True God, Part Two

Morning (to all of those that still have power).

As many of you may know, my DAR compatriot True God is gearing up for two things this week. First of all, he's prepping for the birth of his baby daughter. Second, Mr. "#TrueGodisAHeel" is dropping his second release, DOA, on 7/7/12. Just as True caught up with yours truly recently, I decided to get the last-minute scoop on DOA, True's life, and the words he never said his lack of tongue-biting when it comes to music acts.

It's almost finally here.

Speed on the Beat: So, I'll cut the BS and the introductions. How has doing your second album in the past calendar year affected you personally, mentally, etc.?

True God: I think personally, it's helped me to grow a little bit. Talking about the things that I've talked about on this album, just shows my maturation and growth beyond where I already was. Mentally, it, honestly, freed me more, because I didn't think of anything outside of what I wanted to do when making the album. I was recording with the thought of my family, the thought of revolution, the thought of what was real and true to me. Doing two classic albums in one year
should've been mentally taxing, but it was fun. It's such a great feeling making classic music, especially considering the fact that classic music is rare in this day and age.

SotB: With your daughter due to make her debut any day now, will there be any slow-down for "True G, Skip the O-D?"

TG: I don't know. I'm torn in a lot of ways. I wanted to take a break from the promotion, the music, and working, but my energy level is pretty high for the business. I want to continue making everything happen, but still be a great father to my daughter. I plan to slow down for a
little bit, but the best part of what I do is that it's mostly over the internet and computer. I can watch my daughter, promote a little bit, spend time with my family, record on my laptop, take a break, and do it all again. So they might not see me as much, but they'll still see me. If not everyday, then every other day (laughs).

True God, a man of few words and many actions.

SotB: I've noticed recently that, these days, DAR (myself included) has been even more "no-holds-barred" than previous incarnations? Is there any reason, on your end, as to why? (I mean, I know that, personally, I just don't give a damn anymore about being "politically correct" amongst a sea of ignorance, as ignorance is all people seem to understand.)

TG: It all goes back to who I am as a person. People consider it to be "no holds barred" but I'm just being me. While most people tend to purify their thoughts, I just speak my mind unfiltered. I've never bit my tongue and nor will I ever. The world is full of people who revel in
ignorance and thrive off being politically correct. That's just not who I am. I refuse to become castrated in this society. A lot of people lose their balls, their souls, their minds just trying to
conform. That's never been me. It won't ever be me. People don't like truth. I've noticed that. You say something that might be true, and people want to crucify you for that--but nails won't fit in my palms. As far as I'm concerned, we live in a country that wants free speech, but hate when other people use their OWN free speech. I could go on and on about this shit. For those who feel I've become more aggressive or no-holds-barred, you might be partly to blame for it. People are looking at me like I'm a bit too much, but I'm looking at them like they're not doing enough. Wake your ass up. Open your minds and stop being sheep.

SotB: On YouTube, you've seem to have stirred up a bit of controversy by, in some peoples' minds, "attacking" Lupe Fiasco and his new song "Bitch Bad." What's your response to criticism of you because of this? (Ed. note: this response is quite long, but worth the read)

TG: Controversy follows me all the time. #TrueGodIsAHeel, so that follows me, man ::laughs::. People got all mad about me saying I didn't really feel Lupe's new joint. I think at first, I was fine with that. I can debate anyone about my opinion--and facts--because, well, it's my opinion. The
issue starts to arise when people want to take shots at me because of the fact that I don't like Lupe's music. This goes farther than just Lupe to be honest, but I'll start with him.
Lupe, as an artist has changed and transformed so many times through his entire run in this
industry. And that's where people start to get all defensive. People want to big up Lupe for anything he does, but when you don't fall in line with them, they want to attack you. People begin to throw personal shots about my child, me having to raise her on food stamps and all this other stupid shit. I have thick skin, so I can deal with that, but I won't debate idiots. That's an idiot right there. It's all a part of a larger problem.
People want to attack me, because I don't like their "heroes". To give you an idea, the person who was saying all the "food stamps, your child is shit, et cetera" was a white guy--a white dude who loves Lupe and his message, but felt the need to tell me that he couldn't be a coon because he was white and not black. He went on to say some more racist shit, and that's where I stand to get
annoyed. It's the internet. This shit ain't real. People sit behind computers all day and try to make up for their miserable lives by bringing other folks down. Hey, that's fine man. Whatever happens these idiots sleep at night. But in all honesty? When referencing popular artists like a Jay-Z or a Lil Wayne, there are always going to be fans who love what they do regardless of how wack their shit becomes or is.
Look at Wayne: he put out Rebirth, which was supposed to be a rock album--and that shit sold, like, 800,000 copies. Who the fuck went out and bought--let alone DOWNLOAD--that shit? It was garbage; just Wayne singing in Auto-Tune over, generic wannabe electro-rock beats. And some people loved that shit. Look at Jay, with The Blueprint 3. The Blueprint 3 was his first album after his getting married, right? There's no personal songs at all on BP3, just a bunch of generic ass
"swag" songs from a 40 year old man.
Do people not see this shit? He's 40 years old. 40 years old and he's making songs about going HAM and niggas being in Paris. I think that's an issue that people won't talk about, and hey, like I said, whatever helps you sleep at night. Look at 2 Chainz. This dude is 37 years old. Think about the average man, and what they're doing at 37 years old. Most men at the age of 30 are raising families, working jobs, trying to mature and grow. At 37 years old, you're busy telling us your coupe's the color of Mayo and all about your swag? That's a problem.

