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Rap Artist Quotes


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

"If you're a conscious rap artist and you're worried about Billboard charts, you're gonna have a problem." - KRS-One

"I came from the South Side of Chicago wanting to be a rap artist and make videos." - Common

"A working artist is a playing artist." - Julia Cameron

"I just consider myself an artist. I dont really rap. I dont really sing. I just do what I feel is good, and people like it." - Fetty Wap

"That's one of my struggles as a hip-hop artist. If I feel like doing a super conscious song where I don't even rap." - SonReal

"I just consider myself an artist. I don't really rap. I don't really sing. I just do what I feel is good, and people like it." - Fetty Wap

"Everyone is an artist." - Joseph Beuys

"No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything." - Oscar Wilde

"Once you're a Motown artist, you're always a Motown artist" - Smokey Robinson

"It's a poor artist who borrows-a good artist steals." - Pablo Picasso

"The artist as an artist must be an anarchist" - Kurt Eisner

"The immature artist imitates. The mature artist steals." - Lionel Trilling

"An artist should not fall in love with another artist." - Marina Abramovic

"I am not a black artist, I am an artist." - Jeanmichel Basquiat

"I'm a performance artist first; I'm a recording artist second." - Erykah Badu

"I love rap." - Rick James

"I love rap music." - Chumlee

"Rap was my drug." - Eminem

"No artist has ethical sympathies." - Oscar Wilde

"I am just an artist." - Andres Serrano

"I'm definitely a cult artist." - Juliana Hatfield

"It's not that you don't make any money doing conscious rap music. You make a lot of money doing this, but if you're greedy and you're not satisfied with $500,000 a year, and you want $2 million a year, then you will suffer as a conscious rap artist." - KRS-One

"As a conscious rap artist, you should not want to be in a gangster market. You should be trying to establish your own market, create a place where you can be yourself and make some money and feed your family." - KRS-One

"I think that hip-hop is more of an individual effort. That means you're an artist from the streets, they expect you to rap about the streets, because that's what happens there." - Conor Oberst

"You have the rap industry trying to stay above water by giving the people what they want, but then you have the people who are partaking in it and seeing it and they want what they think these artist have." - Rahki

"I gotta learn to rap." - Scott Disick

"Rap records don't make you feel good no more. Six months after release, it can't come back as a classic" - Wyclef Jean

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

"Rap helps me connect emotionally." - Ben Horowitz

"I think that a rap aficionado, the hardcore rap fan, will always go away from pop, in the same way a hardcore jazz fan will never think Kenny G is really a jazz artist. You gotta kind of know there's always going to be that purist who's going to be like if it ain't beats and rhymes, if there ain't a DJ, then that ain't Hip Hop." - Ice T

"The great artist is the simplifier." - Vincent Van Gogh

"It takes nothing to encourage an artist." - Kevin Smith

"For man is by nature an artist." - Rabindranath Tagore

"A great artist is never poor." - Karen Blixen

"The artist must be ecstatic about something." - Ted Shawn

"An artist observes, selects, guesses, and synthesizes." - Anton Chekhov

"Everything an artist spits is art." - Kurt Schwitters

"an artist is always seeking revelation." - Pearl S Buck

"A truly great artist has many talents." - Rick Riordan

"The artist by his work is known." - Francoise-Marguerite de Sevigne

"Every artist is an unhappy lover." - Iris Murdoch

"An artist is his own fault." - John O'Hara

"Artist awake or be forever fallen." - Frederick Varley

"The hallmark of the artist is simplicity." - Larry Evans

"The artist is called a creator..." - George Henry Lewes

"I am a black new wave artist." - Kanye West

"God is just another artist, like me." - Salvador Dali

"Every human being is an artist" - Joseph Beuys

"An artist paints his own reality." - Ernie Barnes

"The artist should always be the student." - Edgar Alwin Payne

"I am an artist, not a dressmaker." - Paul Poiret

"Criticism? An artist wants praise. Praise." - Virginia Woolf

"Dead! And so great an artist!" - Suetonius

"The great artist is the simplifier." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"The great artist takes what he needs." - Kenneth Clark

"Competitions are for horse, not artist." - Bela Bartok

"Conform, go crazy, or become an artist." - Nancy Springer

"An artist cannot do anything slovenly." - Jane Austen

"An artist is his own fault." - John Ohara

"An artist must be ruthlessly selfish." - W Eugene Smith

"As an artist, I want a reaction." - Chester Bennington

"Every artist writes his own autobiography." - Havelock Ellis

"I'm privileged that I'm an artist." - Nelly Furtado

"I never considered myself a performance artist." - Agnes Denes

"I'm an artist, not a philosopher." - Robert Wilson

"The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal." - Lionel Trilling

"The artist secretes nostalgia around life." - Cyril Connolly

"You can't expect to be on MTV and critique George Bush. You can't expect to be on BET or the cover of The Source advocating Jesus Christ or Buddha or Hindu Krishna or Moses. As a conscious rap artist, you have to play in the arena that you're supposed to be in. What is that arena? That arena is the college market. The conscious rap artist woos the college market, even though the college market is the wildest, most sexed-out, drug-driven market in the country, possibly the world." - KRS-One

"I didn't want to be a woman artist. I just wanted to be an artist." - Isabel Bishop

"The artist as businessman is uglier than the businessman as artist." - Ad Reinhardt

"No artist is normal. Who happen to be normal cannot be an artist." - Irving Stone

