Rap music combines rhyme, rhythmic speech, and street vernacular with a backbeat or other musical accompaniment. Songs can be simple party rhymes or they can make insightful statements on issues such as materialism, violence, spirituality, and politics. YourDictionary's collection of rap quotes explores the many different sides of this musical genre.
Take these words home and think it through; Or the next rhyme I write might be about you.
Shook Ones, Pt. 2 (1995)
I'd rather chase a dream than be content to sit behind a desk.G-Eazy
You can put your whole army against my team and I guarantee you it'll be your very last time breathing.mobb Deep
I got my eyes on you, You're everything that I see.drake
I know I got angels watchin' me from the other side.Kanye West
I'm only 19 but my mind is older; When things get for real, my warm heart turns cold.mobb Deep
Don't ever forget the moment you began to doubt, transitioning from fitting in to standing out.drake
(I'm) swimming in the money come and find me, Nemodrake
I bet if I give all my love then nothing's gonna tear us apart.drake
Dedicate to you, I need you inspired, I need you excited, I don't wanna fight it.drake
Doing is one thing, doing it right is a whole different story.drake
You know it's real when your latest nights are your greatest nights, The sun is up when you get home, that's just a way of life.drake
Maybe in some other lifetime, Or somewhere down the road, We might meet up at the right time.G-Eazy
If you just heard about me then you're stupid late.G-Eazy
While I'm working 'til I'm on top of it. Never take a second and stop and sit and just watch a bit.G-Eazy
Why do I cry when the tears never dry, Why do I drown when I look through your eyes?G-Eazy
Keep your nose out the sky, keep your heart to God, And keep your face to the risin' sun.Kanye West
The most violent of the violent-est crimes we give life tomobb Deep
Popular rap quotations can be either song lyrics or critiques of the genre itself. Rap is most often associated with hip hop culture, but actually has its roots in the traditions of the griots of West Africa. They delivered stories rhythmically, using drums and sparse instrumentation as background tracks. Modern rappers take a similar approach. Many often use literary techniques such as alliteration, double entendre, similes, and metaphors to add a layer of complexity to a song.
Fans of rap music embrace the art form as an extension of spoken word poetry, welcoming it into more established musical genres. They view rap as a key to opening a broader discussion of the role music plays in society at large. "Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock," said Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in a 1991 interview published in M.E.A.T. magazine.
Of course, not everyone is a fan. Musical tastes are highly subjective, so rap has its fair share of critics as well. George Harrison achieved fame as the lead guitarist for The Beatles and despised rap music all together. "Rap music is just computerized crap. I listen to Top of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone," he said.