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Born: 1975-10-03
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I think its man's nature to go to war and fight.

Tags: Fight, Nature, War

I will never do a record without some sense of responsibility.

Tags: Sense

I'm at a loss for words. But even my loss is amplified.

Tags: Amplified, Loss, Words

Once you're signed to a label you compromise.

Tags: Compromise, Label, Once

People can be inspired the way I've been inspired by music.

Tags: Inspired, Music

The responsibility of an artist is to be honest with themselves.

Tags: Artist, Honest, Themselves

The way I see it, if people truly love my music, they will support me in some way down the road.

Tags: Love, Music, Support

War is not civilized.

Tags: Civilized, War

Well if somebody's giving me a script, I'll consider it. But it's not something I'm chasing.

Tags: Consider, Giving, Somebody

You gotta eat right, you gotta have healthy habits, you know, and balance out your decadence with a healthy lifestyle during the day.

Tags: Balance, Eat, Healthy

You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.

Tags: Order, Struggle, Yourself

You make knowledge relevant to life and you make it important for children to learn things that will really relate to things going on in their lives, and not abstract.

Tags: Children, Knowledge, Life

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.

Tags: Far, Gonna, Time

I don't think that early hip hop stood out to be a social critique. A lot of fans of mine think that hip hop's ultimate responsibility is to critique social structures.

Tags: Early, Fans, Social

I not only wanted to showcase lyrical skills but also continue to drop knowledge on the hiphop community. I'm looking to elevate through my music, and through my music I educate.

Tags: Knowledge, Music, Wanted

I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated because you believe their words and you appreciate their honesty in their music. If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music, the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props.

Tags: Honesty, Music, Words

My fondest memories were watching the Beastie Boys get prepped to come on stage. They had a lot of antics and they play a lot of basketball... then they were giving out cameras to the crowd, and performing from the bleachers. The most important thing I learned was that you control your crowd, not the other way around.

Tags: Basketball, Control, Giving

People consider Black Star a great album, and I think it's a classic album. But the fact is, both me and Mos Def have made better albums since Black Star.

Tags: Black, Fact, Great

So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent.

Tags: Honest, Moving, Themselves

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.

Tags: Illusion, Politics, Role

You know, I've learned a lot from every person I've collaborated with, from Madlib to Jean Grae and Hi-Tek, to Mos to DJ Quik, to even somebody like Jermaine Dupri. I've taken something important away from every experience.

Tags: Away, Experience, Learned

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.

Tags: Arrogant, Hard, Humble

I think once you're in the public eye, whether you're a boss, a teacher or whatever you do, that you're automatically in the position of role model. You have people looking up to you, so whether you choose to accept it or not is a different question.

Tags: Accept, Teacher, Whatever
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Hip-hop is a vehicle.

Tags: Vehicle

Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction.

Tags: Compassion, Politics, Religion

I'm not looking to set a standard... but, I believe I have offered a challenge to others with my work.

Tags: Challenge, Others, Work

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.

Tags: Energy, Happen, Moment

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.

Tags: Beautiful, Music, Song

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.

Tags: Else, Someone, Trying

I met Mos Def around that time but I didn't hook up with him until I was about 17 or 18.

Tags: Him, Time, Until

Ain't nobody making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.

Tags: Compromise, Making, Music

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.

Tags: Possible, Power, Wanted

But it becomes disrespectful when the artist's process is not respected.

Tags: Artist, Process, Respected

Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is.

Tags: Complex, Woman

I remember looking back on a photo of me... wearing a suit that was, like, two sizes too big for me. I think a lot of guys don't know what fits.

Tags: Big, Looking, Remember

I think music sharing of any kind is great.

Tags: Great, Music, Sharing

The problem with our role is Americans live in a world of illusion.

Tags: Illusion, Problem, Role

Woman are complex creatures.

Tags: Complex, Creatures, Woman

And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together.

Tags: Art, Sense, Together

Being called a conscious rapper is quite a compliment. It's a great thing to be. But as an artist, my nature is to not be in a box.

Tags: Artist, Great, Nature

But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself.

Tags: Creative, Market, Yourself

Even an independent label is looking for a hit, they're not looking for a record that's not gonna do well.

Tags: Gonna, Hit, Looking

Hi-Tek is on three or four songs on the new record.

Tags: Four, Songs, Three

Honestly, you have to take care of yourself. That's probably something I have learned on the road.

Tags: Care, Learned, Yourself

I don't feel comfortable making empty music.

Tags: Empty, Making, Music

I think hip hop is a dance music that's rebellious by nature.

Tags: Dance, Music, Nature
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