GlobalGrind Interview w/ Short Dawg: "Wayne Is Like A Puppy"

(via GlobalGrind)

Recently GlobalGrind had the chance to talk to Short Dawg, one of the core members of Lil' Wayne's Young Money crew. During our conversation, Short Dawg spoke on how Weezy has changed from his release from prison, whether or not he feels pressure to live up to the success of Drake and Nicki Minaj, and more. Check out what he had to say.

GlobalGrind: How did you meet Lil' Wayne and how did you get down with Young Money?

Short Dawg: I met Wayne around 3 years ago through Mack Maine - Mack and I were cool, we did a couple of songs together, so he introduced me to Wayne and we just hit it off. It was a basic friendship, and after we started kicking it, we did a couple of songs, and while he was building his Young Money brand he asked me to come be a part of it, and the rest is history.

GG: Have you noticed a difference in Wayne from befoe he went to jail to now?

Short Dawg: He just seems more focused. He got an extra boost of energy, I don't know where it comes from, I guess just being locked up, caged in a room. It's like a little puppy when you leave him in his little cage for too long, once you open that gate he just starts running around in circles. It's just all of that energy coming out.

GG: Houston is one of the great towns of rap music - there are so many legends from Z-Ro, UGK, DJ Screw - who influenced you to start rapping when you were coming up?

SD: The funny thing about it was, being from Houston and that whole culture of the screw music, you automatically just take part in that because that's all you hear, every corner you turn you hear everybody banging Screw, UGK, Z-Ro, Fat Ball, Big Moe, etc. The whole thing is they would go to the screw house and freestyle, so everyone in Houston pretty much began as a freestyler. Myself, I didn't take it too serious when I started because I was just doing it as wreckless fun.

GG: How old when you started taking it seriously?

SD: I was around 18 years-old. I got a late start. I was a good freestyler - it's funny, because I did it for entertainment. I wouldn't even take part in any freestyles if there weren't any girls around or a big crowd, I'd probably be the last one to come in and say something and everyone would go crazy, and then I'd leave - that's all I wanted to do, was just shock the crowd and leave.

GG: When you're making music now is it still a freestyle-type process or is it more structured?

SD: Pretty much, I still don't write at the end of the day. My early stuff I would, because I had to learn how to count bars and how to put hooks in, but now I basically just do it off of emotions. Sometimes I might go over 16 bars or under 16 or do a 4 bar hook or 8 bar hook or I might not even do a hook because I finished what I had to say - it's just pure emotion now. I go in when I get there, I don't think of the song until I get to the studio unless it's a song idea, but most of the time I don't make the song until I hear the beat. Everything I do is fresh, brand new. I never go in the studio with a prepared song because I'm one of those people that's inspired by music. If I'm not inspired by the beat I can't do it. Just like when I was freestyling if there wasn't a crowd or some girls I wouldn't do it, I'd hear people beating on the tables and walk straight by. I've always been one of those people that moves off of inspiration.

GG: Could name for us one beat out right now that makes you want to go in?

SD: The beat that made me go in was that "Bill Gates" (off of Lil' Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being). I was there when Wayne recorded it in Miami, and when I heard that beat I was like "Oh my God" - so when I finally got my hands on it, I just chewed on it.

GG: Does Wayne give you tips or suggestions when you're in the studio with him?

SD: Not so much. Wayne is also a fan of what I do, because that's how we got to this point. We were sitting there having a conversation - and the thing is, he hadn't even recognized that I was Short Dawg the rapper when we first hit it off, he'd known me as Short Dawg my little partner that kick it with me - and when he heard the song I did with Bow Wow he was like "yo, I heard this song that sounds like my little dude from Houston - man you a beast," and that's how our whole arrangement got together.

GG: What are you up to now?

SD: Just dropped a mixtape hosted by Don Cannon, getting ready to drop a single from the Fresh album which is dropping at the top of the year. Just trying to stay busy. We're not sure what single we're going to go with first, we're still in the process of picking one, but we're coming with it though. The album I'm putting out, Fresh, is inspired by the film of the same name. Everyone knows that I say "fresh" all of the time, to the point where people started calling me Fresh, and if you ever noticed in the movie, Fresh was a hustler-type cat that had contact with his dad but was raised by the streets. He learned everything from the streets, and that's kind of the way I learned my life. When I saw that movie, it just showed me myself in that, so my whole album is based upon that movie because that little guy Fresh, that's me. So it's all inspired by that movie and the things I went through in my life, but more in depth.

