Get to know the Miami-born producer/rapper who reps the Raider Klan.
Earlier this week, after posting a photo of himself hanging out with A$AP Rocky, Soulja Boy decided to start a Twitter beef with SpaceGhostPurrp. The “Crank That” rapper promised to see Space in the streets and bizarrely even threatened to eat his face. While SpaceGhost did respond to Soulja, he seemed more bemused than enraged.
This latest social media spat comes only a week after Rocky himself called out SpaceGhost on Twitter, words that SpaceGhost seemed to take more personally. When Dat PMF was asked about SGP at last weekend's BET Awards, Rocky dismissed him as "corny" and said he should "stick to making beats." It would appear that Rocky and SpaceGhost have gone from being friends and collaborators (Space produced on Live.Love.A$AP and also contributed some verses) to strangers at best.
All of which is unfortunate because Space seems to be coming into his own right now. The 21-year-old Miami native has been buzzing since last year when he dropped his Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 project, but he really took it to another level this year with the release of his new album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, which Complex chose as one of the Best Albums of 2012 (So Far).
That's why we just had to get on the horn with him to find out Who Is SpaceGhostPurrp? The Miami rapper told us how the death of his best friend changed his life, how people mistake his kindess for weakness, and shared his perspective on what really happened between him and the A$AP Mob.
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)
Growing Up in Miami
Growing Up in Miami
SpaceGhostPurrp: “I'm born and raised in Miami. Risco Park in North Miami is where I'm originally from. I was like a child that’s growing up in every other black neighborhood.
“I went to this school called Nolan Elementary and if you said you was a rapper you had to bring that shit. We went to school, we rapped, had a little cipher. I’m talking about 3rd grade shit, everybody out in the hallway rapping.
Miami is like a chessboard. You gotta pay attention, watch what you say, what you do, how you say it. It’s easy to die.
“Miami is like a chessboard. You gotta pay attention, watch what you say, what you do, how you say it. It’s easy to die. Niggas die fast. Niggas don’t gangbang down here, niggas just kill. Shit is real. South Florida is fucked up.
“The only way to survive through Florida is you gotta be a humble nigga, you gotta show respect and you gotta be observant. There's a lot of other cities like Miami: Chicago, Oakland, Brooklyn. There's a lot of humble niggas out there. When you a child you don’t know about really being humble like that, but as you get older you make mistakes and learn from the bullshit you put on yourself.
“Down here, if you try to portray yourself as somebody you’re not it’s not gonna last. Niggas are gonna see through you. It’s easy to be exposed down here so what you gotta do is chill. That’s why if you come to Miami—especially if you go to the hood—you’re not gonna see too many people outside all day trying to be out, trying to be famous. Niggas get money and niggas chilling—that’s one thing we like doing. We laid-back, humble niggas.
“The mistakes I made [growing up] was just doing dumb shit. I was making dumb decisions, getting in trouble with my friends, falling out with my friends, and fighting with my friends. I’m learning [from], all the altercations I've been in and all the friends I've lost. I've lost a couple of friends.”
Learning to Rap
Learning to Rap
SpaceGhostPurrp:“I started rapping when I was 7. I would always be in the crib writing and putting all my raps in a shoebox with my brother Dolo the Don. My cousin—O.G. Dot, he's in Raider Klan—he used to DJ. He would mix songs and loop the instrumentals. We would be listening to Hot Boyz and he would loop the empty spaces in the song and we would just go freestyling all day. He would just be like, ‘Go, nigga—spit.’
When I was younger, I was more about lyrics. I would get on the beat and spit, I wouldn’t even have a hook. I would just spit. I’m still lyrical, but when you’re a producer lyrics is not the biggest deal anymore, it’s about creativity.
“I was the youngest in the room. I was with my cousin DoDo and he was like 16. All the niggas in school would watch us rap but we just freestyled. This was when Lil Wayne was out and he was a little nigga rapping. So they looked at us like Wayne and Turk. As time went by, me and my cousin would just be writing raps everyday.
