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Rapping Quotes


"I've been rapping since 1979." - Coolio

"I was rapping at eight." - Nick Cannon

"If I wasn't rapping I'd be trapping" - 2 Chainz

"Rapping is the only time I'm serious." - Earl Sweatshirt

"You started rapping when you wasn't good at basketball. I started rapping because I needed Adderall." - Donald Glover

"Rapping is talking and communicating, and that's always good." - Ice Cube

"If you're really a rapper, you can't stop rapping." - Ice T

"I've always been rapping before I was making money off of it. Before I made a profit, I had always been rapping." - Meek Mill

"I would say I started rapping because my friends were doin it." - Action Bronson

"When I first came back into the booth, I starting rapping." - Tony Sunshine

"Rapping about a surgery is something that makes sense for me to do." - Lazarus of Bethany

"The vagabond who's rapping at your door, Is standing in the clothes that you once wore." - Bob Dylan

"I'm not rapping, I'm conversing. It's just a conversation between me and you." - Snoop Dogg

"I went to Sirius Satellite Radio and did my show, Rapping With Rip." - Rip Taylor

"I'm not completely at ease at rapping, I can't do it well yet." - Namie Amuro

"I've been rapping since I was 18 years old, with a crew called Blades." - Abbie Cornish

"I don't want to just be fully rapping my whole life." - Meek Mill

"I would say I started rapping because my friends were doin' it." - Action Bronson

"I was rapping in 1939. It's old. The roots are complex. And kids don't know." - Quincy Jones

"I started rapping when I was about 12 or 13, just playing around with it." - Young Buck

"The most popular rap artists aren't supposed to be rapping about being broke." - Danny Brown

"To be hip-hop is much more than just rapping in the production. It is more in the attitude." - Questlove

"I have good pronunciation no matter what language I speak. Maybe it's because my specialties are rapping and imitating others" - G-Dragon

"I have good pronunciation no matter what language I speak. Maybe it's because my specialties are rapping and imitating others" - G-Dragon

"Not even battling but just really known for rapping. Like I had songs up on Soundclick first, take it back." - Ab-Soul

"After all the beats and rhymes, I felt like everybody around me was rapping and so I was like." - Jeremih

"I definitely use 'smiling while rapping' as a tool in the booth. I want to have fun while recording." - Macklemore

"When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg." - Snoop Dogg

"In high school I was making beats for my friends and for myself and rapping over them." - Mike Shinoda

"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'm rapping in English but in an African way. I'm not trying to sound like an American." - Emmanuel Jal

"I just don't want to be rapping forever. I love it, but sometimes you got goals for yourself." - Obie Trice

"?fter all the beats and rhymes, I felt like everybody around me was rapping and so I was like." - Jeremih

"I got a liberal education. A white guy, rapping as Bugs Bunny, on a quintuple-platinum album." - Billy West

"When you're rapping, you do have to perform to a certain degree, but not every rapper is necessarily a gifted actor." - Queen Latifah

"Rapping is a vocal delivery, so you can do it without being part of hip-hop and not knowing what hip-hop is about." - Ice T

"Boosie is like the Lebron James when it comes to rapping, so you know if he feels it he's going in, and he gives 100 percent." - B-Real

"I just wanna affect the culture and wanna be able to support young people with goals that aren't just limited to rapping and producing." - Wale

"It makes me wonder what this rapping shits a hobby for, oh that's right, because I'm gifted in another field, and another field, and another field." - Donald Glover

"I'm not really interested in anybody, that's why I started rapping. I'm still a fan of Tupac. That's the only rapper that I'm still like, "Oh! Tupac!"" - Spencer Pratt

"I always knew that I would be some type of public figure, but I never knew that it would be rapping." - Freddie Gibbs

"I'm a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way." - Shaquille O'Neal

"You see somebody rapping and you're like, "Nah, my cousin can do that." You're spoiled by the experience. Overseas, it's still something that people can appreciate." - Talib Kweli