For an artist who called himself "Tity Boi" at one point, he sure as hell has gained a following. I wonder, though, is it because of so-called "media brainwashing" or something different? I personally, say the former. But, this isn't my place to opine. Back to you, True.

And, with Lupe, it more of the same. Lupe is someone who went from being a gangsta rapper, signed to Arista (ed. note: for those unaware of this era of Lupe's music, listen to the "Vintage Fiasco" mixtape series helmed by DJ Absolut). Then, he almost signed to Roc-A-Fella, and, then finally decides on Atlantic Records. He sat in them offices with Craig Kallman. He went from one image to the next, portraying himself as some type of skateboarder on his first album. Then going to some darker image on The Cool.
I appreciate his attempts at creativity. His music is good--sometimes, he's a decent lyricist. But, I think that it's one of those things where some people want to feel so "complex" that they grativate to Lupe's music because it's been lauded as complex. People have to look deeper than the surface. Lupe's last album was as commercial as he's ever been. Why? He used the excuse that the label wanted him to make more commercial records, but where was that mind state on The Cool? Food and Liquor? Something that doesn't add up to me.
Labels are always like "if it aint broke, don't fix it" and The Cool went over Gold so what he was doing before was working. No one told Lupe to make those Trey Songz records. He did. And that's my issue. People praise him like some underground lord or some type of musical saint. The same shit with Immortal Technique. These guys can make decent music all they want, but what are you actually doing to help out the people? Where are you? And there lies my biggest issue with the fans and the critics of me. I'm speaking up to bring the real, and call into question the phony shit. Don't act like TEAMDAR ain't reaching out and trying to help the communities while your favorite rappers wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire. Stop being a damn sheep.

I must say, though. Most people that are all "anti-sheeple" are, in some ways, sheep themselves of YouTube conspiracies, Illuminati rambles, tin foil hats, etc. We at DAR do not condone blindly following any trend or opinion, not even our own, without truly understanding everything behind it. If you understand DAR and want to continue to allow us to lead you, then, hey. More power to you.

SotB: You've seem to have become, for a lack of a better phrase, "popular with the ladies" through Twitter. Is this a sign that the DAR Movement is picking up steam, or is it a sign that DAR is something of an "anti-sex symbol" that  draws women in? Feel free to elaborate in any way.

TG: Well, for one, I've always been popular in that respect, it's just more visible due to the growing amount of Twitter followers. I think it shows that DAR is picking up steam, of course. But, its all relative. Everyone seems to admire how deeply in love I am with my queen and I guess with me being such a positive force for the male/female perspective, they grativate to it. I don't know how much of an "anti-sex symbol" I am, because it's always been there. I just hope they all continue to support. That's pretty much all I can say on that.

SotB: You, and I, are often recurring guests on the "2Raw4TV" online radio show  hosted by DAR-affiliated host Palmetto Star. Do you ever feel alienated by being "True God" amongst some of the guests that appear on the show?
TG: I do. I listen to alot of the artists that come on the show--and I feel very out of place. I mean, my movement is rooted in the truth. Some of those guests might believe that we're on the same wavelength, but it becomes painfully obvious that we're not. And that's fine. As far as I'm concerned, whether it's 2RAW4TV, Nia B, any radio show, if True God is on there, he's going to steal the show. That's just what I do. You can put all these artists who are extensions of already established artists and pass them off as original or great, but that shit just ain't true. 
I think Palmetto's in a tough spot, though. When you have a radio show, you have to put different artists on, and some of those artists just aren't going to be any good. The 2RAW4TV/TEAMDAR
working relationship is a great one, and I support his movement and vice versa, but honestly? Some of these artists are horrible that he has on. But that's why True God's the opener of most of the shows (laughs). #TrueGodIsAHeel

SotB: What do you say to artists and fairweather fans that "subtweet" you?