GG: This was a really big year for Young Money, from Drake to Nicki Minaj to Wayne coming back with "6'7" - do you ever feel pressure to perform as well as they have since you all are in the same crew?

SD: Not at all, you feel like you have the opportunity to. It's not pressure, it's like "we can do it as well!" because we all started at the same level at one point in live. Just seeing how your peers are doing and seeing how far they went with their situation just lets me know that one day I can be in that position as well, so it gives me something to look forward to.

GG: What is your goal for next year?

SD: My goal is to get this Fresh album to you guys, and hopefully you'll see another Young Money member - myself - follow the same success pattern that Wayne and Drake paved.

Short Dawg: "Can't Nobody Top What [Lil Wayne & Cory Gunz] Did On 6'7"

(Via SOHH)

With the recent release of Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz's "6'7" single, SOHH reached out to Young Money's Short Dawg to get his reaction to his crew's anthem.

Applauding Weezy's lyrics on the record, Short said he was especially excited over his longtime friend and recently inducted YM labelmate Cory Gunz' display of showmanship.

"Everyone is hearing Lil Wayne doing what he do," Short told SOHH referring to Weezy's bars. "And Cory, that's my dog. Me and Cory have been cool since he was back on Def Jam. A lot of people don't know me and Cory have a cool relationship. Cory is like one of my comrades coming over to Young Money, getting drafted. It's like when LeBron James came over to the Heat with Dwayne Wade. We were already cool and it just makes it that much better. Man, listen, both of them [are] awesome at what they do and ain't nobody can top what they did. Period. I personally haven't gotten my hand on the beat yet but if I touch it [for a remix], you already know what's gonna happen."

OTH Interviews Short Dawg

(Via OTH)

What’s up everyone?! Today I was lucky too interview one off the Young Money Artist who goes by the name “Short Dawg” or ElvisFreshley. Born on 6 January 1986 Sunnyside section in Houston TX a young man would eventually come to be known as the emerging rap superstar named Short Dawg learn the art of freestyle from struggling emcee at an early age helped hone the skills that would ultimately lead him to Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons Although young Short Dawg is wise beyond his years, which he attributes to maintain a necessary focus by staying in school to acquire the knowledge he needed to keep him sharp but also learning to balance on the streets with the books.

Q. What is it like being a rapper and being part off the Young Money/Cash Money family?

A. For me its like when a player gets drafted to the Lakers or the Bulls. Its an honor to be with a winning team. A team i came up watching, partying to their music, learning their lyrics.. Makes me work that much harder to leave my mark and help further the brand.

Q. Name a artist you would like to work with in the future?

A. Pharrell

Q. What gave you the name off Short Dawg? Is there a reason behind the name?

A. My homeboy from my highschool basketball team.. everyone called me shorty but Frank started callin me short dawg.

Q. If you could hang with any one who is dead who would it be and why?

A. haha.. ben franklin. Cuz i keep a picture of him on me at all times might as well get to know him.

Q. How did you end up becoming friends with Lil Wayne?

A. The white cup introduced us.

Q. If you could give anyone advice on becoming a rapper what would it be? ain’t for everybody..

Q. How would you compare your early life to now? Has it made a huge impact on you?

A. I learned alot. a whole lot, but overall the things i’ve been through in this business has made me wiser with my decision making.

Q. If you wasn’t a rapper what would you be doing right now?

A. i really cant answer that honestly because i have so many other talents, i can say that i wouldn’t be working a regular 9-5 though.

Q. Do you live by a motto? If so what is that motto?

A. Keep it real, even with the fakes.

Q. Who is one off your idols?

A. i dont idolize.. i admire anyone who has come from a similar situations in which have and made something of themself

Q. What is a memorable experience you’ve had so far?

A. When snoop stopped me at JD’s studio and said “i wanna do a song wit u”

It was such a pleasure to interview Short Dawg and I wish him success with his career.

Follow @elvisFrEsHley for more updates on what he’s up too. Also follow us on @OTHOTTEST

BlowHipHopTV Interview Short Dawg

Below, you can watch BlowHipHopTV’s interview with Short Dawg which took place in New York last week. They talk about his nickname, Lil Wayne, the Young Money mamily and much more.

