Vince Staples: "Everybody was gang banging. Literally everybody, like every single person. Even square niggas. That's the big misconception. Niggas think you have to be a baggy pants type nigga, but niggas get shot by the squarest niggas because those are the ones that are scared. Everybody did that shit. I did it, my daddy did it, my momma did that shit, and all my brothers did it.

"My little brother just got 13 years a couple months ago. He's been in and out of jail since he was 15. It's really the culture. I don't try to push that with my music because it's nothing I feel like anybody needs to be pushing. I'm from here so that's corny to me. There's a story behind that shit, there's a way to rap about it and niggas don't do it right. You won't last six months in this before you see a nigga die or go to jail. After that, it gets old real fast.

 

I would tell my mom, 'These ni**as over here are tripping,' she would say, 'Go get them then.' She would drive me to go fight and all of that. She didn't want me to be soft. She grew up in it too, and she grew up when it was worse.

 

"I never did anything really stupid and got caught. I never hid anything from my mom. She's been through it all and she knows more than I know about that shit. I would tell my mom, 'These niggas over here are tripping,' and she would say, 'Go get them then.' She would drive me to go fight and all of that. She didn't want me to be soft. My mom always knew what I was doing at all times. My mom went to court with me after some bullshit happened at school. My mom was in court, and knew exactly what to say because she understood it. She grew up in it too, and she grew up when it was worse, so she knows that I wasn't a troublemaker.

"I was never a troublemaker, but I'm loyal to where I come from. A lot of people don't understand that it's more of, 'I live over here I have to deal with this. These are the only niggas that care about me so of course I'm going to be a part of this shit.' It isn't about being cool or wearing colors or nothing, it's about where you live at and having respect for that neighborhood.

"People know where you're from because they know your face, they know where you live, and they know your homies so you can wear whatever you want. The only thing niggas still do is hats with logos. And now niggas don't even wear hats, they get that tatted on their face."