Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A collection of thoughts and quotes by Nas (Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones) on hip-hop, hard-work, motivational, causes, secret, ifs, ideas, hate, music, rapper, sanity, chasing and loyalty.

162 Inspiring Nas Quotes On Vision, Struggles, Success, Life And More

Quick Facts

Famous As: Rapper

Born On: September 14, 1973

Born In: rown Heights, New York City, New York, United States

Founder / Co Founder: Ill Will Records

Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, popularly known by namesake Nas, is a distinguished American record producer, hip-hop recording artist, entrepreneur and actor. He has given eight consecutive multi-platinum and platinum albums, selling approximately 25 million records across the globe. From his debut album ‘IIImatic’ to almost all his albums till date have been glorified as a ‘piece of perfection’ and considered to be a ‘classic work’. He has been credited by ‘Billboard’ amongst the ’10 Best Rappers’ and Nas has topped the list of ’50 Greatest MCs’ by About.com for two consecutive years. He is termed as a magician creating magnetism with music and lyrics. Nas is also a prudent entrepreneur who has ventured in number of start-ups ranging from technology to online retail and from restaurants to job placements. We bring to you some thoughts, views and opinions by recognized artist which revolve primarily around influencing and inspiring the youth and self-empowerment. Read through the quotes and sayings by Nas.

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Who's world is this, the world is yours.

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You ni**az get me sick, wannabe soundin like you know my arithmetic... but we don't sound alike

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I don't meditate. Silence is golden though.

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You a slave to a page in my rhyme book.

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...Shorty's laugh was cold-blooded as he spoke so foul, Only twelve tryin to tell me that he liked my style. Then I rose, wiping the blunt's ash from my clothes, Then froze, only to blow the herb smoke through my nose.

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If the truth is told, the youth can grow.

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Street's disciple, my raps are trifle. I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle.

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Mind's in another world thinking how can we exist through the facts

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Me and hip-hop have a relationship that has nothing to do with no other rapper, no matter where you from or nothing. Every n*gga got his own personal relationship with hip-hop and this is mine.

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Read more learn more, change the globe

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It hurts to see anybody in pain, if you've got any kind of heart.

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I fell in love with words and I think that made my mom smile. I think that was cool for her.

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I'm over dey heads like a bulemic on a seesaw

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Don't ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life's all about.

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True in the game, as long as blood is blue in my veins I pour my Heineken brew to my deceased crew on memory lane

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No Ideas original - there is nothing new under the sun...

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Life is parallel to Hell but I must maintain and be prosperous, though we live dangerous.

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I think it's harder to make a classic now, not because of what people say, but because artists now are so concerned with what people say.

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Speak what I want, I don't care what y'all feel. 'Cause I'm my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss. Keep integrity at every cost,

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You are who you associate with. Look around at your five closest friends and that's who you are. If you don't want to be that person, you know what you gotta do.

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I know i can, be what i wanna be, if i work hard at it, I'll be where i wanna be

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Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life - by how one lives and what he did.

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I'm never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh, so when you try to murder me with bullets to the head this is why you can't kill me niggaz, I'm already dead.

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There's really nothing better than music to bring people together and to have amazing music being not just created inside walls but then decimating and activating is going to be special.

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Big L scared me to death. When I heard that on tape, I was scared to death. I was like there's no way I can compete if this is what I gotta compete with.

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In the past I had to deal with issues that hit me as a younger man. As a man who wasn't married who didn't really have the experience that I have now. Today I'm a different guy.

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The whole thing is, do as much as you can, when you possibly can, and don't stress.

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Always observe, watch, and talk to older people.

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My duration's infinite, money-wise or physiology.

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The reason I want to be alone, is I'm tired of all the things that went wrong that would've went right if I had did 'em on my own

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Every great person educates themselves.

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Whats up with your motto? Will you lead? Will you follow?

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I promise you, if you have a plan, you can accomplish everything you ever wanted

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You only have one first chance to make one first impression that lasts a lifetime.

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No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them too.

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I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.

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I've been lucky enough to reach a place where I can speak what's in my heart, and people know that it comes from a real place; I don't have to worry about doing what someone's not doing - I can do me.

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But uhh, a thug changes, and love changes and best friends become strangers, word up

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Use your own intuition. You are tomorrow.

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Your look reflects whats happening in your mind.

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The greatest sin is fear and giving up.

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Some people work hard to be something that they're not, and I don't work at all, I'm just me. And that can bother anybody I'm not working nearly as hard as the other guys, and they don't like it.

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Respect all fear none my pride is everything

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You can't please everybody. You['d] be crazy if you're trying to. So take some time out to do some things for yourself.

