Back to his usual tricks, Khaled is busy putting the biggest names in rap together onto one super-project. Victory, Khaled’s fourth compilation album, is slated for release this March, and among the expected features like Jeezy, Rick Ross, Wayne, and T-Pain, there’s also a big surprise Khaled is waiting to unveil soon.
What’s new with you? We’ve been hearing a lot about the album lately. What’s the update with that?
The album is coming out March 2nd. It’s called Victory. This is my fourth album.
It’s been a little while between your last album and this one. What are some things you’ve been focused on in the meantime?
Well, I’m the President of Def Jam South so I’m busy with that. I’m working with Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, Ace Hood, basically the whole Def Jam lineup. Read more…
Eldorado Red has a habit of dipping in and out of the music scene, but he also has a fan base that forgives his elusiveness time and time again. Bubbling back up in the underground, Eldorado released the mixtape Black Gangster with DJ 5150 recently and a new song with Zaytoven. The above video clip outlines some of Eldorado’s past history and upcoming projects, but if you want the full, in depth scoop on Alabama’s great hope, keep reading. Eldorado had a lot to say about the street life compared to life portrayed in rap music, and he also explains his new collaboration with Alley Boy which raised a few eyebrows.
We’ve been sitting here talking about your history in the game and there’s some key elements in your career that people might not be aware of – you had a situation with Rick Rock, the producer…
Yeah, shout out to Rick Rock and the whole Federation and the Bay Area. I was out there fuckin’ around for about four and a half years. I was working on a solo project with Rick Rock – we actually put out an independent album with Fontana called The Eastside Rider. The Federation situation didn’t work out so my solo project never came out. But I was out there grindin’ wit’ Rick Rock for a minute. That’s the first little bit of rap industry shit I ever experienced. At the time, he had just did the Jay-Z record “Change the Game,” he had the Busta Rhymes record with Mariah Carey, he had a lot of big records.
What was your game plan after that situation was over?
After the deal got fucked up, I came back to Alabama, to the streets. I knew Rick Rock from Alabama – he was originally from the Bay Area but we both had family in Alabama. We knew each other before he had blew up in the production game. So I went out there and tried to make somethin’ happen. But you know, every situation ain’t the right situation. When you tryin’ to fit in to someone else’s program, but at the same time, you patiently waitin’ to do yo thang, then your success is basically depending upon if these people pop off or not. When The Federation’s success wasn’t what the label expected, they got dropped from they situation, which domino affects everything else.
So you quit the game for a minute?
I ain’t have no plan – my plan was to go back to where I started, back to the block. I had said fuck the music thang for a minute after that. I came back down south and kinda reinvented myself and that’s what we got today. >>>>>Read more…