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Gangsta Rap Quotes


"'Gangsta rap' is a derogatory label." - Coolio

"Gangsta rappers can't fight, so they rap about guns." - Sean Price

"Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. Gangsta rap didnt exist." - Alicia Keys

"Who gave it that title, gangsta rap? It's reality rap. It's about what's really going on." - Eazye

"I'm the gangsta Nancy Sinatra." - Lana Del Rey

"As long as there's a demand for gangsta rap, it will be supplied." - Ti

"I believe gangsta rap, as such, in its foundation is simply anti-systemic and transgressive." - Bocafloja

"There are rap groups that have a positive outlook in their art. These groups should be shown as an alternative to gangsta rap." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I've been called everything. Gangsta rap. I've been called conscious rap. You know, everything. Whoever feels like calling it whatever they want to call it, that's on them." - Nas

"The day Obama got elected, the gangsta became less relevant." - Jay-Z

"I bet? Eazy E is turning over in his grave, to see that some of ya'll done made gangsta rap gay" - DJ Quik

"I'm not a gangsta rapper. I rap about things that happen to me. I got shot five times. People was trying to kill me." - Tupac Shakur

"The only thing intimidating about Cube is that he's the father of gangsta' rap. You just worry about getting your lines right, or he might shoot you." - Terry Crews

"I bet Eazy E is turning over in his grave, to see that some of ya'll done made gangsta rap gay" - DJ Quik

"Everything I do is going to be gangsta rap, street based, street oriented... I'm from Gary, Indiana, and everybody's damn near at the poverty level." - Freddie Gibbs

"If the KKK was smart enough, they would've created gangsta rap because it's such a caricature of black culture and black masculinity." - Jackson Katz

"To me, the 90's signaled the end of glam rock, the beginning of gangsta rap, and hopefully the beginning and end of boy bands." - Shane West

"I love rap." - Rick James

"I love rap music." - Chumlee

"Rap was my drug." - Eminem

"I believe a lot in gangsta rap, I see in it a lot of positive things as it is. I believe it is only about doing politicization work. Revolutionary change will come from there, it won't come from conscious rap." - Bocafloja

"Gangsta rap often reaches higher than its ugliest, lowest common denominator, misogyny, violence, materialism and sexual transgression are not its exclusive domain. At its best, this music draws attention to complex dimensions of ghetto life ignored by most Americans. Indeed, gangsta rap's in-your-face style may do more to force America to confront crucial social problems than a million sermons or political speeches." - Michael Eric Dyson

"We have to remember that the experience of gangsta rap as such in its foundation is an anti-systemic experience primarily. And it is an anti-systemic experience that is not in some cases politicized, but in general results in a much more transgressive, much more uncomfortable music for the structures of power, than conscious rap or political rap." - Bocafloja

"But, Eminem... No, I've loved rap for a long time, especially when it got out of its first period and became this gangsta rap, ya know this heavy rap thing? That's when I started to fall in love with it. I loved the lyrics. I loved the beat." - Alan Vega

"I gotta learn to rap." - Scott Disick

"I'm not really into rap." - Magnus Carlsen

"Rap helps me connect emotionally." - Ben Horowitz

"I actually don't like hip hop much; the music is too cliched, the subculture, especially the macho strutting of gangsta rappers, isn't my thing. But, at the same time, rap is a simple, direct and strong musical language." - Shahin Najafi

"I am a gangsta, Ms. Katie. I don't take nothing from no one. I do what I wanna do." - Lil Wayne

