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Rap Music Quotes


"I love rap music." - Chumlee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music." - Stanley Crouch

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

"Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock." - Kurt Cobain

"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

"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

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

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

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

"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

"You never want to look like an old fart doing young rap music." - DJ Quik

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

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

"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

"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

"Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer." - Bette Midler

"Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos." - David Lee Roth

"Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism." - Eminem

"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

"I didn't get into music until the early 90s when I heard rap music for the first time." - Gonjasufi

"I don't like rap music at all. I don't think it's music. It's just a beat and rapping." - Nina Simone

"I think rap music has made more money on dance music than dance music has made on dance music. Just a thought." - Kaskade

"I love pop music just as much as I like rap music, or ill-ass hip-hop music, or rock music." - Donnis

"I don't only like rap music. There's everything from R&B to crazy gangster rap, hip hop... everything! But it all blends together nicely. It's like a magical music rainbow." - Kreayshawn

"The advancement of style is the cornerstone of hip hop. There is no correct or conservative way to make rap music. Rap is and must remain the answer, the alternative, to the conservative approach of making music." - El-P

"There is rap music in all my films. In 'La Vie des Morts,' there is rap music too. It's because I'm French, and when it appeared in 1978, it was so new, it set off my musical imagination." - Arnaud Desplechin

"I don't only like rap music. There's everything from R&B to crazy gangster rap, hip hop... everything! But it all blends together nicely. It's like a magical music rainbow." - Kreayshawn

"You can still make music that people love, but there won't be more innovation. I started listening to electronic music a long time ago. But mostly I listen to rap. I think rap is the most interesting." - Harmony Korine

"The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end it." - Assata Shakur

"Not everyone agrees on music. Some people like rap, some like country - it's all an opinion. F the critics." - Vanilla Ice

"Rap is my most used medium but I don't think I approach music like a rapper would." - Hoodie Allen

"It is a coincidence that Mathangi is the Goddess of Music and the spoken word, which can be rap." - Mia

"I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz." - Jasper Fforde

"Rap music's been around for too long now to be inspirational. The words are, but the music isn't." - Alexander Mcqueen

"What I'm trying to do is break the genre from what is rap and what is music." - Wyclef Jean

"Now I listen to all kinds of music except rap, which all sounds the same to me." - Moira Kelly

"Either I'm listening to rap music, getting hyped up to go out and do something, or I'm listening to church music." - Hailey Rhode Baldwin

"My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely." - Nas

"I think most music provides the same messages - whether it be 'I'm unhappy' or 'I love a girl.' I just liked the package of rap music." - Iggy Azalea

"I love Lady Gaga and I love Katy Perry and R&B and rap music... I love big, American pop music." - Florence Welch

"Nobody's gonna ever like all my music but if your talking about the core hip-hop fans that like hardcore rap, they're still gonna feel some of my stuff cuz I rap hard a lot of the time." - SonReal

"I guess people would categorize hipster rap just by how people look, skinny jeans and fashion rap. I was never that. In my music I never put the emphasis on clothes." - Fashawn

"I think rap music is brought up, gangster rap in particular, as well as video games, every other thing they try to hang the ills of society on as a scapegoat." - Ice Cube

"It must surprise people that I'm such a rap fan, but it's true. Sometimes, just staying in, putting on some rap music, and letting loose is all I need to have a good time." - Phoebe Tonkin

"Rap isn't poetry, not least because it involves music and often other elements that aren't words. But the way poets in English use things like rhyme and meter, and the ways these conventions both do and don't apply to rap we try to lay out the rules for rap, in order to understand the techniques that artists like Jay-Z and Kanye employ." - Andrew Hoberek

"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

"For you to be able to rap fast and fit many words into a bar, that's what rap is about, the showmanship. That's the thing we're kind of losing now. I'm not saying that the music now is horrible. I mean, I don't listen to it. The showmanship and creativity in rap is what made it special and what made it different." - Cakes da killa

"Rap is hardcore street music but there are women out there who can hang with the best male rappers. What holds us back is that girls tend to rap in these high, squeaky voices. It's irritating. You've gotta rap from the diaphragm." - Cheryl James

"Rap music came along and saved my life. I started to tell the stories of the streets and that was my way out." - Ice T

"Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone." - George Harrison

"I often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics." - Richard Nixon

"If you really think back to the culture or just black America before rap music took off, New York could have been Paris." - Ice Cube

