NYC: Where did you get the name Big Tac from?
TAC: I thought of the name about 10 yrs. ago. 2 make a long story short, 4 the past 16 yrs. my nickname has been Gorilla. So sometimes people would hear me say .. GORILLA WARFARE or GORILLA TACTICS in my lyrics. I kinda liked the way TACTICS sounded so I looked it up. Da exact meaning of da word tactics is .. " (tak'tiks): A noun meaning da art of deploying & directing troops, ships, & aircrafts in coefficient maneuvers against da enemy " .. or " Da science & art of disposing & maneuvering forces in combat " .. or " Da art or skill of employing available means 2 accomplish an end ". Me bein a battle rapper, I liked it, so I kep't it. Most people don't call me TACTICS tho, dey call me " BIGTAC 4 short. My a.k.a. is 5th.Ave., it means : " 5 timez harda danda Average ". )
NYC: Where are you representing?
TAC: I represent Queens, New york. South Richmond Hill 2 be exact, a.k.a. Silent hill a.k.a. Hamburger hill. )
NYC: What made you want to start rapping?
TAC: Back in 1991 I met dis dude Illdread a.k.a. Sly. He use 2 rhyme wit a grp called Da 3rd. world rebels. 2 dis day I'd have 2 say he was 1 of da illest freestylers I ever heard. Dat same summer my man Celo started rhymin. After dat I figured if he could do it, den so could I. Doze were da 2 people dat made me wanna start writin & rhymin.
NYC: Who are you listening to in the car?
TAC: I'm not in 2 most of da shit dat's being called Hiphop nowadayz. If u catch me at a red light ur liable 2 get ur ear drums blown out by some WU-TANG, some TRAGEDY, CNN, some classic BIGGIE or PUN. I don't consider dem old skool I consider dem Hiphop.
NYC: I know that when you first started you were in a group. You are no longer in that group and are doing the solo thing. What happened to the group?
TAC: Technically I started as a solo rapper, until I told my ex-partner dat I rhymed. Dat's when he realized he had da gift of freestyle. We added another person 2 da grp & became a 3 man team but when he didn't show up 4 our 1st. studio session, we went bak 2 bein a 2 man team again. Anyway, 2 try & make a long story short, we were apart of a couple grps but in da end it alwayz ended up just us 2. It stood like dat until about a yr. ago when I started realizing dat we weren't where we needed 2 be. I mean yeah, we did some shows here in NY & outta NY (nothing big), met a few famous people, & were on some mixtapes but we'd been doin dis since 1992. By now we shoulda been doin good, gettin money in da industry. It wasn't goin down like dat so I hadda start backin away from da music & concentratin on other things in my life.
NYC: Are you and your partner beefing at this time?
TAC: Are we beefin ? Yeah, but I wouldn't xactly call it " BEEFIN ". I would call it : him talkin shit, den me goin 2 his crib 2 break his face, but he 2 scared 2 come outside so I haven't caught him yet .. Dat's wut I would call it. I aint gonna say his name cus like I told u last time, he aint famous & I aint tryin 2 give him any fame. But 4 da people dat kno him, personally, for 10 yrs. & better like U & me, kno I'm not frontin. If I had 2 put money on it I'd say he's a pathological liar .. da nigga got a problem. Dis nigga'll talk about niggas bein fake or scared but dis nigga's shook 2 death 2 leave his apt. over on 111 st. & 101 ave. by da barbershop .. lol. Dis nigga will call somebody a snitch when he was da 1 dat sat in a precinct, asked 4 gang intelligence, & gave up mad names & addy's cus he was scared 4 his life. Dis cornball ass nigga will sit there & crack jokes about gay people when right at dis very moment they're rumors goin around about him bein sweeter dan a pitcher of Koolaid w/ xtra sugar. & dat's pretty much all I have 2 say about dat nigga. As a matter of fact, yo Viv, if he ever contacts u about dis interview, tell him I said I'll come meet him any time & see wut excuse he gives u.
NYC: Have you done any shows or opened up for anyone?
TAC: Yeah, like I said earlier, we've performed here & there, nothin big. Some house parties, a couple clubs, etc. )
NYC: How do you feel about where Hip Hop is going right now?
TAC: Hiphop in 2008 suks !! I don't understand da reason why we got all dis garbage pollutin da airways when we got MC's like J-HOOD, MAINO, JOELL ORTIZ, & SAIGON bein left on da shelf.
NYC: Your flow sounds alot like Big Puns....Has anybody ever told you that?
TAC: Yeah, people have told me dat. But I think it's mostly cus I sort of resemble him, even tho there have been times my flow did sound like Puns. But da person people mostly say I sound like is Lloyd banks. I take it as a comliment tho .. dat nigga's nasty, his metaphors are sick.
NYC: Have you done any colabos and if so with who?
TAC: Da only collab dat I did was wit Dj J-LOVE on a song called " Fire burnz ".. 4 his album : " UNSTOPPABLE ".. You can catch me spittin a murderous 16 on da last verse.
NYC: Now to get off topic, how have the ladies been treating you?
TAC: Well it's not like I just signed a million dollar contract .. lol. I got a girl. But b4 my girl I was gettin more head dan a hat .. lol.
NYC: If you had your chance to smash anyone in the industry who would it be?
TAC: Meagan Good, Halle berry, & Jenifer Love Hewitt.
NYC: If you had your chance to battle any MC in the game, who would it be?
TAC: I don't kno about a battle, I aint been on it like dat in a while. Da last good battle I had was in 2002, & I won. But if I had my choice I'd like 2 be able 2 do a song w/ Eminem, Kool-G-RAP, Jada kiss, & maybe just a few more.
NYC: What's next for Big Tac? (Songs or projects)
TAC: Nothin special, unless a major label wants 2 work w/ me, sign me, & give a fat advancement .. lol.
NYC: If people wanted to contact you or reach out to you where would they go?
TAC: 4 collabs, or if u just wanna hear some fire, y'all can hit me at WWW. MYSPACE. COM/SELFMADEGYN or my e-mail : PORICAN@GMAIL.COM .. holla atcha boy, 1.