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Government and culture are two diametrically opposed forces - the one blinds and oppresses, the other uplifts and unites.

The Internet was a saving grace for promoting and exposing, and even creating. It's a parallel world to the music industry that already exists, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

When you travel the world, you have to watch and you have to listen. We're not going to come in to Ireland without an understanding that there's a history that's very sensitive.

Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid.

A lot of times black folks look for love in all the wrong places. You're always looking for somebody to love you, be accepted, and there's the insecurities that are even transmitted through rap. Everyone is trying to aim to please too much.

I think right about now we have to beware of marketed Malcolms and Martins. Real people do real things.

I'd rather have a hundred thousand or a million people saying I'm nuts and I'm crazy for my musical choices and what I've said lyrically, than a million people all raising their hand on the first day.

There are too many leaders anointed because they have a public voice - television, radio, or record, or whatever. That even includes myself. In the past, I'd say, 'Don't anoint me when you can anoint yourself.'

I think governments are the cancer of civilization.

Downloadable music is the biggest musical phenomenon since the Beatles, and the music industry is slow to come to grips with that.

I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that's where the love came from.

I like Rick Ross as a person. I like Jay-Z and Kanye West as people. But I hate the companies that they record for.

I think the Internet was the saving grace for Public Enemy. Before that, travelling the world saved Public Enemy.

I think too much of the music industry is for the lawyer and accountant mentality.

I think traveling the world has helped to keep Public Enemy alive. We've never solely depended on the United States.

I totally hate when somebody takes a classic and desecrates it. I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to 'Kashmir' was a debacle.

I'm a multi-tasker. I was down with that stuff before they invented the term.

I'm recording freely, and if I make a song, I release it immediately, so I'm more likely to believe in one song at a time as opposed to albums.

I've signed with major labels, and I haven't had any control over the money.

Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.