Well you would always do more for love...
Yeah, most definitely. And here’s something else that He put on my heart—and that’s to give back to your community. I can’t understand these brothers that make it, and they know they can run like they can run, they can shoot like they can shoot, they can play like they can play because of all these guys they played with in the hood. You know what I’m saying?
That competitiveness that they had in the hood is what shape and mold them and make them what they are. They know where they come from but through selfishness they disown the hood. And for them to disown where they come from to me is a major slap in the face. So that’s a message from God.
What are some of the things you can point to that you’ve done to give back?
I know you built a boxing gym.
Yeah but it’s deeper than that. I built a lot of things in the community. I contribute to a lot of things in the community. But what’s more important that that to me is the wisdom that I share in the commmunity. Because at the end of the day that’s more imporant than money and gold and silver and rubies and all of that. You can feed a man a fish or you can teach him how to fish. When I give wisdom I feel like I’m teaching them to fish.
That comes back to your artists, like Trae, who’s running his own business.
Trae gonna get there too, cause he’s got a work ethic that’s out of this world. In the hood they say “game recognize game” and I’m saying entrepreneurs recognize entrepreneurs.
That’s what made America great, right? It worked for the Bush family.
What about the Kennedys? Before the Bushes. Joe Kennedy was a hustler. I can’t knock it. He figured out a way to diversify his portfolio. And boy I love it. Working together works.
Speaking of diversifying, I’ve been seeing posters for Strapped condoms. What can you tell me about that?
First of all, Strapped is two things that I like to do. I like making money and I like giving back to my community. Of course you know we’re not condoning sex before marriage and all of that. But the reality is people gonna do things.
And with our race being the number one victimes of AIDS and HIV, I came up with this vision to stay strapped. I think I was looking at a condom and my pistol when I came up with the name. Stay strapped. Because the gun used to be the number-one killer. But now we gottta look out for the AIDS, the HIV, the teenage pregnancy and all of that. So I think it’s an excellent tool to contribute to the safe sex thing and to the hip-hop generatino. I wanna put it right in their face where they can relate to it. I hope that every artist athlete and everybody will come and contribute to this movement where Strapped is concerened, because we can make a major difference and save a lot of people’s lives.
And the life you save could be your own.
That’s heavy brother. That’s heavy right there.
What do you listen to when you’re relaxing at the ranch or just chilling on Prince Island?
[Laughs.] I do more talking and brainstorming than I do sitting listening to music these days. I don't really have to hear music, you know. Like when I'm at the ranch and places like that, I'd rather listen to the crickets and the frogs and the birds [Laughs.] and things like that. You know what I mean? Sounds of serenity. But I jam sometimes, I jam and tap into everything that's hot today to keep balanced. So I'm not out of sync, but it's not all day every day like it used to be.
Did you hear Watch the Throne?
Yeah. I definitely heard that album. I liked that album a lot.
How about Tha Carter IV ?
Yeah, I hadn't heard Wayne’s complete album but Wayne always hold his own, so I know he jamming.