Gunplay's drug-addicted past is no secret, but now that he's prepping his solo debut album, Living Legend, the Maybach Music spitter is clean, clear-headed and focused.
"I was on cocaine since, like, 10 years, 12 years, something like that. I wasn't junktified where I was stealing stuff and stuff like that, but it was my thing," he said when he appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "I have a strong will. I quit cigarettes early this year, cold turkey. Whatever I put my mind to, whatever I wanna do, I'm strong like that. If I wanted to quit smoking refer — it's nothing."
Gun says his moment of clarity came several years ago and after a bit of self-reflection he decided to leave coke alone. "That happened Memorial [Day] Weekend 2008," he recalled. "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."
But the Triple Cs standout is no stranger to trouble. Last year, Gunplay turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to an April 2012 robbery. The charges have since been dropped and now Gun is working toward getting his album out; kicking his coke habit has helped him zero in on his music, he said.
"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," he shared.
Without the drug, Gunplay said he now sees a difference in his music as well. "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 said. "Now you get to analyze every word and every bar and you make sure everything is on time."