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special guests:
Jarobi, DJ Rasta Root
conducted on:
January 2003
by: Nevra Azerkan

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shout-out to PZO


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 and control.

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> George Bush.
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.
DJ_Rasta_Root: Yanni.
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 it?
DJ_Rasta_Root: Enron.
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 one word.
PZO_Camera_Friend: Isn't there a golf company called that?
PZO: I think so.
Jarobi: Yeah.
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 other things.
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 Jones Girls.

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?
PZO: Yeah.
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 take it.
PZO: Do you like Avril Lavigne?
Jarobi: No.
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 tv shows?
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!
DJ_Rasta_Root: Wow.
Jarobi: They had her mouth taped and like a picture of her two big toes taped together.
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.
DJ_Rasta_Root: Really?
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..?
Jarobi: Yeah.
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: Yeah.

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?
PZO: No.
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: Yeah.

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.

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