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You didn’t spend as much time in jail as a 2Pac, Beanie Sigel, Pimp C, or even Meek Mill, but each of them had different perspectives on how it affected their mind and creativity. Tell us about your experience.
It’s most definitely a challenging situation, but it didn’t break my spirit. Crazy as it sounds, I was able to take advantage of the time I had alone. I was isolated 23 hours out of the day. I had been incarcerated before, but it was never for a crime that I couldn’t post a bond for in the middle of the night. To go from being a mother*cker who travels a few million miles annually and [snaps fingers] you wake up and your shit just stopped? You get to reflect on the work you’ve put in. You sit down and realize how many people are depending on you.
The day I was arrested, ni*ga, the US Marshalls came and got me. The night before, I was having dinner with Ice Cube and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The next day I was supposed be shooting my scene for Barbershop 3. I had one of the nicest jackets in the world made for that [laughs]. It was mother*ckers that had money on the table, ready to do certain deals, but now they’re like, “yo, we’re gonna chill.” You think about the millions in deposits you have to send back. You think about the unsure money that was right there on the edge. I thought about my kids so much. On top of that, you getting woke up by a squeaky ass cart and they sliding you some shit to eat that damn near look like possum. It was time to get all the way right. When I got out, I was confined to the crib and I just went to work. I had enough material to make two albums.
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