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I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in Summit, an upscale town in north Jersey. There was this tiny area of Summit where most of the black families lived. My parents and I lived in a duplex house on Williams Street.

It's just that when you heard hip-hop, no matter where you were, it was a culture that kind of made you want to try to be part of it. Whether you thought you were an artist, whether you thought you could be a DJ, whether you thought you could breakdance, or whether you thought you could rap. It was the kind of culture that had a lot of open doors.

When you start a business, go for the lowest hanging fruit.

Redemption just means you just make a change in your life and you try to do right, versus what you were doing, which was wrong.

If somebody wants to kill people, they don't need a gun to do it.

The right to bear arms is because it's the last form of defense against tyranny.

I've never been competitive with anybody but myself.

AIDS is such a scary thing and it's also the kind of thing that you think won't happen to you. It can happen to you and it's deadly serious.

I think men, growing up, you have to go through some form of hardship. You've got to harden the metal.

When I first got into the rap game, I had an early dream of unifying rappers.

I don't feel that rap has been respected as an art form. Because people have seen rappers rap off the top of their heads, they don't think it is difficult.

I started writing rhymes first and then put it to the music. I figured out I could lock it to the beat better if I heard the music first. I like to get a lot of tracks, put the track up and let the music talk to me about what it's about.

As an actor, you can do what you want with your role. That's why they hire you; to take the role and make it real.

If it sells, it sells. If it doesn't sell, I'll go make a movie.

A good emcee will rhyme a lot of different ways. Don't limit yourself.

An MC is somebody who can control the crowd. An MC is a master of ceremonies so not only can you say your rap, you can rock the party.

As long as I'm around the cats in the hip hop scene, they'll throw me a track and I'll write a rap over it.

Everything we do helps the new artists in the long run.

I ain't got no beef with east coast, I think it's just being hyped up.

I couldn't possibly have lived all the things that Ice-T on the records lived.