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By: Vibe / March 12, 2012
You’re also working on a book entitled Gift of Gab as well, what’s the idea behind that project?
 I consider myself to multi-faceted. I’ve never been content with just doing one thing. If there was something I thought about that I wanted to do, I always tried to do it just to say I did it. For the most part, I’ve been fortunate enough that everything I’ve tried, I’ve been successful at it. I started my label and within the first year, I had a major record deal. I started rapping; I got my home solo record deal off of me just having fun. So I’ve realized when I apply myself, I try things and do it. I’m not trying to be religious, but in the book, it says you take one step, and then you take two. I’ve always stepped out on faith with everything that I’ve done. I just told myself, I’m going to write book. So I did, and that’s how it happened. When I tell myself I’m going to do something, I do it. So the Gift of Gab will be the perfect title. It was gift. It was nothing that I did. It was something that was given to me. I hope that my people, my fans, and even people that don’t know me and never heard of me, get a whiff of what’s going on and take the initiative to check it out.

When can we expect the book to drop?
I don’t have it set in stone as a set date as of right now, but it’s coming soon. It’s coming very soon.

Aside from your book, you have two new music projects on the way. First, what can fans expect to hear from your upcoming mixtape Seeing is Believing?
Seeing is Believing is the warm-up. I’m dropping that first to warm-up the fans prior to the release of the album. My album, I’m scheduling that for August of this year, One of One. As far as the mixtape, I’m working with T.I., Jeezy, Future, Meek Millz, and Gucci for the most part. That’s pretty much who’s on Seeing is Believing.

Self Made was heavily influenced production-wise by Drumma Boy, who are you working with this time around for One of One?
As far as One of One, Drumma and I haven’t been locking in like we used to, but he’s definitely going to be on there. His brother Insane’s going to be on there, also Cool & Dre, and for the most part a lot of up and coming producers. There are a couple of people I took a liking to and wanted to make magic with.

Any collaborations in the works?
Who I know is going to be on the album as of right now is Future. I’ve done collaborations with people, but as I keep working on the album, the direction changes, the vibe changes, and I just want it to flow smoothly.

Speaking of Future, he’s been doing his thing right now as the breakout star on A1 Recordings. How does it feel to witness and be a part of Future’s success thus far?
It’s an incredible feeling. I’ve always believed in him. I saw, and I knew that it was possible. That’s why I took the initiative to sign him and invest my money in him. It’s hard to find somebody who you want to invest your hard earn money into. Future said me, “All you have to do believe in me and invest in me and I’m going to go hard!” I took his word for it, and not only did he bring his talent to the table, he went above and beyond that every day to achieve his goals. It’s not a situation where I have to tell him what to do, he wants it. I used to be in situations with artists where I wanted it more than they did. Future understands it and gets it. He’s going to be the megastar we talked about five or six years ago.

As a businessman, artist, and a father, how do you stay grounded?
To sum it up in one word, it’s work. When people see you on TV, out and about, kicking it, driving your car, they see that and say, “I want to do that.” But, what they don’t realize is it takes a lot of work. It’s all about balance. I’m not saying I’m perfect in any arena because I know I could be a better father, businessman, artist, but I just work harder and harder everything, doing the best I can in all of the different arenas. 

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