Research Outline

Inspirational Quotes


To identify quotes from prominent hip-hop artists and leaders, geared towards men, black men, and the black community, and focused on wellness, heath, productivity, and culture.

Early Findings

1) "Next time you see a brother down, stop and pick him up 'cause you might be the next one stuck."

2) "Never become so involved with something that it blinds you. Never forget where you from; someone will remind you."

  • DMX
  • This quote is from the artist's song It's On.

3) "The purpose of life is a life with a purpose. So I’d rather die for a cause, than live a life that is worthless."

4) "You’ve got to realize that the world’s a test. You can only do your best and let Him do the rest. You’ve got your life, and got your health, so quit procrastinating and push it yourself."

5) "My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop."

6) "Without order, nothing exists. Without chaos, nothing evolves."

7) "No one can identify the uninformed until they voice their ignorance about a topic. Silence is a fool’s best friend. Sadly, he is often too foolish to realize it."

8) "Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism."

9) "I’m on the pursuit of happiness. I know everything that shines ain’t always gold. I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good."

10) "Every day is a new opportunity to reach that goal."

11) "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are. While your reputation is what others merely think you are."

12) "Even the genius asks questions."

13) "Even though you're fed up, you gotta keep your head up."

14) "If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down."

15) "Take the first chance that you get, because you may never get another one."

16) "I realized the power of hip-hop. I realized how influential this music and this culture are."

17) "Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it's not compromised. It's blunt. It's raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words.

18) "Hip-hop's always reached out to kids. If you look at the last 10 big albums it might seem ironic. But when I look at the history of this music it's always had a lot of positivity."

19) "Flaws ain’t flaws when it’s you that makes the call."

20) "The only reason I am successful is because I have stayed true to myself."