“The hip-hop community appreciates me but they don’t understand me. I’m more of a Flatbush hippie. I was in the projects listening to Pink Floyd. When I told my man about them he was like, ‘What is that…who is going to wear pink?’ It’s the same thing with Dylan. What I love about him is people find his voice annoying, but if you type up some Bob Dylan lyrics and you start to read his style of writing you will understand what makes him great. You learn about great lyricism from Dylan.
When you read his lyrics you are like, ‘Is this Nas?’ He was a true poet, which represented the music of the time. I like artists that don’t use music as a safe haven; artists that go outside of the box to talk about issues. Have you seen the movie The Hurricane? You heard Dylan’s song in the movie? He was standing up for black people. That’s why I appreciate him. I remember when I told people I was going to have Bob Dylan in my [‘Gone Till November’] video they were like, ‘Ain’t no way Dylan is going to show up for you.’ But he came and we chilled. Dylan told me that I reminded him of an old soul. He is somebody else that I look up to.”