Stitches Sets the Record Straight on the Game Beef, His Music Career and Fighting in the Ring
Miami rapper Stitches' life has changed considerably since last month. After engaging in an ongoing beef with the Game, he's been in the headlines consistently from blogs to TMZ over the past few weeks. He's made it to mainstream America's radar.
The issues between the two rappers began online and escalated two weeks ago during Miami’s Art Basel weekend -- Stitches was punched by the Game’s manager, Wack 100, outside of a nightclub. With both artists taking jabs at one another through social media and a diss track after the incident, the latest news to come as a result of the beef is the possibility of a celebrity boxing match.
In the midst of the drama and the back and forth, XXL caught up with Stitches to get his take on the beef. “At the end of the day dog, both of us are acting like children right now to be honest,” the 20-year-old tells XXL about his feud with the Game. While it remains to be seen if the fight will actually happen, Stitches is ready to shoot a fair one with the Compton rhymer if given a chance.
This rap clash has introduced many hip-hop heads to Stitches, a young, wild artist who is known to many for his "Brick in Yo Face" video -- he's got more than 10 million views on YouTube. Stitches has managed to benefit from the beef and says he’s ready to show the world his true talent: making music for his fans.
What made you want to get into the rap game?
I mean, growing up I always looked up to people like 50 Cent and Eminem and I was always a fan of rap music since I was a kid and it was always something that I wanted to do. Then as time went on, I started doing music and then I wasn't really taking it seriously, you know. I just woke up one day and I wanted to find a way out from doing the negative things that I was doing and it worked out.
What's your background?
I'm Cuban and Greek.
What's the meaning behind your name?
It means no snitching.
What would you say were your breakthrough moments when you were coming up?
Well, I made a song called "My Name Lil Phill" that did well and then a few years later I made "Brick in Yo Face" and that blew up and shit, and big people started hitting me up and it was a good feeling. I was able to get away from the negative things I had in my life.
How do you manage to deal with the backlash you receive from your music and image?
All that negativity shit don't matter to me, dog. I've been making money so I never looked at comments or cared what people had to say and shit. I'm always trying to stay in a positive vibe and get my day going. I never look at that dumb shit because at the end of the day it's irrelevant. If they take time out of their day to talk shit about me, I feel good because they're still talking about me.
What else was happening in your career at the time you got your buzz off of "Brick in Yo Face"?
You know, because I kept on coming at the police and shit, they were always at my shows, kicking people out of my shows. They took me to jail a few times. It was fucking up my money. It was fucking up the show dates. I missed a few shows. It was just fucking up my money and they don't like it when somebody speaks the truth about it and how they grew up. I'm not saying that you gotta hate on everyone that's a cop, you know. They shoot people for no reason and some officers out there are corrupt.
Your name is everywhere with this beef between you and the Game. Tell me how did the beef start?
Basically what happened was, I saw some tweet that said some specific shit about grabbing a nigga’s hair or some shit like that and didn’t mention my name specifically, but it’s like one of those things that you know was directed to you.
Was there a prior relationship between you and the Game before he sent that tweet?
Nah, it’s just one of those things that was like everybody knows that Tyga always has a lil beef and the Game always likes to comment and save him.
Oh, this was from the comments you made about Kylie Jenner?
Yeah, exactly. Yeah.
So once you saw the Game's tweet, you figured he was talking about you?
Yeah, and you know I could be wrong, you know, but at the end of the day I go with my gut feeling 'cause that's how I just go.
There was a DM conversation that was posted online between you and the Game. Were those screenshots real?
Oh, are you talking about the DMs he sent me? Nah, nah, nah, that’s real dog, but if you were talking about a DM that I sent him trying to do music, that’s a lie. I never tried to do music with that nigga.
So what happened after that initial tweet that sparked up the conflict with you and Game? How did this beef escalate?
I don't know, dog. It just escalated. It's just one of those things that if you're a man, you've got pride. A lot of men have pride. It is what it is, dog. Fuck that shit already.
