Top Hip Hop Quotes

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1. "House, rap, R&B, disco rock, they are all part of hip-hop culture. Why you ain't playing Kraftwerk along with Jay-Z? That's hip-hop."
Author: Afrika Bambaataa
2. "People get caught up in worshipping certain rappers, or they try to demonise hip hop by looking at what certain rappers are doin' in their lives."
Author: Afrika Bambaataa
3. "Hip-hop don't have no fresh energy, none at all. It's money driven, everybody tryin' to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums any more."
Author: Andre Benjamin
4. "Nothing, in truth, can ever replace a lost companion. Old comrades cannot be manufactured. There is nothing that can equal the treasure of so many shared memories, so many bad times endured together, so many quarrels, reconciliations, heartfelt impulses. Friendships like that cannot be reconstructed. If you plant an oak, you will hope in vain to sit soon under its shade.For such is life. We grow rich as we plant through the early years, but then come the years when time undoes our work and cuts down our trees. One by one our comrades deprive us of their shade, and within our mourning we always feel now the secret grief of growing old.If I search among my memories for those whose taste is lasting, if I write the balance sheet of the moments that truly counted, I surely find those that no fortune could have bought me. You cannot buy the friendship of a companion bound to you forever by ordeals endured together."
Author: Antoine De Saint Exupéry
5. "Here's Kanye, the great musical genius of his generation in hip hop, but, like, society really can't even deal with him because he's always saying something that people go, 'Oh, I can't believe Kanye said that. I can't believe he did that.'"
Author: Ben Horowitz
6. "When I was CEO, and I'd listen to music, a lot of people listen to music and you get inspiration from it. And a lot of things in hip hop are very instructive for being in business. Particularly, hip hop is a lot about business, and so it was very useful for me in any job."
Author: Ben Horowitz
7. "Here's the thing... when people start making music, they start borrowing styles from other people, because that's what you do. You start by recreating hip-hop beats you've heard from other people, or you start mimicking other people, or you're just listening to stuff."
Author: Benny Blanco
8. "I come from a young, hip-hop, urban world."
Author: Brandon T. Jackson
9. "I grew up around hip-hop so I didn't think it was about being cool or being black or being white or whatever."
Author: Chad Hugo
10. "Be spiritually independent enough that your relationship with the Savior doesn't depend on your circumstances or on what other people say and do. Have the spiritual independence to be a Mormon--the best Mormon you can--in your own way. Not the bishop's way. Not the Relief Society president's way. Your way."
Author: Chieko N. Okazaki
11. "Study nothing except in the knowledge that you already knew it. Worship nothing except in adoration of your true self. And fear nothing except in the certainty that you are your enemy's begetter and its only hope of healing."
Author: Clive Barker
12. "The Sufi saint Rabi'a Al-Adawiyya was seen carrying a firebrand and a jug of water - the firebrand to burn Paradise, the jug of water to drown Hell...So that both veils disappear, and God's followers worship, not out of hope for reward, nor fear of punishment, but out of love."
Author: Craig Thompson
13. "I have pretty ecumenical tastes. I'm interested in a lot of different kinds of music, so I don't listen with a jaundiced ear to music because it's in a certain category, whether it's country or opera or hip-hop or bebop or whatever it is."
Author: David Sanborn
14. "I can take any series of numbers and turn it into music, from Bach to bebop, Herbie Hancock to hip-hop."
Author: Donald Byrd
15. "I need you to do more than survive. As writers, as revolutionaries, tell the truth, your truth in your own way. Do not buy into their system of censorship, imagining that if you drop this character or hide that emotion, you can slide through their blockades. Do not eat your heart out in the hope of pleasing them. "
Author: Dorothy Allison
16. "I always say, 'Man, the Creator is preparing me for something. He's keeping the sun on me for some reason. He's keeping me aligned with that generation.' Because I genuinely love people, I love hip-hop, and I love using it as a tool to communicate and to create a better vibration. Life is short. I guess I'm lined up for a reason."
Author: Doug E. Fresh
17. "Word … I like this hip-hop! You got more of it?" "Yeah, Doggystyle comes out soon and I'll send it to you." When I got Doggystyle, my dad took it away. "What is this stuff? These dogs are having sex on the back! Who is this Doggy Dog?"
Author: Eddie Huang
18. "I have no word of yours to assure me that our brief friendship held for you the same significance it held for me, but I must go on believing so. Every hope of the future is meaningless unless I have faith that you and I will share it together."
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
19. "I do after-school ballet and also hip-hop and jazz."
Author: Elle Fanning
20. "In reply to the argument that a little socialism is good so long as it doesn't go too far. It is tempting to say that, in like fashion, just a little bit of theft or a little bit of cancer is alright, too! History proves that the growth of the welfare state is difficult to check before it comes to it's full flower of dictatorship. But let us hope that this time around, the trend can be reversed. If not then we will see the inevitability of complete socialism, probably within our lifetime."
Author: Ezra Taft Benson
21. "Someone put opera on, someone changed it to hip hop, thank God. Someone started a shower, someone vacuumed again. Life in all it's mundane majesty and you couldn't take advantage of it if you were sitting on your ass in the shadows whether it was actually or metaphorically because you were trapped in an attic's darkness."
Author: J.R. Ward
22. "I had danced with Janet Jackson and P. Diddy so I had done a bunch of hip hop. Really and truly my roots are in modern and ballet but, professionally, that's not really out there any more, unfortunately, so these artists aren't really having a lot of ballet dancers behind them so I had to learn hip hop really quick."
