So there’s Osama bin Laden, and then there’s Peter Gunz.
But your boy Peter isn’t too far down the totem pole when it comes to being a hated man, at least among black women. (Ironically, bin Laden was a doting husband to all five of his wives) The Bronx native stopped by our GIANT offices to talk about “Love & Hip-Hop: New York” and how he’s been dealing with his new found “stardom” We sprinkled in the traditional Quickie questions, but Peter had a lot to get off his chest. Read about what P did to steer clear of the hate, one of his biggest regrets and that small nugget of advice his friend Busta Rhymes gave him.
GIANTLife.com: So Peter, how are you handling all this attention?
Peter Gunz: Better! Much better. I don’t see the episodes until the public sees the episodes and it’s like someone put a mirror up to my life. I actually hid in the house for two days. Mona Scott, my mom, a lot people calling me telling me it’s going to be alright because I was getting so much hate. I pride myself on being loved so to be hated like this is uncomfortable. But I’m better.
GIANTLife.com: Do people think you sold your soul?
Peter Gunz: I gave you what it is. I didn’t put on blackface and tap dance. This is my everyday life. In a way, doing Love & Hip-Hop might’ve helped me because now I know I don’t want to live like this anymore.
GIANTLife.com: Did anyone warn you or try and stop you before agreeing to do the show?
Peter Gunz: I met with Busta and he said ‘Don’t do it!’ [LAUGHS] You cheated on your girl, married the side joint and you putting that out there for the world to see, you’re a black man! That ain’t cool. We don’t do that.
GIANTLife.com: You seem remorseful. How are Amina and Tara?
Peter Gunz: Both families on both sides, Tara, Amina they hate my guts. This season is killing me. Tara didn’t deserve to find out on national television that I married my girlfriend.
GIANTLife.com: Okay, now we’re going to get into the traditional Quickie questions: What did you do with your first big check?
Peter Gunz: My first big check came from “Uptown Baby” and I bought a car and I moved out of The Bronx to Westchester. I started doing a lot of things for my mom, my dad my family, I had two kids at the time. It wasn’t as big a check as everyone thinks. It was still good money, and I should have some left over, but you know, young, dumb and reckless.
GIANTLife.com: You’ve been in the industry for a while, what’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Peter Gunz: The best advice probably came from LL. He told me to never comprise and at the time I was doing a lot of compromising. I did a version of “Uptown Baby” where I added different states and he was mad at me for altering the song and he said I should’ve just left it the way it was. Columbia told me if I did those versions, we would go from gold to platinum. What he was saying was bigger than was don’t alter who you are.