"I'm always gonna rap. Rapping's what I started doing, I even sang when I first started rapping, when I couldn't really sing at all but I always tried." - SonReal

"I think every rapper should know how to sing, like a little bit. I mean common man it'll make your rapping better straight up." - SonReal

"Me rapping over other people's beats doesn't mean as much as when Lil Wayne does it - no matter how hard I'm going in." - Donnis

"Writing was something I always did but that turned into singing and rapping. That something that came out of my writing." - Dreezy

"I started making music for fun maybe my senior year in college. I started rapping in high school, but it wasn't anything serious." - Cakes da killa

"Not to sound egotistic, but I've gotten kind of good at it. It's something that came naturally to me, but my rapping is rooted in my writing." - Cakes da killa

"I like the whole laid-back rapping. I wish I could rap! I wish I could wrap like Azealia Banks or Lil Wayne or someone like that..." - Charli Xcx

"Whatever happened in the neighborhood. That's what I was rapping about. And that sparked people's interest. And that's what kind of put me on that path." - Ice Cube

"I had a record deal with Sony in the beginning of the 90s, and I was rapping and singing in my band." - Volker Bertelmann

"Again I hear the creaking step! - He's rapping at the door! - Too well I know the boding sound That ushers in a bore." - John Godfrey Saxe

"I always loved rapping ever since Snoop said "1-2-3-4," I was repeating lines, but I didn't start writing my own lyrics until I was twelve." - Fashawn

"I love doing the music. I love programming beats and kind of working on the music as much, if not more, than the actual rapping." - Joaquin Phoenix

"There is no singing anymore, everything is yelling and shouting and rapping and that is real boring to a guy like me." - Sebastian Bach

"When I was in south Sudan, people used to rap in my village. But the rapping was more in the mother tongue, Nuer." - Emmanuel Jal

"I started rapping since, like, 14. But I've been obsessed with rap from when I was 11. I heard 'Baby Don't Cry,' I'll never forget." - Iggy Azalea

"When I came out rapping on my record, a lot of people said, Oh, you just want to be like Puff." - Jermaine Dupri

"When I got into high school and I was rapping, it was the attention I was loving. It was so hype." - Eve

"Throughout my rapping career, I always cooked for myself and anyone I worked with. It's what actually kept me grounded through those crazy years." - Coolio

"Rapping and singing are not two polar opposites. There's so much middle ground. And I think there's a lot of people who find that middle ground." - Ezra Koenig

"I think somewhere along the way I realized, 'O.K., no one's gonna care about a chubby Jewish dude rapping.' I realized I'd be better behind the scenes." - Benny Blanco

"So with the freestyles, I just do it for fun. If I hear something that I like, I'm rapping on it." - Kid Cudi

"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

"I was rapping as a hobby. It was something I did for my friends and just played around on ideas and stuff like that." - Brandy Norwood

"The song that's affected me the most profoundly is probably Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' or, more specifically, the couple seconds of instrumental break before Vincent Price starts 'rapping.'" - Patrick Stump

"You become more tolerant when you become older. You're not interested in rapping people over the knuckles; you're interested in understanding them." - Claire Tomalin

"What I don't do is try to like become whoever I'm rapping with. The people who go get an LL album want to hear LL." - Ll Cool J

"I like producing beats, and I like rapping, too. I have a program for the PC, and I can hook my keyboard to it." - Jamie Waylett

"I'm a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way." - Shaquille Oneal

"I used to prefer rapping over singing, but now I'm a little 50/50 about it. I like doing both, a lot - equally." - D-Pryde

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As if some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-Only this and nothing more." - Edgar Allan Poe

"I've always been surrounded by music. The arts have been in my life for a long long time. It was just always around. I can remember as far back as third grade, me rapping, pencil on the desk rapping type s**t. So I always had a passion for it." - Eskeerdo

