Arsonal: Well back at my college, Kean University in Jersey, a intern at BET used to throw this competition every Wednesday. The prize would be a chance to battle on 106 and Park. This was back in 2004 when AJ and Free were hosting. I won the college show that Wednesday, and ended up battling on 106 and Park for five weeks straight because no one could beat me.
HHW: How did the success of 106 and Park help take you to the next level?
Arsonal: Well I wasn’t truly into it until 2008, that’s when I got serious. I met Loaded Lux, and MOP, and we started getting a cypher going . Lux said how he believed in me, and that I had something special. Lux introduced me to battle rap, and said he wanted to put me into it. The very first battle I did changed my whole life. I embarrassed my opponent so bad, that he called himself a bitch. When I battled Tech 9 and won, the fight club wanted me after that. I never got paid to rap until then. All I knew was that I was just doing something I loved. I never expected to make money for my talent. That’s what really made me take things to another level, but I always pay homage to Lux for giving me the opportunity.
HHW: You have a very close relationship with Snoop Dogg. How did that come about?
Arsonal: Working with snoop, that was crazy! It was like favor for favor to be honest. In 2014 I was a part of the Live Cypher at the BET awards when snoop was hosting. Snoop had a battle that he wanted me involved in and I did it, I kept my word. So I told him I was trying to get in the live cypher for so long, and he told me to come rehearsals and that he would put me in the cypher. That year, I did the live cypher, the pre-show, post show, and parties as well. Since then, our relationship has been very cool. He also promised me a verse as a result of all of that. He kept his word and so I also have a song with Snoop where Sammy did the hook. He also took me on season seven of Nick Cannon’s, “Wildin’ Out.” The crazy thing is, Snoop was always one of my idols growing up.
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