Queensbridge rapper Cormega is in New York finishing his second solo album, The True Meaning. Cormega said his sophomore effort would be a departure from his first, The Realness. “It’s a reflection of myself. Like this album I’m trying to intensify my respect as a lyricist as opposed to just screaming QB or being labeled a thug rapper,” he said to AllHipHop.com.
At press time, Cormega said that, aside from the featured producers he wouldn’t be featuring any other rappers on the new album. “I don’t have any guest appearances at this point. I really hate albums like that. I just want people to feel me for me,” he said to AllHiphop.com
On The Realness, his first official release, he dissed fellow QB native Nas several times, but Mega said that wouldn’t be the case on The True Meaning. “I’m not focusing on Nas, but I got something for him. Cormega also said alluding to the song “Love In/ Love Out, which addresses the situation. He said that he and his former friend wouldn’t be mending their relationship soon. “The song [“Ether” from Stillmatic] itself didn’t bother me, but for somebody to say suck their d**k, it’s a whole different ball game,” he said. He said it violated a code of ethics from people from the streets.
Cormega did say he was happy the way The Realness was received from the buying public. “The album was meant for the people that got it. And if an independent artist do 100, 000 sold, that’s like ghetto gold,” he said. Like other independent artists, he said he feels like he gained respect within the music industry as well. “I was humbled byt the experience [of selling 100, 000 units], because I didn’t know that many people were feeling me like that, he said.
In the past, the industry has been difficult for Mega, whose first album, My Testament, was never released commercially on Def Jam Records as planned. However, Cormega has established his own label, Legal Hustle Records, with distribution through Landspeed and he also serves as the executive producer on the project as well.
With the new album, he said it will link his previous two “This album is the umbilical cord between The Realness and The Testament,” he said. “The new fans need to realize that hip-hop is historic. Following the history of rap, its so hard to have an album that’s equates the first product.”
“Surprisingly, people that are really critical of my music say that this album is better than my last one,” Cormega said.