Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay recently discussed his loyalty toward Def Jam and why he initially gave up plans to join a major label in hopes of cashing out on the streets.
According to Gunplay, he grew tired of seeing less worthy hip-hop artists land record deals and tried his hand at making it big hustling.
“Accomplished, halfway. A n*gga been doing this for a while,” Gunplay said when asked about signing a solo deal to Def Jam. “I don’t put much expectation out there, so when it doesn’t happen, I don’t feel bad–you know what I’m sayin’? I just follow my dreams and keep hope alive and all that, but I never really thought this sh*t was gonna really pan out. A n*gga’s just gonna find a way to really eat out here, one way or another. This is an industry where a lot of f*ck n*ggas get deals and after a while you just say, “You know what–f*ck it, I’m just not gonna get a deal because I’m not a f*ck nigga.” [Laughs] So then, I kind of gave up, like, “I’m just gonna keep it in these streets. If I can make $10-15,000 a month just in these streets, just off of little sh*t, I’ll do it, man.” But then all that work caught up to a n*gga, then a n*gga got a deal and I felt accomplished. Like, “Hey, mom–look!” I now can call my mom and tell her something good went down. [Laughs]” (XXL Mag)
Back in September, the Miami rapper talked about ways he planned on getting money outside of the music industry.
“P*ssy is never out of season, that sh*t just goes. There’s never a drought, there’s never a decline in sales. It’s just how you gonna get more. P*ssy been selling before. That was the first thing that was selling. It was church and p*ssy. That’s the only thing that was getting money back in the day, and it still is to this day. Church and p*ssy,” Gunplay said in an interview. “So with my escort service, I’m changing the name because of some legal issues, but it’s gonna be called H.U.S.H. — Have U Seen Her. It’s trademarked, I already got that. We starting in January. We launching. It’s based outta L.A. We tryna get the best of the best. Exotic b*tches. We have to keep it civilized, so it’ll be H.U.S.H. video vixens and so forth and so forth.” (Future Off Florida)
He previously spoke on how lucrative the escort business is.
“When you see [the Apples and Onions escorts], they’re bad, you gon’ want to spend that. Sex has been selling since the beginning of time. It’s never gonna stop. It’s never a drought, it’s never a dull year. The business is a billion dollars a year. You’re not gonna tell me I can’t get at least $15 million out of that $1 billion. It’s impossible.” (Miami New Times)
Earlier this month, Gunplay got released from house arrest but must still settle a felony crime case.
On Thursday, a judge granted him reprieve from house arrest, he told Rolling Stone in an interview at his Hialeah, Florida, residence last night. The rapper, born Richard Morales, will now face trial on February 25th for the armed robbery charges, for which he faces a potential life sentence. Despite video evidence that appears to show him forcefully taking a gold chain and cell phone during a dispute with his former accountant, Gunplay says he fully expects to beat the case and is already plotting a tour in the spring. “Not guilty,” he told Rolling Stone. “The problem that we had was between me and him but that’s what happens sometimes. We’re just waiting for the last trial date so we can get [the case] kicked out.” (Rolling Stone)