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Inspectah Deck is one cool brother. One of the charter members of the legendary Wu Tang Clan Deck has left his mark on the rap industry just with sick verses from "C.R.E.A.M" and "Triumph" alone. His legacy with the Clan is less stated than some of the more well known members but thats mainly due to his personality and label problems then with style and lyrical ability. We caught up with Deck right after the second Roy Jones debacle to see what was going down and talked a little boxing, but mostly we kept on topic with Wu history, politics of the business and the future of the Clan. Enjoy.
Halftime: We was just talking about Roy Jones. Are you a boxing fan?

Inspectah Deck: Im definitely a boxing fan. Did yall see the fight the other night?

Halftime: Yea, thats what we were just talking about.

Deck: He laid that motherfucker out.

Halftime (Jbutters): That hurt me man.

Deck: It didnt really hurt me because I felt like how everyone else felt about Roy, that he was nice and all that shit but I didnt see him knock a live niggas head off. Tarver aint even considered live to me, but he kinda exposed him. Roy always do that shit where hell punch you and run in one move. Bernard Hopkins will punch you and rush you with his shoulder or something. Roy will punch you and run the other way in the same move and niggas will say his speed is awesome! Im like that nigga ran. Im one of them dudes. I be looking at the fight like he threw a hook, body shot and an uppercut all with the left hand. I look at the schematics.

Halftime (Jbutters): Ive never seen nobody put to sleep like that. He looked like he was in a coffin.

Deck: I felt sorry for the nigga at the end. The punch didnt look too hard but son banged his head on the canvas and it could have been a combination of that and he caught him catching a breath because shortness of breath will fuck you up.

Halftime (Marcus): Thats what I be telling niggas that if a big dude hit you hard in the body you dont want to move and its hard for you to do all that running.

Halftime (Jbutters): When I saw the replay, Im like dude took fifteen minutes to hit him with the shot. He didnt even move but he had to see that punch coming from a mile away and he still got bombed on. But aside from Roy we wanted to touch on some Wu Tang history, mostly your background and the part you played in creating the Wu Tang legacy. I read in a bunch of interviews with you and Ghostface and noticed that you both say that your 70s babies infused with the soul of that era.

Deck: Word, I always say that.

Halftime (Jbutters): What were some of the instances that you had as a youth that helped create the mentality you have now.

Deck: Its hard to explain that but its a combination of things. My moms really had to raise us on her own because my pops passed away when I was six. Seeing her hold it down, that showed me things were real because its fucked up when you see your moms really handling it. So it was a combination of my moms and my pops who was an artist who actually drew and played the trumpet. He was a real crafty fella so I take the artistic side from him and then my life on the streets. I always consider my life like one of them blackploitation flicks and the shit that they going through. When I step in the room the shit be like da na, da na daaan like you that cool brother. I be applying that to my life everyday like the Richard Roundtrees and all them cats. If you gonna be cool, cool speaks for itself you dont have to say shit. Everybody screaming gangsta, but gangsta is gonna show. A gangsta is gonna kill your kids, he aint gonna advertise that. I try to disassociate with all of that. On the forming of the Wu Tang my whole thing with being the Inspectah was that you had a whole lot of characters that were loud. Dirty is a loud cat, Rza is loud, and Meth is wild child. Everybody had a crazy personality. U-God is kinda like the grouch among other things but Im jut pointing out that characteristic. Im the laid back nigga. If you see that movie with Camron called Paid in Full Im comparing myself to how AZ was out there hustling but he is still holding his head while Cam is wilding out. Im always going to be that laid back cat, observant and doing the knowledge but there are other facets to me that are outgoing that I dont allow folks to see like that. I just chose to be the Inspectah to analyze because you get more information that way.

Halftime (Jbutters): Which members of the clan did you meet up with first and what was everyone doing at the time to maintain?

Deck: We was all doing what we had to do. Some cats were hustling and some had jobs. I was doing both. I was always the type to have a job. Before I started hustling I was working. I had to get a check because my moms couldnt do it for everybody. My sister get it today, my brother get it Wednesday so it was like you gotta wait. When everybody was trying to do the same thing we were the ones that wanted to be different. Cats dont want to be different nowadays. Everybody wants to dick ride whatever is rocking right now.

Halftime (Marcus): In Baltimore nobody had ever heard of Shaolin...

Deck: Word, Baltimore is like my third home.

