Jay-Z Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Jay-Z Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Jay-Z Sayings: [T]he truth is that drug addicts have a disease. It only takes a short time [T]he truth is that drug addicts have a disease. It only takes a short time in the streets to realize that out-of-control addiction is a medical problem, not a form of recreational or criminal behavior. And the more society treats drug addiction as a crime, the more money drug dealers will make "relieving" the suffering of the addicts.
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Jay-Z Sayings: They say a midget standing on a giant's shoulders can see much further than the 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.
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Jay-Z Sayings: Shakespeare was a man who wrote poetry. I'm a man who writes poetry. Why not Shakespeare was a man who wrote poetry. I'm a man who writes poetry. Why not compare yourself to the best?
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Jay-Z Sayings: If I was to stop making music tomorrow doesn't mean suddenly there is this gap. If I was to stop making music tomorrow doesn't mean suddenly there is this gap. You don't get elected. The people decide where you are. Whether I'm here or not, if they want you to be at the top then the people will move me out the way.
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Jay-Z Sayings: Now success was like lust, she's good to the touch,She's good for the moment, but Now success was like lust, she's good to the touch,
She's good for the moment, but she's never enough
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Jay-Z Sayings: My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen years old. People sometimes say that now I'm so far away from that life - now that I've got businesses and Grammys and magazine covers - that I have no right to rap about it. But how distant is the story of your own life ever going to be? The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand. It was life during wartime.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I gave you prophecy on my first joint, and y'all lamed outDidn't really appreciate it, I gave you prophecy on my first joint, and y'all lamed out
Didn't really appreciate it, 'til the second one came out
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Jay-Z Sayings: It's always been most important for me to figure out "my space" rather than trying It's always been most important for me to figure out "my space" rather than trying to check out what everyone else is up to, minute by minute. Technology is making it easier to connect to other people, but maybe harder to keep connected to yourself
and that's essential for any artist, I think.
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Jay-Z Sayings: Can I hit it in the morning with out giving you have of my dough? Can I hit it in the morning with out giving you have of my dough?
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Jay-Z Sayings: The most amazing feeling I feelWords can't describe what I'm feeling for real Maybe I The most amazing feeling I feel
Words can't describe what I'm feeling for real
Maybe I paint the sky blue
My greatest creation was you.
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Jay-Z Sayings: This communist talk is so confusing This communist talk is so confusing
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Jay-Z Sayings: I wrote this [Most Kings] before MJ died, and his death only proves my point: I wrote this [Most Kings] before MJ died, and his death only proves my point: When he was alive, the King of Pop, people were tireless in taking him down, accepting as truth every accusation people made against him, assuming the worst until they drove him away. When he died, suddenly he was beloved again - people realized that the charges against him might really have been bogus, and that the skin lightening was really caused by a disease, and that his weirdness was part of his artistry. But when he was alive and on top, they couldn't wait to bring him down.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over. I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.
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Jay-Z Sayings: One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That's the American ideal. Poor people don't like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don't like to think of themselves as poor. It's embarrassing. When you're a kid, even in the projects, one kid will mercilessly snap on another kid over minor material differences, even though by the American standard, they're both broke as shit.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I'm not afraid of dying I'm afraid of not trying I'm not afraid of dying I'm afraid of not trying
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Jay-Z Sayings: Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who've never done anything because Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who've never done anything because if you haven't been successful, then you don't know how it feels to lose it all.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I'd rather die enormous than live dormant. I'd rather die enormous than live dormant.
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Jay-Z Sayings: When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5 It ain't to play games with When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5
It ain't to play games with you, it's to aim at you, probably maim you
If I owe you I'm blowin' you to smithereens.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I believe you can speak things into existence. I believe you can speak things into existence.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I spring train in the winter, around early December ... I spring train in the winter, around early December ...
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Jay-Z Sayings: I got this black chick, she don't know how to actAlways talkin' out her neck, 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
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Jay-Z Sayings: As fate would have it, Jay's status appears To be at an all-time high, perfect As fate would have it, Jay's status appears
To be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye
When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5.
