21 Savage has revealed that he lives in a state of constant paranoia due to his brushes with death.
During a recent performance at Akademiks’ Off the Record podcast, the Atlanta rapper admitted that he moves like he’s constantly being watched, a mindset that stems from watching one of his friends die right in front of him.
“I’m scared of everybody, n-gga,” he said. “I’m not fucking Rambo…I’m scared. Damn, I’m scared. Scared n-ggas stay alive. Cause I’ve already seen it. I’m not one of those n-ggas that just – n-gga, I’ve been shot. I saw my friend die in my face on my birthday. Also in the car.
“It’s not like it’s like, oh, we’re just standing on the block and there’s a drive-in. I’m talking about right here, n-gga. Him in the driver’s seat, I’m in the passenger seat, type of shit.”
He added, “So I know, n-gga, this shit gets vicious real quick, like, you know what I’m saying? So it’s like, I’m just paranoid always, 24/7, n-gga. I think, someone is following me. I turn the block a few times before entering the house.”
Elsewhere in the interview, 21 described Savage take off‘s recent death as “the worst thing I’ve seen in my life.” That Migos the rapper was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas on November 1 dispatch shock waves throughout the hip hop community.
“That’s the worst,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s because I know him more than I know them, but this is one of those where it’s like, ‘Damn! Hi m?!’ N-ggas says it every time, but he’s really one of those guys that’s like, ‘Damn! What the hell?!’”
He continued: “I never want to see him fight. If he fights, he fights to help his brothers. This is the worst I’ve seen in my life where it’s like a n-gga who really didn’t deserve that shit .”
“There was just so much going on, like so much negative, sad energy,” he said. “We were just like, ‘Maybe this will give the muthafuckas a smile or a lift, give the world a lift, something to look forward to,’ type of shit.
“Because in the beginning we said we were going to push it back, but it was like, ‘Well, shit. What will it do? Just keep the muthafuckas in this state of mind a little longer?’ Versus trying to get ahead, write shit.”