Walter Johnson or " Trifelon " is more New Orleans than beignets on 800 Decatur Street. He wears his realness on his tongue and the world is all ears. Being the older brother to Latoya Wright ( formerly Latoya Carter. first wife to Lil Wayne ) adds an unique intensity to this melodic gumbo. Toya now has her own reality show that's solely centered on her family. Mr Johnson was released from prison into this instant platform to the masses. The world is tuning into " A Family Affair " - one of the most popular reality shows on BET's network. Channel surfing one night I fell in love with the core concept of the show. Toya seems to show the world just how real her family is. Even with tons of cameras following them non stop major issues are still being focused on. Illustrating that no family is perfect - I can relate. Overall, within a matter of minutes my DVR was set to record the next few episodes.
Walter had me at " hello " .. literally. His love for his beautiful wife and even the " Nawlinz` " accent was so piercing. It was if a friend I went to school with had finally made it to prime time. The writer in me kicked in and I had to have a slice of his thoughts. Very impressing. I give you 7 minutes with American Rap Artist, Walter " Trifelon " Johnson. Read & Enjoy - thai`
I interviewed Pimp C directly after his release and he spoke of the books he introduced himself to, what books did you grow fond of while locked away?
THE FIRST BOOKS I READ IN PRISON WERE BASIC BOOKS. PUTTING MYSELF IN POSITION TO GET MY GED BECAUSE I DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL IN 7TH GRADE. AFTER I RECEIVED MY GED I STARTED READING RELIGIOUS BOOKS, FROM THE BIBLE TO THE KORAN. I TOUCHED UP ON MY SPIRITUALITY BECAUSE A MAN WITHOUT GOD WILL SURELY PERISH. I ALSO BEGAN TO READ BOOKS SUCH AS BEHOLD, A PALE HORSE, A STOLEN LEGACY, THE 48 LAWS OF POWER AND THE BLACK DOT.THESE BOOKS QUICKLY PUT MY MIND ON SOME "PAY ATTENTION TO THE UNSEEN & UNMENTIONED" I PUT MYSELF IN THE SHOES OF THE AUTHORS. I THEN BEGAN WRITING BOOKS MYSELF. LIFE IS A STORY AND I'M FIGHTING TO TELL IT.
From jail, marriage, a new baby and of course the reality show - How does it feel being Walter at this stage in your life?
I FEEL THE SAME WAY I FELT WHEN I WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON. I'M STILL ON THIS ROLLER COASTER. I'M HAVING FUN. WHETHER IT’S A NEW BORN THE MARRIED LIFE OR MY CAREER. AS A TALENT ON BET I'M STILL WALTER. STILL FIGHTING TO MAKE ME & MY FAMILY'S LIFE BETTER. HOWEVER, MY TOOLS HAVE BECOME MORE EFFICIENT. BET AS A CHANNEL GIVES ME THE CAPABILITY TO CONDUCT MYSELF ON A LEVEL THAT’S NOT SEEN BY OUR PEERS, BUT AT THE VERY END OF THE DAY. I'M STILL WALTER...VERY PROUD OF SELF.
Now that you're a father has it changed some of the topics you desire to rap about?
FIRST OF ALL, FOLLOWING GOD HAS CHANGED THE TOPICS THAT I USED TO RAP ABOUT. HAVING A CHILD MOTIVATES ME TO STICK TO THE SCRIPT. I AM CONSCIOUS. I WATCH WHAT I SAY AND THE THINGS I DO. AS ADULTS WE SET THE RACE CONDITIONS. THEY RUN AND REALLY SHOW US WHERE THE START AND FINISH LINE BEGINS AND ENDS. 1 RACE DOESN'T TELL US WHETHER WE WON THE PRIZE. THE FACT THAT WE KEEP IT GOING DOES. KIDS CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK AND TALK. I WANT FOR MY KIDS WHAT I DIDN'T HAVE AS A CHILD. SO YES, I'M VERY SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT I LET FLY OUT OF MY MOUTH BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE LISTENING.
