News: The LOX's Styles P On Rappers Doing Jail Bids, "The Justice System Doesn't Really Work Too Fair"
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010 3:15PM
The LOX's Styles P has shared his opinion on rappers like Lil Wayne and T.I. hanging up their microphones for jail sentences and said each individual is responsible for their own mistakes.
From Styles' perspective, it all boils down to making the right moves.
"To answer your question truthfully, you got to watch what you do nowadays," he said in an interview. "People, every man is responsible for their own actions, but people have got to remember most of the time, the justice system doesn't really work too fair, I really don't know, that ain't for me to judge. I've been through that situation I understand that life has its ups and downs, you got trials and tribulations, there's a reason behind everything, I really don't know what's going on, everybody got to be safe and you got to watch your movements and watch what you're doing." (Hip Hop Wired)
Rap veteran Snoop Dogg recently said artists should be smarter in their crimes.
Snoop's matured and mellowed over the years, which means he sees the recent rash of imprisoned rappers -- including T.I., Gucci Mane, and, soon, Lil Wayne -- as the product of youthful indiscretions. "Rappers going to jail is like athletes using steroids: It's gonna happen. [But] I feel like the rappers that are getting caught up in going to jail don't have anybody going 'ay, we ain't going there. That ain't going happen tonight.' It's them in control until they lose control. I say to all the rappers out there that's getting caught up in trouble: just be a little smarter, a little slicker. You just gotta know how to move." (New York Magazine)
In light of artists like Wayne and Lil Boosie doing jail time, SOHH spoke with Lil Scrappy to get his take on Southern artists being behind bars.
"I don't know how to react cuz, 'cause it's like d*mn, if anybody noticed, this is the most rappers that done got locked up," Scrappy explained. "I'ma tell you what it is though, it's from certain n*ggas feeling like 'I'm a rapper, I can do whatever the f*ck I wanna do,' and not saying I'm a boss and do whatever I wanna do. If you a boss and you doing whatever you wanna do, you still gonna do it where you gonna be good, you not gonna just be 'Oh, I f*cked up cuz, now I got eight years.' Nah, not like that, they gonna be like 'Eh, I did whatever I had to do, I'm good.' N*ggas be going out their character, cuz. They doin' sh*t they wouldn't even do and they get f*cked up." (SOHH)
Young Money's Drake also shared his reaction to Wayne's jail time last fall.
"He's dealing with it well," Drizzy revealed in an interview. "Wayne's not usually gonna open up emotionally and tell you how he's really feeling about anything. He's kinda more concerned about getting as much music as he possibly can, so that when he's in there, people are still satisfied musically with Lil Wayne product, and that's just the mind of a true businessman. I'll just do what I can to keep the whole Young Money/Cash Money team going, and I just want to play my part as a team member and keep the brand strong until the boss gets home...He's like superhuman. I don't think anything could really break his concentration or his zone when he's in there. I definitely didn't think this would be the outcome of it, but I hope it will add to him selling a million records again. It's an unfortunate situation and I hope that he'll be able to position it where his release is a day where everyone's excited and they're just excited about his new album. I hope he manages to market it the right way." (Rap-Up)
Check out Lil Scrappy speaking with SOHH about Lil Wayne & Lil Boosie down below: