They’re lacking culture in Hollywood. That gives me a big up, right? I know something about pop culture.
I think that’s what made rap such a stable footprint in culture, that it’s so honest.
Urban pop culture is its own phenomena that is for some reason is left out of Hollywood. It’s the most mainstream thing there is.
I don’t miss a day of yoga. I don’t miss my meditation… They’re way more important.
When the mind is totally still, there’s only bliss. I got a piece of that reality from my first yoga class, from smiling and breathing in every difficult pose. I went, “Oh my God! I’m clear! I love this!”
I think people instinctively know that their job is to give service and that they are part of a community. It had a great impact on me when my father walked the picket lines and I walked with him during the civil rights movement.
We need to hear everyone. We need dialogue between police and the community. They’re angry. They’re hurt. A dialogue can cause a shift in consciousness in the person if he’s understanding you and listening.
Being materialistic is part of the hip-hop community’s nature, because jazz and blues and rock ‘n’ roll, when they started out in the urban communities, were about the American Dream, and the lack of opportunity in that structure. So they talked about everything – uplifting and getting what is perceived as success in America.
I had too many businesses that are frivolous. I have enough. What interests me most is under-served communities. We need a new style of empowering these people, and new approaches.
The best way to protect both the policemen and the community going forward is by creating a system that’s just, where everyone feels safe.
I think the rap community always tells the truth. And I think that it’s important that we listen to their voices so we can have a roadmap, because artists – almost every single artist in hip-hop, they paint a picture of society that’s overlooked. The misogyny, the racism, the violence, the homophobia, these are things that we try to avoid instead of dealing with. All of that I see it so often.
It’s important to focus on what we do best and master one craft at a time.
A clear and focused mind will last a lifetime. Getting your mind in shape is nothing less than the key to sustainable success in the world.
Always focus on your effort, instead of the results of that effort.