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Ali Shaheed Muhammad, American Musician ( August 11, 1970 - )

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Corporations always are controlling things, and we have the ability every day to do something about that. Every day.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Day Every Day Ability

Here in America, our use of time is not harmonious with humanity's better spirit.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Time Humanity America

I've never been good at getting on people's nerves, and from the little quotes I read, it's like, 'You're not doing enough in your life if you're not making someone angry.' And I'm like, 'Man. But my life - I seem to help people get somewhere, so am I not? Should I be more aggressive?' That's the way my inside voice sounds.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Life Good Man

Hip-hop has had this history where the predecessor just is so harsh and not nice to the next coming generation that it creates this separation and this gap.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


History Generation Nice

Discipline is not consistency, and the reason why I say that is - like, for an example, making prayer five times a day, that establishes routine and consistency. That I can do. And having certain fundamental consistencies in business, can do. But time management, outside of that, that's where that's a challenge.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Time Business Day

I grew up around electronic instruments. To me, the turntable is an electronic device. At the same time, I had access to drum machines and keyboards through my uncle; then track recorders into computers. At an early age, I was messing with computers more than most hip-hop musicians.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Time Age Computers

I keep saying if I ever get a good amount of quiet time that I want to learn to play cello. It's a very warm instrument. The tone of the cello and the movement - I don't know what is; I love it so much.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Love Time Good

Kanye West, I love you. You might not have known, but I have said in other interviews that you're my hero.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Love I Love You Hero

My mom used to be concerned 'cause I would never go outside. And when I'd go outside, I'd have friends, but I just was always in the house listening to music, practicing DJing all the time. Then my uncle got a keyboard, drum machine, so I'd just be in the house at 12, 13, just, like, messing up his presets. And my mom was like, 'My son is strange.'~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Mom Music Time

If you allow yourself to be closed, especially to a younger generation, then that's death. That's instant death.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Death Generation Yourself

When it comes to music, something I'm passionate about, and knowing the reach and the power and how it transforms, it saves lives. Music does.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Music Power Passionate

That's the beautiful thing about being an artist, is you can take risks and take chances and hopefully be secure enough to just keep going with it if you fall flat on your face.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Beautiful Artist Fall

Some people become artists for whatever reasons. Some of it's frivolous. And I don't think there should be any shame on that, but I think there comes a point in life where you want to offer more.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Life People Want

I believe in a 'give us this day our daily bread' sort of thing. And what I draw from that is, I try not to stock my refrigerator for groceries for the week, cause I might not live to see the full week.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Daily Day Week

Because I express myself through the music, I want to be responsible in that expression and how it carries on well after I'm here. But that's just me.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Music Myself Me

I really care about what I put out, and probably more than the fans care. At times, I think I over-care. But I just know that the body of work has such a high standard that it's kind of like, in my own head, I need to at least match it if not get over that, so that's the challenge.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Work Challenge Care

But I could not imagine having a child and the child not having a relationship with music that opens up their mind and their imagination and teaches them things.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Music Relationship Child

Raphael Saadiq said to me, quite often, that Chuck D was his history teacher. And so he got a lot from the music, things that he wasn't getting maybe in school. And I feel the same way with regards to Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Music Teacher History

Our records are commodities. We're looking to make a sale. The radio stations are looking to get the advertising dollars. The end.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


End Advertising Looking

I think at some point there may be artists who will get fed up, and they deliberately want to use their art as a means to rock the waves a little bit. And instead of doing the status quo, they'll deliberately go out to really make a change. I think Kendrick Lamar is an example of that.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Change Art May

I'm a believer in the nap. I don't care what it is. 15 minutes. Five hours. If you know someone's going to come back and come to work.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Work Care You

Nothing new is on the earth right now. Technology, the things that we're discovering, it's been sitting here just waiting for someone to brush it off and go, 'Oh, let me read that. Let me see how I can use this information.' And it doesn't matter if it's from a tech perspective or a philosophical perspective.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Technology Waiting Earth

Music is an important thing of energy. And there are a lot of wonderful aspects that come with it and vibrations, the physical vibrations, the movement of notes through an instrument and creating a wave that resonates into our spirit.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Music Important Energy

The DJ still has the relationship with the people, I believe. I don't know to call the DJ 'the ambassadors' or what, but we still are connecting the dots, getting the good stuff and passing it on to the people. DJs still have relevance, even with the technology that elevates the DJ beyond being a selector.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Relationship Technology

You should be able to be influenced by art no matter where it comes from.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Art You Matter

Anything in this life that goes against love, we all should fight it.~Ali Shaheed Muhammad


Life Love Fight