Guest Star: "Once You Get To Around 30 In The Rap Game, You're Considered Old"
Wednesday, Feb 23, 2011 2:45PM
[With rap moguls like Jay-Z and Diddy owning their own restaurants, Dipset's Freekey Zekey explains why North Carolina residents should try out his The Palmetto dining.]
First and foremost, the name of my restaurant is The Palmetto. It's located in Greensboro, North Carolina. A lot of people run around and get a whole lot of jewelry and spend money in strip clubs and not that I'm saying that any of that is bad, but I want to build a foundation.
Once you get to be around 28, 29 and 30 in the rap game, you're considered old. It's just like in basketball or football. Once you reach a certain age, once you get into your 30's, you're considered an old head. So I had to find out what my foundation was going to be so when it's all said and done, I'm sitting pretty. I can be 50 years-old with a cane and still talking to the nice little 25 year-old ladies.
I basically got with my partner Rick and Carlos who actually also owns the restaurant. Carlos is a chef and he didn't have the full backing to keep it going, so I had my bread, called my man Rick out there, who is also a partner in my 730 Dips group, and so we just put that good money up and boom! You got a five-star cuisine restaurant. This isn't a place we're you're going to go in there and see people with ketchup stains on their apron with a cigarette. You're not gonna have people in here scratching their a** saying, "Where we gonna eat?"
This is a restaurant where you want to take your lover to on Valentine's Day or if you think you're the man and you're going to places and want to show her things, this is where you need to go. No baseball caps allowed.
If you're going to Palmetto and you're in impressive mode, you can get the lobster and steak with the mash potatoes and collard greens. But if you're out with your boys and you need something to check out, know that we got a lot of multi-cultural females here. A lot of females might break up with their man around 5:36 PM just to come to Palmetto and find a man.
The way I choose what I want to eat at Palmetto is I close my eyes and point down on the menu. Whatever my finger lands on, that's what I eat. I know I sound bias for saying it, but I let my food talk for me. This is a really good French Southern cuisine. I'm about to franchise this too.
Freekey Zekey is a member of the Diplomats and owner of 730 Dips Records. He is a cousin to Cam'ron. Zekey recently opened his first restaurant, The Palmetto, an upscale establishment providing sophisticated French Southern dining; is an advocate and National Spokesperson for Preserve Our Legacy, a not for profit organization that's mission is to inform and educate individuals, especially minorities, about the benefits of stem cells and treatment options they provide via peripheral blood stem cells, bone marrow and/or umbilical cord blood donation; and still stays true to himself as a founding member of Dipset - and currently on their reunion tour.