How Ice Cube Helped Him
“When the hurricane [of Cash Money drama] hit, Ice Cube sent me $50,000 and I don’t even know Ice Cube. You know why? Because I was going through the same exact thing he went through [with N.W.A.].
When the hurricane [of Cash Money drama] hit, Ice Cube sent me $50,000 and I don’t even know Ice Cube. You know why? Because I was going through the same exact thing he went through [with N.W.A.].
“He told me, ‘Knowing your future, just know good things are gonna come to you.’ He said, ‘Man, I lost everything. Friends, family, everything. Nobody wanted to be affiliated with me, do no business with me. I [could] only call on Chuck D and them to help me out.’
“He said, ‘As long as you’re not messing over nobody and you treat people right—treat people how you wanna be treated—it’s something big out there for you in the future.’ That really touched me. I don’t know if he knew it, but he’s one of them cats that I really put on a pedestal. I thought Ice Cube was one of the most successful rap artists ever.
“He took it from one thing to another thing and he was real good at it. So I always said that if I was gonna try to follow in somebody’s footsteps in the music industry he would be the guy, because I liked how he do things.”
His Advice To Younger Artists
“Just know that it's 95 percent business and 5 percent talent. If you can learn about the business and what you're worth, know what your mechanical percentages is...Cats don't even know what publishing is. Cats don't even know how to break a song down. Learn those things and you'll pretty much be alright.
“If you can't learn it in lawyers’ languages, learn it in layman's terms. Tell your lawyer that you got or whoever you working with, ‘Hey man, how much money am I making A, C, D.’ You making 75 cents? 50 cents? A dollar? These are the things that you need to know because then what if you sell three of four million records and you over here sitting there trying to figure out, ‘Well damn, how much money did I make?’
“You’ve got to learn the difference between gross and net. People don't understand these things and they really get killed in this music industry. Sometimes you learn from taking your losses. And I've taken my fair share of losses.”