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When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.
There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name, by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them. It gave publishers license to get a little greedy.
I'm definitely inspired by Michael Jackson. I watch all his videos all the time. And Busta Rhymes, early Busta Rhymes - I really was inspired by him. He's really the reason why I started rapping. Because all his visuals. I loved his videos when I was younger.
I started rapping since, like, 14. But I've been obsessed with rap from when I was 11. I heard 'Baby Don't Cry,' I'll never forget.
I really want to do the unexpected, and I think that's what I did when I executed 'Long.Live.A$AP.' I wanted people to really see the message and that I'm an artist who not only has the capability of rapping, but of composing great music both for people of my generation and for people with different backgrounds.
I went to Sirius Satellite Radio and did my show, Rapping With Rip.
There's been people who've rapped and produced - like Kanye - but I don't feel like on the rapping side there's ever been a producer who can rap as good as I think I can rap.
When I was in south Sudan, people used to rap in my village. But the rapping was more in the mother tongue, Nuer.
Rapping and singing are not two polar opposites. There's so much middle ground. And I think there's a lot of people who find that middle ground.
I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping.
You become more tolerant when you become older. You're not interested in rapping people over the knuckles; you're interested in understanding them.
I've always been rapping before I was making money off of it. Before I made a profit, I had always been rapping.
I've never been the straight rapper that is going to stand in a cipher and battle all day. I started off battle rapping, but to me, making songs became more important than freestyles... I've met many rappers who can freestyle but can't make a record.
What I don't do is try to like become whoever I'm rapping with. The people who go get an LL album want to hear LL.
LL Cool J
There is no singing anymore, everything is yelling and shouting and rapping and that is real boring to a guy like me.
If you're really a rapper, you can't stop rapping.
I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop.
I'm a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way.
I definitely use 'smiling while rapping' as a tool in the booth. I want to have fun while recording.
Toasting is basically what you call rapping. It came off of playing the beats at the parties, however it be. You find a space in the beat, and you have somebody live just basically saying rhymes over the beat.
I started rapping before anybody had ever bought a car from it. It was truly about the art form and the culture, more so than now, where it's a successful way to make money. Back then you had to be doing it because you liked it.
I don't have to work on it. I'm naturally a writer. The rapping and writing, they can go hand-in-hand - but rapping is an art that you have to practice and master, so I worked at it for a long time.
Barriers have been broken: rappers are singing, and singers are rapping. You might catch a rapper on a rock song, a pop artist on a hip-hop song - there are so many different things that are going on today. That is the same way in which we live our lives; we're all over the place. I like to try different things.
I was the kind of kid who loved singing. I loved rapping; I loved attention. But for me, it was more about chasing the dream of being a superstar because of the town I was from and because of what I'd seen.
Rapping is the only time I'm serious.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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