Stephen Jackson Speaks on His Rap Career, 2 Chainz Sleeping on His Couch and More…
I know you dropped a video a couple of weeks ago, do you plan to drop more videos and really promote it?
I’m gonna put out like four more videos. My album has a lot of songs that I need to do videos for. I plan on putting out four, five videos and then see how many shows I can do before it’s time to go back to work.
Do you feel there’s a single on it or any song on it that’s gonna pop off of it?
I have a lot of singles, man. I have so many songs on that album, we were trying to figure out what should be a single. Of course, the Kevin Durant record’s gonna be a big one. I have a song called “Diamonds” that I’m still trying to find the right feature to go on. The “Trill Anthem” with Bun and Killa Kyleon is gonna be a big record. And I have a story I did about my family called “Life Story,” which is bananas. So I have a lot of songs that could be singles, I just have to figure it out.
And “Life Story” is autobiographical?
Yeah. It’s mostly about my family and coming up where I’m from and how I’m just thankful that my mom paved the way for us to be who we are today.
On a different tip, I was covering the Finals and spent some time with Kendrick Perkins. One thing he told me was that you were one of the first NBA guys to reach out to him and look out for him when he was young, like still a freshman in high school. And I know you look out for DJ Augustin and a bunch of other cats in the League said they have the utmost respect for you. Do you sort of feel like an ol’ head to a lot of guys in the League?
Yeah, I’ve been around a while. You know, around everybody I’ve met I’ve continued to be myself. I’ve always represented where I was from—I’ve never tried to be from the East Coast, West Coast or anywhere else but Port Author, Texas. I think people respect that. And I’ve never been a shady dude. I’ve always respected people that respected me. And if I’m your friend, I’m gonna ride with you to the end. There’s not many people like that these days.
So how’d you hear about Perk when he was so young, just because he was from around the way in Texas?
After I left, my high school coach went to his school and started coaching him when he was coming up. So when I used to go back home, I used to go work out with Perk and my high school coach, and I just started raising him from there—working out with him, showing him the ropes, keeping him positive. He lost his mom at a very young age, so it was good to see how mature he was with that happening in his life. Kendrick’s been a man from a young age, and I’m not surprised at where he’s at now because he’s been through a lot and fought through a lot to get to where he’s at.
And it reminds me of you in that people misread Kendrick’s body language and facial expressions a lot. So they think he’s one kind of dude when he’s really a good guy.
Yeah, and he’s like me too in that he really don’t care. He has a beautiful wife, beautiful kids, beautiful family and that’s all that he really cares about. I don’t think he really cares about what people on the outside say. At the end of [the] night when he gets on his knees and says his prayers, that man upstairs is the only person that matters, and the people in the house that he’s sleeping in. I think we all was raised that way.
And you said you’re cool with Bun B. Is that also cause he’s from PA?
Bun and my older brother were real good friends; they went to school together. I think the first song I prolly ever heard in my life was by UGK, so we was raised on UGK music and that’s all we know. A lot of times when people ask me where I’m from, I say “Port Arthur.” They’ll say, “Where?!” I’ll say, “Same place UGK is from,” and once I say that people know where I’m from. UGK did a lot for our city. I don’t think anybody would know about Port Arthur if it wasn’t for Pimp C and Bun B.
Perk said “Murder Music” is his pre-game UGK song of choice. Do you have one?
I don’t have a favorite because I like all of them. I know all of them word-for-word. It’s not one word I would mess up on any song. You name it and I could say it, trust me.
Who else did you come up listening to? I know Screw, UGK, anybody else?
Scarface. I grew up listening to Nas, Das EFX, D.O.C., N.W.A., Snoop—I listened to a little bit of everything. A lot of R&B, a lot of soul, I listen to gospel music. I sing gospel music around the house. Music is everywhere around me, bro, you can’t miss me. And then if I don’t know the words to something, I guarantee my wife knows the words. We’ll be at Joe’s Crab Shack, a song will come on and she’ll start singing the words. I’ll be like, “How you know that?!” You can’t miss us with music.
Do you feel like all those types of music influenced your own musical style?
I think growing up in the Church choir, singing, that started it all. Music just became a part of my life, and I don’t think it’ll ever leave because it’s so dear to me. I have a lot of memories of singing in the Church choir. I think that’s why I got my love of music from.
In my head I’m imaging Tim Duncan bopping to your music.
Yeah, Tim has both my CDs. He’ll text me every blue moon saying he likes one of my songs. Tim’s not really a big rap guy, but if I need his support, he’ll definitely give it to me.
I assume Pop [Gregg Popovich] isn’t a big rap guy, either.
I don’t know what kind of music Pop listens to, but I would never give him my CD.