Some girls get turned on by being called a bitch.
I broke the stereotype. Then I picked up the wand and conducted, using my hip-hop vibe. Right there was an experience for me and for them. We are living in a new millennium, a new era. Hip-hop and string instrumentation was brought together.
What I picked up on Michael Jackson - because I study people when I watch them - the way that he counts his rhythm with his feet and his neck at the same time is crazy... so he's hearing multiple things at once. And I don't know anybody who does that.
When I go into the studio... I want it to say something, but at the same time, I want the chicks to dig it. It's got to be sexy.
You never really know how you come to the earth, it's really a mystery, and when you leave, it's sort of a mystery too-but somehow, whoever you're a part of, you have a natural connection with them, and if you tune in, you can tell if they're still here or they're not.
It's ike being in college and being undecided about your major. As soon as you choose your major, you focus in on it.
I think it's cool to do stuff in a different language. Basically, I learned English through listening to rap. A lot of people think it's funny. But it's true; I used to try to get the accents.
When I lose touch with the audience and the reality of what life really is, I'll be Vanilla Ice or something.
You all know I can play the guitar, you all know I can sing, but what you all forgot is these are all the beats that I come from.
For everybody who lost somebody out there and stuff, when you need therapy, music is the best way.
I'm 27 years old. I'm going to go into Hollywood really arrogant. I'll be breaking a lot of rules. It's going to be hot.
We produce, and we have producers we work with.
When you're sleeping or getting up to go to school, that's when we're just leaving the studio, and we'll be gone for three hours and then come back and be working another 15 to 20 hours.
When I think about the biggest studios in New York, they're owned by people that are not musicians or artists, and artists come in and spend their money there, and they'd rather do that, as opposed to getting the headache. So they pay someone else to get the headache.
When you're in the Caribbean, you're having the best time, you're hearing a lot of beats and rhythms that you don't hear in New York sometimes, 'cause then you come back and it's snowing.
It was hard in the beginning: coming from Haiti, coming to Brooklyn. I mean, growing up in the projects.
Right now, I've got the lead in what I'm doing. I'm in the best position. No one expects me to come in at number one, and I'm not concerned with it either. Let me come in at number 20, I'll be happy.
That's this new kid Governor, he sounds just like Marvin Gaye. And he's like only 23. We have another kid, Prolific.
You gotta be born with it, baby. We walk with the lip, we talk with the slang. And we pretty. We pretty, baby. We move like Ali in his young days. We good with the jab, good with the stab.
Right now I'm trying to help my sister with her school situation, 'cause she's real smart. Besides me, my other brother's a lawyer... my parents stressed education a lot.
My accomplishment has helped millions of kids see that they can come from a poor family and go somewhere, make something out of themselves. I've been doing it for seven years professionally.
I don't only think that you should have your own studio, but you should also have your own studio, your own mastering facility, your own post room so you can cut your own videos.
On all my records, I just write about what people are going through, so when I go through the airport, I'm going through what you're going through. So I write it just like we go through it.
I grew up in a Caribbean family household, so the parents are always right. My father smacked me up 'til I was 20. It was a strict household.
Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking. He wanted me to go to theology school-I didn't want to go. I wanted to do music. I told him I was a minister through music.