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On Growing Up In Detroit, Michigan:

Detail: “Shout out to Detroit right now. I’m doing some things. I know y’all probably heard—about the economy and what’s been going on with Detroit. Trying to file for bankruptcy, and I just feel like Detroit is such a survival city. I think that education is lacking in Detroit. A lot of things that I learned, I am probably time and a half of my age because of what I learned. Having sex at 12 years old and my first cousin, her having a baby at 13. Just what I experienced. Everything starts earlier. Living in a dopehouse at 13. Away for four days out of the week. I don’t know how my momma didn’t call the police. How did she let me do that? You know what I am saying?

“Detroit is like that. It’s a tough struggle. You grew up very fast. I went to jail at 14. CCW and a drug case in juvenile and got out and went to jail again at 15, got out when I was 17. Started doing music, went back to school. Graduated from high school, which was a great accomplishment in the hood. Nobody in my hood graduated from high school. None of my brothers or nobody. I don’t know nobody that graduated. When I got out of jail that was pretty dope.

“I never had a job, I sold dope my whole life. For me, my friend did music. He was one of the dudes in the hood nobody bothered. He wasn’t in the streets. You gave one person in the hood a pass. That went to school and did everything right. You might of stole his shit, but you gave him a pass. He was the one that did music. When I got out of jail, I started working with him because I never had no job. I just looked at it like this: If I get another strike, I am gonna do five years. I was like, I am not going to get a job, so we’ll just do music to figure it out later. That’s kind of what happened. I got so excited about music.”

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