Yo the sun don't shine forever, but as long as it's here then we might as well shine together, better now than never.
It's okay to be crazy, but don't be insane.
God is on your side. We already at the finish line. Anything you put your mind to, anything you want to accomplish, you put your faith in God's hands you can do it.
I feel safe in white because, deep down inside, I'm an angel.
I just put out what it is I would want to hear if I was buying something.
You got to mix it up some. I give it up to Madonna for changing her styles, never being too predictable, going in different directions. I hear things in my head, try to get a good dance beat, have some fun. It's not overly complicated - it's hard to explain.
I am a very focused person.
I'm most concerned about is finding inner peace and happiness. All that glitters isn't gold. And there are things better than gold like having a meaningful conversation, seeing your kids healthy and smiling, and getting along with your mother.
As a young black man - I don't want to pull the race card - but it certainly seems like the odds were against me. Eighty percent of my friends are dead or in jail. It's just something I have to live with.
I come from Harlem, New York and one of the things Harlem is known for is style, making something out of nothing. Nobody has money but everybody knows how to dress. My mother was a model and a shopaholic. I was definitely a mama's boy; I was dragged into bargain shopping for the right pieces. My aunt was a seamstress. My uncle George was gay. My grandmother did the robes for the church, and she did the hems for the choir - she did them cheaper than the local cleaners. My father was an alcoholic, and he died when I was three.
I didn't think I'd end up being the designer. It was never my intent. My intent was to own a company, not be a face in its ads.
To make sure we take advantage of all the synergies...And that takes time. I'm taking the time to slow down, to strategize, to figure out where I want to be in five years.
The company had been like a train speeding down the track; if you don't manage the velocity, the train will eventually crash.
I've never been surprised about what happened to me. I've put in hard work to get to this point. It's like when you become a lawyer - if you're bustin' your ass, you're not surprised when you get your degree. I came in to win, you know. This is why I stay up late while other people are sleeping; this is why I don't go out to the Hamptons.
I'm trying to be somebody. I didn't come into this business saying, I'm gonna look like the biggest black music man; I was like, I'm gonna be the biggest. I'm gonna go down in history as being one of the best music men and businessmen in entertainment. I admire Andre Harrell and Berry Gordy the most, the people who came up from the black community. But the people that I'm going to be greater than are Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Clive Davis.
This is my plan. When I'm in the studio making a hit record, I'm not trying to make a hit record; I'm making one. This is what I studied. This is why I stay up twenty hours a day.
I have learned to enjoy the ups for what they are, because those are the moments that feel like they go by the quickest.
What I'm known for, as a producer and on the label side, is making people dance, or making people feel good with a ballad or something like that. I study different elements, different genres, whether it's a melody by Nirvana, or the vibe of Metallica, or Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun." I just put together different vibes that people want - from a rebellious vibe to the vibe of crying out from hurt or happiness to just wanting to let go and party.
Ghetto-fabulous! I'm the nigger who started it: I'm the one driving around in the Rolls-Royce with his hat turned, goin' down Fifth Avenue with the system booming in the back. Walkin' into Gucci, shuttin' it down, buying everything at the mother-fuckin' same time. Driving up to Harlem, out to 125th Street, and on my way back downtown goin' and givin' hundred-dollar bills to homeless people. No other nigger of there can say they're ghetto-fabulous; I'm ghetto-fabulous.
Keep on pushing the boundaries and reaching for higher heights.