I look at music now as just something to keep you relevant.
You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its right it's the best thing in the world. When you're in a relationship and its good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.
Before something great happens, everything falls apart. Just hold on long enough to get through the smoke screen.
Two people working on a relationship with the same energy & passion increases the chances of great results.
If you fall, get back up. That's what life is about.
Im living proof you can excel regardless of where you come from.
Today on social media, you can release anything and everybody will hear it. Back in the day, that was your only outlet, getting a deal with a record company and them distributing it around the world.
My process is always the same. Maybe that's why I stay so consistent, it really doesn't change. I only know one way to record and do things.
My whole thing has always been as long as everybody else is going through it, I can go through it as well.
The people that buy music might not be able to afford to buy music. It might not even be a situation where people don't want to buy your stuff. It might be a situation where they can't afford to buy it because food prices are too high. I can respect that.
I treat my career like it just happened yesterday.
Get off my back, save a heart attack, ain't nobody humpin' around.
Everything I was feeling, all the hurt and the pain and the emotion I was going through, I put into my music.
R&B is never going to be dead, it's just going to evolve.
Finding a solution is the way to go.
Frustration is not the way to go.
There's nothing you can do about what social media is now or the internet. You just try to find other avenues to make yourself seen and heard.
If this is what you love and music is your passion, it's always ways to get through things and find ways to get around things.
People are still hearing your music. They might not be buying it, but they might be having it and you don't know it. Your music is still out there.
I tell people if it aint broke don't fix it.
In terms of creating new music, I'm willing to even branch out and take a slight gamble, but I'm not going all the way far left. I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel.
My goal was to bring good music back.
Just to be able to release an album back in the day when I came out was very gratifying. Most people were not given the opportunity.
There are a lot of young artists that are dope.
My strategy has always been to give people just enough of me, then pull back. That way, they'll want more.
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