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Mos Def Sayings: I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I've been going by Yasiin since '99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I'm declaring it openly.
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Mos Def Sayings: I want to be necessary and do good works. I ain't here to waste nobody's I want to be necessary and do good works. I ain't here to waste nobody's time, because I don't want you to waste mine.
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Mos Def Sayings: If 'Life in Marvelous Times' can't get on the radio, then I don't need to If 'Life in Marvelous Times' can't get on the radio, then I don't need to be on the radio.
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Mos Def Sayings: Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close together, it's a whole different world. You can lose perspective.
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Mos Def Sayings: People don't like the music that's out now, that's on their radio stations, and they People don't like the music that's out now, that's on their radio stations, and they want to hear something different, but they're just the audience. You know, people will keep the TV on even if a show is on that they hate - because, unfortunately, they've been programmed to do that. [But] they are really looking for something that's gonna speak to the world that they're living in. That's what people are looking for, but they're not finding it.
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Mos Def Sayings: I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
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Mos Def Sayings: To me, it's like happiness is about happiness, but happiness is a fight. To me, it's like happiness is about happiness, but happiness is a fight.
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Mos Def Sayings: I've always loved music and I love the language, which is a huge reason why I've always loved music and I love the language, which is a huge reason why I'm part of theater.
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Mos Def Sayings: And from the moment that I saw you, I knew you was trouble,But I disregarded And from the moment that I saw you, I knew you was trouble,
But I disregarded detour signs,
And did not stop til you was mine.
I guess God was like, 'Aight, fine.'
Careful what you wish for, cause you just might get it in heaps.
Try to give it back, He be like, 'Nah, that's yours to keep.'
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Mos Def Sayings: Peace before everything, God before anything,Love before anything, real before everything,Home before any place, shoot Peace before everything, God before anything,
Love before anything, real before everything,
Home before any place, shoot before anything,
Style and state radiate, Love Power slay the hate.
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Mos Def Sayings: Crack mothers, crack babies and AIDS patientsYoungbloods can't spell, but they could rock you in Crack mothers, crack babies and AIDS patients
Youngbloods can't spell, but they could rock you in PlayStation.
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Mos Def Sayings: I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own work.
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Mos Def Sayings: I ain't no perfect man I'm tryna do the best that I can with what I ain't no perfect man I'm tryna do the best that I can with what it is I have.
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Mos Def Sayings: Beef is not what Jay said to Nas;Beef is when the working folks can't find Beef is not what Jay said to Nas;
Beef is when the working folks can't find jobs.
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Mos Def Sayings: I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit I get reminded a lot of the time that my life is a little bit different, but I'm just trying to keep it as regular as possible because I like it that way.
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Mos Def Sayings: All the things that are worth doing, take time. All the things that are worth doing, take time.
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Mos Def Sayings: You have to be an extremist to believe that you're gonna be the president of You have to be an extremist to believe that you're gonna be the president of the United States and your name is Barack Hussein Obama! And he's using extreme methods, but his application is very smooth. Michelle Obama is extreme, her presence is extreme. And it's an extreme good. Extreme is not negative.
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Mos Def Sayings: I'm just an artist and I'm doin' what I like to do. I'm just an artist and I'm doin' what I like to do.
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Mos Def Sayings: I have mad brims. I have mad brims.
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Mos Def Sayings: I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that I don't mind being black. I'm black out loud. It's more than the people that they are, it's the condition that they represent.
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Mos Def Sayings: You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions.
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Mos Def Sayings: I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.
Mos Def Sayings: We can be beautiful and feel beautiful about who we are everyday. We can be beautiful and feel beautiful about who we are everyday.
Mos Def Sayings: History has proven that it's impossible to crush the artist. There's always gonna be a History has proven that it's impossible to crush the artist. There's always gonna be a need for somebody to write a poem or sing a song about something, about life - that makes it real. There's the word that goes beyond the word.
Mos Def Sayings: If you're going to do Chuck Berry, you got to, you know, go all out, If you're going to do Chuck Berry, you got to, you know, go all out, and the duck walk is just kind of you know, cursory. That's like standing.
Mos Def Sayings: Don't look down, it's an impossible view; Fly like an eagle whatever you do Don't look down, it's an impossible view; Fly like an eagle whatever you do
Mos Def Sayings: I'm an independent thinker. And I'm not the poster child for any movement. I'm trying I'm an independent thinker. And I'm not the poster child for any movement. I'm trying to support whatever's right no matter where it is.
Mos Def Sayings: I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about.
Mos Def Sayings: I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it. I'm retiring the Mos Def name after 2011. I'm actually doing it.
Mos Def Sayings: I don't have advice for people on how to dress. People should dress based on I don't have advice for people on how to dress. People should dress based on what they find beautiful. My best advice: Keep your clothes clean.
Mos Def Sayings: I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo I don't wanna get into that space where a lot of guys now, their solo album is like eight or 10 songs with other people, you don't get an idea of who this guy is. I just wasn't interested in that.
Mos Def Sayings: You're not gonna get through life without being worshipful or devoted to something. You're either You're not gonna get through life without being worshipful or devoted to something. You're either devoted to your job, or to your desires. So the best way to spend your life is to try to be devoted to prayer, to Allah.
Mos Def Sayings: So rather than really have, like a close relationship to anything that's coming out today, So rather than really have, like a close relationship to anything that's coming out today, people are just, they've got it on as background music. It's kind of the same way the cabdrivers use music; it's very disposable. But, that doesn't mean there aren't a great number of artists who are doing things to change that.
Mos Def Sayings: At its heart, music is all higher mathematics. At its heart, music is all higher mathematics.
Mos Def Sayings: I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type of music in this type of way. I don't rap like nobody, I don't try to sound like nobody.
Mos Def Sayings: Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate. Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate.
Mos Def Sayings: I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some I don't want to waste anyone's time or money. I want to give people some truth and positive heart lift.
Mos Def Sayings: I'm blacked than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle I'm blacked than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle
Mos Def Sayings: Why do I need ID to get ID?If I had ID, I wouldn't need ID. Why do I need ID to get ID?
If I had ID, I wouldn't need ID.
Mos Def Sayings: I believe the projects were a social experiment; we were laboratory rats stacked on top I believe the projects were a social experiment; we were laboratory rats stacked on top of each other, and people just knew, inherently, that there was something wrong. There's not a lot of regard for the property by the residents.
Mos Def Sayings: This thing called rhymin' is no different than coal minin';We both on assignment to unearth This thing called rhymin' is no different than coal minin';
We both on assignment to unearth the diamond.
Mos Def Sayings: Michael Jordan on the court is a completely different guy. If the play requires him Michael Jordan on the court is a completely different guy. If the play requires him to leap out all the way and grab the ball, that's what he'll do. He may be a completely shy, withdrawn sort of person [off the court].
Mos Def Sayings: Speech is my hammer bang the world into shape now let it fall - HUNGH Speech is my hammer bang the world into shape now let it fall - HUNGH
Mos Def Sayings: I like to read the 'Financial Times' when I'm traveling. 'Economist.' 'Ad Busters.' I like to read the 'Financial Times' when I'm traveling. 'Economist.' 'Ad Busters.'
Mos Def Sayings: Live now for the promise of the Infinite Live now for the promise of the Infinite
Mos Def Sayings: Hip-hop is rock & roll. What the hell is Wu-Tang but Motorhead? Hip-hop is rock & roll. What the hell is Wu-Tang but Motorhead?
Mos Def Sayings: Young bloods can't spell but they can rock you in Playstation Young bloods can't spell but they can rock you in Playstation
Mos Def Sayings: You've got to validate every day. There are those who just put a stamp on You've got to validate every day. There are those who just put a stamp on it and say, "This is gonna be a good day and I'm not gonna let anything else make it a bad day."
Mos Def Sayings: Man, I smashed her like an Idaho Potato Man, I smashed her like an Idaho Potato
Mos Def Sayings: Hip-hop is the last true folk art. Hip-hop is the last true folk art.
Mos Def Sayings: I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture.
Mos Def Sayings: Record companies are not necessarily interested in you realizing your artistic dream. The bottom line Record companies are not necessarily interested in you realizing your artistic dream. The bottom line is that they got to sell records.
Mos Def Sayings: It's difficult to really be an artist nowadays. People are just on another page. You It's difficult to really be an artist nowadays. People are just on another page. You have a society that needs you to say something, but they don't want to give you the environment to be able to be just a functioning, happy, normal person. It's like, the industry is at odds with you, the society is at odds with you. You start to live in this very confined box where it's like, It's "me" and "them."
Mos Def Sayings: To me, playing an instrument and singing, all of these different things are just as To me, playing an instrument and singing, all of these different things are just as natural to me as rhyming.
Mos Def Sayings: I'm inspired by playwrights, novelists, poets: The value of language has been a lifelong passion I'm inspired by playwrights, novelists, poets: The value of language has been a lifelong passion of mine. I enjoy it. I'm good at it.
Mos Def Sayings: I seen her on the ave, spotted her more than once.Ass so fat that you I seen her on the ave, spotted her more than once.
Ass so fat that you could see it from the front ...
Mos Def Sayings: My Umi said shine your light on the world, shine your light for the world My Umi said shine your light on the world, shine your light for the world to see
Mos Def Sayings: I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that.
Mos Def Sayings: If it's just fame for the sake of being famous, no one even cares about If it's just fame for the sake of being famous, no one even cares about you - and you don't even care about yourself because you're like, "This is so ridiculous."
Mos Def Sayings: I don't care about what brand you are, I'm concerned what type of man you I don't care about what brand you are, I'm concerned what type of man you are, what your principles and standards are.
Mos Def Sayings: I tell people all the time, I've always loved music and I love the language, I tell people all the time, I've always loved music and I love the language, which is a huge reason why I'm part of theater. But, I didn't wanna do all of this. I would've been satisfied to do it, like, on the weekends among friends, and to have a regular job.
Mos Def Sayings: It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own It's possible and available to any artist to be himself or herself on their own terms, to be accepted and embraced by black people. You don't have to be a thug to get love from black people.
Mos Def Sayings: That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should That idea of peace and love toward humanity shouldn't be nationalistic or denominational. It should be a chief concern for all mankind.
Mos Def Sayings: The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words - that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for - to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.
Mos Def Sayings: Fear not of men because men must die. Mind over matter and soul before flesh. Fear not of men because men must die. Mind over matter and soul before flesh.
Mos Def Sayings: I've been fortunate with my acting career. A lot of scripts come to me. I I've been fortunate with my acting career. A lot of scripts come to me. I don't mind auditioning if something that requires that, but I haven't had to in awhile, which is a nice place to be 'cause I've been on quite a lot of auditions in my life.
Mos Def Sayings: Breathe in ... inhale vapors from bright stars that shine,Breathe out ... weed smoke retrace Breathe in ... inhale vapors from bright stars that shine,
Breathe out ... weed smoke retrace the skyline.
Mos Def Sayings: But even creeps deserve to live someplace halfway decent. But even creeps deserve to live someplace halfway decent.
Mos Def Sayings: I've always loved rhyming. I love language. I've always loved rhyming. I love language.
Mos Def Sayings: I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people I'm a passionate person. I'm a lot of things, like most people are. Most people are dynamic. The focus is not on me though, I'm a screen. The aim is to always keep myself in the position where the screen is clear.
Mos Def Sayings: There was a time when hip-hop was its own musical principle, aside from sampling. Like There was a time when hip-hop was its own musical principle, aside from sampling. Like the entire Wild Style break is instrumental. Kurtis Blow's earliest stuff was studio musicians playing. Whodini had a real clear sound, things like "five minutes of funk," stuff that you could write really beautiful, lush string and horn arrangements around, stuff that was just music.
Mos Def Sayings: My presence speaks volumes before I say a word. My presence speaks volumes before I say a word.
Mos Def Sayings: I can't take it y'allI can feel the city breathinChest heavin, against the flesh of I can't take it y'all
I can feel the city breathin
Chest heavin, against the flesh of the evening
Sigh before we die like the last train leaving
Mos Def Sayings: I learned [playing Chuck Berry] that there's something to be said for the courage of I learned [playing Chuck Berry] that there's something to be said for the courage of conviction, that sense of belief, being bold enough to believe in your vision. And there's a quote that really fits his particular energy. It says - they say don't go where the path may lead, but go where there's no path and leave a trail. I think that's exactly what Chuck did, you know. It's an inspiration to a lot of folks, not just musicians, but people everywhere.
