I’ve never been a rapper. I’ve never been on TV. And it sounds to me like you’re a dope rapper.
No, what I’m saying is what I’ve got is a really cool name, so I don’t think it’s a problem to just say it, because people can know that it’s me. And that’s how it should be. [Laughs.] It’s very hard to do rap, especially as a teenaged kid. I was in trouble a lot, and everyone around me was either gang-bangers or criminals. So to say that I’m a rapper is kind of like saying I’m a killer—but I’m not.
You did a video for “I Got a Good Brain.” Did the fact that you just did a music video change the course of its video?
Yeah, absolutely. In the whole beginning it was just an idea. Like, I was like, “You know what I’ll make for this video? Is it called ‘Rap Music,’ or ‘Rap Star?'” And someone said, “Make a music video about that—why don’t you make a rap video called ‘Rap Music?'” And I was like, “Oh my God, this is a nightmare!” [Laughs.] The whole thing went down pretty quickly. I don’t even know what I expected it to be, but after that was done I started making these other videos for different projects.
One of the most impressive thing about “Rap Movie”—and it was an idea from you, but it wasn’t even our video—was that you made that rap thing seem like a normal, relatable, real-life thing. It actually really hit home!
You know, in a way my friends and I have the same thing going on. We actually started to see people like us on the street and they’d tell us, “Oh, that’s this guy.” “This person. You know how they act? You know how they act. I guess they like music?” But now we have it going on. And we’re just like, “Oh. This is us at that moment.” So I think that stuff you said about going off the streets and just living on the street is great stuff, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that we were in situations that we have a hard-on for.
I think you’ve been working a lot with your friends. But I’ve also noticed that your music is a lot more personal than your friends’.
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