11/26/2007 at 01:00 AM EST
• In addition to his new CD, Curtis
, the 32-year-old rapper costars in the war drama Home of the Brave
, out on DVD
ON ACTING VS. RAPPING
The film projects allow me to go places that hip-hop doesn't. Hip-hop won't allow you to put yourself in any vulnerable spaces. There is a constant battle for position. Only the opponents change.
ON HOME COSTAR SAMUEL L. JACKSON
[Before the movie] he said that he didn't want to work with a rapper. I was sure he didn't mean Will Smith or Queen Latifah
or LL Cool J or Ice Cube. Fortunately, we had an opportunity to talk about all of this on-set. Prior to that, well, I was calling him "fathead" or something like that. He is great. The guy is in touch with what is going on right now.
ON HIS UPCOMING RIGHTEOUS KILL COSTAR ROBERT DE NIRO
We went to the firing range together a couple of times. He was a much better shot than I thought he would be. I was impressed.