“We would write about everything we were going through and everything we felt and put it in a shoebox. I swear to God we had over 300 motherfucking papers of raps in a shoebox that he still got in his crib. I hit him up and said, ‘Hold those raps down for me.’ He said, ‘Man, you don’t wanna see this shit. We didn’t know how to write for shit back in the day.’
“When I was younger, I was more about lyrics. I would get on the beat and spit, I wouldn’t even have a hook. I would just spit. I’m still lyrical, but when you’re a producer lyrics is not the biggest deal anymore, it’s about creativity.
“It’s like Kanye, we all know he's lyrical but there are some songs where the beat is so damn good he's gonna play with it. He's gonna swag that shit out. I got into rap a long time ago when I was young, but now I just wanted to become someone better and my producing just elevated everything.”
Learning To Produce
Learning To Produce
SpaceGhostPurrp: “[I started to produce] at 13, playing with Fruity Loops. I saw my cousin had it and I was like, ‘What the fuck is a Fruity Loops?’ I was young and that shit looked weird. He started making beats and I was like, ‘You know what? Lemme try that shit.’
“I was always into drums, like snare drums. So I started fucking with the bass line and I grew up with Three 6 Mafia, so all I knew their drum patterns. I started working on my own little drum patterns. I always had crazy sounds in my head when I was in class, so I used to put them in there.
I grew up with Three 6 Mafia, so all I knew their drum patterns. I started working on my own little drum patterns. I always had crazy sounds in my head when I was in class, so I used to put them in there.
“One day my cousin Za—he's an O.G. nigga—he had all his O.G. niggas in the crib. They used to get high and rap, and I was in there making a beat. These niggas was higher then a motherfucker, they heard the beat, and they were like, ‘What the fuck? This shit is hard as fuck! Who made this shit?’
“My cousin been making beats longer than me and I told him one day that I made a raw-ass beat and everybody was going crazy over it. That nigga was so proud, he didn’t know I had it in me. From then on, I just kept making beats and I didn’t stop.
“I don’t gotta tax no niggas [for some of my beats]. Wiz Khalifa hit me up, I didn’t tax that nigga. Wiz is getting his money. He’s grinding, he's independent. I'm not taxing Wiz. Not cause I ride for Taylor Gang. Hell nah, because we’re both black and successful, nigga.
“Hit the beat, do your thing—that’s love. I ain't say, ‘Oh, but I'm gonna have to tax you, the beats gonna have to go for five racks.’ What? He would say, ‘Who the fuck is you? Five racks for a lo-fi beat that’s not even mixed? I’ll hang up!’ Shit, that’s the thing. It’s out of love and respect.”
SpaceGhostPurrp: “Down here we grew up on The Hot Boyz, No Limit, Trick Daddy—the real Trick Daddy when he was bald-headed and shit—we grew up on that Mystikal.
“I'm gonna break it down by region. East Coast it was: Group Home, Wu-Tang, The Firm, Junior M.A.F.I.A., The Fugees, Bad Boy, Gravediggaz. There were so many groups coming out of the East Coast.
I met GZA in person two weeks ago and I'm gonna be a man about it—I was nervous. But it was a good nervous, it was a proud, happy nervous. It was like, ‘I cannot believe that I'm standing next to someone who inspired me, someone who spit the realest.'
“As far as the South, of course No Limit, Cash Money, Rap-A-Lot, Hypnotize Minds, Profit Posse, Slip-N-Slide Records. Midwest: Twista, Crucial Conflict, Da Brat, Do or Die. West Coast: N.W.A., Compton’s Most Wanted, Death Row, Dogg Pound, and South Central Cartel.
“The O.G.s always say, ‘The rap game is fucked up, it’s changed, it’s watered down.’ I said it’s not that, it’s just that I always felt that my generation should have our chance to shine. When I say generation, I speak for all of the ‘90s babies and some of the late ‘80s babies.
“I don’t know too much about the ‘80s babies rappers, but I do know that all of the groups that are coming out now are ‘90s babies—like Odd Future, Raider Klan, and all of the other groups that are coming out. It’s a new generation.