Author: Jenna Dewan
23. "No." I backed up, running my hands along my hips. "You told me to not give up on Seth. And now you want me to?""I don't want you to give up on him," he said, voice taking on a pleading edge. "There's still hope for him, but only if you can truly reach him. And being the head of Seth's fan club isn't going to do it."I laughed then. "That was so you when you were... you know, around. You totally had a boy crush on him."
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
24. "I am a hip-hop artist, as you probably know. My hip-hop name is Big Smalls."
Author: Jo Brand
25. "Hip-hop in Africa has been very often a duplication of an American experience, but in a context that's totally alien to it."
Author: K'naan
26. "The Bronx is famous for two things. Hip-hop, and 26 world championships."
Author: Kurtis Blow
27. "I'm trying to open up my range and really sing more. With The Fugees initially, and even with 'Miseducation,' it was very hip-hop - always a singing over beats. I don't think people have really heard me sing out. So if I do record again, perhaps it will have an expanded context. Where people can hear a bit more."
Author: Lauryn Hill
28. "I thought listening to hip-hop would help distract me from the scumbagginess of my task, but after "99 problems" and "Heartless" I flung my iPod away."
Author: M. Pierce
29. "I love the sounds of Latin jazz, R&B, hip-hop, alternative, all that stuff. I'm a radio kid."
Author: Mario Vazquez
30. "The world that I come from is the world of raves, hip-hop clubs, and rock and roll."
Author: Matisyahu
31. "I make soul music for hip-hop heads. It's music I'd want to sample if I were a rapper."
Author: Mayer Hawthorne
32. "Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the hip-hop, the culture."
Author: Method Man
33. "The effect hip-hop had on me was enormous. I was exposed to it by happenstance. My father worked at a radio station in New York called WKTU Disco 92. It was the first radio station in New York City to play disco in the late '70s."
Author: Michael Rapaport
34. "Being No. 1. It's talked about all of the time in hip-hop. 'I'm still No. 1! I'm the best! I'm the greatest of all time!' It's the same mentality in sports."
Author: Michael Rapaport
35. "Hip-hop is a cultural expression - it's embracing."
Author: Nikki Giovanni
36. "I was cleaning out the pigsty at a farm in Wales, where my mother had rented a room, when the results of my final school exam were handed to me by the postman, along with the news that I had a state scholarship to Oxford. I had waited for this letter for so many weeks that I had abandoned hope, deciding that I had failed ignominiously."
Author: Nina Bawden
37. "I enjoy listening to contemporary rock on the college stations while I'm taking long walks, love gospel and soul music, am fascinated by hip-hop and rap as the new kind of urban 'beat' poetry and, come to think of it, find something interesting about just any kind of music."
Author: Oscar Hijuelos
38. "My view on issues is based on common sense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop."
Author: Pauline Hanson
39. "I grew up around salsa, merengue, bachata, bass music, freestyle, hip-hop, techno, house, rave."
Author: Pitbull
40. "Our route had now obviously been completely blotted out and here I reckoned less of our chances of survival. We're like a voyage ship veered off course by a ruthless storm now left with no radar or compass. Ours is a sorry tale of an unpredictable adventure. One moment it seem like we're going home to mama's warm embrace and tears of joy, the next moment we feel helplessly immersed in the blackness of hopelessness." - Dami K."
Author: Ray Anyasi
41. "The blues echoes right through into soul, R&B and hip hop. It's part of the make-up of modern music. You can't turn your back on the blues."
Author: Ronnie Wood
42. "Your best work involves timing. If someone wrote the best hip hop song of all time in the Middle Ages, he had bad timing."
Author: Scott Adams
43. "Let me tell you a story, Alix. This ship…the Talia? It's named after my father's older sister. She killed herself when she was fourteen because she couldn't stand living the horror of her life for another day. With her death she both condemned and freed my father from his monster of a father. I never knew the pain of her life or his. But I named this ship after her to remind me of all the children out there like her and Omari…the children out there like your sister who are silent in their pain. They have no voice and no hope. But I hear them. Every time I think of my parents. Every time I see Omari, I hear the sobs that are kept inside for fear of it making their lives worse, and I will not stand by and see your sister torn apart by an animal. You help me nail him and I swear to you, I will lay Merjack down at your feet and hold him there while you take your revenge. (Devyn)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
44. "Flip-flop, hippety-hop, offa your rocker and over the top, life's a fiction and the world's a lie, so put on some Creedence and let's get high."
Author: Stephen King
45. "Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is."
Author: Talib Kweli
46. "When those who are responsible for the leadership of State begin to move in villainous ways; when they begin to destroy the fabric of what it is that our nation is held together with; when they violate the Constitution of our nation and begin to do things that are false to our dreams and our hopes--it is incumbent upon every citizen by right, but also by responsibility, to challenge that administration, to raise their voice in vigorous dissent and to challenge the way in which the state is doing business. And those who fail to do that, should be charged with patriotic treason!"
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
47. "Once day when the final trumpet sounds and my life is over...It won't matter anymore if I Rich or Poor, Democratic or Republican, Catholic or Protestant. What will mater will be my spiritual relationship with God and out of love & reverence for him that I did all I could to help those in need and in despair. Bringing HOPE to the HOPELESS is the Greatest Badge I can Ever Wear!"
Author: Timothy Pina
48. "A lot of underground hip-hop will inspire me as far as rhyme patterns - really wordy, intelligent lyrics."
Author: Travie McCoy
49. "Hip-hop deals with bragging and braggadocio, being boastful. It's always been about who's got the most money."
Author: Two Chainz
50. "I think hip-hop is really fun right now... and that's why people are using dance beats and singing more."
Author: Wiz Khalifa

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