"I don’t know, and it don’t matter," rapper YG tells Billboard after being asked whether he knows who shot him on the night of June 12. "I got lucky because a main artery is right there, right around the groin. The bullet didn’t go that deep, and it didn’t hit any bones."
YG photographed at Nightbyrd Studios on June 19, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif.
"My parents told me when I was young,...
"My parents told me when I was young, 'You’re going to be dead or in jail,' all that shit," says YG (born Keenon Jackson). "Now that I got [shot], they try to tell me more stuff. My family is always praying for me. But I’m not doing what I was doing back in the day. I was robbing, breaking into houses. I ain’t doing that. I am who I am, though -- still. The streets made me who I am."
"Was it hard to write about the situation? No, not at all," says YG about the song "Twist Your Fingers," about his experience being shot from his upcoming album Still Krazy. "I mention it and talk about it on the record and let everyone know what and let everyone know whatever they going to know. I’ve been through real shit and I still go through real shit, and I made it in sticky situations and turned the negative into a positive."
Has he ever had his heart broken? "It’s filled with all different type of shit that’s f---ed up. It’s not a good feeling," says YG. "My heart is numb. It’s not broke, it’s numb. It’s numb because of hard situations."
"I have trust issues," says YG. "For reasons, though, plenty of reasons. Like, I don’t know who shot me. I trust nobody across the board. If I ain’t with you almost every day, if you ain’t pulling up, if I ain’t calling you, I don’t trust you, especially now. I know a lot of people be mad, jealous or whatever it is, some people feel like I’m not touchable but I’m still out here, and that make it worse."
"I look at it like Jay Z’s first album Reasonable Doubt, which was like the same situation. People were just unfamiliar with my first album and they didn’t really think I was going to make it as far as I did," says YG. "But I think my sound has grown since."