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" A lot of times black folks look for love in all the wrong places. You're always looking for somebody to love you, be accepted, and there's the insecurities that are even transmitted through rap. Everyone is trying to aim to please too much. "
" Being positive is like going up a mountain. Being negative is like sliding down a hill. A lot of times, people want to take the easy way out, because it's basically what they've understood throughout their lives. "
" Downloadable music is the biggest musical phenomenon since the Beatles, and the music industry is slow to come to grips with that. "
" Government and culture are two diametrically opposed forces - the one blinds and oppresses, the other uplifts and unites. "
" Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture. DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it. "
" I believe that, artistically and culturally, the free radio air should be able to support local artists of whatever genre. Play 40 percent of your local artists; don't suck up to major labels to the point where you neglect your own locale. "
" I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from. "
" I'd rather have a hundred thousand or a million people saying I'm nuts and I'm crazy for my musical choices and what I've said lyrically, than a million people all raising their hand on the first day. "
" I grew up as a sports fan, and I know that a hall of fame is very different than an award for being the best of the year. It's a nod to the longevity of our accomplishment. "
" I like Rick Ross as a person. I like Jay-Z and Kanye West as people. But I hate the companies that they record for. "
" I'm a multi-tasker. I was down with that stuff before they invented the term. "
" I'm recording freely, and if I make a song, I release it immediately, so I'm more likely to believe in one song at a time as opposed to albums. "
" I spread the message of hope and of unity. That's what gets me up in the morning. I can tell you what is wrong, but I can't tell you how to fix it. I'm a raptivist, not a politician. I deal in hope. "
" I think governments are the cancer of civilization. "
" I think right about now we have to beware of marketed Malcolms and Martins. Real people do real things. "
" I think the Internet was the saving grace for Public Enemy. Before that, travelling the world saved Public Enemy. "
" I think too much of the music industry is for the lawyer and accountant mentality. "
" I think traveling the world has helped to keep Public Enemy alive. We've never solely depended on the United States. "
" I totally hate when somebody takes a classic and desecrates it. I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to 'Kashmir' was a debacle. "
" I've signed with major labels, and I haven't had any control over the money. "
" I was inspired by the classic rock radio of the Seventies. They separated Chuck Berry and the Beatles from the Led Zeppelins and Bostons and Peter Framptons of the time. In many ways, classic rock became bigger than mainstream rock. "
" Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there. "
" My daughter's 19. I'm not asking her to develop as an artist. I'm just asking her to develop as a full person, human being. "
" My mother went to university, my father didn't. But they are very educated, very wise people. My father went to the military, so he's worldly. "
" Never try to make the same record twice, even when people are screaming for the same sound. "
" Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid. "
" One of the problems with hip hop is lack of infrastructure and not being able to control its own course. I don't like that hip hop is full of infantile 35-year-olds. Hip hop cannot afford to be lazy. "
" People aren't going to support an artist just because they have an audio file. They have to feel a real connection. "
" People are so confused about race and hip-hop that people didn't even consider the Beastie Boys one of the greatest rap groups of all time because they were white. "
" Public Enemy is the security of the hip-hop party. "
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