One of the essential themes of God’s Son was the relationship with your mother. Then Street’s Disciple shed light on your relationship with the police. What are some of the essential themes that you’re talking about with Hip Hop is Dead?
First I want to say I love Jim Jones, I love everybody in rap music and this record is for all the rappers and all the DJs who I love. The rap game is coming to an end. This is not nothing new, it’s just an artist fucking the shit. The difference between it is the vibe of it, the feel of it. Whatever I want to do, it doesn’t matter, nothing matters.
Why do you say it like that?
Say it like what?
That nothing matters.
It doesn’t matter, the groups I like and the things I like about the rap game have nothing to do with the way things work and the way records sell. Like you said there’s some artists that are not happy with their album and it’s probably their best album. But why aren’t people supporting it?
The rap game is coming to an end.
Because it feels like people are caught up in the hype, they caught up in some fake shit, so that’s what’s really killing this is shit. This shit is over the top mainstream, which is good and bad. Artists live for that, they love hip-hop so they might as well be like, ‘Fuck hip-hop.’ Do what you want. And then you know what, you might start being more creative.
You feel like you’re more creative on this album, more people say that. Street’s Disciple is great, you were really moved do you feel you were able to extend on that with this album?
You know what that record did? That record was that record, it was personal. With this record it's another moment, it’s a place niggas ain’t gone yet. It’s brand new ground, every time I put out a new album. That’s the excitement and the joy I get out of it.
With this project it’s with you and Jay, how close did you guys work on the album?
I think we started out fucking with it, it was just cool, getting that connectivity in the studio and then we just went off and did their own thing.
When you say started out you guys were actually in the studio? Kicking out deals around and stuff together?
Ok, so was it like him helping you pick beats or anything? Yeah if we’re in the studio, we’re helping everything, we’re brainstorming so where there’s a beat or idea or whatever there was some brainstorming done definitely.
What would you say with this album was the difference? What difference did he bring to this project, since obviously he wasn’t involved in any of your other projects?
He’s on it.
Right, “Black Republicans.”
How was that like? What was it like recording with him? cause you know that’s something people have been waiting a long time to see or to hear.
That shit was fun, it was exciting, the studio was like a party.
It was like a party in there that night?
What was the session like we’re there a lot of people in there?
Not a lot of people, but definitely a few people there, it was like a party.
Describe the vibe of it. Where you guys playing video games for a little bit then went and did your verses? What were you guys doing in there? What was it like in there?
I'ma let that just be. Whoever was there maybe talks about it later.
How did you guys come up with the concept for “Black Republicans”? I heard is real political.
It just came. It just happened. It’s something that niggas need to listen to, it’s real shit, probably the realest shit we’ve heard in years, some real shit.
There’s been times where girls chase my car down the block causing traffic jams but this was early in my career.
Everybody see’s how happy you are with Kelis and everything. You had a real personal song, I think this was recorded during the I Am... time “Poppa Was A Playa,” where you talk about him being like a rolling stone. And you talk about when you first started being a rapper you kind of started seeing the same things, does that ever worry you about your ability to be faithful? You were talking about how you and your father were both playas?
Yeah that came about seven years ago. When I think about that time, I was definitely in that space, that was years ago. And then again you start feeling yourself, it is what it is. And from the moment I got in the game, I wasn’t loyal or nothing. I couldn’t have just one girl, that wasn’t my style. I wanted that but I couldn’t, I was everywhere.
Would you say that there’s anything in particular you learned watching your parent’s relationship that helped you with you and Kelis? Your relationship with her?
Yeah they had a strained relationship. They separated when I was young, so I see how it affects the family and all of that. I had my own ideas on how I wanted make my situation different. And especially me, something public like this, they didn’t have to deal with nothing public. So it’s just how you do things, it has to be done right.
Yeah I feel you. One of the things a lot of people say is that whether you’re famous or whatever, is that it’s crazy once you get girl mad girls trying to get at you. Then you’re like ‘Yo I’m going to break up with her, I got all these girls and I want to break up.’ So have you noticed that since you’re married, more girls are trying to get at you?
Nah, not really I can’t say that, there’s been times where girls chase my car down the block causing traffic jams but this was early in my career. But now this is laid back, it’s not like people are chasing my car like that. I could live, I’m a little more relaxed now, everything is easier for me, my whole shit is a lot toned down. They’re at ease, nobody is after me.