“I met GZA in person two weeks ago and I'm gonna be a man about it—I was nervous. But it was a good nervous, it was a proud, happy nervous. It was like, ‘I cannot believe that I'm standing next to someone who inspired me, someone who spit the realest shit.’ Niggas don’t even know that when Wu-Tang dropped ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ that niggas in Miami was on the same shit.
“My dad put me on to Wu-Tang. That’s all he knew because he was the same way. My dad’s name was Dirt Dog, like Dirt McGirt. That’s crazy because I love ODB. He loved them niggas because he felt like the only nigga on Earth that was misunderstood. When those niggas came out, it was all he played because he felt like he could relate to them.
“When I saw GZA, I saw my father. When I met him, it was a dream come true. He said his son introduced him to my music and he liked it. I was like, ‘Damn that’s crazy.’ That’s a huge compliment.”
SpaceGhostPurrp: “People may look at my pictures when they Google me and be like, ‘Oh he's one of these hipster-ass niggas.’ Nah, I'm not. I was always into like different shit cause niggas in Miami are hood niggas. They will always be in their Polos and Ralph Lauren while I’ll be in my Levis, regular white shirt, and some Vans.
“In middle school we had Dickies. We had the throwback jerseys. That whole stage everyone was doing that. As I got older, I was getting tired of wearing that. It was awkward for me because I didn’t wanna look like everybody else. I always wanted to dress how I wanted to dress. I would look at everybody else and I felt like everybody was following each other and trying to fit in with each other. That wasn’t me.
I honestly hate being misunderstood. I'm still misunderstood but I don’t know, I'm still gonna be that way. I may be weird to others but I tell them its that ghetto gothic sh*t, Black Ozzy Osborne type sh*t. I didn’t create the style, but I call it gothic rap.
“In middle school shit was hard. Niggas would tell you in middle school your whole wardrobe was fucked. Didn’t have no clothes, didn’t have shit, no money—no nothing. When I was young, I was bad. My momma said, ‘If your ass isn’t getting good grades, your ass isn’t getting no new clothes. You’re gonna wear the same shit, keep it up.’ And I didn’t listen, I kept getting in trouble, I kept getting bad grades, so I kept wearing the same shit.
“When I got in high school I allowed myself to be more free. I started getting into looking how I felt. If I felt dark I would dress dark. If I felt like I didn’t give a fuck, I would wear something that would show you I don’t give a fuck.
“[In high school I started getting money by...] well, we all know how that goes. You hang around different niggas, you start to go to high school and everybody is on their p’s and q’s. When I started going to high school, I went to this school called Everglade. It ain't in Miami, but it’s in another county in Florida.
“I went out there and saw a lot of my type of people. A lot of niggas into skateboarding or into art. A lot of pretty-ass girls coming out there with heels on. I'm like, ‘OK, now I can express who I am, I can step it up now.’ I didn’t have to be in the same element that I had to be in at all these other schools because I always hated when people judged me. I hated that.
“It’s like when I paint my middle finger black with nail polish. If I go to the hood, niggas gonna look at me crazy. They’re either gonna think I'm a weirdo or they’re gonna think I'm gay. I honestly hate being misunderstood. I'm still misunderstood but I don’t know, I'm still gonna be that way.
“I may be weird to others but I tell them its that ghetto gothic shit, Black Ozzy Osborne type shit. I didn’t create the style, but I call it gothic rap. It’s like goth meets hip-hop or like hip-hop and metal.
“Black is my favorite color and it’s Raider Klan’s main color. We got three main colors in Raider Klan: red, black, and green, which are the colors of Africa. Black is our main color because black is a bold color. I should not have to wear black every day to prove that I'm a Raider but it’s a bold color and it represents me and what I am to date—a bold motherfucker that’s unknown and can’t be described.”
SpaceGhostPurrp: “I consider myself a ladies man. I never saw myself as the type of nigga who was the killer on the block or a hit-man. I was the ladies man. I was always the one texting five bitches at one time. Kids would come up to me like, ‘Yo these kids at the park talking shit—let's get them!’ I would say, ‘Aww man, y'all niggas is stupid!’
“You gotta watch who you surround yourself with. I'm still learning that cause I'm a good person, I got a good heart. But I don’t take nobody’s bullshit when they get out of line. That’s my problem, I always surround myself with those types of people and I gotta learn from that.
