"People get thrown by the cultural baggage that’s attached to hip hop. They hear rapping involved and think ‘I can’t do that,’ but really what it requires is the ability to be present within the lyric - it’s just like acting Shakespeare. It’s like making the discovery as you’re talking because, as someone who freestyles, that’s exactly what the fuck is going on. The ability to really be present in the lyric, and have things happen for you in the first time, I think. Musical theater schools focus so much on technique, and sounding good, breath placement, and no one is talking about – ‘Hey, this is happening to you for the first time.' The performers we love are the ones who make it feel new, every night. That’s what we’re looking for, more than if you’re breathing in the right way. I mean, we’re looking for that to see if you can sustain the show, but more important is: Is he alive? Is he present? Is he finding what he does?"