Your debut album Attention Deficit is getting close to dropping…
(interrupts) Yep. November 10th.
Are you ready for it to drop?
I’m absolutely ready for it. For better or worse, I’m ready.
What were you able to do in the time that the album got pushed back to give Attention Deficit a better chance of selling well?
I’ve always been ready, it’s just different because I’ve always had the mentality of an indie artist. A lot of my content was actually about the music industry and how crazy it is but now that I’m actually a part of it, it’s kind of a crazy situation. I always felt my album was ready but certain things weren’t in line. I’m not like a lot of artists. My whole situation is different. I’m not a radio guy. All of the fans I’ve got are from the mixtapes and features I’ve done.
What side of the industry do you like better, being on the come up and not having to worry about what you say or being on the other side of the game, where you get radio and video airplay at major networks but have to watch everything you say and do?
You know, it’s pros and cons of having a record deal, Brian. I feel like I have to be a little more conscious of what I say and I’m somebody that doesn’t have a filter. You know that. Now I kind of gotta watch it but there comes a point where my message is so big that I need a record label to help put me out there and that’s essentially what a record label is. It’s just the driving force behind your message, for better or for worse.
What is your main message today?
I speak for a certain type of person but at the same time, I just make music about emotions. In the ‘70s, people would just make songs about emotions. The music wasn’t trying to impress people. I rarely try to impress. I don’t like to talk about what I got with the exception of a single here and there. I think the music is about to be emotions and feelings. I’ve been making a lot of music recently and even the stuff that’s not on the album, the leaks like “World Tour,” I would do festivals like Glastonbury and it wasn’t really recognized or whatever. Everything was about feelings. The euphoric feeling that you feel when nothing can touch you. The whole album is about raw emotions and I feel like those are the kind of albums that withstand the test of time. A song about a vehicle will go out of style in 10 years and that song no longer has any meaning.
Some of the sons on the album, like “Inhibitions” and “Pretty Girls,” make it seem like Attention Deficit is directed to the females in a large part.
Not even though. When I listen to my album sometimes, I see I have a lot of records that are catered to the women but I think women are more in tune with their emotions and they’re more raw. Men try to guard their emotions and they’re too cool to really be in tune with how they feel. “Inhibitions,” you could look at it like it’s catered to women but it’s just my analysis of it. I used to go to gogo’s with three girls because a lot of the dudes act like females any damn way. I would rather go with real females and learn from them and learn how to get more females. It’s basically my analysis of women. If the girls want to have fun, let me tell you how I perceive girls wanting to have fun. It’s just how any man should analyze a woman.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from hanging around chicks?
The most valuable thing I think is just, I think I have a lot of trust issues. One, just because of what I’ve been through. Two, because of the position I’m in. A lot of people think it’s more than what it is. There’s a lot of connotation behind the term “record deal,” especially in the city where nobody has one. There’s a connotation behind that. That’s one thing I’ve learned.
What does the title “Attention Deficit” mean to you?
I really think the consumer is stingy with what they pay attention to. I think people pay attention to the wrong things. I think people pay attention to what the artist has, like a specific article of clothing or some jewelry rather than their message. There’s guys like Immortal Technique and Mos and Common. They’re not as successful as artists where you only kind of know them for the wrong reasons or whatever. I just think the consumer is more caught up in material things than emotions and feelings. I think more people right now are having a fucked up day because of a girl than having a fucked up day because they crashed their Bentley or their Maybach or whatever car they got. I just think that people are really stingy with what they’re willing to pay attention to and there’s a certain connotation behind young, Black musicians that’s kind of crazy to me. I’m young and a lot of people in my age bracket, the music they make is about things that don’t necessarily pertain to that lifestyle of another young, Black man without a record deal.
When you look at how music is marketed today, songs don’t have very long staying power. You could drop a song today and have it be on page three of the blogs by tomorrow morning and fans are already asking where your next song is. Do you agree with that?
