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Top 10 Inspiring Jay-Z Quotes

January 6, 2011 · Posted in Business, lists, news · 18 Comments 


Below is a list of 10 inspiring Jay-Z quotes. It was hard to whittle it down to just ten as there are so many and these are in no particular order.

It’s a new year and as I often do I look for motivation in songs. So I was trying to think up some inspiring Jay-Z songs when this post came about.

Check out the List of Inspiring Jay-Z quotes after the jump.

Top 10 Inspiring Jay-Z Quotes

1. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business… man.”- Diamonds from Sierra Leone Remix.

How could you not like this line. Jay-Z highlights the fact that he is a walking business. His carefully crafted name, brand and image makes money and thats just by being himself.

2. “One million, two million, three million, four, In just five years, forty million more, you are now lookin at the forty million boy, I’m rapin Def Jam ’til I’m the hundred million man” – You Don’t Know.

Jay counts up his short rise to success with this line and his ambition to keep going til he reaches 100million. Needless to say he hit his target. Moral – Set targets and keep striving for more .

3. “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”
– Can I Live.

From Jay-Z’s first album “Reasonable Doubt”. This line shows Jigga’s ambition to live life to the fullest even at the risk of death. Moral – Don’t sit back and let life fly by. Take massive action with all your effort.

4. “I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell, I am a hustler baby, I’ll sell water to a well”
– You Don’t know.

So many quotables in this one song. Highlights Jay’s self confidence and hustler mentality. Moral – Have self belief.

5. “Everything evens up, you just wait, Even a garbage can gets a steak, You ain’t even a garbage can, you have faith!”
– Guns & Roses.

From Blueprint 2 with Lenny Kravitz. Everyone gets a break once in a while and you are far from garbage as you have faith.

6. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” – Blueprint 2.

Moral – Learn from your mistakes and never give up.

7. “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim, just gotta change the target.” – American Dreamin’.

Jay-Z started out as a drug dealer and was aiming for success at selling drugs. This line highlights his realisation that he needs another target like music.

8. “Remind yourself. Nobody built like you, you design yourself.” – A Dream.

Moral – You make the the decisions which dictate your life. You’re responsible for your own success.

9. “I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying” – Beach Chair.

Moral – It’s better to try and fail than not to try at all.

10. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over” – Oprah Masterclass Documentary.

Not a lyric but a quote from an interview with Oprah. Jay-Z has realised that consistency is key to success and you have to give it all every time.

This is my list of inspiring Jay-Z quotes. In the process of writing this post I thought of so many other quotes and was chopping and changing the list constantly.

Of course please drop your favourite inspirational Jay-Z quote in the comments and let me know what you think. Will start writing more list posts soon.


18 Responses to “Top 10 Inspiring Jay-Z Quotes”

  1. NachshonR on January 6th, 2011 10:10 pm

    God forgive me for my brash delivery; but I remember vividly what these streets did to me…


  2. teks on January 6th, 2011 10:37 pm

    this site is…this site is…this site *trails off..inaudible*

    going through so much right now.appreciate any inspiration..u bumped that devlin album?impressive,inspirational spit for his age


  3. kefaso on January 6th, 2011 10:56 pm

    hey that’s nice could you do the same with 50c? :)


  4. jay larceny on January 7th, 2011 12:27 am

    “Difficult TAkes A Day, Impossible Takes A Week”


  5. adamw on January 7th, 2011 12:35 am

    dear killerhiphop! if i create my favorite 10 inspiring quotes from all of the hiphop artist is there a chance u publish it if u like it? :) i love these jay quotes, he is the definition of from rag to ritches

    [Reply] Reply:

    Yep, just send an email to info at Killer hip hop dot com with your list and I’ll take a look. Thanks.


  6. Clos on January 7th, 2011 12:42 am

    “Whoever said illegal was the easy way out couldnt understand the mechanics
    And the workings of the underworld, granted.
    Nine to five is how to survive, I aint trying to survive,
    Im trying to live it to the limit and love it a lot!”


    812 Reply:

    That line is epic@Clos,


  7. Nedz on January 7th, 2011 1:08 am

    ‘Nine to five is how to survive, I aint trying to survive,
    Im trying to live it to the limit and love it a lot!” – that’s one of my favourites too.


  8. AfterMath on January 7th, 2011 2:13 am

    you should do the same with 50 Cent


    A_Shady_Pyro Reply:

    @AfterMath, LOL


    Adge Reply:

    @AfterMath, Joy wouldn’t feel so good if it wasn’t for pain…


  9. Amanda on January 7th, 2011 3:48 am

    “No matter where you go, you are what you are, playa. And you could try to change, but that’s just the top layer.”


  10. hiphopnhoops on January 7th, 2011 4:58 am

    Treat my first like my last and my last like my first and my thirst is the same


  11. nikos on April 4th, 2011 7:35 pm

    we can make an article about 50 cent quotes or Em quotes and T.i quotes.Then i will love you forever :P


  12. yeeaaa on June 19th, 2011 1:44 am

    “Everywhere I die, everywhere I go I block-it-out like the jealous clouds do the sun, I sit back and I recline until its my time to shine”


  13. Joey on March 5th, 2012 1:21 am

    This are 2 of my quotes,”there’s no shame in my game”, and ” go hard or go home”.



  14. Kerry on January 12th, 2013 11:37 pm

    Don’t confuse cockiness for confidence x


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