"Good art provides people with a vocabulary about things they can't articulate."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Mos Def on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Mos Def on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Mos Def on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Mos Def on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Mos Def on Oscar Wilde
"And remember don't high post when you're far from home, and high posting when you're all alone."
"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?"
"Focused. I'm a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else."
"I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I'm cool with that."
"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."