"I Got That Weed": A Song For Our Times
You're involved with so many projects, but you're probably most known for the classic "White Girls" video. Do you think having "White Girls" as part of your legacy has helped or hurt your endeavors in any way?
I think it's a bit of both. I can't say what would have happened without it. It's definitely opened doors because people wanted to see what I'd do next. But, I think it got to the point where people didn't take me as seriously. It was a satire, parody song, but it was on "BET Un:Cut" which was mostly ratchet, low budget videos where most of the other videos didn't have any parody or satire. When they said they had no panties on, that meant they had no panties on. "White Girls" was actually inspired by a Necro song called "I Need Drugs," in which he was doing a parody of LL Cool J's "I Need Love" only sick and twisted and, while Necro's a wild, out there guy, he's not a crackhead, so I thought I could do a song from the perspective of a black guy who really liked white girls. It was sort of what I was seeing a lot of at the time, friends from Boston in a lot of college towns were chasing white girls. Sometimes I feel being a musician is kind of like being a journalist, rapping about what's going on not just in my life, but in the lives of a bunch of other people. Sometimes, I was a little embarrassed by it, but I still made good money off it and it showed me, as an independent artist, that you can get licensing to a movie and get big checks and get on BET without a major label. I'm very grateful for it and grateful for the opportunity and the doors it opened for me. It taught me a lot about the music business.
In reference to the Necro origins, have you ever had any interactions with him?
Our paths have never crossed, even though I was coming up in the underground era when he was popping. I never got to work with him, but I remember buying the I Need Drugs DVD with him and his Uncle and showing it to all my friends because it was so crazy. I'd be interested in working with him, especially after the Kool G Rap stuff.
The other track you're known for is "Liquorland." Between weed, liquor and white girls, what's your favorite vice?
Oh man, I'd say weed right now. I can't afford it right now, which kinda stinks, especially because I just came back from California and you can get such good prices. Since I haven't met that many white girls from "White Girls," I'd like to meet a nice sexy white girl who I can mess with. Liquor is cheap and easy, but I'm older, I'm not partying all night, I like to relax and watch a movie with friends and family and weed is great for that. I'd like to meet Scarlett Johansson, she's my favorite white girl.