I'm not going to lie; listen, I'm nice at basketball.
I push myself in a lot of aspects when I write a song. I write a piece and where most people would stop and say, 'Oh, that's the hook right there,' I'll move that to the first four bars of the verse and do a new hook.
When I'm writing, I'm thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don't translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you.
I just have a thing in my brain that when I'm about to do something that's genuine or authentic, I think of it in song form. I'll be like, 'Yo, this is a human emotion that no one talks about.'
I'm actually a very honest person, and sometimes I end up like, 'Man, I said too much.' It's hard for me not to tell the truth when you ask me.
I don't really have a gimmick or a 'thing.' I'm one of the few artists who gets to be himself every day.
You know, there are artists who are 35 and up that still make rap and that still works for them. I don't know if I want to be that guy.
My favorite artists always documented emotion. Marvin Gaye and Al Green and Sade and Aaliyah.
Kanye West is my favorite artist.
There will be days when I walk in an arena and people will cheer and then there might be days when I walk in an arena and people might boo, but it all sounds the same to me because it's all just noise that lets me know that I'm relevant.
My mother made me truly appreciate women.
I don't measure my success anymore by the Grammys. I can't because I'll just end up crushed.
Me and my dad are friends. We're cool. I'll never be disappointed again, because I don't expect anything anymore from him. I just let him exist, and that's how we get along.
I feel connected to my generation through the music, but I also fear for us. We're in a very self-destructive state where we're addicted to outside opinions and we all feel like we have fans.
I respect Chris Brown. I'd like to call myself a friend - I don't know if I'm allowed to do that.
To go indie is a thing. But to put an album in the stores, you need a distribution label.
Patience is key for getting over a breakup. That, and trailing off your interaction after the breakup.
Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.