"I Don't Shake Hands and I Don't Squash Beef": Gunplay Talks Murdering 50 Cent and His Cocaine Habit
Though Rick Ross has signed or attempted to sign nearly half of the rap/r&b acts in the game he's still been pretty loyal to a guy with an unmarketable name and an unpredictable disposition, Gunplay. With his name and a bad tendency to not just get into trouble but immerse himself and roll around in it, it's a bit mystifying how Rozay secured a solo deal at Def Jam for his Carol City brethren.
After a busy summer promoting Self Made Vol. 2, signing the aforementioned deal with Def Jam and losing his MMG chain after a skirmish with 50 Cent's goons Gunplay's troubles were compounded when he was arrested for armed robbery for an incident with his accountant this past April.
Out on bail and on house arrest, he's laying in the cut recording his Def Jam debut until his court date in December. Hopefully things go well for the rapper. But just in case he's convicted SOTC sat down with Gunplay a/k/a Mr. Richard Morales Jr. to talk about his role within MMG, his supposed coke habit and why TMZ talks tougher than most rappers. Cue the MMG girl with the sexy voice...
Gunplay's in the house! Or in your house rather due to house arrest, no?
Yeah man, I'm still on house arrest. Just posted right now.
How are you maintaining productivity in that situation?
I'm still working, I'm still working. Like i said, I'm on house arrest until December 3rd when I go to trial so I set studio up at the house and I've been on the phone a lot to be at places while I'm not really there. I got my album I'm working on and we just dropped the single "Drop" last week. I'm just making the best of an ill situation.
Care to speak on your upcoming trial for robbery?
Nah, not until it's over.
What's the response been like for the single?
They loving it. As soon as it dropped they was loving it. We just wanted to put my best foot forward for the release of Medellin. It's got an edgy vibe, like "Rollin'" does.
So you said the album is called Medellin
Yup, that's right. Bogota was the original name for the album. Medellin is the new name.
Are you Colombian? Did you ever live there or do you have any ties there?
Nah, my moms is from Jamaica and my pops is Puerto Rican. I was born in Texas. From there I moved to New York for awhile and then we moved down to Miami where I grew up.