|Interview by Rob Schwartz
WHO?MAG: What makes “Time is Money” different from your first solo release?
STYLES P: It’s more wide ranged. It’s more broad. My outlook was different. I know now how to make an album. I was in jail. I just wanted to do a totally different album. This album just turned out totally different.
WHO?MAG: How did you first get into the hip-hop scene?
STYLES P: I was about 7. I just liked rhyming. I liked hearing music. Everyone on my block used to rhyme.
WHO?MAG: What are some of the main differences between doing a group project or a solo project?
STYLES P: More time to rhyme. More time to rhyme and to give yourself.
WHO?MAG: What your process for writing one of your songs?
STYLES P: Just smoke and listen to the beat. That it.
WHO?MAG: How do you feel hip-hop has changed as a whole since you first came out with The Lox?
STYLES P: A lot of MC’s suck right now. MC’s were better back then.
WHO?MAG: If you could change one thing about the rap game, what would that be?
STYLES P: I would make more MC’s.
WHO?MAG: What would you say was the biggest learning experience in hip-hop so far?
STYLES P: I couldn’t really tell you that one because everyday is a learning experience. There is a lot of politics involved. My biggest learning experience is to remember that there is a lot of politics going on.
WHO?MAG: Where do you see hip-hop going in the next 10 years?
STYLES P: I really don’t know. Hip-hop’s always changing because it goes in cycles. If it keeps going the way it’s been going, it’s going to go down. If it gets better, then maybe the cycle will come back to where it’s supposed to be. Either or.
WHO?MAG: What advice could you give an artist trying to get into the industry?
STYLES P: Pray to God a lot!
WHO?MAG: What’s next for Styles P?
STYLES P: We got the “Time is Money” Album, we got the Sheek Looch “After Taxes” album. We have a hip-hop compilation coming out. We have the Jae Hood album coming out. Also, you’ll see me in a couple movies.