From his name to his drug use in music videos, Gunplay can be a magnet for controversy. Another point of discussion has been his swastika tattoo, though he recently explained the message behind the ink.
“It’s just my symbol of genocide to the bullshit,” the Florida native told Pigeons and Planes in an interview. “Mass murdering the bullshit. Too much bullshit out here. I came to Nazi that shit. I came to Hitler that motherfucker. Put all the fake motherfuckers in the gas chamber and gas your fuck ass. That’s what I’m here to do. So niggas better walk light around a nigga. I’ma show niggas. I can talk but I’ma show niggas. All that fake shit, I’ma call that shit out and I’ma stomp that shit out. I got a mission. Just playing the game for the meantime.”
The long-haired, high-energy rhymer also said that he find inspiration from another controversial figure, 2Pac. “His shit was always a message,” he explained. “He was always flossing in his shit but he always had a message in there. He’ll always drop a jewel on you. He’ll be flashy and all that but then he’ll drop a jewel on you, four bars down. I’m just studying all that, watching the blueprint of success with Rozay and building the empire and following the blueprint of some greats.”
In addition to his ink, influences, desire to work with Big K.R.I.T., and recent Def Jam solo deal, Gunplay also spoke on his thoughts on Rick Ross’ album, God Forgives, I Don’t, which hits stores on July 31 and leaked online yesterday. “That shit’s crazy,” he promised. “Super dope. I don’t know if it’s going to top Teflon Don…Let me see. I don’t know ’cause Teflon Don was a gem. I’m not going to lie, that shitted on everything around the time it dropped. Everything going on, they just embodied that shit, man. It was a great body of work. But this new one might be the best one yet.”
Gunplay is currently working on upcoming releases, Bogota (his next mixtape) and Medellin (solo debut album).—Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)