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My thing is this; if I’m sick enough to think it, then I’m sick enough to say it.
There was certainly, like, a rebellious, like, youthful rage in me. And there was also the fact of no getting away from fact that I am white, and you know, this is predominantly black music, you know.
Well, I’m working all the time to stay out of trouble!
I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever. I’m not really book-smart.
Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.
I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn’t, then why would you say I am.
There was a while when I was feeling like, ‘Damn, if I’d just been born black, I would not have to go through all this’.
Why is it so hard for people to believe that white people are poor?! I wouldn’t say I lived in a ghetto; I’d say I lived in the ‘hood. The same friends I had back then are the same people on tour with me now.
Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can’t get it out, I start feeling bad about myself – a lot of self-loathing.
The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private, and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family.
Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.
I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.
The kids are old enough now – I just want to let them be kids. I don’t want to comment on them too much. They’re at an age where I just want to let them be kids.
I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.
To the people I forgot, you weren’t on my mind for some reason and you probably don’t deserve any thanks anyway.
Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.
You know, not to sound corny or nuthin’, but I felt like a fighter comin’ up, man. I felt like, you know, I’m being attacked for this reason or that reason, and I gotta fight my way through this.
I always say this about my music, and music in general: Music is like a time capsule. Each album reflects what I’m going through or what’s going on in my life at that moment.
It’s just hard to meet new people, in my position.
You’re not going to say anything about me that I’m not going to say about myself. There’s so many things that I think about myself; if someone really wanted to get at me, they could say this and this and this. So I’m going to say it before they can. It’s the best policy for me.
I always felt that if I was going to do a movie, I wanted it to be authentic.
I stopped watching TV because of ‘The Wire.’ Like, ‘The Wire’ ruined everything for me because I don’t even want to watch anything else now.
I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.
I realized, ‘Yo, I can’t do anything in moderation. I don’t know how.’
You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it’s kind of a lifestyle and it’s easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone’s doing a certain thing… It’s tough.
I was going to McDonald’s and Taco Bell every day. The kids behind the counter knew me – it wouldn’t even faze them. Or I’d sit up at Denny’s or Big Boy and just eat by myself. It was sad. I got so heavy that people started to not recognize me.
If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.
Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour.
I didn’t have nothin’ going for me… school, home… until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.
I’d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.