"Here's the thing. You have nicknames for your friends, right? It's a way that you think of yourself or present yourself. Nobody ever questions why rappers name themselves because there's a tradition in hip-hop culture and black American culture of not accepting that you're given one name. Nobody's like, O.K. Malcolm X, what's up with that? He had a reason for doing that, but that's a culture thinking, "this isn't the only name I've got." If you read scripture and Bible stuff, which I grew up reading -- my mom is a minister -- everybody has different names. It's just something that happened with us, we started calling each other different things. I've been calling Kid that for years, that's what I'd call him in front of his mother. It's like, should we all identify ourselves with our social security numbers? Fuck that."
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