Quotes and Lyrics by Jay-Z

Quotes and Lyrics by Jay-Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. In 2023, Billboard and Vibe named him the greatest rapper of all time. He has been central to the creative and commercial success of artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, and J. Cole.He is the founder and chairman of entertainment company Roc Nation, and was the president and chief executive officer of Def Jam Recordings from 2004 to 2007.

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Mentally been many places but I'm Brooklyn's own.
Where I’m From, Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
If I wasn't a, eight-figure n*gga by the name of Jigga
Would you come around me or would you clown me
If I couldn't flow futuristic, would ya
Put your two lips on my wood and kiss it
Can I Get A…, Album: Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life
I think relationships are broken up because of the media.
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I love what I do, and when you love what you do, you want to be the best at it.
1
Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that's the foundation for everything great.
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I'm from rags to riches n*ggas, i ain't dumb
I got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain't one
99 Problems
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Psycho, I'm liable to go Michael, take your pick
Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6
Niggas in Paris
If you're havin' girl problems, I feel bad for you, son
I got 99 problems, but a b*tch ain't one
99 Problems
We change people through conversation, not through censorship.
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But I will not lose, for even in defeat
There's a valuable lesson learned, so it evens it up for me
Blueprint 2, Album: The Blueprint 2
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I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not trying
Beach Chair
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I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell
I am a hustler baby, I'll sell water to a well
You Don’t know
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Plottin' my escape, this game rot a n*gga's faith
Got a couple M's hidin' in the safe
Imagination turned a Honda into Wraith
I was doin' eighty on the interstate
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For what's money without happiness?
Or hard times without the people you love?
Though I'm not sure what's 'bout to happen next
I ask for strength from the Lord up above
J. Cole - Love Yourz, Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive
It's beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success
Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress
J. Cole - Love Yourz, Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Everything come back around full circle
Why do lies sound pleasant, but the truth hurtful?
Everybody gotta cry once in a while
But how long will it take 'fore you smile?
J. Cole - The Climb Back, Album: The Fall Off
My n*ggas pick me up and we gon' light the city up as if the sun had the night shift
J. Cole - The Climb Back, Album: The Fall Off
Goin' live but we not on the 'Gram
This the land of supply and demand
Where my young n*ggas choppin' up grams
And them choppers won't pry from they hands
Packin' lead like they got a exam
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Don't tell me you're sorry cause you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show, really had me going
Now it's time to go, curtain's finally closing
Rihanna - Take a Bow, Album: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
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I take risks because I get bored. And I get bored very easily.
I always believed that when you follow your heart or your gut, when you really follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose, because settling is the worst feeling in the world.
Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world, like I'm the only one that you'll ever love...
Rihanna - Only Girl
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This is the life i live.
Rihanna - Half of me, Album: Unopologetic
2
I want you to stay
Rihanna, Album: Stay
2
I can literally say antisemitic shit and they can't drop me. Now what?
Kanye West - October 2022, 9 days before being dropped by Adidas
Don't care what you say, nothin' on me
I don't care 'bout the lawyer fees
I don't care 'bout your loyalties
God will solve it all for me
Kanye West - God Breathed, Album: Donda
I was up for sale, but I couldn't tell
God made it rain, the devil made it hail
Dropped out of school, but I'm that one at Yale
Made the best tracks and still went off the rail
Kanye West - Hurricane, Album: Donda
All that smoke kept a scent
Everything I spoke, what I meant
Never disguise my intent, lines outside the event
Brought my life out the trench
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We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States.
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Is hip-hop just a euphemism for a new religion?
The soul music of the slaves that the youth is missing
Kanye West - Gorgeous, Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Got the Nile runnin' through my body
Look at my natural, I'm so exotic
Darker the berry, sweeter the fruit
Deeper the wounded, deeper the roots
Beyoncé - NILE, Album: The Lion King: The Gift
In our own little world
The music is the sun
The dancefloor becomes the sea
Feels like true paradise to me
Beyoncé - Baby Boy, Album: Dangerously In Love
Baby boy, you stay on my mind
Fulfill my fantasies
I think about you all the time
I see you in my dreams
Beyoncé - Baby Boy, Album: Dangerously In Love
To carry love, to carry children of our own
We are still kids, but we're so in love
Fightin' against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
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If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.
No wonder the city never sleeps, it's too busy trying to get laid.
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There are eight million people in this city. And those teeming masses exist for the sole purpose of lifting the few exceptional people onto their shoulders.
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If I can make it there
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you
New York, New York
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Here are a few fun facts about Long Island... Number 1: It's Brooklyn's fart-trail.
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Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.
6
If believing in yourself and going after what you want in life and realising your worth is ruthless and selfish, then I'm definitely ruthless and selfish.
Anything is possible if you got enough nerve.
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To achieve anything great in life you must be willing to make a sacrifice.
Being different isn't a bad thing. It means you're brave enough to be yourself.
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Censorship is saying: "I'm the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine." But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice.
Simba: "Ouh. Jeez, what was that for?"
Rafiki: "It doesn't matter, it's in the past."
Simba: "Yeah, but it still hurts."
Rafiki: "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it."
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The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
11
A good player knows how to win the game, a good character knows how to lose it, while smiling.
5
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