Rastaclat Talks to Juelz Santana
He has a saying, “Born to Lose, Built to Win” which is also the name of his upcoming album that has been delayed a few times. Needless to say, Juelz is a perfectionist and the music grind is something he will probably never quit, even with the ups and downs. The mix tape master from Harlem continues to tour and make music like he did with his first group, called Draft Pick, or his first big album appearance on Cam’Ron’s S.D.E album on the song “Double Up.” He is a hip hop lifer. For a guy who has been featured on several certified gold singles he never rests on his laurels, always looking for new producers to work with and new cities to do shows in. Recently we caught up with Juelz on a quick tour throuhg the west coast.
Q: Who was your favorite emcee growing up in Harlem?
A: Rakim hands down, he was that guy to me and my folks back in the day.
Q: How do you pick beats?
A: I like to hear a variety of beats from all kinds of cats, sometimes even people you ain’t never actually met in person. There is always a guy out there with that heat that no one has heard of.
Q: What’s up with a Diplomats reunion? And do you keep in touch with those guys still?
A: Man everybody would love that, you never really know. Anything is possible. I stay in cahoots with Jim and Cam a lot, we keep one another involved in current projects and possible projects.
Q: What was one of your favorite projects to date?
A: Really, that first record (referring to The Diplomats first album). Everybody ended up kinda going different ways. There is nothing like coming up. You can’t never forget what really got you started. I got a lot of favorites though.
Q: What’s your favorite part of these Rastaclat products?
A: I’ve seen these before in mad stores. I like anything creative, to be real. These joints can go a lot of places. I can coordinate this one (holding the Snoop Signature series in Merlot) with a fit I have in mind right now.