Do you think rappers/artists can influence a listener to try the drug?
I don’t even think it’s just a rapper that can influence a person to try the drug. If you’re a person that’s easily influenced, a person can influence you to do anything. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with a molly or a drug.
One of my all-time favorite mixtapes ever was the one you did with DJ Kay Slay, The Problem from Harlem.
That was one of my first mixtapes ever.
How have you changed as an artist and a man since then?
The difference between me on that mixtape and right now, I’m a man. It’s as simple as that. I was living in my mom’s crib when I did that. I was sharing a room with my little brother. I was paying for chicks to come over in cabs late night, sneaking them in the crib. I was in the hood with it. I was still battling. I might’ve had cornrows at that time. It was just different. My mind was on punch lines. My mind was on, "Oh that beat is hot. I’m going to do it over my way." Doing freestyles over another nigga beat, you can’t get no money like that. But now I understand the game, I understand where it’s at. I done had deals. I didn’t have a deal at the time. I had never experienced a contract. I’ve had different experiences. I almost died twice. I got a kid. I’ve been around the world. I’ve been on number one songs on the Billboard charts. “Every Girl” and “Bedrock,” that was different from battle rap.
You’ve been in the game for over 10 years now. If hip-hop was a person, what would you say to him or her?
Thank you. I don’t have no crime record. I’m not out here doing anything crazy. I graduated out of high school. I got a half scholarship to go to NYU. I wanted to be a rapper so bad. At that point, I was so far into it. I was going to the studio everyday, battling niggas, being in magazines, looking at rap city, stuff like that. Things I grew up on, just mixtapes at that time. I just chose music when I could’ve chose a lot of other things. Music ain’t never steered me wrong. This rap shit ain’t never put me behind bars. It ain’t never do nothing to get me in trouble with the law. It ain’t do nothing but make my life better. It gave me a way to get my emotions out, get my feelings out. Sometimes I say some shit that you might have to have your kids cover their ears. I have a daughter now. I think about things like that. One day my daughter is going to hear the "Molly" song.
Probably, your whole collection.
And one day, I’ma have to explain it to her. You gotta be real with yourself before you can be real with anybody else. Where I’m at right now, I appreciate this hip-hop shit. As much as I might rap over a down south beat -- and yeah, I put AutoTune on my shit sometimes and play around -- but that’s what makes me an artist. You can’t put me in a box and just call me a battle rapper. All the Virgo mixtapes, I put out four of them. Those wasn’t battle raps. Those was mixtapes for the ladies. Dead Presidents 1, I did a bunch of freestlyes over other people’s beats. I was at a different point in my life. Dead Presidents 2, I ain’t getting no bad feedback and I’ma keep it real, I read comments. I’m one of those dudes, I don’t take it personal. Their opinion is their opinion, whether they respect it, hate it or love it. But I just feel like right now, if I wasn’t doing this rap shit, I would be doing some real flagrant shit.