Hiphop Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hiphop quotes, hiphop sayings, and hiphop proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is not enough high intellect to be catered to and when most people think of Hiphop they think of low intellect.     

Slick Rick

As hard as it is, as ghetto as it is, hip-hop is pop music. It's the sound of music getting out of the ghetto, while rock is looking for a ghetto.     

Bono

Hip-hop is ever changing but you'll always have the pack. And you'll always have those people who are separated from the pack.     

Eminem

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

Hip-hop has always been chronologically misunderstood. Too many times, people are hearing the story from the second floor. Nobody's heard the story from the basement. If hip-hop was a cake, all I can tell you is the eggs, the flour, the sugar, the vanilla - the ingredient years.     

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.      

Doug E. Fresh

If Hip Hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, it also has the ability to uplift them.     

KRS-One

Politics is work. Hiphop is music. The idea that hiphop, because it makes the body feel good to move to it and it makes the soul feel good to hear out angry young black men, can be transmuted into changing the world is narcotic but nonsensical. Wherever hiphop is ever "going," we can be sure it will not be in a constructive direction, anymore than fashions in the color of cars. And it shouldn't "concern" us in the least.      

John H. McWhorter

Hip-hop is universal now, it's all commercial now. It's like a circle full of circus clowns up in the circuit now.     

Eminem

If blues culture had developed under the conditions of oppressive, forced labor, hip-hop culture would arise from the conditions of no work. When the sound of automobiles replaced the sound of jackhammers on the length of the Cross-Bronx Expressway, the fuel was in place for the Bronx to burn.     

Jeff Chang

Hip-hop is a perfect mix between poetry and boxing.     

Jay-Z

Hip-hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people's political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don't know how to use it, if you don't know where to point it or what you're using it for, you can end up shooting yourself in the foot or killing your sisters and brothers.     

Assata Shakur

Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It's a platform where we could offer information, but it's also an escape.     

Busta Rhymes

Your best work involves timing. If someone wrote the best hip hop song of all time in the Middle Ages, he had bad timing.     

Scott Adams

The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.     

Talib Kweli

Hip-hop is a beautiful culture. It's inspirational, because it's a culture of survivors. You can create beauty out of nothingness.     

Mos Def

Hiphop has remained in an infantile stage and has not been allowed to grow.     

Slick Rick

Hip-hop is an instant gratification, winners and losers circle, and often those who are losing give up after three or four, five years.     

Questlove

Which is the other reason hip-hop is controversial: People don't bother trying to get it. The problem isn't in the rap or the rapper or the culture. The problem is that so many people don't even know how to listen to the music.     

Jay-Z

Hip-hop is so much about character and caricature that people just see you as a character. Very rarely are you flesh and bone to people.     

Questlove

Hip hop is kinda funny because the further you get into it the more at risk you are.     

Mic Geronimo

The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.     

Barack Obama

Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.     

Ajay Naidu

Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness.     

Erykah Badu

Hip-hop is a reflection of your surroundings and an instrument of change.     

Laura Goode

Hip Hop was supposed to be this new thing that had no boundaries and was so different to everyday music. As long as it has soul to it, hip hop can live on.     

Tupac Shakur

There is genuine Hip Hop; a message that connects, rocks a crowd, and motivates a people and then there is what is left... instead of Hip Hop we have Hip replacement.     

Johnnie Dent Jr.

While the patriarchal boys in hip-hop crew may talk about keeping it real, there has been no musical culture with black men at the forefront of its creation that has been steeped in the politics of fantasy and denial as the more popular strands of hip-hop.     

Bell Hooks

Hip-hop is such a disposable art form from a business standpoint. It never treats its artists as art; it never treats its product as art.     

Questlove

Hip-hop gave a generation a common ground that didn't require either race to lose anything; everyone gained.     

Jay-Z