Acting like the whole entire world is out to get them.
Stand up on your own,
And prove that you are grown,
Because the life that you save may be your own.
- Lee Majors, “Maybe,” from Da Bush Babees’ Gravity, 1996
Why do the suckas bite?
Why do the freaks come out at night?
Why they paint Jesus white?
I sit and wonder why we breakin hip-hop laws,
Doing videos in houses that we know ain’t yours.
- Lee Majors, “S.O.S.,” from Da Bush Babees’ Gravity, 1996
But the world is full of shit, so I don’t listen,
In fact, ‘we livin’ to die’ is a contradiction.
- ScHoolboy Q, “Oxymoron,” Oxymoron, 2014
I made it this far, and you broke.
- Troy Ave, “Classic Feel,” New York City: The Album, 2013
I’m causin’ more Family Feuds than Richard Dawson.
And the survey said: “You’re dead.”
Fatal Flying Guillotine chops off your fuckin’ head!
- RZA, “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit,” from Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), 1993. More RZA quotes…
To stimulate, then activate the left and right brain.
Said, ‘Baby boy, you only funky as your last cut.
You focus on the past, your ass’ll be a has-what.’
That’s one to live by, or either that’s one to die to.
- Andre 3000, “Rosa Parks,” from Outkast’s Aquemini, 1998. More Outkast quotes…
Is urging me to be myself, but never follow someone else
Because opinions are like voices, we all have a different kind.
- Q-Tip, “Steve Biko (Stir It Up),” from A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, 1993
First I had they ear, now I have their heart.
Rappers came and went…I’ve been here from the start.
I seen them put it together, watched them take it apart.
- Jay-Z, “Never Let Me Down,” from Kanye West’s The College Dropout, 2004
Even if it ain’t meant forever, still smoke the spliff together.
The essence of the herbs, the presence of the words…
Yeah you got a chest, but I’m treasurin’ your curves.
- Common, “Made in Black America,” Nobody Smiling, 2014
Just ‘cause you make it, don’t give you the right to be on that fake shit.
- Talib Kweli, “Another World,” 12”, 1999. More Talib Kweli quotes…
People never get the flowers while they can still smell ‘em.
- Kanye West, “Big Brother,” Graduation, 2007. More Kanye West quotes…
But he wasn’t talking ‘bout coke and birds, it was more like spoken word,
Except he’s really puttin’ it down.
- Kanye West, “Through the Wire,” The College Dropout, 2004. The highly influential debut album was released 10 years ago, on February 10, 2004. More Kanye West Quotes…
- Kool G. Rap, “The Realest,” from Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik, 1999
And I don’t smoke crack…I smoke MC’s.
- PMD, “Rampage,” from EPMD’s Business As Usual, 1990
But I love a whole lot more than I hate about them.
They look good, feel good, and smell even better,
So why you acting like your mama didn’t use that leather?
‘B word’ this, ‘H bomb’ that.
In the midst all of this, I wonder: ‘Where your moms at?’
Cause if she ain’t one, then tell me where the hate from?
You just calm down, and maybe you can date one.
Buy some flowers, open up some doors.
She needs some tampons? Homie, go to the store.
Vitamin Water, a bottle of Motrin,
Teddy bear, candy bar, something, a token
Of affection, a step in that direction,
…Cause love is about progress, not perfection.
- Murs, “Love & Appreciate 2,” Murs for President, 2008. More Murs quotes…