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The best rappers tell the best stories, often about their own lives and how they worked hard through life and made their way to being one of the greatest. Many find a way of putting into words complex emotions that are hard to convey to others. The power of rap is often used in the context of revolts and reform movements. Many artists demand social justice and use rap as a weapon in this quest.

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DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell), an 18-year-old immigrant who popularised hip-hop, brought the massive sound systems of his native Jamaica to inner-city gatherings. He combined percussion snippets from vintage records with well-known dance tracks using two turntables to produce a continuous flow of music. The break beat was isolated and extended by Kool Herc and other early hip-hop deejays including Grand Wizard Theodore, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash, encouraging creative dance. This was the birth of rapping.

The South Bronx neighborhood of New York City, which was primarily populated by African Americans, is where hip-hop first emerged in the late 1970s. The hip-hop movement's beginnings are obscured by mystery.

Many rappers come from difficult and traumatic pasts and have built themselves up from the bottom. They use their poetry as a form of self-expression and stand strong for the rights of people in their community.

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Rap has been a social revolution since the very beginning. It is a unique blend of cultures and seeks justice against oppression at its core.

The rap culture has grown in popularity worldwide. New artists are recording music constantly and coming up with unique messages and distinct voices to share.

Rap can be used as a medium to express opinions honestly. It is a creative way for everyone to have a strong and bold voice.

"Rap" is a spoken word art form that often consists of rhyming poetry accompanied by beats.

Rap is the art form of lyrical expression and many musicians use rap music to put a message out, express their feelings, or even tell a story. These quotes are a representation of strength, courage, and passion.

Here are a few of the most inspirational and powerful quotes by rappers that can motivate you to work harder and look at the world from a different perspective.

The Best Rapper Quotes

Funny Rapper quotes are so entertaining.

Here are some of the best rapper quotes ever.

1. “Cause whatever you love can be taken away, so live like it’s your dying day.” - Machine Gun Kelly.

2. “I’ve done a lot of work to get where I’m at, but I have to keep working.” -Wiz Khalifa.

3. “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.” - Eminem.

4. “Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” - Rick Ross.

5. “Living life is a choice. Making a difference in someone else's isn't.” - Kid Cudi

6. “Take the first chance that you get, because you may never get another one.” - Lil Wayne.

7. “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.” - Biggie Smalls

8. “You might not have a car or a big gold chain, stay true to yourself and things will change.” - Snoop Dogg.

9. "The message I’m sending to myself — I can’t change the world until I change myself first." - Kendrik Lamar

10. “I'd shoot for the moon, but I'm too busy gazing at stars.” - Eminem.

Inspirational Rapper Quotes

Here are some rapper motivational quotes and the best rap lyrics to inspire you. These quotes can inspire people who need to move on after being left behind by friends.

11. “Damn right I like the life I live because I went from negative to positive.” - Biggie Smalls, 'Juicy'.

12. “Every day is a new opportunity to reach that goal.” - Rick Ross.

13. “You’ve got to always go back in time if you want to move forward.” - Snoop Dogg.

14. “I'm a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!” - Jay-Z.

15. “They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up, and go and think of better things.” - Mac Miller, 'Live Free'.

16. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!” - Jay-Z.

17. “It’s true that pain makes people change.” – Kid Cudi

18. “Good things come in good time.” - Wiz Khalifa.

19. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” - Jay-Z.

 20. “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” - Wale.

Famous Rappers' Quotes

The funniest rapper quotes are usually from the most famous rappers.

We’ve collected some futuristic rapper quotes and top rapper quotes for you from the most famous rappers around.

21. “You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.” - Nas.

22. “Well, hip hop is what makes the world go round.” - Snoop Dogg.

23. “Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music.”- Jay-Z.

24. “Yeah, but if you're not doing what everyone else is doing then you're going to be misunderstood. People are going to wonder why you're trying to be different; it's just a natural instinct.” -Kid Cudi.

25. “Forgive, but don't forget, girl, keep ya head up.” - Tupac Shakur, 'Keep Ya Head Up'.

26. “Life is too short to live the same day twice. So each new day make sure you live your life.”  - Machine Gun Kelly.

27. “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” - Kendrick Lamar.

28. “They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up and go and think of better things.” - Mac Miller, 'Live Free'.

29. “Negative energy that comes at you in some form is energy that can be turned around to defeat an opponent and lift you up.” - 50 Cent.

30. “Love your enemies and hate your friends, your enemies remain the same your friends always change.” -50 Cent.

31. “Keep on pushing the boundaries and reaching for higher heights.” - Sean Combs.

32. “Rap is something you do. Hip-hop is something you live.” - KRS-One.

33. “Only God can judge me, so I’m gone, either love me or leave me alone.” -Jay Z, 'Public Service Announcement'.

34. “Take advantage, do your best. Don’t stress, you was granted everything inside this planet. Anything you imagine, you possess.” – 'Blessed' by Kendrick Lamar

35. “Sometimes it’s hard to pick right from wrong. The best thing we can do is go with our heart, and hope it all goes well.” -  Mac Miller.

