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" Brooklyn just got that energy to me that's so hip-hop and so New York City. You know, New York City is the grittiest city in the world. "
" Especially in hip-hop, no one takes responsibility for their actions. "
" You got to have the right lawyer and good management. I went years and years without management and even a good lawyer; I used to handle contracts on my own, and it was definitely corners that they would cut. It wouldn't have happened if I had a good lawyer behind me. "
" I had completely changed from being a mixtape DJ to being a producer and working with Nas and stuff like that. "
" I want to do more R&B, more reggae, everything. "
" Gang Starr was like the blueprint of my career. "
" I come from a traditional hip-hop background. "
" Every person I meet is a rapper, DJ, or makes beats. "
" I started radio, actually, when I was 13. I started DJing when I was 13, but later in that year, I started a high school station at Phillips Academy. I didn't actually go there, but it was in the town I went to high school in. So literally, within six months of DJing, they started mailing me records; it was crazy. "
" Sampling is very important for me. It's the backbone of hip-hop. "
" I get mad if I'm not presented as an actual artist on tour. I don't want to be seen as just some DJ that plays between sets. I have a bigger brand than that. "
" Some artists send their verses, and others record in my studio. Depends. I prefer them being there. "
" I definitely try to go above and beyond with live mixing and scratching. "
" I learned so much from listening to Jay-Z, M.O.P. and Gang Starr. "
" I grew up looking up to DJ Premier, who would have the illest hip-hop joint on everybody's album. "
" I don't do albums for album sales. I just do it as a conversation piece and a business card. "
" When I made 'Detroit vs. Everybody,' I knew. I knew this for Eminem. "
" With 'Ready to Die,' that was some of the most honest rhymes of all-time. There's some real dark material on there that Biggie was going through. "
" I kinda gave my childhood to hip-hop, literally. I didn't go to parties in high school. All I did - well, I was DJing parties in high school. "
" I've always been like the No. 1 Boston hip-hop fan. "
" Life imitates art and back around. "
" You can't just say jazz is dead. "
" When I went to AI New England in Boston, I used to do my mixtapes, and honestly, if you look back at any of my mixtapes, every single mixtape tells a story. "
" Every record I make, I want people to feel what I used to feel when I used to crack open a CD and press play. "
" My mother used to stop me from going to DJ battles. I'd, like, cry, get really upset. "