“Well, you’re just a baser.” One day, I was in my room drunk and I had a bunch of [cocaine] in there. I was with a couple of my older homeboys, my older chicos that usually had all the work. They were breaking it down. One night I snorted about two or three lines, and six hours later after about the eighteenth conversation, I just noticed, holy shit, I’m higher than a muthafucka. I’m speedin’ right now. I can’t stop talking. I can’t stop moving. This is the best shit God ever created. Do you still think cocaine is the best shit God ever created? Yeah. I mean, naw. I think weed is the best shit God ever created.
“I used to serve this one baser [crack] and One day his eyes were real wide and he said to me, ‘Yo, you ever did this shit?’ I said, ‘Naw, man.’ He said, ‘Don’t you ever do this shit, dawg. This shit is the devil.’”
Um... okay. You’re sounding like a drug advocate right now. Are you advocating cocaine use? Oh, I love cocaine. Let me tell you what cocaine does to me. When I’m on pills, they get me high. It’s an upper and a downer at the same time. When I’m on syrup and Xanax bars, that’s a downer. When I’m on weed and Hennessy, that’s a downer. But when I toot-toot on that white bitch - no offense, JB - it evens everything out. I feel like I’m down but I can function. I can talk; I’m not slurring. I can drive right. It’s a balance for everything.
Which drugs do you think the government should legalize? They need to legalize weed. That’s it, ‘cause everything else is gonna have everybody trippin’. Not everybody can snort coke and be normal and function. Certain muthafuckas can do that, but you gotta be responsible for the other muthafuckas that can’t do that. [Some people] snort white and wanna go shoot up some shit for no reason. I do that too, but I’m gonna shoot up some shit for a reason. When’s the last time you snorted cocaine? Right before I left for Jamaica. I got high to stay awake ‘cause I had a flight early in the morning. I snorted an eight-ball real quick and stayed up all night. I can’t do no less than an eight-ball. I need 3.5 grams. I can’t do nothing less than that or I’m gonna be upset. When you hear about other artists or famous people that have overdosed on cocaine or died from syrup, does that scare you? Naw, ‘cause I feel like that’s God’s plan. If that’s the way I gotta go out, that’s the way he’s gonna let me go out. Just like with motorcycles. I wanna buy a bike right now; I’ve never rode one in my life but I’m gonna buy one and I’m gonna do 200 on the highway at four in the morning on a Wednesday when nobody’s on it. If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go. I could be sitting right here in this truck talking to you and a nigga I robbed three years ago could run up on the truck and blow my brains out. Either way, I’m not scared of that. I am the original overdoser. I overdose on life. Did your aunt gain weight because she kicked the crack-cocaine habit? Yeah. She kicked the habit because the doctors gave her a bunch of different drugs; they gave her more legal drugs to get off the illegal drugs and it fucked up her whole brain. Now she has the mental capacity of a 13-year-old, and she’s 48 years old. But I still love her to death. So if you’ve been spending $1,500 a week on drugs since 15, that’s a lot of money. How much money do you think you’ve spent on drugs in your lifetime? Shit! A house. I’m 26 now. But nah, I’ve only been spending money like that since 2006 when we got the [record] deal and I started making a bunch of money. What happens if, God forbid, your music career ends and the money stops coming in? I’d have to wind off that shit, because I won’t be able to buy it. I’ve got so many friends in high places that they’re just gonna give it to me, but I would just have to stop doing it, period. I’m not gonna rob nobody for it, and I ain’t finna steal for it. I ain’t a slave to it. I do drugs, I don’t let ‘em do me. My willpower is so strong. The only thing I have a problem with is weed. In the morning I have to have a joint or I’m snapping on everybody. Is drug use a common theme throughout your music? Yeah. We’re about to flood the industry with Triple C’s, Carol City Cartel, Black Flag Music. Drugs are a big part of my life so I talk about it a lot. I got a freestyle talking about the After Hours; that’s where I be at. I come out at 4:30 in the morning and that’s when I start my night. I go to the titty bar for about an hour, and then I go to the After Hours. I’m a king in there. Everybody knows, there goes Gunplay, make sure he got his rice and beans. Rice and beans is coke and pills. That’s the first two [drugs] I need when I go out. Have you ever tried going out sober? Yeah, and it’s not that much fun. It was boring. If you hadn’t been exposed to so much drug use as a child through your family, do you think you would’ve ended up trying them? That’s a good question. I have no idea. I think I woulda probably tried it because I’ve always rolled with the punches. If I didn’t know that crack did that to you, I probably would be more susceptible to smokin’ that shit. I saw that shit early, so it’s
something in the back of my subconscious that will not let me do it. I don’t have no experimental urge to do it.
