You, Meek, and Wale represent different things and places. How do you all mesh as a group?
I mean, everybody’s cool, man. All of us real niggas, so there’s no people siding with each other, or these are with these guys, where we’re out, we’re out. When we’re in the studio, we have our buzz, and the chemistry’s crazy. It’s competitive in the studio of course, because we have four MCs who are serious about their craft, but when we’re just out everything’s cool. Flow like water.
As far as the music, does Rick Ross have a say?
Ross is basically just going to tell you to do you. He’ll just be like, “Oh, yeah, that shit’s hard.” Or, “I think you should do this.” If it ain’t hard he’ll let you know.
How would you describe Ross as a boss of the label?
Ross is the one who basically says, “As long as that shit’s jamming.” That’s just the motto. At the end of the day if he goes like, “I like that one.” It ain’t none of “you should do this” or “you should do that.” He respects us creatively, and he saw what we’ve done on our own. He already knows our music sense. He presents ideas to us, and we present ideas to him as well. And Ross being the figurehead, and boss of the operation, he just goes, “Yeah, I’ll be right there.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but is it true Ross makes big purchases in front of crew members as a form of boosting morals within the group?
[Laughs.] I don’t know if it’s to boost moral, but if he does, it definitely motivates you, because you see it. [Laughs.] When you see a nigga using $40,000 on a piece, or you see him in his Phantom, you’ll be like, “Okay, I got to go to the studio.” That’s like anybody.
What do you think is your current position with the label?
I do Pill. I make sure I’m able to touch all bases. I make sure to cover all subject matters, and able to have chemistry with each one of those guys, no matter what the title of the song may be. We’re brothers who are knowledgeable. And then you got me with the acting; I got a film coming out as well called 96 Minutes.
How did that role come about?
I basically auditioned. My former manager Whiteboy D’s dad knew one of the producers. When I was a kid I did a lot of stage plays. It would be foolish of me to have this door open, and not open the other door, which is one of my passions. I basically went in, read the script, read for the part, and they were like, “We’ll call you.” And you know that means they ain’t going to call me. [Laughs.] But they actually hit me up, and the next thing I heard from the director was my set timI was happy as a motherfucker. [Laughs.]
Tell me about your role in the film. I saw you in the trailer snuffing somebody.
[Laughs.] Yeah, I play a character by the name of Roger. Basically, me and a couple other guys in the neighborhood, we’re a neighborhood gang. I play a gang member, and one of the characters, he came up with us, but he has one foot in, and one foot out. So he’s trying to impress us to show us that he’s still down. The whole context of the film is someone’s life changing within those 96 minutes.
How much of that character reflects you in real life?
I mean, I ain’t had to tap into anything because I’m from the streets already. I wouldn’t say I was so much of a bad influence, but I was one of those guys around the neighborhood. I was one of those guys who always had to deal with what I had to do in order to survive and get ahead, but I wasn’t trying to influence others to do anything they ain’t want to do. So that was something I had to learn how to do. Influencing people in wrong directions. Other than that “hood cat from the neighborhood” is part of me, so it wasn’t hard to pull that off.
So as far as acting, what kind of roles do you aspire to achieve?
I would love to do some comedic roles. I want to do some dramas. And do some serious roles. I think I’m gifted as an actor, and I’m made to take on any kind of roles. As long as it ain’t too far fetched. As long as it’s something in my reach, something personality wise I can take on. I’m not being held to one position or one role.
How much concentration do you put into acting compared to rapping?
They’re both my passions. I want to give at least of my time and energy to the acting as I have to the rapping. I want to be able to show people through rapping and acting that you can too make it out of that situation or whatever circumstances it is. So I just want to lead by example.
Now that you’re part of Maybach Music Group, and you’re affiliated with Ross, if any beefs come up between Ross and an opponent, would you get involved in the issue?
Even Ross will tell you those are his conflicts. Because we’re trying to establish ourselves as it is. I don’t have any problems or conflicts with nobody. All I know is, if somebody wants some conflict with me, coming at me on the microphone, I’m going to have to defend myself. I ain’t a hoe-ass nigga. And I’m pretty dope on the mic. But I just try to stay away from all that, man. I’m trying to make me some money, and take care of my junior. I didn’t have the opportunity to be part of beefs, but that ain’t the move. So I make sure I move myself accordingly. But I know if anybody wants it on the microphone, I can end his or her careers.
One last thing, you have a fan base within the so-called “hipster crowd,” but as well as the trap crowd. How would you describe your appeal in music, what attracts those groups that are very different?
I think it’s just because of my lyrical content. And me being from the hood, and me being an eclectic brother growing up. I was in the smart class, I like the arts, I got friends who paint, and draw, and do tattoos and all that shit. I got white friends, I got Asian friends, I’ve always thought outside the box. So I’m able to touch on every angle. It ain’t just “Trap Going Ham” record or “No Play” record. Upon my debut I’ve made the point that I could get on anybody’s song. Southern, Northern, East Coast, West Coast, I just wanted to prove to everyone that I could spit. I’m not just a guy talking about I got all the money, I got all the bitches, and I got all the cars. And I think that’s why I appeal to those two different crowds, because I’m able to be multifaceted, and able to express myself creatively.