Crooked I Talks Next Album, Death Row, Shady Records

Crooked I discusses everything under the sun, including his next solo venture and his former and future labels.

Slaughterhouse emcee Crooked I recently sat down with Conspiracy Worldwide Radio to discuss a myriad of topics, including his next solo album.

"I have a lot of albums," said Crooked, laughing. "I probably could put out an album a day for thirty days...This Million Dollar Story is very close to me. What I'm doing is I'm working on it right now...a lot of people hear the title, and they're like, 'Million Dollar Story? Is this another dude talking about bling?' It's not really about that. It's more about the story of my life, and some of the priceless experiences that I've gone through, and some of the priceless inspiration that people can get when they can hear about all the struggles and adversity that I've been through, and that I'm continuing to push. Sometimes that's all you need to hear - that somebody's going through some of the similar things that you're going through. To me, those are the million dollar stories."

Crooked I added that the album would drop at the beginning of next year, though material from it would be leaked beforehand.

The west coast rapper also discussed the infamous label he was formerly signed to, Death Row. "One thing that people don't know though...that there was a good side [to Death Row]. There's Yin and Yang. We regularly [performed] acts of being positive in the community. Suge [Knight] had Mother's Day dinners where he would get all these mothers out of the ghetto, in low-income neighborhoods, bring them to Beverly Hills...and just feed them [and the kids] all day, give out prizes and have guest artists perform. Even on Father's Day, he would bring around this bus, get a lot of the kids who had fathers in prison and don't get a chance to see their fathers, go get the kids and get them clothed, get them to the penitentiary to see their fathers."

Finally, Crooked discussed his current status with regards to Shady Records, as it was reported that Slaughterhouse would be signing to the label. "I'mma tell you like this," said Crooked when asked whether the deal had been officially completed. "I don't know about the rest of the group, but I'm on Shady!" he said, before breaking out laughing. "I'm just playin'. This is a note to any up-and-coming artist who's out there...any aspiring rapper or producer: when you sign a contract with a label, make sure that you have certain freedoms. Try to negotiate."

"We got four dudes, we got separate contracts with different labels, and some labels kinda blocking. They kinda blocking. But we're getting over those obstacles now, and we're negotiating...It's worse than LeBron going to The Heat. It's crazy how long it's taking, but it's going to happen. Absolutely it's gonna happen, and absolutely we will be in the studio with Eminem, recording probably the greatest music of our lifetime."



  • turtleland420

    what crooked i said about death row's philantrophy reminds me how the Hell's Angels organize events like toy runs and such for charities and the community. They may not excuse the unlawful activities done but it is good that they try to do positive actions as well.

  • yeah i said it!

    the four of them just compliment each other.

  • yeah i said it!

    this gonna be great! slaughterhouse is the best rap group at the moment.joell ortiz & crooked r dope lyrisists i cant even decide whoz betta.i think they r the best in the group even though i like joe budden mo. i think joey has so much detail & reality in his songs, the nigga got me hooked. royce is aight.

  • Anonymous

    Death Row artist that is affiliated with Murder Inc. signs a deal with Shady records. While 50 Cent and G-Unit go to EMI. Damn!!! 50 what happened bro????? It looks like 50's in the back of the bus and shit these days. Damn 50, In high school you was the man 50. The Fuck happened to you????



  • XO

    Crooked I is super nice. if you got a twitter please follow me @XOrockstarmuzik... download the mixtape tryna put SD on the map

  • wtf

    Crooked I is one of the greatest rapper , he just needs a very well promoted album and he'll do big numbers!


    Slaughter house and fourhorsemen arent going to do an album together. Slaughter house is on shady and fourhorsemen has canabis how the fuck is that going to happen

  • jesterdxxl

    The solo album is gonna be dope as long as he sticks to his roots don't try appealing to radio do whatcha gotta do, as far as the Death Row bit he only saluted Suge for what he did for the community but what about the material & I really can't fucking wait for Slaughter to finally be a part of Shady!



  • Cultures Clothing

    HipHopDX left out the best part of the interview, when Crooked I said that he had spoken with Kurupt and they had talked about doing a Slaughterhouse collaboration with the HRSMN (Ras Kass, Killah Priest, Kurupt and Canibus). "8 minutes of nastiness" he said. Would be soooo dope if it does actually take place.

    • Cultures Clothing

      I agree...I like Crooked...I'm not the biggest Joe Budden fan, but I still think it would be great to see it if it actually happens.

    • dapluva!

      slaughterhouse ain't better than hrsmn joe buddens wack and so is crooked them niggaz spit boring bland raps that last album had no concept it was just random wack shit pieced together ras kass and the fellaz got too much style and vocab

  • Erik Quinty

    bring slaughterhouse 2! ive been feinding


    this is gunna be epic.

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