"Rap is stress, but it pays great." - Drake

"Don't rap if you do not practice." - Hopsin

"Rap-so many words, so little said." - Keith Richards

"The U.S government hates rap music" - Chris Rock

"Started from the trap, now I rap" - 2 Chainz

"I hate rap! Can I say that?" - Chris Kaman

"I've always been a fan of rap." - Ryan Hemsworth

"I don't even really like rap music." - Angel Haze

"Nobody wants to hear me rap." - Joe Mauer

"Rap is definitely a youthful expression." - Mekhi Phifer

"No, I can't do rap music!" - Dolly Parton

"Single guys get a bad rap." - David Spade

"Rap is just to me very annoying." - James Hetfield

"I don't really listen to rap; I just like to rap." - Tyler The Creator

"Gangsta Rap is dead. I've moved on. And the raps that I'm rappin to my community shouldn't be filled with rage? They shouldn't be filled with same attrocities that they gave me? The media they don't talk about it, so in my raps I have to talk about it, and it seems foreign because there's no one else talking about it." - Tupac Shakur

"What is MTV doing and what is the hegemonic culture industry promoting in gangsta rap? It is the glorification of violence for the sake of violence, the violence itself, like consumption for the sake of consumption, hypermasculinity writ-large with an adapted potency." - Bocafloja

"I can't say enough good things about my band. I feel very fortunate that I found them when I did, very early in my career. Not only are they just great, nice guys; they're some of the best musicians you're likely to find. They do everything from gangsta rap to polka music and every genre in between. It's amazing." - Al Yankovic

"In a way, all recorded music is reduced to the same level, no matter what it is. You find it in the store, you put it on and, "Oh, that's not cool. That's gangsta rap. That's white supremacist punk." But in a way, the content is removed from the intention of the people that made it. That's the commercial level of music." - Eyvind Kang

"Part of my affinity with urban music comes from being on 'Kids Incorporated,' 'cos we used to sit around and listen to Chaka Khan and Prince, and I got influenced by all that. Then gangsta rap got started, and I was infatuated with that - maybe that's why I'm fascinated by guns." - Fergie

"I've always been noted for being original and doing different thing. So for me to hop on the train that's going on would be - shoot, if I wanted to hop on the train, I might as well have hopped on gangsta rap back when it was popular and tried to do that." - Will Ferrell

"Black Mafia. If they don't understand that, they ain't gangsta. I just watched TV and Bill Parcells kissed two or three of them's a Mafia thing." - Lil Wayne

"I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify." - Kareem Abduljabbar

"I'm not really gangsta. Not at all. I just write about them. It's fun to pretend, at least on paper. But in real life, not so much." - Terence Winter

"As a matter of fact it wasn't until after BIG passed and stupid rumors went around that I had something to do with it, and it's like I'm not a killer man , I'm a musician, I'm a DJ we got like a different heart. Ya know back then when rappin' was fun, and we could immolate being gangstas; ya know Dr. Dre made the hardest gangsta rap records in the world, that didn't necessarily make him a gangsta. It was all like ya know : character, we were all in character." - DJ Quik

"In this time, we incorporate money and media, and it's split up like apartheid, where when you say "hip-hop," you think just rap records. People might have forgot about all the other elements in hip-hop. Now we're back out there again, trying to get people back to the fifth element, the knowledge. To know to respect the whole culture, especially to you radio stations that claim to be hip-hop and you're not, because if you was a hip-hop radio station, why do you just play one aspect of hip-hop and rap, which is gangsta rap?" - Afrika Bambaataa

"I can't stand rap....people who can't sing do can sing rebellion as well as talk it....Hitler would have been in a rap band." - John Entwistle

"I always do my rap from the outside looking in. Like I do my rap as if I'm looking at me rap." - Lil Wayne