Is New Orleans everything you imagined it would be after Katrina?
UM, THAT'S A HELL OF A QUESTION. YA HEARD ME? BUT UM, I BELIEVE NEW ORLEANS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE AS REPRESENTATIVES OF IT. WE NEED PLENTY TO BE GOING ON THAT ISNT AND ALOT OF WHICH NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED IS BEING MADE MORE PLENTIFUL. OUR CITY IS OUR CITY, BUT HOW IT FUNCTIONS IS SIMPLY DUE TO THE MINDSETS OF THE PEOPLE. WE WANT SO MUCH BUT ISN’T WILLING TO WORK FOR IT. ALLOWING THESE POLITICIANS TO SELL US DREAMS N LIES. WE OWN N.O, YET SINCE THE STORMITS BEEN FOR SATAN. WE FOLLOW AND ACCEPT HIS RULES & CONDITIONS. MY CITY HASN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE STORM. IMMA BRING NEW ORLEANS BACK!
Your stage name " Tri Felon " could mean many things, can you break down its true essence.
TRI =3 AND FELON = ONE WITH CONVICTION. TOGETHER U GET TRIFELON. MOST PEOPLE PRONOUNCE IT AS TRIFLING. HOWEVER I CHOSE TO CARRY SUCH STIGMA AND STEREOTYPE PUT ON US A YOUNG BLACK MEN. SAYING THAT IMMA BE THE ONE TO SHOW YOU DIFFERENT FROM HOW YOU VIEW ME AND MY KIND.THEY SAY THAT I WAS A LOSER AND 3 SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE CONFIRMED THEIR IDEOLOGY. IT WAS SET IN STONE. HE IS A LOSER TRIFELON. BUT TODAY I'M SHOWING YOUTH HOW TO WIN NO MATTER YOUR PASS TRIALS AND LOSSES. STRUGGLE IS RICH AND THEY SHOULD OVERSTAND THAT THAT SETS THEM ASIDE FROM THE REST.U CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY.,INE IS TRIFELON AND WALTER IS PROOF OF THAT.
Does being the older brother of " Toya " uncle to Lil Wayne's first born make it easier or harder to break through in the rap industry ?
BIG BROTHER OF TOYA AND UNCLE TO WAYNE'S FIRST BORN MAKES IT JUST WHAT IT IS...FAMILY. HOWEVER, MY GRIND IS MY GRIND AND HOW FAR I GO IS DETERMINED BY ME NOT BY MY FAMILY TIES OR WHO IS IN MY CIRCLE. ITS DETERMINED BY HOW WELL I WORK. MY SUCCESS IS MINE BECAUSE I OWN THE MASTERS TO MY TRIALS. NOT TOYA OR WAYNE.
How do you relax ?
That's simple I have 4 beautiful lives that live under this roof with me. Al I have to do is lay back. Seeing these 4 run around the way they do keeps me up and full of laughter. Relaxation is greatly achieved because of them. I can easily relax when it's just me and them.
Trifelon and his mother, Nita
Where is the one place you must travel to every year ?
I WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TO AFRICA EVERY YEAR, BUT SINCE I'M NOT THERE FINANCIALLY THERE YET, THE NEXT THING TO A PLACE LIKE AFRICA WITH SUCH HOLINESS IS MY BIRTH HOUSE. I CALL IT A SACRED PLACE BECAUSE GOD IS THERE AND I SEE HIM EVERY TIME I PASS UP THAT STREET. ITS THE HOUSE WE WERE ALL BORN IN AND EVERY TIME I PASS UP THAT BLOCK AND SEE THAT HOUSE IT GIVES ME HOPE. IT MOTIVATES ME TO HANDLE MY BUSINESS. IT’S WHERE IT ALL STARTED
What’s your favorite color ?