The whole system of society tells you what to do.
People are always looking for me to be a freak, weird.
One preacher turned me on, another turned me off.
Most families had four, five brothers. But because it was just me and Darryl, we had to be twice as strong.
Mama tried to save us from the streets, but the streets were too strong.
I've always loved War's Low Rider and Sly Stone's Thank You, and I just wanted to put my take on them.
I'm very happy with this new record. It's dealing with different aspects of love-it's me making a statement about people doing something with their lives. It is about caring for others.
I went to jail at 16 for stealing tires off Cadillacs. When I got out I said, Never again.
I try to tell a story musically in a song.
I started fooling around with the intro to one of the songs. Then another song, and another. I was so excited when I went into the studio.
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.
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.
In my day, we didn't have the cocaine, so we went out and knocked somebody over the head and took the money. But today, all this cocaine and crack, it doesn't give kids a chance.
When I saw corruption, I was forced to find truth on my own. I couldn't swallow the hypocrisy.
No one could understand the bond between me and my brother. I struggled to understand the forces that drove his soul in one direction and mine in another.
I'll come to you with gifts of knowledge, wisdom and truth.
As a boy, I believed freedom for America meant freedom for me. There was a time I believed every word spoken.
Elton John's opinion turned the label's opinion around, all in a day.
I never learned to read or write music. Never wanted to fool with scales. That was boring, forced. The music I heard was free-flowing.
There's people making babies to my music. That's nice.
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 were ready to launch Barry White, but the record company wouldn't put it out. Said it wouldn't sell.
I don't know if it's my music, my lyrics, my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do-all I can say is, my career has lasted way longer than I expected.
The biggest problem I had was remembering accurately. The book is about the lessons I've learned, things I went through and endured.
After reading the book, I hope young people will see how I changed my life and how it's up to them to make changes in their own lives to succeed.