The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.
I always wished for this, but it’s almost turning into more of a nightmare than a dream.
Don’t do drugs, don’t have unprotected sex, don’t be violent. Leave that to me.
Somewhere deep down there’s a decent man in me, he just can’t be found.
I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.
Cause sometimes, you just feel tired. Feel weak. And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you. You gotta find that inner strength, and just pull that shit out of you. And get that motivation to NOT give up and NOT be a quitter. No matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.
Honestly, I never really put the mic down.
I need drama in my life to keep making music.
I didn’t just invent saying offensive things.
It feels good to have your work respected again.
It’s just hard to meet new people, in my position.
I don’t hate women – they just sometimes make me mad.
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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.
I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.
I didn’t have nothin’ going for me… school, home… until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.
Sometimes I’m real cool, but sometimes I could be a real asshole. I think everyone is like that.
I love the attention but I don’t like too much of it.
My only scheme was to be a rapper.
I was a smart kid, but I hated school.
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I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever.
Well, I’m working all the time to stay out of trouble!
These times are so hard, and they’re getting even harder.
Anything I’ve ever said, I certainly was feeling at the time.
My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him.
I come from Detroit where it’s rough and I’m not a smooth talker.
I feel like a spoilt rapper. I get to pick and choose everything.
I might talk about killing people, but that doesn’t mean I do it.
My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.
I’m stupid, I’m ugly, I’m dumb, I smell. Did I mention I’m stupid?
I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn’t, then why would you say I am.
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When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn’t concentrate on my problem.
You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it’s kind of a lifestyle and it’s easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone’s doing a certain thing… It’s tough.
Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.
It creeps me out sometimes to think of the person I was. I was a terrible person. I was mean to people.
Ultimately, who you choose to be in a relationship with and what you do in your bedroom is your business.
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Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.
I want to keep making records as long as I can, but I don’t know how long you can be taken seriously in rap.
Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.
I realized, ‘Yo, I can’t do anything in moderation. I don’t know how.’
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.
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everybody’s pissin me off/even the no-limit tank looks like a middle finger sideways flippin me off
Pinchin nurses a$$es while I’m jackin off with jergens/and I’m jerkin/but this whole bag of viagra isn’t workin
Runnin up and down the street screamin f*ck the police/when you still had your mothers f*ckin nipples stuck in your teeth.
hit you with some ill flows/that don’t even make sense like dikes using dildos
when i smoke out I hit the trees harder than sonny bono
sorry puff but I don’t give a f*ck if this chick was my own mother/i’d still f*ck her with no rubber/and come inside her and have a son and a new brother at the same time and just say that it ain’t mine.
I slit her stomach open with a scalpel when she was six months/and said I’m ready now b*tch ain’t you feelin these kicks c*nt?
If I ever gave a f*ck I’d shave my nuts/tuck my d*ck between my legs and cluck/you muthaf*ckin chickens ain’t brave enough to say the stuff I say so just tape it shut
meanwhile zack’s in a coma/the action is over/and his back and his shoulders hunched up like he’s practicin yoga
I ‘m not really book-smart.
Touring is hard on the body.
A lot of truth is said in jest.
Fame hit me like a ton of bricks.
I’m very much a creature of habit.
I don’t think I’ve ever read poetry, ever. I’m not really book-smart.
Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
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Nothing on ‘Relapse’ and very little on ‘Recovery’ was produced by me.
When ‘Paul’s Boutique’ came out, I was one of the fans that didn’t get it.
The emotions in a song – the anger, aggression – have got to be legitimate.
I always felt that if I was going to do a movie, I wanted it to be authentic.
My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we’re blood.
I am who I am and I say what I think. I’m not putting a face on for the record.
I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.
My thing is this; if I’m sick enough to think it, then I’m sick enough to say it.
Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.
I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.
If you’re the parent, be a parent. You know what I mean? I’m a parent. I have daughters.
I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.
Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.
I’d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.
Before I was famous, when I was just working in Gilbert’s Lodge, everything was moving in slow motion.
I always try to be smart. I try to treat all the money I’m making like it’s the last time I’m going to make it.
I’ve accomplished enough with the music that I haven’t had to go out there and do other things to over-saturate.
To the people I forgot, you weren’t on my mind for some reason and you probably don’t deserve any thanks anyway.
