I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.
When you go on your Twitter or look down your Timeline and it's all great positivity - I love that. But at the same time, it can really divert you from what your purpose is or what you're trying to do. And I've seen artists get caught up in that.
I'm constantly thinking.
I always thought money was something just to make me happy. But I've learned that I feel better being able to help my folks, 'cause we never had nothing. So just to see them excited about my career is more of a blessing than me actually having it for myself.
My folks ain't graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family - and I come from a big family.
I'm sticking to the script, I'm putting that organic feeling back in the game.
The worst part of success is, to me, adapting to it. It's scary.
Sonnymoon and Quadrants are a couple of bands that really inspire me in terms of the melodics of things and certain tones and just what feels good. It takes me back to the type of music that I grew up on in my household. We played a lot of gangsta rap, but we also played a lot of oldies, and I think that mix is part of what inspires my sound.
My mom's one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.
It's easy to forget who you are.
I always tell people that if I move anywhere it would be Toronto.
I think my vice would be outdoing myself.
People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that's not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.
The best thing is to always keep honest people around, because when you have a bunch of yes men around that know that you're making a mistake but let you go on with it, that's when it ruins your mind state as an artist.
I'm Machiavelli's offspring, I'm the king of New York, king of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.
I've got an extra-specific story about Dr. Dre. I saw him when I was 9 years old in Compton - him and Tupac. They were shooting the second 'California Love' video. My pops had seen him and ran back to the house and got me, put me on his neck, and we stood there watching Dre and Pac in a Bentley.
I like to let things breathe.
Eventually you get to this point where you understand what you want to do and get across and sound like.
God to me is love.
Groups break up because they never got across what they wanted to do personally, and they have creative differences, and egos start to clash.