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" I'm big on showing people versatility. I'm constantly trying to push myself to break barriers and the idea that we have to stay in one lane. "
" 'Redemption' sounds like a jubilee. Like a second line, if you will. "
" 'Armor On' explains why I needed armor in the first place. Sonically, you'll hear this battle of, 'I love you, no I don't. I love you, I hate you.' That's what you'll feel. You see the story kind of fight against itself. "
" When I look half naked on stage, it's not because I'm trying to be sexy but because I am dancing and want to be mobile enough to move. "
" My director, Monty Marsh, is really awesome - I've been working with him for years now. "
" I'd only do a deal with a label if it allowed me to still be indie and have that indie mentality. I have to have creative control. "
" Everyone who knows Puff knows Puff rolls with himself. His hustle is money. That's what he does. "
" I lived in the library with my grandmother as a child. I still love the smell of books; the library card is still my friend. "
" There is a thing about women that needs to be understood. We don't sit well with being put in a certain place. "
" Anything that creates fear, I want to conquer it. "
" Just as much as you need the people who love you, you need the people who doubt you - to prove them wrong. "
" R&B needs to see a new light. It doesn't have to be pigeonholed. "
" When I get inspired, I give out free music. If you look at my track record from the beginning, that's always what I've done. I've never changed. "
" The problem with Danity Kane is everybody wanted to play everybody's role, and when you're in a group like that, that can't survive. "
" To create and do something no one else has done before - that feeling beats anything else I've felt. "
" Instagram is just something I like to do. I feel it's the best way to portray who you are. "
" There's always going to be a fight between mainstream and underground because the mainstream is a very small bubble, and the underground scene is a very small bubble, and they both see themselves as secret societies. But I never saw it that way. I always thought music was open to all things. "
" Music and dance is part of everything in New Orleans. So I grew up appreciating it all. "
" I watched my parents lose everything, from a house to birth certificates. We were homeless for about six months, then we stayed in Baltimore, and my parents got jobs. "
" You don't know how far you can go until you push it. "
" There's a fine line between artist and product. I don't think the industry purposely does it, but I think that's just the way they maneuver. You have to be careful that doesn't become your story, where you become a product, and your art is tarnished because you're just seen as a tool to make money. "
" Be exactly who you are. You can fit in any space you see yourself in. Be fearless. "
" I wake up every day in a different headspace, so on any given day, my hairstyle will change. "
" Besides music, I was all school, school, school. And softball. I played the game since I was four, and I wanted to go to the Olympics for softball. I got a full scholarship through softball. "
" How many people can say they had Anna Wintour on a record? Not even an album, just a mixtape? It's audacious, disrespectful, and I feel like it's a little bit raw, and that's what Dirty Money is. "
" I like being in charge. I like being able to control my own destiny and ideas. "
" I just want to be a storyteller, and I think the way to do that is by your lyrics, by your visuals, by your choreography, by your dance. It's imperative as an artist. "
" I don't wish homelessness on anyone, especially when you come from where your parents work hard. "
" The black geeks of the world, we feel like we don't have a home. "
" When I was growing up, there was no one. There were very few black women in tech; there were very few black women in the fashion game. We didn't have our Grace Jones - Grace Jones was before my time. We didn't really have a lot of black women in electronic and punk who were celebrated in the same levels as, say, your big mega-superstars. "
" I had always had an affinity for series in literature, and I thought it would be really cool to incorporate what I loved about books into the story of music, to pile it together. "