On His Rape Scene:
It was immaturity on my part. It really did not treat rape with the seriousness that it is.
On His OP-ED In The New York Times:
In Mo Better Blues, there are two characters named Mo and John Flatbush. And they’re Jewish. When the film came out, I was called anti-Semitic. And my lawyer at the time, a great man named Arther Klein, told me if I don’t write a New York Times op-ed peice saying that I am not anti-Semitic, I was never going to work in Holly wood again.
On Having A Opinion:
If you ask my wife, she’d say someimes you should shut up, but anytime I’ve said something, it’s always been my thinking that I am not speaking on behalf of all African-Americans. This is my opinion.
09 Dec 2011
“I think the core of the human being and the heart is love, and we all want that,” he said. “Love has allowed me to do the things I’m doing in life. I feel like we all deserve that — to receive love and give it, too. I think when you give that love — love of God, love of other people, self-love — you’re able to make the world better. Your days go better.”
On Being Whipped:
“I have been in love, and I did get my heart broken,” he said, noting that he’s man enough to openly share sans inhibition. “As an adult, I can say I’ve been through love, and this is some of the experiences I’ve had. Men love. Men go crazy over women. They go to prison, start wars and lose hair over them. Don’t act like you can’t acknowledge it. It may be that you haven’t been through it, so I’m not afraid to say it.0 Comments Continue reading
23 Nov 2011
On respect in the rap game:
“I think that it’s evident that I’m myself, and I think people respect me for that across the board, he says. I get respect from the guys who are respected for being real rapper’s rappers. I get respect from women. I get respect from mothers, fathers and kids. It’s very humbling and flattering and incredible, and I’m honored to be in this position because I get to be myself. And I get a lot of love for it.”
On using his music as a time capsule:
“Music is the only way that I can really vent and tell my story. It’s definitely personal. It’s definitely very vivid, detailed, and I feel it’s an incredible chapter of my life documented,” he says. “All these albums and mixtapes are just time markers for me. Pictures and social media are great, but I think the best way for me to remember real feelings that I’ve experienced is to make music about it.”
On what Take Care means to him:
“So was he feeling a bit overwhelmed “Yeah, that’s just the mode I was in. I know the album isn’t the most energetic body of work in the world. I wanted people to be with me because my life isn’t just one big party. There are moments I have where I’m by myself, and it’s very reflective,” he says. “I have a desire to come back and do some more aggressive music, because I truly enjoy those anthems and those moments as well. But I think this album is a great balance.”
On moving on to the next album:
“I think I’m very hard on myself. I don’t really give myself too much time to be happy or celebrate. Like this album, I’m very proud of it. People are giving me great feedback, but at the same time, I’m sitting on my bus already listening to new beats. I’m trying to figure out what I could do better or what my next move is. I’m obsessed with getting better.”