Halftime (Marcus): Yea my cousin told me you came down here and the bouncers started attacking some of yall.

Deck: Yea I got into some shit with the bouncers in Baltimore. I gotta talk about that. I was chillin downstairs from the stage and Meth, Red and Streetlife were performing still. I jumped off in front of the stage cuz it was getting crowded with a lot of cats who wanted to be on stage for nothing. The bouncers saw me and thought I was just a cat from the crowd posting up. He was like yo you gotta move and I was like yo I just got off the stage with Meth Im part of the group. He was like I dont want to hear that shit and he walked off and came back with two or three more dudes. I was arguing for a minute and then one of them put they hand on me. They tried to actually physically throw me out the club so I just grabbed the silver gate that separate the crowd from the stage and didnt let it go. That shit was swinging loosely in the air almost took a few cats out. It turned into a real live wrestling match and they had to stop the show. I almost got locked up for that. Baltimore, I always get into shit down there.

Halftime (Marcus): We be hearing the stories how niggas be acting up but it be the bouncers too.

Deck: Thats a lot of the shit plus like youre saying we created such a mystique for ourselves that they were saying Wu Tang was a gang. They dont know. They were told Wu Tang is some dusthead niggas, them niggas are crazy, and da da da. And when you finally see, I aint smiling, I aint really in a rush to meet you either so you dont know what Im thinking. If you thinking the shit that you heard and read is all true, nah you gotta really build with a cat before you cast a judgment on them. I know thats with me. Everybody tell me you need to smile more and show them more of your personality and Im like thats me man. I try to take constructive criticism and shit though.

Halftime (Marcus): My question I always wanted to ask who in the Wu Tang is related because I got a funny story from high school?

Deck: The RZA, The Gza, and Ol Dirty are cousins.

Halftime (Marcus): Like I said nobody in Baltimore heard of Shaolin when yall came out so this nigga holla yo Wu Tang is my cousins. We was like are theres like fifty of them niggas how are they all your cousins. He was like yea out there in Shaolin and we was like whats the real name and he was like ahh you know where that is man. Im sure you got mad niggas that be lying about that.

Deck: Its a lot of that. Cats be running up on me like yo I was locked up with your cousin Frank. Im like yo I dont got no cousin Frank man.

Halftime: Haha

Deck: Its like that shit on the Chronic album where he was like I know Dr. Dre, Im Snoop Doggs cousin and he was like niggas say anything to get the pussy. Niggas will say anything. I remember coming to a club telling them Im Inspectah Deck and that Im invited and niggas telling me Im lying cuz Inspectah Deck is already inside. Im writing a book yall gonna bug out on my book. I got mad shit I can discuss with niggas.

Halftime: Whats the name of the book going to be?

Deck: Im trying to think of a crazy name like Behind the Flag or some shit. Its about my life with Wu Tang. Im not gonna go into the whole I was born and raised etc. Its mainly the Wu Tang years.

Halftime (Jbutters): Back in the days you had your own trouble with the law and you had previously stated that you felt jail helped you in a way. Most people dont really say that can you elaborate on how that changed you?

Deck: Yea I did say that because niggas is dumb on the streets. Im watching this Paid in Full movie right now and its like we had MTM suits, ill jewels, fat cables, cars, and all this shit and we thought we was something. Half of the niggas that had that aint got shit right now. So Im looking at it like niggas gotta come a little further than that. I was out on the streets hustling but I was the type that had to be smart about it. Im bringing drugs upstairs to my moms house. I wasnt no kingpin but I held my own where if I got into some trouble I could bail myself out by making a phone call to my fam like go into that Nike box, the Adidas jacket or the Boston Celtics starter. I always maintained my own self. I never worked for nobody or got mixed in any drug wars although I had to bust my steel and do what I had to do. I dont glorify none of that shit because its stupid when crackers be having stocks and bonds for their kids. Our life aint the shit. Thats the reality of why I rhyme about what I rhyme about and I am who I am. Im not out there with my chest out splashing water in the videos. I try to represent the majority of the poor people out here who outnumber all of that shit.

Halftime (Jbutters): Even with that most people dont say jail helped. How did that affect you specifically?