"Ego is my career. Rap music is all ego." - Earl Sweatshirt

"I'm pretty sure JAY Z don't wanna rap right now." - Young Thug

"Mark my words, my rap career [is] on the rise." - Nicole Richie

"I rap for listeners, blunt heads, fly ladies and prisoners" - Nas

"Rap music is really good when you're traumatized," - Kim Gordon

"Without me, rap is just a bunch of orphans." - Drake

"Rap music is really good when you're traumatized," - Kim Gordon

"I grew up in the Bronx. I'm into rap music." - Abel Ferrara

"I'll rap as long as people want to hear it." - Snoop Dogg

"Nothing has more words and performance than rap music." - Chuck D

"Battle rap is a culture. That's boxing, it's like boxing." - Ab-Soul

"This is the industry that wants [music], the rap industry." - Young Thug

"I've never been into alternative, hipster rap music." - Harmony Korine

"Rap will never be the same as before" - Eminem

"The bar is so low in rap - mediocrity is king!" - Jay Electronica

"I'm not crazy about the rap thing. Or house music." - Wolfman Jack

"I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right." - Ajay Naidu

"I haven't done rap... I can't do that too well." - Dee Dee Ramone

"I could never rap, personally. I can't even wrap presents." - Chris Colfer

"Moms in fiction and memoir get a bad rap." - Kelly Corrigan

"I'll dance to anything: Bob Marley or rap." - Francesca Annis

"Rap music is really good when you're traumatized." - Kim Gordon

"I think, British food, it's had a bad rap." - April Bloomfield

"Rap is still an art, and no-one's from the Old School Cuz rap is still a brand-new tool" - KRS-One

"When you talk about rap you have to understand that rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture." - Afrika Bambaataa

"This is hip-hop. If you've got something you want to rap about, just rap about it, man." - Yelawolf

"Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity. Rap is geared for aural pleasure." - Rita Dove

"I mean I'll be retired from rap, so what I'll be doin' in rap will be for fun." - Tone Loc

"If I have a rap album I'm dropping, then I want it to be the best rap album." - Lil Wayne

"I want the feuds to come back - there aren't enough rap feuds anymore. I want a serious rap-off." - Phoebe Tonkin

"The average rap life is two or three albums. You're lucky to get to your second album in rap!" - Jayz

"We should remember what a rapper like Tupac Shakur was doing, to a certain degree, who came from an experience of politicization very close to being a "Panther Baby". He knew, he came from that experience of the Black Panthers, and accounting for all his contradictions and process of growth, he achieved politically through gangsta rap things that no conscious rapper has achieved, such as establishing political, ethical, and moral codes between Crips and Bloods in the United States." - Bocafloja

"Sonnymoon and Quadrants are a couple of bands that really inspire me in terms of the melodics of things and certain tones and just what feels good. It takes me back to the type of music that I grew up on in my household. We played a lot of gangsta rap, but we also played a lot of oldies, and I think that mix is part of what inspires my sound." - Kendrick Lamar

"Gangsta rappers, they call them. Not nearly as gangsta as the things that inspire them.. you know, a gangsta government that we operate under." - Russell Simmons

"I'm a gangsta, but y'all knew that Da Big Boss Dogg, yeah I had to do that I keep a blue flag hanging out my backside, only on the left side, yeah that's the Crip side." - Snoop Dogg

"I don't think any gay dude is gangsta, period." - Method Man

"Never was a gangsta, till I graduated to one." - Eminem

"We gotta flip the script on what a gangsta is - if you ain't a gardener, you ain't gangsta." - Ron Finley

"The big stars in rap, they were too big, so when my rap generation started, it was about bringing you inside my apartment. It wasn't about being a rap star; it was about anything other than." - Nas

"The first rap album I bought was Eminem's The Slim Shady LP so I wasn't even based on West Coast rap like that." - Tyga

"There has been an effect of business rap on the output of today's rap music. But I don't think that's the modern day rapper's fault." - Mia

"When people say to me, 'What do you think of rap music?', my answer is, 'There's no such thing. There's rap, and there's music.'" - Jack Jones

"I don't think I would change really anything about rap. Rap don't have no limits to it, and I like it like that." - Meek Mill

"I wish I could rap! I wish I could rap like Azealia Banks or Lil Wayne or someone like that... Twista. He's super fast." - Charli Xcx

"I love my life more than rap. I'm not trying to take a shot for rap. I don't want to take no shot, brotha." - Jamal Woolard

"When people say to me 'what do you think of rap music?' my answer is there's no such thing. There's rap and there's music." - Irwin Thomas

"Usually people who attack the rap are people who aren't even fans." - Ice Cube

"There's no controversy in my way. There's nobody telling me to rap like this or anything." - Jayceon Terrell Taylor