Hip hop has always been braggin’ and boasting and ‘I’m better at you than this’ and ‘I’m better at you than that.’
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.
Five or six songs leaked from the original version of ‘Encore.’ So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them.
Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can’t get it out, I start feeling bad about myself – a lot of self-loathing.
It sometimes feels like a strange movie, you know, it’s all so weird that sometimes I wonder if it is really happening.
There was a while when I was feeling like, ‘Damn, if I’d just been born black, I would not have to go through all this’.
Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.
Hip-hop is ever changing but you’ll always have the pack. And you’ll always have those people who are separated from the pack.
I don’t even know how to speak up for myself, because I don’t really have a father who would give me the confidence or advice.
As for my stuff, I’m just doing guest verses for other people’s records. I try to stay recording, because if I don’t, I get rusty.
The album requires a certain focus of mine that I can’t really explain – let’s just say it’s all I can really do while I’m doing it.
I don’t think I ever thought of myself as Superman. But there were people who thought of me that way, and maybe I believed them a little.
I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I’m going to grow artistically.
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.
It’d be stupid for me to sit here and say that there aren’t kids who look up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I’m not a baby sitter.
Certainly I’m not going to sit on the Internet all day and read what Sam from Iowa is saying about me. But I’m a sponge. I’ve always been a sponge.
Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour.
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.
A lot of my rhymes are just to get chuckles out of people. Anybody with half a brain is going to be able to tell when I’m joking and when I’m serious.
If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.
The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private, and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family.
The kids are old enough now – I just want to let them be kids. I don’t want to comment on them too much. They’re at an age where I just want to let them be kids.
I felt like I had a really bad case of writer’s block… Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can’t get it out, I start feeling bad about myself – a lot of self-loathing.
I always say this about my music, and music in general: Music is like a time capsule. Each album reflects what I’m going through or what’s going on in my life at that moment.
It’s kind of like a challenge to myself to be able to hear somebody else’s hook and kind of interpret the words. Because my own hooks, I already know what I mean when I write them.
People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.
When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap.
Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?
You know, not to sound corny or nuthin’, but I felt like a fighter comin’ up, man. I felt like, you know, I’m being attacked for this reason or that reason, and I gotta fight my way through this.
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.
Why is it so hard for people to believe that white people are poor?! I wouldn’t say I lived in a ghetto; I’d say I lived in the ‘hood. The same friends I had back then are the same people on tour with me now.
I don’t know if I ever feel totally great about a record when I put it out. With every record that I put out, someone has literally got to come pry it from me because when I listen to my own music, I just hear flaws in it.
I don’t even know how to speak up for myself, because I don’t really have a father who would give me the confidence or advice. And if you’re always the new kid, you never get a chance to adapt, so your confidence is just zilch.
Personally, I just think rap music is the best thing out there, period. If you look at my deck in my car radio, you’re always going to find a hip-hop tape; that’s all I buy, that’s all I live, that’s all I listen to, that’s all I love.
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 was going to McDonald’s and Taco Bell every day. The kids behind the counter knew me – it wouldn’t even faze them. Or I’d sit up at Denny’s or Big Boy and just eat by myself. It was sad. I got so heavy that people started to not recognize me.
A lot of the problems I had with fame I was bringing on myself. A lot of self-loathing, a lot of woe-is-me. Now I’m learning to see the positive side of things, instead of, like, ‘I can’t go to Kmart. I can’t take my kids to the haunted house.’
Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it’s like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can’t really speak on it, because I wasn’t there. I don’t feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person.
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.
You’re not going to say anything about me that I’m not going to say about myself. There’s so many things that I think about myself; if someone really wanted to get at me, they could say this and this and this. So I’m going to say it before they can. It’s the best policy for me.
The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I’m just like, ‘Oh, OK. This is what I wanna do’.
I don’t think that my tongue-in-cheekiness will ever go away. I guess it’s just a part of my personality. I always want to keep some type of element of fun to the music as well. If one song is darker or talking about a sad subject, I don’t want to make a whole album of that, of being a downer. I don’t want to make a whole album of being too uppity.
The emotions in a song – the anger, aggression – have got to be legitimate.
If there’s no drama and negativity in my life, all my songs will be really wack and boring or something.
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