"I often thought that if there had been a good rap group around in those days, I might have chosen a career in music instead of politics." - Richard M. Nixon

"I've always been a fan of music. I would say I'm a fan of late '90s to early 2000s rap. That's where I get all my inspiration from." - Tyga

"There's nothing wrong with a woman being proud of an element of her life that's talked about in rap music all the time!" - Demi Lovato

"With rap music, there are billions and billions of samples that are uncleared that people have never been bothered about on an underground level." - Girl Talk

"I try to keep the music fresh in my head. And I don't always listen to rap; I listen to a little bit of everything: R&B, rock." - Chamillionaire

"Run DMC brought us out of that underground-only feel. They brought rap above ground and made it respectable as an art form to mainstream music." - Ice Cube

"I listened to a lot of old school, golden era music. It gave me a lot of insight on how to rap and give my all." - Big K.R.I.T.

"I got into music via the competitions; the first time I ever performed was in a kind of rap battle, competing for money." - Doc Brown

"I'm really a singer, so I love songs and I love singing. I like rap music, but I didn't grow up freestyling." - Billy Idol

"Rap music is amazing, it's beautiful. But the problem is the lyrics. The person who writes the lyrics - that's the problem." - Emmanuel Jal

"I think music talks to you on an emotional level, regardless of where you're from. I guess I related to the tempo of rap, the aggressiveness." - Iggy Azalea

"I made the decision that I was going to make rap music in, like, fourth grade, so it's been something I was saying for a long time." - Chance The Rapper

"You know, most people called rap stupid when it started, and it was one of the most innovative music forms of its time." - Dan Deacon

"What I'm trying to do is put back into rap music what's missing - which is the good part, the fun part, that party part." - Flavor Flav

"I never really thought I was going to be a singer, honestly. I never listened to singers; I always listened to rap music." - Fetty Wap

"I don't like putting a name on my music. It's not just country and rap; it's got Southern rock, classic rock." - Big Smo

"In rap, as in most popular lyrics, a very low standard is set for rhyme; but this was not always the case with popular music." - James Fenton

"It just happens to be that people like to associate poetry and rap music. I think that idea is kind of corny." - Earl Sweatshirt

"Rap is the only interesting music left - it's the only genre that's still pushing itself, and experimenting in a way that I find exciting." - Harmony Korine

"I just appreciate what Andre 3000 has done musically - just the bravery. I think Andre 3000 may be one of the bravest artists in rap music." - Nas

"I'm actually a huge fan of hip-hop. I like hip-hop music. I love rap. I like cabaret music, as well. I just love live music and bands." - Britney Spears

"I think The Eagles single-handedly destroyed country music - well, now, country music has been killed by rap crossovers, so it's hard to say. Maybe we can just agree that money killed country music." - John Doe

"I grew up listening to all kinds of music, everything from country to rock, pop, R&B and even rap, so for me, music is music and a great song is a great song." - Jason Aldean

"I grew up listening to all kinds of music, everything from country to rock, pop, R&B and even rap, so for me, music is music and a great song is a great song." - Jason Aldean

"I like to make music, I like rap music. Even if I'm white, I support that music. If I want to support it or any other white kid wants to support it more power to them." - Kid Rock

"You know, jazz is the mother of all American music. R&B and pop and rap and everything are the branches on the main tree of the life of music, American music, which is jazz." - Eric Burdon

"I love rap." - Rick James

"Rap was my drug." - Eminem

"I think my fans respect me for bein' as truthful and honest as you can be and still be Rap music and not be opinion music. It's still Rap, its still style, flavor, flair, and people just kind of like how I present myself and the things that I do." - Ice Cube

"Public Enemy started out as a benchmark in rap music in the mid-1980s. We felt there was a need to actually progress the music and say something because we were slightly older than the demographic of rap artists at the time. It was a time of heightened rightwing politics, so the climate dictated the direction of the group." - Chuck D

"They thought we were just basically keeping ourselves underground on purpose. And it was just strange for people to approach music that way. And for rap, trying to get recognition, and be seen as a regular form of music like anything else. I mean, the Soul, R&B, Rock 'N Roll, they would dis the hell out of rap when it first came out." - Ice Cube

"But with rap music - not just N.W.A. - but rap music in general, seeing these artists wearing these team logos all the time started bringing a synergy and energy about having to rep your city, your team, everywhere and all the time." - Ice Cube

