Beanie Sigel: 'I have a gift'

From stomping grounds in South Philadelphia to downtown Conshohocken, where he crosses Fayette Street, walking between Ruffhouse Records' offices and studios August 2, 2012, the next stop for rapper Beanie Sigel (cq) is federal prison. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

"I believe I have a gift," Beanie Sigel says. "Some people are talented, some people are gifted. When you're talented, you’ve got to work on your talent. When you have a gift, it comes natural. I have a gift."

The Philadelphia rapper spoke those words a few short weeks before the release of This Time, his sixth album that will be the flagship release for the revived Ruffhouse Records, which released multi-platinum albums by Cypress Hill and Lauryn Hill in the 1990s.  The album comes out on Aug. 28, and Sigel is set to begin a two year sentence for tax evasion on Sept. 12.

My interview with Sigel is in Sunday's Inquirer A & E section. Tom Gralish took the photo of Sigel crossing Fayette Street in Conshohocken, and shot the video below.

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