Exactly! It’ll almost be erased in two or three days because it’s spat out so fast. Let’s be honest. I’m not going to sell a gazillion records and a lot of that has to do with the music that I make and people are not necessarily paying attention to that. But that’s not what I stand for. I’m not going to be an artist selling out stores in the first week but the music that I make for the people who do buy my album, it’s going to affect their life in some way. It’s going to affect the way they treat their girlfriend or how they go to their job or how they feel when things get low. That’s what it’s about. In a day and age where music is so microwavable and so disposable, I try to go against the grain and make things about emotions. I think the fact that I’m shedding light on real issues, my album will stand the test of time and it’s something that’s worth paying attention to.
When you look at something like Raekwon’s album, it’s a great album but it seems like a lot of people are already past it.
It sucks, man. Rae put out a great album and people are kind of over it. It’s crazy because in ’95, you could bump a tape for a whole year. That would be your shit for a whole year. I don’t think consumers are willing to accept another legend, if it makes any sense. I don’t think they’re ready to embrace anybody. A person said this to me about Black people but I apply the same ideology to hip-hop lovers. Like if I’m dropping a song or I’m playing sports or whatever and I’m the starting quarterback, a lot of people will pat me on the back while others are trying to find someone who could play better and it’s the same with hip-hop music. It’s so easy to become a “star” or become notable or whatever that everybody wants to do it and there’s too many people out there right now. Nobody’s on the dance floor and everybody’s in V.I.P. or everybody’s in the game and nobody’s on the bench. Even the cheerleaders are playing. They got pads.
Like powder puff?
Yeah. And I support so many indie artists and stuff like that, but it’s almost like you can’t even really embrace nothing. Why can’t Raekwon have his month, have his two months or his three months where his album is the only thing we need in the genre to support? Why can’t Jay have his month where we all know Blueprint 3 is the bible of all hip-hop right now? It’s all about, “That’s was cool, but did you hear this da-da-da mixtape?” Come on, man. That mixtape was made in 15 minutes but you just want to oppose. People are so quick to oppose and it’s scary because what does that say? You don’t see motherfucking Kenny Chesnutt or whatever his name is, Cody Chesney or whatever his name is, you don’t see him dropping an album and then they’re saying, “Nah, you ain’t hear that Tim McGraw though.” Whatever them boys names is. You don’t see that. You don’t see Miley Cyrus dropping an album and her fans are saying that the Pink album is where it’s at.
Hip-hop, it was built on competition but at the same time, it’s overdone now. It’s too much. Support to the genre. Everybody’s got an opinion and everybody’s opinion leads into a rallying call against a specific artist. Why don’t we support Raekwon? Why can’t we just support Ghost? Why can’t we just support Mos Def? Why? Is that a crime? It’s riding dick though. If I’m in an interview and I say Mos Def is the shit or K’Naan is the shit, I’m riding dick. But back then you could get shouted out off the love and it wasn’t called riding dick. The love is gone from the artists and the love is gone from the fans. You gotta be making money with a nigga to shout him out on the record. There’s no more love. It’s all about a dollar. On a smaller scale, there’s people like me and J. Cole and Back to the Feature was my homage to doing features without the dollar and now it’s about who’s got who on the record. What happened, man? What happened? You don’t see fucking Keyshia Cole and Beyonce talking about who got who. Why is it like that? What happened? And it’s a spiral, snowball effect because what happened with the fans, it’ll trickle down with the fans. The love is gone, man. The love is gone. The love of the sport, it’s not a sport no more. It’s wrestling, for real.
Does that not make you want to try as hard to be creative?
