What grade would you give President Obama?
I think he deserves at least a B. You can’t blame the President because BP didn’t have a contingency plan for the oil disaster. When he was elected, figuring out how to fix oil spills was not a pressing deal for him. There were a lot of other things that were taking place. Obama is going to do the best he can. It’s not going to be a perfect response because there’s no such thing; especially with something as unprecedented as this.
I don't think people realize how historic the BP oil accident is.
Right. The Exxon spill cannot even be applied to this. And when you look at the problems with the economy, this is something that is happening all over the world. This is a tough time for all of us.
You seem to be a very serious man.
But I don’t take myself too seriously… I take my work seriously. I realize that when I’m gone these words are going to represent me for years after. And there are people who don’t even exist right now who are going to come into contact with the things that I’ve recorded 20 years ago. I just want to make sure that if that’s the only impression they have of me as far as rap music goes, that I put it down. We have good times, but I don’t play with what I do. I don’t play with people’s time and money. So when I go to do a record with somebody I let them know that I’m not in the studio to play. Let’s work and make it happen.