Saying He Used To Shoot Tec-9s As A Baby

When? January 2008

What happened? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lupe said “We were shooting Tec-9s when we were babies, so the whole gangsta image—that ain't nothing. When I was growing up, there was a crack house next door to us and they were trying to expand. My father was like, ‘Are you serious?’ He took his gun, walked next door, and said, 'You're done,' while I aimed my gun out of the window. I was 13 or 14, and to see that, a lot of the facade and the upkeep [of trying] to impress people was eliminated very early for me.”

Complex says: Maybe a young teen isn’t exactly a “baby,” but when you’re helping your dad keep crack dealers away from the crib, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.