“But two years ago I was a wild nigga. I wouldn’t say I was in the streets doing wild shit but when I was 19, we were wilding out. We didn’t give a fuck. Any nigga who disrespected us would get their ass whooped. We was retaliating on niggas, so I'm letting the fans know I'm not a buster.”
His Crew, Raider Klan
His Crew, Raider Klan
SpaceGhostPurrp: “Raider Klan started in 2008. We grew from there. Me, my cousin DoDo, my cousin Dafi. As the years went by, we started making music, and put out a little mixtape. On Blvcklvnd, I had a song called ‘Rath of a Raider’ [where I explained what a Raider is].
A Raider is a person who is lied to, cheated on, hurt, turned on, taken advantage of, misunderstood, mistreated all his life. But as they got older, that person got a black heart. They got a dark past, that’s all they know is darkness.
“A Raider is a humble motherfucker. He doesn’t say much. A Raider is a person who is lied to, cheated on, hurt, turned on, taken advantage of, misunderstood, mistreated all his life. But as they got older, that person got a black heart. They got a dark past, that’s all they know is darkness. Everybody knows my music is dark.
“I represent Raider Klan. All the niggas in Raider Klan, we ain't no pushovers, we ain't no punk-ass hipster niggas. I ain't disrespecting hipsters but what I'm saying is we ain't no wannabes. We got Teflay, Renegade, Denzel, Cury, Young Semi, Soldier Mook, DoDo tha Don, Amber London, Chris Travis, Ether Wolf, Ben Stables. We got a lot of people in this group. There's a lot of niggas in his shit. Its crazy, it’s like I'm naming kids.”
Losing His Best Friend
Losing His Best Friend
SpaceGhostPurrp: “I lost my best friend on March 13, 2010. His name was LeDarius Frazier. He was 25. He got deceased by this ex-con who had just got out of jail. After I lost him I just felt like, you gotta make the right choices.
“Around that time young niggas was just getting out of high school and you know how that shit is. Niggas don’t go to school and start hanging around the wrong people and do a lot of crazy shit. He was at the park with his homies, they call them the 187 Cup Boyz. I'm not snitching or nothing—them niggas ain't doing no crimes—they were just all at the park like young niggas. I was at home with my girl and he told me to come through that day. I said I’d be over there later and took a nap.
You know what’s crazy? He looked the same in the casket as he did when he used to laugh. When he was in his casket, he was smiling.
“When I woke up, my girl was like, ‘You know he died?’ I was like, ‘Don’t play with me.’ She was like, ‘Yeah babe, he died. Everybody is calling me. He's all over.’ It was all over Facebook and shit.
“He got killed in a robbery. He was trying to rob a nigga in the gambling spot but the nigga took the gun from him because the nigga was bigger than him. The nigga took the gun from LeDarius and then...deceased.
“I'm not trying to come off like I'm a gangsta, but when he was alive, we were ignorant as fuck. We were doing hella shit. I wasn’t doing stick ups, I was the low-key one. I was the humble one. I would retaliate when I have to, I'm still like that.
“When he died that shit changed my whole demeanor. I seen this nigga in a casket like, ‘Damn, this shit can't be real!’ I didn’t cry but shit changed my life. I ain't cry because me and him would always laugh together, roasting niggas. Any niggas walked by we would roast his ass, we had a good time. You know what’s crazy? He looked the same in the casket as he did when he used to laugh. When he was in his casket, he was smiling.”
His first album, Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6
His first album, Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6
SpaceGhostPurrp: “All my projects are gonna have a different setting. It’s gonna give you a different vibe. That project was to show kids nowadays how we used to rap back in the day, growing up in school with that ‘90s flow.
“I'm gonna be real—a lot of kids who are like 16, 17, they’re influenced by Drake or J. Cole. They come off with that flow. That’s who inspires them. Drake’s got an amazing-ass flow but on Blvcklvnd, I was saying 'Lemme show these kids what inspired my flow when I was young.'
