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" My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be. "
" I am who I am and I say what I think. I'm not putting a face on for the record. "
" It'd be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren't kids who look up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I'm not a baby sitter. "
" My only scheme was to be a rapper. "
" Honestly, I never really put the mic down. "
" I love the attention but I don't like too much of it. "
" I might talk about killing people, but that doesn't mean I do it. "
" Say there's a white kid who lives in a nice home, goes to an all-white school, and is pretty much having everything handed to him on a platter - for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me, because what that's saying is that he's living a fantasy life of rebellion. "
" I need to keep working on myself for a while. "
" The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private, and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family. "
" It's kind of like a challenge to myself to be able to hear somebody else's hook and kind of interpret the words. Because my own hooks, I already know what I mean when I write them. "
" My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we're blood. "
" I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever. I'm not really book-smart. "
" Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert's Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion. "
" Guns are bad, I tell you. "
" My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him. "
" I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I'm going to grow artistically. "
" A lot of the problems I had with fame I was bringing on myself. A lot of self-loathing, a lot of woe-is-me. Now I'm learning to see the positive side of things, instead of, like, 'I can't go to Kmart. I can't take my kids to the haunted house.' "
" I didn't have nothin' going for me... school, home... until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything. "
" Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there. I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person. "
" When 'Paul's Boutique' came out, I was one of the fans that didn't get it. "
" I was a smart kid, but I hated school. "
" Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I'll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I've written a whole song in an hour. "
" Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can't get it out, I start feeling bad about myself - a lot of self-loathing. "
" When you're a little kid, you don't see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap. "
" Trust is hard to come by. That's why my circle is small and tight. I'm kind of funny about making new friends. "
" A lot of truth is said in jest. "
" I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything. "
" I realized, 'Yo, I can't do anything in moderation. I don't know how.' "
" I didn't just invent saying offensive things. "
" I always felt that if I was going to do a movie, I wanted it to be authentic. "