Everybody has their idiosyncrasies.
I believe in astrology as much as I do in genetics.
Few rappers realize the genre sprang from West African griots through Delta slave songs to jazz poetry and the comedic trash talk of ‘the dozens.’
I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it’s not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.
I was reading Omar Khayyam, Kahlil Gibran, Rumi, L. Ron Hubbard, all sorts of philosophy. Bebop cats are like that. Curious. I wanted to know about everything.
I guess hip-hop has been closer to the pulse of the streets than any music we’ve had in a long time. It’s sociology as well as music, which is in keeping with the tradition of black music in America.
It’s amazing how much trouble you can get in when you don’t have anything else to do.
To me it’s no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it’s 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I’m trying to say is, I think it’s God’s voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony… that’s the science and the craft.
Playing the game, and unfortunately, playing the gangster game is very profitable.
I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.
Everybody, no matter what vocation they’re looking at, should add music as an essential to their curriculum. Music can be a very important part of your soul and your growth as a human being. It’s so powerful.
Melody is king, and don’t you ever forget it. Lyrics appear to be out front, but they’re not; they’re just an accompanying factor. If they’re good, you’re really in good shape. Lyrics are written to be rewritten.
I’m Pisces with Leo rising. The Pisces part is the dreamer. The Leo says, ‘Let’s execute.’
Without the Fender bass, there’d be no rock n’ roll or no Motown. The electric guitar had been waiting ’round since 1939 for a nice partner to come along. It became an electric rhythm section, and that changed everything.
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.