Thinking Money Is Legit

Picture of Amil Rapper Amil Left The Music Industry Because She Refused To Sell Her Soul?
Posted by Lena C. (2013) 

It was rumored back in 2001 that rapper Amil was kicked off of Rocafella Records by Jay Z […].

In an interview, Amil stated that she left the music industry because she wasn’t ready for where her career was going. She stated the more money she made, the more deals she had to make with Satan. In 2007, it was reported that the mother of three was working for Macy’s.

It was brought to my attention that Amil had a song on her 2000 album A.M.I.L (All Money Is Legal) titled, Quarrels. In the song Quarrels, Amil talks against being planted with chips, selling soul for fame, celebrating holidays, one world order, abortions, pledging allegiance and the number 6.

I’m not sure if she or Jay Z wrote the song, but did Amil leave the industry because she refused to conform and comply?

Quarrels lyrics

Ever since I known you, you been out to get me
Acting like my peeps, but I know that’s how you tricked me
Love to see me get high, love to see my tipsy
Heard you even wanna stick a little chip in me
You been trying to play me close ever since my shine
Wanna take me to dinner, feed me shrimp and swine
You said, “Amil I want you to meet a good friend of mine
His name is Money and we partners till the end of time”
Introduced me to your clique, hate, envy, lust and greed
Said you want the whole world in ya custody
And if I give you my soul you’ll give me luxuries
Said you could hit me up wit power, it’s just up to me
I turn you on when I’m in short skirts and tight jeans
You want my kids to write Santa and celebrate Halloween
Told me sell my people crack and get rich off feens
You love the number six but hate the number thirteen

We’ll have some quarrels
Some disappointments
And a whole lot of problems
And you will except me

You wanna, be the one to pick me up when I fall
Told me hang Casear bojease on my living room wall
It was always something bout you that made my skin crawl
You turned me into a player and showed me how to ball
You give me rewards when I rob and steal
Want me to abort my babies and get on the pill
You put burners in the hood so each other we kill
I see your eye watching me on the dollar bills
When I got the scoop on you, it just made you mad
Cause I moved out your crib, packed all my bags
Them days I turned to you was the days you laughed
You used to smile every time I pledge allegiance to the flag
We speak now and then but we ain’t smacking hands
You be up in the clubs asking me for a dance
Still trying to convince me to go cheat on my man
Begging me to please give you just one more chance

We’ll have some quarrels
Some disappointments
And a whole lot of problems
And you will except me

When we was kids you was the one who taught me how to lie
Said I could always use you as my alibi
And you kept me from knowledge, wisdom, and the most high
Had me believe God had blonde hair and blue eyes
Our relationship went sour since I found the truth
You know you can’t have me so you fuck with my youth
You got all my phones tapped, I gotta talk at booths
I learned an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
You built Sodom and Gomorra for us all to live in
When we was cool you used to tell me all your visions
Like how you gonna rule the nations under one religion
You got this New World order, it’s like a big prison
You said you wanna be worshipped from noon to noon
Nothings gonna get better is what we all assumed
Cause nights is getting shorter and it’s snowing in June
I see you working overtime cause you out of here soon

We’ll have some quarrels
Some disappointments
And a whole lot of problems
And you will except me




Where The Hell Have You Been?: Amil
by Dominque “A.H.L.O.T.” Howse (2007)

Feelin like Amil-lion bucks

Thousands of fans stood in the stance while chanting Jigga what, Jigga who, while hundreds tried to prepare for Jaz-Os quick flow over the hypnotic beat provided by Timberland. Without a doubt the crowd loved Jay-Zs 1999 smash hit, laced with the support of a distinct face with long jet-black hair and a voice that reminded us of a newborn baby. The crowd would sweat with excitement and adrenaline would keep the crowd moving, as the caramel colored femcee would keep the men watching and the girls wishing to ride the hook like she did. She is Amil.

Roc-A-Fella records had the game sowed with the support of other Def Jam artists and 2000s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, put the stamp of approval on Roc-A-Fella as being one of the most dangerous teams in the Hip Hop world.

Years pasted and many started to wonder where the baby voice that laced so many unforgettable hooks went off to. After working with Ja Rule, Beyonce and other major acts, the Native American, part African American and Caucasian mixture, was dropped from the label and the rest is history.

HipHopDX caught up with Amil, while at home in North Carolina and talked to her about her current pursuits and her unforgettable days at Roc-A-Fella.

This is for the fam-including Beans, Bleek and Jay.

HHDX: How do you feel about your first project and how much of your last album is a reflection of who you are today?
: I feel I have accomplished a dream and a goal. I feel good about the album regardless of the record sales and stuff like that. It reflected what was going on at that time and this album is reflecting what is going on now.

HHDX: Whats good with the other two women from Major Coins?
: I don’t know. They aren’t part of Major Coins and I don’t speak to them.

HHDX: All right, well I was listening to some of your music and it sounds as if you developed-lyrically. Whats changed over the last couple of years?
: I guess its writing and recording. I think people get better over time and I just naturally finessed it. I don’t consider myself to be wack or anything like that. I still write all my stuff-just like I did back then. When I do personal songs, the songs are things that Ive experienced or go through. Those songs always seem to come off strong.

