When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy.
I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn't see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
I kept my babies fed. I could have dumped them, but I didn't. I decided that whatever trip I was on, they were going with me. You're looking at a real daddy.
I try to tell a story musically in a song.
There's people making babies to my music. That's nice.
Disco deserved a better name, a beautiful name because it was a beautiful art form. It made the consumer beautiful. The consumer was the star.
I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.
When I commit, I commit with my whole heart, my whole being. I know the Bible like the back of my hand.
I've always loved War's Low Rider and Sly Stone's Thank You, and I just wanted to put my take on them.
One preacher turned me on, another turned me off.
Mama tried to save us from the streets, but the streets were too strong.
The cops picked me up for attempted murder. I can still see the detectives, licking their chops. Thought they had me. Two weeks later, the cat came out of a coma and told the truth. I was innocent.
We forget that this music, music made by my brothers and sisters, is still a baby. It's just beginning. When I think of the possibilities, it makes me smile.
The whole system of society tells you what to do.
I went to jail at 16 for stealing tires off Cadillacs. When I got out I said, Never again.
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