Rap Sayings and Quotes

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

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.     


Rappers wear diamonds to compensate for a lack of fashion sense.     

A$AP Rocky

They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.     


I bomb atomically, Socrates' philosophies and hypotheses can't define how I be dropping these mockeries. Lyrically perform armed robbery, flee with the lottery, possibly they spotted me.     

Inspectah Deck

Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it's in your gut, your soul, there's nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.     

Kanye West

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.     


For so-called conscious rappers, it is an opportunity to rap about ways to educate others about African American history, politics and even relationships: all of which would be missed if society merely focused on the “hook” and ignored the influence.     

Carlos Wallace

Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.     

Kurt Cobain

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 i'll, now I can never chill.     

Black Thought

This slang that I speak don't change that I'm deep.     

J. Cole

A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.     


Rhymes are dynamic, voice is titanic, gigantic, suckers get frantic, and then panic. A smooth talker, ‘cause I'm a Queens New Yorker, My rhymes bring more Good Times than Jimmie Walker.     

Kool G. Rap

It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap.     

Peter Steele

I didn't have nothin' going for me, school, home, until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.     


I start to think, and then I sink into the paper, like I was ink. When I'm writing I'm trapped in between the lines, I escape when I finish the rhyme. I got soul.     


It's deep-rooted, the music of being young and dumb, it's never muted, in fact, it's much louder where I'm from.     

Kendrick Lamar

I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.     


Got a freaky, freaky, freaky-freaky flow, control the mic like Fidel Castro.     

Jeru Tha Damaja

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.     


Rap is hardcore street music but there are women out there who can hang with the best male rappers. What holds us back is that girls tend to rap in these high, squeaky voices. It's irritating. You've gotta rap from the diaphragm.     

Cheryl James

My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues.     

Kid Rock

The business of hip hop is probably the most tangible example of the genre's dramatic maturation.     

Carlos Wallace

My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.     

Kendrick Lamar

Street's disciple, my raps are trifle. I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle.     


A digital sound sample in angry rap doesn't correspond to the graffiti but the wall.     

Jaron Lanier

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.     


Big up to Flex. Stop taking so much cizock in his mizouth.     


It ain't no fun if the homies can't have none.     

Snoop Dogg

In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.     

Archie Shepp

Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the hip-hop, the culture.     

Method Man