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Jay-Z Sayings: We give violent movies a pass but come down hard on a rapper like Scarface, We give violent movies a pass but come down hard on a rapper like Scarface, who is ultimately a storyteller just like Brian de Palma. And neither of them is responsible for the poverty and violence that really do shape people's lives
not to mention their individual choices.
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Jay-Z Sayings: When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was the struggle of this poor kid in this environment and how her life changed. It immediately resonated.
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Jay-Z Sayings: Everybody look at you strange, say you changed Like you work that hard to stay Everybody look at you strange, say you changed
Like you work that hard to stay the same.
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Jay-Z Sayings: By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn't By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn't need pen or paper - my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape.
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Jay-Z Sayings: It was a very intense and stressful situation. There was playing in the Johnny-pump (an It was a very intense and stressful situation. There was playing in the Johnny-pump (an opened fire hydrant) and the ice-cream man coming around and all of these games that we'd play, and suddenly it would turn just violent and there would be shootings at 12 in the afternoon on any given day.
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Jay-Z Sayings: In the end, you can't censor the truth, especially when it comes packaged in hot In the end, you can't censor the truth, especially when it comes packaged in hot music.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice - anything just to get a paper bag. And I'd write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back. Then I would transfer them into the notebook.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I never ask for nothin' I don't demand of myself. Honesty, loyalty, friends and then I never ask for nothin' I don't demand of myself. Honesty, loyalty, friends and then wealth
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Jay-Z Sayings: You can pay for school, but you can't buy class You can pay for school, but you can't buy class
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Jay-Z Sayings: Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Because styles can be figured out. And when you have no style they can't figure you out.
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Jay-Z Sayings: No one's walking around here perfect. Everyone's gonna make mistakes. That's part of how you No one's walking around here perfect. Everyone's gonna make mistakes. That's part of how you learn.
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Jay-Z Sayings: What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple
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Jay-Z Sayings: I love you so, But why I love you, I'll never know. I love you so, But why I love you, I'll never know.
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Jay-Z Sayings: Far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it Far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it
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Jay-Z Sayings: Gotta keep it peace like a buddhist Nobody gonna Wesley snipe me It's less than Gotta keep it peace like a buddhist
Nobody gonna Wesley snipe me
It's less than likely,
Move back,
Let I breathe Jedi knight,
The more space I get the better I write,
(Oh) Never I write, but, if, ever I write,
I need the space to say whatever I like.
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Jay-Z Sayings: I seen the worst of the worst. I deserve every blessing I receive I'm from I seen the worst of the worst. I deserve every blessing I receive I'm from the dirt.
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Jay-Z Sayings: When you listen to an album, it shouldn't feel like, "That's the girl song," "That's When you listen to an album, it shouldn't feel like, "That's the girl song," "That's the club song." I shouldn't know what you're thinking while you're making the song. I don't want to know what the artist is thinking.
Jay-Z Sayings: This is black superhero music right here, baby! This is black superhero music right here, baby!
Jay-Z Sayings: Cough up a lung where I'm from marcy son, aint nothin nice Cough up a lung where I'm from marcy son, aint nothin nice
Jay-Z Sayings: Housing projects are a great metaphor for the government's relationship to poor folks: these huge Housing projects are a great metaphor for the government's relationship to poor folks: these huge islands built mostly in the middle of nowhere, designed to warehouse lives. People are still people, though, so we turned the projects into real communities, poor or not. We played in fire hydrants and had cookouts and partied, music bouncing off concrete walls. But even when we could shake off the full weight of those imposing buildings and try to just live, the truth of our lives and struggle was still invisible to the larger country. The rest of the country was freed of any obligation to claim us. Which was fine, because we weren't really claiming them, either.
