“In my late teenage years, I just got deep, deep, deep into hardcore. I certainly would listen to other stuff— like Billy Bragg and the Smiths— but by the end of the 80s, it was 90% hardcore. The concerns of a lot of New York hardcore was so immediate to my life, especially when you think about that era of straight edge, which I was into. This isn’t meant to be a diss to straight edge, but it’s so perfectly tailored to a late-high-school-aged kid who’s actually confronting all of these issues about drinking and coolness and peer pressure. I think that’s probably why I clung to it so intensely. When you hit those later teenage years, you find those things that you can connect with more deeply and you start to develop your own identity.”—
I have always been so confused by straight edge kids, I never knew many, but if I ever them “why straight edge?” they would never give straight answer. Maybe they just don’t know (at least not at the time), but doesn’t make it a bad thing.
“Everybody is a contradiction of themselves and not only is that not a problem, it’s a beautiful thing. People should be contradictions. If you’re not, it means you’re not evolving or becoming a better person. We talked about, as people, just about trying and becoming a better person. It comes through in the music. It’s just unapologetic: Don’t apologize for being whoever you are, whoever you are.”—Justin Vernon talks Yeezy. (via rach)