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My ultimate goal and our ultimate goal is to be individuals, to sustain what we been able to sustain.

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I try not to name too many labels – not because it’s not cool, but because it starts getting political.

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So many people appreciate what you’ve done, the doors you’ve opened, but some people realise they’re not going to be able to make as much money as they thought possible when you first started.

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You never know until a song comes out and becomes what it becomes, obviously you can’t predict how the masses will react.

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I never was the battle rapper. That was never my thing. I always felt like it’s enough room for everybody to do their thing. I like bringing new energy, re-inventing the wheel, so to speak, every time I come out.

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I think rappers are the fall guy because some of us don’t have the wits to point the finger back. The thing is when you take a whole generation and whip them out, string the mothers out and put the fathers in jail – the reason I know respect is because my father is the mediator between me and my grandfather. I’m the mediator between my son and my father because I’m old enough to understand where my father is coming from and young enough to understand what my kid is trying to do. When you whip out the mediator the kids run wild and the old people are scared of them.

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I remember really bonding with the first generation kids, the Chinese Canadian kids, and in high school bonding with the Latin kids and the East Indian kids. It was very interesting because it made me open to lots of musical sounds.

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Sometimes a relationship is what falls cause it’s not fair that, that person has to fit inside your life or you have to fit inside that person’s life.

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Sometimes as an artist when things come easy to you, you look for other avenues that are more challenging to you and you try to walk those lanes.

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My father lead by fear. I did what my father said ‘cause I was scared of getting my ass beat. His voice rang so vividly in my head. That it was just…a fear.

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Some people actually said I fell off at Nellyville cause I didn’t sell as many as Country Grammar. I’m like are you kidding me? Sweat and Suit? I broke history, I was the first rapper to have 1st and 2nd album at the same time ever on billboard.

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I love New York for being New York. I love L.A. for being L.A. But when it comes home, I’m a Midwest, South type of dude. I like open roads, I like to drive, and it may not be as fast, but it’s definitely a place where you get to appreciate a lot more. Not saying that you don’t up here, but that’s not what I’m accustomed to.

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Certain artists can get away with certain things. Certain things are acceptable for certain people. It’s a difference.

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If you’re fortunate to get a first album that sells 10 million you have nowhere to go but down. I’m just going to be honest and your measuring stick is so high that haters are licking their chops because you can’t do nothing but fail.

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I’m a workaholic because I don’t want to not work. When you come from basically nothing and you have so much good things happening for you sometimes you have to sacrifice.