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Mos Def Quotes & Sayings
40 entries tagged including 13 subtopics.
Last updated Jan 2023
Mos Def Topics
You want to know how to rhyme, then learn how to add. It's mathematics.
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?
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.
What I take from writers I like is their economy - the ability to use language to very effective ends. 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.
To me, playing an instrument and singing, all of these different things are just as natural to me as rhyming.
There are a lot of people who call themselves teachers or leaders, but they're really just propagandists.
That's what I've been trying to strive for - to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension.
Reckless capitalism kills black people.
Black People quotes
My presence speaks volumes before I say a word.
Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it's a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on.
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.
I'm trying to get low. People's personalities can get in the way of their own work.
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.'
I'm just an artist and I'm doin' what I like to do.
I'm growing as an individual, but your always growing. All of my albums are snapshots of where I am artistically.
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.
I was taught when there's somethin' you can change around keep quiet, you got nothin' to complain about.
I never had any ambitions of being a movie star or anything like that, but you know, this is nice.
I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that.
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.
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