Jay-Z is not only one of the most famous rappers in the world, but he is also an excellent businessman, extending his empire all over the country and in various fields.
Jay-Z established his own record label in 1996, and released his first album, Reasonable Doubt. In 1998 He gave his first big hit Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem). Here are quotes by Jay-Z to motivate you.
On Hip-Hop and Rap
Hip-hop is a perfect mix between poetry and boxing. – Jay-Z, Decoded
Which is the other reason hip-hop is controversial: People don’t bother trying to get it. The problem isn’t in the rap or the rapper or the culture. The problem is that so many people don’t even know how to listen to the music. – Jay-Z, Decoded
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 grew up in rap and movies the same way. – 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. – Jay-Z, Decoded
Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don’t necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head. You can enjoy a song that knocks in the club or has witty punch lines the first time you hear it. But great rap retains mystery. It leaves shit rattling around in your head that won’t make sense till the fifth or sixth time through. It challenges you. – Jay-Z
Hip-hop has always been controversial, and for good reason. The music is meant to be provocative – which doesn’t mean it’s necessarily obnoxious, but it is (mostly) confrontational, and more than that, it’s dense with multiple meanings. – Jay-Z
But this is one of the things that makes rap at its best so human. It doesn’t force you to pretend to be only one thing or another, to be a saint or a sinner. It recognizes that you can be true to yourself and still have unexpected dimensions and opposing ideas. Having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other is the most common thing in the world. The real bullshit is when you act like you don’t have contradictions inside you, that you’re so dull and unimaginative that your mind never changes or wanders into strange, unexpected places. – Jay-Z, Decoded
Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don’t think it’s given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I’m going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations. – Jay-Z
Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it’s very hard to teach racism to a teenager who’s listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg. It’s hard to say, ‘That guy is less than you.’ The kid is like, ‘I like that guy, he’s cool. How is he less than me? – Jay-Z
It’s hilarious a lot of times. You have a conversation with someone, and he’s like, ‘You speak so well!’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Do you understand that’s an insult? – Jay-Z
That’s why this generation is the least racist generation ever. You see it all the time. Go to any club. People are intermingling, hanging out, having fun, enjoying the same music. Hip-hop is not just in the Bronx anymore. It’s worldwide. Everywhere you go, people are listening to hip-hop and partying together. Hip-hop has done that. – 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
On Success and Motivation
I’ve always believed in motion and action, in following connections wherever they take me, and in not getting entrenched. – Jay-Z
My life has been more poetry than prose, more about unpredictable leaps and links than simple steady movement, or worse, stagnation. It’s allowed me to stay open to the next thing without feeling held back by a preconceived notion of what I’m supposed to be doing next. – Jay-Z
I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. You look at someone like Gandhi, and he glowed. Martin Luther King glowed. Muhammad Ali glows. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter. – Jay-Z
Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all. – Jay-Z
I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are. – Jay-Z
We give violent movies a pass but come down hard on a rapper like Scarface, who is ultimately a storyteller just like Brian de Palma. And neither of them is responsible for the poverty and violence that really do shape people’s lives–not to mention their individual choices. – Jay-Z, Decoded
We change people through conversation, not through censorship. – Jay-Z, Decoded
We were kids without fathers, so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history, and in a way, that was a gift. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves. – Jay-Z, Decoded
Money and power don’t change you, they just further expose your true self. – Jay-Z, Decoded
From His Music
I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man. – Jay-Z, Diamonds from Sierra Leone
Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target. – Jay-Z, American Dreamin’.
Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself. – Jay-Z, A Dream.
I will not lose for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned so it evens up for me. -Jay-Z, The Blueprint 2