According to the Atlanta MC, rappers remain vulnerable to racketeering charges due to a strong devotion to the neighborhoods they grew up in.
“It’s a Catch-22,” Savage explained at the 1:30 mark in the clip above. “It’s like, I can make it and forget about my hood, and then my hood going to be trying to kill me. Or, I can look out for my hood, and I can catch a RICO.”
21 continued, “If you get on and turn your back on your hood, you’re a fuck n***a. They gonna take your jewelry, they gonna show the world, ‘He ain’t even like that. He’s a bitch.’ If you take care of your hood, you’re a fucking leader.”
According to Savage, hip-hop artists need to be more cognizant about the risks of spending time in their old stomping grounds.
“If you want to be a n***a hanging on the block, just know that you can get killed hanging on the block, rapper or not. That’s how it go,” he said at the 3:30 mark.
When asked if he’s concerned about being vulnerable to catching a RICO case, the “Knife Talk” spitter maintained that the best way to steer clear of the courtroom is to be cautious when it comes to helping the neighborhood.
“It depends on the relationship you got with the hood,” he shared at the 5:00 mark. “If those really your brothers, when your life change, their lives are supposed to change. … It’s not gonna work for everybody. … Some n***as gonna die, some n***as gonna go to jail. Some n***as gonna be successful, though. … You just gotta provide avenues for that shit…that’s the goal, to pull n***as out [of the hood].”
Watch 21’s full discussion with Math Hoffa up top.