SOTB: How have things been since we last interviewed? I see you’ve gotten, in so many words, back on your shit.
TG: There is no woman that was spoke of in the song, because she doesn’t exist yet in my life (laughs). The song is basically about the woman that will be my queen in the future. I think when moving forward from “Soul Revival 2” and having songs like “Reset (New Pussy)”, “Zuri’s Song”, “Lost Love” and “Piece of Me”, it was almost like you only saw me on a negative vibe towards women, and that’s honestly not me. My first few projects was an uplifting of love and my relationship, but when that relationship ends, you’ve got to let out what you feel. Soul Revival 2 for me was therapy in some form, but I went in with a mindset of sticking to the formula that made Soul Revival 1 successful, just with different emotions. When I started writing Three7One, I started thinking to myself, “there’s no reason for me to stick to a formula here, just listen to the tracks, feel it out, and go from your soul”, and that’s how the “When We Find Each Other” song originated. It’s a real thing man.
Love is a beautiful thing and that’s what the whole “When We Find Each Other” song is about. Finding love, despite being hesitant through bad experiences, and the blessing of it. My music is prophecy, so I know it’s coming at some point. I feel like it’s getting closer man, so whenever I find that beautiful woman, I’m going to treat her like the queen she is, and she’ll treat me like the king I am. It’s coming.
We’ve had a few decent conversations with each other, and I can tell you that I’m not officially over everything. I still love the thought of that woman. I say I still love the thought of her, because I don’t really know who she is now, you know? I love the image of the woman who sat in the hospital and pushed out that beautiful baby girl. I love the thought of the woman who used to lay up under me and we talk for hours. But, is that the same woman that exists today? I don’t know and I won’t find out. We’re not that close outside of talking about our daughter. I’m sure she’s changed some, and becoming a Twitter Honey is the manifestation of that I guess. But, as long as my daughter is healthy, well taken care, and in great spirits, that’s what matters. So, I would say things are good, but I’m sure we’ve annoyed each other at some points recently for various reasons. That’s just something we’ll have to deal with for the rest of our lives because I’m always going to be invested in my daughter’s life period. We’ll see if things improve or change once I’m officially in North Carolina full time.
I’m proud to call a lot of great wrestlers my friends, and doing commentary was a great highlight, as was hitting Rich Swann with a stunner in the middle of a PWX ring. Some people would kill to have these experiences, and I try not to take them for granted. My life is a movie anyway. But at the end of the day, my entertainment ain’t free. These people need to know what I do and how vital I am to these brands, or else it’s time for move to start up something of my own–which is basically happening now, with the new Wrestling/MMA/Boxing show and brand, “Eyes on The Ring.”
I’m still doing work for the other brands that I represent, but you can’t let people take advantage of you, professionally or personally and that’s what’s been going on. The wrestling business breeds a lot of monsters, and you’ll see people who seemed to be virtually good people start to get drunk with power and want the shine, want the fame. A lot of them are suffering from feelings of inadequacy in their personal life, so it translates over to what they do professionally. That’s about as much as I can really say on it. I still plan on being a part of the wrestling business, but I refuse to kiss ass or become a habitual liar to get by in the business. If that means I don’t make it to the top, then fine. My integrity is more important than advancing by being a fuck boy out here.
I will be leaving Baltimore very soon, it just means I’ll have to do it all on my own. Nothing worse than having someone for months say they will help you get down there, since they’re residents and have “connections” and never follow through. That’s a pet peeve of mine. We’re adults, so if you say you’re going to do something, do it. Don’t lie or bullshit good people. That’s a lesson learned from this business. I try to give folks the benefit of the doubt, but when you start to see folks true colors, then believe that. I had lost all of my love for the wrestling business over the last 2 months, but getting to be a fan again over Wrestlemania 30 weekend was something that refreshed me. I was reminded of why I did this in the first place, and what I have to offer this business. So, now it’s just making something happen. I’m fully capable to make it happen without having someone who’s using me to get ahead and taking all the credit for it. It’s my time in this business. MY TIME. The Original Heel.
Personally? My music has caused a few arguments or conversations with people who are referenced in it, but that’s par for the course. I expect that to come because of my honesty. I’m unabashedly honest in my music and some people either hear it and identify and connect with me more, or they will feel some type of way and distance themselves because of a line or two, or a full verse. I take that risk, so to speak, every time I record, but I’m fully comfortable with that risk, because if you hear my music and that makes you want to attack me or even threaten to no longer be around for me, that just means you didn’t belong there in the first place.
I don’t listen to D.O.A. to be real with you. I think it’s a good album, but I know I could have put more into it. Lyrically? It’s probably my most-solid album, as far as rhyme schemes, multis, and etc, but the passion wasn’t there. I was dealing with becoming a father and that’s where my focus was. The music reflects that, on songs like “Flesh and Blood”, “Z”, and “Modern Day Woman”, which are all timeless, as well as “Black Renaissance” and “Rain on Reign.” But, the album as a whole just didn’t hold up as well as my other three. Soul Revival 2, to me, is my best album overall out of my first three because the narrative, the soul-baring, the sequence of the album was nearly flawless. That album is a classic. And now? Three7One to me is beyond classic. I really look at this album and think it’s an album that can stand the test of time. There’s so much replay value in the music. I’m extending my creativity and my ability on this one. It’s a concept album that paints pictures and stories. When you listen to this album in full, there’s no doubt in my mind that a person will consider it to be classic and timeless. This album is something that when it’s all said and done, you’ll look back ten years from now and go “damn, True really gave us something special with this one here, damn, the storytelling, the narrative, the music, the sequencing, this is amazing.”
I’d say Soul Revival 1 was just a classic for the time period, while D.O.A. was reflective of the year and was a great album for that particular time, but when you get to Soul Revival 2 and Three7One, those two albums are absolute classics. These are records that will be loved and appreciated for years to come. Period.
TG: Twitter has definitely aided my goals. Twitter’s been a hell of an experience for me, and it’s just a simple ass social media app. I use it for everything now, which initially was never my goal. I started off using it just to promote my music and my brand. But, through using the app for more, I’ve gained a larger team, more fans, some people who’ve become actual real life friends, and also met a few females off there and got some pussy(laughs hard). It’s helped grow TEAMDAR, got me into the wrestling business, allowed me a place to vent when I’m pissed, talk about things that I want in the future, and I just put my soul out there. No gimmicks or images, it’s just me period. I am who I am, and despite Twitter being used by a large number of people to create an alternate reality, I just brought my reality to Twitter and things evolved from there. It’s definitely got the longest life of an social media app and I don’t see it dying it at all. It’s possibly the best social network ever. It provides something for just about everyone. It’s like a mini online forum, that updates quickly. In most forums, you have to read responses, then respond yourself, wait, and go back, but with Twitter, it’s all right away. It’s in the instant moment, which I enjoy. So, I keep people intrigued, interested, draw them in, while venting, promoting music, and having real discussion. A bit of a social experiment with the real me on there. It works.