There’s now an understanding within Hip-Hop that, when talking about street life or prison, most of what you hear today isn’t real. Obviously, there are exceptions — rappers like Maino, DMX and 50 Cent have been regarded as the most authentic in the game…even newcomers like 21 Savage and Kodak Black are known for what they’ve been through prior to success. Following a co-sign from A$AP Rocky (who’s done some time as well), Brooklyn rising star Casanova is earning his attention for being real: the now-29-year-old has had a tempestuous past, having done multiple prison bids, 32 months of which was in solitary confinement. Now, the New York emcee is sailing off his street smash “Don’t Run” (as well as it’s star-studded remix) and recently-released mixtape Be Safe Tho (named so in honor of currently-incarcerated media personality Taxstone).
Recently, Casanova sat down with The Breakfast Club over at Power 105, were he spoke candidly on being in prison (revealing that one particular stint in lock up was for a robbery he didn’t commit), past crimes that led to his incarceration, becoming a recording artist, building relationships with Chris Brown and Rocky (the latter of which began in jail) and loads more. Alongside Charlamagne Tha God, he also gave his opinion on Taxstone’s current predicament, even taking some of the responsibility for coercing Tax to come to Irving Plaza on that fateful night that led to one death and (fellow New York rapper) Troy Ave being shot:
I told him to come out with me that night. That’s why I feel like I owe him the world, man, because he was arguing with me, like ‘I don’t do that outside, I don’t do that’, and you know, I told him to come out with me, and whatever, I don’t know what’s going on, but…he wouldn’t have been in this situation I feel if I’d have just been like ‘man, aight, you ain’t gotta come, go ahead…’
Watch the full interview below and pick up Casanova’s Be Safe Tho here.