36. “We all get distracted, the question is, would you bounce back or bounce backwards?” – “Growing Apart (To Get Closer)” by Kendrick Lamar

37. “I know what my identity is.” - Travis Scott.

38. “The hardest thing for – not only an artist but for anybody to do is look themselves in the mirror and acknowledge, you know, their own flaws and fears and imperfections and put them out there in the open for people to relate to it.” - Kendrick Lamar

39. “The sky can fall down, the wind can cry now. The strong in me, I still smile. – “i " by Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Quotes About Life

Here are a few good rapper quotes and song quotes that you might love to read.

40. “The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done... you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do.” -  Lil Wayne.

41. “For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.” - Tupac Shakur.

42. “Hate is only a form love that hasn't found a way to express itself logically.” -  Lil Wayne.

43. "I believe that music is another form of news. Music is another form of journalism to me so I have to cover all the areas with my album." - Lil Wayne.

44. “I don't look for signs. But when things happen, I say, 'OK, something must be right.' Or 'OK, something must be wrong.'” - Lil Wayne.

45. "Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it's not compromised. It's blunt. It's raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words." - Nas

46 “You supposed to be able to do anything in this world. That's what Martin Luther King told me.” - Lil Wayne.

47. “You shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house and if you got a glass jaw, you should watch yo mouth: cause I'll break yo face.” - 50 Cent, 'Patiently Waiting'.

48. “I just always expect the best because I'm a competitor and if I'm competing, then obviously I'm trying to be better in everything.”  -Lil Wayne.

49. “What separates those who go under and those who rise above adversity is the strength of their will and their hunger for power.” - 50 Cent.

50. “How many people you bless is how you measure success” – Rick Ross.

51.“I believe that the energy you put out in the world, you get back.” – Jay-Z

52. “I have all these revelations as I'm writing. Each song is like a chapter of my diary.” - Kid Cudi.

53.“Some said ‘how’d you fly?’ I said from not being afraid of trying to fly” – Jay-Z

54. “Reality has its own power—you can turn your back on it, but it will find you in the end, and your inability to cope with it will be your ruin.” - 50 Cent.

Female Rapper Quotes

Here are some amazing curated quotes and lyrics by famous female rappers.

55. “To me, hip hop will never be right until female rappers have a stronger voice in it.” - Queen Latifah.

56. “Female rappers get it the hardest. You have to be a girl, yet you have to be just as hard as the guys. I think some female rappers get scared out of the business before they can make it.” - Nicki Minaj.

57. “I put everyone in my school on to Nicki Minaj before she blew up. I was obsessed with her and I was like, 'If she's the best female rapper then I've got to be better than her.'” - Angel Haze.

58. “Beauty might bring happiness, but happiness always brings beauty.” - Nicki Minaj.

59. “I want to see 10 female rappers getting regular rotation. It can't be all about a man's opinion." - Queen Latifah.

60. “If you want it, and the more you keep hearing you can't have it, you just go and get it.” - Cardi B.

61. “The women that inspire me, to be honest, are the women that struggle.” - Cardi B.

62. “I don't want my personality to overshadow my talent.” - Cardi B.

63. “Confidence literally starts from yourself. You have to go look in the mirror at yourself. If you don’t like what you see, you’re going to give off that energy.”  – Megan Thee Stallion.

64. “Once you really know yourself, can’t nobody tell you nothing about you.” – Megan Thee Stallion.

65. “I just want to be like a good example to somebody in the future.” – Megan Thee Stallion.

66. “Sometimes I'll be driving and a lyric will come into my head, and I will have to pull over and record it on my phone.” - Lil' Kim.

67. “I love reinventing my music and myself as well, and that's something my fans love about me.” - Lil' Kim.

68. “My love for the female hip hop movement has always been genuine.” - Lil' Kim.

69. "I want to make something commercial that people can pick up on." - Missy Elliot.

70. "No, because I don't want to hear what's hot and feel I have to copy it. I'll just make up my own thing." - Missy Elliot.

Eminem Quotes

Here are some of Eminem's best rap quotes, including some funny quotes from the musician.

71. “The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”

72. “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.”

73. “You’ve got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something.”

74. “Sometimes you just gotta let s*** go and say ‘to hell with it’ and move on.”

75. “You can make something of your life, it just depends on your drive.”

76. “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They're only powerful when you got your back turned.”

77. “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.”

78. “A lot of truth is said in jest.”

79. “Trust is hard to come by. That's why my circle is small and tight. I'm kind of funny about making new friends.” 

80. “I am whatever you say I am; if I wasn't, then why would you say I am.”

81. “I need drama in my life to keep making music.”

82. “Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I'll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I've written a whole song in an hour.”

83. “Anybody with a sense of humor is going to put on my album and laugh from beginning to end.” 

84. "It feels good to have your work respected again."

Drake Quotes

Here are some quotes and some of the best rap lines by Drake.

