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I’m not really book-smart.
I come from Detroit where it’s rough and I’m not a smooth talker.
I love the attention but I don’t like too much of it.
Guns are bad, I tell you.
When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap.
Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.
A lot of truth is said in jest.
These times are so hard, and they’re getting even harder.
Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert’s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.
Honestly, I never really put the mic down.
If you’re the parent, be a parent. You know what I mean? I’m a parent. I have daughters.
It creeps me out sometimes to think of the person I was. I was a terrible person. I was mean to people.
Five or six songs leaked from the original version of ‘Encore.’ So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them.
Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places. You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap.
It’d be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren’t kids who look up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I’m not a baby sitter.
A lot of my rhymes are just to get chuckles out of people. Anybody with half a brain is going to be able to tell when I’m joking and when I’m serious.
My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.
I’m stupid, I’m ugly, I’m dumb, I smell. Did I mention I’m stupid?
I want to keep making records as long as I can, but I don’t know how long you can be taken seriously in rap.
I need to keep working on myself for a while.
Touring is hard on the body.
Hip hop has always been braggin’ and boasting and ‘I’m better at you than this’ and ‘I’m better at you than that.’
If there’s not drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.
Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
I am who I am and I say what I think. I’m not putting a face on for the record.
My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him.
I might talk about killing people, but that doesn’t mean I do it.
People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.
I need drama in my life to keep making music.
It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know, it’s all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening.