Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places. You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap.
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 do say things that I think will shock people. But I don't do things to shock people. I'm not trying to be the next Tupac, but I don't know how long I'm going to be on this planet. So while I'm here, I might as well make the most of it.
I realized, 'Yo, I can't do anything in moderation. I don't know how.'
The emotions in a song - the anger, aggression - have got to be legitimate.
I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything.
To the people I forgot, you weren't on my mind for some reason and you probably don't deserve any thanks anyway.
Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.
Five or six songs leaked from the original version of 'Encore.' So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them.
Honestly, I'd love to be remembered as one of the best to ever pick up a mic, but if I'm doing my part to lessen some racial tension I feel good about what I'm doing.
There was certainly, like, a rebellious, like, youthful rage in me. And there was also the fact of no getting away from fact that I am white, and you know, this is predominantly black music, you know.
I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever. I'm not really book-smart.
Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else.
Guns are bad, I tell you.
I've been running a lot, taking care of myself.
I've accomplished enough with the music that I haven't had to go out there and do other things to over-saturate.
I stopped watching TV because of 'The Wire.' Like, 'The Wire' ruined everything for me because I don't even want to watch anything else now.
Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They're only powerful when you got your back turned.
It creeps me out sometimes to think of the person I was. I was a terrible person. I was mean to people.
I have a slight bit of OCD, I think. I'm not walking around flipping light switches. But when I say I'm going to do something, I have to do it.
I was a smart kid, but I hated school.
I don't hate women - they just sometimes make me mad.