Deck: Most niggas dont want to be like Huey Newton, Malcolm X, or Thurgood Marshall. These niggas died for a cause. Im not willing to die but I would die to prolong the life of somebody else if I had to do it. Im like a black action hero to my youth and I never got the chance to get it out there like that even though Wu Tang gave me a chance to voice my opinion for years all around the world. I never really did my intention, which was really to try and teach these motherfuckers. Even on my next album Im gonna be Wu Tang and people are gonna be like why dont you have RZAs beats and its like you grow older. You live with your mom to a certain age and then you get your own place but youre always in tuned with your family. You over there like you still live there but at night you can sleep comfortably in your own bed. Thats all that is, you just grow and expand and want to meet new motherfuckers. My man Phantom of the Beats, him and Ayatollah did the majority of my last album but a lot of people didnt give them the credit that they deserve. Now them dudes is popping off but everybody still like why didnt you get Rzas beats? Its like listen man Snoop went to No Limit, niggas aint ask him why he didnt get no Dre beats. I put out two albums in ten years as a solo artist because I wasnt coming into the game trying to be that superstar dude. I was on the block hustling trying to get by and Rza put this opportunity in front of me and Im forever grateful for it. It gave me a chance to really experience what I love, which is hip hop and music in general. I can never regret that. I dont have any regrets except that I wish that certain shit took place when it could have. You take your cards how youre dealt and you gotta work with your hand. Other than that Im having fun with this shit at the same time. Its more than I could have dreamed of. Nobody could have ever said ten or twelve years later cats will still want to do an interview with you.

Halftime (Jbutters): One thing that bugs me out is that we were there when yall came out and have a clear understanding of how you impacted the game so anytime we hear rumors like Wu Tang broke up its like ahhh noooo! Even if you dont put any albums out anymore you left that for us. Its weird though cuz a lot of people today be fronting on the Wu like nothing ever happened.

Deck: Like we didnt open the doors for them to be eating right now. Like you said like nothing ever happened and we didnt come through and put the shit to smash. But its all good because quiet as kept we are working on that next one we just aint broadcasting that shit. Once you start mouthing off its booby-trapped. We putting the shit together man it was just shit that niggas had to get off their chest with each other. We all came to realize this aint the way to go out for us or for the fans. We have to supply the fans with at least one more album of putting our heart into the shit. Anything you got popping off put that away and lets focus on reuniting the people. When we come together watch what happens to the generation man. They are gonna really see the difference between that bullshit they hear everyday and the niggas that are really doing it. We gave niggas personalities. We was the Wu Gambinos and then everybody wanted to change their name to a mafia gambino name after that. Or even our beats people putting skits in front of their shit from movies. We came with the karate to separate ourselves when everybody else had scenes from Scarface or Goodfellas. "Its been a long time.." just fucking with your mind and the beat that come behind it just fuck you up just like the skit. I know yall miss that because I miss that. I miss that sword swinging and then an ill RZA beat just drop. I want to go out on that note. If I dont ever do this shit again I want it to be after Wu Tang sold five million on their last album.

Halftime (Jbutters): I was watching Kill Bill 2 and they had the Shoguns Assassin playing and that just took me back yo. It made me want to just go grab that Genius album cuz I was waiting for the beat to drop but they was really watching the movie.

Deck: All that shit was ahead of its time. We opened so many doors just like the doors were opened for us by N.W.A and all the other groups that came through like the Hit Squad. Before Wu Tang came in the door the Hit Squad was together with Erick Sermon and Das Efx and them. They play a part in opening the way for us. Thats what we tried to do and now you got Roc-A-Fellas, Cash Money, Bad Boys, and there are so many more to come. I dont want no pat on the back just recognize even if you mumble it under your breath. Niggas fucking around saying Wu aint made a hit in twelve years but they still got the motherfucking poster hanging on the wall.

Halftime (Jbutters): You can argue that you guys had five to seven classic albums. When I hear people say that Im like what more do you want?

Deck: We got older while the generation got younger and the music changed. We were coming with the samples when sampling was ok and then they came with the new Triton and all types of other keyboards and the sound changed. Then you had Ruff Ryders and Timberland with that style. The sound definitely stepped up a notch and now you have Lil Jon and all these cats in the south reinventing the sound. Im trying to be ahead like how do we reinvent New Yorks sound with all the fly samples. Kanye beat us to it. Now New York has to come a step above all of that. The whole east coast cant try to be that. We have to reinvent what made us live. Like when you heard Mobb Deep "Shook Ones" for the first time, when you heard Smif-N-Wessun "Dah Shinin" and Black Moon, thats the era I want to bring back.

