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Did you see people that were hating on you the last few years start turning in your favor?
Yeah, Iím starting to now see people that may have hated on me in the beginning are not rooting for me and want to see me win. That to me is big. The best part about it is Iím humbled by it all. I feel like everybody deserves a second chance to do whatever. Really, I feel that my situation was an unfair situation. A very unique, very odd situation. Nobody ever seen anything like that in hip-hop, you know? I laugh when I see people say s**t like, ďYo, [50 Cent] kilt Rule, but he didnít k!ll Ross.Ē No disrespect to Ross, but he did 180-something [first week sales of Teflon Don]. I went platinum with R.U.L.E. after I made Blood In My Eye. I look at s**t like that andÖ I donít know, take it how you want to take it. I was a much bigger selling artist than just platinum so I guess thatís why people felt I took a hit. But the music industry was taking a hit at that time, too. You canít really judge it or try to make an issue out of it, or an excuse. It just is what it is. To me itís just one of the weirdest moments in hip-hop. Itís to where the fans feel like they were duped almost like, ďThis n*gga s**tted on this n*gga for one thing and turned around and did the same thing.Ē As that thought started to get around to people, it started to change for me. Iím just proud and happy that the people can vibe and f**k with the music.
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