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Well, that was for real the truth. Dave, he was our manager and Sly's manager. He never knew it 'cause I was going so fast. And the same thing was happening in the '80s when we got together. Yeah, we really were having a ball, so drugs at that time were not a good thing. We did a few songs, I think they're pretty good: "Catch a Keeper". But um, at that point, we weren't doing too good with drugs. In the '80s they got us real good.
They got everybody real good in the '80s.
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah. But the fact is, when it comes to this music, music overrides all that other bullshit. When we started, it was more about just having fun, and doing drugs, whatever, I think it was more or less having fun with each other and doing music more than anything. 'Cause the bullshit drugs that were given to us were intentionally given to us, it wasn't even good drugs. So I mean we really just screwed up at that moment.
Me and Sly were actually trying to go to rehab together, because "Celebrity Rehab" wanted me to come on. We said "Yeah" until they found out that my reasons that I was gonna give for being susceptible to drugs and food and alcohol, susceptible to anything, is the $160 million dollars [I'm owed] â ��� which I think is a good excuse for anything, habit-forming wise. And so when they found out that's what I was gonna talk about, they kinda backed up off of doing their story. You might have to back off of doing your story, too.
So you're saying they weren't able to talk you into it or what?
Naw, I was ready to do it. I'm saying that the long arm of the corporate world is too afraid for the truth to come out. And all they had to do is make a deal and settle this shit. They can't be disrespectful to all the people that wrote this shit. Especially when they treat people so bad that they get despondent and homeless and get sick and pass away. That happened three times in the last year. [editor's note: Bootsy Collins' brother Phelps 'Catfish' Collins died in August; Gary Shider died in June; and Mallia Franklin, lead singer of Funkadelic's first female spin-off, Parlet, died last February].
And so this "Unsung" thing, we gave them the whole story. But I got a lot of people that are supposed to be helping us and watching out for me. Because if I'm successful at what I used to be doing, and not so much anymore, I used to be trying to be fucked up. You know what I'm sayin'. And I ain't telling nobody no lie about that, that's the way I been. But ... lately, I haven't even seen too much of that.
I'm finna sell my habit to eBay. They not gonna get me for no bullshit like that.
You mean, like, the police?
I just mean them saying that I'm fucked up and high that's all it took for that money to be gone. 'Cause that's some bullshit.
I got some people that I pay to make sure they remind me, "Ok, you're successful, ain't go no time to be fucked up now." I have people around me who say, "Yeah, you need to chill out." And I'm not afraid to say that. And everybody may say, "Ok, you shouldn't talk about it." Bullshit. I think the longer you don't say shit about shit like that, the worse you get. If you talk about shit like that and you discuss it, there won't be a chance of ignoring it.
Back in the '60s and '70s, do you feel like drugs helped open you up creatively?
Well, I didn't think of it then, but sure in the '60s it opened me up, not just creatively but mentally, period. In the '60s is when drugs were really drugs. Sure, it helped me mentally and just psychologically. In the '70s, hell naw. In the '70s I was having too much fun at a period of time. In '79 and the early 80s, they pulled the wool over our eyes. Period. And it's the same people, same record companies, same management and accountants and shit. All of them were involved in what I call RICO [Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act]. If it got to court like that, that's what it would be because the exact same people are doing it today. The longer I don't say nothing the longer they can use that strategy, you know what I'm saying. You ain't supposed to say no such a thing, but it's RICO when it's systematically the same people. I'm gonna keep talking like this and so are the band members.
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