Halftime (Marcus): What I dont like is how all my favorite artists, especially New York artists, will have that one song on their record where they try out that new flow. Right now its a southern type of thing. Biggie sounded cool when he did it with Bone Thugs but thats not Nas and Azs type of thing. I dont want to hear that from them and I hope the Wu dont come out with that type of song.

Deck: Ill give you a perfect song we shouldnt have made but people love it anyway and I see the purpose of why people do it. "The Gravel Pit" topped the charts for a while and was still rocking overseas. To me personally that shit killed niggas street cred.

Halftime (Marcus): Hahaha, I think the song was alright but its the video. That Flintstones shit. It was different though.

Deck: I dont even know what to say about that shit. If yall want you can sit here and torment me. Wu Tang gotta suck that one up. I knew that one from the jump but I participated so I have to eat that one. It would have been nice if we would have made that shit for the Flintstones movie that came out with Rosie Odonnell but to come out not putting a album out in years and one that is highly anticipated and to come with the "Gravel Pit" and youre in bear skins in the desert with a karate scene and a fucking dinosaur! I aint ashamed man I gotta swallow that one you can print that. Just as I know we gave yall "C.R.E.A.M" and all of that fly shit that was one of them shits where it was like that wasnt necessary. Everybody do that shit. Biggie did that Im going going Back back to Cali

Halftime (Jbutters): Yea I didnt like that one.

Deck: And we all love Biggie but thats one where its like yo everybody lay an egg every now and then. We are going about this one with a different approach though. Everybody is more grown, more civilized and coming to the realization that we know Wu Tang as a force is unstoppable. All the solo projects we do we are getting shine and we are eating but Wu Tang is a force that can lift a mountain up. This album is gonna be under a microscope and its either do or die. We gotta hit niggas like Roy got hit.

Halftime: Hahaha

Deck: We gotta be Hurricane Glen real quick and floor them motherfuckers. We gotta floor these niggas who think they are on top right now.

Halftime (Marcus): The thing that got niggas was the samples yall used. I think yall should just go back to that same crate you were using before. Cats saying we went to Argentina to explore a new instrument and put it on the album, nah man just go ahead do what made yall hot. Thats the same thing I told AZ, he shouldnt have did that one song with the south flow, he been doing him.

Deck: I aint been feeling son personally and Im a fan of his. He put out like three albums in a row that bombed. I got a gold album and one that sold 100K on Koch records. We werent trying to sell a million, we were trying to hustle and get our name back in the mix. Im doing this album now "Return of the Rebel." Im gonna have Rza produce and all that but I want to wait until after we do a Clan album and then drop it. It makes more sense. I also got an album I want to do with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill and Im gonna drop that first before anything.

Halftime (Jbutters): You mentioned your solo joints. Reflecting on all of the label issues and push backs that you have dealt with what has been your overall experience of putting out your solo projects?

Deck: From my experience that shit is a nightmare man. My first album came out on Loud Records when niggas was in the mix and on top of everything. I got the deal in 97 but the album didnt come out until 99. It got pushed back a long time cuz this nigga album was coming out or that niggas album was coming out, or money is short because they signed this act or didnt recoup off of this act. It was different excuses so when the album finally came out it lost the buzz but it still managed to go gold. That was "Uncontrolled Substance." So the whole two-year hiatus of having a deal and not being able to put a record out fucks with you. Then its like even when I got the record out I didnt get the push from them because the record was old. I got the half ass push where they give me enough to make their money back and make a lil profit but leave me still clinging. It just so happens it sold over 400K copies so I managed to make some money off of the shit. Thats good for a first album. On the second album I had no push no nothing. I went in there to try and keep my name alive. I didnt expect a gigantic response to the shit but even selling six figures is good. Some people aint even make it to six figures and AZ is one of them. I aint trying to shit on my brother like that but Im being realistic. The next time though we have platinum thoughts so whether or not the music matches is what we have to make happen.

Halftime (Jbutters): I was reading that with the egos it was surprising you even came together the first time. Now with all of you having solo careers and families I would think to come back together would be impossible because youve grown apart so much. Do you feel thats true or that the experience has somehow brought you closer together?

