About one month after he was sentenced to 20 years in prison on drugs- and weapons-related charges, the Watts-bred rapper spoke to Billboard about his place in hip-hop and how his incarceration might be beneficial to his career. In fact, Greedo insists his legacy will one day be greater than those of some music legends.
“Bigger than Michael Jackson. Up there with Bob Marley and shit,” he told Billboard. “Melodically, lyrically and creatively, the way I move, the way I change things for my community, is what’s going to make people love me as a revolutionary. I ain’t sitting here trying to be a Black Panther, I ain’t sitting here trying to be nothing that was already out.”
In previous interviews, The Wolf of Grape Street artist previously said he is sitting on more than a dozen full-length projects—one of which is a collaboration with Mustard—and intends to complete 30 albums before he begins his sentence. Greedo said he’d rather dedicate his energy to creating good work rather than thinking about his verdict.
“I’m focused on being the best rapper of this generation. Let’s talk about the things that I do that people praise me for, not my downfalls,” he said. “I want to focus on the 30 albums I’m going to drop. I can’t go anywhere, get off any plane, and not get noticed. I’m the biggest thing of this generation. I’m the Culture God. I’m the thing that’s changing the world. That’s what people need to focus on about me.”
Greedo’s prison sentence stems from a 2016 arrest in Amarillo, Texas. The rapper was taken into custody after officers pulled his vehicle over and allegedly discovered “four pounds of methamphetamine and two stolen pistols” in the trunk, according to Passion of the Weiss. He ultimately pled guilty to possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Greedo went on to express his frustration with the justice system, suggesting his punishment may have been less severe if he wasn’t a successful rapper.
“This is not normal. This is a trap.... The legal system is fucked up,” he told Billboard. “They know what they’re doing. I feel like when I caught the case, they didn’t know I was a rapper. When they found out I was a rapper, they wanted to hurry up and make me take that deal.”
You can read Greedo’s full interview here.