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110 Best Rap Quotes and Lyrics about Life, Love and Success

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Best Rap Quotes and Lyrics about Life, Love and Success

This powerful and inspirational collection of rap quotes will inspire you to hustle hard and get your grind on.

Let these legendary hip-hop superstars of yesterday and today drop jewels in the form of rap lyrics that will stay with you for years to come.

Best Rap Quotes and Lyrics about Life, Love and Success

Rap and hip-hop are mainstream due to the music and cultures representation of confidence, boldness, and celebration of individuality.

Rap is defined as “a type of popular music recited rapidly and rhythmically over an instrumental backing.”

Although the rap music industry might have some questionable characters in the mix, there are a lot of rap artists who inspire us with truly spectacular lyrics and life lessons and make for excellent role models.

Rap quotes are equally powerful and enjoyable.

There is a lot of wisdom and inspiration to be found in the words of famous rappers, and we want to share them with you!

Let’s look at some great rap quotes and rap lyrics about life, love, and success.

Best rap quotes and lyrics about life, love and success

1.) “Next time you see a brother down
Stop and pick him up,
Cause you might be the next one stuck.” – Grand Puba, Mind Your Business

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2.) “Never become so involved with something that it blinds you.
Never forget where you from; someone will remind you.” – DMX, “It’s On

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3.) “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” – Wale

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4.) “The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So I’d rather die for a cause, than live a life that is worthless.” – Immortal Technique

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5.) “You’ve got to realize that the world’s a test,
You can only do your best and let Him do the rest.
You’ve got your life, and got your health,
So quit procrastinating and push it yourself.” – Cee-Lo, “In Due Time

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6.) “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

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7.) “Cause whatever you love can be taken away, so live like it’s your dying day.” – Machine Gun Kelly

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8.) “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.” – Eminem

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9.) “I’ve done a lot of work to get where I’m at, but I have to keep working.” –Wiz Khalifa

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10.) “Living life is a choice. Making a difference in someone else’s isn’t.”– Kid Cudi

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11.) “Every day is new. It’s just a new day. I look at six hours at a time.” – Wiz Khalifa

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12.) “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

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13.) “Be careful what you say to someone today. Because tomorrow they might not be here, and you can’t take it back.”– Wiz Khalifa

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14.) “Jump regardless of the consequence, cause even on the night of the apocalypse, everybody’s an optimist.”–Tonedeff, Optimist

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15.) “I’d shoot for the moon but I’m too busy gazing at stars.”–Eminem, Not Afraid

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16.) “Without order, nothing exists. Without chaos, nothing evolves.”–Jedi Mind Tricks, Heavy Metal Kings

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Best rap quotes and lyrics about life

17.) “You know it’s funny when it rains it pours
They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor.” – 2Pac

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18.) “Rap is something you do Hip Hop is something you live.” – KRS-One

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19.) “You know the type: loud as a motorbike but wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight.”― Jay-Z

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20.) “Don’t fall for fake people. They’re often disguised as people close to you.”― Big Lez

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21.) It’s only human to express the way you really feel, but that same humanity is my Achilles’ heel. A leopard can’t change his spots and never will; So I’m forever i’ll, now I can never chill. – Black Thought

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22.) When you’re a little kid, you don’t see color, and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind. It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap. -Eminem

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23.) I’m also not going to explain something just because I said it in a rap. Take what you want from it. – Azealia Banks

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24.) “You gotta be able to smile through the bullshit.” – Tupac

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25.) No one can identify the uninformed until they voice their ignorance about a topic. Silence is a fool’s best friend. Sadly, he is often too foolish to realize it. – Carlos Wallace

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26.) “Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.” – Tupac

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27.) “Life is too short to live the same day twice. So each new day make sure you live your life.” – Machine Gun Kelly

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28.) “Life without knowledge is death in disguise”
Knowledge Of Self” – Talib Kweli

29.) “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” – Tupac Shakur

30.) “Everybody’s at war with different things…I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” ― Tupac Shakur