Nah. It just puts me in my small bubble. I’m very standoffish now. I got about three or four friends that’s into rap. Maybe five. I got Bun and Currency and Joe and the Slaughterhouse dudes, but I don’t know no more. A lot of people, I just don’t know. The love is gone, man. You got these blogs and everybody says this is wack and everybody overreacts to shit. Remember ’94 and ’95? The only arguing was if you were playing Jay or Biggie. You could play both of these. Now it’s “You heard B.O.B? I’m listening to Drake.” You could only like one rapper these days. There’s no variety. Or all your songs gotta sound the same. You can’t push the envelope.
Hip-hop was dying to push the envelope. Listen to “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me.” That shit didn’t have no motherfucking hook. Let a new nigga come out with a song without a motherfucking hook on it. Oh. They’re going to hang him. He don’t stand a chance. What happened? What happened? This is almost a rhetorical question. Anybody who’s reading this interview, comment below and tell HipHopGame and me what happened. Why can’t you make a song without a hook on it? Why can’t you shout somebody out because you like them and not have it called dick riding? Why can’t people go out and buy more than one album and support one artist? Why does it have to be “Fuck Cudi because I like Drake”? Or “Fuck all the freshman. I know niggas that’s better.” If you keep assassinating the artists, you’re going to kill the motherfucking game.
I don’t even know what is going on no more. I don’t know. It’s so hard to tell. I made a record, “Chillin'.” It was what it was. It served its purpose. It’s almost gold on iTunes. It had a certain purpose but obviously my heart is more in “Pretty Girls” because that’s my hometown. I want to push the envelope but you can’t do that no more unless you already went platinum. You can’t push the envelope.
Do people try to get you to diss other relatively new artists like Kid Cudi and Drake?
Nah. The separation is natural. Now if we’re talking about two dudes who are my personal friends like Drake and Kid Cudi, we talk on the phone and all that, we’re talking about a guy who’s emphasis is melody and music for a specific type of person. Me and Cudi probably wouldn’t have hung out in high school. I watch sports all day and I like sports and he likes what he likes. Drake, same thing. I think the music shows that. Even fashion. Come on. Let’s really pay attention to the fashion differences. But they’ll always put us in the same category and it’s not fair to either one of us.
Did you hear what Sean Price said on “Figure Four” about you and other new artists?
I ain’t thinking about that man, yo. The dude said “I don’t Wale with these new niggas.” I was given his phone number to hit him and I’ll probably hit him eventually but for real, whatever. You mad. Sean Price. What exactly was the rhyme?
He said he doesn’t parlay with a crew, because he runs around by himself, but he doesn’t “Wale and the new dudes.”
The thing is, when he was out, there was nobody before them. They was the only crew. They was the only class. So they ain’t really had no opposers like that. They ain’t have nobody. I got O.G.’s man. I got O.G.’s that I can call. He’s not one of my O.G.’s but I got older people that have been in the game that tell me to keep doing my thing like Black Thought, Talib and Jay. They all support what I’m doing and whatever. It’s just one person that just don’t like what I’m doing. I know I speak for the people and I keep it 100% honest. I’m not talking about I’m robbing niggas and shooting niggas. Nuh uh. I talk about real shit. If he don’t like it, cool. I appreciate your opinion, my G.
With all the grinding you’ve done over the years, do you want to be lumped into the new artists that haven’t been working as hard over the years?
I can’t control that, Brian. I can’t control that. They’re going to lump me with whoever because we’re the same age and we have some of the same fans. Drake has more fans. It’s not fair to lump us all in. I talked about it in “The Sun is in the Sky” where I talk about how they put me in the skinny jeans crew. I would rather talk about issues and the things I like. Cudi’s music is more designed for having a bad day and getting away and let’s be euphoric but people put us in the same category. We’re both against what has been successful and normal in hip-hop but we’re both very different people and different artists.
In “My Sweetie” you talk about liking your jolof with lots of pepper. What’s the best recipe for that?
The best way to enjoy it is with some baked chicken. I like it kind of spicy but I could do it both ways. Maybe not as spicy. Not as spicy. My mother makes it too spicy. All my aunts make it right.
