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" After I got dropped by Interscope, I knew in my heart that I had to fight back some way or not rap at all. I just took it upon myself to get myself where I needed to be. "
" Ain't nothin' changed with me. I'm Eastside Gary til I die. "
" A lot of improvisation and freedom went into 'Pinata.' "
" Coming up in America in the '80s and '90s, we were not too far removed from slavery. People forget that. "
" Different rappers got different talents. It's like X-Men. "
" Drake makes some dope songs. "
" Eminem heard my music, and he didn't wanna take a meeting with me. "
" Every project might only sell like 30 to 50,000, but I mean, I'm getting seven, eight dollars every CD. I make more money per record than an artist on a major label - I can definitely say that. "
" Everything don't work out for the best. You have to use a lot of those things as lessons in order to build yourself up. "
" Gary is a old factory town right outside Chicago. From my standpoint, my family migrated there in the '50s and '60s from Mississippi - Sardis, Mississippi - shout out to Sardis, Mississippi. My family migrated there just like a lot of black families in that area: they migrated there to get jobs, to get those factory jobs, that steel mill job. "
" Gary is a really impoverished town; it's in industrial decay. There's low employment and things of that nature. "
" He's been my number one influence. If you say Tupac didn't influence you, then you don't really need to be rapping because nobody evokes that kind of emotion on a track like Tupac does. "
" I ain't never detached myself from Gary. "
" I ain't on no major. Everything independent. Either way it goes, I am doing me, and I am doing Freddie Gibbs. "
" I always feel like the underdog. "
" I always knew that I would be some type of public figure, but I never knew that it would be rapping, 'cause my dad sang: I saw him deal with the ills of the music industry, just on the outside looking in. "
" I always want everything I do to be somewhat cinematic. I don't want to be the rapper that'll just post up and shoot a video anywhere with no real meaning to it. "
" I am the evil seed. "
" I can do a whole project with Madlib and turn around and do a record with Gucci Mane. Gucci Mane, E-40, and Black Thought on the same record. I like all those rappers, so why can't I work with them in some type of capacity? It just speaks to my versatility. I don't just listen to one type of rap. I listen to all of it so I can make all of it. "
" I'd be a liar if I didn't say I learned things from Jeezy. Hell yeah, I took some things, some pluses and some minuses, do's and don'ts. "
" I'd be quiet as a mouse if I didn't have the correct feeling about my music. I feel like I'm able to talk about it and say I'm one of the best because I think I got the music to back that up. I got the live show to back that up. That's all that matters. "
" I don't ever really plan my sets. I just get out there and feel the energy of the crowd. "
" I don't like pre-written raps; I think it makes the song better if you listen to the beat first. In a sense, you have to make a marriage with the beat. I ride the beat, hear the flow of the drums, get the melody of my flow, and then from that point, it's a process of what I want to say. "
" I don't like rap that doesn't have a story behind it. "
" I don't mind travelling. I'm independent, so I gotta get on the grind. "
" I don't really know what a debut album is no more. As long as you got music on the streets, you've debuted. "
" I feel like I influence more than just rap. "
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" I feel like some artists need a record label, and some don't. "
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" I feel like with a lot of Madlib's beats, they are made for storytelling. I feel like when I'm working on stuff with him, I can really get into the storytelling aspect mode of my flow. "
" If you say your product is the best, back that up. "
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