I've never read anything about whether or not you have a special lady in your life. Are you married or do you see marriage in your future?
I'm the George Clooney of hip-hop. It's not gonna happen. I'm not eligible. It's just not gonna happen. The only way I'll ever get married is in a business-friendship-relationship. It's gotta be like, "This makes sense." I'd marry for money. Like if you're filthy, f---ing wealthy, not no hand-me-down money where you're waiting to get it. You got to have it. And I'll tell you, "You know I'm only marrying you 'cause you're rich." Outside of that, I'd marry for a partnership if I felt like we could partner up as friends. It'd be like a "Let's grow old together type of thing." I would never marry for feelings and love. In my mind I get married every three months [laughs
If you had children do you think your lyrics would change?
If I had a daughter something probably would've happened. I have a homeboy who's a pimp. He had a baby by one of his whores. That baby grew up to be a whore. He calls his daughter all kinds of bitches and she just accepts it. He's like, "Bitch, you a h-- 'cause you're momma was a h--." That's how he talks to his daughter and it's a loving kind of way.
'The World Is Filled...' is one of my favorite Biggie songs and you were featured on there. Tell us about that time in the studio when you were recording that with him.
The one thing that always sticks out to me about that session is that I got to witness the technique. Every rapper writes down lyrics and raps or he freestyles. But I never seen the technique [that Biggie used before]. We're in the room, the music's playing in the studio, people are walking in and out passing around drinks, there's a lot of weed being smoked, a lot of talking, a lot of noise. Even Big is interacting and s---, but somehow, while all this is going on, he's writing, memorizing a verse in his head. I got my pen and my paper and I'm getting my part together. He's like, "I'm ready. Put me in the booth." I'm not saying anything about all of this. I'm just watching. No pen, no paper, never wrote s---. He goes in there and he starts rapping, gets his little tone together. He just did it in like one take. I'm like, asking, "Did you already have that? Where the f--- did that come from?" They're like, "Big don't write s---. He just raps that s---." I don't think Biggie was making it known at that time how he worked. But Jay-Z adopted it from Biggie. I assume, I think he did. I don't know why they started doing that. When Biggie died, Jay was doing a lot of things just to keep that Big spirit alive. He probably always looked up to Big. Biggie and Jay-Z was E-40 and Too $hort. Jay more or less popularized that [no pen or paper technique].
How is your technique?
If I was to do it, I can sit here and remember four lines, six lines, eight lines but then I get down to the end of the verse and I'm like, "Damn, what was I saying at first?" I literally can think of some fly ass s--- to me and if I don't f---in' write it down somewhere right now, tomorrow I'll be like, "What's that s--- I was trying to say?" Never can bring it back. You coulda played [my whole 'No Trespassing' album] and said, "Sing along with it," and I'd say, "I don't know it." I don't really memorize [my songs]. The only things I memorize is what I have to say on stage. I don't know any of the Too $hort songs by heart.
Who have you done a song with that people may be surprised by the collaboration?
. I go in the studio and she starts trembling. She's like, "Nothing makes me nervous. I am the biggest Too $hort fan." That was one of my favorite sessions too. She told me what to do. She had this song, that she's never gonna release. It's about pimps. But it's not about pimps pimpin' whores. It's like a socially conscious song about politicians and preachers who are in a good position and supposed to be responsible but they're really just pimps. My part was to come on and explain to a listener who don't know what a pimp is, what is a pimp. I go in there and I write the song and I record my verse.
She goes, "Can everyone please leave the room except me and Todd?" So she says, "Let me see your rap," and she starts to talk to me like my mother. "You see right here where you say that? I really don't get it. I know what you're trying to say but I really don't get it." She gives me all these pointers. She leaves me in the room and I take her advice. I say it a little more boldly and I rephrased it the way she wanted. She came back and said, "That's it!" I got the Jill Scott approval. Nobody ever handled me in a session like that ever. Just checked me. We even smoked a tiny little joint. It was a great experience.