He still wants to be controversial.
"I'm in this game to press buttons and spark conversation and to get a reaction out of people. I want to say the lines that are going to get people's attention. And I would rather have ... even if it's bad attention than no attention at all." —Shade 45 Town Hall with Sway
Fame took a toll on him very early in his career.
"Things are a little more calm for me now. There was a time when everything was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and I kind of didn't know what was happening to my life. That certainly did get the best of me, with drugs and the pressure of all that shit. I'm at a different point now, but I still want to rap with the same energy and intensity and passion as before because, at the end of the day, this is what I love." —Billboard Cover Story
He thinks Breaking Bad has nothing on The Wire.
"I haven’t seen all of Breaking Bad, but I will tell you this, it doesn’t matter. Breaking Bad is good. I saw the first five or six episodes but then I got so busy I couldn’t watch it. The Wire, hands down the best thing that’s ever been on TV ever. Best fucking show ever. There will never be another Wire or another like it or even remotely fucking close. Hands down. I stopped watching TV because of The Wire." —Complex, Dec/Jan 2014 Issue
He relates to Rihanna because they’re both crazy.
"The perception of the record ["Monster"], what it's saying, I thought it would be a good idea to have her on it because I think people look at us like we're both a little nuts. That's one of the things that I was telling her in making the record: I think that people look at us a little crazy.” —Shade 45 Town Hall with Sway
He has a fantasy team.
"I’ve had a fantasy team for a while… A lot of my players are hurt… I got a team name, but again that’s something that I choose to keep to myself." —Complex, Dec/Jan 2014 Issue
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