“So it was a whole tribute to all of the ‘90s, like Three 6 Mafia and it had a tiny bit of Wu-Tang. I just wanted to give the kids that ‘90s feel so they can know that there's still ‘90s hip-hop heads out here. That’s a playa EP. That’s for niggas like me, throughout the whole EP I'm laid back. I'm rapping about some playa shit, sipping Alize with lean, sitting with a bad bitch.”
Meeting A$AP Rocky
Meeting A$AP Rocky
SpaceGhostPurrp: “[We met after we] reached out to each other. He put out ‘Purple Swag’ in like July 2011 and I saw the video. It’s crazy cause Miami niggas, we got love for Harlem niggas. I've never even been to Harlem but we fuck with Harlem niggas. When Harlem niggas come to Miami, we ain't gonna do grimy shit to them, we’re gonna show them love.
“We reached out to each other on Facebook and he wrote me, ‘Man, you dope.’ I wrote back like, ‘You too man. I fuck with you and everything you’re doing.’ We met up in New York, I introduced him to Juicy J, and we did a show.
I told Rocky, I want you to perform with me. I didn’t need him out there. So we get on stage, we both got paid that night... A$AP and Raider Klan, Raider Klan and A$AP.
“I met up with the owner of Santos Party House in NYC and he said he liked my music. He said, ‘I wanna do a show and make history out here.’ I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ I told Rocky, I want you to perform with me. I didn’t need him out there. So we get on stage, we both got paid that night. Santos got more popping. A$AP and Raider Klan, Raider Klan and A$AP.
“If somebody say, ‘Well, we heard you on ‘Purple Swag,’ wasn’t you with them? Why do you wear all black?’ I'm gonna go turn on ‘Rath of a Raider’ and I'm gonna say, ‘This shit came out before I hopped on ‘Purple Swag.’ Listen to the lyrics.’
“They’re gonna go listen to the lyrics and then they are gonna look at why I got on all black and the tattoo on my chest. They’re gonna say, ‘I feel where you’re coming from, bro. You’re not a wannabe. You’re hurt, you went through shit in your life and what you’re doing has a meaning behind it.’”÷
The Fight Between Raider Klan & A$AP Mob
The Fight Between Raider Klan & A$AP Mob
SpaceGhostPurrp:“[The fight between my cousin Matt Stoops and A$AP Twelvy] was bullshit. What happened was [someone from A$AP] said fuck my team [on Twitter]. So, Matt Stoops was being Matt Stoops, was speaking his mind on Twitter. He said we’re not feeling him because he's talking shit on Twitter. He ain't mention Twelvy on Twitter. He said you shouldn’t have been disrespecting our team. Look what happened to yo ass. He might as well walk up to you.
I'm not gonna say they jumped him but I felt like he was ambushed. But the true story behind it is that it turned into a two on two. Luckily, Alex came and jumped in.
“I didn’t tell Matt to do it. They did that because they don’t like [that you’re dissing Raider Klan]. That’s like if you got a favorite team and somebody says ‘Fuck your team,’ well it's like ‘Fuck your team!’
“It was Matt and my boy Alex versus Twelvy and some little light-skin nigga he was with [that got into a fight]. Luckily it was a two on two. I'm not gonna say they jumped him but I felt like he was ambushed. But the true story behind it is that it turned into a two on two. Luckily, my nigga Alex came and jumped in that bitch, helped my nigga out.
“They ain't touch Twelvy [at first], so what the fuck you gonna hit him for? We don’t have time to touch niggas, we got money to get. The thing is petty. It’s all stupid. I don’t give a fuck what Matt said on Twitter.
“Just because you’re mad about something doesn’t mean you take it out on him. What the fuck does he have to do with it? How many times has that nigga ever said something about Raider Klan? And he wanna be mad cause my niggas in Cali wanna G-check you about it?
“Since these A$AP niggas mobbing, why won’t you go to Brownsville? Why don’t you go to Marcy projects, Flatbush, or any other hood in New York and go pop off on niggas? Oh why, because you saw a Tweet? I know a lot of niggas in New York that ain't happy with what they doing and they said fuck them on Twitter. They’re in the hood, but I bet they didn’t go hit them.
