Guest Star: "It's Not Like I Have To Go Out To These Other Jobs, Put On Skinny Jeans Or Wear Pink Shoelaces"
Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 3:55PM
[With New York rap veteran N.O.R.E. recently announcing a name change to P.A.P.I., the former CNN member tells SOHH readers, before switching his alias, what has drove him to having over a decade of music in the rap game.]
I've been starting to love my job again.
I see so many people go to work everyday and they put on heels or they put on their construction boots and they're sitting there, complaining about their boss or complaining about their job and I sat back and really thought about it. I was like, 'What's there to be upset about? I actually make money off of my music, I'm traveling the world, I make phenomenal music.' There's no reason why [I shouldn't be happy].
The reason the hunger is back is because I truly do love my job and it's not like I have to go out to these other jobs or put on skinny jeans, I don't have to wear pink shoelaces, I don't have to do these types of things. I can actually be myself and make a great living doing it. So I'm enjoying my job.
That's why a lot of people are feeling like the music and the hunger's back with me but it's really not, it's just that I'm regenerating that I really love what I do. Just like a comedian or a rock star, I love knowing that people enjoy my stuff. I love knowing they enjoy my music or enjoy my lifestyle or enjoy my interviews or the way I talk.
Don't get me wrong, there's certain parts about my job that I hate but for the most part, it's way more positive than it is negative. So that's why you're hearing all of my records and getting so much stuff from me.
I'm doing this stuff ten, twelve years later and you're thinking, "Wow, this guy's still good!" I'm still relevant. I'm a recording artist and I'm still doing it after all these years. I've always held honor and respect in everything that I've done.
One-half of the Queens hardcore rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga, Victor "Noreaga" Santiago met Kiam "Capone" Holley in 1992 while both were serving prison sentences. Signed to Penalty Records in 1996, the pair released a hard-hitting debut (The War Report) in June 1997, but after Holley was thrown back in jail on a parole violation, Santiago began recording a solo album. His solo debut, N.O.R.E. -- an acronym for "Niggas on the Run Eating" -- was an all-star affair, with contributions from Foxy Brown, Nas, Busta Rhymes, and Jay-Z, among others. Melvin Flynt -- Da Hustler followed in 1999. His third album, God's Favorite, was delayed several times, but finally appeared in mid-2002. In 2006, he moved to the Def Jam imprint Roc la Familia and released N.O.R.E. y la Familia...Ya Tú Sabe, a mostly reggaeton album featuring guest stars like Nina Sky, Big Mato, and Daddy Yankee.