In a recent interview, the Queens native revealed what has motivated him to keep making music.
“I love hip-hop. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s still like a dream and it’s still fresh to me. I still feel the love for it. I love the art of it. More than anything, I love the artform. That’s crazy [for hip-hop to be so popular now]. I remember when it was considered not even music. To see what it is today, I knew it would be that. [Younger influences,] I loved Jackson 5. I loved Rick James. I loved James Brown. Lots of different cool cats. [laughs] … Even if I did like a suburban life album, somebody would like it because there’s a world there that’s not being catered to. I think that would work, that might work, I got the fire underneath me.” (“Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
“The people are great. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It was the last place I thought I would record an album but we were there and nobody bothered us. It was a good time. Kanye is the kind of guy who needed to be away from everything when he was recording I guess. He said it to me and I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never been there.’ But once I got there it was a great experience. It was Jackson – I saw the mountains.” (“Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
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