Because I was in Atlanta, people didn't realize I'm one of the real forefathers in the game.
I go to clubs and if I notice the DJs are playing the records faster, then I'll push the beats a little on the next record I make. A lot of people don't know how to watch out for things like that.
I wanted to feel like an artist for once in my life. I wanted to use other producers for respect, to let them know that I listen to other people's music and that I'm just not out here on my own page.
I'd go dance at talent shows, and because I was young I had the upper hand on a lot of other crews. People thought it was cute. I used that to my advantage.
I'm one of those guys a lot of people watch, imitate, and then make it seem like they were the ones who did it first.
People always ask me how long somebody can last as long as I've been lasting and continue to keep doing it, so I figured that people didn't really know how to do that.
People know me, and want to know me, as a baller more than anything else.
We're just welcoming people to our city.
When I came out rapping on my record, a lot of people said, Oh, you just want to be like Puff.
My father was a promoter of Fresh Fest, and they needed an opening act. He got me a slot as a dancer. We tried it out the first time in Atlanta and the crowd went crazy. I was the opening clown.
So So Def has been one of the most successful and consistent labels in the game in the last 10 years.