Royalty Magazine: What's good? How's life treating you?
Dre Praduk: I'm good, Life is good can't complain.
Royalty Magazine: Before we talk about the New Year, let's reflect back a little on 2012. What do you think you will remember most about 2012 as an artist? What were some of your greatest moments or accomplishments?
Dre Praduk: Well I do movie screenings now, Battleship, Act of Valor, Men in Black 3...& the set of a Ne-Yo concert...Entertainment still the Bread & butter.
Royalty Magazine: You are part of the Lost Boyz family, how did yall hook up and what was your message to the world during that time? How has Freaky Tah's legacy and/or death impacted or affected you as an artist and why?
Dre Praduk: Yes. Most of us missing a part or all of our family (mom-dad) & we made a family...something people keep leaving out how it all got started, Born, Sledge, Glasses,Popadoc from the block, (RIP I-GOD) DieHard & a few others.
His death...IT CRUSHED me I still Drop a tear till today.
Royalty Magazine: From.Legal Drug Money Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz...to Lifestyles of the Rich & Shameless...to Love, Peace & Nappiness...to LB IV LIFE, etc the Lost Boyz as a group released several albums/singles from the mid to late 90's. In your opinion, what would you say was the group's most successful project or single and why? Did you know that when you first started that the Lost Boyz would gain worldwide recognition, reach Gold status and break into the top 40 on the Billboard hot 100 chart?
Dre Praduk: ALL...But if I had to pick one I would say Love, Peace & Nappyness. That's when they became the front runner's for Universal & was now a household name.
Oh yea Cheekz & Tah had a chemistry & a bounce that they were putting together long before it hit the mainstream. And tho it was hood music, it made the hardest thug get up & dance.
Royalty Magazine: After Freaky Tah's death in 1999, the Lost Boyz Group effectively broke up...Can you tell us what where your thoughts during that time? Were you debating if and/or how you would step back onto the scene? What was your reaction to DJ Spigg Nice's 37 year prison sentence? What was the fans reaction during this time?
Dre Praduk: I was Lost for real like I can't believe this...What's going on? Fam wasn't Fam...then it hit me & I knew what it was. Tah was the glue...the MUSCLE...THE AH AH on the track & THO good music kept coming, everyone still waited for his part and his voice on the track even if they added it themselves. I stayed FAM & always will be I LIVE IT LB4LYFE!
As far as Spigg...IM STILL STUCK ON THAT ONE!!! And i'm gonna say "Not my Big homey...FREE SPIGG NICE!" We Fam & that will never change..."EVER"!!!!
Royalty Magazine: Tell us a little bit about Tah day and what it represents? For someone who has never been, briefly tell us what one should expect to see as well as experience?
Dre Praduk: Tah started it for the kids. JAYBALL as well as myself, with help from Champ (Tah's.Dad) & his sister Chocolate, we keep it going in his MEMORY.
Expect GOOD times, GOOD food, music, things for the kids to do...It's like a Family reunion that all & everyone is welcome to.
Royalty Magazine: Why is it so important for you to keep Tah’s memory alive? How important is it for his legacy to continue to live on in the world of hiphop?
Dre Praduk: Like I said Before he was & still is the Glue to our Family TAH keeps us together!! It's very important & like Biggiem Tupac & JMJ (Jam Master Jay), the senseless murders in Hip Hop & in our community's must stop!
Royalty Magazine: Freaky Tah along with many other great artists’ lives were cut short before their time, how will you use your voice to turn this negative situation into a positive? In your eyes what can the hiphop community do to make change or bring awareness? What can the fans/supporters do?
Dre Praduk: We are getting to people slow but surely & as long as I stand on my own two...we will spread the word & promote peace.
The Hip Hip world should protect its self & show we can stick together. It starts with the Artists, then the Fans & supporters. As one we can start to fix it.
Royalty Magazine: Freaky Kah, Tah’s son is an upcoming rapper. What advice if any, would you give him coming onto the scene? What similarities do you see between him and his dad? How does he stand out as an artist and why should people support his music?
Dre Praduk: Work Hard make good music stay focused & let No Change you Be yourself!!
Ohhh he's just like his Dad & I would say he's growing as an artist day by day so lookout for him!!! He's what the game needs...real good music, he was Born in the Bounce.....
Royalty Magazine: Speaking of hiphop, how have things changed from when you first started until now? What are some negative as well as positive things you have witnessed in the world of hiphop?
Dre Praduk: One word LOLLIPOP NEXT?
Royalty Magazine: Any advice to upcoming artists or groups who may not have a financial or major backing looking to break into the industry?
Dre Praduk: It's easy to get out there in your own Internet!!!! But still look out for sneaks! Keep pushing and NEVER stop working! Copyright your work & the deals will find you.....
Royalty Magazine: Any last words, comments or shout outs? Any misconceptions or anything you want to touch basis on that we haven’t already?
Dre Praduk: In Cheekz & Tah words... People say LOST BOYZ BE A GANG...NAH MAN SEE WE JUST DO OUR THING!!! This is a FAMILY...IS & ALWAYS WILL Be....
Royalty Magazine: Thanks for your time. Much Love & Respect.
Dre Praduk: No problem & Thank you ROYALTY MAGAZINE for taking the time to sit wit us.......1LIFE1LOVE1FAM L'ZZZZZZ
TazDatMC for Royalty Magazine