In a new interview for Rolling Out, cover star Young Thug speaks on Birdman, Gucci Mane, his fiancée Jerrika Karlae, helping others, and Kanye West. The Atlanta rapper doesn’t usually talk much, but he had some interesting things to say in this particular interview.
“[Kanye] didn’t have a phone for like three or four years. When I first met him, I went to his house and he was like, ‘We gotta keep in touch; here’s my email.’ But he came on tour with Travis Scott and me. [Kanye] said he has a phone now because he has a wife. So he had to get a phone. But he called me Bob Marley. We [were] backstage at one of the tour dates at the Staples Center in L.A. and Kanye was backstage. He had a Beats Pill and was like, ‘I wanna hear all of your music in the world that’s not out.’ So I was letting him hear all the music. Then he said I was like Bob Marley and he wanted to do an album with me. I was like, ‘Let’s roll!’ He’s a fan. So that leads back to me saying fans are the main reason you stay motivated and become who you want to be. Kanye is like my brother, but he’s a real fan. He bought me some Yeezys and went on eBay to get them for me. That’s motivation.”
“Gucci and I are from the same set. Gucci is going to make you a man. Gucci is going to make you a monster. Gucci is going to make you rich. Gucci is going to make you share. It’s hard to believe, too. He gave my partner some money. I’ve always been a sharing person. But he made me keep going because at one point, I was on the verge of not doing s— for anybody, because nobody was doing anything for me. But I’ll hear him say nobody does anything for him and that he does everything for everybody. But he still gives.”
On helping his friends and family:
I do it from the heart. I don’t do it for the fame. My mom got 11 kids. We struggled. But I [recently] bought everybody a car. I’m the type of person to put myself in everybody else’s shoes. If I was coming up and my sister had the money, I would want my sister to buy me a car. No matter what goes on, no matter if I go broke doing it. It’s hard for me to say, ‘No.’ ”