On J. Cole's Born Sinner album
"I'm sure Cole thinks his album is better than mine and I'm cool with that. He's supposed to. You're supposed to believe that, but there's still a respect thing."
On his track record in the rap game
"Sometimes you have to throw your stats out there to remind people: 'Your last shit ain’t better than my first shit.' It's Reasonable Doubt so fuck, it's hard to beat."
On opening the door for the new rap generation
"I know I'm not gonna be selling out Yankee Stadium; I'm not doing the Rolling Stones thing at 70. I'm doing all this stuff for the next generation to come in and take advantage of it. So whatever took me 15 years to accomplish, it takes them five years to accomplish. I'm willing to help. I'm like, 'What do you need?' I'm happy because there was a point when I was like, 'What's gonna happen next?' A couple years ago, there wasn’t no Kendricks, Coles and Drakes."
On how art and rap are similar
"People have to realize hip-hop and the arts were like this 'cause we both were outcasts, we wasn't allowed inside the galleries or inside Yankee Stadium. We were writing in the street and making music."
On the George Zimmerman verdict
"I was really angry. I didn't sleep for two days. I was really angry about it that the thing is that we all knew there was still a bit of racism in America but for it to be so blatant. Didn't Trayvon have a right to stand his ground? Professionals are taught not to profile. I'm a professional law enforcement officer and I'm taught not to profile. This guy [Zimmerman] is a novice. This guy is a fucking mall cop."