As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
”When I was a kid, wearing suits annoyed the hell outta me. But now, ain’t nothing like getting fitted for a suit. The Rosewood aesthetic is something that accentuates everybody’s musical talents as well as sets us apart. We feel like we are the upper echelon of hip-hop, so we should look the part. And you’re with Kanye West. You put a lot of thought into everything ’cause he’s going all out all the time. All eyes are on him, so you can’t be lax.”
Money ain’t a thing.
”I definitely don’t care about who has the most money. I’ve always known how to make $100,000 look like $2 million. I value money, but I don’t value it for the way it makes me look to other rappers. I value it in terms of making sure my mother gets what she wants. I came to find out that a lot of people that you think are up there, they’re poor. It’s disheartening to find out that one of your favorite rappers don’t really got paper like that.”
Some things are better left unsaid.
”There are certain things I can’t get into, and Twitter is one of them. Twitter is like a fly pair of kicks some jackass is wearing. Not everybody is a jackass, but there are so many who have turned into thugs over Twitter. Music is great because you can speak through it, and don’t have to answer questions about it. But when you begin to tweet, everything you say is up for discussion. I don’t want anyone to feel like we can really talk.”
Go hard, not home.
”My former manager’s and some good friends’ incarceration forced me to make the most of music. I don’t want their incarceration to be in vain. Now, there’s no way I could even speak to them like, ‘I’m home’—they’re like, ‘You’re home? And I’m here for the next tons of years? Come on, get it going.’ We owe our family and friends the opportunity to see something better materialize because everything with us went bad.”
You used to rap with guys like Fam-Lay and Roscoe P. Coldchain. Now you’re rapping with guys like Big Sean and CyHi Da Prince. What’s the difference for you?
Now that you’re on G.O.O.D. Music and solo, will there be an adjustment to your rapping style?
What is it like for you rolling without Malice?
When you freestyling on Hot 97, you said Malice found religion. Is that true?
Why is this the moment for you to go solo?
Til The Casket DropLaughs.We Got It 4 CheapLaughs.
Are you a rapper now because Malice isn’t here?
You did a lot of posse cuts last year, how do you know whether or not you had the best verse on the song?
Rolling with Kanye, has he put you on to shit?
You went from being the leader of Re-Up to being a team player on G.O.O.D. Music. Is that a win or a loss?
Well, you were the guy yelling at the end of the songs...