"It was dope to the point where I felt like Common almost admired me as much as I admired him. He took us to the hotel, and then he was going through his phone, rapping his raps to me. I was like, Is Common rapping to me right now, trying to get my feedback?" - Dreezy

"When I started Fool's Gold and producing consistent records that were like electro beats with rapping on it that was experimental and weird. I made a mixtape called Dirty South Dance where I put rap vocals over dance music. That was literally an experiment. Now all these rappers are rapping on dance music. This is something I've been trying to build for a while." - A-Trak

"Rapping and my style, we're brothers. If you go round now and ask rappers about Shabba, they know me as well as I know them. It's similar. The only difference is that they're using a funky beat. I'm on a reggae beat. I don't use the amount of lyrics that they use but it's definitely rapping." - Shabba Ranks

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." - Edgar Allan Poe

"I don't have to work on it. I'm naturally a writer. The rapping and writing, they can go hand-in-hand - but rapping is an art that you have to practice and master, so I worked at it for a long time." - Lupe Fiasco

"I like challenging myself. I like the challenge of rapping to fast beats, rapping to beats that are super slow, whatever. I like the challenges, so I'm not afraid to take on any piece of music and create a song to it if it feels right to me." - Will Ferrell

"Money is important in the rap industry because you're always rapping to be bigger than the other person - bigger than who you're rapping to. A lot of my music is really, really, really humbled down. I don't have as much money as the average rapper, but I'm still good." - D-Pryde

"It's about finding what's next. I'm hesitant to let people know what producers I'm f-ing with, what I'm rapping about. I'd rather drop that winning hand out of nowhere." - Drake

"I got into rapping by being a victim of circumstances; it was a hard situation with my brother. Mainly my older brother got hit with a life sentence, so he kind of inspired me." - Trae tha Truth

"It's about finding what's next. I'm hesitant to let people know what producers I'm f-ing with, what I'm rapping about. I'd rather drop that winning hand out of nowhere." - Drake

"If you want to say something profound, writing from your heartbeat is different than writing from the loud voices you get from music. If they're rapping from noise, it's about robbing people. It's that simple." - Russell Simmons

"Me being biracial, me being from Canada but having success in the States, I have all these moments in my life where I'm jumping roof to roof. Black to white. Singing and rapping." - Drake

"I was 14 years old when I started rapping and I was terrible. I fell in love with it though and when that happens with me I become super passionate and go all the way with it." - G-Eazy

"I don't even think I'm that good at rapping, but I think what makes a great rapper - what CAN make a great rapper - is someone who wants to be better." - Donald Glover

"Rather than trying to put an end to Eminem or some other rapper, politicians should think about why they're rapping. It's easier to try to censor some kid who's swearing about poverty than it is to stop the poverty." - Willie Nelson

"It's hard to find rap that I love, you know. I'm one of those rapping a** rappers, but I just fall into a different category because I'm giving the people what they want." - Eskeerdo

"I was djing before I was rapping. I was calling myself Mike Geronimo and spelling it like Mike but he was just like spell it M-i-c. I was like that's ill cuz it stands out." - Mic Geronimo

"Even though Prince wasn't rapping and it was a whole different era, it shows how artists expressed themselves without saying too much, and that was the real beauty of the art." - Tyga

"I have always been writing but when I started rapping I was just playing around. My friends told me I needed a rap name like Breezy or G-Eazy so I went with Dreezy." - Dreezy

"Before I started rapping and touring I weighed about 160. But by going on the road every night eating fast food, performing every night, partying and drinking I started gaining weight immediately." - Rakim

"Will Smith is a funny person, a very likable person, but at the same time he can be serious and really handle his business. I'll stay away from talking about his rapping abilities, though." - Colin Kaepernick

"Young kids out here see what's on TV and feel like they can start rapping. They think rappers are rich and really have their own jets and Bentleys, but in lot of cases that stuff is rented." - Rahki

"I was a good student. By 8th grade, you've basically learned everything. By senior year, we was drinking, we was kickin' it, we was rapping. It wasn't really like business, hard work." - Dreezy

"If I was with some other rappers who aren't as polished, or I was the only rapper, I don't think I would be where I'm, nor would I be rapping. They pushed me, we pushed each other on every record." - Schoolboy Q

"While I was rapping I was always involved in youth work - I ran music workshops for teenagers and young offenders all the time and also ran a charity for refugee kids for a time." - Doc Brown

"SK La'Flare's a legend. It was me, him and Vince, and Frank would come through sometimes and s - - and he was, like, fully rapping. N - - s was on it." - Earl Sweatshirt

"Rapping for me is more about being entertaining and giving something back to the fans. I want people to say, 'There goes Pooch holding his own with Consequence, Rick Ross, and Drake.'" - Pooch Hall

"That's what my music... I'm working on a solo record right now, it's gonna be more hip-hop than anything, like electronic hip-hop, futuristic hip-hop. I'm probably gonna be rapping on it." - Alan Vega

"There are a lot of people who really abused sampling and gave it a bad name, by just taking people's entire hit songs and rapping over them. It gave publishers license to get a little greedy." - Beck

"I hadn't done much rapping in a while. I really wasn't sure I was going to do that any more. For a couple years I thought I was done with that. It wasn't really required of me." - Beck

"There's been people who've rapped and produced - like Kanye - but I don't feel like on the rapping side there's ever been a producer who can rap as good as I think I can rap." - J Cole

"I started rapping because I wanted people to hear what I have to say, I want as many people to hear me as possible, and I do everything in my power to make that pop." - Talib Kweli

"Toasting is basically what you call rapping. It came off of playing the beats at the parties, however it be. You find a space in the beat, and you have somebody live just basically saying rhymes over the beat." - Damian Marley

"Myself, I'm just a simple country boy who spent time on the streets and developed a style of writing and rapping and a cool sound that people seem to enjoy." - Big Smo

"I love rapping. I do. My styling's similar to Missy Elliott - I think she's so dope. In a weird way, that's how I first learned the American accent: doing American rap songs." - Rebel Wilson

"I love when rappers have a off-beat, very abstract timing, and he certainly did.And any rapper who really approaches rapping with the art form of songwriting melodically - I know a bunch of rappers who actually go in before they write the lyrics and come up with the melody. And you can hear and feel that difference so much when that's the case." - Solange Knowles

"My name came from me wanting a 'double-letter' artist name. In search of the ultimate L-word to put in front of my real name Luke, I heard Snoop Dogg rapping in Gin and Juice 'Laaaaiiidbackk...' and I was sold!" - Laidback Luke

"People who mock rap and say, "I don't like it" should go and check out Kanye [West] in the studio rapping, or Marshall, Eminem, when he's in the studio. It's a phenomenon. Don't knock it until you've seen it. It may not be your cup of tea, but don't ridicule it." - Elton John

"I can see myself retiring from rapping, but I don't think from music. After that, I think I'd just go into some other kind of music, 'cuz I'm a worldwide fan of music, all types of music, all cultures, so I'll always be involved." - Redman

"Most rappers are black men. If you're a black man, you owe something to the community that you came from. If you're rapping about the community that you came from, and you're romanticizing parts of it for the entertainment of people who don't look like you, you certainly owe something to the community." - Killer Mike

"Lula had Eminem cranked up. He was rapping about trailer park girls and how they go round the outside, and I was wondering what the heck that meant. I'm a white girl from Trenton. I don't know these things. I need a rap cheat sheet." - Janet Evanovich

"I started doing shows in places that I couldn't pronounce, didn't know existed, and I've seen people that didn't speak English or Spanish rapping to every lyric and singing to every hook. I said, "This is the type of music that I want to do."" - Pitbull

