Stephen Jackson Speaks on His Rap Career, 2 Chainz Sleeping on His Couch and More…

You ever work with 2 Chainz, AKA Tity Boi?

Man, I’ve been knowing Tity Boi for about eight, nine years. Man, Tity Boi slept on my couch. We used to go out together a lot. We haven’t done any work together, but that’s a real close friend of mine. I’m happy for his success.

I was gonna say, what do you think about how he’s finally jumping off?

He deserves it, man. He paid his dues—he’s been in the game a long time—so it’s definitely his time.

You just knew him from being around Atlanta?

Yeah, ATL. We used to go out together. People used to think we were brothers because we’d be together so much. Believe it or not, Tity Boi used to play basketball a little bit.

Yeah, I heard he even played a year in college.

Yeah, he was pretty good. He had an injury on his lower ankle, in his shin area, but he used to play a little bit.

And even then you knew he had the skills to jump off and just needed the opportunity?

You know, everybody got to pay their dues. I always listened to his music, cause that’s my boy. He always was the guy who had all the swag and that was giving DTP a lot of their swag, and it’s good to see him stand on his own.

You mentioned that KD is on the album. How do you kind of stay away from getting grouped in with all of the other NBA players who try their hand at rapping? A lot of people have this and that to say about players who make music, so how do you kind of stand alone on that?

I don’t care, I don’t pay attention to it, I’m me. Who cares what people say? I mean, people’s opinions are like buttholes—everybody has one. I don’t even pay it attention.

So Durant’s kind of nice with it?

Yeah, KD can go, man. I respect him for even getting on the track with me, because a lot of athletes are scared to even get on the same song with me ’cause they feel I’m gonna embarrass them. I’m just happy he took the time to do it, and he really killed the verse so a lot of people are gonna be surprised by it.

Cool. Do you listen to any of the other players who are out there, like Lou Williams or—and obviously you do—Marquis Daniels?

Yeah, I listen to Quis. I haven’t heard Lou Williams rap before, but I heard he’s pretty good. But me and Marquis been rapping for a long time together. Baron Davis, also.

So when’s the album slated to drop?

Either the beginning of next month, or the end of this month. We’re trying to figure that out now, but the album is done. We just have to go mix and master it and touch it up.

Do you have your own studio, or you rent studio time or what?

I’m in the process of building my own studio in my house in Atlanta, but for now I bounce around to different studios. My album was mostly done here in San Antonio.

So it was recorded mostly this summer?

Yeah, since the season’s been over.

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