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" Although rap is about boasting, it's also about honesty and expressing your emotions. "
" I want to be in some Willy Wonka-type weird stuff, a role where I'm an alien. Anything that's new and challenging and real. I like real stuff. "
" I've done music since I would sit and make songs on my computer mic when I was 11. "
" I'm in this music duo called Moors. "
" I'm from Victorville - it's about an hour-and-a-half away from Los Angeles, up in the desert. They call it Victimville because it's kind of violent. It's a beautiful place, though. It's quiet. "
" I always knew I'd be an actor. I always knew I'd at least be on a big screen somewhere. "
" My focus is anything that allows me to express myself. Rap, dance, photography. Those are my forms of expression. "
" That was like my safe place with great teachers where everyone could let down their guard and not feel judged. As soon as we walk outside, it was like, 'Look at these weird drama club kids.' But we all had our own agreement that we were cool in our own way. "
" I think prejudice has gotten to a point where a lot of people hold biases in their mind and don't even realize that they're doing it, because it's deeply ingrained in the fabric of what it means to be an American. "
" I wanted to be as genuine as possible because all those people like Jimmie Lee Jackson - me, Mike Brown, all these people - we're all the same; we're not much different. "
" Victorville gave me opportunity to go inside and explore my imagination a bit. "
" I've been fortunate to get involved with 'Short Term 12.' I was just a young teenager on the Internet, clicking on anything that had the word 'actor' in it. One day, someone called me in for a movie audition. "
" Some people look like they're lost causes, but they're not. Even if they're in a messed up situation, the one little thing you do to help can go a long way. "
" My two little twin brothers have autism, so I grew up around it and misunderstood it for a long time. "
" We used to do sock puppet shows for my auntie back in the day. Me and my friends would do accents of Englishmen, and we would sip tea and act like we were rich in front of the family, and they thought it was just hilarious, the level of perception that we had about things that we'd never experienced. "
" My biggest strength is I'm courageous, or if I am afraid of something, I do it anyway. I do what I feel. It's nothing personal against anyone, so that courageousness has been very good to me. "
" I've always been super expressive, and I've always liked to express myself any way I can. "
" It's been constant grinding and trying to secure work that I care about, tireless auditions and meetings. I've been fortunate that a lot of cool doors have opened to me, chiefly meeting great people who were inspired by what I've done and what they feel I could bring to their projects. "
" I love 'Watch the Throne,' because Kanye was acting so ratchet. "
" My producer, HH, makes sounds, so I'm writing to his beats. "
" I really like watching myself a lot because it gives me an opportunity to see it from outside the flesh, and when I view it like that, I can be a lot more cynical and see the things that need to be attacked. "
" The prison industrial system, things like that are cleverly put in place to attempt to marginalize a certain group of people - and it's not only black, it's replete across the American society. "
" I grew up very poor in a fractured family that was dysfunctional on both sides, but I sort of put up these reflectors to most of the negative things that have occurred in my life. I don't carry around much baggage. "
" I'm influenced a lot by my family. I have a big family. "
" I was kind of a weird kid in high school. I didn't have many friends in my age group because all they wanted to do was fight and have riots. "
" I write poetry, and I put it to a beat - I mean, that's what they call rap. "
" I'm a little baby in a barrel just taking everything in. I'm just so fortunate to do whatever I'm doing. "
" Music is something I do full-time in real life. I was doing music long before I was even thinking about acting. "
" It's a hard thing when you've got guns pointed at you, to still stand up for what you believe in. Jimmie Lee and his family did that, and several others. "
" Hip-hop is not all '2 Chainz' - although '2 Chainz' is awesome. How he does that with metaphors, I don't know. "
" They say every five years the atoms in your body become a new set of atoms. "