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" If I could have stayed independent from the jump, then, maybe, things would have been different. 'Return of 4Eva' would have been an album instead of a mixtape. "
" People don't necessarily expect singles from me. They expect full bodies of work. "
" Everyone needs a lay-up at some point in life - just somebody to look out, something good to happen in your life to kind of push you forward. "
" I think doing a record with B.B. King allowed me the opportunity to blend two different generations across the board and make a song that I hope is extremely impactful. "
" I love tearing people's speakers up. "
" I always wanted to prove myself. I think I naturally can't help but want to do something and push the boundaries. "
" Sometimes you think you didn't win, and you focus so much on that instead of really looking at it from the perspective of it not being your time yet. "
" There's no real network, and every city in Mississippi is so spread out, so it isn't easy to drive around and pass out CDs. So when an artist from Natchez or Gold Coast or Meridian breaks out, they already know exactly what kind of artist they want to be. The grind and the hustle is just so adamant. "
" With some of the samples that I chose to use, tracking down the person that owns the publishing has become a task. "
" I think if I wanted to get to a point where I could actually grow in my music, I had to almost step away from sampling so much and start making the kind of music that people wanted to sample. "
" I have to feel like my grandmother was my first mix engineer. "
" It's a lot of people that died for me to have the opportunity that I have now, just the freedom. It shouldn't be forgotten as far as the past is concerned. "
" In my house, I don't just always listen to rap. "
" Adele was introduced to me by a guitarist named Mike Hartnett that plays for a band called Rehab. We was just riding around, and he was like, 'Man have you heard this soul singer Adele?' and I was like 'Nah!' and we just rode to the whole CD, and it got to 'Hometown Glory,' and I was like, 'Man I have to sample that!' "
" People will reach out because they know I'm trying to put my best forward when it comes to subject matter and creation of song. "
" It seems like music gets put in this hub where you have to rap about this, and the minute you do something else, it's like you changing. Nah, I'm being creative. "
" When you say, 'Man, what kind of music does Outkast make?' You be like, 'They make Outkast music.' What kind of music does N.E.R.D. make? They make N.E.R.D. music. I want to be one of those people, because there's so many layers to the music I create that I don't want people to expect me to do one thing. "
" I always revisit duality because I think it's a conflict we all have. I think we all leave our house and go to work, and we put on the cape and become superheroes. That's what we do. It's how we move through life and handle negativity: you do everything you can to stay away from it. "
" With music, it's a therapy for me. So whatever I'm dealing with at the time, I talk about it when I rap. "
" My music's gonna evolve as I get older. "
" I think us, especially as black people, we don't necessarily talk about our feelings enough or talk to someone about our feelings. "
" I'm in competition with myself, and I'm always going to challenge myself. "
" Where I'm from is humble, and people are mad appreciative of what they have. "
" People know, lyrically, I go in, and you should never take me lightly on any record. "
" I never lost my faith. "