New Orleans rapper Juvenile joined this morning's Power 105.1 FM's The Breakfast Club radio show to hype the release of his upcoming mixtape Mardi Gras II, out March 26. Juvenile — the multi-platinum breakout star from Cash Money Records — talked about his return to Cash Money with hosts Charlemagne Tha God and DJ Envy (who recently have brought out some choice words from Kanye West).
Juvenile says there never was "beef" between the No Limit Records and Cash Money camps when both ruled the airwaves. "There was a friction," he said. "A beef? No. Beef is a strong word for me. ... I think it was 'Who wants to run New Orleans?' ... Time heals all."
On growing up in the Magnolia Projects:
"Coming out the projects, I didn't think I was gonna sell no records, period. ... I stayed right across the street from the music store. Whatever star came, I seen them. I used to always say 'I can rap, I can rap.' I saw Eric B. and Rakim when I was a kid, like, 'I can rap, I stay right across the street.' They were like, 'Yeah, little man.' ... Scarface, I couldn't speak. I didn't even know how he looked, to be honest. I won a little competition to be on the radio station to perform, and they was performing, and they introduced me to him."
On the closure of New Orleans' housing projects and what Magnolia is like now:
"You wouldn't know it if you saw it. It's nothing like the video. ... This is not just going on in our city, they did the same thing in every city. The same thing that happened — I think they did it here — it's out with the old and in with the new. ... Some of us get to come back, but not everybody. ... They got white people living in Magnolia. That never happened. All of this is after [Hurricane Katrina]. They started moving people out before Katrina. I think they planned it before Katrina."
On whether Katrina's destruction was a government conspiracy:
"I do, I really do, and I've said that before when I came here. If you don't believe me, Hurricane Betsy ... the same thing happened."
And who's listening to "Back That Azz Up," 17 years after that song's release?
"It's mommas, it's youngsters who say 'that's my momma's song' — I get a lot of that. ... But I won't talk about my fans, they're still holding it down and come to my shows. I love y'all."