Girls, don’t run that shit that beauty’s only skin deep,
Cause I don’t want no girl with a Brillo face,
Or the type that’ll leave Jheri Curl juice on my pillow case.

- Lord Finesse, “I Like My Girls With a Boom,” Return of the Funky Man, 1992. More Lord Finesse quotes…

My life is a blunt to the head, a prayer for the dead,
Run around hustlin…scared of the feds.
They said death is eternal sleep,
But the only thing is you ain’t really sure if you prepared for the bed.

- Styles P, “My Life,” A Gangster and a Gentleman, 2002

I’m a cold winter morning, y’all Summer’s Eve.

- Ka, “Knighthood,” Night’s Gambit, 2013. More from Brownsville’s Ka…

Love is love, love is real, love is great.
But when it isn’t reciprocated, it could become hate.

- Apathy, “It’s Only Hip-Hop,” Honkey Kong, 2011

I said, ‘What you wanna be?’ She said, ‘Alive.’
It made me think for a minute, then looked in her eyes
…I coulda died.

- Andre 3000, “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1),” from Outkast’s Aquemini, 1998. More from Outkast…

We still wading in the water…
Cocaine, blunts, marinating in the water.
Lean and took a puff, and then she gave it to my father,
Used to take the bullets out so I could play with the revolver.
Satan serenading ever since I was a toddler,
Tell ‘em talk is cheap…niggas living for the dollar.

- Vince Staples, “Kingdom,” from Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, 2014

There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s gotta handle up on his own.
Can’t depend on friends to help you in a squeeze,
Please…they got problems of their own.

- Slim Kid Tre, “Runnin’”, from Pharcyde’s Labcabincalifornia, 1995. More Pharcyde quotes…

These internet thugs ain’t doin’ a thing,
Got caught with the Google Chrome…now they in the Bing.

- Your Old Droog, “Nutty Bars,” Your Old Droog EP, 2014

I got a smile that’ll make the mirror crack,
And I seem to stay under clouds that’s pitch black.
So when it rains, it pours, and when it pours, I’m soaked.
I contracted lung cancer from third hand smoke,
And I’m like the frog that’s dying to be a prince,
The boy who cried wolf and no one was convinced.
The man who hit lotto and lost his ticket,
In a rainstorm…and struck by lightning trying to get it.

- GZA, “Life Is a Movie,” Pro Tools, 2008. More brilliant lyrics from The GZA…

Abraham Lincoln got shot and died,
Freed the slaves so they put him on the five.

- Too $hort, “Money In The Ghetto,” Get In Where You Fit In, 1993

They say it’s lonely at the top, in whatever you do,
You always gotta watch motherfuckers around you.
Nobody’s invincible, no plan is foolproof,
We all must meet our Moment of Truth.

- Guru, “Moment of Truth,” from Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth, 1998

Life is real, reality is not a dream.
Those who chose to sleep…I wake em up,
Cause you’re sleepin with your mouth open hummin deez nuts.

- King Sun, “Humm Deez Nuts,” Strictly Ghetto EP, 1994. More King Sun quotes…

Shorty, let me tell you about my only vice:
It has to do with lots of lovin’, and it ain’t nuttin’ nice.

- Q-Tip, “Electric Relaxation,” from A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, 1993. More from the Tribe…

Truth brings light, light refracts off the mirror,
Visions of yourself and error could never be clearer.
The truth is that you ugly…
Not on the outside, but in the inside;
On the outside, you frontin’ you lovely.

- Pharoahe Monch, “The Truth,” Internal Affairs, 1999. More Pharoahe Monch quotes >

A simple right or left can mean life or death,
Epic fail or nice success,
Days of pleasure or nights of stress.

- Ka, “Decisions,” Grief Pedigree, 2012