"I saw Nicki for the first time and, like, literally fell in love. She had this snap-back hat on that said 'Minaj.' She used to wear that every single day. She was like a theater student and she was so cold at rapping." - Drake

"He [Chris Martin] can't have background music on. It has to be 100?percent of his attention. But if he isn't at home, I turn on the hip-hop. I'm like a bad mutha rapping along to every word as I cook." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"It's all about the work. Nothing is going to fall into your lap. If you want to be a lawyer, see yourself as a lawyer, go to the library and start learning the law. If you want to be a rapper, start rapping and get out there. Live your life as if you already are where you want to be." - Russell Simmons

"Well before I was rapping. I was just a regular kid in school. I just liked to chill my friends and play games and stuff like that. One day at school my friends were freestyling at the lunch table and thats where it all started." - Soulja Boy

"Yeah, I was a brother on the streets of Compton doing a lot of things most people look down on but it did pay off. Then we started rapping about real stuff that shook up the LAPD and the FBI. But we got our message across big time, and everyone in America started paying attention to the boys in the hood." - Eazy-E

"I've been rapping and writing since junior high school, just having fun with it as a hobby. Then I got signed to a label Poe Boy Entertainment four years ago, I started taking it serious about a year and a half, two years ago." - Jacki-O

"The whole tape [Dedication 5] is amazing. It's my favourite accomplishment [working with Lil Wayne] and I say that with thought. It's the biggest accomplishment I've made today, because Lil Wayne is probably the biggest reason why I'm sitting here right now, rapping and doing what I do. I'm a huge Wayne fan forever." - Chance The Rapper

"Two things happened. The creative side of my career was harmed. When I'd sit down and write under the influence of coke, the ratio of pages kept to pages thrown out declined drastically. But onstage, when rapping about a feeling I already owned, I would sometimes get a burst of eloquence." - George Carlin

"I like my R&B, my hip-hop. But I'm old school, I don't like a lot of new stuff. Though I do like a little bit of Meek Mill. He kind of sounds angry when he's rapping so I like that part of the game." - P. K. Subban

"The way I think it all went down was MTV was doing a special on people and my publicist heard about it.It was a good thing though. People ask me about that all the time, all over the world. Sometimes I feel I'm more known for that then for rapping." - Mic Geronimo

"When I began rapping, I only had one form at my disposal. All I had, all I needed was a rhyme verse; sixteen bar, thirty-two bar, whatever it was. If I had an idea it came out as a rhyme. When I challenged myself to think beyond that, my first thing other than a rhyme that I wrote was a play." - Kate Tempest

"He [Chris Martin] can't have background music on. It has to be 100&8201;percent of his attention. But if he isn't at home, I turn on the hip-hop. I'm like a bad mutha rapping along to every word as I cook." - Gwyneth Paltrow

"I look at my career and I feel I have the potential to maybe mature into a Samuel Jackson-type older cat, and people will still respect me and say 'Yo, Ice-T was wild', into my old age. And why not? I don't necessarily think I'll be rapping in 10 years." - Ice T

"Rappers are usually rapping about knowledge they think people need to get by in the world. If there's no movement that gives the idea that the knowledge people need is how to take over the system, what they see is that people need to know how to hustle; people need to know how to survive." - Boots Riley

"I would challenge more hip hop artists that are rapping about what it`s like to be real and the social ills that we face, if you aren`t backing Bernie Sanders, I have to question your credibility in terms of do you mean the songs you`re writing." - Killer Mike

"You can put together an album with a bunch of producers, but your vision has to be clear. If you just grab a track from this person and this person and put them on a CD it doesn't mean that they go, just because you are rapping over them." - Young De

"I have done whole projects with Scoop Deville, I like to basically work with a single producer. I always just worked on a bunch of songs, and then put them together, whether it was an EP or another project. None of them were mixtapes where I was rapping over other peoples beats." - Young De

"Will Young. He's a great white soul singer. But he was slightly disappointing when I met him - not that friendly. Perhaps he was having a bad day. I love Take That, they're terrific. Gary Barlow is so talented. I've always hated punk rock and I'm not mad about rapping, but then it's not really for my age group." - Tony Blackburn

"I never gave up rapping - it gave up on me. There was no industry and no appetite for UK rap back then and I had a daughter to feed. I couldn't keep doing something full time that didn't pay the bills." - Doc Brown

"Usually, my rhymes are just in my head. I start off with a theme, and once I start rapping and writing and singing, the chorus and all that, it just starts flowing. Then it's done in about an hour! I write a lot of songs." - Roshon Fegan

"My come-out record, '10 Day,' was the thing people were supposed to hear and figure out 'he's good' or 'he's not good.' 'Acid Rap' is the comeback tape, and it asks way bigger and better questions than, 'Is he good at rapping?'" - Chance The Rapper

"I started rapping before anybody had ever bought a car from it. It was truly about the art form and the culture, more so than now, where it's a successful way to make money. Back then you had to be doing it because you liked it." - Ice T

"When I say that I'm not dancing, people get it confused, like I'm not going to do anything outside of rap. It's not that. When I leave this earth, I want to be remembered as an M.C. But I'm definitely going to touch a lot of other genres, not just rapping." - Astro

"I was part of a group called Casanova Fly, doing bouncer work, attending college and working in a pizza shop when I first met producer Sylvia Robinson who came into the pizza shop where I was flipping the dough. I was rapping in the park in Englewood, and she heard about what I was doing." - Big Bank Hank

"My come-out record, '10 Day,' was the thing people were supposed to hear and figure out 'he's good' or 'he's not good.' 'Acid Rap' is the comeback tape, and it asks way bigger and better questions than, 'Is he good at rapping?" - Chance The Rapper

"You can count on one hand the white rappers that have made it. So I just wanted to show the point of view of an actor in Hollywood, because what could be more soft than that. Rapping about auditions and acting and stuff. I thought it was just uncharted territory to clown on, so that pushed through with Dirt Nasty." - Simon Rex

"I really want to do the unexpected, and I think that's what I did when I executed 'Long.Live.A$AP.' I wanted people to really see the message and that I'm an artist who not only has the capability of rapping, but of composing great music both for people of my generation and for people with different backgrounds." - Asap Rocky

"I was the kind of kid who loved singing. I loved rapping; I loved attention. But for me, it was more about chasing the dream of being a superstar because of the town I was from and because of what I'd seen." - Trey Songz

"Barriers have been broken: rappers are singing, and singers are rapping. You might catch a rapper on a rock song, a pop artist on a hip-hop song - there are so many different things that are going on today. That is the same way in which we live our lives; we're all over the place. I like to try different things." - Trey Songz

"I'm definitely inspired by Michael Jackson. I watch all his videos all the time. And Busta Rhymes, early Busta Rhymes - I really was inspired by him. He's really the reason why I started rapping. Because all his visuals. I loved his videos when I was younger." - Tyga

"I've never been the straight rapper that is going to stand in a cipher and battle all day. I started off battle rapping, but to me, making songs became more important than freestyles... I've met many rappers who can freestyle but can't make a record." - Queen Latifah

"Gibberish rap is - I freestyle all the time, just hangin' out with friends. And sometimes when I'm freestyling, I'll lose my flow, you know, but I'll still wanna - I don't wanna just stop rapping because I lose my flow. So I'll just put in nonsense words till I can bring in regular words again." - Hannibal Buress

"When it came to hip-hop... I don't know. Maybe I was insecure. You know, this is the early '90s. If you were a white guy, and you were rapping, that wasn't as accepted yet. I was scared of the quiet Northeast suburbs, so I couldn't embrace my full rapper self." - Charlie Day