"I really love rap music. I grew up in the '80s and '90s with Public Enemy, N.W.A., LL Cool J - I'm a hip-hop encyclopedia. But I got kind of frustrated with the chauvinistic side of rap music, the one that makes it hard to write songs about love and relationships." - Mayer Hawthorne

"When you've been raised in care, rap music isn't just about guns and sexism. They're talking about real things you can hang on to, problems of identity that you have sympathy with. It's not just about the music, with rap: when I was in care, it meant a whole lot more than that." - Samantha Morton

"I think rap music is the sole reason for a lot of black acceptance in pop culture; because the music is very popular, it gets our image out in other ways than in movies." - Ice Cube

"Rap music is a combination of many different arts to make something new. There's always been a stigma that its existence would be short and only appeal to a certain group - but it's the biggest music in the world." - Chance The Rapper

"Do you see how Jerry Heller made it work? That is how he combined what we did to make the rap music into mass music. That's exactly how it happened." - Michel'le

"I listen to purely Christian Worship Music, Christian Rap etc. People will give me some old music, stuff I used to listen to back then and when I listen to the words, it blows me away." - Christian Hosoi

"I fell in love with music at 13-years-old. I wanted to be a singer at first and a drummer. Then I fell in love with rap music." - Juicy J

"Growing up, I didn't really like folk music - I wasn't a fan of Bob Dylan. I grew up mostly listening to rap and hip-hop; it was this new form of music." - Max Casella

"When I hear music that parents hate, or older musicians hate, I know that's the new music. When I hear older people saying, 'I hate Rap or Techno' I rush to it." - George Clinton

"I have considered rap music stars, and there is one in my new book, Lovers and Players, and there is also a hip-hop music mogul who I think you will like a lot." - Jackie Collins

"The whole world has changed much since the '80's. In the united States, rap music and country music dominate radio and that certainly wasn't the case in the early '80's." - Sheena Easton

"The L.A. rap scene is popping again because rappers stopped saying 'West Coast.' Nobody says that anymore. Fans of L.A. music were reaching and saying, 'This is West Coast music,' because nobody else liked it." - Schoolboy Q

"Music first, music last, music always" - A J Mclean

"My mom, she got taken away from me when I was 14 years old. She is incarcerated. My sister was incarcerated. I was homeless. When my mom went away when I was 14. ... I was forced to live with my aunt. My aunt, she doesn't like rap music. She thinks rap music is the devil's music. Basically she said, "Yo, if you are going to do music you can't do it in my house."" - Sean Kingston

"To me, that's the biggest problem with hip-hop today is the fact that everyone believes that all of hip-hop is rap music, and that, when you say "hip-hop," it's synonymous with rap. That when you say "hip-hop," you should be thinking about breakdancing, graffiti art, or MCing - which is the proper name for rap - DJing, beat-boxing, language, fashion, knowledge, trade. You should be thinking about a culture when you say, "hip-hop."." - KRS-One

"Good music is good music." - Gretchen Wilson

"I like rap music. But bragging about being rich to poor people is really offensive. I want to hear a rap song about buying a Cy Twombly painting or dating a museum curator. I want to hear about that kind of rich." - John Waters

"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

"It's lifestyle music. It's not like some secretary who likes some pop song, but can't name who the band is; whereas a heavy metal fan is into every aspect of it. We'll see if rap holds up to that. Run-DMC seemed to be the Led Zeppelin of rap." - Rob Zombie

"It really really sunk into me when I went to Europe and they take rap so much more serious than we do here. That was the first time I ever heard rap considered folk music. And sometimes somebody will make you understand like, "Hey, what you doin' is serious, don't play it lightly 'cause it's changin' my life."" - Ice T

"The hip-hop that I really connected with was Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice Cube, and N.W.A. That late '80s and early '90s era. The beginning of gangster rap and the beginning of politically conscious rap. I had a very immature, adolescent feeling of, "Wow, I can really connect with these people through the stories they're telling in this music."" - Jess Row

"In high school I had a boyfriend who was super into rap, so I was into Too $hort and Wu-Tang for a little while. And my best friend's older brother would sometimes drive us home in this pimped-out truck, and he'd play all his dirty rap music. We thought we were really cool." - Kirsten Dunst

"Well unfortunately I didn't work with Andre much. But rap is a strong presence in the culture and anyone is going to grateful for its appearance, grateful for any kind of music that has the kind of effect that rap has had on us all." - Harvey Keitel

