I have to ask you: Who are your top five rappers, dead or alive?
Whoo! I’ma go Ross; I’ma go Nipsey; I’ma go Jay; I like Boosie but I won’t put him in my top five. 'Pac and Biggie finish it up easily. But for alive only, I might even throw Drake in there. When he does his thing, he goes in. And for No. 5 alive, I always keep that open, because everyone has times when they’re just killing it and I just jump on the bandwagon for a little bit until the next one comes on.
In the off-season, do you hang out in Florida a lot?
Yeah, I’m always in Florida. I don’t move from South Florida, man, I love it. I come back home every chance I get.
I was gonna say, that’s where a lot of the hip-hop scene is located.
Yeah. You see them all the time in Miami. That’s where you see a lot of artists. They’re either at clubs or doing shows.
Last year, LeSean McCoy told me that his coach, Chip Kelly, was up on all of the latest artists and rappers. I’m guessing Coach Andy Reid isn’t up on it like that, right?
Nah, he’s not up on it. [Laughs
] But I’m telling you what, Todd Haley might’ve been the biggest Lil Wayne fan ever. I mean, our whole playlists before game, when he was before Reid, was nothing but Wayne. Haley was singing all the songs before the game, man. The culture has expanded and it’s not just for the urban, inner city area anymore; everybody is catching into it.
It’s cool. It means you automatically have something in common with your coach, something to bond over.
Yeah. Good music is good music. I step out of the box now and I’ll listen to Lana Del Rey sometimes, or I might just go listen to old school “Hotel California
,” by The Eagles. Whatever music makes me feel good, I just catch onto it.
So what young artist do you think we should be on the look out for?
There’s an artist in South Florida. He has a little buzz, a little DatPiff album here and there. His name is 1Hot. This dude, he can stand with anybody. He’s kind of like Nipsey when Nipsey first came out. All it takes is the right ear to hear his music. If that happens, it’s going to be all she wrote. He has that sound, and he’s lyrical, too. I think a lot of people can relate to him, so I can’t wait for the right person to hear his music. I’ve been hearing him for years down here, but once he gets out of Florida he’s going to take off.