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All Quotes by author - Fantastic Negrito
" As long as we have have predatory capitalism, we'll have guns because the gun industry loves to make money out of guns. "
" Exercise is good for you, so I'm always walking. I don't drink sodas or eat fast food, either. "
" Fantastic Negrito is a persona, an incarnation in my third phase. "
" Growing up in the neighborhoods I did in Oakland, you don't know the Beatles, but I started learning their songs. "
" If I can't be honest with music, forget it. "
" I had a dream, as young people have quite idealistic dreams and goals, of, 'I'm going to go to Los Angeles, and I'm going to become a star!' I did get this huge record deal, and I recorded this music under Xavier. That didn't really work out. "
" I hitchhiked to L.A. with $100 and a keyboard. "
" I knew I was an exhibitionist. I came from a huge family. I found an emotional connection being on stage. "
" I like being photographed without glasses. I don't want to be pretentious. "
" I really loved the hardcore alternative vibe Prince had on 'Dirty Mind.' "
" I think that was always my strength. I was never a great player, but I could write. "
" I thought my story was over. But that was when I realised I finally had a story to tell - and it seems to remind people of their own story. "
" I was raised on African music, Harry Belafonte, and the Boston Pops. Then I got a dose of soul and hip-hop. I related to it immediately. "
" I write songs. I perform. I play the guitar. I play the keyboard. "
" Jimmy Iovine signed me personally to a million-dollar contract, and I lost my identity for a long time. That system is so predicated on making a hit, or you're out of here. "
" Just keep being yourself. Keep being yourself, and people recognize it. "
" Live performance is everything. First of all, I have terrible stage fright. But beyond that, once the music starts, it's OK. "
" My dad was a strict Muslim. He had a lot of rules. "
" My dad was born in 1905, and the men from that period were real men. He prepared me for the world. "
" Prince was a hero. He was the brother, the black man that was a little different. As a kid, you thought, 'Wow, he's different. If he can do it, I can do it.' I read that he was self-taught, so I started teaching myself to play the piano. "
" 'Push back' is the word; that's what we gotta do against ignorance. I see so much of it, and it's dangerous. "
" That's always the time to quit - when you have nothing to say as an artist and creative person. "
" The one thing I had pure in my life was creativity. "
" There's certain artists that are meant to have certain paths and go the way of the corporate world. And then there are artists who are artists. "
" We gotta bring new ideas to the table and empower each other. "
" What I decided was I'd be happier not being in the confines of a corporate infrastructure producing music. That's when I was free, and it opened up the door to have a different personality and incarnations. That's really when I had success in my music life. I was able to license my music. "
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