Jay-Z Sayings: Difficult takes a dayImpossible takes a weekI do this in my sleep Difficult takes a day
Impossible takes a week
I do this in my sleep
Jay-Z Sayings: Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that 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 Sayings: I'm gonna fight, and I'm gonna make something out of nothing. That's pretty much the I'm gonna fight, and I'm gonna make something out of nothing. That's pretty much the American dream. So, for me, the realization that I could speak to people like that came first on a small scale. Then it just started happening. I started having this vibration.
Jay-Z Sayings: I jack, I rob, I sin. Aw man, I'm Jackie Robinson 'Cept when I run I jack, I rob, I sin. Aw man, I'm Jackie Robinson 'Cept when I run base, I dodge the pen
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm a person that works off of music. I let the music dictate the direction. I'm a person that works off of music. I let the music dictate the direction.
Jay-Z Sayings: I look in the mirror, my only opponent I look in the mirror, my only opponent
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm not saying I'm God. But as far as lyrics, I'm God MC. I'm not saying I'm God. But as far as lyrics, I'm God MC.
Jay-Z Sayings: Everybody can tell you how to do it but they never done it Everybody can tell you how to do it but they never done it
Jay-Z Sayings: Sometimes I trip on how happy we could beAnd so I put this on my Sometimes I trip on how happy we could be
And so I put this on my life
Nobody or nothing will ever come between us
And I promise I'll give my life
Jay-Z Sayings: Niggas pray and pray on my downfall, But every time I hit the ground I Niggas pray and pray on my downfall, But every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball
Jay-Z Sayings: I think Lil Wayne is extremely talented. I think he's one of the most talented I think Lil Wayne is extremely talented. I think he's one of the most talented ones out there.
Jay-Z Sayings: You put the right artist on the right track in the studio and leave the You put the right artist on the right track in the studio and leave the door open to let God in.
Jay-Z Sayings: Everyone who makes music is a good collaborator at their foundation because in order to Everyone who makes music is a good collaborator at their foundation because in order to make music, you have to connect to it in a way that other people can't.
Jay-Z Sayings: But this is one of the things that makes rap at its best so human. But this is one of the things that makes rap at its best so human. It doesn't force you to pretend to be only one thing or another, to be a saint or a sinner. It recognizes that you can be true to yourself and still have unexpected dimensions and opposing ideas. Having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other is the most common thing in the world. The real bullshit is when you act like you don't have contradictions inside you, that you're so dull and unimaginative that your mind never changes or wanders into strange, unexpected places.
Jay-Z Sayings: When it comes to signing up new talent, that's what I'm looking for not just When it comes to signing up new talent, that's what I'm looking for
not just someone who has the skill, but someone built for this life. Someone who has the work ethic, the drive. The gift that Jordan had wasn't just that he was willing to do the work, but he loved doing it, because he could feel himself getting stronger, ready for anything. He left the game and came back and worked just as hard as he did when he started. He came into the game as Rookie of the Year, and he finished the last playoff game of his career with a shot that won the Bulls their sixth championship. THAT'S THE KIND OF CONSISTENCY THAT YOU CAN ONLY GET BY ADDING DEAD-SERIOUS DISCIPLINE TO WHATEVER TALENT YOU HAVE.
Jay-Z Sayings: I like a girl who spend a little cash for her shoes. I like a girl who spend a little cash for her shoes.
Jay-Z Sayings: Rappers, as a class, are not engaged in anything criminal. They're musicians. Some rappers and Rappers, as a class, are not engaged in anything criminal. They're musicians. Some rappers and friends of rappers commit crimes. Some bus drivers commit crimes. Some accountants commit crimes. But there aren't task forces devoted to bus drivers or accountants. Bus drivers don't have to work under the preemptive suspicion of law enforcement. The difference is obvious, of course: Rappers are young black men telling stories that the police, among others, don't want to hear. Rappers tend to come from places where police are accustomed to treating everybody like a suspect. The general style of rappers is offensive to a lot of people. But being offensive is not acrime, at least not one that's on the books. The fact that law enforcement treats rap like organized crime tells you a lot about just how deeply rap offends some people
they'd love for rap itself to be a crime, but until they get that law passed, they come after us however they can.
