I’m just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better.
Your look reflects what’s happening in your mind. You gotta have some swag to you.
I wish the music business was a much easier thing, but you know what? Nothing easy is worth anything. So it is what it is. There comes a time when things can work out and everybody can be happy. And that’s what it’s all about in the end – everybody being happy and working it...
Whenever I received too much praise, it just didn’t feel right to me – ever.
You know, rap is sort of like a form of talking, right? So it’s like you can hear, you know, the slaves doing it. You can hear, like, you know, Africans and Jamaicans doing it just kind of as, like, a rhythmic, poetic conversation, you know, to a rhythm.
Let’s not forget, art can sell. You ain’t gotta front all the time on your records.
We’re all Africans, everyone – black, white, yellow.
Anybody can be a rapper, but not anybody can be a classical artist.
I definitely have plans to do more collaboration albums in the future. I’m a big fan of Common. I’m a big fan of Scarface; I’m a big fan of so many people, from Jeezy to… well, there are a lot of people’s music that I respect. I don’t know who I will collaborate with, but...
The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those – those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I’m not even mad...
The sound of the ’90s, to me, is a combination of soul and street – it’s a feeling.
No one’s promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.
Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight.
I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I’m still a supporter of it.
I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means – I love art.
Every generation witnesses atrocities. People in power try to fulfill prophecy.
Once you make it to your point of making it, you’ll appreciate the struggle.
Hip-hop is bigger than the South; hip-hop is bigger than New York.
I want to sound like an instrument. I want my voice and my words to marry the beat. I go with the rhythm of it and the words start to come to my mind and those words could be based on things that’s been on my mind for the past year, the past month, the...
Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days… that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it’s not compromised. It’s blunt. It’s raw, straight off the street – from the beat to the voice to the words.
I want to have fun. It’s a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.
‘Life Is Good’ represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.
I don’t have time for the news clippings. I got my own mission.