“I had just come back from New York a couple weeks back when all this shit happened. I was like, ‘You wanna jump my cousin? OK, I'm gonna get mad.’ Ain't nobody from my side touch y’all, why are they touching us? I was mad.
“If niggas was that ruthless, niggas woulda been killed me. If niggas hated me that bad, they woulda been killed me. So I know they don’t hate me, but they know I'm mad though.
“But this is how retarded people are; why would you get mad at me because I'm mad that my nigga got jumped? And I'm not gonna say jumped, sucker punched. Matt got hit in the face with a bottle and you’re gonna be mad at me? How? And I'm a hater? How the fuck am I a hater? I ain’t hit none of the niggas with my fist or no bottle.
Matt got hit in the face with a bottle and you’re gonna be mad at me? How? And I'm a hater? How am I a hater? I ain’t hit none of these n****s with my fist or no bottle.
“But the thing is, the whole mature point of this discussion, Matt Stoops is a good nigga. He ain't no drug dealer, he ain't none of that.
“I'm not gonna lie to my fans. I'm not happy right now bro, there's a lot of fuck shit going on. But I'm not gonna keep speaking on it. As long as I know I'm keeping it real with myself, motherfuckers can say what they wanna say about me.
“One thing I can say to the people is that they need to shut the hell up. You don’t know what’s going on. No disrespect to the people, I just need to let them know they need to stay out.
“But I'm not gonna get deep into that shit though, the whole point of this shit is that shit was stupid. All this shit is stupid and nobody ain't gonna stop me from being mad. And I'm a grown fucking man. I wish a nigga would tell me I'm wrong right now I would slap the teeth out they fucking mouth."
His Personal Problems With A$AP Rocky
His Personal Problems With A$AP Rocky
SpaceGhostPurrp:“I got my personal reasons with that nigga Rocky. I'm gonna keep it 100. I didn’t write none of his shit. I wrote a song called ‘My Enemy’ and I wrote a line where I said, ‘Doing these shows, man I suppose/Bitches be writing my name on they toes.’ You hear on 'Goldie,' ‘Hoes at my shows they be stripping off they clothes/And them college girls write a nigga name on they toes.’ Come on bro! I know that’s his favorite song. It was weird to me cause I wouldn’t do it to him.
The personal problems between me and Rocky, that’s personal. It ain't for no reason. He knows and I know.
“I don’t even know [the last time I spoke to A$AP], its been a minute. It’s a lot more shit than [the ‘Goldie’ lyrics] that I won't speak on. Because if I speak on it then he's not gonna be happy. I don’t wanna instigate the situation. The personal problems between me and Rocky, that’s personal. It ain't for no reason. He knows and I know. Everybody else in A$AP Mob, I don’t even think about them.
“But what niggas gonna say now? Lemme guess, they gonna be like, ‘Oh this nigga Purp’s a bitch. He's going in the articles talking shit about us now.’ Nah, it ain't that bruh. I don’t talk shit bruh, I talk true shit. This is the truth and niggas hate the truth.
“That’s why shit is so fucked up nowadays. Niggas wanna make it seem like you’re the bad person when you’re just speaking the truth. All I gotta say is, if I was wrong, my Raider niggas wouldn’t be backing me up cause them niggas ain't dick riders.
“My nigga Mookie was just telling me, ‘I don’t know Rocky, I ain't finna talk shit about him. I gotta meet him on my own to see what type of nigga he is. Whatever he did, that’s between ya’ll.’ He said that so you know my niggas ain't no dick riders. That’s how I know I'm not wrong.
“But what niggas will try to do is make that shit like I'm wrong. Or I'm going to the press and telling the media. Media asked me and I'm gonna keep it 100. If I say something else how is it gonna make me look? Like a fake. It ain't about keeping it real, it’s about telling people what’s going on.
“This game is crazy but I've been playing chess all my life. I know when there's a time to do shit and right now, I feel like things happen for a reason. There's a reason I'm telling you this shit.
