my grandmother my grandmother's never moves I told her Sean Connery she wants to backflip my first album is called young...
world the future it came out in 2000 like August 22nd 2000 that always be like especially David me first thing off the album was called calling me calling me was originally produced by Akon this life I live it my that was a con singing that my manager at the time he was trying to build his

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up and he had some some producers under him named mr. Fitz and Diggy Dom so one day I just was in the studio asleep and they came in and they had switched the whole beat they took a con off the chorus and they put 112 on the chorus and I ain't gonna lie first I didn't like it then I'm sleeping the studio one day and it comes on loud and when it came on and it woke me up I can't lie his sound is so good my album they come out to like a year later I remember being on a roll for like two years put my and calling me the first single but it didn't see my two years because it was still going but after a while we all turned around like dog let me put an album out they made it dope because of classic album and I experienced from one it's or help the album but I think the album just should have came out a little earlier and how the sing was platinum already a single was on number one on the charts for like 13 weeks so hello somebody dropped this album please we only charge for 13 weeks can't put the big fake bills in my post can't sell boats that feed and love being in been all over the world turn the squares in the truth list then it comes time to do the...
calling me video when you shot the calling me video in Miami I am I wanted to invite all these stars so everybody you see in that video fluid them out probably paid them to come put them in nice hotels so most of the budget was used on just taking care of everybody and we just decided to shoot a video like while we throw the party so that's how the calling me video came about I'm probably like the biggest artists in the game at this time you know it was a lot of anticipation then after that came dr. dolor to somebody who comes here all the time lilz aims yeah director Steve Carr was actually he directed the money stretch video I knew just from seeing how he was shooting my video I'm like this is different and I turn to him and I say you're gonna be doing movies one day doc just remember me man gonna be doing movies one day so boom he ends up directed dr. Dolittle - and that's guess who he calls young boy and it just goes down like that none tonight my my second sing off the album which I got explained to the fan it took so long for that none tonight to drop because calling me was doing so well that the

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didn't they wouldn't even think about a second single it was just going off calling me then they put the album out and album started doing good and I turned around like god I've been on six months we need it we need a new single so none tonight was the last song I did on my on my first album and I just remember being rushed neither had...
this album done by 12 o'clock tonight and I just remember getting in the studio and I heard the beat and I kind of freestyle something and then tonight came about and it ended up being a second single so what must I do also got a con on it and I say that because he's so huge now people don't even know like that's been my dog for a while have you been doing music no no I think that's just some things that my fans might want to know six I got a new album out of stores right now it's called young world the future if you don't have it go get it I'm also working out this little tour got a little surprised toward are we workin out for y'all so y'all see me in New York real soon I went on a scream tour in like 2001 I think the dates were sold out already but I think I just I think I ended up because I was heating up I think I was I was hot at the time and I think they needed just somebody else to headline with Balrog after they ran it once or twice they noticed like you know sometime you just try something you like okay it's missing something so I lucked up and they put me on a scream truck since it between me about I want to say tension because we was kids you know I think what happened with me and I was just you got two young kids they're superstars like I mean he had his fans I got mine so if you put them together and it's gonna be you know it's we both got egos we both run around like we - it and this while I think it just...
really went crazy so hard bar I think us we both came out to trailer to shoot and we had the same Jersey on so I was like from Atlanta you got to take that Jersey off and he was like now you got to take it to off so I guess if we talked to Jemaine and you main is like yes you are from Ohio so they made him switch and I think from there he was like whatever like dealing with this god no more but again that was that was kid stuff you know me we've grown now see baloise you know I get on his Instagram and know everything he doing I'm a shot support and congratulate him live it's time for the new joint of the day now you may remember him as one of the many littles that came on the scene in the 90s but now he's dropped a little and started on a new album due to come out this summer is called the big day in theory the big thing there was just the Big Bang Theory you know saying that you ever heard of that I thought it was a clever just the bigs ain't like what's the big deal about Zayn but they took it as like oh he just wants to be saying now I'm like my wasn't it so they changed my name and back then you records were really being printed up so when you went to Walmart or to the record store Best Buy to buy those ain't album and you went in the elves it wasn't there no more so I feel like the

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kind of like sabotage my album in a way by switching it from losing is the biggest thing in the world why would you go from the lose and the...
disdain I don't think they was thinking about that I don't think they thought about it being in a whole different column as far as alpha and believe it or not I think that hurt a lot Vic tickin I'm doing my thing I've got my man than the state scuse me he changed the name the big thing and it goes along with the album title preach down the side who you know twist crawls like a dime a dozen a dozen jobs being gone make him Loni cousin tell a man I was with her last night sleeping knowing damn well you was bowling with Z creeping Lou you know big pig and my smile experi I'm puttin it down with shame it's the big same theater August 1 9 2 be in your stores big singing coming back with that uncut so my second album man at this point party got bought by capital they got bought by capital in the middle of doing my second album they merged so when things like that happen there's a new ship of people the same people that were over my project went over this new it kind of that kind of cost something they only pressed up 30,000 copies of my second album I so all 30,000 so people say why yeah ii mean you only sold 30,000 that's all they printed up so i really sold all of them but I remember being places where I'll be doing autograph signings in I would have to call the

