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JT the Bgga Figga.

THE LIMO PULLS UP AT POWELL and Market, the door pops open and I jump in. I pound JT and Devo from the Young Gamblers, and we bounce to FTC to meet up with Shel Black. As we pull up Shel and the Chocolate team are breaking out to shoot some flicks. JT's like "Whazzup," and hands everyone a copy of the new Get Low joint featuring Method Man. Shel Black pulls JT to the side, gets another dope pic, and breaks out. I chill outside FTC while JT does a little shopping. "Cousin Aki, you ready?" JT spits, showing me the new Scott Johnston Lakai shoes he just picked up. We head over to the Page Street Boys and Girls Club. Here we kick it outside on the sidewalk and chill in the fall Frisco sun. Against a backdrop of young black teenagers from the Western Addition, we chat about the General Learning Principles, hustling, building, and connecting. One love Frisco, for reeezy.--Aki-X

When did JT Tha Bigga Figga release the first Get Low records joint?

I finally got my first project completed in June 1992. That was called JT Tha Bigga Figga Putting it on the Map. Since then Get Low has released 31 albums, and that's enough of a legacy. That's history in its own right.

What does GLP stand for?

Get Low Playas. That's the original meaning, but from 2001 on GLP stands for "General Learning Principles."

How has that changed from the original Get Low Playas?

Get Low Playas or Get Low Posse was when we were young and up and coming. The playa image, gangsta image, thug image--all those images have boundaries. You can't really grow with it. I want to bring it into the future, but I didn't want to bring it with me on the same level.

So the GLP has evolved?

It's evolved into a General Learning Principle; now the young generation is the future. If I go to a school and try to give an assembly or something that I am trying to host, and I say "Yeah GLP, Get Low Playas," they might box us in a category and there will be lots of road blocks. If I am like "GLP, General Learning Principles," it's a whole different thing. People know Get Low Posse. That's our foundation in terms of our clique, but now GLP is coming into a school as a badge on posters and flyers, feel me? In the format of being an entrepreneur, I am JT Tha Bigga Figga the CEO, the rap artist, the producer, the actor, the manager. I'm telling the younger generation that I am all of these things.

Now you're more about consciousness?

I am definitely more about making people aware, that you had better do something for yourself instead of sitting around blaming everyone else. You had better get off yo' ass and hustle, man, because opportunities are here. It's here to basically do anything you want in terms of business, taking care of your family.

That's your message to all the young black people?

I am trying to reach out to the young black people because the young black people are the most lost. But we are working with all the different nationalities: the whites, the Mexicans, the Filipinos. We all got a common thread, hip hop. We can all come together, no race or age barrier.

When are fools going to stop killing each other over drugs, turf, cash, and bitches?

Yeah, the violence has to stop.

Aren't they just playing straight into the government's hands?

Pretty much, man. We have been ignorant as a people and misguided; rappers got to take responsibility to put more positive things in our lyrics. Give things a better direction so that you ain't just saying 'Shoot up your brother, shoot up this dude, shoot up tthat dude.' We're at the point right now where the changes have to be made or we fall victim. No one wins in drama--when a community is at war no one wins.

How did you hook up with the LBC?

The history started out with me and Snoop Dogg in 1997. We met at a hip hop summit held by Minister Farrakhan when Tupac and Biggie got killed. Snoop was real humble, and he invited me into the studio. We did a song together called the "Father Figga," cuz he was the Dogg Father and I was Tha Bigga Figga From there the Get Low/Dogg Pound connection really started and opened the door to doing songs with Kurupt and Daz, just to show that much more love.

You're starring in a new movie Future Leaders. What's that all about?

This movie features a group of young inner city youths that play for the local football teams. They all got different things where people are trying to lead them in the wrong direction. It's a comedy but it's about making youngsters aware of the black market, the black gang market. Being aware of the dope man trying to get you to "Sell some of this or just hold my gun for me," feel me? These are the things that young kids are going to be hit with. These are the things that they are approached with on a daily level.

Is this finally your time?

I'm just focusing on having a steady movement with the company instead of hoping for a deal. I am going to press this shit up, put in the back of my trunk, and go and make $15,000 to $20,000.

Love, Blessings, Peace, Respect?

The Young Gamblers, San Quinn, T-Mo, Seff the Gaffler, 20 Inch Records, Imperial Records. Showtime and Fab Rat, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, all the Frisco rappers, Bay Area rappers, the West Coast rappers and all the rappers around the world. CEO's, rappers, young producers--stay struggling. Define your goal and move.
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