When it comes to size, most people don't want to see themselves looking bigger than what they are.
What my home life is like now is great.
Now everybody's sampling.
My Struggles is a record close to me. It's about what I went through at home living with an abusive father.
I'm not tryin' to come off as the best lyricist.
I'm not a person that's walkin' down the street looking mean all day.
I want to be cutting-edge.
Everybody is doing the same old thing.
The biggest surprise with the show is I didn't think it was gonna be that emotional. I thought it was just gonna be a regular reality show.
I mean, when it's time to rhyme rhyme, I can get down for mine.
I want people to feel the heat while they walk down the street and they're just kickin' it.
I want kids of this generation to see that everything is cool, that there's some kind of unity in hip-hop. We all found something that's really important to us, and music is all we've really got.
Music should be your escape.
I love my mother. She's my first love. She has been through a lot and is a sole survivor.
I got a mother who's very strong after taking the whippings that she took from my father.
I feel blessed and I've learned so much. I just wanted to make a record where people can forget their troubles and go buck-wild.
I want to make something commercial that people can pick up on.
When you turn on your radio, you don't always want to hear about someone shootin' some person. Even if that's the lifestyle they live, people don't always want to hear it.
When you sit down now and really listen, it doesn't give off the same feel as it did back when Run DMC and those guys were rhymin'.
You have to be ready to sing and perform at any time.
It's just that back then we didn't know that was considered being a coproducer. I would sit on the side and say what I wanted musically, but at the time we thought if you aren't the one playing it, you don't get the credit. Now you'll start seeing my name listed as producer.
Hip-hop is definitely not what it used to be, which was creative, original music.
I've always had a lot of creative impact on the music with Timbaland.
No, because I don't want to hear what's hot and feel I have to copy it. I'll just make up my own thing.
And basically I always said when I was little that if I ever became successful or a celebrity, I would buy her this huge house and she would never have to work anymore. And I've done that. So I feel happy about doing that.