TG: Say it with your chest, little ass nigga (laughs). Honestly, the fact that people subtweet shows how insecure they are. If someone has something to say me directly, and I use directly loosely, because it's Twitter, but nonetheless if you have something to say, say that shit
to me. I don't play this internet shit man. I've been in real life situations that involve life and death, so I can give a fuck about a subtweet.

SotB: I've noticed a couple artists--especially some of your "local brethren"--have taken offense to the way that you approach music and life. What's your response?

TG: Well, I assume you're referring to the growing hate through the DMV area? Well, I understand the hate. With my movement and TEAMDAR, it's pretty much a universal thing. We've got people from SC, ATL, NY, LA, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, Kansas, Oklahoma, etc., all on the movement and rocking with us. Not to mention, the clothing line that I started up for the movement( and the creativity that's displayed through the music and the aggressive nature that I use to get my point across. I understand the hate, though. 
But, I never wanted to be a local artist or get caught up in the whole DMV shit. Props to those who rep for the DMV, I guess. But where I'm from or lived, or the surrounding states doesnt shape me or what I do business-wise. It's a part of me personally, but with my music? I want to touch on everything else outside of that. For those who aren't local and still take offense? That's fine. You can't please everyone right? So who gives a fuck? If you're offended, grow a sack.

SotB: On a lighter note, who do you have taking the CM Punk/Daniel Bryan match at "Money in the Bank?" I ask because, on your song "Best of the Best," we sampled the infamous CM Punk shoot promo.

TG: I'd rather see Daniel Bryan win this match. Why? It makes sense. Daniel Bryan as a competitor right now is the best thing going for WWE, so he deserves the rub man. Punk needs to be in the chase for the title against D. Bryan so he can become more aggressive. Anytime a babyface
is the champion, it only works if they're going against "the system."  Punk needs to chase the title to get his edge back and KEEP it once he gets back the title. If Punk won however, and Bryan got a rematch at Summerslam in an Ironman/Ladder/TLC/Submission--pick one--match, then
I'm fine with that. [That is], as long as Cena stays the fuck away from the title. (laughs)
Plus, that probably would mean we get to see more of this. I'm just saying, is all. #ajleeFTW.

SotB: Continuing with the Punk promo, do you believe you're the best artist out there, and why? That's a serious question, because I know that many artists say things like that, but often can't back them up.

TG: Honestly, I think the TeamDAR movement is the best thing out there. As far as me being the best artist out there, I personally feel that way, of course, because I know what I'm capable of. To the fans? I think some people feel that way too. I will say that I'm the best artist
when it comes to making albums, execution in the music, and honesty. If you describe the best artist as someone who promotes the destruction of our people and our culture and all their "swagg" or "bravado", then naw I'm the not the best artist and I don't want to be
in that regard (laughs).
God, you've gotta love Tumblr. Oddly, I just noticed/remembered that Punk was wearing a Stone Cold shirt during this promo. Subtle WWE marketing strategy, perhaps?

SotB: Alright, true that. Two more questions, and then we're done. First, has working with your current engineer been a good or bad experience? I ask because your engineer mostly works with less-hip-hop-centric acts.

TG: It's good and bad. Sometimes, engineers begin to overvalue themselves. They are an integral piece of the puzzle, but they can easily be replaced by another one. There's a million studios in the
world, man. I appreciate the engineer I have, but when you begin to hold up my project then that's an issue. At the end of the day, I'm unlike any other artist that he's ever worked with. I value his work, but there's no more important part to this puzzle than me. Everyone has to know that. So as much as I got love for this dude, I just want him to understand that without me, this project wouldn't be possible. I have recording equipment available--but it all works out for the
best man. The album is a classic, so at the end of the day it's worth it. July 7th. That's all I can say.
SotB: Alright, last one. If you could do anything different, what would it be?

TG: Nothing.
And, there you have it, folks. Go buy that DOA when it drops. You'll thank me later. #noDrakeGettingDissedByChrisBrown.
Check out True's first release, Soul Revival, here
And, of course, be sure to check out Speed on the Beat here, here, and here.

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