I remember swallowing my tooth up in a high chair, but I definitely don't remember the first time I played bass.
I grew up in Compton: 116th and Wilmington.
I actually went to an arts middle school with Shia LaBeouf, but even there, I was one of the weirder kids.
'Looney Tunes' was not a children's cartoon. I don't care what anybody says. It was very politically charged, very racial. And then they tried to soften it up for kids later. But it was for the adults.
I feel like I try to write from an honest of a place as I can - without scaring people off too much, I guess.
I don't look at my instrument as having one specific role; I was raised to go as far as you can. But Raphael Saadiq hated my bass. He told me to throw it away. And playing in Snoop's band, there was a time when my bass was more annoying to everyone than helpful. They would get on my case: 'Can you make your bass sound like more of a bass?'