"I originally wanted to embrace the imagery and forthrightness of rap music. There are some interesting, dynamic voices in rap. But I find most of it irresponsible in its overt violence and commercialization of anger. As artists, we believe we can will action through language. If that's the case, we have to take responsibility for what we say." - Yusef Komunyakaa

"I'm not turning my back on music anytime soon, but it's just a blessing to have options open. A lot of artists just have rap, and that's it. But once rap stops, it's hard to get into that Hollywood circle; it really is. It's a whole 'nother beast that people think they're ready for, but they're really not." - Bow Wow

"The power of the voice in rap is about the expression of truth, rather than the expression of some kind of artifice. Landays, they're about love and pleasure and oppression and levels of oppression within a family. And because of that, I think rap music is probably closely related." - Eliza Griswold

"I gotta learn to rap." - Scott Disick

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

"Rap helps me connect emotionally." - Ben Horowitz

"when I make the music that I make, when it comes to reggae music, I engulf the whole spirit of it all. It's just like when I do rap music or whatever style of music I do, I have to engulf the character I do and bring that to life." - Snoop Dogg

"I'm 100 percent original, and that's what got me here. My rap music is more understandable, slower. It tells a story. You can write a book on each of my thoughts." - Tupac Shakur

"I like to get in my own world. When I'm getting ready for a meet, I always have headphones on, listening to rap music to get myself fired up" - Michael Phelps

"I hate rap music, which to me sounds like a bunch of angry men shouting, possibly because the person who was supposed to provide them with a melody never showed up." - Dave Barry

"One out of three black men are in the criminal justice system in some form. Their despair is beginning to resonate through the entire culture; that is why suburban children want rap music." - Robert Bly

"They had all this talent, and they had no instruments. So they started rap music. They rhymed on their own. They made their own sounds and their own movements." - Max Roach

"Some of Eminem's rap songs kind of have the teenage love songs like the fifties love songs. It's kind of like domestic drama set to music. He is really good storyteller." - Bruce Dickinson

"There are poor white people who hear rap music and feel it is about them, because it is. That's why you have an Eminem and a Bubba Sparxxx and rappers like that." - Russell Simmons

"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


"They don't want to see rap music. They don't want to see the Beastie Boys. They don't care what we're doing. They want one thing and one thing only: that's to see Madonna come on stage." - Ad-Rock

"Let the voice be the voice of the voiceless and let it come from the world of rap music to keep the stereotype and the peace at the same time." - Chuck D

"That's the beautiful thing about the saxophone. It can peacefully coexist with just about anything - whether it's hip-hop, rap, rock music, pop, R&B or jazz, there's a place for the saxophone in all of those styles." - Dave Koz

"A lot of people heard about gin and juice for the first time from Snoop Dogg, but it was nothing new in rap music, and it was nothing new in the black community." - Boots Riley

"I think all music - not just rap - has fallen into this very diluted, delusional state, where everyone's singing about money and having cars, and having all this fun; when really, people are losing their homes." - Ice T

"I have tried... believe me, I have tried to like rap music. It makes me feel so very, very old. I have tried to get home with the downies." - Dylan Moran

"You must not you worry about leaks or pieces [stolen] on your computer. You just make songs, you gotta make music, keep stuff out. You may not know rap, but that's how it works." - Young Thug

"I don't think you can be a good musician if you just listen to rap, or just the [type of music] you do. You gotta be open to other ideas." - Freddie Gibbs

"What music I listen to day to day changes very, very much. I can go from bluegrass to heavy metal, to blues, to classical and big band and then go to pop and rap." - Casey James

"Music can kind of make you one-dimensional. People see what's on the surface and what you rap about, and they make their decision on who you are from there." - Chance The Rapper

"I remember rap music. We used to party and dance off of it. Today it's all about a whole different angle... Rappers are going against each other, and it's more of a bragging, boasting thing." - Flavor Flav

"Rap is always evolving. It's easy for the old school to hate the new school, but it's a music that got a little stifled I think, by the Internet a little bit." - Ice Cube

"I feel like I was the only person who was capable of making this type of music in this type of way. I don't rap like nobody, I don't try to sound like nobody." - Mos Def

"I love pop music... some hip hop... not super big into rap, but I love Rihanna. I love Alicia Keys. Rihanna was my first concert I went to. I love her." - Gracie Gold



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