SmokeShop Episode 1 - Short Dawg Interview

Short Dawg talks about how he got his name, his upcoming "Fresh" album plus much more. He even spits a quick 16. Make sure to check out the interview below.

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HitHipHop Interview Short Dawg

(Via Hit Hip Hop )

Sometimes people do what they gotta do to survive or stay in the game but I never understood why she came at Nicki Minaj in the first place. - Short Dawg on Lil Kim

Being on the Young Money roster comes with a lot of responsibility, but the Southern Flame Spitta gave HitHipHop insight on how experience, composure and versatility will take him where he wants to go in this industry. Short Dawg also shares his feelings about Lil Kim’s words directed at Nicki Minaj & his team. hip hop websites being seized & a lot more in this exclusive interview. Check it out after the jump!

First things first, what does the hip-hop game mean to you?

It means everything to mean me man cuz I’m part of the hip hop culture, you know. To me it’s just my whole way of life. My whole daily routine is based around hip hop.

And what is your daily routine? Describe a day in your shoes.

Uhm, I try to wake up around noon. Cause I probably been in the studio till about six, so I try to at least wake up around noon. Get up, eat. Check my emails for any features that came through or any songs, new beats. Download them, do a little tweeting. Then probably roll out to the streets. Uh, be in a couple cars see what’s going on, slide by the studio or go by a friends crib until like 10 or 11 and that’s when I like to fall off to the studio, unless it’s one of those days that I’m at the crib watching movies and that’s pretty much how it go. It’s just a ongoing cycle everyday.

How was being on tour & once being signed to So So Def prepared you in this industry?

You know it thought me a lot cause back then I was much younger so I was pretty new to the industry so it allowed me and it prepared me for what I’m seeing now and what’s to come in the future, you know?

Definitely. Now can you name some of your musical influences?

Being that my favorite rapper is Jadakiss & my favorite group is The Lox, I grew up listening to them so I’m influenced by that. And I’m also influenced by the whole Screw culture back in Texas. DJ Screw, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Lil Keke, Big Moe, you know, UGK of course. And definetly Maroon 5, I love all they work.

Now I’ve heard that you attended the University of Texas A&M. Do you plan on going back to school? And what was your major?

I studied Philosophy but as far as going back, I don’t know. I would have to complete the task at hand right now before I consider going back. But it could happen!

Where does your nickname “Elvis Freshley” originate from?

Everybody knows I say Fresh a lot. I might see my homeboy and like “What up Fresh?” or “Fresh what’s good?”. And I was recording/working on some music with a producer friend of mine and I adopted the name “Elvis Freshley” cuz I’ve been working on alternative music as well.

You just released a new mixtape Southern Flame Spitta [4] last week. If you had to pick your favorite joint off the project, which would it be?

“Stay Fresh” joint with me and Birdman. “9 To 5″ with me and Shanell. “Miss Me” is one of my favorite freestyles along with “June 27th” - which I called “For My City” on the tape tho.

You also got a track with Lil Wayne on the mixtape as well - any plans for more now that he’s been released?

Definitely. We stay working. I’m actually about to head back to Miami right now so lookout for more Short Dawg/Lil Wayne collabs to come.

And Weezy, how’s he been doing?

He’s great. He’s great. Back at work like he never missed a beat.

Good to hear. What are your plans for 2011?

I’m anxious to try & get this album out next year. So we focusing on building on my buzz, building my brand so that 2011 not only will my neighbors & my peers know my talent, but the whole world.

Is there anyone specific that you would like to work with on your upcoming project?

Definitely wanna work with Pharrell & Swizz Beatz. Me & Swizz known each other for a good 4 years now so it we be great to finally work together.

Word, good luck with that. Now I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the US Government recently seizing a handful of major hip hop blog sites.. If so, what are your thoughts?

I don’t really know too much about that but to whatever the case may be you know I feel bad for people who use that as their musical outlet. And to the hosts of the websites, if there was any illegal activity going on, I feel bad that it happened but I know that a lot of times, you know, people that don’t have deals or new artists use those blog sites to get their music heard & noticed, so it kinda sucks that it happened.

Definitely, let’s hope they leave us alone! Now before we let you go, can you comment on Lil Kim’s recent diss track Black Friday aimed at Nicki Minaj & your Young Money fam?

I don’t get involved with that, she dunno what she saying. You know that’s how it is sometimes when you once was at a certain place in the game and you look up and you’re not there no more, know what I’m saying? Sometimes people do what they gotta do to survive or stay in the game but I never understood why she came at Nicki in the first place but at the end of the day, it is what it is, know what I’m saying?

