If you haven’t heard of Gunplay, you should really do something about that. The bedreadlocked rapper, aligned with Rick Ross’s Triple C’s crew, put out one of the best rap releases of 2011 with Inglorious Bastard, and then turned around and put out one of 2012’s best rap releases with Bogata Rich: The Prequel. Gunplay’s a Grade-A scream-rapper who could be vaguely looked at as Rick Ross’s version of Waka Flocka, but while Waka beats you over the head with brute force and self-aware humor, Gunplay is some ungodly hybrid of sheer volume and lyricism. Some of his beats are so harsh, they could be confused for sheer noise, and yet there’s a glee to the intensity with which he treats his craft, kind of like Slim Pickens riding that bomb in Dr. Strangelove. Gunplay spoke to me on the phone from Atlanta, where he told me about his mom, drugs, the Bilderberg Group (which is the secret world government), and the Illuminati (which is different from the Bilderberg Group).
What did you do today?
Some things here and there. I ran a few errands, did a little shopping. I wrote a hook, and I’m about to finish a verse and set up some studio time for the night. I did some spiritual things. That’s about it.
What did you write about?
The shit I was writing today is more geared towards the ladies poppin’ that pussy in the club, you know what I’m sayin’? I’ve got my gangster music, but this beat just caught me.
How often do you hang out with your mom?
As much as I can. Sometimes I’m on the road too much, but I try to make it back on holidays and stuff like that. She doesn’t agree with the content of my music, but I pay the bills. She just wants to see me happy and successful. She puts a blind ear to it, and she wishes me the best.
Did you do illegal things when you were younger?
Of course. When I was older, too. I’ve got gun charges, weed charges, violations on my gun charges for a gun. It was a big old mess.
Did your mom know about that?
She had my back one hundred percent. She prayed for me and hoped I learned from my mistakes. I did. I took her through her hard times already. She knows what I’ve been through, and what I’m capable of, too.
How high do you think you can go in rap?
Ain’t no limit, man. I can do whatever I want to do. I think it’s starting to look like it’s my time. I’m hungry. I’m a perfectionist, and I’ve been following Rick Ross’s blueprint. I’ve perfected my craft. When I’m working and I know people are sleeping, I feel like I’m cheating. I feel like I’ve got the answers written in my palm.
I’ve noticed that you talk about drugs a lot. Do you do a lot of them?
Not like I used to. I talk about it because it’s part of life, and it’s part of what I do. It’s part of my past. Ever since the video of me tootin’ up, I don’t try to bring it up, but it’s there. I did that, but I’m moving on. I didn’t let nobody make me feel like it was less of a real nigga because I get high. That’s just not me. I don’t let nobody bring me down.
What would your message to the youth be, then?
Do drugs. Don’t let drugs do you. Don’t get high to get high. Get high, but don’t be stupid with it.
Tell me about your company.
The Bilderberg Group, that’s my company. I’m just starting it from the ground up, and I’m just trying to build an empire. Hopefully one day the Bildergerg Group will be as big as the real Bilderberg Group.
Wait. You think the Bildergerg Group is real?
Yes. All you can do is inform yourself, because you can’t do nothing about it. I don’t think no man should have that much control, but it is what it is. It’s a grim reality. Embrace it, and inform people of what’s going on. That’s the only thing you can do.
What does the Bilderberg Group control, exactly?
They control everything. Everything. From wars to weather, everything. It gets real deep, man. That’s one of those things I try to fill my head with knowledge about. Who are the puppetmasters? You stumble on one thing, you stumble on another thing, and you just open up a can of worms. You try to tell everybody, but they’re looking at you like, “What?”
Do you think any rappers are in the Bilderberg Group? Rick Ross has that line where he’s like, “I’m gettin’ money, must be Illuminati.”
Bilderberg Group is nothing like that. You wouldn’t find any celebrities in that.
What about the Illuminati, then?
That’s theirs. Illuminati is like a mindframe. It’s to control and watch over society, to make everything one. They’ve been doing it since the beginning of time, basically when man started to have two cents in their head. There were a lot of great minds back in the day. I couldn’t fathom what they were thinking. Once they put that into motion, they can’t even hide it no more. It’s already too late, because we’re already programmed on the channel they want us to be on. It is what it is. You just gotta embrace it and inform the public. Inform the people. Inform the ones you love. Because it’s going down.
[Ed Note: While prepping this piece, our computer spontaneously froze and shut down. We will not be silenced, Bilderbergs!!]