Jay-Z Quotes and Sayings

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad and funny Jay-Z quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more famous quotes on QuoteLicious.

  • Name: Shawn Corey Carter
  • Nickname: Jay-Z
  • Birth: December 4, 1969
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
  • Star Sign: Sagittarius


Jay-Z quotes about money

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I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different. ~Jay-Z


That was the greatest trick in music that people ever pulled off, to convince artists that you can’t be an artist and make money. I think the people that were making the millions said that. It was almost shameful, especially in rock n’ roll. ~Jay-Z


As kids we didn’t complain about being poor; we talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to by any means we could. And as soon as we had a little money, we were eager to show it. ~Jay-Z


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 projects.’ I’m like, why? Your job is to inspire people from your neighborhood to get out. You grew up there. What makes you think it’s so cool? ~Jay-Z

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Do you know how many athletes go broke three years after they stop playing? I want to help them hold on to their money. I mean, I know about budgets. ~Jay-Z


Jay-Z quotes about love


I loved your point of view ‘cause you held no punches.
— Jay-Z Song Cry lyrics

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Either love me, or leave me alone.
— Jay-Z


Jay-Z quotes about success

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I move forward – the only direction. Can’t be scared to fail – search and perfection.
— Jay-Z


I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.
— 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. You don’t have that fear. So why do you think people get stuck in those boxes? It’s that fear of going back down. ~Jay-Z


Growing up where I grew up, we looked to athletes. They were our first heroes. They came from the same places we came from. I mean, you can’t watch TV and see someone who is successful that you can really relate to. That person isn’t real; he doesn’t exist. But athletes traveled the world, had these big houses and gave their families a better life. ~Jay-Z


I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be a certain way to be around a certain sort of people. I’ve always wanted to stay true to myself, and I’ve managed to do that. People have to accept that. ~Jay-Z


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 are drawn to you. ~Jay-Z


Jay-Z quotes from songs


I had to hustle, my back to the wall, ashy knuckles. Pockets filled with a lot of lint, not a cent. Gotta vent, lot of innocent of lives lost on the project bench.
— Jay-Z (Renegade lyrics)


Bet everything you worth; you lose your tie and your shirt.
— Jay-Z (Renegade lyrics)


Mommy’s knocked up cause she wasn’t watched over. Knocked down by some clown when child support knocked. No, he’s not around. Now how that sound to ya? Jot it down.
— Jay-Z (Renegade lyrics)


That same dude you gave nothin’, I made somethin’ doin’ what I do through and through.
— Jay-Z (lyrics)


Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it? See, I’m influenced by the ghetto you ruined.
— Jay-Z (lyrics)


Feelin’ myself, I don’t even need an X pill.
— Jay-Z On to the Next One lyrics


Navigation on – tryin’ to find my next thrill.
— Jay-Z On to the Next One lyrics


N-ggas want my old sh*t, buy my old album. N-ggas stuck on stupid, I gotta keep it movin’.
— Jay-Z On to the Next One lyrics


Once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever. I’ll mourn forever. Sh-t, I gotta live with the fact I did you wrong forever.
— Jay-Z Song Cry lyrics


I can’t see ‘em comin’ down my eyes. So I gotta make the song cry.
— Jay-Z Song Cry lyrics

Other inspirational quotes from Jay-Z

Jealousy’s a weak emotion.
— Jay-Z


N-ggas make the same sh-t, me I make the blueprint.
— Jay-Z


Everybody can tell you how to do it, they never did it.
— Jay-Z


Only time they excited is when they mentioning Shawn.
— Jay-Z


I’m far from being God, but I work God damn hard.
— Jay-Z


The average rap life is two or three albums. You’re lucky to get to your second album in rap!
— Jay-Z


He who does not feel me is not real to me. Therefore he doesn’t exist. So, poof…vamoose, son of a bitch.
— Jay-Z


They say a midget standing on a giant’s shoulders can see much further than the giant. So I got the whole rap world on my shoulders, they trying to see further than I am.
— Jay-Z


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