Is that an instant in with fans on the road if they come up to the bus with a bowl of jolof rice?
Nah! I mean, are you talking about a girl?
See, I wouldn’t just eat anybody’s rice, dog. It’s gotta be perfect. Only my mother or aunt could make it. I can’t have no fans cooking that African food. I don't eat that much African food. I just eat that.
I’m not trying to get you in trouble with girls. You were just on the front page of MediaTakeOut. Did you ever think that day would come?
Man, (laughs) you know, once I realized that this industry is like high school, I realized that my time in the tabloids was going to come. This industry is just like high school. That’s all that is.
How did you enjoy being the lead item on MediaTakeOut? Is that an achievement?
I haven’t been on MediaTakeOut all day.
Apparently you and Solange are looking for an apartment together in Manhattan.
Wow. I haven’t even been in New York in so long. It’s crazy. I think MediaTakeOut is run by people who randomly…It’s like Family Guy when they were like, Hey, that’s like the time I went to Jupiter with James Brown and then they cut back to James Brown. They’re like, Wale and Solange are looking for a house, somebody told us that. And then they have up pictures from two months ago. Nothing happened today? Y’all didn’t have nobody to fuck with today?
In this industry or in life in general, you meet fucked up people and you meet good people and I think one of the keys to pursuing happiness is that the good people embrace it and let you be a part of their life and she’s one of the few good people that I’ve met and she happens to be a woman. She’s definitely a close friend.
And I’ve been on tour. The Blueprint 3 tour.
I’d like to believe you, but MediaTakeOut says you were in New York and buying an apartment. I’m gonna have to take their word.
(laughs) Nah, nah.
How do you like being referred to as Solange’s “rapper boyfriend”?
I’m a very proud individual so I don’t know how I feel about that.
So what’s it like being on the other side of the industry right now?
I think my mission statement is, no pun intended, but for the most part, fuck the industry and it’s all about the people. You just gotta touch the people. 2Pac was on some “I just want the people to know that I care about them and what they’re going through” and that’s what I stand for. I just want the people to know that I care about them and I care about my fans. I care about my music. I know it’s frustrating when my album gets pushed back but I just want to keep giving them songs over and over and over again until my album comes out on November 10. When you hear my album, you’ll just hear the sincerity. Girls hit me that the second verse on “Inhibitions” is what they talk about at work with their girls. It’s all about touching the people.
What made you want to get Gucci Mane on “Pretty Girls”?
What is the general consensus on that?
I couldn’t honestly tell you either way.
I think it’s been good responses. The whole idea about Gucci Mane is that anybody who reads this article from D.C. can vouch, when I was younger Master P used to come and play with the gogo band and Scarface used to come and U.G.K. used to come and Juvenile and B.G. and Nicki Minaj and basically I’m indirectly trying to pay homage to Atlanta or the South and the love that they’ve showed my city for so many years. There’s tapes that still exist of Juvenile doing gogo versions of his songs. These are songs that we used to go to the gogo’s and pay $30 or $40 apiece to hear him play with a band. Basically me putting Gucci on that is like we have a gogo in D.C. and Gucci is on the bill and there’s a Backyard record and Gucci is on it. That’s pretty much what it is. People can say what they want to say but Gucci Mane makes good music. Some love it and some hate it, but music is designed to make people feel good and “Pretty Girls” is a record designed to make people feel good and I just wanted an artist who kind of represented that not over thinking it and just wanting to have some fun and I think Gucci Mane was the best choice and I’m glad we got him on the project.
Why do so many people love Gucci Mane?
You’re married, right?
Okay. So you go to the club much?
