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NT: Why do you think that is?
Coolio: Because we don't have a common enemy. In order to be a people and be strong, we have to have a common enemy. Have you noticed that's why those people in Israel and the true Muslims are so strong and tight? Because they have a common goal. They're always at war. They've been at war for the last 15 years.
NT: You don't believe that African Americans have a common goal?
Coolio: Yeah, we do, but we can't see it. We can't see the forest through the trees. We can't see the ground for the grass. Niggas see the grass and think they're kickin' it. They don't know the grass is gonna turn brown, and then it's going to be dirt. People just don't think. I'm just trying to create an awareness of that. But I don't necessarily try to do it through my music. I'd rather let people read about me saying this or see me speaking about it. I don't use my music as a forum for it. I don't choose to do it that way because I feel that music is about entertainment, and when I got into music, I wasn't being political. I may speak about a political subject here and there, but it's not what I base my concepts on.
NT: Do you speak at public high schools?
Coolio: Actually, I just did my first speaking engagement in Texas.
NT: Was it a fulfilling experience for you?
Coolio: It was real different. It was the first time I ever did anything like that, and I was kind of nervous, but I handled it. I'll get better as I go along.