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All Quotes by author - Awkwafina
" I am American. If you drop me in Seoul, I don't think I'm going to thrive there. "
" I feel that its important for me to be out there and to represent the face. At the same time, for me as an individual, I think the Asian-American face can be crowded with the American identity. "
" If you don't address race, then people are like, 'Why don't you talk about the elephant in the room?' But you have to do it right. It can't be gimmicky. "
" I grew up two train stops from where A Tribe Called Quest grew up, and one stop from Nas. "
" I have lived in this city my whole life and have seen the way gentrification has changed it. I'm not necessarily against transplants, as 75 percent of my good friends, roommate, and boyfriend are not native New Yorkers. "
" I legitimately wanted to know if Mayor Bloomberg was going to ban large margaritas that I cry over while on a date alone at Dallas BBQ as a part of his controversial soda ban. "
" I like to make songs that are based on concepts. "
" I'm not trying to unite Asian people with my music. "
" I'm torn between wanting to connect with what I grew up with and what's available, living in Brooklyn. I don't have a grimy supermarket that decapitates frogs' heads nearby. "
" I remember watching Margaret Cho with my grandmother on TV. She was my hero, not only because she was funny, but because she showed me that it's okay to be yourself, that it's okay to be a brash yellow girl and to be a strong and brave woman. "
" I started by producing, and the rapping came second to that, because I wanted to fill out the beat. "
" I started with me as Awkwafina reciting 'Othello' monologues, and I'd send those to my friends. It started like that, and then it went into more music-y stuff. "
" I studied my craft at the same place as Nicki Minaj. "
" I think it's important for people to understand that as a woman, I can only rap about the parts I have. "
" I think rap in general allows you to be more lyrically expressive. It's a lot easier to state your identity, as opposed to with a guitar making all these weird metaphors. "
" I think the people get that I'm just kind of an anomaly in a certain way. "
" It's definitely a privilege to be able to do what you love to do; it's not something that everyone gets to do, so I feel really good about that. "
Do What You Love
" It's not nice to say it - I know female musicians, but not so many rappers. I can't think of one I idolize, which is sad, but I'm hoping that will change. "
" I used to chop up C-Span soundbites or interviews with politicians like John Kerry or Bill Clinton into a radio-esque show hosted by Awkwafina and her producer, Mookie. I would pitch down my vocals to have male guests and would send them to a small circle of friends after they were done. "
" I was working a corporate job, but I really wanted to do music. "
" My every birthday wish was, 'I want to someday be on TV.' "
" My mom passed away when I was 4 years old, and she came from a very conservative Korean background. I feel like my life would've been incredibly different had she still been alive. "
" Other female rappers are overly sexual, have no wit, and their lyrics are so generic. I want to change the game to make rap that shows I'm not a normal female rapper - it's not about how rich I am, how much sex I have, or how many boyfriends I have. That's just not me. "
" Rap was started by black people and, thus, is at the foundation of black culture. So people cannot always wrap their minds around someone like me being inspired by it. But if you listen to the things we're saying, they're authentically us. "
" When I went to college, it became more of a hobby, and that's when I think I got the realest music education. It wasn't something that I had to do. It wasn't an obligation. "
" You can't really label me as a musician, a comedian, or a rapper - you know, it's different. "
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