85. “Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.”

86. “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.”

87. “I feel that when you care about your music, taking risks is something you should do to keep things exciting.” 

88. “When it comes to knowing what to say, to charm, I always had it.”

89. “Ever since I left the city, you

You got exactly what you asked for

Running out of pages in your passport” - 'Hotline Bling'.

90. “I just have a thing in my brain that when I'm about to do something that's genuine or authentic, I think of it in song form. I'll be like, 'Yo, this is a human emotion that no one talks about.'” 

91. “My mother made me truly appreciate women.”

92. “When I think of myself, I think of Toronto. My music would never sound the way it does if it weren't for Toronto.”

93. “When you're on the road and moving city to city when someone isn't there at the end of the night, you feel empty.” 

94. “I feel that when you care about your music, taking risks is something you should do to keep things exciting.” 

95. “When people treat you like nothing, you begin to feel like nothing.”

96. “We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.”

97. “The worst feeling is feeling unwanted by the person you want the most.”

98. “One day you’re gonna remember me and how much I love you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.”

Travis Scott Quotes

Here is a collection of Travis Scott quotes from the famous rapper.

99. “I'm just here for good times, man. I want people to have the best time ever. Especially if they're around me.” 

100. “I don't need a stage to perform. We just need something to stand on.” 

101. “Money is something that keeps you alive and healthy and just keeps you focused. It's the drive. It's the passion.” 

102. “I'm big on diversity. My music is very diverse; I don't want it to ever be typecasted.” 

103. “I love my fans more than anything.”

104. “You can't buy vision, and you can't buy aesthetic.” 

105. “You've gotta really touch people to move them to buy your records.”

106. “Fans be reflecting the way I be making music.” 

107. “I consider myself an artist, which is, like, the most played term, but I believe it.” 

108. “Yes, money is important. But it's all about the creative process.” 

Motivational Rapper Quotes About Art, Life, and More.

Here are some of the most personal and motivational quotes about life, love, and more.

109. “Remember one thing Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out. Keep your head up, and handle it.” - Tupac

110. “Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.” – Tupac

111. “You gotta be able to smile through the bullshit.” – Tupac

112. “Everybody’s at war with different things, I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” – Tupac

113. “Forgive but don’t forget girl, keep ya head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing don’t believe him, and if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.” – Tupac

114. “My mama always used to tell me: if you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for.” – Tupac

115. “You see my tears, in the rain underneath it all, we’re just the same.” – Machine Gun Kelly

116. “Life is too short to live the same day twice. So each new day make sure you live your life.” – Machine Gun Kelly

117. "Cause whatever you love can be taken away, so live like it’s your dying day.” – Machine Gun Kelly

118. “Why do we try so hard to fit in, when we were born to stand out?” – Machine Gun Kelly

119. “If I woke up tomorrow and didn’t have a dolla, as long as I have my heart, I can get it all over.” – Wale

120. “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” – Wale

121. “Ice melts into rain, love turns into pain. Here I go again, falling in love again.” – Wale

123. “Rather lose love than to move on never knowing what it felt like.” – Wale

124. “I like the person that you are, but I’m in love with the person that you have potential to be.” – Wale

125. “Ambitious girl, you just wanna win and you’d rather chase your dreams, then to try chase these men that try to chase these skirts, that try to chase these shots with flavors that ain’t even as sweet as her.” – Wale

126.“Only two things can get you through this: that’s patience and persistence.” – Jay-Z

127.“Told me don’t wait on nobody, go get your own, so it’s me, myself, and my Microphone.” – Jay-Z

128.“A wise man once told me luck isn’t some mystical energy that dances around the universe randomly bestowing people with satisfaction and joy, you create your own luck.” – Jay-Z, Law Of Attraction

129.“Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

130. “No matter where life takes me. Find me with a smile.” – Mac Miller

131. “They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up and go and think of better things.” – Mac Miller

132. “Sometimes it’s hard to pick right from wrong. The best thing we can do is go with our heart, and hope it all goes well.” – Mac Miller

133. “Something ’bout the pain makes me want more… done a lot of drugs, never felt like this before.” – Mac Miller

134. “Kept breaking promises you said you would keep, so you can leave a message at the beep.” – Mac Miller

135. “If you’re scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers.” – Nas

136. “You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.” – Nas

137. “Everything will eventually come to an end. So try to savor the moments, cuz time flies, don’t it? The beauty of life is to make it last for the better. Cuz nothing lasts forever.” – Nas

138. “Trust your own judgement, live with it and love it.” – Nas

139. “What do you base your happiness around? Material, women, and large paper? That means you’re inferior, not major.” – Nas

140. “Living life is a choice. Making a difference in someone else’s isn’t.” – Kid Cudi

141. “I’m on the pursuit of happiness. I know everything that shines ain’t always gold. I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good.” – Kid Cudi

142. “People say that bad memories cause the most pain, but it’s actually the good ones that drive you insane.” – Kid Cudi