Mos Def Sayings: I just don't think it's very dignified to ask people to like you. You can I just don't think it's very dignified to ask people to like you. You can just wind up being somebody's ottoman.
Mos Def Sayings: The test in life nowadays is just trying to keep yourself charged up with enough The test in life nowadays is just trying to keep yourself charged up with enough good feeling. It's like, "OK what am I going to do to feel really good today?" Not like, some chick or a drink ...
Mos Def Sayings: I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as.
Mos Def Sayings: In the early '90s, when I really started to find my voice, I was reading In the early '90s, when I really started to find my voice, I was reading a lot of books, and I was moved by the writers, like Chinua Achebe, and I wanted to be able to write rhymes that were as potent as what I was reading.
Mos Def Sayings: You can positively affect and change a social circumstance with art, and it's vital that You can positively affect and change a social circumstance with art, and it's vital that a change happens now.
Mos Def Sayings: There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.
Mos Def Sayings: We blasted holes in the night until she bled sunshine We blasted holes in the night until she bled sunshine
Mos Def Sayings: The new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis. Shinin', like Who on The new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis. Shinin', like Who on top of this?
Mos Def Sayings: Make today's solid ground out of yesterday's quicksand. Make today's solid ground out of yesterday's quicksand.
Mos Def Sayings: It wouldn't be fair to cast aspersions on an entire cultural movement based on the It wouldn't be fair to cast aspersions on an entire cultural movement based on the actions of a few. To quote my grandfather, 'One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch.'
Mos Def Sayings: I dreamt that I could paint you with words, but there were no colors bright I dreamt that I could paint you with words, but there were no colors bright enough, black or white enough, blue or green enough ... they didn't mean enough
Mos Def Sayings: I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots of where I am artistically.
Mos Def Sayings: I give a damn if any fan recalls my legacy, I'm trying to live life I give a damn if any fan recalls my legacy, I'm trying to live life in the sight of GOD's memory.
Mos Def Sayings: Bob Marley performed the 'One Love Peace' concert in Jamaica with the two different warring Bob Marley performed the 'One Love Peace' concert in Jamaica with the two different warring political sides. There's always been that in black music and culture in general. It's no surprise because black music is such a reflection of what's going on in black life. It's not unusual for hip-hop.
Mos Def Sayings: The moment you start thinking it's hopeless, then it is. [But], if you think it's The moment you start thinking it's hopeless, then it is. [But], if you think it's gonna get better, it really does. Life is a test.
Mos Def Sayings: Twitter freaks me out. You have followers? It feels so obsessive and proprietary. Twitter freaks me out. You have followers? It feels so obsessive and proprietary.
Mos Def Sayings: To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn't have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way.
Mos Def Sayings: Hip-Hop went from selling crack to smoking it Hip-Hop went from selling crack to smoking it
Mos Def Sayings: They say that when a man faces his destiny, the destiny ends and he becomes They say that when a man faces his destiny, the destiny ends and he becomes the man that he really is.
Mos Def Sayings: Why did one straw break the camel's back?Here's the secret:The million other straws underneath it. Why did one straw break the camel's back?
Here's the secret:
The million other straws underneath it.
Mos Def Sayings: I have no confidence issues with the impact or the quality of the music. No I have no confidence issues with the impact or the quality of the music. No one in hip-hop, before this point and to this point, with all due respect, has done this.
Mos Def Sayings: With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn't just about being noticed, you know?
Mos Def Sayings: I thought everybody got into rock 'n' roll because they didn't want to follow instructions. I thought everybody got into rock 'n' roll because they didn't want to follow instructions.
Mos Def Sayings: Fame is like getting across the street. It's like, if there's nothing to be across Fame is like getting across the street. It's like, if there's nothing to be across the street for, it's a pointless destination.
Mos Def Sayings: When people say, 'I don't see you enough,' well just because you don't see me When people say, 'I don't see you enough,' well just because you don't see me don't mean I don't exist, or just 'cause you haven't heard me don't mean I haven't been making noise. But if I keep making noise, you'll pick up.
Mos Def Sayings: And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone.