I consider myself a pretty spiritual guy, which is why I try as much as I can to treat people right, especially my family and friends. But that’s not always easy, especially when it comes to money.

I don’t believe money is the root of all evil, but I do believe people can become corrupt in pursuit of it. I feel blessed to be in the position to be able to help out the people I love and care about in my life, but sometimes people try to count your pockets like they were right there with you when you were the one in the studio all day and night and then had to get up and take your kids to school and then do it all over again.

I’ve had folks who I’m simply just cool with or may have just met a few times and they feel like just because I got a few songs in rotation that I ain’t got nothing better to do with my money than to just give it to them even though the conversation always starts with, “Can I borrow…”

Of course now, I only “lend” what I can afford to give away because you can let money make you angry and bitter, especially when someone you call your family or friend promises to repay it. I’m the type of person that will share whatever I have but I don’t appreciate when folks assume that while I may live comfortably that I can afford to just have multiple loans just out there or have money sitting around just for me hand out.

I think I feel this way because I’ve worked hard for what I have and continue to do so and know what it’s like to really sacrifice and struggle. And while I’m a kind-hearted person, I gotta make sure my future is secure, too. You never know how the business is gonna go. Even this so-called “recession” or whatever you may call it has taught all of us a lesson in being a little wiser with how we spend and how we lend. I don’t ever want to be in a position where money controls me but I do want to be in control of my money and that’s not being e-v-i-l, that’s trying to l-i-v-e.