Have a little faith ... "Excellence is just the bare minimum" / RZA and Kanye West on focus and discipline

Reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour theory, master RZA speaks on young master Kanye's worth ethic in a preview from his forthcoming Red Bull Music Academy lecture, and Kanye gets introspective while on tour with Jay-Z promoting Watch The Throne.

"I'ma tell you something this young man does. They get up every morning to eat breakfast together, his whole crew. They talk about yesterday and the next day and the present. They plan, all over breakfast. They sit there and they talk about what they gonna do, what they did and how to make the music better. Then, they go exercise together. They go to the YMCA. They play basketball, lift weights. Focus, get the energy out ... He would do some charity work ... Therefore, he's doing the good deed of the day as well, good karma. Then, he goes to the studio. He stays there from 4pm and when I was there, we left at 4. So, 12 hours of in-studio work. Then he'd go to bed and do it again the next day ... The way everything happened was like focused energy, yo. Actually, I've never seen that from a rapper before. I come from Wu-Tang Clan. Y'all know us. 5 of us show up for the concert, the other 3 late, some ain't doin' it, some are sleeping. It's not only his talent that took him to the top. I've gotta say, it's his focus, y'all."
-RZA on Kanye West

"We have to rethink, reinspire. Wash the brain, don't brainwash. And allow people to think for themselves ... but present people with amazing options, to the best of what you know the truth to be. I feel like people can find themselves sooner. You know, people be like, "I don't know what I want to be." Well you know what you want to be, but you don't want to say out loud what you want to be cause you don't think it's cool enough ... It's crazy and it's delusional until it comes into fruition. You always gotta see the end goal and everything else and just fill in the blanks."
-Kanye West

"One thing Wu-Tang had back in those days was admiration of eachother ... All of us probably ... make our music privately by ourselves. I think that hurts music. Music is actually better when it's shared amongst groups."

"Nas is one of the best emcees to ever touch the light mic."
-RZA on Kanye and Nas

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