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Ron Artest's album "My World" will be released on Tru Warier records on Oct. 31. Here are three tracks to check out:
|The Tru Wariers know how to have a good time.|
"When the Pacers gave me $6 mil a year, I was grateful for the money and I thank (GM) Donnie Walsh, but I wasn't getting what I deserved. I should've been getting $14-15 million, so I never wanted to give them that extra $9 mil. That extra nine is my mind and leadership. Sometimes I felt I was giving too much. I mean, I was an All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year, but I never wanted to give them an MVP-type season because they didn't treat me like one. But I'm not worried about the money no more. I'm grateful now and I'm going to give the Kings my all."
Selling drugs as a kid
"I told [Detroit-area schoolkids] I sold drugs at 13 because a lot of kids sell drugs at 13. I told them 'I did it, but I know it was wrong.' I felt uncomfortable with people killing their brains. If you make a mistake, serve your time and try to make a better life for yourself. Everybody is capable of doing bad things. There's people in high positions, millionaires, that kill people. Big-time bank owners owned slaves back in the day. Nobody is perfect. You can change."
The Maloof brothers (Kings owners)
"The Maloofs wanted to visit me in Queensbridge earlier this year, and with no security. So I took them to my projects, inside the ghetto. ... At one point, they had to go to the bathroom, but there ain't no bathrooms in the ghetto. So they went into a pissy elevator, knocked on a random door, and went in someone's apartment. How many owners do that? That's crazy. I love those guys. I want to be in Sacramento forever."
His new album
"'Coroner' is my favorite song. It may not be some perfect Jay-Z rap, but it touches me. It's about my murdered childhood friend. This was a guy who I played ball with, got in fights with, who I could talk to forever. He was much smarter than me, but he veered off. A few years later, I find out he's a full-fledged thug, made some wrong moves, and got murdered. I think about him all the time. A lot of my friends are either dead or in jail. It makes you realize you need to mature and get your life in order."
What might have been
"Getting traded to the Lakers would have been great for my career. Just from a business standpoint, that's a million records sold. The Lakers pushed real hard. I was talking to Kobe a lot, and I never talked to Kobe ever in my life. He reached out, was like, 'Come to the Lakers.' He said, 'We're going to get you here.' Next day, I got an apartment in Hollywood, I moved some of my stuff, and I was in L.A. for two months, just waiting to be a Laker. Kobe would have done the scoring, Lamar does the passing and triple doubles, and we can all play the point. That would've been dangerous." Team USA
"I think we would've won if I was on the team. The opportunity wasn't given to me. It should have been given to me. Never got an explanation and that's not fair to America. I'm from a ghetto in America. I should be able to represent, no matter what they think. Even if I wasn't in the NBA, I should be able to play. It's not the 'NBA Olympic Team.' It's the 'USA Olympic team.' Anyone should be able to play, streetballers, everyone. We should all be allowed. It's political. But there's still a chance I'll play. I hear there's a lot of guys who'll play in '08 who didn't this summer. Shaq says he'll play. I'm definitely going to play, but I'm never going to shut up about not being on this team right here. It's all on the committee, so maybe I gotta get President Bush to step in. He's the only one who can change their mind."
|"Are you guys rappers?"|
|Where are the steaks? The group has to settle for pizza before the show.|
|Before the show, a group prayer.|
|In concert, Artest showed he had the stage presence to get the crowd going.|
|It's a Tru Warier -- and NBA star Ron Artest.|