As the Miami rapper readies his Def Jam debut, Living Legend, he talks about cracking smiles and how not to hurt people.
This feature appears in Complex's August/September 2013 Issue
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My father took me fishing every weekend in Montauk and Sheepshead Bay in New York when I was a kid. It’s a family tradition, starting with my grandfather. It took me out of my usual environment. I enjoyed being out on the water—I’m a Cancer, so water’s my thing. We caught flounder, bluefish, sea bass, a few shark fish, and a bunch of other stuff. The biggest fish I ever caught was a nine-pound bluefish on my ninth birthday. The key is patience and knowing where to go.
Those kids are too good, so I stopped playing Call of Duty and I started playing Fight Night. I’m a sore loser. If I can’t get really good, then I don’t even want to play.
I haven’t been to church in a minute but I believe in God. He’s the one pulling the strings. I say prayers in my head constantly. I’m not perfect but I try to live as righteously as I can. It was by the grace of God that I was able to get on Kendrick Lamar’s “Cartoons and Cereal” and take my career to the next level. I didn’t have to worry about trying to survive for the next year. That was an opportunity—the type of record that makes you. No video, no radio play, no nothing.
People want to be entertained. I was a big fan of wrestling back in the day. I liked Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, Koko B. Ware. That’s my era. That’s me in real life, though. I do wrestling moves in my boxers in front of my girlfriend. She looks at me like I’m crazy, but she laughs. If you listen to my music you wouldn’t know that I like to joke around, because I’m serious, and when I get down to business, I get down to business.
I play Fight Night Champions and Call of Duty: Black Ops because I want to beat up and shoot everybody. Playing those games is how I get those feelings out. That’s my stress relief. I used to play Call of Duty online, but those kids are too good and I couldn’t deal with that shit. My kill/death ratio started dropping, so I stopped playing Call of Duty and I started playing Fight Night and kicking ass at that. I’m a sore loser. If I can’t get really good, then I don’t even want to play.
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