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I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that they are, it's the condition that they represent.
I never had any ambitions of being a movie star or anything like that, but you know, this is nice.
I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about.
I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots of where I am artistically.
I'm inspired by playwrights, novelists, poets: The value of language has been a lifelong passion of mine. I enjoy it. I'm good at it.
Record companies are not necessarily interested in you realizing your artistic dream. The bottom line is that they got to sell records.
That's what I've been trying to strive for - to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.
To me, playing an instrument and singing, all of these different things are just as natural to me as rhyming.
Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it's a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on.
I've been fortunate with my acting career. A lot of scripts come to me. I don't mind auditioning if something that requires that, but I haven't had to in awhile, which is a nice place to be 'cause I've been on quite a lot of auditions in my life.
To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn't have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way.
I got my first exposure to Islam when I was 13.
I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that.
I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it.
Reckless capitalism kills black people.
I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that.
I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit different, but I'm just trying to keep it as regular as possible because I like it that way.
Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years. It's a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment.
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