On going head-to-head with Kanye West
I moved my album up to compete with Kanye [and his Yeezus, released the same day] to make a statement. The fact that three weeks after that I got a No. 1 album was icing on the cake. It feels good.
On getting TLC to appear on his uplifting new single “Crooked Smile”
I missed them. I was a big TLC fan growing up. They had these huge hits that were positive, like “Waterfalls” and “Unpretty.”
On Jay-Z, who signed him to his label Roc Nation
Our relationship is great. He’s like a Jedi. He’s outlasted all these other rappers and he’s still on top.
On graduating magna cum laude from St. John’s University
I always wanted to go to college. I got a four-year experience that most rappers don’t get.
On thanking his mom
All my nerve came from her. I’m not the richest, but I found a way so she doesn’t have to deliver mail anymore. She can relax, and that’s a beautiful feeling.