Raised in Queensbridge, the 41st side of Vernon, Alfredo Bryan aka Littles was raised by the streets. Heavy in the drug game with partner Killa Black, it wasn’t until Littles did a five-year bid for shooting at cops that he decided it was time to turn his life into something new. Coming home to Queens in 98′, Littles immediately started pounding the pavement and formed his own record label Best of the Block Entertainment. Independently promoting and distributing his own CD/DVD titled “The Feeding,” Littles pushed over 20,000 copies and made a name for himself. In conjunction with his own label, Littles began managing and guiding the careers of Mobb Deep.
Recently though, Littles has had a falling out with the Mobb, in particular Prodigy, and he explains to HipHopSite what happened and why he feels P is just a “cupcake.” In addition, Littles breaks down what’s to come for Best of the Block Entertainment and why 2005′ is his year. So strap yourselves in, this ain’t for the weak.
HipHopSite: Who or what inspired you to rhyme?
Littles: I would have to say, definitely Tupac.
HHS: For those that don’t know you, can you give them a rundown of Littles? What you have accomplished thus far.
Littles: Littles is the first person to ever do a CD and DVD entitled “The Feeding.” Littles is an ex-felon slash new Queensbridge generation. Littles is the only person to ever book a major artist in thirty different cities and twenty-one different events without having to pay management or any booking agency a coin. Littles has managed Mobb Deep, Senior Vice President of their record label. Littles has his own distribution company set up, that’s how I push my own music. I’ve been in over forty different magazines and that’s been done on my own. So basically I’m self sufficient and self-made company and artist all in one.
HHS: You’ve been doing the independent thing for a while now, do you have any plans of linking up with a major to do a joint venture in the future?
Littles: That’s definitely a direction that I’m going. I’m looking for a good deal, it’s not going to be a regular artist deal. I’m looking for a good situation where I can stay independent and do my thing. I’m looking for fortune, not so much the fame.
HHS: Killa Black (Havoc’s brother) was your partner back in the day. Is that how you got affiliated with Mobb Deep?
Littles: No, that’s not how I got affiliated. Me, Killa Black and Havoc grew up together. Prodigy didn’t come into the picture until we were teenagers. We grew up in the playpen together–me, Havoc and his brother [Killa Black]. His mother is like my mother and my mother is like their mother. So that’s how far I go back with Havoc.
HHS: Unfortunately Killa Black took his own life. I read somewhere that you said it was because of Havoc and P. Why?
Littles: Well, that’s the way they worded it. The whole thing is that when we (Killa Black and I)grew up we used to basically fund them. Like give them money for photo shoots and studio time. Then I went to prison and Killa Black was still home and they would go on tour and just leave him behind. They’d take like ten or fifteen people with them and leave him behind. And growing up in the projects in Queensbridge it’s not as easy as it may sound. Their is no outlets of income other than robbin’, sellin’ and stealin’, so it’s rough growing up. Then you have a brother who finally gets a shot at life through his own music. And this was Havoc’s career, we weren’t banking on them making it. This is what they established for themselves, ya know? So they’d go in stores and buy fifteen or sixteen leather jackets for everybody and nothing for him. Killa Black was catching a lot of homicides, but at the same time he was the most respectful person. If your mother was to meet him and if she heard stories about him, she wouldn’t even believe it. He was very respectful. But he was catching homicides, just stuck in the hood. So when he came home from the last homicide that he had he didn’t wanna live the streets anymore. He was Muslim. But he couldn’t get a job and he didn’t really have an outlet to succeed in any other kind of way. And then to turnon the TV. and see your brother and not have a quarter in your pocket, he
just couldn’t take it and committed suicide.
HHS: Prodigy wanted out of Infamous Records. Is that why you left the company?
Littles: Actually Prodigy wanted out of everything. He wanted out of Mobb Deep, he wanted out of Infamous Records and he basically wanted to do his own thing. And that’s what made me flip out. Also, they made me Senior Vice President and wouldn’t allow me to sign and put out artists like Infamous Mobb, Chinky, Noyd and other cats I would find on the road. I saw no future for the label and when their album flopped (“Amerika’s Nightmare) their confidence soured for the worse.