Jay-Z Sayings: Only he without sin can tell me if my means justify my ends. Only he without sin can tell me if my means justify my ends.
Jay-Z Sayings: I don't even like the word politics. It implies something underhanded and I think we I don't even like the word politics. It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm far from being god, but I work god damn hard. I'm far from being god, but I work god damn hard.
Jay-Z Sayings: You not feeling me, fine. It costs you nothing, pay me no mind.. You not feeling me, fine. It costs you nothing, pay me no mind..
Jay-Z Sayings: Everyone needs a chance to evolve. Everyone needs a chance to evolve.
Jay-Z Sayings: I collect art, and I drink wine ... things that I like that I had I collect art, and I drink wine ... things that I like that I had never been exposed to. But I never said, 'I'm going to buy art to impress this crowd.' That's just ridiculous to me. I don't live my life like that, because how could you be happy with yourself?
Jay-Z Sayings: If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts - but it's not If your dad died before you were born, yeah, it hurts - but it's not like you had a connection with something that was real. Not to say it's any better - but to have that connection and then have it ripped away was, like, the worst. My dad was such a good dad that when he left, he left a huge scar. He was my superhero.
Jay-Z Sayings: So many people that I've seen can't get clean water. It's a crime. So many people that I've seen can't get clean water. It's a crime.
Jay-Z Sayings: I love that because that's what I'm supposed to be doing - whether it's accepted I love that because that's what I'm supposed to be doing - whether it's accepted b everybody or not. I'm supposed to be pushing that envelope and trying new things. And people are supposed to say, Hov, you might have went too far.
Jay-Z Sayings: Without the work, the magic won't come. Without the work, the magic won't come.
Jay-Z Sayings: May the best of your today's be the worst of your tomorrow's May the best of your today's be the worst of your tomorrow's
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm trying to tell the story in the most clear, concise, and truthful way, taking I'm trying to tell the story in the most clear, concise, and truthful way, taking those everyday words and phrases and capturing them in a way that they become something else.
Jay-Z Sayings: And now we're lethal, infected with D'Evils And now we're lethal, infected with D'Evils
Jay-Z Sayings: Hip-hop is a perfect mix between poetry and boxing. Hip-hop is a perfect mix between poetry and boxing.
Jay-Z Sayings: The day Obama got elected, the gangsta became less relevant. The day Obama got elected, the gangsta became less relevant.
Jay-Z Sayings: If I don't show the world growth, how are we going to grow? If I don't show the world growth, how are we going to grow?
Jay-Z Sayings: Never prayed to God, I prayed to Gotti, that's right it's wicked, that's life I Never prayed to God, I prayed to Gotti, that's right it's wicked, that's life I live it. Ain't askin' for forgiveness for my sins. I gotta get my soul right, I gotta get these Devils out my life. Lord forgive him, He got them dark forces in. connected to the high power. 666. I can introduce you to evil.
Jay-Z Sayings: Jealousy's a weak emotion. Jealousy's a weak emotion.
Jay-Z Sayings: Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it's very hard to Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it's very hard to teach racism to a teenager who's listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg. It's hard to say, 'That guy is less than you.' The kid is like, 'I like that guy, he's cool. How is he less than me?
Jay-Z Sayings: The music is meant to be provocative - which doesn't mean it's necessarily obnoxious, but The music is meant to be provocative - which doesn't mean it's necessarily obnoxious, but it is (mostly) confrontational, and more than that, it's dense with multiple meanings. Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don't necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head. You can enjoy a song that knocks in the club or has witty punch lines the first time you hear it. But great rap retains mystery. It leaves shit rattling around in your head that won't make sense till the fifth or sixth time through. It challenges you.
Jay-Z Sayings: Driving Benzes with no benefits, not bad huh, for some immigrants Driving Benzes with no benefits, not bad huh, for some immigrants
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm not concerned with noise because I'm playing the long game. I'm not concerned with noise because I'm playing the long game.
