Mac Dre: Seen Through The Eyes Of Kilo Curt 10 Years Later
Kilo Curt is the CEO and President of Thizz Entertainment; and he was also Mac Dre’s right hand man. 10 Years after Dre’s death, Kilo Curt is still doing everything in his power to keep the Thizz brand going, and making sure that Mac Dre’s legacy lives on. In this exclusive interview; Kilo Curt opens up to GoDer Magazine about Mac Dre’s Legacy, as well as the Thizz movement, and why he has nothing but love for the masses.
Interview by: Network
Network: It’s been 10 years since the passing of Mac Dre; What impact do you think Mac Dre would have on the industry if he was still with us?
Kilo Curt: Well as far as the rap game, and the culture; in what’s going on; it would have been what he’d been preaching all along: from back in the day, you know what I’m saying. I think if he was alive right now; Dre would still be the highlight of the party. The rap game was developed by allowing street dudes to tell their story. That’s what Mac Dre was: he was a “Street narrator”. You know what I’m saying? He gave it to you in a real form; whether it was humorous, a mac; either or. You know what I mean. I think the rap game would have developed into what he was implementing anyway. It would be a big Thizz party every second!
Network: Throughout these last 10 years, Thizz has been going through a lot of changes. You have lost a couple of Artist through death; in particular Johnny Ca$h, and Pretty Black. A few were also incarcerated. How did this affect you personally; as well as your ability to garner the strength to keep the company going?
Kilo Curt: Man it’s just real life. Everything we were rapping about; and the things we were doing. It really was all happening in such a short amount of time. Like you said we had lost Johnny Ca$h; who was one of our upcoming stars. He would of most likely been a platinum artist right now; If he were still alive he would be a major factor right now: but he lost his life in this world at a young age. We lost artists such as Pretty Black; we had Killa Keith; OG Chuck, and a whole lot more! Thizz had a lot of upcoming major factors in the game!
It seemed like we were partying, and then going to funerals! I didn’t even think that this shit was real. Like: I lost my mother; my sister; and like, everything was just hitting me at once. When I look at it right now; I see them as my angels, and I know they’re all looking down on me, and protecting me all at once. You know what I’m saying? I use them as my motivation! So when I think of Dre; and I do my music; I think: “What would Dre do?” I put myself in his body a little bit when I do new music; you know what I mean?
Network: Has there ever been a time where you felt like you wanted to give up; or felt mentally broken down?
Kilo Curt: I’m the heartbeat of Dre! All I have to do is be in the shadow of a great man and keep his name rockin. If I break down from that: then I’m just a weak ass nigga. How can I not be strong! This nigga left us in a great position! We come from a real hood where people didn’t make it out; so it’s an honor to make it out of that environment in a successful way. You can’t quit!
Like: I did a bid in jail before; so when I feel like my life is getting worst; I just remind myself that it’s not worse than jail. Nothing is worse than doing a bid in jail! I don’t care how you look at it. I had to do a bid and listen to everything another man said. You gotta get up at this time; you have to eat at this time; you gotta do this, and you have to do that. So if I didn’t discipline myself in the streets; then man, I’d go crazy!
Network: So how do you feel about artists like Drake, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Young Jeezy, and other mainstream artists who acknowledge Mac Dre’s legacy? How does it feel that people all over the world have discovered who Mac Dre is?
Kilo Curt: It feels like the first time we heard Dre on the radio; or the first time we saw Dre on a T-shirt; or the first time we saw somebody bootlegging his music! Dre told me one time: “If somebody isn’t bootlegging your shit then you ain’t making it!” And I was like: “But Dre they bootlegging our shit!” Dre asked the bootleg dude: “Who else you got in there? Jay-Z and all them other dudes?” The bootlegger said: “Yeah” and Dre said: “Cutty I made it!”
He made it! This dude is great! That’s how I look at it: period! So I always took it as: man he made it; because those artists are big, and to take a breath; or the time out of their day just to speak; and acknowledge Dre; and they know that millions, and millions of people will hear it. Saying his name in their songs; coming to The Bay to shoot their videos; and meet with us; give us our respect! I’ll take that as an honor because that’s just as if Dre was here right now. He would actually be doing songs with the same niggas that are saying his name. So if they’re saying his name; then they are just having him as a “feature.”
It’s an honor because them dudes used their video budget just to say “R.I.P. Mac Dre” I love them dudes; I honor them dudes; and if any of them come around our circle, or be around in my presence, I’ll treat them with honor and roll out the red carpet.
Network: You also had a lot of sold out Mac Dre tribute shows throughout the year for the 10th year anniversary. How does that feel?
Kilo Curt: He deserves it! He was great! All I ever think about was the greatness in this dude. If he were here right now; he would’ve been partying with all the same people. He never would’ve changed; even if he would of went platinum; he would’ve been the same dude. Whatever would’ve happened; I believe would’ve been a successful situation, because I’m still here to talk about the dude. We’re still talking about him 10 years after his death because he’s still relevant in 2014.
No telling what he would of been doing. He was already wearing all the Gucci shoes, and the expensive clothes before anybody thought it was cool. He was 10 years ahead of his time: His words still match to what everybody is saying right now; half of the words you be hearin these dudes rapping about are things Dre has already said. Now I don’t want people to think that I’m saying that these other rappers are biting, or stealing things he said. Once you release anything that came out of your motherfucking mouth it’s open to the public! So just imagine if Mac Dre was here right now. What type of hype would he be on? He would be 10 years ahead of everyone like he was 10 years before.