More than anything, I'm an American kid, and my music reflects that more so than being an Asian-American. I think it's important but also something that can detrimental to your career if celebrated too much.
I grew up two train stops from where A Tribe Called Quest grew up, and one stop from Nas.
Let's take Taylor Swift. She lives in a huge beautiful apartment; she gets limo-ed everywhere. She's not seeing what it means to live in New York.
They're not going to have a homeless person on a poster representing New York.
I studied my craft at the same place as Nicki Minaj.
'Welcome To New York' is one of those songs that, with just one single radio play, will make at least 10 New Yorkers move to Marfa, Texas.