In the Confession Booth
11/4/04 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview
As one half of the group
Tha Mexakinz, Sinful enjoyed the fruits of his labor in
the form of Billboard success and respect from a number of
artists whom he's collaborated with. Having earned his
stripes in the industry, he just released his debut solo
album entitled "Confesiones de un Pecador." The
all-Spanish CD is straight up Sinful, no collaborations.
Not all seems quiet on the set, however, as the West Coast
lyricist vents on static with his label over this long-awaited
release. Sinful took a break before his release party to chop
it up with LR in an exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Off the top, lets talk about The Mexakinz.
Thats where you got your start, but how long have you been
doing the solo thing?
The solo thing, its been about 3 years now. I never released
anything, I only released a single at the time, around a year
and a couple months. It was the slyness, I put that out with
Daz and Rass Kass, featured both of them cats on there. I put
that out just to create a buzz on the streets.
So is the Mexakinz still actually a group?
Yup, yes it is. The mexakinz still together. We just cant use
the name anymore, company problems, dealing with the label.
You know how it goes, they still own the name.
So will you record under another name in the future?
Yup, we're going under Sinful and I.
How does the music you're doing now differ from that of the
Well what it is, it doesn't differ a lot. Its basically like
I'm doing my own, I'm doing me, I'm calling my own shots on
this, nobody else on it. That's the whole reason why I didn't
feature no one else on the album, I wanted to establish my own
identity, know what I'm saying.
You've collaborated with Chino XL, Rass Kass, Xzibit, Daz.
Who haven't you worked with that you would be interested in
doing a track with?
My thing has always been, the cat that I respect more than
anyone out there in this game and that I've always been not
only a fan of... the most lyrical cat to me is Nas. I've
always been a fan of that cat, that's one cat they always
compared me to in Spanish. I've had cats in radio stations say
"You're like the Nas of Latin America, you're like the Rakim
of Latin America", I get that from radio cats and artists.
That's one cat I would definitely wanna work with.
A few months back I spoke to Kemo the Blaxican of
Delinquent Habits, when I asked him who he'd like to work with
you were the first person he mentioned. What do you say to a
That's hot. Me and him linked up at a rap conference in San
Diego a while back, and he told me about that as a matter of
fact. That you guys had interviewed him, and that basically
the same story you just told me, and that he wanted to do a
joint with me. I said lets do it, I'm here.
Lets talk about your new album for a second. I've heard
some crazy things about your label and "Confesiones de un
Pecador", care to speak on that?
Man, I'm trying to speak on everything. First of all, the
label... man... where do I start with them. First of all, they
promised me a f*ckin video, which I never got. Never shot.
They promised me street promotion, have a full on street team,
have the kids hired in every state, they said they didn't have
the budget for it. They were supposed to handle the vinyl for
me for the single. None of that happened. I don't know where
the f**k the money went, they said they have no money,
supposedly they licensed the records to Lideres and so now,
they're like controlling the whole project. And the whole
f**kin year I was with Universal, I only got two f**kin phone
calls, if I can remember, and that was all bullsh*t. Just
bullsh*t after bullsh*t.
I paid for the mastering of this record, I paid for the
artwork, I had to pay for the pictures for the photographer,
all that sh*t came out of my own pocket, and I had to send
them motherf**kers an invoice so they can send me the money
back.. How scandalous is that sh*t. Its almost like you get a
f**kin' advancement to pay for your own sh*t.
I'm a free agent now, I'm about to get on some other shit now,
but my contract is up with those cats, my album is out, I
guess you learn your lessons from dealing with bullsh*t. Thats
why I tell a lot of these cats, watch what the f**k you do,
and I guess I took the wrong route on this one.
How did you get a finished copy of the album?
I had to go cop that sh*t myself. I went and bought that sh*t
myself, that's how f**ked up that label is. I went and got 2
copies for myself, then I got to the damn store, Tower
records, and I'm looking for the artwork that we worked on for
three months. There was a whole different cover, everything
was different. I guess now they got it right, they gonna be
changing up everything. How scandalous is that?
