Q: I understand you went to high school in Batesville. What can you tell me about your Mississippi ties?
A: Well, man, I was in middle school in Atlanta, Ga., right? I had got in a little trouble or whatever down there, so my mama, she let me move in with my daddy in Mississippi. When I got to Mississippi, I went to Batesville, and I went to South Panola High School my ninth-grade and 10th-grade years. After my 10th-grade year that summer I had got signed to Interscope Records and started traveling the world.
Q: So are you a South Panola football fan, then?
A: I played football for South Panola when I went to school there.
Q: You did? What position did you play?
A: I played wide receiver.
Q: Did you have some wheels?
A: Well, you know, that's why I'm rapping now, man (laughs).
Q: You're coming to perform at this big concert in Jackson and you're in Tupelo now - so how does Mississippi fit into your success?
A: Basically, this is where I got picked up at. I was living in Atlanta, Ga., but I couldn't get no record deal for nothing, you feel me? Then I moved to Mississippi, and there was nothing popping, there wasn't no clubs or nothing really popping, and that's where I got my record deal at. If I hadn't ever came to Mississippi, I probably wouldn't have ever got my deal.
Q: So Mississippi will always have a little spot in your heart?
A: Exactly. It's where my family's at.
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