When the beef was beginning to brew, did either camp try to reach out to one another to amend the conflict?
Fast forward to early December, how were you keeping up with everything that Game was doing in Miami while he was out there?
It ain't that hard to find somebody.
You came out of your car and approached the Game and his people. Was the plan to go and punch him, or was it to step up to his face and talk it out?
Nah, I wanted to see him put his hands up and walk toward me and then we would get down. That's it.
So you just wanted to shoot a fair one with the Game?
Yeah, I ain't trying to jump people or none of that crazy shit. That's pussy shit.
Did you expect his boys to make a move even as you approached them?
Nah, brother. If I expected it, do you think it would have happened?
If you knew the Game was going to be surrounded with his people, would you have brought your people when you were trying to get at the Game?
I always do one on one. That's it.
Is it true that while you were locked up with the Game's manager that you didn't want to fight him in jail?
Nah, man, come on. That's a lie.
So you guys weren't near each other when when you were locked up in jail?
Nah, man. When you have an altercation with anybody and you go to jail they separate you. That's a fact. Anyone who's been to jail knows that. If anything I wanted to fight him, dog. Trust me. Come on.
The day after that incident you had with the Game and his manager, you got jumped by your boys. Do you still believe that it was the Game that your boys to jump you?
That's the word on the street, yeah.
How do you think he got in touch with your friends and why would they even jump you if they were your boys?
Instagram and money.
Did you expect your boys to do something like that to you?
Nah, bro. I didn't think that would've happened at all. I let my guard down. My fault.
Is your circle even tighter now because of this situation?
Yeah, 100 percent. I don't trust nobody right now. I trust a few people, but yeah. Just being about family right now.
The latest from this beef is the possibility of a celebrity boxing match. Is that true?
I know the Game said yes to the fight Tuesday morning via Instagram, but then the video was deleted. Have you heard anything new surrounding the Game's decision to be a part of the celebrity boxing match?
Nah, dog. I hope he accepts it though, you feel me? That's that. We do that, the situation is done.
So you're pretty much just hoping that he takes the fight and it'll be wrap for the beef after the fight?
I know he mentioned that he doesn't want you to sue him. Is that something you were thinking to do?
Nah, bro. Ain't nobody want to sue him. Come on, brother.
While people wait and see what happens next between you and the Game, are you going to make more diss records aimed towards him?
Nah, bro. This situation is already done. You don't want to get in the ring? Then that's what it is; I did what I could. I want him to step in the ring and just fight like a man.
Instead of fighting would you be willing to talk out the beef with Game and avoid the issue getting even more violent?
Yeah, dog, it is what it is. I don't give a shit. At the end of the day, both of us are acting like children right now to be honest. But we can handle it in the ring or we can talk about it, and that's it.
The beef has brought a lot of media attention to you. Do you feel like it was a wrong move for the Game to entertain the beef?
Yeah, I mean, dog. It's helping. At the end of the day I don't like him, but I can thank him in a way. Shit.
Musically, people are starting to check out during this whole drama with the Game. How does that feel?
That feels good, dog. Like I said, before this I wasn't doing positive things. I got three kids now and just want to do some positive shit, move forward and up. Keep going. That's it.
Do you have tours lined up for next year?
Yeah, we're setting that up right now, Europe too. A lot of big shit, dog. This shit is crazy right now. These emails are flooding.
What's the best advice you've received in the industry?
Shit, Kevin Gates, dog, gave me great advice. He's just always having a positive mind. He always is positive. Another big person who helped me too was Dan Bilzerian. He's always on that positive mind too. You can't have negative shit in your life.
To close out, gives your final take on this whole beef?
If Game's a man and he can talk it out with me, we can just talk about it. If we have to throw our hands, we throw our hands. If he wants to squash it, we squash it. It ain't shit, dog. At the end of the day, this shit is stupid already. If he want to be a man about it, we can step into that ring like nothing. That's that. The situation is done. If he wants to talk about it, we can talk about it. The situation is done.
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