“I’m not trying to ruin their career. I’ll be damned if I try to ruin that man’s career. That’s a talented young man and a good individual. All of them got talent. Ferg is a dope artist. Twelvy, he's keeping that NY shit going. Fuck I gotta hate on their craft for? Twelvy will tell you that I made him a free beat in 30 minutes bruh. No pressure, none of that. No problem bruh, I got you. And A$AP, he’ll tell you I didn’t tax him for shit.
I’ll be damned if I try to ruin that man’s career. That’s a talented young man and a good individual. All of them got talent. Ferg is a dope artist. Twelvy, he's keeping that NY sh*t going. Fu*k I gotta hate on their craft for? Twelvy will tell you that I made him a free beat in 30 minutes bruh.
“If somebody comes up to me and says, ‘Oh such and such over there said this!’ Me and my circle will discuss it. But never will you see us saying, ‘Fuck them niggas. I don’t wanna see them niggas make it.’ That gotta be the gayest shit to ever come out of a nigga's mouth, real talk.
“I want his manager Chase to know I ain't hating on that nigga. He sees me doing this shit, I want him to know I'm only doing it for a reason. I want the whole A$AP Mob to know to keep doing your thing, I'm not hating on y'all. Y'all stay blessed, real talk. I put that shit on my brother. Keep grinding, cause that’s what I'm doing.
“I had good times with them last year and that was it. That’s just the way it is. Time has gotta go on and everybody goes their separate ways. We’re glad to see them doing their thing. My personal problems are my personal problems. I'm not gonna expose none of that other shit. It’s love to everybody. I don’t have time to argue.
“That’s what I learned from being in this industry, if you show love niggas gonna think you fake. Why? Because they’ve been fucked over so many times they don’t know who to trust. You show love to so many niggas, all they gonna remember is your kindness, they ain't gonna remember no aggression.
“So when you start to show your aggressive side niggas ain't gonna take you serious because you were so busy being kind to niggas. So I like to keep shit neutral with motherfuckers because niggas say, ‘Oh he's always smiling, why the fuck are you always smiling? Why are you so happy?’ Nah, I ain't happy. I'm just showing respect, nigga. That’s how I was raised.
“But it’s all good. Like I said, I know why I'm mad and no nigga ain’t gonna stop me because I'm grown and independent. I put myself in my position. I don’t need no help. Niggas reached out to me. Niggas begged me to come to New York. I was doing the same shit I was doing last year, in the motherfucking house making beats and writing shit. Ain't nobody told your black ass to ask me to come up there! That’s all I'm saying: I'm grown.
“I know why I'm mad. I'm not a hater, I'm not a crab in a bucket because I'm from a city of that. I ain't hating on him, I just want people to respect Raider Klan and know that I am not in A$AP.”
Signing With 4AD
Signing With 4AD
SpaceGhostPurrp: “4AD reached out to me through email. They were like, ‘We wanna do a record deal with you. We wanna help you put out and master all your old tracks so you can put it out as a compilation album.’ I was like, Let’s go. The whole 4AD is like me: humble, different, and articulate as fuck. I knew all of us were gonna be good.
“They looked out and I wanna thank them so fucking much for believing me because they were fans of me before I went to New York. They been fans, since the little lo-fi saga I went through. I label my shit as saga, that’s a saga. So they were supporting that saga, so I just wanna thank them. They looked out.”
Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp
His new album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp
SpaceGhostPurrp: “The name of that was gonna be Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp but I had forgot that big brother Juicy J had an album called The Chronicles of Juice Man. I didn’t wanna come off like I was taking that concept, even though I still kept the name.
I made the song ‘Black God’ which means I'm no longer a regular black man hanging with my homies, I'm a black God because I conquer my talent, on some godly sh*t. When I make my music, that’s godly sh*t.
“I added Mysterious Phonklike it was a chapter. So the name just represents every bit of the sound of the whole album. The name is gonna lead you through the whole album because it's mysterious and phunky.
“I made the song ‘Black God’ which means I'm no longer a regular black man hanging with my homies, I'm a black God because I conquer my talent, on some godly shit. When I make my music, that’s godly shit.
“I'm not saying there is no higher power—because I believe that there is, spiritually—but as a black man I became a black God when it comes to this music and the talent I've been blessed with. Years back, I didn’t even think I would be in this position right now. When it comes to this rap shit, this is not no trend to me. I love this rap; I can’t front on this shit.”
