I wish I was a rapper. There are certainly times when I wish I could just drop an album and channel all my ideas, anger, humor and energy into some music and be done with it.
Hip Hop offers new ways of seeing and understanding what it means to be black at this pivotal time in history.
The new-school hip-hop generation exists with a mandate to 'keep it real'; this has to do with embracing a hard-nosed truth about the world and letting the chips fall where they may.
In classical music, love is based on bitin' -- imitation. It's not based on interpretation. A jazz musician, if he plays someone else's song, has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.
Frankly I love the word 'nigga.' It is my favorite word in the English language because no other word incites more controversy today.
Hip hop is inherently political, the language is political. It uses language as a weapon -- not a weapon to violate or not a weapon to offend, but a weapon that pushes the envelope that provokes people, makes people think.
He's a good athlete with game-changing ability, ... Sometimes we use him as a decoy. He also plays both ways all the time and has one interception for a 100-yard touchdown (in a 48-20 victory over Briggs on Sept. 2).
It's a case that had everything, ... There's multiple murders, there's a famous former football player who had become an actor, there are drugs, there's sex, there's violence, there's interracial marriage.
We've got some guys who can throw. They just haven't been put in big situations.
Network television is not interested in civil rights; they're interested in making money. If things that will generate money are diverse in any way, so be it, but if not, they'll go in the other direction.
I don't think it's the same thing. Hip-hop has redefined the word. It can mean a number of things. It can be a term of admiration. It can be a term of recognition.