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‘Gangsta rap’ is a derogatory label.
But when I really look back on my life, being really honest about it and now that I’ve got the chance to travel the world, seeing how a lot of little kids grow up – my life wasn’t so bad.
If it wasn’t for the military I probably would not have ever come to Bosnia for vacation.
Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.
I’m innocent. I’ve done nothing. I’m a nice guy.
I came to Baku the same way I would go to Texas – because they asked me to come and play hip hop.
We take pride in what we do.
I’ve basically got an album full of singles.
I just think it’s my responsibility as a human being and an entertainer to see the soldiers.
I was hungry a coupla’ times but for the most part I ate every day… I got to go to school for free.
Acting is all about timing. I mean, who has better timing than the MCs?
I know I’m just one man trying to do one thing, and the next day is not promised to any man. I’m very humble.
Because I’m a young black man driving a really nice, expensive car, I sometimes get harassed when I’m rolling through a ghetto neighbourhood.
I wasn’t driving down the wrong side of the street, smoking marijuana, waving my gun out the window.
I have seven children. Even if you got a lot of money, feeding 5, 6, 7, 8 mouths, it will do some damage to your pocket.
People treat me nice ‘cos I treat them nice.
I started cooking from watching my mom. My mother was a really, really great cook.
I finished the movie a month ago in downtown Los Angeles. I had a lot of fun doing it.
I’ve been rapping since 1979.
I think anybody can cook if they take the time.
I don’t consider myself a gangsta rapper. But I’m probably more qualified to be a gangsta rapper than people who call themselves that. I’ve been through that life.
‘Shaka’ is my catchphrase. Emeril got ‘bam,’ I got ‘Shaka.’
I love cartoons. I’m just a big kid.
I never let any of my sons beat me at videogames.
I’m never doing a new album. I’ll probably do nothing but singles. I’m as good as anybody out there lyrically and conceptually and can go toe to toe with the best of them throughout history. But I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing it. It’s not really fun anymore.
I perform for soldiers because they are important.