I was like “Fuck this” and I got rid of that part and the second part of the song was an extended song where he said, “If I never had anybody else but the one I’m with now, would you let me live? That’s what I want to be my own man.” I had to let him know. He was an incredibly strong leader. He made the right decisions right then and there. I know what made him go down that path.
Where did you guys meet? It was always funny to me that people call you “Hank The Human.” We’d meet up for a day to shoot a video together. But now that you’re married, do you still call yourself Hank?
Oh man, a thousand times! I don’t really know. It’s kind of an homage. That’s the way people have always referred to me. I think it’s a nice line of questioning. “Hank, is there anything you regret? Is there anything that you’re proud of?” What I’d really like to be my own man, like the first version of myself.
What about the “Gonna Get Ya” song is that that reference?
Yeah, I know what you’re talking about. But I feel as though now people can appreciate me without the lyrics. My mom just gave me that “Gonna Get Ya” song. [Laughs.] I don’t know if a lot of people get into what I’m really talking about. What you’re getting in here from all the rappers is very authentic.
On this tour, have you been singing anything specific?
At first, I sang my mother’s song, “Hands That Clean the Floor” for every song in between. Now I’m singing a different song every week, and that’s fine. So my mom knows they’re supposed to sing something and I know they’re supposed to be singing something that I have written. So I’m just saying “hands” and the first verse was, “I’m gonna get ya, baby.”
You did a little something like this with Drake at [Hook N’ Ladder] in L.A. recently, did you get that much attention out of the gate?
That was awesome. I think it was a great thing for me to come out and give those guys back the energy that they gave us at the Hook N’ Ladder tour. I was like, “Wow, this is real,” and I just