Best rap quotes and lyrics about love, family and relationships

31.) “Once in awhile, I’mma cheat and get dome,
But best believe that I’mma always come home.
Shorty, I luv you.”  – Meyhem Lauren, “Let’s Hold Hands

32.) “If you admire someone, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.” – Kanye West

33.) “The question isn’t do he love ya the question is, do ya love yourself? You give the best advice to your friends and not take it for yourself.” –Big Sean, Jump Out The Window

34.) “Last night I saw you in my dreams, now I can’t wait to go to sleep.”–Kanye West, Hey Mama

35.) “People will love you and support you when it’s beneficial.”– Nicki Minaj, Pills and Potions

36.) Love yourself and your expression, you can’t go wrong. – KRS-One

37.) “Forgive but don’t forget girl, keep ya head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing don’t believe him, and if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.” – Tupac

38.) “One day you’re gonna remember me and how much I love you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.” – Drake

39.) “Trust your own judgement, live with it and love it.” – Nas

40.) “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.” – Drake

Rap quotes about music and motivation

41.) Music just ain’t what it used to;
We used to have songs that you could shoplift or boost to. – Jadakiss, “Hip-Hop (Remix)

42.) “You could name practically any problem in the hood and there’d be a rap song for you.” ― Jay-Z, Decoded

43.) Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism. – Eminem

44.) Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. – Jay-Z

45.) I would say that I’m more moved by melody, even though I love to rap. – Drake

46.) I love country music, but I also love gangster rap. – Anderson East

47.) I don’t even listen to rap. My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. – Kanye West

48.) I am obsessed with rap music – it’s such a big part of my life. – Randall Park

49.) Although rap is about boasting, it’s also about honesty and expressing your emotions. – Keith Stanfield

50.) My girlfriend is rap. Music and albums and records and my kids. – Mystikal

51.) Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock. – Kurt Cobain

52.) It’s bad poetry executed by people that can’t sing. That’s my definition of Rap. – Peter Steele

Best rap quotes and lyrics about friends

53.) “Me and my people break bread, sit and smoke
The conversation rich, but that depend on what you consider broke” – Talib Kweli

54.) “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. ” ― Snoop Dogg

55.) “Pay attention to whom your energy increases and decreases around. That’s the universe giving you a hint of who you should embrace and who you should keep away from.” – Diddy

56.) “I can see you’re sad even when you smile, even when you laugh I can see it in your eyes.”–Eminem, Mockingbird

57.) “Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there’ll never be a sequel.” – Nicki Minaj, All Things Go

58.) I’m on the pursuit of happiness. I know everything that shines ain’t always gold. I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good. – Kid Cudi

59.) Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. – Rick Ross

60.) “You’ve got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something.” – Eminem

Rap quotes and lyrics about respect

61.) “How far must you go to gain respect? Um…
Well, it’s kind of simple: just remain your own.
Or you’ll be crazy sad and alone.” – Q-Tip, Check the Rhime

62.) “Only God can judge me.”― Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete

63.) “No law’s gonna change us, we have to change us.” – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Same Love

64.) “Kept breaking promises you said you would keep, so you can leave a message at the beep.” – Mac Miller

65.) “The sooner you realize things will never be the same, the sooner you can move on.” – Kid Cudi

66.) “I’m going to always rise above the doubt that may exist about me.” – T.I

67.) “Everyday is a new opportunity to reach that goal.” – Rick Ross

68.) “Never assume you know what’s going on in someone’s life unless you heard it straight from the source.” – Chris Brown

69.) “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are. While your reputation is what others merely think you are.” – Jay Z

70.) “I’ll be your best friend if you promise you’ll be mine.” – 50 Cent

Rap quotes and lyrics about fame

71.) “Some seek fame cause they need validation,
Some say hating is confused admiration.” – Nas, “Stay”

72.) “‘I am happy’. That’s just the saddest lie.” – Kid Cudi, Soundtrack 2 My Life

73.) “Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.” – Kanye West, Homecoming

