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The “Lottery Ticket” interview

Kam Williams | 8/24/2010, 11:20 a.m.

Harriet also asks, would you rather have your fans buy your new album or lottery tickets?

The album isn’t about to drop just yet, and I’d rather they spend the money on the movie, “Lottery Ticket,” than on lottery tickets.

I thought your new album was coming out soon.

Not soon, right now we’re thinking Halloween. You’re the first person I’ve told that to.

Thanks for the scoop! Are you still in the studio?  

I’ve begun doing a little recording for the album. But, I probably won’t officially start on the album until after I complete my next film.

What film is that?

As of now, I can’t say. I’m still waiting for them to give me an okay to make an announcement.

Children’s book author Irene Smalls asks, “From your rap roots to movie stardom what has been the guiding principle of your career?”

Wow! That’s a good question. I guess just studying, man, and watching all the greats before me, like LL Cool J, who is one of my idols. He has a very female-dominant fan base, like myself. He’s also an actor and has a hit TV show right now. He’s a great friend and someone I talk to. It’s always great to have your idols in your corner. That’s one guy I pay all my homage to and respect.

Attorney Bernadette Beekman says she still remembers you before your voice changed. She wants to know what you do to keep your image squeaky clean.

I wouldn’t say I’m a squeaky clean person. A wise man once told me, it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. At the end day, the only thing I owe the public is great entertainment, to respect my fans everywhere I go and to give the people what they want from me. I live by that motto and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet. I don’t want to mess up my life. You only get one shot. I don’t want to let my fans or anybody else down. So, I always think before I act. And as long as I do that, I’ll be okay.

The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid?

To be honest, I can get a little nervous, yes. In fact, I have butterflies in my stomach right now because I’m preparing for a new movie, and I’ll be doing a very long scene on the first day of shooting.

The Columbus Short question: Are you happy?

If there’s a word better than happy, that’s how I feel right now.

The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?

I had one hell of a laugh last night on my tour bus. [Laughs]

The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to?  

One of my records.

The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

“How to Succeed with Women.”

The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer?