"If you’re smart, any time you get larger sums of money, you can reinvest that towards things that make you more money."
It’s the mark of a dedicated artist; an artist unafraid of monetary fears and label pressures.
“You gotta swallow your pride, every now and then, to be able to keep the lights on.”
“We have a very organic connection to what’s going on culturally right now.”
"You should fucking celebrate if you make it ten years in the game, and you’re still able to survive and take care of your family."
“Offer anything you can of your value without any expectation of getting something in return.”
"I was doing shows, and a lot of my fans on Twitter were saying stuff like, 'I’m not coming to another show until you drop some new music.'"
When I worked at Def Jam, I was the one not paying producers.
"It's still fucked up inside the system."
"It’s so much more touching than what money could touch."
"People don’t know that. People feel like it’s so easy, you know."
And not necessarily for the better.
"We haven’t done a good job of actually grooming long-term talent, and this is an industry problem."
The rates that songwriters and publishers receive have always lagged behind the rates paid to recording artists and master owners.
“One hundred percent, people are going to be talking about it for years to come.”
"I just hate the victim mentality."
"You gotta get that machine behind you."
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