“My approach is just fearless. I’m not afraid to try anything”

By Charlie Fenton

31 May 2024

For our budding R&B musicians, here are some of our favourite quotes from the biggest in the game.

Centrel Cee, said: “It’s about the reactions. Like say I’ve written a hard verse, and I’ve seen the reactions of people when they hear me say something.

“Next time I write, I’m gonna try and get the same reaction, I think that’s a grime thing as well, I probably learnt that from all the grime sets I’ve watched.”

Jorja Smith, said: “I left Starbucks in 2015. When I was younger, I remember looking at Justin Bieber and wishing I had all these fans, but you know what? Everyone has their path, everyone’s path is different, and this is where mine’s going.

“I just didn’t want to work at Starbucks. I wanted to be writing music all the time.”

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Drake, said: “When I’m writing, I’m thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don’t translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you.”

Stormzy, said: “My approach is just fearless. I’m not afraid to try anything.”

Niki Minaj, said: “You’ve got to be a beast, that’s the only way they will respect you.”

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