I don't go into any album with pressing issues. I just try to write songs.
My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball... then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers. The most important thing I learned was that you control your crowd, not the other way around.
You have to know when to be arrogant. You have to when to be humble. You have to know when to be hard and you have to know when to be soft.
When I look at the arc of my career, my focus is on lyricism, right? I own that.
Harold E. Varmus