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A lot of times it seems like, you ain't gon' make it where you wanna be in life. But, yo if you got a plan, believe me you gon' get there. You gon' get everything you ever wanted

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I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings

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I know you think my life is good 'cause my diamond piece, But my life been good since I started finding peace.

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If I ruled the world Imagine that...

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It's foul what this money could do, cash corrupts the loyal.

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Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne

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I'm never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.

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Аll I need is one life, one try, one breath, I'm one man. What I stand for speaks for itself...they don't understand.

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The further I get, the further I want to go

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I pledge allegiance to the fair and balanced truth. Not the biased truth, Not the liest truth, But the highest truth.

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Niggas hate what they can't understand, fear what they can't conquer

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Don't speak to fools, they scorn the wisdom of your words.

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I've learned not to be surprised by what people do no more.

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The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does, even if you murdered or robbed, ya it's wrong, but God loves, take one step toward him he'll take two toward you, even when all else fails, God'll support you

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I broke into shakespeare's tomb and stole his remains, grinded the bones, smoked it, then got in the game

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Just sitting in silence is one of the best things a man can do.

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Play it cool, that's the old school rule man...

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If the truth is told, the youth can grow Then learn to survive until they gain control Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes Read more learn more, change the globe

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For my hustlers, here's some motivation: He who has begun is half done.

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Some seek fame cause they need validation, Some say hating is confused admiration.

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What you base your happiness around? Material, women, and large paper? That means you inferior, not major.

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How can you lose when you're doing you?

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My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers

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No temporary chaos is worth your sanity.

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You lose money chasing women; Never lose women chasing money.

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Everything will eventually come to an end, So try to savor the moment, cause time flies, don't it? The beauty of life, you gotta make it last for the better, Cause nothin' lasts forever.

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Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined

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It's a thin line between paper and hate, Friends and snakes, nine millis and thirty-eights, Hell or the pearly gates...I was destined to come, Predicted, blame God, He blew breath in my lungs.

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If you're scared to take chances, you'll never have the answers.

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No idea is original, there's nothing new under the sun, it's never what you do, but how it's done

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Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite.

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I never brag, how real i keep it, cause thats the best secret...

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You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.

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Turnin' nothin' into somethin' is God work, and you get nothin' without struggle and hard work

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Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew 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.

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It's never been seen that a street artist go as far as I've gone - keep consistent without wanting to do a bunch of ventures outside of music to keep my face out there.

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My record company had to beg me to stop filmin' music videos in the projects. No matter what the song was about, I had 'em out there.

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N.Y. hip-hop is ok, but we gotta become brave again; we have to be brave enough and do something new - that's what New York is about... New.

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Hip-hop lasted and survived all these years that you have to give it credit. Even though it's not up to people's expectations anymore, its still here, and that's says a lot.

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No matter who you are, black, white, green, there's going to be things in your way, you know what I mean?

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My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely.

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Africa has been going through so much for so many years; it's time that it stands up the way other nations are standing up.

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GaGa is one of my favourites. Her voice is incredible and she's fearless and she's ahead of the game. She's ahead of the entire game, and I admire that.

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Whenever I received too much praise, it just didn't feel right to me - ever.

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I don't have time for the news clippings. I got my own mission.

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When I say 'hip-hop is dead,' basically, America is dead. There is no political voice. Music is dead.

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DJs play a big responsibility of what hip-hop is doing... At the end of the day, it's up to us to control and to own hip-hop. DJs need to challenge us rappers. They got so much power, they need to challenge us.

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I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style - and that's what I do.

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I've been called everything. Gangsta rap. I've been called conscious rap. You know, everything. Whoever feels like calling it whatever they want to call it, that's on them.

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Divorce can be crazy. Man, if you're happy... Love is a beast, man. Hold on. Be prepared for any way it may go, and be honest.

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I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I'm still a supporter of it.

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No one's promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.

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To me, creatively challenging myself is my version of owning the Nets.

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I like the way hip-hop is now. It's grown up enough so that it can get involved with politics if it feels like it.

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I love PBS! I grew up on it. If I had to say which channels were good, I'd say, you got your PBS, your History Channel, your Discovery.

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Anybody I'm dating, I don't want them to talk about my music. I don't talk about my music to them.

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Man, me and Biggie were the biggest artists in New York. When he passed, I was so messed up. My attitude was messed up about him dying. There was an East-West thing back then, and I was in war mode.

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I'll always love rap, no matter what's going on.

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Let's not forget, art can sell. You ain't gotta front all the time on your records.

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Hip-hop is really standoffish. It's really competitive and it's really about who's number one all the time. Sometimes it gets out of hand.

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