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

"Call me the rap assassinator / rhymes rugged and built like Schwarzenegger" - Raekwon

"Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music." - Jay-Z

"Rap, rap! upon the well-worn stone, How falls the polished hammer! Rap, rap! the measured sound has grown A quick and merry clamor. Now shape the sole! how deftly curl The glassy vamp around it, And bless the while the bright-eyed girl Whose gentle fingers bound it!" - John Greenleaf Whittier

"My game is like a cross between karaoke and rap: crap." - Nick Faldo

"There's two elements to rap: having the thoughts, and then being a great rapper." - Drake

"Rap music... sounds like somebody feeding a rhyming dictionary to a popcorn popper." - Tom Robbins

"They said I rap like a robot, so call me rapbot." - Eminem

"Ain't nothin' but a whole lot of suckin' goin' on in rap." - Eminem

"What's the point of rap if you can't be yourself, huh?" - Donald Glover

"Rap is not pop. If you call it that, then stop." - Q-Tip

"At least be a nice lesbian or you're going to give the rest a bad rap." - Terry Mcmillan

"My music is pretty honest. I can't rap on science fiction. Punk is from the street." - Rick James

"I have no interest in emo. I'm all about rap metal." - Rivers Cuomo

"Rap and dance is pretty much what I want to be known for." - James Corden

"I don't have any sympathy for the subject matter, [but] I have great respect for rap artists. In fact, not for the rap artists, but the people who make the music over which they rap. Rap music - the music itself is incredible - but [the people that make the music] are hardly ever credited." - Stewart Copeland

"I don't know where I fit in the spectrum of rap yet..." - Nicki Minaj

"I wish I could end every rap song I didn't like with a buzzer." - Drew Carey

"If you will not hear Reason, she will surely rap your knuckles." - Benjamin Franklin

"I always did poetry, and [rap music is] pretty much hip-hop melody with poems." - Tiffany Foxx

"The first rap record came out in '79, but hip-hop began in '69." - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

"Clearly, everybody knows I can rap; I can freestyle all day." - Nick Cannon

"Maybe my records might make the next Ja Rule or Jay-Z want to rap." - Mic Geronimo

"I can rap; that's what I was originally really good at." - James Paxton

"I don't want to do rap that makes people feel bad." - Kanye West

"We loved that form of music. We're all huge rap fans, so we just incorporated it." - Charlie Benante

"I don't try to rap about or emulate the life of another person." - Lazarus of Bethany

"Rap is just a movement within the larger culture of hip-hop." - Cornel West

"Rap is a fortress protected by twin moats of talk and technology." - Mark Costello and David Foster Wallace

"There is no better education than rap battling in terms of performance. It makes you fearless." - Doc Brown

"I think that's what made rap such a stable footprint in culture, that it's so honest." - Russell Simmons

"It's not the man, it's the plan. It's not the rap, it's the map." - Ossie Davis

"But I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind" - Eminem

"I listen to music for emotion and I get zero emotion from rap." - Sebastian Bach

"By the late '80s, I was already giving up on rap music." - Chuck Eddy

"I don't like the fact that there are so few women in rap." - Cheryl James

"Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well." - Ajay Naidu

"I love pop and rap. Bringing those two worlds together is always fun." - Tony Oller

"A lot of the music, and especially rap, I don't understand." - Patti Page

"My brother's been producing rap music and hip-hop for maybe 10 years." - Tina Yothers

"I don't like rap that you can't understand. The youth is so quick and alert." - Roy Ayers

"RZA is one of the most unique individuals and rap artists that I have worked with." - El Debarge

"I think L.A. gets a bad rap. L.A. is the same as everywhere else." - Max Greenfield

"When I first got into the rap game, I had an early dream of unifying rappers." - Ice T

"I want to be able to say that a rap career could be ten albums." - Ice T

"I've been thinking of trying my hand at rap. I've been recording snippets on my BlackBerry." - Rufus Wainwright



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