PZO: As an artist, what do you think
your best qualities are?
Phife_Dawg: Wow, that's a very good question. I've never been asked that
before. I love ya'll, I really do. Okay, my best quality I would say [is] commitment.
I'm usually late to everything, but that's just artists. Imagination,
you know what I mean? You can think of a record while you're at home or
when you get in the studio and you're about to lay something, something
totally different will come out. So spontanuity, imagination, creativity
PZO: What's the best lesson you've learned from
past experiences in your career?
Phife Dawg: Go with your first instincts. Learn how to take risks, you
know what I mean? When you're standing there scared you'll miss out pretty
much. The best is going in there and being like I'm doing it my way. That's
pretty much what I've learned and you can't trust nobody in this business.
No matter what. So the few team mates that you have you need to keep them
in at all times and just keep it you guys. Keep your team very small;
no more than maybe seven, if that much. I've learned there can be too
many chiefs in one tent and that can mess everything up.
PZO: Who's the most overrated person today,
in your opinion?
Phife_Dawg: I'm trying to think of someone I really don't like. <thinks>
PZO_Camera_Friend: Did you watch his state of the union address?
DJ_Rasta_Root: Of course not.
Phife_Dawg: I saw a little bit of it, but I was at a video game place,
so I really wasn't paying attention.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Yeah, I'd rather be playing video games too.
Phife_Dawg: George Bush. Both of them as a matter of fact.
PZO: Who is one artist/group in your collection
that is somewhat embarassing?
Phife_Dawg: You are really asking me--
Jarobi: good questions.
Phife_Dawg: I've never gotten into J.Lo
Jarobi: A record that you own.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Like Michael Bolton.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Kenny G.
Phife_Dawg: Oh, okay. I got you. I don't have that, honestly. I'm very
picky in the first place.
Jarobi: I feel kind of funny for not getting Justin Timberlake.
Phife_Dawg: I don't think that counts to tell you the truth. A couple
of people knock me for having Teddy, but I think Teddy is the man. Honestly.
I beg to differ. That's the only one I can think of.
PZO: If you could be the CEO of a multi billion
dollar company, what type of company would it be and what would you name
Phife_Dawg: Okay, a sporting goods store. Franchise. I would name it...I
had a name for it too. I've had a couple of names. The Kennel Club or
Taylormade Sports 'cause that's my last name. T-a-y-l-o-r-m-a-d-e all
PZO_Camera_Friend: Isn't there a golf company called that?
PZO: I think so.
Phife_Dawg: I guess I wouldn't be able to use that.
PZO: Well, we play golf.
Phife_Dawg: You're right. I don't play golf, but I remember seeing that
around. Diggie Garments. I don't know. I really have to dig around 'cause
I don't want to sound corny.
PZO: Since valentines day is coming up, what's
the most romantic thing you've ever done for a girl?
Phife_Dawg: Well, it wasn't Valentine's Day 'cause Valentine's Day is
just another day for me. I might take them, get them some flowers, take
them to the movies, take them shopping something like that, but I think
the most romantic thing I've done for a girl--I basically paid for a ticket
to Orlando. Spent like three days out there. Wined her, dined her amongst
Phife_Dawg: Took her to a picnic, that was really it. There's so much
to do in Orlando anyways.
PZO: What's something you wish people would
understand about you or any issue you believe in?
Phife_Dawg: I'm opinionated. I'm one of the most opinionated people in
the world and I don't care what you think, but at the same time if the
person is making a lot of sense I give it to them. It's like I'm feeling
you, but I can debate with the best of them. If I feel quite adamant about
something I'm going to let the guns blow. I think everybody I'm surrounded
by for the most part are like that. Either I rubbed off on them or they
rubbed off on me.
PZO: Which artist from other decades would you
tour with if you could?
Phife_Dawg: Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder,
Angela Winbush, I could go on for days. [Kenny] Gable and [Leon] Huff
as producers. Patti LaBelle in her prime. The Jones Girls especially The
PZO: How do you know when you've reached the
top of your career?
Phife_Dawg: That's a very good question. When I have money that I can't
even spend. It's so much that you can't even spend, but then I think I
reached the top of my career because the biggest reward other than money
and my family, of course, is fans coming up to you in the middle of the
street and coming out to you, "Oh, I love you guys. I'm coming to
the show tonight. You changed my life in so many ways. I like to see you
doing your solo effort." That's the reward for me 'cause fans go
a long way. Some of them can be a little crazy, but it's better to have
than to not have at all. I don't care if I sold 20,000 records if two
out of those 20,000 came to me and said how much they felt the vibe whether
it was with Tribe or by myself or whatever that's the reward for me 'cause
we came in it together and we're going out together.
PZO: What's your favorite line from a movie?
Phife_Dawg: Any movie?
Phife_Dawg: One of my favorite lines from a movie, Taxi Driver.
"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"
Jarobi: "This is for all you screwheads."
