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New Times: Do you freestyle, or is it a dying skill? What are your views on rappers who refuse to freestyle?
MC Eiht: I freestyle. That's how you really determine if a rapper really has skills--if they can freestyle off the top of their head. Freestyling to me is just rapping about anything in the room right off the top of your head.
New Times: Which cities do you feel more comfortable performing in, like you could just pick up the mike and start flowing?
MC Eiht: I like New York, L.A., Houston, Oakland. I love the Bay Area.
New Times: What are you driving right now?
MC Eiht: A 64. For all y'all that don't know what a 64 is, let me educate you. The make is a Chevrolet Impala, the year is 1964. The popular ride is a lowrider convertible. Hydros or hydraulics are a necessity, and give it that gangsta lean.
New Times: Do you feel that you get the shaft from the record companies? Do they end up giving you expensive cars instead of paying you?
MC Eiht: I experienced that when I first started out. Now I've got respect within the industry and so forth. I mean, I'm set now. I don't feel like I'm getting shafted right now, because I know the business now. I've been in the business long enough to know, but any newcomers, they're the ones who would have to worry about getting the shaft. Cause they'll get blackballed and back-stabbed.