It was so closed-in. It was hella tunnel vision. Even when I got old enough to realize what I wanted to do, I never saw the same shit other people saw. I was never a kid that said he wanted to be a rapper. I wanted to play football when I was real little, but it's so easy to get your dreams crushed where I'm from. I realized what real life was like by the time I was 12 or 13. I was like, n---a, it's a one-in-a-million chance of making it. I realized that everything's hella hard. I realized real life was hard early on. Sometimes people are blind to that until they get way older. Some n---as won't even realize that n---as are really dying out here until they're 16 or 17.
I realized that life is ending when I was 11 or 12 years old. I was around gangbanging and hella shit. By 13 or 14, I was having talks with my brothers about how it doesn't matter if we go to jail for life, because we ain't gonna do nothing. Rap wasn't in the picture. I didn't know one rapper. Where I'm from, we didn't know anyone. Mozzy was the first rapper that I had seen grow up. Where I'm from, it was a place of no hope -- not just Northern California, not just Sacramento, but Oak Park. In my hood, there was no hope, but that turned me into a monster. I never would have rapped if I didn't go to jail. The first time I thought about rapping was in a jail cell.
You're only 20, but do you view yourself as role model for kids in your community?
I view myself as a role model to older people, too. People I looked up to when I was younger tell me I'm their hero. People I used to be scared to talk to, the dudes in the hood with all the money who we'd be hearing about since we were toddlers, they now tell me they admire what I do. I'm the perfect example of how you're supposed to do it. To be independent and really push. I have a team and we just go with it. People admire it. I know I'm a role model to older n---as, and I'm a role model to younger dudes, too.
If you could offer a younger version of yourself any advice, what would it be?
Shit, don't waste your life. If you have ideas, go and do that shit. Don't play with it because the longer you wait, shit, ain't nothing waiting for you. When I first started playing around with rap, I wish someone told me, "really do it.' It sounds so simple, but it's already too late for some people! You'll meet the most talented people in prison doing life with so much gas, so many lyrics, but one day could be too late. You could do some shit yesterday and it could fuck you up for the rest of your life.
Don't ever wait to do what you need to do. Life ain't waiting on you. Some people got it better than us, some people got it worse. Do what you're supposed to do.