1. On the Vince Staples brand:
2. On 2017:
"It's 2017. If you don't get a smartphone and a low-emissions car, then shut the fuck up. We not doing that no more. Y'all stay out of trouble. Y'all stay beautiful. Y'all stay blessed." —From this interview.
3. On money:
"I know that money come and go, so money not my motive no mo' /
I made enough to know I'll never make enough for my soul" —"Smile"
4. On hip-hop:
"The music is made to get people thinking. Everybody will kill for something. And something means the world to everybody. People kill for anything these days." – From this excerpt.
5. On knowing things:
"I know I'm not perfect / I know that everybody ain't / But if it's one thing I know that I know, I know nothing at all" —"Lemme Know"
6. On history:
"We live for they amusement like they view us from behind the glass / No matter what we grow into, we never gonna escape our past / So in this cage they made for me, exactly where you find me at / Whether it's my time to leave or not, I never turn my back" —"Like It Is"
7. On home:
"I left the street where I've grown / To chase the yellow brick road / I heard they paved it with gold I turned around and seen they pissed on it / Just like me / But that's alright because my soul burning please set me free" —"Smile"
8. On classic movies:
9. On identity:
"My teachers told me we was slaves / My mama told me we was kings / I don't know who to listen to / I guess we somewhere in between" —"Summertime"
10. On the next generation:
"More black kids killed from a pill than the Feds in the projects / In the Planned Parenthood playin' God with ya mom's check, you ain't even been to prom yet" —"Surf"