Many artists, Hip Hop and otherwise, go through substance abuse issues, often chronicling them in their music.
“I was on cocaine since, like, 10 years, 12 years, something like that. I wasn’t junkified where I was stealing stuff and stuff like that, but it was my thing,” he explained.
Gunplay remembers when he made the decision to quit cocaine. “That happened Memorial [Day] Weekend 2008,” he said. “I was on the beach, I was just goin’ hard and just took my last blast and said, ‘Man, I’m tired of my nose hurtin’, tired of looking all drawed up.”
Ultimately, Gunplay believes he’s a better artist after quitting cocaine. “Within myself, I said if I really wanna get this money, if I really wanna take this serious and not let my family and friends down, let me go ahead and do the right thing. I took my last blast and that was it.”
“The drugs just enhance what you’re thinking but when you’re sober, you speak from the heart and it’s not just rambling on — it makes sense,” he added. “Now you get to analyze every word and every bar and you make sure everything is on time.”
Watch the interview below: