René "Residente" Pérez took center stage at the Iconic Singer/Songwriter Q&A as part of the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference, where the Puerto Rican singer discussed censorship on YouTube, his latest self-titled album and politics.
If you missed the Q&A that took place today (April 26), below check out the 10 best quotes from Residente's panel:
1. "What I learned about art is that is has to be a reflection of what you feel and what's surrounding you."
2. "People don't understand what art is." (When asked why his "Somos anormales" video is censored on YouTube.)
3. "For my new album, I did collaborations that aren't like the ones happening in the industry today. Nowadays, artists want to jump on a song because it's a hit and doing so well. They'll do it even if the collaboration doesn't make sense."
4. "Each lyric that I write, I do it because it's something that I feel -- not because i want to sell on the radio. It's because I feel it."
5. "Artists are supposed to make music because they have a reason for making it. My music always has a purpose. My lyrics, they have a purpose. I don't make music because I want to sell an album or fill a concert or [for] my music to be on the radio, it's because I really feel it. If you're not making music for that reason, then you're a business person."
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6. "To speak about Trump -- you shouldn't talk about him, because you give him more power. You should talk about the laws."
7. "Ruben Blades inspired and has influenced my music. He's like the Jedi Master."
8. "I have a priority order, and the first one is not to sell, it's to challenge myself and make good music."
9. "To me, swag means having friends like Ruben Blades, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who like the art I make."
10. "Artists should not be afraid, and should say what they feel and think [about world events] as human beings."