Dipset’s Juelz Santana recently revealed his five biggest music inspirations and explained the delay behind his upcoming Lil Wayne-featured “Home Run” music video.
Despite being Cam’ron‘s former rap rival, Juelz named Nas as one of his biggest inspirations.
“The three automatic, Biggie, Jay-Z, Pac,” Juelz revealed in an interview. “Ya dig what I’m saying? I’ma throw Nas in there, I’m gonna go with Cam after that too. I ain’t even gonna front…The album, Born To Lose, Built To Win, the mixtape, Skull Gang, all of my artists, I got a movie I did with Megan Good that should be out in August going straight to DVD but it’s a good movie. It’s called Video Chick. Getting my acting thing up. My solo mixtape is gonna be a monster. I know I’ve been dragging my feet — but it’s gonna be what it’s gonna be. Still got the ‘Home Run’ video coming out with me and Lil Wayne, I’ve been holding on to that for a minute, BET, I’ve been waiting for them to give me the word. I had a lot of ladies in that video so there’s a lot of edits I had to do just to get that right for the television. I didn’t want to leak it on the Internet first. Shout-out to all the models that came out for that.” (WV Soul Magazine)
Earlier this year, SOHH hit up Def Jam VP of A&R Sha Money about the hold-up with Santana’s Born To Lose, Built To Win solo album.
“He’s touring and getting money,” Sha told SOHH. “He’s getting his money so he’s comfortable, he’s just creating the right music because he’s that next n*gga man. So he’s coming with it. It’s coming this year, we gonna drop this mixtape, The Reagan Era, he’s shooting some crazy videos — they on it right now, heavy, and I support them because he’s that next n*gga. I’ve contributed from records all the way down, man. He gets everything man, from the music to the marketing to the big picture, man. We gotta create stars, I don’t just leave them at the A&R Depot saying, ‘I’m done.’ I take it all the way there. It starts with the music and you know that’s what I do. That’s just one of the things that I’m great at, is the music.” (SOHH)
Last March, Juelz talked about putting together his Reagan Era underground project.
“We got another record for the mixtape,” Juelz explained of how he and Banks plan to follow up their current smash. “That record’s actually got me, Fabolous, Jadakiss and [Lloyd] Banks on it. … We took the Estelle sample from ‘American Boy’ that goes ‘Take me to New York’ and kept repeating that. I sent it to everybody that I felt [could kill it], which was me, Fab, Banks and Jada. But me and Banks gonna have to do another one together with just me and him. That record is crazy. That Reagan Era is gonna be a problem — that’s why I been taking my time strategically building up. I think now is a better time. Every day I’m drawing more attention to myself.” (MTV)
Santana previously spoke with SOHH about his Born To Lose, Built To Win album release.
“Born To Lose, Built To Win, that’s the name of my new album and I’m used to getting nothing and turning it into something,” Santana explained. “It ain’t no Def Jam delay, it ain’t no delay, I’m just waiting day-to-day, watching the game and paying attention. I ain’t wanna rush an album, I wanna keep it relevant, keep all the pieces right there. I’m just strategically doing things and I don’t want to just ‘drop’ an album. In this day and age, it feels like you gotta give people more so I want them to want for Juelz Santana to over succeed and oversee everything else, I really need to be there.” (SOHH)
Check out Juelz Santana’s interview below: