What do you listen to from outside the Bay Area? I listen to old shit a little bit. I’ve been listening to old Biggie for awhile. I got hooked on Biggie, cause I never used to listen to him before. I listen to Wayne’s old shit. Not too many people, though, really. I’m not too on top of my music awareness I guess.
Do you think that growing up on the west coast you were sheltered from Biggie because of the Tupac stuff? I wasn’t sheltered, I was just like, Fuck that shit. It was Tupac all day. In second grade, honestly, in my after school program I had a cubby and I had a shrine to Tupac in my cubby. I swear to god. I performed a Snoop Dogg song in third grade at the talent show. Mr. Lee’s class.
Do you think its hard to be a rapper from San Francisco because it has one reputation outside of the Bay and another if you live there? I think a lot of rappers from San Francisco are insecure about that, and it comes through. I know exactly what you’re saying. And I used to think about that shit when I was younger. But me, like, I’m at the point where I don’t care. Maybe at one point I cared because I was trying to do too much of this, or trying to do too much of that. Now I don’t care, man. I’m from San Francisco, I know what it is. I mean it’s many different sides to the city, I’ve lived all the different sides, I’ve been through all different types of shit, positive and negative, good and bad, you know? Fuck that shit, man. Imma rep the city forever.
Is it hard for you to do shows in SF? I remember when I was in high school no rappers from SF did shows in SF cause shit would pop off all the time. I can’t do a show in San Francisco. I mean, I’m doing one with Andre Nickatina, that’s because it’s with Andre Nickatina. Like if it was just me, I couldn’t do it. For a variety of reasons, I just couldn’t do it. The one thing I want to do is a free show at the Potrero Hill Skatepark. I was just telling that to some dude from Thrasher that just interviewed me not too long ago, and that would be so perfect: do a show at the Potrero Hill Skatepark and have everyone come through for free. I just don’t want it to turn negative or anything.