Boom. See. That’s the dynamic of Gucci Mane. People will say that Gucci’s this and Gucci’s that. They don’t go out much. I’ve gone to the club where everybody in there looks like they blog and they say F-this and he’s got no lyrical content, but when “Wasted” comes on, it instantly changes to “this song makes me feel good” and that’s what music is. You don’t over think everything. You gotta understand, The New Boyz are different from Tribe. Gucci is different than Talib. It’s two different things and I think that once people learn to differentiate the two, they’ll enjoy music more and accept it for what it is. Some music is designed to not even listen to the words but listen to the cadence. Have you ever seen how the girls react to when “Photo Shoot” comes on? How do you not want that man on your record? It feels good. The music feels good.
I’ll take your word for it.
Go to any major city – Chicago, D.C., North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch when they play those Gucci songs. They feel good. The guy’s got a knack for making records. It’s about connecting with the people. On “Pretty Girls,” it’s about, “sunshine in the air, perfume everywhere, girls are everywhere.” What do you think the record is going to be about? It ain’t gonna be about molecular science. It ain’t gonna be about global warming. That’s what we’re on now for this particular moment. Gucci Mane is an incredible artist when it comes to connecting with the people. I’m not going to make no street records, but when it comes to talking about girls, that’s something that I know a lot about and I know that a song called “Pretty Girls,” I think he’s the perfect person to articulate on such a subject. A lot of people were mad at it and a lot of people liked it.
Are you happy with how “Chillin'” is doing?
It’s one of those things, people were mad at that as well but I’m connecting with the people. There’s a specific type of person who already knew that Lady Gaga was going to blow up and I was one of them. Every song is about something on the album. Every song on the album is about something and it’s about connecting with the people and I think you start to disconnect when you talk about yourself too much.
A lot of rappers are great at talking about themselves. Was it hard not focusing on yourself?
I just talked about things that I think people want to hear. “90210” is a record where I’m talking about a kid from P.G. County that’s wondering why a girl is doing something. “Beautiful Bliss” is a song about me being in my Lexus and feeling good about life.
Overall, do you think you did everything you needed to for Attention Deficit?
I really love my album. I’ll probably have to deal with something with the label because they’ll hear me saying there were things I didn’t like about my album. There’s records that I didn’t like that much and I didn’t put them on my album. Interscope was really generous because I see how they treat their artists. “Hood Diary,” I can’t say enough about how much I love that record. It just feels like Black Star. It’s got TV on the Radio and K’Naan. I love it. It just feels like Black Star, like Mos and Talib. It feels like that. And “Beautiful Bliss,” me getting a verse from J. Cole and giving him a shot. I didn’t know he was going to be on the biggest selling record of the year. I thought I was going to give him his first shot on an album.
We got a record with me, Melanie and J. Cole where I spit a 16, he does a 24 and then I do another 16. I just wanted him to go. You even hear me cheering him on in the verse. I love to see dudes prosper and I’m just so happy about the album. There were some songs we couldn’t clear the sample and it was actually Tata of Roc Nation who said it had to make the album. There’s a story behind every record. There’s literally a story. My album was completely different six months ago. There were five or six songs that weren’t on there at first. I did a record called “Short Bus” about a kid in special ed produced by Green Lantern. I got a song with John Mayer that didn’t make it because everything on there is so dope. I got “Ice and Rain” that’s so dope that didn’t make it. There are so many records. I’m ecstatic about the record.
Did the album come out better than you thought it would when you got started on it?
It definitely came out different. It definitely came out different. It was going to have one cohesive sound and then it turned out that everybody does that. Everybody tries to have the all soul sample or the all electro album. It’s called Attention Deficit. It’s all over the place. Life, as a whole, is ADD. No matter what you do, who you go with, what you wear, the outcome will be different. For instance, February 10, 2008 will definitely be different than February 10, 2011 even if you go to the same places with the same people. Each track is like that.
