I believe in reincarnation, and I believe I've lived quite a few lives.
My mother got pregnant with me at the age of fifteen. This was '64, and unheard of at that time.
I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music. Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere.
The only two things that scare me are God and the IRS.
I had fun doing it, but acting ain't really my thing. I am more of a production/director type. I would rather be behind the scenes and organizing and putting things together like that.
I love the new technology. New things give you a reason to want to go to the studio. New challenges mean you have to keep up, you know?
I just want to get my music out and make sure that it's heard in the right way.
You got to realise that when I was 20 years old, I had a house, a Mercedes, a Corvette and a million dollars in the bank before I could buy alcohol legally.
I got Ice Cube his start. I also launched Eazy-E.
When the ideas are coming, I don't stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn't come along all the time.
Mission accomplished, we didn't have any problems as far as violence goes.
Before now, I've always taken my mixes out to the car and listened to them in the parking lot. I still do that, but more so now I'm listening to it on the Beat box, and I think people should give it at least a listen and check it out and see what it is.
I've gotten my personal life all the way intact and made sure that it's straight. Without that, you have no foundation. Your building is going to crumble.
Black women are the strongest most hardworking people on earth.
I've looked at pictures that my mom has of me, from when I was four years old at the turntable. I'm there, reaching up to play the records. I feel like I was bred to do what I do. I've been into music, and listening to music and critiquing it, my whole life.
I'm never gonna stop music, it's like air to me.
Everything in my life has been about sound and making music, so Beats represents just that - the improvement of sound and the dedication to everything I've been doing from the day I started.
It's always weird when people approach me to make an investment. I tell them, 'I don't need any more money. I'm good.' Then I wait for their expression. That part is entertaining, because people look at you like you're crazy when you say you don't need any more money. Who says that?
People are always coming up to me, thinking I've got some magic wand that can make them a star and I want to tell them that no one can do that. Making hit records is not that easy. But it took me time to realize that myself.
Engineering and mixing are absolutely key. Once a song is done, for me personally, it's usually two or three days to get the mix down.