Jay-Z Sayings: Housing projects can seem like labyrinths to outsiders, as complicated and intimidating as a Moroccan Housing projects can seem like labyrinths to outsiders, as complicated and intimidating as a Moroccan bazaar. But we knew our way around.
Jay-Z Sayings: I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man! I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man!
Jay-Z Sayings: THEY NEVER TAUGHT MARCUS GARVEY IN OUR SCHOOL CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IS THEIR GOLDEN RULE THEY NEVER TAUGHT MARCUS GARVEY IN OUR SCHOOL CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IS THEIR GOLDEN RULE
Jay-Z Sayings: Don't tell me what was said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable Don't tell me what was said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.
Jay-Z Sayings: Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama's camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We've sat and had dinner, and we've spoken on the phone. He's a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool.
Jay-Z Sayings: I couldn't even think about wanting to be something else; I wouldn't let myself visualize I couldn't even think about wanting to be something else; I wouldn't let myself visualize another life. But I wrote because I couldn't stop. It was a release, a mental exercise, a way of keeping sane.
Jay-Z Sayings: I ain't lookin' at you dudes -I'm lookin' past you. I ain't lookin' at you dudes -I'm lookin' past you.
Jay-Z Sayings: Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I'm going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations.
Jay-Z Sayings: Their gunnin' for me, want to see me fall, you know my story, been through Their gunnin' for me, want to see me fall, you know my story, been through it all, times I felt like dyin', but I ain't cryin', what didn't kill me, makes me strong as iron.
Jay-Z Sayings: I really just like breaking down the barriers, whether it means doing an album with I really just like breaking down the barriers, whether it means doing an album with Linkin Park, an album with R. Kelly, or playing at the Brandenburg Gate with Bono.
Jay-Z Sayings: If the beat is time, flow is what we do with that time, how we If the beat is time, flow is what we do with that time, how we live through it. The beat is everywhere, but every life has to find its own flow.
Jay-Z Sayings: Just when i thought i had everything, i lost it all Just when i thought i had everything, i lost it all
Jay-Z Sayings: We create music to express ourselves and when the world relates, that's a beautiful thing. We create music to express ourselves and when the world relates, that's a beautiful thing. We're all trading off each other's culture, so no matter what lines you put-country indie rock, rap, we're all somehow gonna find a way to come together.
Jay-Z Sayings: Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. And I grew up in rap and movies the same way.
Jay-Z Sayings: The average rap life is two or three albums. You're lucky to get to your The average rap life is two or three albums. You're lucky to get to your second album in rap!
Jay-Z Sayings: When you step outside of school and have to teach yourself about life, you develop When you step outside of school and have to teach yourself about life, you develop a different relationship to information. I've never been a purely linear thinker. You can see it in my rhymes. My mind is always jumping around, restless, making connections, mixing and matching ideas, rather than marching in a straight line. That's why I'm always stressing focus. My thoughts chase each other from room to room in my head if I let them, so sometimes I have to slow myself down.
Jay-Z Sayings: For me, the challenge is just making great albums, because talent - and writing in For me, the challenge is just making great albums, because talent - and writing in general - is not tangible. There's no expiration date on it. At the same time, you might wake up tomorrow and be unable to write music.
Jay-Z Sayings: Got some, dirt on my shoulder, could you brush it off for me? Got some, dirt on my shoulder, could you brush it off for me?
Jay-Z Sayings: Kurt Cobain OD'd on heroin before committing suicide, but he also OD'd on fame. Cobain Kurt Cobain OD'd on heroin before committing suicide, but he also OD'd on fame. Cobain was like Basquiat: They both wanted to be famous, and were brilliant enough to make it happen. But then what? Drug addicts kill themselves trying to get that feeling they got from their first high, looking for an experience they'll never get again. In his suicide note, Cobain asked himself, "Why don't you just enjoy it?" and then answered, "I don't know!" It's amazing how much of a mindfuck success can be.