There are not a lot of older guys doing it, so I have to carry the torch and hold it down. Not that Spencer makes any effort to obscure his age in his music. Witness Grown Folks Rappin’, where the MC boasts about setting aside past immaturities I sold my pistol before my baby was born / I had multiple thoughts on who I was gonna use it on, he raps in order to be a better role model to his children. (Spencer has two daughters: a 9-year-old and her younger sister, who turns 2 in November.) I think about that old mentality of mine: ‘Load up the pistol and let’s go. Anybody talking? Let’s go,’ Spencer said. I sold my pistol … so that mentality wouldn’t be around my kids. Seeing my first daughter born reminded me life is precious. And I can do better now. jobGrowing up on the West and South Sides of Chicago, these kinds of role models were in short supply for Spencer. He became a ward of the state at age 7, and spent a bulk of his adolescent and teenage years getting shuffled between foster and group homes.
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