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2011-02-25 13:30

Hip-hop: Hip-hop has always been ­controversial, and for a good reason.

The music is meant to be provocative.

It’s dense with ­multiple layers that you don’t ­necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it.

The death of Tupac and Biggie Smalls:I have always felt robbed by not being able to compete with Tupac and Biggie, in the best sense. ­

Competition pushes you to be your best self and in the end it tells you where you stand.

The influence of Russel ­Simmons on his life:Russel also made being a CEO seem like a better deal than being an artist.

He was living life like a crazy but never once rapped a single bar.

His gift was curating a whole lifestyle, and then selling it.

Being successful
: I don’t accept that falling is ­inevitable.

I think that there’s a way to avoid it, a way to win, to get success and its spoils, and get away with it without losing your soul, your life or both.

Noel Gallagher’s negative comment about hip-hop when Jay-Z was invited to play at the Glastonbury Festival
: Sometimes it’s surprising to find out who’s trying to put the invisibility cloak on you.

It’s one thing when it comes from the government or from the people in the larger music industry who are trying to keep niggas in their place.

But it’s harder to take it coming from other artists.

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