What Are You Thinking: Jeffrey
Dr. Phil speaks with guests who are concerned about the actions of someone they love.
Jeremy, 22, (left) is hoping Dr. Phil can get through to his 27-year-old brother Jeffrey, (below). "My older brother spends all his time dreaming, thinking about, and even acting out trying to be a rap star," says Jeremy. "He's been just living on the street and trying to promote his rap career without any income coming in." Because Jeffrey has a young son, Jeremy thinks his brother should take responsibility and get a job, to provide a future for his son.


"My brother is a troublemaker. He's been kicked out of my parents' house numerous times. I don't want people to think that the way my brother acts is an example or a product of our family. I continue to live and produce for myself on a daily basis. I'm still continuing my education. I have a steady job. He thinks life is a game, period," says Jeremy.


"Hip-hop music, to me, is love," says Jeffrey. "It's a blessing to me. I just want to be able to express myself in this music and tell people about it." Jeffrey says he's not out on the streets begging, and a regular, 9 to 5 job doesn't appeal to him. "I don't think my brother has a right to criticize me for wanting to pursue my dream," says Jeffrey. "Everybody has the right to dream."
Jeremy tells Dr. Phil that he's concerned for Jeffrey's safety and the well-being of his child. He also believes that Jeffrey relies too heavily on their mother, who works two jobs, for money and transportation.


"How do you feel about taking money from your mother who's on her feet and working?" Dr. Phil asks Jeffrey.


"I mean, she enjoys my company," says Jeffrey. "So every time she comes to pick me up, she's always happy to see me and I'm always happy to see her." Jeffrey says that he does make money.


Dr. Phil asks Jeremy what he wants Jeffrey to do. "The first thing I would like you to do is get in touch with God because all the answers will be solved then. Then act like an adult and take care of your child. Play time is overwith," says Jeremy, who doesn't think Jeffrey has any talent.

"I don't have an ear for talent," says Dr. Phil, "so I don't know whether you have talent or not. And if you have a dream, then by all means you should embrace that dream, and pursue that dream and I would hope things would be great. But I think what you have to do is say, 'I'm going to take care of my responsibilities now.' You need to be contributing to your mom, not taking from her. You need to be contributing to your son, and then work on your dream. Who knows? You may get a big break and you may do great, but you have to take some pride in yourself and make some money and take care of your son now. And you know that's true, don't you?" he asks Jeffrey.


"Yeah," admits Jeffrey.

Dr. Phil tells Jeffrey that he wants him to listen to the story of one of the most famous rappers in the world. He plays a videotaped interview with Master P.


Master P: Right now I'm in Forbes magazine as one of the richest entertainers. I come from the Calio projects in New Orleans, which is the murder capital of the world. My first record I made was "The Ghetto's Tryin to Kill Me" which is for real because not too many kids make it out of the ghetto. We always had that glow that we wanted something else out of life. The reality was, I'm going to have to get off my butt and go better my education. Before I was successful, I had to work. My family needed to survive. My son needed Pampers, he needed milk. I could've been immature but I wanted to say, "You know what? I want to do something that makes sure my kid don't have to go through what I went through." So I got out and worked, man. I got out and took odd jobs. I just sit back on my knees, man, and thank the man up above that me and my wife and my kids was able to see the other side of life.

"Do you think that he's successful?" Dr. Phil asks Jeffrey.


"Yeah," says Jeffrey.


"Do you think it just happened for him like that? Do you think he just hung around until somebody found him or do you think he did something before he got to that point?" asks Dr. Phil.


"I believe he hustled," says Jeffrey.


"Do you think you're working as hard as you think he probably worked?"


"Yeah, but I mean, we're two different individuals. He do what he do and I do what I do."


"Do you think you could learn something from him if you studied somebody who was really good at what they did?"


"Yeah, I could learn a lot from every individual in here," says Jeffrey.

To the surprise of the audience, Dr. Phil introduces special guest, Master P. He asks Master P if finding success was easy for him.


"It was a rough roll ... I grew up in the ghetto. I was able to change my life and anybody who wants something out of life, you gotta get out and work for it. You gotta educate yourself, you gotta be focused and you gotta want to take care of your family. When people think of hip-hop now, people are making a lot of money in hip-hop but these guys are educated. They're educating themselves and being responsible. So you gotta start from the bottom and work your way to the top. I haven't seen anyone make it and be successful that don't take care of their business."

Master P goes on, "You got 100 million people trying to be rappers, but there's probably only 20 or 30 that are successful at it. So if you have another job you can do, use the rap thing as a second occupation. Be the best person you can be in your own world. Stop looking at TV, seeing what these rappers are doing. Growing up, you also gotta mature. I'm not saying don't follow your dream because if you got it, you got it. But if you don't have it, then you got nothing to fall back on. So I think you need to listen to the people around you that love you, saying, 'You know what? Get yourself together and go for the winning lottery ticket, but don't stop everything you're doing and don't forget your responsibilities along the way.'"


Dr. Phil asks Jeffrey if he has any questions for Master P.


"Can I borrow some money?" he asks.