The silent rapper

By BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008

On your recently released rarities album, The Archive: Live, Lost & Found (Fastlife), you rap the altered lyrics, “I came in the door, I’ve said it before/No, I ain’t down with Eric B. no more.” Does that imply there’s bitterness, or are you just sick of people asking about it?
Back in ’98, when I did that song, that was the question, “Are you still down with Eric B.?” But there ain’t no bitterness, I speak to him from time to time when I see him. It was the truth, you know what I mean? Just me being who I am and letting the world know what it is. Eric is not my competition nor my consumer. There’s no reason I should be bitter with him. What it was is what it was. We had a nice little jump-off with the group, and that’s what made me who I am today. So big up to that dude.

But you’re not at a point where you’d do shows together?
Nah, we don’t break bread. I wish him all the love in the world, but I don’t break bread with him.

Are you content with the quiet life living in Connecticut, or do you miss the spotlight?
No doubt. It’s like Mike Vick watching a football game. I can’t watch a video, can’t hear a record, can’t do nothing without thinking about spitting 16 [bars] and four million people hearing it. I’m still a fiend, man; I think I’ll be a fiend for the rest of my life.

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