Emotion is what hip-hop thrives on. Don't you want your music to have emotion in it? People like to always throw some negative cloud over it. Doesn't even make sense.

Kid Cudi

I've always felt that because I'm from Cleveland, which isn't recognised as a place for hip-hop, I needed to step it up if I wanted to make myself known.

Kid Cudi

All these ways we classify things as R&B and hip-hop and rock... It's bullshit. It's all music. If you put yourself in that box, then you won't be able to hear that it's all music at its soul.

Jay-Z

The Nets' a stone throw from where I used to throw bricks
...So it's only right I'm still tossing 'round Knicks.

Jay-Z

Now success was like lust, she's good to the touch,
She's good for the moment, but she's never enough

Jay-Z

They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.

Jay-Z

I can think of no one more relevant and credible in the hip-hop community to build upon Def Jam's fantastic legacy and move the company into its next groundbreaking era.

Jay-Z

I got this black chick, she don't know how to act
Always talkin' out her neck, makin' her fingers snap
She like, "Listen Jigga Man, I don't care if you rap
You better - R-E-S-P-E-C-T me

Jay-Z

Hip-hop gave a generation a common ground that didn't require either race to lose anything; everyone gained.

Jay-Z

Which is the other reason hip-hop is controversial: People don't bother trying to get it. The problem isn't in the rap or the rapper or the culture. The problem is that so many people don't even know how to listen to the music.

Jay-Z

I gave you prophecy on my first joint, and y'all lamed out
Didn't really appreciate it, 'til the second one came out

Jay-Z

Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it's attainable. I didn't do it any other way than through hip-hop.

Jay-Z

Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don't even have to like your music. If you're big enough, people are drawn to you.

Jay-Z

I'm your idol, the highest title, Numero Uno, I'm not a Puerto Rican, but I'm speakin so that you know, And understand, I got the gift of speech, And it's a blessin, so listen to the lesson I preach.

Special Ed

Think, just blink and I made...a million rhymes.
Just imagine if you blinked...a million times.
Damn, I'd be paid...I got it made.

Special Ed