Contributors: Carmen Hibbler (@carmenreneeofficial) and GBoogie the Scorpio (@gstampz)
Last week, Southern Laced had the opportunity to interview Silkk “The Shocker” Miller. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Silkk charted many hit songs and albums in the early 2000s. Performing on his brother Master P’s No Limit Label, he played a significant part in paving many new roads for young entrepreneurs in hip-hop.
With a new book as well as a new album on the way, it was exciting to be able to speak to him and get a glimpse into what he has in store next, his thoughts on the current musical landscape and his reflections on No Limit Records.
Here’s a look at the interview that’s sure to make waves…
Q. With the new album and book coming out, are there any community service projects that you are gonna tie to this? For example, your work with the youth and the less fortune gives them more exposure to the project.
A. It’s funny that you say that. That’s what I’ve recently been doing a lot of. I pick a person randomly in certain communities. I try to pick at least one and do something for them. I help them out with something whether it’s a bill or two. Whether I read or just do something small, it’s a lot of people who need a little help. For example, there may be somebody who can’t afford regular medicine. It could be a bill or $500-700 dollars. I remember what it was like to not have it. I try to never to say no.
I give back to the youth. With good reason, they listen to me. I have a good rapport with them. So giving back to the youth is something I’m really passionate about.
Q. What do you think of the current state of rap and hip-hop, right now? And, how do you think it has evolved?
Music always changes. I can say since L.L. Cool J. and N.W.A., but everyone has a certain style they wanna do.
I do notice a lot of copying. I see that it’s lacking creativity sometimes, but I like that it’s still one of the hottest beds to make and create money from. With that being said, I can’t say that I have anything negative to say about it. I’d like to see a little bit more creativity. I like anyone who is pushing the culture.
Q. Are there any new rappers and their style that you are a fan of?
I like Migos. I appreciate their work and effort. I like Nas and Jadakiss. I just give two thumbs up to the business itself.
Q. Will we ever get another HOT BOY movie or a sequel to that?
A. The script is almost together. We almost pulled the trigger on that not too long ago. We were trying not to put something together that would be cheesy. You’ll see that the script is amazing.
Q. Do you think there could be another label to do what No Limit did?
A. They only want what they want. To get the support, we made it a family thing. I don’t see people doing it. I don’t see the support.
Remember when it was wasn’t so cluttered?
Q. What parts of No Limit’s legacy can current and upcoming artist learn from and utilize?
A. Being independent, I was young and I was there from the start. (Master) P. had control and its a lot of reasons why it lasted. He went through a lot to make sure it stood.
I remember when people tried to buy him out. He was a real hustler. So I think when you are a real hustler, you don’t jump for the Okie-Doke.
We went through a lot to keep it independent so we could save people. I think ‘legacy’ is being independent. When you’re independent, you’re not tied to some of the same protocols as those signed to a big label. If you are the food chain, you can go to a neighborhood, sign someone and give them the money. No one understands independents. They only understand the money. People are like… “Look at this jewelry I got. Look at this money I got,” while we are out there saving lives.
We went to the hood. A lot of people on our labels were homeless. We, technically, built legends. What happened? We held on. To this day, we still have it. As for anyone else that’s not there, our core values are still the same – make things happen, make moves, make money, make history.
Q. Do you ever age? You still look the same.
A. That’s funny! I hear that a lot. I don’t know. I don’t stress a lot. I try not to let anything get to me. I look for balance. I try to be happy. I can always make money. I like to be in balance. I guess that’s something that’s keeping me looking young.
Q. How do you feel with the police brutality and the African-American males being profiled and killed by cops? What’s your stance?
A. It’s a sad time in society. Let me first say that all cops aren’t bad. There are some good cops and there are some that are really bad. Some people need to realize that we have cops for a reason. Sometimes it’s over the top and sometimes it’s justified.
Q. What would you tell your younger self?
A. Surround yourself with people who want to see you do better and push you to greatness.