Triple C's Gunplay is focusing more on his music and less on using drugs, proving he has what it takes to make it big in the rap game.
He spoke to XXL about the recent signing and, although in the past he's beenÂ an outspoken rapper onÂ enjoyingÂ drugs, he speaks on quittingÂ coke as well.
Read some ofÂ what he had to say below.
On Singing to Def Jam:
You know we was negotiating about a month or two, you know what Iâm saying, just to get everything right. And just to get everything fair to where everybody could leave the table happy. Everything worked out just fine; weâre ready to move forward so itâs dry now so weâre just ready to make the best music possible.Â
It was a few labels that was interested, but you know I just like toâI donât like moving around, Iâm not a clique hopper, you know what Iâm saying? I like to keep it in house. So that was the move I made and I just wanted to keep it in house.
On Living the Street Life:
You know Iâve had a bunch of cases, charges, and warrants andâyou know my legal shit is just crazy, you know what Iâm saying? And the lawyer fees and shit manâ¦it just gets to the point where I got the opportunity to make a difference in somebody else life and in my own and Iâm fuckinâ it up out here getting caught with pistols and violating my shit, you know. I just started focusing on the music and taking my anger out there and just focus. Once you step out of your environment, your everyday routine and just try something newâonce you choose a new path it guides you that way and you just keep going. So I was heading in a path of self-destruction, so I just found another lane and I found a lane and just staying focus. The streets still tried to bring me back, man, but sometimes you just got to get the hell out of there, you know what Iâm saying? You got to get the hell out of there and focus. And I did it. I feel good and Iâm ready to rock.
On His Drug Addiction:
It got pretty bad. It got bad. I canât let it get to the point where I steal and shit. Thatâs just fuckdafied. I mightÂ borrowÂ it from you, but I never really did some shit like that. I would just be like, âFront me with an 8-ball and Iâll just pay you later.â Some shit like that. I would never steal or do dumb-ass shit like that. But how bad did it get? Just my health, man. Looking myself in the mirror and my nose never being right. I could never breathe straight and Iâm always blowing my nose. Iâm already a skinny nigga and that shit draws me up even skinnier by the time I wake up in the morning, I lost 10 pounds, like âWhat the fuck just happened?â Then, that day you gotta be at a video shoot. You got raccoon eyes and you 10 pounds lighter and you canât even breathe and youâre blowing your nose like crazy and sweating because that shit makes you sweat. Come on, man, you look crazy. That was really one of my first steps in really taking this rap shit seriouslyâ¦and that was quitting coke. That was 2008.Â
Right now? Aw man, trust meâ¦itâs a whole other ballgame. Iâm back to reality. Iâm back to life. That shit gives you a fucked-up attitude. It makes you snap on people you love. Itâs not you, itâs the chemical imbalance that happens in your brain from snorting up that shit. You donât even realize it. You think itâs the world against you. âNah nigga, your brainâs about to melt.â My mamaâs a nurse. She tells me about that shit. She knew I got high and she would just pray that I stopped. My mind is clear. Iâm thinking way clearer and Iâm not thinking on impulse much. I talk about it and acknowledge it. To this day, thatâs my favorite drug; my drug of choice. Now, I just pop a Molly, fuck it. That shit gets you high three, four hours and it stops. Iâm back to reality.