Fear not of men because men must die. Mind over matter and soul before flesh.
Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate.
I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
I come from a family of very devout, praying people. That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.
I don't hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people - and they're helpless with it.
I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that they are, it's the condition that they represent.
I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that.
I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some truth and positive heart lift.
I just don't think it's very dignified to ask people to like you. You can just wind up being somebody's ottoman.
I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I'm a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear.
I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.
I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own work.
It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced by black people. You don't have to be a thug to get love from black people.
There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.
I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit different, but I'm just trying to keep it as regular as possible because I like it that way.