Find the best quotes by Jay-Z.
By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper – my memory had been trained…
Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama’s camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and…
Rap for me is like making movies, telling stories, and getting the emotions of the songs through in just as deep a way. And I…
The average rap life is two or three albums. You’re lucky to get to your second album in rap!
I think relationships are broken up because of the media.
When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was the struggle of this poor kid in this environment and…
I collect art, and I drink wine… things that I like that I had never been exposed to. But I never said, ‘I’m going to…
Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it’s attainable. I didn’t do it any other way than…
I grew up in Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, and my mom and pop had an extensive record collection, so Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and…
Everyone who makes music is a good collaborator at their foundation because in order to make music, you have to connect to it in a…
I can think of no one more relevant and credible in the hip-hop community to build upon Def Jam’s fantastic legacy and move the company…
You make your first album, you make some money, and you feel like you still have to show face, like ‘I still go to the…
When you’re growing up, your dad is your superhero. Once you’ve let yourself fall that in love with someone, once you put him on such…
My thing is related to who I am as a person. The clothes are an extension of me. The music is an extension of me.…
I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice – anything just to get a paper…
My brands are an extension of me. They’re close to me. It’s not like running GM, where there’s no emotional attachment.
I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I…
It was a very intense and stressful situation. There was playing in the Johnny-pump (an opened fire hydrant) and the ice-cream man coming around and…
Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don’t even have to like your music. If you’re big enough, people…
The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your…
Explore More Topics →