Way 2 Fonky (1992)
“I didn’t think that West Coast gangbanging would really permeate the nation. Then again, I was naïve. We would hear about all this violence happening in certain cities and we were apprehensive to go on tour in certain spots. I had trepidation about performing in Denver because they said all the Crips moved from L.A. to out there. I was like, ‘For real? I have to deal with this shit just to make a dollar [laughs]? The gang culture probably hurt the growth of a lot of neighborhoods. This is what I was trying to say on ‘Jus Lyke Compton.’
I grew up in gangs, so there was no way around it for me. After getting bullied a few times by Crips from the opposing neighborhoods, I decided that that was all I could stand. So I cliqued up with the Pirus and said ‘fuck it.’ It gave me a relief because people knew I had backup. They stopped breaking into my house and shooting up my mama’s house…shit like that. But ‘Jus Lyke Compton’ was basically me saying that I had no idea the same things were going on everywhere else from St. Louis to Texas. It was basically me saying, ‘Is there a way to quell all this gang violence?’ I didn’t know that I might be perpetuating all the gang shit. I just wanted the world to have fun.
With Way 2 Fonky I was just trying to put out an album every year like artists were doing. I was just trying to stay current so I could stay on tour. Plus, I wanted my boy Robert Bacon, who co-produced the record, to get his shine as a musician. He showed me a lot. He showed me the real way to do reggae. He taught me musical counterpoints because he writes music. He’s like my music teacher, so I just wanted him to ball out. We got the album done and it went gold in a week. I’m very proud of it.”