"I have no control over what people think of me but I have 100% control of what I think of myself."
"We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost."
"…be the love that they regret letting go."
The Warm Up. Classic. Grateful to be able to perform it. I remember feeling insecure about doing this material at all the Summer Jams because at the time I didn’t have any ‘commercial hits.’ But you wanna know something? The hits don’t mean as much without the classics. And the classics don’t mean as much without the hits. Reasonable Doubt was slept on when it dropped. But today, it’s as appreciated as it is because Jay Z came back and gave you ‘Hard Knock Life,’ ‘Big Pimpin,’ ‘P.S.A.,’ ‘Empire State of Mind,’ etc. As his profile grew, his legend grew too, along with the love and appreciation for his original masterpiece. His original classic. If Hov fell off and never recovered after ‘Sunshine,’ Reasonable Doubt is not in our daily collective consciousness as a rap culture. It would still be a secret treasure like Company Flow or some shit. At the same time, I don’t think those hit records that Jay came with later would have been as impactful if he didn’t have such a pure classic to stand on and show that he was to truly be respected as the best MC in the game. Same goes for Outkast, Fugees, Nas, Biggie, Pac, list goes on and on.
"Parents kill more dreams than anybody."