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" I always felt that rap didn't cause crime; it just reflected it. "
" My dad liked a lot of Motown, but I didn't listen to it until my teenage years. "
" In my neighborhood in Springfield, Ohio, there were a lot of young kids. We all played tackle football after school, but I knew very early on that I was not an athlete. "
" I'm probably tougher on myself than I used to be. I'll revise my lyrics more. Part of that is working with the right people and producers who will say, 'How can you make that better?' Allowing yourself to collaborate with people will push you toward transcendence. "
" Instead of investing our resources in locking people up, let's invest more of those resources in our fellow citizens so they don't end up in the system to begin with. And if they do, they can get back on their feet. "
" Well, I like songs that have like a little bit of quirkiness to them. "
" I remember when I first came out as an artist, back in 2004 or 2005, the record label used to take me to all the radio stations and just have me sit in, like, their lunchroom or their conference room, and play for the whole staff. Just to introduce them to me so they would play my records. "
" I work with a bunch of producers on every album, but the difference for 'Evolver' was that I couldn't get any time with Kanye. I forget what he was doing at the time, but he was all over the place. We were never at the same city at the same time. "
" Some people start with the lyrics first because they know what they want to talk about and they just write a whole bunch of lyrical ideas, but for me the music tells me what to talk about. "
" I always saw myself as a singer-songwriter, a solo-artist, that's why working with other artists was never satisfying for me. "
" I think they need to get a more reliable way of watching television on the laptop. Because I travel so much, if I want to watch my favorite sports team it might not be showing in that place, so I want a reliable way to watch whatever I want to watch on my laptop. "
" As a young black boy, it made me proud to see black leaders that did something amazing and made the world change. "
" The video aside, 'P.D.A' is a song about when you really love somebody, you just can't resist wanting to show that out in public sometimes. "
" The prison-industrial complex, poverty, and the school system has more effect on a young black male in America than Jay-Z does, by far. And that's not a diss to Jay-Z. The crime rate in the black community was high before hip hop. Rapping about it is just a reflection of the life a lot of people are living. "
" 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. "
" We have this film that we hope to finance, it's called 'Southern Rights.' It's a documentary about segregated proms that are still happening in the South of America. So there's a black prom and a white prom, so we hope to finance a film soon about that. "
" My first big break came with Lauryn Hill on a track called Everything is Everything, I played piano on that track way back in 1998. "
" 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. "
" Before every show, I eat half a rotisserie chicken. "
" My first attempt at a kiss was in fifth grade, but it didn't go so well. Later, I used Boyz II Men and Jodeci songs to come on to girls. I had more success. "
" 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. "
" The Obamas have been a great example for the country, and I think people are getting a bit nostalgic for that now when they see what some of the alternatives might be. "
" My style is pretty clean, classic, and elegant, with some elements to make it a little funkier. If you see me on a normal day, I'm usually in a T-shirt and jeans, maybe with some cool sneakers, but I'm pretty basic. "
" I'm honestly not a great gift giver. I could give better - my girlfriends have always complained about that. "
" My fried chicken is very simple. I pan-fry it in a skillet. "
" As a kid, I wanted to be a musician but also aspired to be Andy Griffith's lawyer character, Ben Matlock. "
" I love to make fried chicken. "
" The most important thing about technology is that it can seamlessly work its way into your routine and your life. "
" I think every film is made better by having smart music supervision that's really in tune with the spirit of the visual content. "
" I like things that feel like they're timeless and really well made and tailored... things that make me feel confident when I leave the house. "
" We should care about what is going on in the world. "