It’s all over the place on purpose because that’s what emotion is. We’re all bipolar or tripolar. Something can just piss you off so much that it can fuck your day up or you can get a kiss from your girlfriend and it will turn your whole day around. And to put that in one album, it wouldn’t be one sound. I talk about not wanting to be “politically correct but I won’t rest until I’m given my respect/And my vision isn’t set on the money I get.” I’m coming for everybody. What’s up? I’m here. And it ends with “I’m hip-hop, past, present and future.” It’s almost like saying the same thing but two different ways and that’s the spoken word part of the album and it comes in aggressive with Fela-like drums and it ends like a fucking poetry reading almost.
When I interviewed your manager Daniel Weisman, a lot of people really liked that. How effective has he been as your manager?
He’s amazing. He’s good at what he does. He’s young. He’s younger than most of the rappers out right now. He’s young and he gets it. And the unfortunate thing about this music industry is that it’s run by a lot of old people and they were good but there’s a different way to market things now and it’s unfortunate for a lot of young artists because the music is cutting edge but a lot of people in the suits don’t understand. There’s a lot of artists that have great ideas for how their music should be marketed and the labels don’t get it because they’ve been doing the same thing for years.
You know how an artist’s music determines whether they stay on the label or not? I think if you’re already in a 360 deal, they should tell you where their marketing dollars go because then if it fails, there’s even more reason to drop you. The music wasn’t good and the marketing wasn’t good, so go. If you’re marketing it and your ideas don’t work, then you have to go. When I start my own situation, that’s how I think I’m going to do it. Niggas are smart, man. Niggas know what the fuck the people want.
I used to be in Platinum Nightclub every night and passing them out. I had half of the club cheering and half of the club booing to selling out every show and having NBA players not able to get in. I went from being in a city that nobody has came out of to making my way out and signing with Jay and Mark Ronson. I was obviously doing something right and there’s tons and tons of artists that you guys post on your site and they know how to market themselves and I pray that when they get their own opportunity, the suits let them go with it. Why not? It’s their idea. If the people like it, it’s going to work anyway. There’s thousands and thousands of dollars being burnt up and spent on stupid things. Let’s say an artist spends $150,000 on one video. Another could do two for $75,000 and have one go to BET and one be more raunchy and go straight to the internet. Why not? It’s just an idea.
Do you have any sales goals for Attention Deficit?
I’m a special case. The people who like me seem to be very passionate about liking my music. But at the same time, a lot of people don’t know who I am and they’re not really aware so I don’t really have any goals. I don’t care if I do 10 or 20,000. I really don’t…And you know, I think a lot of my fans don’t care how much I sell. They just want to hear good music and that’s what I represent – good music over everything.
Can your Redskins turn it around this year?
Oh, man, I can’t even talk about that, man. That shit breaks my heart.
As a Giants fan, I think the Redskins are doing great. They shouldn’t change a thing.
I don’t even want to talk about the Giants. Those guys are spoiled. They got their ass handed to them by the Saints though.
And you guys lost to the Lions.
And the Chiefs. But I’m such a fan and I’m not going to let the hometown team ruin the season. Let’s just enjoy it for better or worse. Fuck it. We lost. I still want to watch Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football and the 4:00 game and Thursday night game and college. We suck too bad. We’re not good right now. We have a lot of talent but we’re not good.
You don’t have a lot to look forward to in basketball this year either.
I’m more of a Cavs fan. I like what they bring to basketball. I think they have a lot of fun. I like teams that just have fun. You know they have plays but you can tell they just do anything they want to do and they just run what they want to run. I like the energy.
Have you been following Curb Your Enthusiasm this year?
No, man. I fell off. I only had time for one show – Entourage. I still watch Family Guy.
Entourage keeps getting worse for me.
Nah, it’s good. The characters grow. They’re not necessarily the characters at first. They’re not necessarily the characters people fell in love with at first. Pause.
Is the new season worth watching when it comes out on DVD?
Absolutely! I think the new characters are showing a lot of growth this year.
If your life is Entourage, is Dan your E?
Nah, man. I don’t have an E. I got nobody. My life could never compare to Entourage. I’m not that relevant yet, contrary to popular belief.
