Not so much for his music, but for how real he keeps it. He might be the realest rapper of all time. Check these excerpts from a recent interview he did with Complex.
On the 20 or so times he was picked up and questioned about a murder:
Yeah, [I got into] a little trouble here and there. I caught my first felony gun charge when I was 19. I got caught with a dirty gun. Getting caught stealing shit, but nothing ever really stuck. Getting picked up and questioned about plenty of murders. Probably over 20.
On why his manager, Joe "3H" Weinberger, dropped him like a bad habit:
He saw the trends of rap starting to shift away from the gangsta shit. He saw more of these fuckboys coming into the game. These “Charles Hamilton-type” niggas making that “bubblegum-bullshit” rap. He saw that and wanted to latch onto that, instead of latching on to what was real. He saw a dollar-sign opportunity. I ain’t no racist motherfucker, but it was the Jew in him.
On why he's not concerned with paying Just Blaze for a song he produced:
One fucking song. For a motherfucker to trip like that, then you know. Whatever, I ain’t tripping on that. Rap niggas and the niggas in this industry I don’t even pay no attention to ‘em, cause ain’t none of them gonna come whoop my ass. Ain’t none of them gonna come say nothing to me. So I just be like, whatever. [Laughs.] Motherfuckers hide behind they computers and say little bullshit all day, but 99% of these niggas ain’t 100, man, so I don’t really give no fuck.
On Rick Ross being a cop and Lil Wayne being a down low homosexual:
Rap’s so fucking watered down right now, you can be a motherfucking C.O., you can kiss a nigga, and as long as you making good music, these niggas don’t give a fuck.
On whether or not DJ Khaled is allowed to say the dreaded n-word:
No way that nigga can be [a good rapper], listen to his fucking voice. [Laughs.] He a DJ. He do his thing. Scream on your records. Say “nigga” and all that shit you like to say. I’m surprised motherfuckers ain’t check him for that.
On how DJ Skee constructs his playlists:
Much love to the DJs that play real shit. But a DJ supposed to be a nigga that’s gonna break a record. Do what he gotta do and take pride in breaking that record. It wasn’t so he had to get a piece of you. If he believed in your record then he’d break your record because that was gonna give him more respect as a DJ. But you got these guys who are like, “If I’m gonna work with you I want this, I want that.”
On the last time he had to beat a nigga's ass:
I wouldn’t even really call it a fight. I just beat a nigga’s ass for coming sideways at the gym out in L.A. at a pickup basketball game. A nigga was playing basketball talking all crazy. I had to knock his ass out.