So does this mean you're still going to tour to promote the
Well, we settin' up everything right now, we definitely gonna
be touring. Right now Universal aint stepped up to do anything
on that label. When the sh*t was ready to go down, the
motherfu**kers pulled out. Everything that you see out there
right now, any noise that you hear, its because its coming
from me. That's all the credentials I'm reppin', other than
that, it aint nothing else. Me, P-Funk, that my manager, and
FBC, those are the three cats that's doin' it all. And that's
basically my street team. That's Sinful Entertainment.
For those who want to cop the album, tell us about who did
the beats on it.
Myself, David Salas.
Describe Confesiones de un Pecador for the readers.
Its just a f**king heater, man, aint no fake sh*t on it. This
whole album is real, as real as you gon' get. No fake sh*t by
me, driving this that I aint got, everything you hear on that
album is me. That's why its coming from me, Confesiones de un
Pecador, its like a chapter of my life. Its like every song on
there is a confession. I got a joint on there called Atraccion
Fatal, and that's just me playing the gun. I got a joint on
there, that's the last cut on the album, its called SIDA, and
that joint right there I play the AIDS virus on that whole
joint. Almost like a message to the cats, but its on some
lyrical shit. I got a joint on there I did for my mom, like
the Dear Mama of Latin America. You got your club bangers on
there, few joints for the girls, and we just feeding
Speaking of the whole "Pecador" theme, where did the name
"Sinful" come from?
Man that was a name given to me by a cat named Tony G. And
basically he used to always say, ‘this cat right here commits
sin on the mic', that's how the whole name came about.
Who are some of the artists that inspired you were coming
Rakim and Nas.
What artists do you listen to now?
Honestly man I don't really listen to stuff out there, try to
stay away from radio. I'll listen to different cats like Talib
Kweli, I'm waitin' for that new nas album. I listen to those
Nas albums over and over.
Do you see in difference in the popularity of rap in
Spanish from when you first got into the game, versus today?
Yeah, its definitely a big difference. What we were doing back
then, and still doing now, is straight Hip Hop. Now its like,
I don't know what it is. You got a combination of the culture,
our culture mixed in. And its like some cats are doing it, and
you got other cats that don't belong in the game, man.
What's are you doing outside of rapping, do you have any
type of side ventures going on?
I'm working on another album right now, for my project, I'm
working on the new Mexakinz album. Just collabos with
different cats, but concentrating on my project. I gotta remix
that's coming, for the first single, it's featuring Sly Boogie
and Technique, that one's a heat rock. I'm grinding, doing
different moves, trying to build. I do clothing, too, I'm
working on my clothing line.
You were on the Billboard top 40 heatseekers chart when you
were a part of the Mexakinz. You've got respect from other
artists, how much more do you want to achieve at this point?
Its like this man, I just wanna go down being one of the most
lyrical cats out there, that was first in the game. That went
in there and represented lyrically. Like I said, knowing the
cats in the game, but lyrically that's how I wanna be
respected. That's what I could see happening.
Plenty of up and coming rappers are going to read this
interview. What are some key points of advice that you would
offer them before they get into this game.
Just stay real with the music. People respect you more when
you real with it. You can be in the game, release an album,
come in there and rhyming like a f**kin' clown, and the next
album aint nobody gonna buy your sh*t. You sell tons of
records but you try to come back in the game, its not gonna
happen. Stay real with the music, just be yourself, that's all
I can say. Come in the game ready to bust down doors. And get
a motherf**kin' attorney if you got the money (laughs),
especially if you dealing with bullsh*t a** labels.
Any last thoughts?
Go cop the album, Confesiones de un Pecador, it's the hottest
sh*t on the streets right now. These motherf**kers been
waiting 8 years for this album, its here.
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