143. “If you can’t do what you imagine, then what is imagination to you?” – Kid Cudi

144. “The sooner you realize things will never be the same, the sooner you can move on.” – Kid Cudi

145. “My life, my choices, my mistakes, my lessons, not your business.” – Kid Cudi

146. “Never apologize for what you feel. It’s like apologizing for being real.” – Lil Wayne

147. “Take the first chance that you get, because you may never get another one.” – Lil Wayne

148. “They say love is the key. Somebody changed the lock.” – Lil Wayne

149. “Women are the most beautiful yet difficult beings known to man.” – Lil Wayne

150. “Love me or hate me, I stay hate free. They say we learn from mistakes well that’s why they mistake me.” – Lil Wayne

151. “If you don’t love me somebody else will.” – Lil Wayne

152. “Damn right I like the life I live, cause I went from negative to positive.” – Biggie Smalls

153. “We can’t change the world until we change ourselves.” – Biggie Smalls

154. . “If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart.” – Biggie Smalls

155. “Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis. When I was dead broke man I couldn’t picture this.” – Biggie Smalls

156. “Stop lookin’ at what you ain’t got, and start being thankful for what you do got.” – T.I

157. “Some of y’all are not where you want to be in life. Yet you party every weekend. What exactly are you celebrating?” – T.I

158. “God will take you through hell, just to get to heaven.” – T.I

159. “Never mind what hater’s say, ignore ’em till they fade away.” – T.I

160. “I’m going to always rise above the doubt that may exist about me.” – T.I

161. “Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” – Rick Ross

162. “Regardless of how it goes down, life goes on.” – Rick Ross

163. “How many people you bless, is how you measure success.” – Rick Ross

164. “Everyday is a new opportunity to reach that goal.” – Rick Ross

165.“Shoutout to my haters, sorry that you couldn’t phase me.” – Nicki Minaj

166. “You don’t have to feel the need to put somebody down to make yourself feel better.” – Nicki Minaj

167.“Take me or leave me I’ll never be perfect… believe me, I’m worth it.” – Nicki Minaj

168.“You gotta be a beast, that’s the only way they’ll respect you.” – Nicki Minaj

169. “Remind yourself, nobody’s built like you. You design yourself.” – Jay Z

170. “Only God can judge me, so I’m gone, either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay Z

171. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are. While your reputation is what others merely think you are.” – Jay Z

172. “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good. But once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s bad forever.” – Jay Z

173. “Don’t let the sadness from the past and the fear of the future ruin the happiness of the present.” – Wiz Khalifa

174. “Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” – Wiz Khalifa

175. “Good things come in good time.” – Wiz Khalifa

176. “A man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been born and raised in the arms of a queen.” – Wiz Khalifa

177. “You don’t need too many people to be happy. Just a few real ones who appreciate you for who you are.” – Wiz Khalifa

178. “Funny how the love be fake, but I ain’t stressing. Thankful for the love that’s genuine, appreciate the blessing.” – Busta Rhymes

179. “My making it is a combination of grinding, grinding, grinding, and being lucky enough to finally get a shot.” – Busta Rhymes

180. “Everyone has an addiction. Mine happens to be you.” – Andre 3000

181. “Asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had, I pray so much about it, need some knee pads. It happened for a reason, one can’t be mad.” – Andre 3000

182. “I love who you are, I love who you ain’t.” – Andre 3000

183. “Sunny days wouldn’t be so special, if it wasn’t for rain. Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain.” – 50 Cent

184. “I’ll be your best friend, if you promise you’ll be mine.” – 50 Cent

185. “I’m the type to swallow my blood before I swallow my pride.” – 50 Cent

186. “I love you like a fat kid loves cake.” – 50 Cent

187.“There’s nothing more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through tears.” – Nicki Minaj

188.“They say you put the right artist with the right track in the studio, leave the door cracked, and let God in.” – Jay-Z

189.“True confidence leaves no room for jealousy. When you know you are great, you have no need to hate.” – Nicki Minaj

190.“If a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it.”– Kendrick Lamar

191.“You have to find your genius level talent, and then to apply it in a way that supports that genius level talent.” – Jay-Z

192. “You’ve got to always go back in time if you want to move forward.” – Snoop Dogg

193. “Sometimes if you’re lucky, someone comes into your life who’ll take up a place in your heart that no one else can fill.” – Snoop Dogg

194. “Well, hip hop is what makes the world go round.” – Snoop Dogg

195. “Sorry it had to end this way but uh, it is what it is.” – Snoop Dogg

196. “You might not have a car or big gold chain, stay true to yourself and things will change.” – Snoop Dogg

197. “The art of rap is deceptive. It seems so straightforward and personal and real that people read it completely literally, as raw testimony or autobiography.” - Jay-Z

198. “A poet’s mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.” - Jay-Z

199. “I’ve been hated by many, wanted by plenty, disliked by some, but confronted by none.” - Drake

200. “Life without knowledge is death in disguise.” - Talib Kweli

201. “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” - Nas

202. “When the devil wants to dance with you, you better say never, because the dance with the devil might last you forever.” - Immortal Technique

203. “I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard.” - Tupac Shakur

204. “Surround yourself with love, not friends.” - Lil Wayne

205. “Hip-hop is what makes the world go around.” - Snoop Dogg

206. “Rap was always a pipe dream for me, but rap was all I had. Because really, what was I going to do with my life? I had a young daughter. Kim and I were always either getting evicted or our house was getting shot up or robbed.” - Eminem

207. “I’m gonna show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully they’ll stop it quick.” - Tupac Shakur

208. “I would have so many friends if I help back the truth and just gave out compliments.” - Drake

209. “99 Problems is almost a deliberate provocation to simpleminded listeners.” - Jay-Z

210. “My lyrics aren’t offensive. Some people find everything offensive.” - Tyler, the Creator

211. “Fear not of men because men must die. Mind over matter and soul before flesh.” - Mos Def

212. “One minute you’re an amateur, knowing nothing, not even the basics. The next you can put pen to paper, write a song, and create art in such little time! It’s crazy beautiful.” - Scott McGoldrick

213. “You might win some, but you just lost one.” - Lauryn Hill

214. “Let the music diffuse all the tension.” - Nas

215. “Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” - Doug E. Fresh

216. “The writing process, the way I go about it is I do whatever the beat feels like, whatever the beat is telling me to do. Usually when the beat comes on, I think of a hook or the subject I want to rap about almost instantly. Within four, eight bars of it playing I’m just like, ‘Oh, OK. This is what I wanna do’.” - Eminem

217.“A wise man once told me don’t argue with fools, because from a distance you can’t tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

218.“So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

219.“We all have the same fear, the fear of failure. We all have the fear of failure…as someone successful the weight of all that you’ve done is on you.” - No Hustling Backwards, Jay-Z

220. “Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places. You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap.” - Eminem

221. “Hip-hop saved my life, man. It’s the only thing I’ve ever been even decent at. I don’t know how to do anything else.”- Eminem

222. “I think music should be free. I think all communication should be free. I think people should respect artists, and there should be a certain respect for artists who give their music away for free.” - KRS-One

223.“I am not a word, I am not a line, I am not a girl that can ever be defined.” – Nicki Minaj

224. “In the future, hip-hop is going to be called American folklore.” - KRS-One

225. “Usually, when I’m rappin’, I’m creating a big story or a concept song that sounds like a movie to me.” - Tyler, The Creator

226. “Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour.” - Eminem

227. “My family has never been there for me. They expect things because we’re blood.”- Eminem

228. “When you seek to do something, if you don’t know the whole game plan, you’re usually going to work against yourself.” - KRS-One

229. “I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.” - Eminem

230. “I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore. I see myself as a rapper.” – Nicki Minaj

231. “Dealing with backstabbers, there was one thing I learned. They’re only powerful when you got your back turned.”
Eminem

232.“Don’t chase the boys. Don’t depend on anybody. Do your thing.” – Nicki Minaj

233.“I couldn’t even think about wanting to be something else: I wouldn’t let myself visualize another life. But I wrote because I couldn’t stop. It was a release, a mental exercise, a way of keeping sane.” – Jay-Z

234.“The responsibility is to keep pushing it forward, and not relying on the same old gimmicks. You have to push it forward.” – Jay-Z

235."I’m giggling, can’t let the devil have the last laugh/Ain’t no more beefing, I’m just keeping to myselfI’m my own competition, I’m competing with myself." - Best Life, Cardi B

236. “I want to solidify as an artist and show that as I grow as a person and make mistakes and learn from them, I’m going to grow artistically.” - Eminem

237.“Do things that are true to you. Most things that I’m involved with is being creative and things that I like. Get involved with things that you love and be sure to have a standard and integrity with what you’re doing.” – Jay-Z

238. “Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can’t get it out, I start feeling bad about myself – a lot of self-loathing.” - Eminem

239. “I am who I am and I say what I think. I’m not putting a face on for the record.” - Eminem

240.“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people… if they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand.” – Kendrick Lamar

241. “Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.” - Eminem

242. “I say what I want to say and do what I want to do. There’s no in-between. People will either love you for it or hate you for it.” - Eminem

243. Hate reveals itself for what it really is – evil! It cannot see clearly, so it exposes itself at every turn, and those that truly love can see it.” - KRS-One

244. “I honestly now know that I’m the physical embodiment of hip-hop on earth. That’s my only purpose here on earth is to keep the culture together long enough for it to remain everything that we thought it could be when I was coming up.” - KRS-One

245. “It creeps me out sometimes to think of the person I was. I was a terrible person. I was mean to people.” - Eminem

246.““Once I accomplish one thing and I’m satisfied, I try something else. I may be 50 and doing something totally outside of music and acting. Maybe I’ll become a kindergarten teacher.” Kid Cudi

247. “When you’re not attached to anything, nothing can harm you. When people become attached, they can be harmed. I know this, so I don’t attach myself to anything, really.” - KRS-One

248. “There is no forgiveness, justice, or healing on any level when hate is involved.” - KRS-One

249. “Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.” - Eminem

250.“'Cause I seize them in stride
Tell them winnin' never gave me in then
And when I eternally have faith” - 'By Design', Kid Cudi

251.“This is a dream come true
Finding the perfect words to sing to you
Here in my dreams” - In My Dreams, Kid Cudi

252. “The thing about hip-hop is that it’s from the underground, ideas from the underbelly, from people who have mostly been locked out, who have not been recognized.” - Russell Simmons

253. “Rap is a gimmick, but I’m for the hip-hop, the culture.” - Method Man

254. “Music is the universal language.” - Swizz Beatz

255. “Stop, collaborate and listen.” - Vanilla Ice

256. “I’ve never had a dream in my life,
Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven’t pursued.
I knew what I wanted, and did it till it was done.
So I’ve been the dream I wanted to be since Day One.” - A$AP Rocky

257. “Everybody looking at you crazy,
What you gon’ do?
Lift up your head and keep moving,
Or let the paranoia haunt you? - Kendrick Lamar

258. “If I had interesting things to say, I would have been a speechwriter. I think it gets to musicians’ heads a lot of the time. Just because people like your records doesn’t mean what you have to say is going to be interesting.” - A$AP Rocky

259. “Get rich or die trying.” - 50 Cent

260. “The thing that makes me different from any other rapper is that I usually talk real crazy in my songs.” - Lil Uzi Vert

261. “You know it’s going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.” - Charles Barkley

262. “Biggie was the King Of New York as a rapper. There’s a lot more dangerous guys than Biggie Smalls out there, you know what I’m saying? John Gotti was way closer to King Of New York than him.” - Jay-Z

263. “Hip-hop is bigger than the South; hip-hop is bigger than New York.” - Nas

264. “I always viewed myself as kind of hip-hop’s outcast, or hip-hop’s stepson.” - Joe Budden

265. “I’m hyperactive, and I went in the studio and I would just start making records, for no reason.” - Sean Combs

266.Everytime, the moon shines I become alive, yeah - Alive, Kid Cudi

267. “You realize, one day, it’s not about you. It’s the perceptions people had long before you even walked onto the scene. The joke’s on them because they’re really just fighting phantoms of their own creation.” - Jay-Z

268. “Hip hop in my veins, if you cut me I will bleed.” - Nathan Feuerstein

269. “If I had a dollar for every time I couldn’t sleep, I could buy a billion locks and finally read a book in peace.” - A$AP Rocky

270. “This twisted cat and mouse game always starts the same. First we’re both down to play and somehow you go astray.” - Iggy Azalea

271. “If you believe that I’m a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut.” - Ice-T

272. “That’s unevenly rendered to those who grew up thinking faith was a surrender of reason but not a reason to surrender.” - A$AP Rocky

273. “I’m just tryin to be somebody I can talk to in the morning with a smile.” - A$AP Rocky

274. “You know the type: loud as a motorbike but wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight.” - Jay-Z

275.“I’m here to break boundaries, man. That’s all. I’m here to be the first so that the people after me don’t have to think twice about expressing themselves and being free.”- A$AP Rocky

276. “You could name practically any problem in the hood and there’d be a rap song for you.” - Jay-Z

277. “You know, fame is a funny thing. Especially actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it’s kind of a lifestyle and it’s easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone’s doing a certain thing… It’s tough.” - Eminem

278. “It’s a beautiful thing, to my people who keep an impressive wingspan, even when the cubicle shrink.” - A$AP Rocky

279."Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle." - Nas

280. “That became the signature Ice-T style – rhymes that were “topical” and “vividly optical.” To me it was street-level journalism, real-life observations told in poetry. That’s the vision I tried to bring to all my recordings.” - Ice-T

281. “The older I get, the less I care about what’s cool. I realize I’m old and weird.” - A$AP Rocky

282. “Cuz even a gangsta rapper can find redemption. For the sins committed before revelation.” - Carlos Salinas

283. “Sleep and sleep well; sleep with a sacred array of fevers, wake as a pertinent version of a pipe dreamer.” - A$AP Rocky

284. “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none." - Snoop Dogg

285. “The only good thing about the 1980s was that they invented rap, but rap didn’t get good until 1992, so what does that say about the 1980s.” - Drew

286. “There is admittedly an incredible mystique to meddling in the reason a city won’t sleep.” - A$AP Rocky

287. “I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done.” - Sean Combs

288. Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I’m sure. And if you fall, stand tall and come back for more. – Tupac

289. "Look inside my eyes and tell me you see a warrior." – Kendrick Lamar

290. "Every day women and men become legends." – Comon’Glory

291. "Be who you are and let everyone love that person." – Wiz Khalifa

292. "Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up." – Tupac

293. "And if at first you don’t succeed,  then dust yourself off and try again." – Aliyah

294. "Luck is just bein’ prepared all the time, so when the door opens, you’re ready." – Nipsey Hussle

295. "Sky is the limit and you know that you can have. What you want, be what you want." – Biggie Smalls

296. "You gotta dream like you never got obstacles." – J.Cole

297. "I mean, the family is important more than anything in life. Family is important than my crew, D- block, my rap career, or anything. It is the most important part of anyone’s life." – Suga

298. "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile." – Mac Miller

299. "From the outside looking in, it seems I am fine. But they don’t know the shit about the everyday grind." – Mac Miller

300. "Tables turn, bridges burn, You live you learn." – Drake

301. "Sometimes I wonder if love is worth fighting for. And then I remember your face and I’m ready for the war." –Wiz Khalifa

302.“Man gave us laws, and God gave us time, it’s the art of storytelling and I’m only telling mine.” - A$AP Rocky

303. "Life is a beach; I am just playing in the sand." –Lil Wayne

304. What is love? In math, it’s a problem. In history, it’s a battle. In science, it’s a reaction. But in my heart, it’s you. –Tyga

305.“I just enjoy life now. I just enjoy every morning I get to wake up.” - Nas

306. “I go somewhere I haven’t been and just watch people and colors. That’s my inspiration.” – Kim Namjoon

307. "Memories take us back; dreams take us forward." – Nicki Minaj

308. “Hip hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.” – Doug E. Fresh

309. “But being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man.” - Cardi B.

310. “You just learn as time passes.” - Cardi B.

311. “Remain humble but stay hungry.” - Cardi B.

312. “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” – Wale

313. “Never become so involved with something that it blinds you. Never forget where you are from; someone will remind you.” – DMX

314. “Next time you see a brother down, stop and pick him up, ‘cause you might be the next one stuck.” – Grand Puba

315. “Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.” – Kim Namjoon

316. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” – Jay-Z

317. “The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So I’d rather die for a cause than live a life that is worthless.” – Immortal Technique

318. “You’ve got to realize that the world’s a test. You can only do your best and let Him do the rest. You’ve got your life and got your health. So quit procrastinating and push it yourself.” – Cee-Lo

319. “When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” – Dr. Dre

320. “When the devil wants to dance with you, you better say never, because the dance with the devil might last you forever.” – Immortal Technique

321. “Keep on pushing the boundaries and reaching for higher heights.” – Sean Combs

322. “Can’t be starting all these problems if you cannot solve them.” - Cardi B.

323. “Negative energy that comes at you in some form is energy that can be turned around to defeat an opponent and lift you up.” – Curtis Jackson 

324. “Popularity is a bubble. It’s a mountain: you can go up really hard but walk down really fast.” – Kim Namjoon

325. “Jump regardless of the consequence, ‘cause even on the night of the apocalypse, everybody’s an optimist.” – Tonedeff

326. “Me: unbothered, moisturized, in my lane, well-hydrated, flourishing.” - Cardi B.

327. “Without order, nothing exists. Without chaos, nothing evolves.”–Jedi Mind Tricks, Heavy Metal Kings

328. “I feel beautiful without makeup on, but when I do put makeup on, it just gives me this extra pop.” - Cardi B.

329. “I’m always afraid of making mistakes. I think I was born with that.” – Kim Namjoon

330. "Never ever let somebody stop you or shame you from being yourself." - Lizzo

331. "I don't want to hear what's hot and feel I have to copy it. I'll just make up my own thing." - Missy Elliot

332. "I love reinventing my music and myself as well, and that's something my fans love about me.” - Lil' Kim

333. "Give your growth time ― it took me 10 years and I’m still not 100% there." - Lizzo

334. “We’re on some path that’s set since we’re born, but I still believe we can change some things. So I believe in my faith, but I still don’t believe in my fate.” – Kim Namjoon

335. "To me, hip hop will never be right until female rappers have a stronger voice in it." - Queen Latifah

336. "I always say, 'Hip-hop takes me everywhere.' It's crazy when I step on stage, and people might not speak much English, but they know every word of your songs. It's kind of freaky, but it's really cool." - Eve 

337. "I grew up listening and looking up at these people and laughing at Carol Burnett and singing James Taylor songs. And the same with Smokey Robinson. So they were such a huge influence as a child that to actually sit alongside them and perform on the same bill was an amazing experience for me." - MC Lyte

338. "Hip-Hop isn't just music, it is also a spiritual movement of the blacks! You can't just call Hip-Hop a trend!" - Lauryn Hill 

339. “To me, music is art and fashion is art, but fame? Fame isn’t art, but the person you become when you’re famous – your alter ego – that’s art.” - Cardi B.

