The thing about hip-hop is they always want to classify you as one particular artist, but hip-hop is about going outside the box and expressing yourself however you want to.— Kendrick Lamar
Profound Hip Hop Artist quotations
No artist tolerates reality.
If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind.
Well, a lot of people within government and big business are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists, because they speak their minds. They talk about what they see and what they feel and what they know. They reflect what's around them.
There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
Comedy is the one absolutely self-aware art form.
Actually, hip-hop's another one, I suppose. Because in your songs you're talking about how good a hip-hop artist you are. It's like a painter painting a panting of himself painting a painting.
I see myself as a hip-hop artist, but I never wanted to make music for a specifically white audience. Thats not what I grew up around.
It's just that when you heard hip-hop, no matter where you were, it was a culture that kind of made you want to try to be part of it. Whether you thought you were an artist, whether you thought you could be a DJ, whether you thought you could breakdance, or whether you thought you could rap. It was the kind of culture that had a lot of open doors.
A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who ispires others.
I get physical, mystical, very artistical... Giving party people something funky to listen to.
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.
Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted, Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets. Where were you the day hip-hop died? Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride?
Every artist was first an amateur.
A true artist does not depend on radio for success.
A true fan does not let radio determine what they support
Hip-hop artist, especially the older ones, are the ones who new hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers. We want to stay with the new.
I would challenge more hip hop artists that are rapping about what it`s like to be real and the social ills that we face, if you aren`t backing Bernie Sanders, I have to question your credibility in terms of do you mean the songs you`re writing.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
I would just like to see hip-hop journalism in general take a step up and match the artistry. There have been great writers in music who are the caliber of artist as a writer as the people that they're covering.
I'm caught up in the system where the blind lead the blind And this artist only speaks on the Signs of the Time. And I pop pills in Purple Rain to state my pain, They say I'm just like my father, bold and too cold.
A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music. They write words.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist
What I want to do right now is give hip hop back to the hood.
Before it was a neighborhood thing where it belonged to the hood and the rappers were reporting and there were rules and parameters. Now it seems like the artist's game.
McDonald's offers a king's ransom to any hip-hop artist who is able to put Big Mac into a song. MTV - and more to the point, Viacom - is succeeding in extending a teenage life to twenty-nine or even thirty-one years old. It is about extending this market and removing any intelligent substance in the music.
You aspire to be as great as Michael Jackson is as an artist.
I don't think any artist in pop, rock or hip-hop has ever done it any bigger than him. You know what I mean? He's the man.
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
The only people playing the roles of classic rock stars are hip-hop artists, now. Kanye's stage persona, and the way he approaches making albums, and the way he wants to be better than everyone else? That's reminiscent of Freddie Mercury. That's reminiscent of the Beatles.
There's not a hip-hop artist that didn't snatch of piece of Bob Marley. It's totally impossible.
The beats change, I mean you got a lot of artists out there advancing new sound, new technology, new beats everything sounding very futuristic, so I feel it would have been boring for me to do another hip-hop record.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
When I started, I was 23 years old directing my own music videos;
I'm co-producing on my album; I'm hands-on with everything. I'm more than just a pretty boy: I'm an artist. I'm not saying I'm a hip-hop music artist, I'm an artiste.
There are situations where I'm uncomfortable saying, "I'm a hip-hop artist.
" In some circles, the response is like, "Oh, OK, so... you have whores and your ties are shiny?"
I love all types of music. Jazz, classical, blues, rock, hip-hop. I often write scripts to instrumentals like a hip-hop artist. Music inspires me to write. It's either music playing or completely silent. Sometimes distant sound fuels you. In New York there's always a buzzing beneath you.
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.
There's a number of hip-hop artists who are highly talented but politically retrograde.
It's such a phenomenon for a hip-hop artist to fully embrace his Christian roots and his faith. And that becomes something that people almost need you to justify.
I just want to kind of tackle every kind of form that exists in the comedy world; whether it be stand-up or hidden camera or parody. Kind of slap it in a movie with hip-hop artists and actors, comedians and girls. I just want to do something fun.
Good artists borrow, great artists steal.
I get freedom out of hip-hop. I get to be a true artist without any shackles or harnesses.
There have been a lot of hip-hop artists who have made a difference to people's lives, spreading the message of the struggle and representing for those who have overcome adversity.
I love artists making cool music, regardless of the style.
So, if a country artist making really cool music came along and asked me to work with them, I just might say yes, even though I'm not super-knowledgeable about country, like I am about hip-hop. I might do that because the idea is so interesting.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like artist.
Critics are always complaining about the materialism of hip-hop and accusing the artists of living way above their means. But this ostentatious sort of spending isn't strictly the province of hip-hop. It's almost like a continuation of the American Dream.
A lot of hip-hop artists wear fur, and they think it's a status symbol.
That doesn't register for me; I just see dead animals.
So few hip-hop artists have ever advanced.
Their songs on their seventh, eighth albums sound exactly like the songs on their first album. More than an artist, I'm a real person-and real people grow. And I wanna just sing my growth.
One of my favorite hip-hop artists is Makonnen.
One of my favorite bands is Fall Out Boy. You put those two together, and that's Lil Peep.
When I fell in love with hip-hop, there was a terminology at the time called "battling." All that was just battling with other artists, but after Tupac and those incidents when it spilled into the street and turned into a negative situation, battling turned into a beef. A whole new dynamic.