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.
Woman are complex creatures.
Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing.
We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of.
War is not civilized.
So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen. So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output.
I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.
I will never do a record without some sense of responsibility.
I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop.
I listened to a mind joint, and I wanted to do my own version of it, and what you hear on my mixtape is my take on what the whole CD sounds like.
I like the last Scarface album a lot.
Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is.
Hip-hop is a vehicle.
Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record.
Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well.
But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected.
And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.
A lot of these people, these program directors, just like anybody else in the world, even though they're supposed to be leaders in the world, they're followers. They follow what they think someone else is doing, instead of trying to blaze a trail.
I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18.
As far as being on a major label, some labels get it and get what they have to do, and some labels don't. I don't think the label I'm on necessarily gets it, but I think over time they're gonna have to.
I think its man's nature to go to war and fight.
The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.
Music is not an exact science so depending on the time and the mode and the energy when we do it that will determine what happens with it.
Let me finish my music, and let me present it the way I want to present it. And then share it, put it online, do whatever you want to do after that.
I think music sharing of any kind is great.