Phife_Dawg: That's it. Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver.
Jarobi: Mine is from What's Love Got To Do With It. "Anna
Mae, just eat the cake, Anna Mae."
Phife_Dawg: No, my favorite line from See Before. "Shut up
and eat your big ass biscuit."
PZO: What was the most annoying song of 2002?
Phife_Dawg: We always talk about these songs and now I'm just like--
Jarobi: Anything by Ja Rule and Ashanti.
PZO and PZO_Camera_Friend: Oh yeah.
Jarobi: What about J. Lo?
Phife_Dawg: "I'm just Jenny from the block.." That. I can't
PZO: Do you like Avril Lavigne?
Phife_Dawg: I haven't paid attention.
Jarobi: I don't really pay attention to her music, but I saw her get her
first award and she was like so smug and I'm like, "Shorty, you only
have like one single out. Knock it off."
PZO: What do you think of all these reality
Phife_Dawg: Too many.
DJ_Rasta_Root: So real, it's fake.
Phife_Dawg: Mhmm. There's so many.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Did you hear about Joe Millionaire, that one of the
stars on the show was in a bondage video?
Jarobi: One of the chicks of the final three girls; she's in bondage videos
and foot fetish videos.
DJ_Rasta_Root: Someone announced it?
PZO_Camera_Friend: It was on Yahoo!
Jarobi: They had her mouth taped and like a picture of her two big toes
PZO_Camera_Friend: That's gross.
Jarobi: It's weird.
DJ_Rasta_Foot: Is she a finalist?
Jarobi: Yep. They think if he finds out about it, he'll pick her 'cause
he has a foot fetish.
Jarobi: I swear.
PZO: What do you think of Ali G?
Phife_Dawg: I've never heard of him.
Jarobi: In Madonna's videos, the limo driver. Do you remember the video
for <sings> "Music, makes the people.."
PZO_Camera_Friend: The white guy who wears the skull cap.
DJ_Rasta_Root: The Tommy Boy..?
DJ_Rasta_Root: Is he white or Indian?
Jarobi: I thought he was Turkish as a matter of fact.
PZO: Pshh..I don't think so.
Jarobi: Don't try to disclaim him now.
DJ_Rasta_Root: Are you Turkish?
PZO: If you could have your own 1-800 number
what would it be?
Phife_Dawg: I plead the 5th.
Jarobi: 1-800 - Hot---okay, I'll stop.
Phife_Dawg: <laughs> See. 1-800-Sports Nut.
DJ_Rasta_Root: I'm sure.
PZO: What is the most overused phrase in hip
hop songs today?
DJ_Rasta_Root: "You know what I'm sayin'?"
Phife_Dawg: "It's cuttin'". Everyone says "cuttin'" now and days. Some of
the rappers who are saying it aren't even from down south. That's a word
that was originated by the south; by like Ludacris, Snoop Dogg...
Jarobi: Do you guys know what 'cuttin'' means?
Jarobi: It means having sex.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Oh, I always thought it was referring to turntablism.
DJ_Rasta_Root: It should.
PZO: Tell us your best joke.
Phife_Dawg: <points to Jarobi> He'd have to do that.
Jarobi: Oh, that indian guy. I don't know any of those.
Phife_Dawg: Just to let you people out there know I am not a stand up,
so my best deal would be: Why did the robber rob the house?
PZO and PZO_Camera_Friend: Why?
Phife_Dawg: 'Cause the mat said welcome.
DJ_Rasta_Root: Point taken.
Phife_Dawg: Thank you.
PZO: What questions do you wish interviewers
would stop asking you?
Phife_Dawg: That's very easy. "How did Tribe get started?" I'm
looking at them like, "Are you serious?"
Jarobi: 15 years later.
PZO_Camera_Friend: What about the question: Are you guys going to get
back together? Do you guys hate that question to?
Phife_Dawg: <shakes head> That's something that's always
going to happen until it happens, you know what I'm sayin'?
PZO: What questions would you like them to ask
and could you answer it for us?
Phife_Dawg: When is the next single coming out? When is the new album
coming out? I don't mind that at all.
PZO: Go ahead and answer them.
Phife_Dawg: I don't know. I'm just playing.
Jarobi: You're a good interviewer.
PZO: Thank you.
Jarobi: These are some of the best questions ever, seriously.
DJ_Rasta_Root: They're not boring.
Phife_Dawg: I have a single coming out in March. It's called "You
Know You Want It" featuring two young ladies by the names of Slick
and Rose. It's under the imprint Smoking Needles, which is our imprint.
On the b-side we have a record called "Diggie Dialect" which
features a brotha by the name of Hawkeye who is live and direct from Kingston,
Jamaica. It's a reggae vibe. Another record on the b-side would be a song
called "4 Da Cream" by this brotha named Jax, another artist
we're working with. So big things are coming up. Other than that I'd like
to go to New York for a couple of months to start this Tribe album, so
we pretty much have our hands full right now.