HHS: Why do you think Infamous Records has failed to have much success after all this time?
Littles: I think Infamous Records never became anything and will never become anything because you have two individuals that own the company that don’t relate to each other the right way and are only concerned with themselves and are not business orientated. When you drop a album and you go platinum and you have a chance to build your own record company, you have to find talent or get someone that can find talent. You don’t only bank on yourself doing shows and dropping albums, you gotta pull other stuff through the door and bring that to the table and live off of that also. That’s something they just don’t know how to do.
HHS: As far as the Alchemist situation goes, can you expound on that?
Littles: I’m going to tell you something that idiots do in business. In business, when you’re in the game fifteen years and your name and brand has been solidified, you never, ever, let someone new come in and produce for you, do beats for you, write rhymes for you and have no affiliation to you dealing with paperwork. And that’s what Alchemist did. They allowed Alchemist to come in and make a hit here, a hit there–Mobb Deep blew Alchemist up. Then he started making beats for other people and now he’s bigger than they are. I’m sure Alchemist has more money than both of them put together.
So what happens is, Prodigy sees Alchemist as his last ticket. His last shot to prove himself and maybe make the kind of money that he should have. So what does he do? Alchemist gets beat up, his chain taken by some individuals that I grew up with. I don’t stop it or put my two cents in. Alchemist is pissed off, he tell Prodigy he’s not fucking with him anymore So Prodigy falls back on everybody for a month. No one can reach him. Then I get a two-way page from him that states he’s tired of this Mobb Deep shit and he should’ve left when Loud folded and he doesn’t want to be apart of anything anymore. He says he’s pissed about the Alchemist situation and he’s rolling with him.
Prodigy is a cupcake, man. Hood dudes don’t run around with they face screwed up on national TV. Have you ever seen Suge Knight with a ice grill on the cover of The Source magazine? No. His stories and reputation tell how intimidating he is. Prodigy just doesn’t know who he is. He’s not a street person. You can be from the suburbs and still be a guerilla. But Prodigy man, he’s a cupcake. He was a good dude though. This all surprised me because to me he used to have good intentions and showed so many signs of being business oriented. But when it came down to it, how he just jumped ship surprised me. I never thought in a million years that Littles would be doing interviews on Mobb Deep. So actually he fooled me and I’ve known him all my life to not be a guerilla. But I don’t judge people by how many people you beat up, shot or bullied as being real. I consider you being real by keeping your word, how you treat other people and how you act in certain situations. And he’s far from that.
HHS: Getting away from all that, who are you feeling today in hip-hop?
Littles: Last album I bought was the Nas album. I haven’t bought a Nas album in a very long time but his artwork really captured me. When I seen the cover with him playing all the twelve disciples I went and got it. I listen to a lot of R&B, but rap I listen to Jay-Z, all the old Biggie albums, Raekwon, Ghost and Wu-Tang. Stuff like that.
HHS: What should we look for from Littles and Best of the Block Entertainment in 2005?
Littles: It’s definitely not Prodigy and Mobb Deep. That Prodigy shit is over with for me. I don’t really wanna waste my breath with that. So I got a new artist named Top Gunna. You’re gonna get the REAL album, “The Life and Times of Littles,” and basically I’m just looking for a home to start building my catalogue on the major shelf, not just in the independent stores.
I’m getting into directing. I spent a lot of money on cameras and equipment. I also got this new idea called “Rap’s New Generation.” It’s going to feature ten to fifteen artists at a time on DVD and come packaged with a magazine such as XXL. You’re going to be able to see these artists from all different regions on it. And whatever magazine it comes with will pick one artist to do a feature on and you’ll be able to read that and then pop in the DVD and see that person. So I got a lot of things going on. Best of the Block is going to be around a long time. I got my own albums and I got other artists. If I don’t get what I want, let’s do what they want and do that until it’s time to take over and do me.
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