Were you with those guys early enough to where they were still doing battle raps? This was still in high school, with those guys?
“Yeah, K-Rino was in high school. Like I said, I was in Sterling. You know, I saw K-Rino from afar. If you wanted to do some music, you had to know who K-Rino was…when I didn’t know him, when I wasn’t friends with him, I knew who he was, but I wasn’t introduced to him. But when I was going to that school [Sterling], everybody respected K-Rino. I used to go to the bathrooms when they went in the bathrooms. K-Rino used to wreck shit. He used to be at the talent shows, and I used to be at all that shit, but you know, nobody knew who I was at the time. I was an underdog on the rise.”
“I was a nerd, single mama. I didn’t get involved with the street cats until I was into music in my 20s. So I grew up knowing that — believing that I could do anything I wanted to do. I went to college. I was a magna cum laude graduate…it wasn’t about me bein’ enraptured with the street life, per se. Not me. But a lot of the cats got involved — some of the hot rappers were actually dope boys who just wanted to get out of the street life using their skills. But problem is, once you start experiencing some success in the music business, they couldn’t leave the street mentality alone. And I believe that’s still going on a little bit today. They don’t know how to separate, ‘I’m an artist now–I’m all about music now…’ and ‘I’m involved with the street life, I’ve gotta do this…’ Man, you can’t–you gotta be one or the other. You gonna be a music man or you gonna be a dope man? One of the two, but you can’t be both or you gonna split yourself up.”