" In fact, that’s why I embraced the concept of pop! I’ve said through the years that man, I want to be pop. But I’ve invented my own genre of music now called Pop Art because it’s pop that has all the sensibilities of art. And it needed to be separated because of all these people who engineered boy bands with all these different people writing songs for them. I mean, I’m a true singer, songwriter, producer, director, stylist… Basically think of every aspect and I’m that type of artist. And I think that it’s great for me to take everything that someone thinks is negative - Auto-Tune, the term pop – whatever it is that you might think is not keeping it real and show that you can make really good songs with this. I mean, I’ve had some hip-hop songs that I’ve loved in my lifetime – but they are not as good as Phil Collins’ ‘Something In the Air Tonight’. They’re just not as good! They’re just not as good as ‘I Wanna Rock With You’ by Michael Jackson. Matter of fact, with rap and shit there are very few rappers who can write raps that are entertaining and important enough to hold your attention. I mean, I started running into that problem when I was working on ‘Graduation’… Songs like ‘Good Life’ and ‘Stronger’; those tracks took a long time to write. You couldn’t just say anything! A lot of the time with rappers you just say anything – I mean right now I could completely freestyle for you, but that doesn’t mean its good enough to perform in front of 100,000 people. But now I’m getting to the point where I can say things that are just that strong and that big. And travelling the world, you know – people just get caught up too much in the language they use. That’s what is great about Barack – he can speak in a way that allows a lot of people to understand him and that’s what I want, for people to understand what I’m saying across the board. "
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