quote by KRS-One

Rappers spit rhymes that are mostly illegal, MC's spit rhymes to uplift their people.

— KRS-One

Memorable Emcee quotations

Take 7 emcees put em in a line And add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme It'll take 7 more before I go for mine And that's 21 emcees ate up at the same time.

I think all those artists are artists who are appreciated because you believe their words and you appreciate their honesty in their music. If you don't appreciate the honesty in the music, the beat can be fly as hell but you'll never give an emcee props.

You can find old Jewish newspapers from Detroit that have my promotional ad in them. It was a totally insane time in my life. Paul Rudd was also a bar mitzvah emcee, you know? It was like being a local rock star in Detroit.

A good emcee will rhyme a lot of different ways. Don't limit yourself.


Food for thought, eat my words with your mind: Emcees are grapes, and grapes are crushed to wine.

He was not hip-hop's most gifted emcee.

Still, Shakur may be the most influential and compelling rapper of them all, he was more than the sum of his artistic parts.

I'm sautéing emcees with fried rice up in the wok without the MSG and chopped celery.

One of the things I think you need to be a good emcee is silliness. And I'm basically a silly guy.

Too many MC's take that word 'emcee' lightly; They can't Move a Crowd, not even slightly.


To me, part of being an emcee is dedicated to speaking out about what's going on around us.

If you can perfect the booth, the stage and just your persona, like maybe in interviews and when people talk to you, then you're a full well-rounded emcee in my opinion.

I emcee how I feel for the moment. I'll always be influenced by Tribe, but my EP and LP have a lot of different flavors! I'll keep it vintage Tribe if Tribe decides to do another LP... which, in my heart, I'd love to do for the fans.

It was funny to be an emcee, because you're so at the mercy of the club.

You can show up for the weekend hoping to get the $400 - and get fired. I had to prank whoever they told me to prank.

The best way to compliment an emcee is to say his lyrics. That's how you say, "Hello."


I didn't know at the time that the energy that I was giving off was like a battle Emcee.

I've got to show at all times that I'm willing to tear any emcee a new asshole, at any given moment.

Gimme a couple G's for every emcee I knocked to his knees.

Verbally useless, 'Oh you got the juice?' I squeeze you juiceless.

An emcee is a Master of Ceremonies. If you're an emcee, and I am an emcee... I rhyme, you know what I mean? I do things for my fans that still appreciate me, let them know what's coming.

You can have a phenomenal booth artist and he can get in there and be a technician in the booth and it won't translate on the stage. I think that's what makes emcees emcees. Some rapper dudes are great rappers but it don't translate on stage.


Maybe he was more than the sum of his broken parts.

People didn't really take white rappers seriously until Eminem, because he was better than everybody. Like female emcees, you need to be like Lauryn Hill or Nicki Minaj or killing everything before somebody takes you seriously.

Back in the days the great emcees made singles, had great shows, won battles, had all the girls and dressed fly. That¹s what I'm about...the total package emcees.

Skateboarding is a part of Hip-Hop culture.

I think it's the fifth element of Hip-Hop - emceeing, deejaying, b-boying, graffiti, and skateboarding. Skateboarders live and die on the streets. It's expression - it's everything that Hip-Hop is.

Legions of young hip-hop fans are as against this as hip-hop's most fierce critics. There is a huge underground movement within hip-hop circles that against these representation. You can hear this message on tons of lyrics and rap songs produced by independent emcees. But they are fighting against a well-oiled and well-financed machine.


A lot of the old-school artists didn’t even respect what’s being called freestyle now... any emcee coming off the top of the head wasn’t really respected. The sentiment was emcees only did that if they couldn’t write. The coming off the top of the head rhymer had a built-in excuse to not be critiqued as hard

Brandy is one of my favorite vocalists. Jay-Z is my favorite emcee outside of Biggie.

There's the shared imagery between hip-hop and comics, with some producers and emcees taking on super hero personas.

When I worked for Entertainment Tonight I got to emcee Paul McCartney's press conference.

I remember when it was just the three Emcees and then Flash put Mr Ness down.


If Milo [Yiannopoulos] were a liberal, he could say whatever and then some, and he wouldn't be addressing Conservative Political Action Conference, he would be emceeing the Oscars.

Take emceeing, one of the foundations of hip-hop culture.

A guy grabs a mic, steps up on stage and becomes a spokesman; the voice of the people. If anything, that might be the strongest similarity between hip-hop and comic books, with super heroes, like many rappers, fighting to make a change.

I just got a new manager. He's like, "So what do you want to do with the deejay thing?" I'm like, "The deejay thing for me is more my hobby." It's great when you can supplement your income, when you have a weekly or something, it's fun. It's really a hobby, because I don't want it to take away from what I do, which is emceeing.

I started out playing big bands shows and different things.

I was with several different small bands and groups, doing comedy and singing, emceeing, and I got a break with a very big star of the late fifties whose name was Tommy Sands.

I think comedy is on an organic upsurge right now because when I started, it was 1978 at The Comedy Store and Letterman had just stopped emceeing his morning show.