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
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
You can put your whole army against my team and I guarantee you it'll be your very last time breathing.mobb Deep
I'm only 19 but my mind is older; When things get for real, my warm heart turns cold.mobb Deep
Life ain't a rehearsal, the camera's always rollin'.drake
Everybody has an addiction, mine happens to be you.drake
I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I've ever known.drake
Everybody talks and everybody listen, But somehow the truth just always comes up missing.drake
Even when the night is cold, I got that fire in my soul.G-Eazy
Baby, I could rule the world, With a girl like you, in my arms.G-Eazy
I just dove more into rapping because I had a lot that I wanted to express, and I wasn’t a really, really good singer.Kanye West
We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom.Kanye West
Why everything that's supposed to be bad make me feel so good?Kanye West
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.