Shout out to Short Dawg, Cece B. & the lovely S. Bellamy for conducting the interview.

Short Dawg Interview with Gowhere Hip Hop

(Via Gowhere Hip Hop )

Short Dawg a.k.a. "Elvis Freshley," from Young Money Entertainment, has been the talk of the week. His much anticipated mixtape, Southern Flame Spitta Vol. 4, dropped this week and so far it has been reviewed as the best out of all the volumes. "9 To 5" feat. Young Money's Shanell has to be one of my favorites. This track is what he would call "fresh," and shows his ability to cross into the alternative genre. I also like "Baddest" feat. Lloyd and "Lean" feat. Lil Wayne. This project shows growth in his skills as an artist and has definitely got me excited for his album, Fresh, coming at the top of the year. (Find out how to win an autographed copy here). Make sure to download the mixtape above and check out my interview with him below.


GWHH: I am just going to cut to the point, Southern Flame Spitta Vol. 4 (your most anticipated mixtape yet) just dropped, we want to know how is the mixtape doing so far?

SD: Oh man, from what I see it is doing great. It's gotten great reviews and the fans are loving it. I am very grateful and cannot wait to see how it continues to grow.

GWHH: How do you feel it is going to do compared to 3 and 3.5?

SD: I think every series and year gets better and better. I went back to the origins with this one because i got with Don Cannon. We lost touch for 3 and 3.5, but on this one we brought it back.

GWHH: What are some of your favorite tracks?

SD: A couple of my favorites are "Money in My Pocket," the 9 to 5 song with Shanell, and my favorite freestyle would have to be "Miss Me."

GWHH: There were some great collabs on this mixtape, Wayne, Shanell, Lloyd, Sterling Sims, and Birdman just to name a few, who can we expect to see you working with in the future or who would you like to work with?

SD: I am going to continue all the songs with Young Money. I've been friends with Swizz Beatz for a while, and we have mutual respect for each other. So I definitely look forward to working with him. I also would like to work with Pharell on the production side of things. But as far as working with other artists, I'd work with anyone who has a mutual respect for my skills.

GWHH: A lot of your fans still remember your verse from "Me and My Drank," what would you say would be your favorite verse of all time? Do you have a favorite punch line that you stick to?

SD: Verse of all time for me? I have no idea. I hear people quoting stuff I don't even remember I said. A punch line that I quote a lot when I am writing and in my bio would be "All the models come every place I be, and all the young girls want me like a fake I.D."

GWHH: You have adopted the name "Elvis Freshley" because of your alter ego, could you talk a little bit about how you got the name and what it means?

SD: Well I say fresh a lot, they call me fresh and everyone knows that if they get in my car they can hear some Maroon 5 as well as other alternative music. So once I started recording alternative music the name kinda went together.

GWHH: When you say you plan on crossing into other genres of music, which ones in particular are you going to focus on?

SD: I wouldn't say that, I wasn't trying to change my style or nothing like that. It's just something that was in me and I enjoyed listening to it. Once I realized I could make it, I haven't stopped yet.

GWHH: Since signing with Young Money, it seems like it is a perfect fit, what is the chemistry like between you and the other Young Money artists?

SD: It's really like an over-sized family. We all call each other when we need verses and on the holidays. It's real fun. I enjoy it.

GWHH: What are you working on now?

SD: Fresh, an album I am putting together at the top of the year, inspired by the motion picture film and produced by C.N.O.T.E. I am also recording my Young Money debut album, as well as working on a bunch of features, and I just got an idea for my next mixtape. I wanna call it "The Alarm Clock."

GWHH: Some of our fans want to know where you get your "sizzurp" from and how you come up with the ideas for the drawings on your Styrofoam cups?

SD: No comment on the first question. As far as drawings, I have always been into drawing. I used to compete in the rodeo drawing competitions back in Texas. They would give us a blank piece of construction paper and tell us to draw our idea of the rodeo. I ended up winning a few first place competitions, and that is why a white Styrofoam cup is like a white sheet of paper for me.

GWHH: Lastly, when can we expect to see you in Chicago?

SD: My homeboy Brian Lwuh plays for the Bears there, so I definitely want to go check out a game before the season's over. As far as performing there, whenever I get a chance I will be there. I love the Midwest.

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