I’ve been asked before how I feel about the quality of music today, what I think about female imagery in the music business and whether or not I believe in every track I create. As much as you want to detach yourself from the records, everything you produce is a part of you. Even the most negatively perceived records, you can still find positivity in it because it motivates the person who speaks that language.

At the end of the day, everyone chooses their actions for themselves and music shouldn’t tell you who to be. I’ve never listened to a record and made those lyrics the anthem for my life or let it change who I am. I know we, as entertainers, are influential and I make music because that’s what I love to do. Some things are just freedom of speech in a free world and it’s all just in fun.

In music, you can be whoever you want to be and talk about whatever you feel like. For many it’s an escape and everyone’s world isn’t pretty every day of the week. Some records are dark and some shed light. We all have the choice to listen to what we relate to. I don’t and won’t judge anyone.

Everyone is trying to get their money and put themselves in a different position. A lot of women I respect because it’s hard out here for them. Any woman out here trying to make a decent living for herself; I give respect. It’s hard enough for men.

I don’t have a particular way I look at things or people. I treat everyone the way I want to be treated and the way they represent themselves. And regardless of what people think of your representation, that’s you. And I have a choice to affiliate myself with whatever dark or light people are offering.

There’s a lot of “everything” out here but I tend to focus on putting forth the best effort and having fun. When you have fun you make greatness. Drake put out two mixtapes and was having fun and won two Grammies off it. Sometimes we take life for granted being so concerned about the trivial things and we forget to live.

How do y’all feel about the quality of music today?