SpaceGhostPurrp:“I'm just trying to put my Raider niggas on too. We don’t got no money. I said it in my rap, ‘I don’t got money, I don’t got cars/All I got is the truth and a couple of bars.’ That’s what I tell them.
I’m just going to keep these sagas going. I’m going to stay in my own lane, that’s all I gotta do. And I’ma keep the peace, let the people know that I support everybody’s movement.
“I honestly just want people to understand that I have been had my own fan base and my own movement. I know I put myself in my position. I put my own music out, I promoted my own shit, I reached out to Juicy J and he reached back out to me. Juicy J co-signed me and he would tell you. I just want people to respect that, respect what I'm doing, and understand that I'm Raider Klan.
“But if you look on these pictures, what did I have on? All black, gold in my motherfucking mouth, you didn’t see none of them A$AP niggas in that video. You seen a white boy named Speaks, with a faggy ass beard and wild hair being himself. That’s the type of niggas I like to be around, niggas who be they self.
“I’m just going to keep these sagas going. I’m going to stay in my own lane, that’s all I gotta do. And I’ma keep the peace, let the people know that I support everybody’s movement. I'm a good person slash asshole. I'm gonna keep the funk coming.”
A Warning To People Who Take His Kindness For Weakness
A Warning To People Who Take His Kindness For Weakness
SpaceGhostPurrp: “People tend to take my kindness for weakness. A lot of people have been telling me, ‘You’ve been nice to a lot of niggas.’ Look, I'm not Marquis no more. Let me put the two bunny fingers up, I'm SpaceGhostPurrp now, quote unquote. I can’t be how I used to be.
“Niggas come up to me, ‘Hey man, hey I love your music.’ I was taught respect, so if someone comes up to me like that I say, ‘Thank you and have a good day.’ But if I was regular Marquis, not making music just chilling, they would come up to me and I would say, ‘Get yo bitch ass out my motherfucking face. Who the fuck is you?’ But I tell niggas I can’t do people like that. These are my fans—I gotta show them love. They support me.
“But one thing I don’t like is when people take advantage of my kindness because I am the biggest asshole to ever walk this earth. When I be an asshole, niggas might wanna murder me. When niggas tell me that I'm nice, I say let me be nice because I’ll say some shit that’ll hurt your heart, make it skip a beat. That’s one thing that people don’t know about me.
People who see me on Twitter...if I'm mad on Twitter, b*tch I'm mad for real. People don’t know that. They think, ‘Oh he's a rapper, he's just talking shit.’ No, b*tch, I'm mad.
“People who see me on Twitter...if I'm mad on Twitter, bitch I'm mad for real. People don’t know that. They think, ‘Oh he's a rapper, he's just talking shit.’ No, bitch, I'm mad. Mad is mad, it ain't cyber mad. When I'm mad, I'm mad. On Twitter, off Twitter.
“So when I'm tweeting and I say fuck some nigga on Twitter, when I see that nigga walk down the street, I will fight that motherfucker. Mad is mad and motherfuckers need to know that. I get mad. Everybody gets mad. They’re like, Artists can’t get mad—what the fuck?
“From day 1 to now, I got a long list [of people who took advantage of my kindness.] Karma is kicking them in the ass. And for the last motherfucker who took advantage of my kindness, karma will kick them in the ass too.
“Like I said, if I wanted to be the most sinful man on this earth I can be. I don’t mean on no hoe shit, I mean on some grimy shit. The grimiest shit I ever did, man I’ll tell you in person. I don’t fuck with these phones.
“But I don’t wanna be like that man, that ain't good. I don’t want karma to bite me in the ass. Shit, ask any nigga I know. I don’t call them no fuck nigga to they face. I ain't no coward. I don’t have no reason to.
“What reason should I call you a fuck nigga for unless we got into a fight? I should have no reason to call anybody no fuck nigga. I should have to say, ‘I should set him up and get him killed.’ For what reason? That’s grimy. Niggas don’t know what grimy is nowadays, that’s how grimy niggas is down here though.”