I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border, I got visas in my name
When I first came out, I was a film student and my mom sewed clothes. I was already doing a million things then, whatever it took to survive. If I had to braid someone's hair to get one pound for my lunch money, that's what I did. But I did it in the most creative way possible.
I already feel that I am making a political statement by sticking around in music, when I am doing it so differently to everyone else.
I feel so terrible for the kids now. In London, even people in their forties can't afford to buy a house or have kids.
My statements aren't incomplete, they're just in-progress. It's a debate and a discussion.
Everyone has that moment where they just rebel.
Confidence takes constant nurturing, like a bed, it must be remade every day.
Creativity needs time to harness before it goes out, and because that's difficult, memes have become the creative language.
I felt pissed off because I realized that you have to teach people in a clichéd way how to be happy-and happiness has become too one thing in American media. Achieving happiness is not really about having a flat stomach and the best car.
Rage and grief are savage companions, but despair is the final undoing.
I feel like I'm living in the dead weeds of hip-hop. I live in the graveyard of what went wrong with hip-hop.
The music industry is so tied up politically. They're afraid they might let other voices in.
I'm still working out my opinions - it's always a question mark. I leave loads of space open, and people don't like that.
Just make music; don't talk about politics.
Nike is the uniform for kids all over the world, and African design has been killed by Nike. Africans no longer want to wear their own designs.
You have to have your fashion stylist person not sell out and sell your s - t to another pop star because they can pay them twice as much, and do it for the belief and the love of art.
I am the bridge between the East and the West. I don't want to abandon one for the other.
Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?
Besides, isn't it more exciting when you don't have permission?
You need everyone to get together and just believe in it, and lead by example that it is possible to be outside the system, and that's really super-f - king hard, and I'm sure there's some geniuses out there who can achieve it.
I dont like the idea of spirituality done the way its done. The only way I could understand it was through creativity, not by going to an Ashram, or finding a guru or joining a temple. I made work out of it.
Here we are at the edge of the world, the very edge of Western civilization, and all of us are so desperate to feel something, anything, that we keep falling into each other and f*****g our way toward the end of days.
I think when something becomes a comfortable genre, it's against what street art stood for in the beginning - breaking out of genres and taking art out of galleries. Now street art is in the gallery, and it's all made up into a nice, packaged concept.
I've documented a lot of things myself as a filmmaker. If you want a rockumentary, that's in there.
I don't really see a difference in independent and major labels. To me, it's pretty much the same. There used to be a difference between indies and major labels, but I don't think there is anymore.
"I feel like I can't really have a comment."
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