interview by Meshack Blaq
photos by TigerBomb
While most MC's of prominence on the West Coast are knowledgeable of the
skills possessed by Jayo Felony, the general public may only know about him
from the song he did with Method Man and DMX. He proved that he could give it
to you, but what you gonna do with it? But what you know about "Sherm Stick"?
What about "Penitentiary Bound" and "Take A Ride"? For those who know Bullet
Loco from back in the day, need not worry about his status. After two stellar
yet slept on Underground Classic albums, he's back with a third bitch slap to
the face. And despite what anyone may think, Jayo is clearly expressing his
KRON: How did you get the names Jayo Felony and Bullet Loco?
JAYO: I been havin' the name Bullet Loco from my Hood. That was the name that
my Homies gave me. Jayo Felony is somethin' I created when I was in Juvenile
Hall as a 14 to 15 year old seein' the word felony carved in a desk. It just
stuck with me. Jayo stands for Justice Against Y'all Oppressors. Just a
little bit of science behind it.
KRON: Was the music on your two previous albums ahead of its time or have
you've simply been overlooked as an MC?
JAYO: I don't think I've been overlooked because I've been accepted in the
Rap Community from day one. And everybody really know the skills as far as
all the Rappers is concerned. But now I'm finally gettin' the backing of the
company and that's what I was lacking. I went through a lot to get where I am
today as far as gettin' out of old contracts and finally gettin' to be on Def
Jam. Now I got this album comin' out, I got the song "Got Beef" with Snoop &
Tha Eastsidaz which gave me another look out there as far as people never
seein' me on the video and whatnot. That song right there gave me another
outlook on the Game.
KRON: Are you an official Eastsider or was it just a guest appearance?
JAYO: Yea, I guest appeared on Tha Eastsidaz. But we all worked together on
the album and put all our input in and collaborated on it. I got they back
100%. Me an' Tray-Dee & Goldie are out here on the road every night together
as one by performin' and stickin' together and tryin' to make it happen. A
lot of shit goes on when you're out here on the road together that make you
become real close. So you gotta keep it movin'.
KRON: What do you mean when you say you represent for Dulo?
JAYO: That's my crew, the Dulo gang. I got a couple of Homies comin' out. I
got my dog Crook comin' out and my Homie Spice-1 is down with the Dulo gang,
too. East Bay Gangsta rollin' wit' the Dulo gang. Much love to Spice-1. I got
my dog, Lil' Bill Blast and a couple mo' cats comin' out; some lil' youngstas
hittin' up. Then I got a group called the Hoodlums which is me and all my
Homies from my Hood puttin' the S.D (San Diego) on the map. That's goin' down
after me, Kurupt and Scarface drop this Face Mob album.
KRON: Besides the Method Man & DMX song, isn't your shit just too hard for
JAYO: It's all business. As an artist, I make albums. I've been makin' albums
from day one. I always knew what I wanted to do. So even as far back as "Take
A Ride", I put together concepts and songs that I knew would be on a radio
station if they would've heard 'em if they would've pushed those songs. But
it's all about the business too. If that ain't straight, then no matter what
you put out, it ain't gon' crack.
KRON: Come on Man, "Sherm Stick"?
JAYO: Yea, I had "Sherm Stick", "Loc Is On His Own", "Penitentiary Bound",
"Take A Ride", "Lovely". On the real, that's the G shit! "Lovely" was "Sherm
Stick" part II. A lotta Niggaz don't know that. I just changed the shit up.
But I just want you to know one thing, Dog; I'm in the Game to make music and
sell records because that's what it's all about at the end of the day, but
the West Coast loves me so it don't even matter. In they eyes, I'm Platinum
for life. I'm the Michael Jordan of Gangsta Rap out there. So when I go back
to the streets, the streets don't lie.
KRON: Your lyrics are so memorable they stick to the brain. Plus they're
ultra real to the point where they sound based on true experiences. Unless
people have listened to your shit they won't know what I'm talking about.
JAYO: Look, on songs like "Sherm Stick" and "Lovely" it's goin' back to the
days, talkin' about the PCP or loop-loop and how they used to get down back
then. They still do it today, but I'm not encouragin' people to go out there
and do it just 'cause I make a song. It's just music for people to get into
with the lil' ghetto slang to it to keep it crackin' for the street. 'Cause
that's what the streets relate to, so I'm just givin' em what they want.
I'm not protestin' doin' drugs either. You do what you do.
KRON: Are you still catchin' cases or have you tried to leave that part of
life behind you?
JAYO: I really haven't been into any trouble since I've been in the Industry.
It's always been on some bullshit where a muh'fucka's tryin' to set me up.
It's a lot of people that wish they was in this position so why would I fuck
it off? It wouldn't even make sense for muh'fuckas to be lookin' at me like
I'm a stupid muh'fucka for gettin' in the Game and just fuckin' it all off. I
ain't tryin' to go out like that. I'm just maturing as a man so I need to
give back by bringin' up other people while doin' what I gotta do to be
remembered righteously when I rest in peace. I don't wanna be remembered as
no sucka, no buster, or none of that. I wanna be remembered as a strong
muthafuckin' warrior who had plans and ideas that uplifted muh'fuckas. I'm
fiddin' ta stop makin' shit like "Sherm Stick" 'cause I'm gettin' ready to
make music for everybody and just keep it Thuggin'.
KRON: What's the dumbest shit you went to jail for?
JAYO: When muh'fuckas tried to frame me for 19 years by sayin' I went and
tied up some college students and had on a surgical mask and a surgical hat.
So I don't know how they picked me out of a picture line-up to say it was me
anyway. But I did twelve days in jail for that shit. They locked me up In San
Diego on Super Bowl Sunday and Def Jam had to come bail me out with $250,000
cash. And I didn't even do shit! I wasn't even in town and didn't know shit
about the crime. That's why when I look at life that shit brings tears to my
eyes; it coulda been me.
KRON: Are you into firearms?
JAYO: Hell yea! I think we all should be into protectin' ourselves. I'm not
into hurtin' muh'fuckas because only people can hurt muh'fuckas. Guns ain't
hurtin' nobody unless you use the muh'fucka. But at the same time, we all
need protection because everybody don't have all they senses. Ain't no
tellin' if a crazy muh'fucka tries to do somethin' to you and you protectin'
yourself. So I love guns! That's my name; Bullet Loco. That's why Niggas
named me that. 'Cause I'm infatuated with guns. I used to sleep with them
shits when I was younger. Out there in the streets I used to sleep with my
girl and my heater. Now I just love guns because you gotta have somethin',
Dog, to protect yourself. I know about the right to bear arms and how
muh'fuckas in some states like Texas you can still carry your weapon if it
ain't concealed. If some shit goes down in America and people don't have no
guns, what the fuck we gon' do? If we had to fight for ourselves and
somethin' fucked the government up to where they can't fight; if we ain't got
no guns, we gon' be throwin' rocks like in the caveman days. Or we gon' be
like over in Lebanon where they ain't got no guns and throwin' rocks at
tanks. And they laughin' at you an' shit!
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