So what about your project now, do you have a name for it?
The name of the Album is Black Tiger Ballet. Why the name? Well, I’m bipolar (laughs) and when I’m dancing between two ideas, it's like a good decision and a bad decision, like "speak of the devil on your left shoulder" and "the angel on your right shoulder:" that is Black Tiger Ballet. I’ve always found a strength in ballet... being able to balance yourself, you know, physically and mentally. And I’ve always considered myself a tiger (laughs). Everyone sees the tiger references we put in my videos. My son’s baby shower theme was a baby tiger (laughs). But at any rate, this project is almost complete. You’ll get a release date soon.
Is this album going to feature anyone else? What can you tell us about it?
I’ve never wanted to say, “this album is all me.” you know, there are a lot of friends and people involved who are genuinely invested in it. Some of my following know me from 5 Kings, some people know me by my singing stuff from back in the day, but I don’t think there’s a core group of fans that know I can do both sing and rap. So that’s what I’m going for in this album and like I said, it’s to show the conflicting emotions that I have mentally. I’m going to portray that through words, through bravado, and through punch lines. I’m also going to bring it back. I’m going to bring back the harmonies. I’m going to bring those melodic tones when I feel complete happiness.
Well you certainly got us waiting now (both sides laugh) Is there any last words you’d like to leave, phrases, quotes?
As far as everything goes man, everybody knows Ziggy the Lovah. And I don’t mean that in a cocky way: it’s really real. It’s really real. Any local artist you know, I’ve stopped at your studio. You know we’ve kicked it at some point. You know we’ve made songs. Anyone that wants to be down, you know I’m down. I have a lot of different crews that have saved me in the past and kept my head out of the streets. That’s why I feel like the streets f$%k with me, I just kept it 100 and they kept it 100 with me. I don’t really feel like the king is coming back or anything like that. I’m always joking with O-M33zY (Young O-M33zY). I'm just trying to get back in the offense you know? To take a couple passes, make my shots, and get back going on the championship squad. People know what it is. Look for a lot of us - a lot of us, even the homies up in Alamogordo - there’s a lot of us. We’re all coming, my dude. It’s just time. Ziggy has got something to say too. Black Tiger Ballet is on the way.
No lie, this interview took place inside a Wendy’s (laughs).
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