74.) “Rappers wear diamonds to compensate for a lack of fashion sense.” – A$AP Rocky

75.) “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

76.) “Why do we try so hard to fit in, when we were born to stand out?” – Machine Gun Kelly

77.) “Good things come in good time.” – Wiz Khalifa

78.) “What I wanna know is why I never fit in right, like a fat dude getting on a packed flight.” – Childish Gambino

79.) “Well, hip hop is what makes the world go round.” – Snoop Dogg

80.) “Even the genius asks his questions.” – Tupac

Rap quotes about money and hustle

81.) “Money will brainwash you and leave your ass mindless
Snakes slither in the grass spineless” – Eminem

82.) “I’m a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!”― Jay-Z

83.) “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!”― Jay-Z

84.) “Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.” –Kanye West

85.) “Even though you’re fed up, you got to keep ya head up.”–2Pac, Keep Ya Head Up

86.) “I like when money makes a difference but don’t make you different.”–Drake, From Time

87.) “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.” – Eminem

88.) “They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up and go and think of better things.” – Mac Miller

89.) “Take the first chance that you get, because you may never get another one.” – Lil Wayne

90.) “You might not have a car or big gold chain, stay true to yourself and things will change.” – Snoop Dogg

Rap quotes to inspire and teach

91.) “I don’t like thugs, I don’t like nerds,
I don’t like myself and I hate bein’ disturbed.” – Sean Price, “Critically Acclaimed

92.) “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone
After you who’s last, it’s Doom, he’s the worst known” – MF DOOM

93.) “I never sleep ‘cuz sleep is the cousin of death.” – Nas

94.) “Same kid’s went to Catholic school is dealers
And same n_gga’s had no heart is now killers” – Ma$e

95.) “Telling my business to kids I don’t even know,
You’re like a daytime talk show…and that’s low.” – Guru, “Take it Personal

96.) “We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.” – Drake

97.) “Never apologize for what you feel. It’s like apologizing for being real.” – Lil Wayne

98.) “Only God can judge me, so I’m gone, either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay Z

99.) “For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.” – Tupac

100.) “How many people you bless, is how you measure success.” – Rick Ross

Other inspirational rap quotes and lyrics

101.) “You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.” – Nas

102.) “You can make something of your life, it just depends on your drive.” – Eminem

103.) “Love me or hate me, I stay hate free. They say we learn from mistakes well that’s why they mistake me.” – Lil Wayne

104.) “If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart.” – Biggie Smalls

103.) “God will take you through hell, just to get to heaven.” – T.I

104.) “Regardless of how it goes down, life goes on.” – Rick Ross

105.) “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.” – Chris Brown

106.) “I remember the love right after the fights. You can’t tell me you don’t remember those nights.” – Lil Wayne

107.) “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good. But once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s bad forever.” – Jay Z

108.) “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

109.) “Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” – Wiz Khalifa

110.) “Everyone has an addiction. Mine happens to be you.” – Andre 3000

Which Rap quotes were your favorites?

Despite all the funny characters that might exist in the rap music industry, there are plenty of rap artists who inspire with their powerful and enjoyable words and lyrics.

Think not of the ones who are just in it for the fame, but look to these great rap lyricists who made a lasting impression in the minds of millions with their powerful flows.

Hopefully, these rap quotes and lyrics have inspired the way you look at life and success.

Did you enjoy these rap quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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    yee

    June 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Life without dreaming is a life without meaning-that is MK shit

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    ant

    April 23, 2019 at 8:18 am

    u guys are all asleep … just acknowledge it … there are good quotes in here … but u don’t look deep

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    Marie Hunter

    November 14, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    The Nas “NY State of Mind” quotation is “I never sleep ’cause sleep is the COUSIN of death.” It’s not cause of death. Listen to it.

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      Jeffrey I. Moore

      November 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Ah, thanks for bringing that to our attention! Fixed!

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        Barnabas

        February 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

        I Love Wale’s Quote
        “Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” – Wale
        he should have like 20 here , only wale,pac and eminem raps about what they’re going through

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