Crooked I recently discussed the lack of West Coast support from rap veterans Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre claiming established artists are not making way for new emcees.
Originally inspired to make a No Country For Old Men project targeting the rappers, Crooked claims his recent near-death experience has altered his plan.
“You’ve got all these people on the West Coast,” he explained. “The ‘Men’ stands for ‘mentality’: No country for this old mentality. We don’t want to deal with this mentality that says we can’t like each other, we can’t unify…After this stuff, man, I’ve been really thinking. That [album is] cool. That’s something that needs to be said. But right now … I’ve been in these [life-threatening] situations before…My focus now is if Ice Cube, Snoop, Dre, none of them dudes wanna reach down and help the new dudes, that’s fine. Maybe I’ll call them and have a healthy conversation about it and move on. I’m not in that zone no more. I want to leave a body of work behind that matches a Biggie or Pac.” (MTV)
Despite his calling for peace, the rapper challenged incarcerated Mobb Deep member Prodigy to a physical fight after reading an alleged letter questioning his lyrical skills.
“I read your letter and you disrespectfully mentioned my name,” Crooked wrote in a blog entry. “If you don’t know why Vibe magazine chose to put me in the Best Rapper Alive issue maybe you should have researched me before you wrote what you wrote. Since you have time on your hands, you should check out week 1 thru 52 of my historical Hip Hop Weekly series. Week 33 was a freestyle over your song ‘Get Away’ (one of my favorite Mobb Deep songs). All things considered, there is a price for speaking on a real n*gga sideways…Fight me 1 on 1. Nobody else, just you and me. I’ll wait for your release date since I don’t forget about sh*t. P.S. Do some push ups.” (Hip Hop DX Blog)
Cooked recently made headlines after rumors spread about him being fatally shot in early March.
“Mentally, I’m kinda in a f*cked up place right now but physically I’m good,” Crooked said in an interview. “I just wanna let people know I’m good, man…Some crazy sh*t just went on man and I was at the wrong place at the wrong time type of sh*t, you know what I’m saying. Right now, I’m just trying to get to the bottom of it, man…When sh*t like that happens, it’s better to just leave it where it happened…I don’t want to give nobody fame from bringing negativity towards me…God is good and these haters are gonna find that out.” (Vlad TV)
He was, at one time, signed to Death Row Records.
Departed from Death Row by early 2004, Crooked went independent, launching his Dynasty Entertainment label, but legal obstacles prevented him from releasing yet another title of his own. Mixtapes, DVDs, and features continued to pile up, with B.O.S.S. (Beginning of Something Serious) — at long last, his first official album — prepared for a 2008 release date. (All Music)