SPM called last weekend (9/26/2015) and answered a few questions that y'all asked. This is all transcribed by me, not written by SPM, so I apologize if I got anything wrong.
About the recent changes to the Day of Unity:
I was so grateful for the turnout last year, and I would not change a thing about it. Sadly I suffered repercussions for it, but I would not change it. Maybe one day we can continue with that plan. But I think we need to go on to the next phase and make the Day of Unity the day it was meant to be, which is a day for everybody to come together and tackle the subject of peace, of how to get our kids out of gangs. In the last two weeks we've had three drive-bys; one that killed a girl and her boyfriend. Then one that killed a nine year old and almost killed an 11 year old, and I guess they had the retaliation last night. This is what we need to get together about, to help our kids get out of this institution that is called gangs. Because there is no hope for a gang member. There is no future for a gang member. He either lives a hateful and destructive life in the free world, or goes to prison, or dies. Those are the only three things that can possibly happen. It's a no win situation. That’s what the Day of Unity should be about. Maybe one day we'll have a Day of Freedom. I could almost believe that there is a Illuminati, as crazy as that sounds. It almost sounds like they are afraid of the power we could have. (I don't believe in the Illuminati, for the record).
can you ask if it’s true they stole some of his new lyrics to use in other songs without his permission.
Yes, absolutely true. And it's probably the most horrific thing you could to me besides kicking my mom’s bad knee with steel-toed boots. Next to family and friends (and I consider fans family), there's nothing more precious to me than music. We have an archive of stuff, we call it newly discovered material. This person did the unthinkable a lot of times with a lot of people, selling this material. What’s sad is these people, who paid money for these verses, do not own them. If DHR finds anyone using these lyrics in any way, they will be served a cease and desist order. It makes me sad, but anyone who got bamboozled by this guy does not own the verses.
I'm sorry, but I'm finding it very difficult to forgive this guy because he sold so many verses. I do forgive him on a personal level, but on a business level it's pretty much unforgivable. A lot of this stuff that's getting out there is stuff that I wouldn't allow to get out there, it's corny and weak. Usually I edit this stuff and that's what hurts worst, because a lot of this stuff is making me look like a mediocre artist.
Is your new album going to be out anytime soon?
We're working on a documentary, actually, and there'll definitely be a soundtrack to that. It's going to have a reenactment of the trial, using the exact words that were spoken from the court transcripts. We're also going to have interviews, and a lot of back story, and just really show the world visually because not everybody reads, and even if they do it's more powerful to see. There's many other projects on the way as well.
Ask him about trump
Well, I think it's pretty clear to the world that Donald Trump is in first place and I think he's even more popular than Hillary, more popular than Jeb Bush, more popular than any other candidate. I think that, very sadly, kinda shows the hatred that America feels for Mexicans; this guy has been so hateful, in so many ways, as far as those crossing the Mexican border. He's thinking about tearing families apart, even kids that were born in this country, and he's saying all these things and he has all this support. Trump just shows the world how much his supporters hate Mexicans. But it's fear that gives birth to hate, and they fear what's going on, like it's some kind of invasion. They fear the numbers, and the accents, because at the rate things are going, by the year 2050 there will be more Mexicans than any other race in the country. The fear gives birth to hate.
I can't really talk about the Mexicans born in American because they get spoiled; Mexicans in Mexico, in my experience, are all such good people with such strong values, honest and hard working. When I was raised my mother had to rent our garage out to make ends meet to Mexicans working nearby. She had, like, six beds up and a washer and dryer set up. These Mexican guys were living on the other side of the wall from me, my sister, and brother. That's how she was able to buy me a little polo every now and then. They were so respectful. Trump is just a hateful man, but that hate comes from fear. Maybe he was raised that way, I don't judge him. But he has showed me how much America fears the rise of the Mexican population.