Deck: Its kinda like both. The further you grow apart the more you realize you need to be a little bit closer. The further we went out into our own individual projects and lives and you lose touch with a nigga you realize you need to be in touch. Not only could something happen to your brother, but your wavelength aint the same when you out in the jungle by yourself. You may be thinking about the grenade and your brother might be thinking about the handgun. You need that extra opinion sometimes. At times you miss niggas. You go from practically sleeping on top of each other and drooling on each other to like yo I aint seen you in like six months damn you grew your beard back? When you see a nigga its always good. I dont care what youve been mad about its like Im glad you still here. I be easy. Niggas see me out Im in Wal-Mart, K-Mart, everywhere by myself or with my girl just living. I dont carry myself in that fashion. I aint a flashy nigga. Nigga like me have twelve million Im buying an apartment complex. I dont need seventeen cars on MTV Cribs, Im trying to get long money. Thats how schools get named after you in the hood. The first 100K I get for 2005 Im donating that to schools in my hood for books and desks and it aint even a publicity stunt.

I dont want to be that famous nigga talking about he is modeling Prada and all that Emmy awards shit with Joan Rivers all in your face. Some niggas live for that shit. I live for empowerment not power. Empowerment is the drive to uplift the struggle to get the power. Power could be handed to you. Michael Corleone became the Don because his pops handed it to him. He didnt go out and put the work in like some other niggas who felt they should have gotten the job. That shit applies to other things likes politics and all that. You see how Bush gangstered the election from Al Gore when he first got in. Now they trying to gangster (ed. They succeeded) this Kerry nigga by painting a picture that he is an idiot. But niggas dont want Bush in there so bad that they will vote for this dude. I aint fucking with the shit period. Im registered to vote and everything but I dont give a fuck because its not intended for us. We are the bottom of the food chain when it comes to politics. They just need us to vote for them because we outnumber a lot of motherfuckers. Thats all we good for vote nigga and whats bad is they are using us to do it. They got rappers and celebrities using us to get the black vote for the fucking white politician. Let me see you do that same drive when Sharpton was running. Sharpton ran for what a hot two months? He didnt get no support.

Halftime (Jbutters): Buckshot said he couldnt vote for him because he got a perm. Haha

Deck: I dont give a fuck he would look out for the blacks man. I guarantee you that. He would have looked out for us somehow. Son be fighting. When they had those hostages in Guantanamo Bay and that nigga went over there on a protest and starved himself! I know he had to be thinking I did this shit for nothing man. These motherfucking people didnt even rally to my side. We got niggas who think they are gangsta because they shot two niggas they grew up with and got away with it. You aint gangsta nigga. Gangsta was Harriet Tubman who got away from slavery and went back to go help niggas and kept going back. Risked her life to get away and went back to face certain death and did that shit like forty times. Thats gangsta. Other niggas went and got free and got some new shoes like yo my corns are hurting.

Halftime (Jbutters): Thats the same mentality we have today.

Deck: Thats what Im saying. I want you to print this because when people read Deck interviews I want them to know he aint even thinking about rap. Im hip hop and music for life but fuck rap there is bigger shit out there and when you hear me rap youre gonna hear me slide it in there. You gotta talk about the guns and the drugs also but Im trying to be like damn man I cant even rhyme about that shit no more. Its like whats after Rolexes, Bentleys and condos on the moon? Yall gotta ask these plastic ass rappers. We can get this money but your dollars gotta make sense. Invest in something else and not in yourself. Im on some bigger shit. I got lil groups and all that shit but I dont want to be on the mic forever. Im gonna drop one or two more albums at the most three. Other than that Im trying to be in tune with this presidential race, this war in Iraq, and the war at home in streets over five dollars. Im peeping out C-Span and how they are making new laws everyday on niggas. Im peeping out how they taking programs from jails and not allowing you to use your incarceration time to benefit you. They just want you to sit in your cell all day. Thats just gonna cause more riots. They dont want that then again they do. It allows them to come beat the shit out of you in their riot gear. Then they can be like order was restored to the unruly inmates but they only fighting because they dont have no TV, no drug program etc. This shit is science. The nigga who thought up civilization is ill. The nigga who said we gonna put stores here and create commerce and income and generate revenue for the town. We are gonna make you earn wages and take taxes out of your check and thats gonna fund the city for schools. Thats ill. Thats next level.

Thats why when they be like I call my nigga son cuz he shine like one. We call each other god because we are created in the image of the most high. If god is the father and you are the children then one day you will become god when you become fully aware of who god is. Everybody has to understand that everything has a science to it like the cause and effect rule. Everything adds up but niggas dont want to hear about that shit. Niggas reading the magazine want to hear about titties, what kind of whip I got and all that shit. Im still driving the same old ass Denali. My nigga is straight he aint giving me no problems. Im low key. I like it that way.