340. "I believe there are talented female rappers out there that aren't one-dimensional. It's OK to be one-dimensional, by the way." - Doja Cat 

341. “No one s going to save you from yourself no one is going to want you if you cry for help” – Doja Cat

342. “If your only intent is to be seen, you’ll never be seen. If your intent is to be happy, comfortable, genuine, and true in craft, you’re destined to be noticed.”– Doja Cat

343. “Truth is, I love everyone that is a good person regardless of what they look like, walk like, or who they love”– Doja Cat

344. “We should all learn from our experiences, but I don’t think hatred is the best way to deal with ignorance. ”– Doja Cat

345. “Leave all that drama out the door, that shit can wait”– Doja Cat

346. “My mom was a painter and loves to sing behind closed doors.”– Doja Cat

347. “At this point, I just do whatever...I want, to my detriment. ” – Doja Cat

348. "Guys pit female rappers against each other because female rappers - if you haven't noticed of late - are a lot more interesting than guys." - Angel Haze

349. “Hold my hoops, knock it out cold, all these hands tied I fight for the cause, and tight with ya broad ”– Doja Cat

350. “Don’t fall for fake people. They’re often disguised as people close to you.”― Big Lez

351. It’s only human to express the way you really feel, but that same humanity is my Achilles’ heel. A leopard can’t change his spots and never will; So I’m forever ill, now I can never chill. – Black Thought

352. When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap. -Eminem

353. I’m also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. – Azealia Banks

354. No one can identify the uninformed until they voice their ignorance about a topic. Silence is a fool’s best friend. Sadly, he is often too foolish to realize it. – Carlos Wallace

355. “People will love you and support you when it’s beneficial.”– 'Pills and Potions' Nicki Minaj

356. Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. – Jay-Z

357. “I guess passion keeps me going”– Doja Cat

358. "I have over a hundred wigs, I like to change them damn near every hour." - Megan Thee Stallion

359. "My girlfriend is rap. Music and albums and records and my kids." – Mystikal

360. "It’s bad poetry executed by people that can’t sing. That’s my definition of Rap." – Peter Steele

361. “Pay attention to whom your energy increases and decreases around. That’s the universe giving you a hint of who you should embrace and who you should keep away from.” – Diddy

362. “I can see you’re sad even when you smile, even when you laugh I can see it in your eyes.”–Eminem, Mockingbird

363. “Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel.” – 'All Things Go', Nicki Minaj

364."My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely." - Nas

365. “No law’s gonna change us, we have to change us.” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 'Same Love'

366. “Only make moves when your heart's in it
And live the phrase, "Sky's The Limit" - 'Sky's The Limit', Biggie Smalls

367. “Some seek fame cause they need validation,
Some say hating is confused admiration.” – Nas, 'Stay'

368. “Take a stand and command to demand what’s grand 
I know we can if we just understand.” – Big Daddy Kane

369. “If I woke up tomorrow and didn’t have a dollar, as long as I have my heart, I can get it all over.” – Wale

370. “We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still.” – J. Cole

371. “I got two choices when I do this, make moves or make excuses.”  -Andy Mineo

372. “I know the difference in blessings and worldly possessions.”  -Chance the Rapper

373. “And if at first you don’t succeed…
…then dust yourself off and try again.” – Aaliyah

374. “Keep integrity at every cost.” – Nas

375. “To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is.” – J. Cole

376. “People look at you and say you changed, as if you worked that hard to stay the same.” – Jay Z

377. “I can make your Mondays even better like the weekend.”— Travis Scott

378. “It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success.” – J. Cole

379. “I’ma do my thing until the day the reaper come for me. You can keep on grillin’, I’ma smile back.” – Mac Miller

380. “Can’t forget that I’m golden, can’t forget where I’m going.” – A$AP Rocky

381. “I cannot see heaven being much better than this.” – Drake

382. “I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it’s like feathers.” – Lil Wayne

383. “I don’t dance now, I make money moves.” – Cardi B

384. “I’m my own competition, I’m competing with myself.” – Cardi B

385. “I be there for you, I will care for you.” – Drake

386. “Rather lose love than to move on never knowing what it felt like.” – Wale

387. “I been laughed at, hated on, no one would even play my songs. Wouldn’t even listen to anything that my name was on.” – Mac Miller

388. “I been laughed at, hated on, no one would even play my songs. Wouldn’t even listen to anything that my name was on.” – Mac Miller

389. “I wanna tell the world about you just so they can get jealous
And if you see her ‘fore I do tell her I wish that I met her.”— Future

390. “I don’t make songs for free, I make ’em for freedom.” – Chance The Rapper

391. “Doing it your own way, not having to go exactly by the book to be successful.” – Ice Cube

392. “This is my work ethic: I do not want to raise my future kids where I was raised, and I know the only way to do it is working, working, working, working, working.” - Cardi B.

393. “How you look so perfect on your worst days?” — A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, “Swervin”

394. “They see pictures, they say goals. I’m who they trying to be.” — Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”

395. “You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer.” — Nicki Minaj, “Monster”

396. “"I'm just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better." - Nas

397. “Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.” – Iggy Azalea

398. “My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what’s me." - Nas

399. “Listen to your own heart. Don’t worry about what other people say. At the end of the day, it’s about what you believe.”- Joey Bada$$

400. “If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection.” – Lecrae

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