HHDX: Roc-A-Fella was a prestigious label and Jay-Z is now an icon. Most people think that the opportunity to work with that team is ideal. Where do you see yourself going, after already working with some of best and then having it taken away?
: That’s peoples opinion. That’s not my opinion. You know what I mean? As far as working with the best- whatever. I’m me. You know what I’m sayin? I’m not trying to be number one. I’m not trying to do that other stuff. I do my music and that’s that. They do them and I do me. I’m in a whole notha league. I’m not trying to be on the top 10 billboard and do things like that.

HHDX: Right, that’s cool. Let us know something about the industry that we wouldn’t know if were looking at it from the outside in.
: People in the industry have to do whatever they have to do to stay on top and that’s not me. I’m completely different. I don’t strive to be in the industry (like that). I try to be low key and take care of my family. My family comes first. That’s all I care about. Ill never put anything before my children. But then, there’s artist that don’t have children or don’t have family. Some people, who make music, make it their life and that’s their career.

HHDX: Do you think that’s something you learned after gaining experience from being in the industry or have you always felt like that?
: Nah, after I got in the industry I discovered nothing was more important than my son (at that time I only had one son). People couldn’t respect that my son comes first then it wasn’t goin down. Nothing comes before my sons and when you’re on the road that’s ya life 24/7 and that’ll never be my life. Never.

HHDX: Are you still Down 4 the fam and everything that Roc-A-Fella stood for? Take away the people and are you still down for the concept?
: I’m not down for nothin except for the Creator and my family. You know what I’m sayin’? Business is business and reality is reality.

HHDX: Word. It seems as if you’ve done a great deal of maturing; do you still think, All Money is Legal?
: I mean, hopefully. That’s the only way to get it.

HHDX: Your second single off your first album was a track done with Beyonce, called I Got That. How was it working with her and would you be willing to work with her again?
: I mean we were never in the same studio or anything like that. As far as working with her or doing a feature with her, I don’t know what the future holds. I’m not trying to get Beyonce or anything like that. Who knows whats going to happen? I didn’t know that was going to happen. So, I don’t know.

HHDX: What made you want to stay in the game or to keep spittin?
: I don’t want to stay in the game. I didn’t want to stay in game. I was doing songs before Roc-A-Fella and I’m doing songs after Roc-A-Fella. I put out songs for my fan base. Who ever wants to f*ck with it can fuck with it.

HHDX: How did you feel when you saw when you seen the Roc-A-Fella dynasty fall apart (a couple years back)? Did it come as a surprise?
: No. It wasn’t a surprise. Because, you know? It just wasn’t a surprise.

HHDX: If Jay called you right now would you talk to him? If so, what would you say?
: Of course I would talk. Me and Jay never had bad blood. There was never any beef between me and Jay.

HHDX: What would you say or you just gone leave it like that?
: Yeah, Ill just leave it like that.

HHDX: So, how do you compare yourself to female emcees like Kim, Remi Ma or even Rah Digga?
AMIL: I’m not the one to talk about other female rappers. Truth be told, I think were all in the same boat. Its hard for a female rapper to even blow like that. Ive never gone around claiming I was the best emcee and blah, blah blah. I record how I feel at the time and whatever situation is going on at the time. I just record whats going on in my life. There’s no comparison to another female when in regards to writing because I write my life. Nobody can compare ones life to another. Everybody has their own situation and whatever. I’m not a battle female emcee just talking about nuthin.

HHDX: So do you think the streets are ready for Amil and what you got coming? Do you think they’re excited about it?
: I don’t know. I know I have a fan base and with my fan base, yes. Its a well-anticipated album. If there are some haters disliking then they’ll still be hating. (Laughs), So I don’t know. It is what it is.

HHDX: (Laughs) Yeah, so do you ever find yourself reminiscing or rockin out to The Dynasty album or Hard Knock Life Vol.2?
: No.

HHDX: I heard three of your tracks, one is called Bitches Tears of a teenage mother and some freestyle stuff. What can we expect this time around? Whats different?
: More or less that, its not so much glam. I’m not really talking about what I have. Last album, I was talking about what I was doin then. I mean, I was fresh off the streets and seen a little bit of money and at the time it was big money to somebody who ain’t ever had money. I was doin what everybody was doin at that time-especially Roc-A-Fella, bragging about this that and the third. This time I’m around I’m being real. Ive been through shit in the last few of years. Now, I’m just doin my music.

HHDX: Whats your inspiration behind what you do?
: My children. They keep me going. That’s it.

HHDX: Well anything you want to say to the people or mention anything you think I left out? This is the opportunity.
: I want people to understand that everybody is just human. I don’t want say I’m coming back to the game because I’m not. I don’t choose to be in the game (like that). I’m an artist and music is a part of my life. I’m not a character that is made up. These are real issues and I hope that it sends out a positive message. I know that there are a million people going through what I’m going through. I want people to know that they’re not alone.


One comment on “Thinking Money Is Legit

  1. I had forgotten about her and her story. thank you.

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