On their start in pro wrestling:
Shad: My father started training me for boxing around five, I started martial arts when I was eight and amateur wrestling when I was about 10. As time went on, it seemed like a natural thing for me to do. I was working as a bodyguard, [MTV/WWE reality show] Tough Enough came along. I made the show but was eliminated after the qualifying round because there was a mix-up with my blood work and they thought I had Hepatitis C when it was actually a different contestant on the show. Later on, I was contacted by [WWE official] Dr. Tom Pritchard and recruited.
On who developed their characters:
Shad: When we went into [WWE Chairman] Vince McMahonâ<80><99>s office to tell him about it, he immediately liked the idea but he already knew there were gonna be people out there that are too sensitive to this. There are some people who think that if something doesnâ<80><99>t hold African Americans up to the best light itâ<80><99>s automatically bad but itâ<80><99>s not true; people need to learn to relax and laugh at themselves sometimes.
JTG: We brought the characters to the table so I ddinâ<80><99>t feel any sorta way. It wasnâ<80><99>t them coming to us and saying, â<80><9c>We want you to be gangsters and thugs,â<80> they just liked what we did.
On if Cena is a dope emcee:
JTG: Yeah, heâ<80><99>s pretty damned good. Iâ<80><99>ve heard him freestyle.
You can check out the full interview from HipHopDX.com by clicking here. (Thanks to Marino)