I learned from Jimi Hendrix. They all wanted him to do the tricks, and at the end of his career, he just wanted to play. I lived longer than he did, and I can see how those pressures can really play with your head.
It might be a shock to see me, but that’s no reason for people to act crazy, and it doesn’t give them license to chase me down the street.
Any business situation is restrictive.
There’s this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission.
I’m thankful enough or blessed enough to be able to say that Miles Davis was a friend when he was alive, and he was a wonderful mentor and really, really funny, you know.
To create something from nothing is one of the greatest feelings, and I would – I don’t know, I wish it upon everybody. It’s heaven.
Being a Jehovah’s Witness, I don’t celebrate birthdays or holidays. I don’t vote.
Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people.
I don’t really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are. For example, if people wish I would sound like I used to sound, then it says more about them than it does me.
Everyone has a rock bottom.
Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.
Young people have decided they like to listen to music in a certain way, through ear buds, and that’s fine with me as long as it doesn’t bother them that they’re not hearing 90 percent of the music that way.
Hip-hop is very diverse, but if you only focus on one aspect of it, then what you get is this image of Black America that is completely contrary to what actually goes on.
I record all the time.