Are there any other drugs that scare you? The most I ever did that was over the limit - and I’ll never do it again - is coke and heroin. Speedballin’. I was with a white bitch one time and my coke was done, and she had some [coke] but I didn’t know that she had mixed with with boy [heroin]. It looked kinda grayish brown, but you’ll find that sometimes if your coke is cut. I snorted it up and instantly I felt like I was on ecstasy. I was like, “Damn, this is some fire-ass coke.” After the fifth or sixth line she says, “Oh. You’re snorting outta that bag? Oh, baby, no. That’s a speedball.” I’m like, “Oh. Well, how much do you want for the rest of that?” I bought the rest from her and after I finished snorting that shit, it was the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my fucking life. I was The Exorcist in the house. I was projectile puking. I was shooting that bitch so far. Never again. Once that happened, I decided I ain’t fuckin’ around with that shit no more. That was the craziest drug I ever did. It’s called speedball, boy and girl mixed, and you can either vein it or nose it. I was straight nosing it ‘cause I don’t fuck with my veins. So you’re promising, in print, that you’ll never try crack? I ain’t never gonna say never, but I ain’t never gonna try hard and I ain’t never gonna do no boy. That’s not my drug of choice. I’m gonna let the fans know a secret. I heard about meth. They say that if you snort a match tip of crystal meth you’ll be high for six hours. I hope nobody brings that shit in front of me, ‘cause a six-hour high off a match tip, oh boy! But that’s kinda borderline crack. When I see meth [addicts], you can’t tell if they’re on crack or meth. I don’t think I’d ever do that. Have any of your friends told you that you need to chill out? Oh, yeah. If it wasn’t for [Carol City Cartel’s] Geter K, Torch, and Rick Ross, I would be lost. It was messing up my business. At one point when we got the deal and all this money, I couldn’t differentiate business from pleasure. On business time, I was still high. Remember when we did the OZONE cover [photo shoot]? I was on so much dope then and I wasn’t supposed to be ‘cause it’s business hours. You can’t do that. So they had a little intervention for you? Not really. They just said, “You’re shooting yourself in the foot. Stop.” They didn’t have to tie me up and send me to a shrink or no bullshit like that. All they told me was, “Listen, you’re not only fucking yourself up, you’re fucking up the crew. You’re fucking up our money also. You’re fucking up Rick Ross’ money.” After that intervention, I was like, wow, I’d die for my niggas. I would never hurt any of my niggas physically, financially, mentally. Once they told me that, I thought about their kids. I thought about Ross’ son, Geter K’s son, Torch’s son, my son and that clicked in my head: You’re tripping. You’re about to not get a check and you’re a pivotal point in this crew. I’m the underboss, man. How old is your son? My son is 3 and a half and gorgeous. He stays with his mom ‘cause I’m too busy and she’s a real good woman and a very good mother, so I trust her all day with him. I don’t worry about him when I’m on the road because when he’s with her or my mom, he’s good. There’s no pressure at all. Do you think your drug use affects him? I don’t disrespect my son. I don’t get high in front of him. He might smell a lil Newport or Heineken on my breath but that’s about it. [When he gets older] I’m gonna let my son do what he wanna do, but I’m gonna show him firsthand, just like I was shown, what drugs to you. That sticks in your head. I could beat his ass all day, but he’s gotta make his own decisions. I’m gonna show him the real. I’m not gonna shelter him and hide him from stuff like my mother wants me too. I’m gonna show him weed and say, “When you get old enough, if you wanna smoke the shit, it’s cool. Smoke it, don’t let it smoke you.” I’ll smoke weed with my son if he’s a responsible young adult. If he’s headed in the right direction and wants to get high a lil’ bit, do your thing, man. But it’s strictly recreational. Be about your business 25-8 because when you don’t handle your business ain’t nobody gonna give you shit to smoke for free and shit to snort. You gotta buy your shit, and how you gonna buy your shit if you ain’t handling your business? That’s how I do it. Once you handle your business, use it at your discretion. If you a weak-minded muthafucka, that shit is gonna take over you. God bless you. But I’m not a weak-minded muthafucka; I’m strong. I won’t spend my last on it. If it’s either a $20 on coke or $20 in the tank, I’ma put $20 in the tank and then I’ma call my homeboy and say, “Front me $20 of coke.” Is there anything else you wanna talk about? I wanna plug the After Hours in my city in Miami. Every third Thursday once a month I have a Triple C pill-poppin’ party. It starts at 3:30 in the morning. I walk around the club and whoever I think is on the most drugs and stickin’ – that’s when you on two or three beans and your jaw is locked up and your eyes are wide – if I feel that you’re really high I’ma give you another pill. I just go around the party handing out pills. Every third Thursday of the month the whole city comes out just to get high with me. They love it. Rick Ross’ album Trilla is in stores right now and we got Carol City Cartel’s album coming right behind it and Gun Play’s album Kill Switch. I got a new name – GunPlay is the goon, and Don Logan is the business man. GunPlay is Don Logan. //
OZONE MAG // 79
Ozone Mag #65 - Mar 2008