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" I don't just throw out microwave records. "
" Its funny, because for females in general - not just in music, but the corporate ladder as well - anything we do has always been harder for us. When it comes to music, the industry wants you to conform, to look like this and to sound like this and do this or that. It makes it harder. It's harder for us to come out and be bosses and lead the pack. "
" I got a mother who's very strong after taking the whippings that she took from my father. "
" People are quick to be like, 'You're irrelevant. You're a flop; you're washed up.' "
" I felt like, 'How do I fit in?' But then I never fit in. The whole time, I've never fit in. "
" What I love about Kanye is that he doesn't fit the mould either. He does what he feels. "
" I always said if a man would have done half the records that I've done, we would know about it. But we don't know all the records I've done for other artists. "
" Rule number one in negotiating anything with Missy is never try and run me over. Never push me, because I am a very strong woman. I'm nice, but I'm very strong. When it gets down gritty, I can get grittier. Never, ever underestimate me. "
" Maybe I should find myself one of those sexy British soccer stars. David Beckham is hot. But I've got a hell of a lot of competition. "
" I know how domestic violence can affect a family, and I want to do everything I can to stop it from happening to others. The most important thing we can do is teach kids that they can break the cycle. "
" Lil' Kim is my sister, known her for years, and I'll never turn my back on her, but there is enough room for everybody. I want to see everybody get it. "
" Music should be your escape. "
" My father was very abusive, and it was hard for my mother at first to leave because we had depended on him for so long. Sometimes you kind of get adjusted to getting that beating. "
" I can't complain. I think when you get to a certain point, you shouldn't complain because there's so many people who would kill to get to this point. "
" I think it's hard for Aaliyah to be duplicated, because she had her own lane. "
" You have to be ready to sing and perform at any time. "
" I don't want to be oh-so-brag-about-it, but 'The Rain' is hot. "
" My first love is writing and producing. So I sometimes put my own stuff off to work on other people's projects. "
" He was like, 'I want to get in the studio with you.' Who turns down Pharrell? "
" I always feel the need to work as if I don't have a deal, because that's what's going to keep me around for a long time. "
" If I'm paying people, and they're not handling my business right, I have to check them. 'Cause sometimes you're nice, and people don't jump on what they're supposed to do, but if you go in there screaming at everybody - 'Look, why aren't my posters up?' or 'Why wasn't my single out on this day?' - then they jump right on it. "
" I think it's being innovative and very creative to stay away from flat-out sampling somebody else's record. To me, that doesn't show too much of your creative side unless you take a little piece and add it, almost like spice on a chicken. "
" Women are not always taken as seriously as we should be, so sometimes we have to put our foot down. "
" There's that saying: 'God gave you talent, and if you don't use it He'll take it away from you.' And I always said, 'I don't want God to come down and take my talents away.' So, by using all these talents and being successful in all of them, I've always got something to fall back on. "
" When it comes to size, most people don't want to see themselves looking bigger than what they are. "
" My blood pressure was always up from just overworking. "
" I never drank water. Always soda. I didn't use to like water, but I've had to train myself to drink it. "
" A lot of people don't know a lot of records that I've written or produced, so that's a highlight for me as a woman. "
" I love to see women just have on their own, and you watch the guys do it all the time. They go out on the road with each other - probably don't even like each other, but they going to get that money. "
" Before Missy, there was no comparison to what Missy was doing. "
" I'm not tryin' to come off as the best lyricist. "