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" Anybody under the age of forty knows hip-hop, gospel and R&B pretty well, and it's all a part of what we consider to be 'black music.' There is a natural synergy between the three. "
" Artists are, I think in general, compassionate people, and part of what makes us artists is that we're open-minded people, and I think we're almost, by definition, progressive in a lot of ways. "
" Artists in general never stay in the same place; we keep growing. It's still you: you still have that core that you always had, but you work with new people and hear new things. "
" As a kid, I wanted to be a musician but also aspired to be Andy Griffith's lawyer character, Ben Matlock. "
" As a nation - and as a world - we need more truth. "
" As a politician, you have to deal with someone wanting you to fail every day. I think I prefer being in a situation where generally people are rooting for me, and if they aren't rooting for me, they aren't out there to see my downfall. I respect the people who have the stomach for it. "
" As a young black boy, it made me proud to see black leaders that did something amazing and made the world change. "
" At the end of the day, there's only a few major stars in the music business, and then there's all these people that are aspiring to be that. "
" At work, you want to stand out but not in extra-funky ways. At the core, it's about dressing for girls - who are most of my fans - and you want to dress up for them. You just want to feel like you're on top of your game. "
" Before every show, I eat half a rotisserie chicken. "
" Being married is not the same as having a kid because being married to another adult who can take care of themselves to a degree is different than having a kid that is completely dependent on you. "
" Dr. King was unpopular while he was alive - he's only popular now because he's dead and not a threat to anyone. "
" Even with G.O.O.D. Music, we have artists that have done very well, and we've had artists that haven't. Being attached to Kanye is only going to get you so far. You've still got to have the records and the talent and the artistry on your own to carry it. "
" Experience is a great teacher. "
" For me as a songwriter, I love when other people cover my songs. "
" Hip hop has the urgency and rebelliousness that early rock n' roll and punk had: a level of rule-breaking and flirtation with danger. It allows you to break the rules. "
" Hip-hop is one of the most free art forms there is. There's so many sounds you can use, so many things you can bring in. You never know, man. I bet years ago people would've never said they would hear me with Rick Ross, and we did four classic songs together. "
" Hip hop is usually a bunch of guys talking to a bunch of guys, in my experience. It's homosocial, not homosexual, in that it's almost always all one gender in a room where it's being created. That locker-room environment has an impact on the language. I think the music suffers 'cause it allows an almost cartoonish level of misogyny. "
" I always felt that rap didn't cause crime; it just reflected it. "
" I always figured I would live long enough to see a black president. The movies predicted it. Usually, Morgan Freeman. "
" I always saw myself as a singer-songwriter, a solo-artist, that's why working with other artists was never satisfying for me. "
" I am a feminist. Women are discriminated against in so many ways, and they make up half the population. "
" I ate some pretty funky, authentic Chinese food in Hong Kong. There was an egg from some bird that's not a chicken. I can't remember what it was, but it was green and brown and not very tasty. "
" I don't actually go to a lot of games because I think football on TV is better. Even though I'm pretty busy, I watch 90 percent of Ohio State's games. "
" I don't feel like that many musicians are competitive with each other. "
" I don't get to listen to music for fun very often; a lot of what I'm hearing is for work and isn't released yet. "
" I don't have a real recipe with measurements for my chicken stew. I just kind of make it up as I go. I made it for the first time one Christmas when I came home from college. It's guaranteed to cure a cold. "
" I don't like going to football games. I like watching them on television. When you go to a game, it's hard to focus. There's so much going on, and it's cold. I'd rather sit and watch it and get replays and commentary. "
" I don't think it's an artist's responsibility to be political all the time. I think your first responsibility as an artist is to make music that people will listen to and enjoy. However, I think that when you are able to say something that is moving and put it in a great song, then that is even better. "
" I feel like fashion is making steps toward diversity, but I think they could do more. "
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