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like y'all there's no records in the store like we got 500 people standing outside but there's only three records in the store the only thing I feel like saved my...
second album was the fact that I had a song call tonight of yours that I featured the artists tank on tank was the biggest artist at that time I'm R&B artist he had that I deserve out and um he was clean he was loving my music him and Tyrese was cool Tyrese introduced me to him and I put tank on the tank on tonight I'm Yours and the streets actually took that record it made it what it was where was one of the first songs that that hit ringtones and we did really good on ring on the ringtones and you know shouted my boy thing but that's what really saved the album that single and I'm thank God for that definitely I started really really pursue my acting

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when the

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started and they started making me feel like they were they were just sitting on my project and I needed another way to get some money I think acting saved me yeah I came out in an era where a lot of artists was getting took an advantage of me jumping into the acting industry kind of like gave me another life tell me how you know Beyonce we're doing a film together I just met a winner we're working on a film called fighting temptation for a pair of mine and I'm working with a longshot everyday you know me parker's show i'm all those type of shows that we grew up loving I just you know I just do myself in the TV world so everything that happened I'll put on myself just cuz I'm not I'm not a finger pointing like a lot of fans or whatever they asked me I...
just had won a lot of stuff which is out of my control like I didn't have the control I have now creatively or financially to really make those decisions at the time I thought when I became an entertainer that every day was gonna be good like once I get this money and I get on TV ain't no more bad days but then you learn that after you become famous you know you still have bad days my bad days might just be a little bit different from yours you know but we still have bad days my only regret that I have in my

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is just um not really really really taking my time in the early days to learn the business of it I got took advantage of a lot at the beginning because I didn't understand the business I didn't know it's 90% business 10% music I wasn't thinking about that so my advice would be to anybody get into music is just learn the business before you just throw yourself into something and also I want to say this stay confident you know saying was a point in my

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where I let the

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talk me out of doing what I always knew to do my second album came out I changed my second home from Lowe's ain't a Zayn that's not something I would add my grandma called me losing my dad is big saying I never changed my name oh I want you to wrap this way I want to bring these writers in so you know I think that took away from the essence for a while you know because people love lose a for what he brought to the table I wrote anywhere I wrote money...
stretch I wrote calling me I wrote all my hits so the second album came on they try to bring people in that kind of took my confidence to wear a little bit you know me and so the only thing I would tell an artist never let them never let anybody steal your confidence you know I'm saying as far as if you doing something and it's working don't let nobody take you out of that a little life what celebrity I made it way bigger than the mother catch you leather seat I'm getting paid like a post to my homies caught me on my mobile one that hang we still close to I thought I got away from the

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got my focus back you know I'm saying put the dude way back on put the hat back to the back and was like you know Sambo's ain't again I'm totally in control of my of my situation I'm totally independent in the best position I think as an artist I've ever been in in my life I'm making the best music I think I've ever made in my life I think me coming in so young I got an advantage because now I just kind of been through it all I'll take my own money and put my own tour together and that's what I learned about being independent like you can't be scared to invest in yourself and I look in the camera when I say that like a lot of artists want people to invest millions in number day if they had to means they weren't invested in itself so I had to learn a big one twist a true place funk a purple hair two shots in the air for my...
truth dogs out there yeah I'm a father I have two kids I have a daughter to seven son that's eight as a father I am I think I'm a good father I think I can always be better you know I mean but my kids love me to death they know I love dumb um I think I try to be a fun day you know I'm a fun dad I want my kids to be able to chop it up with me like I was able to chop it over my dad I'm constantly schooling them you know I make even if Danny got got homework I make my kids read a book for 30 minutes every day try to just installing them just to be good people you know and that's why in right now I'm a superstar at night I'm a daddy daycare in the daytime daddy daycare get it right daddy daycare nah daddy daycare daddy daycare the legacy I want to leave behind I want to be an example of don't give up believe in yourself and it's over when you say it's over you just got to stick to your guns stick with what you know and be yourself man I think this whole this whole time I could say I actually I want to live leave a legacy of people say you know what he was always the same person whether he was money whether he was up or down he always had a smile on his face he always was telling somebody something positive I'll feel like I'm better than nobody I feel like we both got the same 24 hours a do what we do whatever I do I mean I'm about changing lives and making broke rich you know I'm saying so that's that's what...
I'm about and you wanna see a lot of me because I feel like it ain't over you know how to move it it ain't over for me the hustle I feel like to do the Hustle & Flow like I feel like I got so much more to get to the world and again man I don't even know what I'm gonna do ten years from now there's no it's gonna be something big and if you wanted we could do within the black 500 but top-down and open job when we ride cuz I'm hot now you gotta be going on thinking one-stop now see feeling like a criminal lockdown so let's get away to get away you getting hot baby please don't let away I got a crib on a beach Paul metal wait here's your person kids see me everyday 112 yeah