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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Jay-Z on jealousy, censorship, rapper, hip-hop, music, business, motivation, hope, faith, life, poetry, rap, artists, decoded.

35 Inspiring Quotes By Jay-Z That Will Rock Your World

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Jay-Z is a big name in the Rap world and he is also a very successful American entrepreneur. Music fascinated him since an early age and he learned the basics of rapping from the ace rapper Jaz-O. After struggling early he got his first bite at fame when he formed his music label in collaboration with Kareem Burke and Damon Dash. Their first album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ is believed to one of the greatest albums of all time. He further contributed to a couple of more albums before singing the most commercially successful single of his career ‘Hard Knock Life’ which made him famous globally. His next notable work was his album ‘The Blueprint’ and its sequel which sold millions of copies. With his enormous skill as a rapper backed by the global popularity he further made many commercially successful albums. He even runs a successful sports bar chain and founded the music publishing company ‘Roc Nation’. His significant contributions to the music world were honored by various awards including 17 of the most reputed Grammy Awards. A lot of what he has said in his interviews and otherwise has become quite famous as his quotes. His thoughts, views, knowledge, music, work and life has made him an icon and he is loved by people of all ages. Go through the most famous quotations and sayings by Jay-Z which narrates his tale from rags to riches.

Jealousy’s a weak emotion.

- Jay Z

We change people through conversation, not through censorship.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Only God can judge me so I'm gone, either love me or leave me alone.

- Jay Z

A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.

- Decoded, Jay Z

I believe you can speak things into existence.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk. Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly.

- Jay Z

I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man!

- Jay Z

Artists can have greater access to reality; they can see patterns and details and connections that other people, distracted by the blur of life, might miss. Just sharing that truth can be a very powerful thing.

- Decoded, Jay Z

I'm a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!

- Jay Z

May the best of your today's be the worst of your tomorrow's

- Jay Z

You know the type: loud as a motorbike but wouldn't bust a grape in a fruit fight.

- Jay Z

A wise man told me don't argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who.

- Jay Z

Life is for living, not living uptight, see ya somewhere up in the sky.

- Jay Z

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.

- Decoded, Jay Z

[T]he truth is you don't need some external demon to take control of you to turn you into a raging, money-obsessed sociopath, you only need to let loose the demons you already have inside of you.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Hip-hop is a perfect mix between poetry and boxing.

- Decoded, Jay Z

You could name practically any problem in the hood and there'd be a rap song for you.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Everyone needs a chance to evolve.

- Jay Z

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.

- Decoded, Jay Z

I'm not afraid of dying I'm afraid of not trying

- Jay Z

Man I'm high off life. Fuck it, I'm WASTED

- Jay Z

Hip-hop gave a generation a common ground that didn't require either race to lose anything; everyone gained.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Rap has been a path between cultures in the best tradition of popular music.

- Decoded, Jay Z

Either love me or leave me alone." — jay-z

- Decoded, Jay Z

And all you other cats throwin' shots at Jigga, | You only get half a bar: fuck y'all niggaz.

- Jay Z

No matter where you go you are what you are player and you can try to change but that's just the top layer man you was who you was before you got here

- Jay Z

THEY NEVER TAUGHT MARCUS GARVEY IN OUR SCHOOL CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IS THEIR GOLDEN RULE

- Decoded, Jay Z

In the end, you can't censor the truth, especially when it comes packaged in hot music.

- Decoded, Jay Z

I pimp hard on a trick, look / Fuck if ya leg broke, bitch—hop up on ya good foot

- Jay Z

Housing projects can seem like labyrinths to outsiders, as complicated and intimidating as a Moroccan bazaar. But we knew our way around.

- Decoded, Jay Z

This is black superhero music right here, baby!

- Jay Z

We were kids without fathers . . . so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.

- Jay Z

This communist talk is so confusing

- Jay Z

Allow me to re-introduce myself .. I am the jabroni-beating,pie-eating,trail-blazing,eyebrow-raising.

- Jay Z