How you gonna win when you ain’t right within?

- Lauryn Hill, “Doo Wop (That Thing),” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, 1998. More quotes from Ms. Hill…

I’m livin’ in times where my daughters are found around
Kids who can’t afford thinking caps…
But always found drinkin’ raps and eatin’ off beats,
Claimin’ laws of the streets. But who made the laws?
Everybody playin’ rebel with no sign of a cause.

- Posdnuos, “Held Down,” from De La Soul’s AOI: Bionix, 2001. More from De La Soul…

Once I slapped a rapper with mace,
Then I spit acid in his face, after he rinsed his eyes, no wait…
I actually grew five times my size, grabbed Ma$e by the thigh and slapped a rapper with him.

- Pharoahe Monch, “Rapid Eye Movement,” PTSD, 2014. More Pharoahe Monch quotes…

Somebody gotta tell you this:
Cancer kills way more Americans than any Arabic terrorist.
We use more money to fight them than finding a cure,
So a little kid sits there with his chemo-therapist.
Hair falling out while his vital signs weaken…
He’ll be dead while his parent are in debt for his treatment.

- Crooked I, “Never Been,” 2008

These days you can’t see who’s in cahoots,
Cause now the KKK wears three-piece suits.

- Chuck D., “Rebirth,” from Public Enemy’s Apocalypse ‘91…The Enemy Strikes Black, 1991. Baseball legend Hank Aaron has been flooded with hate mail after his comments about racism in America last week. ”We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country,” said Aaron. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

I’m on some tax-free shit by any means,
Whether bound to hit scheme or some counterfeit C.R.E.A.M.

- GZA, “4th Chamber,” Liquid Swords, 1995. More dope GZA quotes…

Cocaine trafficking, your boy’s back again,
Moving bricks like I got a degree in scaffolding.
Fucking with some cats from Newark…half of them Jewish,
Cool white boys riding around, blasting my music,
And I’m taxin’ them like Jackson-Hewitt.

- Ghostface Killah, “Cocaine Trafficking,” Put it on the Line, 2005. More quotes from Ghostface Killah…

The IRS’ll never sweat me or even put up a fight…
Cause I’m sure I’ve paid more in taxes than you’ve made in yo’ life!

- Ludacris, “Large Amounts,” The Red Light District, 2004. More Ludacris quotes…

You wanna stop the X? Try your best,
I’m still fuckin with your pockets like the IRS.

- Xzibit, “Loud and Clear,” Restless, 2000. More Xzibit quotes…

Takes a long time to happen so fast…
To realize that your future is somebody else’s past

- Lupe Fiasco, “Old School Love,” 2013. More Lupe Fiasco quotes…

Hip-hop started on the block;
I fell asleep at the wheel, the shit crashed into Pop.

- Sticky Fingaz, “Wakedafucup,” from Onyx’s #WAKEDAFUCUP, 2014

It’s like I’m married to the silencer,
Until I file for divorce and release my ex-calibers.
Do art with your arteries, place that for my adversaries,
Put your snap back cap back, cap your capillaries.

- Pharoahe Monch, “Rapid Eye Movement,” PTSD, 2014. More Pharoahe Monch quotes…

I got a problem with spending before I get it…
We all self-conscious, I’m just the first to admit it.

- Kanye West, “All Falls Down,” The College Dropout, 2004. More Kanye West quotes…

Could hate a person, but in fact it’s not worth it.
Never know how long you’ve got on this earth, kid.

- Large Professor, “In the Sun,” First Class, 2002

Question religion, question it all,
Question existence until them questions are solved.

- Jay-Z, “Heaven,” Magna Carta Holy Grail, 2013. More Jay-Z quotes…