"Beware the artist who's an intellectual also. The artist who doesn't fit." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"Every artist who drew Batman after creator Bob Kane was a better artist than Kane [...]." - Mike W. Barr

"An artist must have imagination. An artist who does not use his imagination is a mechanic." - Robert Henri

"Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere." - Peter O'Toole

"When an artist stops being a child, he stops being an artist." - Isamu Noguchi

"An artist who doesn't have any audience is not an artist." - Rokia Traore

"I never really was a grime artist. I'm just an artist." - Lady Sovereign

"The artist belongs to their work, not the work to the artist." - Novalis

"If you're an artist, you're an artist; that's the only way I can explain it." - Malik Bendjelloul

"The market follows the artist. The artist does not follow the market." - Iimani David

"No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything." - Oscar Wilde

"If you're true to the upliftment of people and the unity of people, raising the self-worth of people, then you live within your means. But the problem is that we're looking at the grass on the other side, saying, "That's greener. I want to be in the thug market, but I want to be a conscious rap artist." It doesn't work like that." - KRS-One

"Eminem has talent, and his talent is the thing that influences many young people who would have never gone anywhere near rap. White kids in different parts of the world use him as a barometer and the standard to live up to. In some ways, Eminem is an artist who has ushered in a new movement." - Chuck D

"Speaking out against rap music is useless, and it's futile. The reality is there's criticism for everything, but Jay-Z is one of the most remarkable artists of our time of any genre, and as a hip-hop artist he carries the weight of that art form with such splendor and grace and genius." - Michael Eric Dyson

"The roots of rap are originally ghetto-ised or extremely working class. So when you're an artist who's making something which isn't how its mainstream appearance should be, there's always these strange questions of authenticity and what you have to do to be 'real' as a rapper." - Zadie Smith

"I follow politics in a big way, and always have since I was a kid. I've got opinions, but they're opinions on both sides - not just anti-Republican, which is a real popular thing for a rap artist to do. If you dis Republicans, nobody will get mad. I think the two-party system sucks. It's absolutely ignorant." - Sir Mixalot

"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

"I live in New Jersey now, which always gets a bad rap here and there, but I must say, I enjoy living here too" - Paul Muldoon

"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

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

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

"When break dancing was out, I break danced. When rapping was the thing, I freestyled rap on the street and battled and all that kind of stuff." - 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

"When Elton John sang a duet with the white rapper Eminem on a Grammy telecast, rap went mainstream. Massive parental headaches followed." - Bill Oreilly

"The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist." - Robert Breault

""Do not call yourself an "artist-photographer" and make "artist-painters" and "artist-sculptors" laugh; call yourself a photographer and wait for artists to call you brother."" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist." - Robert Brault

"To be an artist is to believe in life." - Henry Moore

"The true gardener, like an artist, is never satisfied." - H. E. Bates

"The artist produces for the liberation of his soul." - W Somerset Maugham

"The artist is the antenna of the race." - Ezra Pound

"I'm terminally dissatisfied. That's probably part of being an artist." - Jared Leto

"A work is finished when an artist realizes his intentions." - Rembrandt

"Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse." - Julia Cameron

"Benjamin Murphy is the best artist since sliced bread." - Vincent Van Gogh

"The role of the artist is to not look away." - Akira Kurosawa

"You are a paintbrush in hands of the Artist." - Heidi Baker

"If you're not a successful artist it's your fault." - Bob Lefsetz

"Nature always resists the artist at the beginning." - Irving Stone

"The artist has tremendous power to change the world." - Chogyam Trungpa

"Every true artist is at war with the world." - Anthony Kiedis

"The artist injects the spirit of life into a culture." - L Ron Hubbard

"The artist who makes himself accessible is self-destructive." - Howard Barker

"The aphorist is a hit and run artist." - Mason Cooley

"When one is an artist, what else can he be?" - Ignacy Jan Paderewski

"To understand an artist is to be a genius." - Andrew Lakey

"It's the role of the artist to pursue content" - Anish Kapoor

"Data is what distinguishes the dilettante from the artist" - George V

"The artist must create himself or be born again." - Denise Levertov

"An artist represents an oppressed people and makes revolution irresistible." - Toni Cade Bambara

"When a record company makes a mistake, the artist pays for it. When a manager makes a mistake, the artist pays for it. When the artist makes a mistake, the artist pays for it." - Robert Fripp

"She was an artist. She held opposites in her mind." - Richard Ford

"The artist works by locating the world in himself" - Gertrude Stein

"The great artist and thinker are the simplifiers." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Our internal artist is always our creative child." - Julia Cameron

"Merce is my favorite artist in any field," - Jasper Johns

"The artist must conceive with warmth yet execute with coolness." - Johann Joachim Winckelmann

"The Artist always has the masters in his eyes." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"An artist should have more than two eyes." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"The soul of the artist cannot remain hidden." - Henri Nouwen

"Every great artist has the sense of provocation." - Arthur Cravan

"I am really the most controversial artist in the world." - Thomas Kinkade

"An architect is not an artist but an optimistic realist." - Cameron Sinclair

"A great artist has to be ready to fail." - Marina Abramovic

"Salome had but seven veils; the artist has a thousand." - Edward Abbey

"Vulgarity is not as destructive to an artist as snobbery." - Pauline Kael

"To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature" - Auguste Rodin

"In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece" - Kai Greene

"As an artist, it is central to be unsatisfied." - Lawrence Calcagno



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