I do music for the love of it, and I`ve been doing it from a very young age: about 11.
I feel that life is short, so we should be disciplined, but at the same time we should have a good time.
Rap records don`t make you feel good no more. Six months after release, it can`t come back as a classic.
When I`m rhyming it`s all in my head... Like the slaves, when they were picking cotton, they would block out their minds. They would sing.
That`s the best way to feed the human mind. That`s how Bob Marley did it. He never put it in your face. After you got the groove, you were just singing the hooks, because you thought it was cool.
I didn`t grow up to call a woman a ho. That`s just how I was brought up. I won`t call a girl a b*tch, unless she wants me to call her a b*tch.
I`m the hip-hop Quincy Jones of today.
I`m like Cab Calloway: I love the entertainment, and I`ve loved entertaining people ever since I was little.
All that violence in the world, we need to stop that.
When the Fugees were big, we made a whole lot of money, and what happened was that I saved my money and never spent it.
I`m cheap, and I`m proud of it!
My parents were Christian.
My songs are really never titled. Sometimes I call it one thing. then I change it.
It was important that I became successful. People say they do it for the love, and yes, you do it for the love, but you want to be successful.
I know that the nice shines I have on is going to pass. The nice cars will pass. All that will stay is the music and the work. That`s where I get the inspiration to help people out and work.
My grandfather was a voodoo priest. A lot of my life dealt with spirituality. I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.
Bob Marley stood for universal peace and love. He tried to break racial barriers.
I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences.
What I`m trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music.
You get quick money, it`s beautiful, there`s sunshine, but at the end of the day, you find out it`s all a masquerade, baby. It`s not what it seems.
I always want to know what`s wrong with you, why you ain`t smiling. That`s just my character; I just love people and want to see people having a good time.
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.
There`s not a hip-hop artist that didn`t snatch of piece of Bob Marley. It`s totally impossible.