Halftime (Jbutters): I wanted to ask you about issues in society and power. Where do you think the power is to change things in our neighborhoods? We did an interview with Brand Nubian and like you said they felt voting wasnt for us and wont solve our problems. What solutions do you feel are out here?

Deck: Its time to go back to the sixties. Them niggas fought for their community. I remember back in the days growing up my neighbor used to look out for me. If my moms wasnt around I could go to my neighbors house and chill until she got home from work. There aint no unity and thats what real. Every community has some type of unison. My best friend is Dominican and when I go with him around his community they are one even if they dont even know you. Mexicans, I know so many Mexicans that I met in cali they be like "Fuck it holmes he dont got no speakers and you have two pair why dont you let him get one." They look out for their own. Everybody does that shit Jews, Italians, Whites, except us. Its time to go back when Martin was like fuck that we are gonna start marching on shit and demanding to be heard. If you dont like the shit on the radio you gotta pick the phone up and call. I call myself the Rebel because I love that nigga Chuck D. All of that shit he was saying I love that because the power is in the people. Im not saying go out and kill whitey dont get me wrong but just educate yourself. We have to elect our own nigga and vote amongst us for one of us. There used to be community leaders and borough presidents but they took away all that shit.

Halftime (Jbutters): With politics it is power with the people. Thats why I am split on the voting because I understand the issues arent what we need to be talking about but we can set the agenda. If we get together we can tell motherfuckers what to do because democracy is the power of the people. If we wanted Bush out he would be out tomorrow. If we wanted it, we could make it happen but cats be acting like they cant make nothing happen.

Deck: I was just watching Original Gangstaz with Pam Grier and them and they were saying the same shit. I aint saying for your aunt and your uncle go get the drug dealers on the corner but we got to run our own shit even if you are a drug dealer. The mob wasnt the most legal shit but they organized their community. As a drug dealer you gotta be like we doing what we doing but there aint gonna be no robbery unless its us. All that stick up kids shit we putting a cease to that. Or we gonna throw block parties or doing something to say we not just trying to get this money. We are getting this money so we can do shit with it. Niggas aint thinking like that. To me everything is a fucking gimmick. Niggas be trying to do for positive reasons but there is always a hidden agenda in the back. I look at the song with Hammer, Michelle and them when they was trying to stop the violence. The most a nigga did was really laugh at the video. That shit had no impact in no hood. Thats how the majority of the shit hood oriented turns out. I be buggin off that shit. Anything we try to create from the ground up it gets taken from us. We can take it all the way back to the numbers game which is lotto nowadays. Its illegal to do number running but lotto is legal. Thats the whole science of Lucky Luciano and Bumpy Johnson on why below 96th street is the rich section and if you go 96th street and up its where it turns to Harlem. There is a lot of science behind everything. You know what a big part of the poison is though is that motherfucking BET.

Halftime (Jbutters): Oh hell yea. BET is the anti-christ. I cant even watch that shit.

Deck: BET and the Triton they are in the same category. Digital Cable has like a thousand channels and we got one black channel.

Halftime (Jbutters): Owned by white people

Deck: And all they do is video you to death. They dont have no Blues Clues type of shows. Nothing for your kids. Teach my son how to fucking add. Give me the Black Sesame Street or Lil Bill on Sunday mornings. Bring the Jackson 5 cartoon back on Saturday mornings.

Halftime (Jbutters): They are on some supreme bullshit. Every time I turn BET on its either comic view or a video and both are horrible.

Deck: I like comic view I wont front.

Halftime (Jbutters): Maybe the old one but the new comic view man? That shit is a joke.

Deck: Yea its like comic train, comic view / soul train.

Halftime (Jbutters): I want to see something better than that on TV because its garbage.

Deck: I been to that shit before they position the women so the cameras can catch them.

Halftime (Jbutters): Are you serious?

Deck: Yea they rig that shit up. They pick the best looking women and put them on the stage and put the other ones in the front row. Its all for the cameras.

Halftime (Marcus): Thats what J. Anthony Brown said he was like lets get some big girls up here.

Deck: Even him man. That nigga is terrible. His funniest joke was that jerry curl juice shit from Def Comedy jam. That nigga is not funny at all.

Halftime (Jbutters): I heard you had a DVD that chronicled a day in your life.

