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    Kanye West [The Breakfast Club]

    When he first came in he wasn’t the artist he is today, but he always aspired to be. When he was the producer he had it in his eyes, “I am the savior of Chicago” and he proved to be prophetic. [Yeezus] is polarizing. It forced you to have an opinion. What tends to happen is someone has to experiment and do it first and artists will sit back and perfect the methods. That pushes the genre forward. He’s the cowboy that runs over the hill and the Indians hit him with the arrows and he comes back ‘there’s a lot of ‘em over there.’ Then we go over there and conquer.

    Memphis Bleek [The Breakfast Club]

    It’s almost the little brother syndrome because he really grew up with me on the third floor of the same projects. He had the shadow on him the whole time.

    Damon Dash Financial Woes [The Breakfast Club]

    Dame is a hustler. Dame will figure it out. Dame is a smart guy. What people gotta understand, nothing is going to change the way I feel about Dame. No time or space. no separation or anything. I got love for Damon Dash as I did before. I don’t know if we can be around each other in that way because times have changed. He may be a totally different person. I know I’m a different person. But nothing can erase that era, those times, those memories those fights to get Roc-A-fella where it was….we built something great that is going to be talked about forever. There will always be love there.”

    Warning To His Crew [The Breakfast Club]

    I remember walking in the studio and it was a small gap…Bleek, Beans and everybody was in there. And I told them that this was the time to flood the market with music because 50 Cent is coming. Four months later “In The Club” hit and it was over and now everybody gotta sit on the sidelines and wait this wave out.

    Signing Lil Wayne [The Breakfast Club]

    The truth is after I had the meeting with Wayne…I had a relationship with Baby. When I used to go to New Orleans I used to hang out with Baby in the purple Prowler. So I felt it was only right to call him. I called him out of respect and told him I was talking to Wayne. After that we received a letter at our office for like “tortuous interference” from a lawyer and it wall went from there. I would rather lose that situation and do the right thing than the opposite. I could have signed him and told him after. But I did the right thing. I’m cool with that decision.

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