Linda Ronstadt : I used to rap that song. I was about 14 years old. [Laughs.] It was called I Want to be a Gangsta. The first rap song that I ever loved was “Cannonball in My Pocket.” I couldn’t get it, because I couldn’t get the lyrics. I was going through a bad time. I was a kid on my own. I was on the run from my mother, but I was a little freick. I was having all this problems with gang-banging, but I still wanted to start a gang. That was me at my most gangbanging, though I wasn’t even a gang member. I was just trying to get out of my situation.
Did you use that to get a record deal?
I was trying. I was using it every day. I was trying to hustle. I did go to school and I studied hard and I had a good chance of getting a record deal. They would have given me a contract if I knew the lyrics to the record. That’s when I found out that I was working as a stripper. That’s when I found out I was a rapper, because my song had been published, and that’s when they saw what the fuck I was. At that time, I didn’t know I did this before. I was just an 18-year-old kid doing a dirty job. At this point, you wouldn’t believe the shit I was doing. I was getting paid for doing the things that I was doing.
Was the first rap that you ever made a hit for?
No, they said no. They said it wasn’t a hit. But when they wrote songs, there was a lot of stuff going on in my life. I was always looking at something. When they wrote songs for me, it didn’t even matter whether it was a hit or not. There was a lot of stuff going on in my life, and it was just like, “Who cares about [this?] That’ll be cool.” So I used to write a lot of the songs and then people would make them like hits, and I would think, “Who cares what it is? I’ll do that.” Some of the music that I wrote, I used to be doing the lyrics, “Hey, what’s up, man? Did you see the movie “The Wrestler?” And that’s like a big hit, but there’s no connection. I didn’t