Deck: We filmed the making of the album and one of the road tours and put it together. Im trying to do all of that the DVD, the book and two albums together.

Halftime (Jbutters): Is the DVD Done?

Deck: Its basically done but it needs a better editing job. I like shit to stay moving. We are gonna edit that shit up right. I also got a label called Urban Icon Records so Im dropping the album on that label. I got some distribution deals set up but I am trying to put a package on the table for them.

Halftime (Jbutters): When do you think that will be hitting?

Deck: Im trying to have it done at the end of the year the book and the DVD. I got a writer on the book already so thats nothing. Everything I recited to you is in the book in different chapters.

Halftime (Marcus): Whats your favorite Wu song?

Deck: Id say its between Gzas "Life of a drug Dealer" and Ghosts "Mighty Healthy"

Halftime (Marcus): My favorite shit all time I would have to say "Heaven and Hell"

Deck: I cant forget "Motherless Child"

Halftime (Jbutters): I like "C.R.E.A.M" but I would have to say Verbal Intercourse because thats like the illest shit I ever heard. We really cant pick one.

Deck: Off the head I have to say "Mighty Healthy." I got the "Mighty Healthy" instrumental. I get dressed faster and all that.

Halftime (Jbutters): I read where you said GZA helped you with your rhyme writing and I am assuming RZA helped you on the business end and with the beats. What are some of the examples of how they helped you develop your style?

Deck: Each nigga gave me something way back. Dirty is the showman He dont have the lyrics that will bury a nigga line for line but Dirty will capture the crowd off of entertainment value and hell say shit according to that. Hell be like yea Im drunk nigga I drink beer and rhyme about that shit and steal the crowd from you. Meth is a flow nigga. Meth will hear a beat and the way you jump on the beat Meth will come the total opposite way. He taught me how to pick parts of the beat like how girls do double dutch. You find the part of the beat then jump in on it. GZA taught me even if youre freestyling just put your shit in sentences and it will make sense. RZA taught me how to project my shit. He was like if youre gonna be Inspectah Deck the Rebel you have to get on the mic and convince niggas and say your shit with power. Thats what made me start always going first. Going first is like warming up the track. Rae and Ghost give me two different things. Rae is street corner rap to the fullest. Im the nigga that take you from the block go eat, go upstairs then I break out and go to Queens. Rae has you on the block twenty-four hours so his shit is vivid. He be like kick in the door, hit him with the nine yo you should have seen that nigga running. He would say his shit like that and I get the visuals because I lived that shit. So I started learning how to incorporate everything you live in your rhymes without overdoing it. Ghost gave me the slang. Ghost is like the bionic microphone is stacked mechanic move like a bunch of Mexicans with bandanas. We eat fish, toss salads and make rap ballads. He is saying shit the average nigga aint even thinking about. Its that type of shit. So when Im writing rhymes and I say a line thats hype Ill be like nah the nigga Ghost would say some exotic shit right there and Ill try to make my shit more exotic than Ghost.

And then Cappadonna he is a fully automatic rap machine. That nigga can roll off a hundred bars at you crazy at least three times in a row. Niggas dont know Cap. That nigga taught me how to freestyle. He used to get in the full-length mirror like he is battling himself. I was like why are you in the mirror doing it. He was like who is the illest nigga who can fuck with you? Thats you. Thats the only nigga that can fuck with me so I have to go toe to toe with him. He is looking in the mirror saying that shit Im like this nigga is ill. He got me in the mirror. I went and got the full length mirror and that shit got me sharp. It helps you fix your face and all that when you are freestyling. You know how to look, how to stand, you know if your colors are matching because all that shit plays a part. Niggas come up to you trying to battle and you look at his kicks and be like I aint even rhyming against your low budget ass. Niggas like you will get smacked first before the rap. You checking a nigga style like did you just stop me? Dont stop me asking no stupid shit. You gotta be like that with some niggas. When we was on top they would come up to me all the time because Im the humble nigga. They were scared of Ghost, Rae and Meth but Deck he the quiet nigga we might be able to test him. Im the nigga that will rattle off fifty at you real quick and have your niggas saying you should have said that other rhyme you hit me with the other day. U-God is the voice nigga. If I had that voice Id be the Barry White of rap. Wu Tang taught me everything. Wu Tang is me. We didnt come together to make a record. We been together. We been watching Wu Tang karate flicks chopping and kicking the shit out of each other. All of this shit was meant to happen.

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