I want you to see that I'm looking. Look at me look at you. I'm cool with that.
My making it is a combination of grinding, grinding, grinding and being lucky enough to finally get a shot.
I wanted to make something that reminded people of the way albums used to feel. I wanted something as good as the stuff put out by the Bomb Squad, or Dr. Dre and his production crew, or 'A Tribe Called Quest.' I miss albums like those.
For me the best thing about winning an award is when the people cheer for your win. When you can see that the people are really happy that you are winning something, that's the most reward thing in the world.
I started growing my hair in December '89. I was seventeen. I signed my record deal and said I ain't combing my hair no more. I don't have too.
Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It's a platform where we could offer information, but it's also an escape.
I have no trouble being a good dude because that's what I am.
At the end of the day, man, you can't protect yourself from a haymaker that's coming in toward your face if you don't see it coming.
New York is traditional New York, you know what I'm saying? It's the stomping ground of the hustlers and go-getters.
You could put me on any track. I support that one million percent. Whatever the track is, I'm going to smash it. Believe that.
I feel like the quality of privacy and respect of people's personal space has been completely disintegrated. You can ask to take the picture. I will be so glad to take the picture and pose and look good for the picture.
I have a song called 'Decisions' that features Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Common. It's about people who have made a decision to really stand by you as friends.
The personal threat is something that's always been a part of our lives.
I will be so glad to take the picture and pose and look good for the picture. But when you catch me while I'm looking real sideways and the picture's ugly as hell, I don't want you to have the picture like that!
It's almost not safe to be an artist, the way everybody is randomly picking people to feud with.
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