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" My name, my real name, is Tracy. I always thought I was like a boy named Sue. So I made my friends call me 'Tray.' "
" I don't feel that rap has been respected as an art form. Because people have seen rappers rap off the top of their heads, they don't think it is difficult. "
" Jay-Z is like a rap-savant, he doesn't have to write the rhymes down, he can create complex raps in his head. I mean he does memorize it, he just doesn't write it down on paper. He doesn't freestyle onto the track, it's all thought out. "
" I'm on the front line and I am a rapper. "
" I think everybody wants to redeem themselves after they've done something that might be considered negative. I don't think anyone wants to go to the grave negative. "
" I've never been competitive with anybody but myself. "
" I'm at a point where I don't have to wait for the income from the record to survive, so I'm in a comfortable zone, but I'll make rap records as long as I feel I have something to rap about. "
" The music led to the acting. But movies aren't something you can just will yourself into. Someone has to choose you, and you have to be quite fortunate to be chosen. "
" Most interviewers are looking for a headline. They're not skilled. They're looking for shock value. "
" I think singing and acting go hand in hand. Take an R&B singer: one song says, 'I love you,' the next is, 'Baby, don't leave me', the next is, 'If you leave me I don't care.' You have to drop in and out of different perspectives. "
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" An MC is somebody who can control the crowd. An MC is a master of ceremonies so not only can you say your rap, you can rock the party. "
" I think L.A. radio is learning from the Bay. The Bay is a very classic place. Mac Mall, C-Bo, all that stuff, they love their artists, they're old school up there. My first big concert was playing in the Bay; I played the Fillmore. "
" You have to come in on a professional level to make it, otherwise you just can't get into rap. "
" Hollywood has its own way of telling stories. I was just telling stories that I was familiar with. And it's what I want to do in the future: I want to take my audio cinema and put it on the screen. "
" I'm just disillusioned with the hip-hop sound right now. It's too materialistic. You know, I'm the kind of guy ... I can't do that. If you track my movement, you'll never see a picture of me with any girl that wasn't mine, or my own car. My jewelry, my clothes. What kind of gangsta rapper has a stylist? A stylist?! "
" You can't come out on a record dissing the system and be on a label that's connected to the system. "
" When I first got into the rap game, I had an early dream of unifying rappers. "
" When you start a business, go for the lowest hanging fruit. "
" Ultimately I am happy that everybody is embracing hip hop and the sounds from the streets. "
" Ice-T in the music has done some outrageous things. "
" I want to be able to say that a rap career could be ten albums. "
" I have no hatred for cops. I have hatred for racists and brutal people, but not necessarily the cops. The cops are just doing what they're told to do. "
" A lot of the younger kids now can rap, but they're scared of the crowd. Mastery of that stage is an MC. I don't know if you've seen any great MCs on stage but when you do it's like wow, this is more than the words to rhymes. "
" Redemption just means you just make a change in your life and you try to do right, versus what you were doing, which was wrong. "
" Los Angeles is a microcosm of the United States. If L.A. falls, the country falls. "
" The next day, I got a phone call from him and he told me to come and read for a movie called New Jack City. So I went over there and they told me I was gonna wear dreads and play a cop. "
" AIDS is such a scary thing and it's also the kind of thing that you think won't happen to you. It can happen to you and it's deadly serious. "
" Everything we do helps the new artists in the long run. "
" So you don't have to take us too seriously; I mean, we're already intimidating enough on stage. "
" Military is a great place for a jock. That's the first thing they test you, they test you physically. If you can run, if you can do the pushups, it's not as hard a transition. If you can't do that, you're going to have a problem because they're going to really work it out of you or work it into you. "
" I'm normal. I just had a different occupation for a while, and when you're in a different occupation, you have to carry yourself a different way. Most of my art is me bringing you stories from that era of my life. My life now is kind of boring. "