If we’re being honest, there have always been gangsta rap artists, and, yes, the genre has always existed and, frankly, always will exist. I don’t doubt that there might be a certain element of gangsta rap that we can be proud of. That’s a nice thing in some ways. But it’s also a bad thing, because it’s not really what rap is all about. And it’s not really hip-hop, either.
So if there are no exceptions to the rule with rap, what does this mean for rap music?
As far as I’m concerned, there really isn’t one. It’s about a whole bunch of different things at once, and hip-hop is no different. Hip-hop is about a lot of different things. It’s about a lot of different people, and it’s about a lot of different situations, and I think it can’t possibly be a hip-hop genre. That’s all there is to it.
Why is the rap game so divisive and hostile in our time, so much so?
Because of these people. It’s because of these people who have taken rap’s popularity and made it about them. There is something to be said about that, and there’s nothing that you’re going to find in hip-hop. You’re not going to see anything other than a white kid who’s listening. So who the fuck give a shit what they think?
You’ve said on multiple occasions that there seems to be a real conflict within the rap community. Do you feel it? If so, how so?
There is definitely a conflict within the group. I don’t want to get too too far into it, but one of the great things about our world right now is that if you want to really talk about the culture, then the rap group you want to talk about is the Gangster Disciples. The Gangster Disciples were the first rap group, so it’s the one you want to talk about. And I can’t speak for the rappers within that group, because of a very long time. But that’s how I feel. There is definitely a problem, and it’s not as simple as a lot of what is going on with the other kids. It’s going to take somebody to actually step up to the plate and be a leader and represent the rest of the people.
But even when you compare our rap scene to other kinds of rap, that doesn’t compare because