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Memphis Bleek: Through The Fire Interview
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By Paul Russell
5/13/2003 7:03:51 PM

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Three Years. A hiatus of such length is considered career suicide for most rappers, but not Roc-A-Fella’s first signee Memphis Bleek. Bleek was taking care of some real business – the business of family. He witnessed the birth of his firstborn son and almost saw his older brother return to the essence. Now, he is back as a veteran amid The Roc’s blossoming roster, he's equipped with a new album, M.A.D.E... Respect the true understanding.

AllHipHop.com: Can you speak on your new project?
Memphis Bleek: This the veteran of the ROC, Memphis Bleek right here. “Get Low is the future, violate and I’ll shoot ya” we for real about it. The album Money Attitude Direction Education (M.A.D.E) will be in stores June 24th and they know everything is a go right now.

AllHipHop: So it’s called The Education?
M: It’s called M.A.D.E (Money Attitude Direction Education) Made means a lot of things Made moves, Made mistakes, Made money, Made a place to live.

AllHipHop: You said you was the veteran of the ROC, what do you mean by that?
M: I was the first signed artist on Roc-A-Fella if my album didn’t go gold who knows where Roc-A-Fella would be. I’m still a young dude running around. I’m still an Indian I’m not a chief yet.

AllHipHop: The title of the album has a lot of meanings behind it can you talk about some of those changes?

M: MADE, I don’t want people to think I’m Mafia or Mob, I aint none of that suit, lobster and shrimp I’m a hustler straight out of Brooklyn Marcy all day. This album is different from my other two because it’s just more personal. In the interviews you can see I talk about my brother’s accident and how he got brain injury. That set me back for a couple years ‘cause I’m close to losing a brother and I never lost nobody that close to me before. So when that happened it helped me find myself, find out what I’m really about and what I’m here for I’m here for my family they need me. In the album I’m just talking about that and then in the process of that I had a son. It’s my first born my first soldier so I’m talking about that I never had a pops I got to keep it real with mine.

AllHipHop: Can you speak on being a father, how it was having a child and what does being a father mean to you?
M: Having a child changed my life, I was there to see my son born it makes you appreciate your mom more ‘cause you’re like damn she went through that for me. It’s like the instant you see him and you hear that cry it changes your life. I told you I aint never have no pops. if I seen my pops on the street I wouldn’t know who he is.

AllHipHop: What is your brother’s condition like now?

M: He’s cool, when it first happened doctors said he was going to be paralyzed on one side but he’s cool now other than the scars on his head, he just got a slur in his talk but he’s on point trust me.
AllHipHop: It’s interesting to hear you stress the education part of M.A.D.E ‘cause a lot of rappers don’t even bring that word up.

M: You got to be educated, a lot of people left school and hustled I followed the same path but I made sure I got my GED. Even though when I did leave school I learned the fundamentals of school, how to read, write, add, subtract, multiply and divide. I’m not an idiot you got to know that dealing with people in meetings all day with you and if your not smart enough somebody will get over on you all the time. I never seen a dumb person win.

AllHipHop: What are people going to see and hear on this album?
M: Their going to still see the young, the fire, and the attitude I fell back for a minute but I didn’t fall off. I got Trick Daddy on a monster down south joint called “Down Here” I got Donnell Jones on a joint, we did the Michael Jackson joint “PYT 2” for my album, I got Lil’ Cease on a joint, I got Beans and Jay, I got Geda K my artist Calico and Proof from the Get Low family, Rell all over this album too.

AllHipHop: What’s the

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