Who’s gonna be your Turtle when you are relevant enough?
Damn. I don’t know. I need to find a friend who dates a popular actress.
You could put a Twitter post up about it.
I don’t know. I think my popularity, I often think that people overestimate my fanbase.
You didn’t Twitter during this interview, did you?
I haven’t Twittered in a couple of days.
How did it feel when Semtex caught you Twittering about how you didn’t like interviews when you were being interviewed by him?
It was weird but I knew in my heart that I wasn’t talking to him or about him in any form. Me and Semtex are real cool now. I didn’t think twice. I knew in my heart I wasn’t talking about him. I was driving and I wanted to answer my mother and I was going through a lot of family business. My publicist was calling me and I had baby formula in my car and I was answering my cousins…This is when I was living in New York and just trying to run errands and be a family man. I hate interviews!
Do interviews ever get boring when you’re answering the same five questions?
When I do an interview with HipHopGame, it’s more like a conversation. It can get monotonous when you get the same questions. I get in cruise control and just do this. But HipHopGame and some of the other sites, they know everything already so the questions they ask are about things they don’t know and most times, they’re questions that I have not answered before.
Are you happy with how the Roc Nation deal is working out for you?
That’s incredible, man. I got love for my whole team. It was a little rocky at first but I guess people were trying to figure me out. There’s so many good opinions there. Jay-Z is being Jay-Z the artist right now so I can call Jay Brown and ask him about a record and to be able to see them dudes every day on tour, it’s an incredible feeling. It’s only me and J. Cole. I really appreciate all of their help. What a lot of people don’t know is that Tata had a lot to do with Ne-Yo and Jay Brown as well. When I hear about Roc Nation, I think about all of those guys, that family. If I got a record that’s catered to women, I can go up there and ask them what they think. When I come up there, I get really inspired to make music.
What did you think of The Blueprint 3?
I love it. I don’t know how…It’s pushing the envelope. It’s Jay-Z talking that fly shit on there. It’s an incredible album. I don’t know how anybody could say the song “Thank You” is bad. I don’t know. I don’t get it.
Are you driving the Mercedes SL 65 from your “Chillin” video?
Nah. That was the Sultan’s or something. He was a Persian king and he was a fan of my music so he let me drive it. But my black 550 is on its way.
Maybe I can get a ride someday.
I’ll scoop you. I’m doing the Lexus thing right now but as soon as the tour’s over I might do the S-600.
That’s a good problem to have.
Oh, absolutely! I’m not rich but I like to have a little something when I’ve worked vigorously. The people around me have told me to just enjoy things in life. I spend a lot of my free time chilling in my basement watching TV all day. Now I’m learning how to go to Malibu and chill and just relax and just enjoy different things and it’s making an impact on my music. The stuff that I’ve been writing recently has been a little more diverse.
You got about two weeks until the album drops. How are you going to sell the album to the fans still on the fence about supporting it?
November 10th! Hey, look, what I want to tell everybody is that if you like it, love it, hate it, whatever, HipHopGame is one of the sites that started me off two years ago and I’m living proof that grinding pays off. I remember emailing HipHopGame about putting my record on “Rhyme of the Century” and it took a year and a half and when it did go up, the fans made me. I’m living proof. The grinding does pay off, for better or for worse. Whether I do a million or 20,000, the fact that I’m a kid from P.G. area got a chance to release an album nationally, HipHopGame has a lot to do with that and I just hope that they come out and support me on November 10.
Whether you sell drugs, go to school or are homeless, it doesn’t matter. You have a heart and you have emotions. The album has emotions. It’s about how I felt. I came in the door and came in the game and I feel this way. Hip-hop is unbalanced and it got out of hand. I feel this way. These are my feelings. I’m not riding, shining and shooting. Nah. This is how I feel. If you felt or you feel anything, whether it’s love, hate or lust, it completely addresses those emotions.