In his last interview before heading to jail without passing go, Lyfe Jennings sits down with exclusively with HHW to discuss his latest CD, I Still Believe, and his buzz-worthy single, Statistics.
HHW: My lady commented that you talked about the abusers, cheaters, and the gays, but you didn’t mention the “phonies.” She said you could have used a whole other verse about the guys who go around pretending to be something that they’re not.
Lyfe: Oh, the “here go my card” dudes. (laughs) Actually, it was so many other statistics I could have put on there. I could’ve put on there cats that don’t take care of their kids, I could’ve put on there the “wannabe” dudes, I could’ve put on that don’t know how great they are, how intellectual they are. So there was a lot that I left off actually. Ya’ can’t fit it all into one song.
What made you so sure that you could do this song and that people would respond positively to it?
Really, that’s just what I do, man. I snatch the subjects out of the community that don’t nobody talk about and I talk about ‘em. But actually I’d read a book a while back, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, that kinda like spawned the idea. Then talkin’ to a lot of my friends; I got daughters, I got nieces, we talk a lot about how society is effected by men growing up without fathers in the home but we don’t talk about how women are effected by growing up without those same fathers. So you know, it was just a point that I wanted to touch on.
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