For those unfamiliar give us a breakdown of who Bankroll Jonez is?
Bankroll Jonez: BankRoll Jonez is a young tycoon and an entrepreneur.
Where were you born and raised? How was your childhood?
Bankroll Jonez: Charlotte, NC. I was born and raised in the gutta and slumz.
Was music always your passion in life?
Bankroll Jonez: Actually it wasn’t, money was my first love.
What projects are you currently working on?
Bankroll Jonez: My new project Paper In My Pocket.
How did the link with UGK come about?
Bankroll Jonez: I was just trying to get a verse when he first got home. But it was impossible. Then I thought, "Wait, I'm a street cat and he's a famous street cat". So, I called another famous street cat, Pimpin Ken. Ken introduced us. After we did the song he invited me to Los Angeles for the "I Choose You" video shoot. Because all the major playas across the country would be there, I showed up. A month later he called me to come to Houston. The rest is history. I never left. Now I'm UGK Records 4 Life.
How do you feel Pimp C’s death is going to affect Southern hip-hop as a whole?
Bankroll Jonez: It’s a devastating blow, but Pimp raised us well.
It was Pimp C who brought you on at UGK right?
Bankroll Jonez: Yes.
Of all the tracks you have recorded which to date is your most personal and why?
Bankroll Jonez: A song called “God Bless The Child”. It was the last song I recorded with Pimp C.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time?
Bankroll Jonez: I see myself as a young underground legend.
You have had a lot of press coverage lately, how does it feel to open up magazines and see your own face staring back at you?
Bankroll Jonez: It’s a dream come true, but I’ll give it all back to have Pimp C here.
The south is really on fire right now, who do you think is keeping Southern music firmly on top?
Bankroll Jonez: I think we all play a part. We make muzik that’s funky with soul and depth and for the most part we network.
What other plans do you have for 2008?
Bankroll Jonez: Just mashin' 4 my rations.
Bankroll Jonez: Bun B and my entire UGK Family.
Interview for British Hip Hop courtesy of Underground Promotion UK.