The only way for me to be an artist is to be honest in my craft. If I veer from that, I'm not giving the investors what they want. Sometimes it's my job as an artist to know what I want to do, even when the fans tell me different.
I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.
I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18.
I think the line is where you're in the studio, you're creating. That belongs to you as an artist. Nothing should taint that. I shouldn't be thinking about what the fans want, I shouldn't be thinking about what the radio wants, what the label wants, what your manager wants, a song for the chicks, a song for the street.
D. H. Lawrence
Anders Fogh Rasmussen