"Styles be fat like Jackie Gleason, the rest be Art Carney."
– Phife Dawg, “Keep It Rollin’,” from A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, 1993. More A Tribe Called Quest quotes…

"Styles be fat like Jackie Gleason, the rest be Art Carney."

– Phife Dawg, “Keep It Rollin’,” from A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, 1993. More A Tribe Called Quest quotes…

Two wrongs don’t make it right, but it damn sure makes us even.

- Sticky Fingaz, “2 Wrongs,” from Onyx’s All We Got Iz Us, 1996

My old soul remains forever young…
I’ve done it all, and still I’m doing shit that I ain’t ever done.
See, it depends on your definition of winning;
I ain’t started from the bottom, I started from the beginning.

- Oddisee, “Tangible Dream,” Tangible Dream, 2013

"I’m cold gettin’ paid cause Rick said so.”
– LL Cool J, “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” Radio, 1985. More LL Cool J quotes…

"I’m cold gettin’ paid cause Rick said so.”

– LL Cool J, “I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” Radio, 1985. More LL Cool J quotes…

…I’ve never had a dream in my life,
Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven’t pursued.
I knew what I wanted, and did it till it was done.
So I’ve been the dream I wanted to be since Day One.

- Aesop Rock, “No Regrets,” Labor Days, 2001. More Aesop Rock quotes…

Who gives a fuck about a goddamn Grammy?

- Chuck D., “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic,” from Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 1988. More Chuck D. quotes…

The motto goes: Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
I prefer: Love, Hugs and Hip-Hop Soul.

- Zev Love X (aka MF Doom), “Figure of Speech,” from K.M.D.’s Mr. Hood, 1991. More MF Doom quotes…

You can take back all the things you give,
But you can’t take back the days you live.
Life is to some people who’ve been on earth
Livin’ every single day for what it’s worth.
I live life just how I please,
Satisfy one person I know: that’s me.

- Too $hort, “Life Is.. Too $hort,” Life Is… Too $hort, 1988

If I upset you, don’t stress. Never forget
That God isn’t finished with me yet.
I feel His hand on my brain…
When I write rhymes, I go blind and let the Lord do His thang.

- 2Pac, “Ghetto Gospel,” Loyal to the Game, 2004. More 2Pac quotes…

I got a lot of things to do, a lot of money to make;
I got no time for you and all the moves you fake.

- JuJu, “Props Over Here,” from The Beatnuts’ Street Level, 1994

Life is full of stress and it wrecks my brain,
So I puff the buddha bless and destroy the pain.

- JuJu, “Props Over Here,” from The Beatnuts’ Street Level, 1994

Of course I’m funky like fat people having intercourse.
Basically, the funk is stuck in your teeth…so get the dental floss.

- Redman, “Freak Out,” from Erick Sermon’s Double or Nothing, 1995. More from Redman…

Even through the unseen, I know that God watches,
From one King’s dream, he was able to Barack us.

- Common, “The Believer,” The Dreamer/The Believer, 2011

I believe in heaven more than hell, lessons more than jail.
In the ghetto, let love prevail with a story to tell.
My eyes see the glory, and well,
The world waiting for me to yell, “I Have A Dream!”

- Common, “A Dream,” from Freedom Writers Soundtrack, 2007

I’m living three dreams:
Biggie Smalls’, Dr. King, Rodney King’s.
Cause we can’t get along, no resolution?
‘Til we drown all these haters…
Rest in peace to Whitney Houston

- Kanye West, “New God Flow,” Cruel Summer, 2012