Finding ten great rap quotes to talk about is very difficult. The lyrical form of Hip Hop is built on great rap quotes. What makes a great rap quote, you might ask? You know you've heard a great rap quote when it makes you back up and rewind the track. Certain guys like Nas or Jay-z have built their entire careers on lacing tracks with great rap quotes. Hell, you could choose ten great rap quotes from Biggie Smalls alone if you wanted to. But, that would be no fun.
- "The Bizness" from the "Stakes is High" (1996) album by De La Soul. De La Soul is a great group, but none of their members spit this great rap quote. No the honor goes to the most famous of Chicago emcees, Common. "I'm not a hater of the players, I'm more like a coach or an owner. I used to lover her, now I b&$e her…" Not too many people have word play like this man, and here's the proof.
- "The Message" from the "It Was Written" (1996) album by Nas. Nas is one of those guys you know will beat up a track with his pugilist like lyrics. None more so than this great rap quote: "Fake Thug, no love, you get the slug, CB4 Gusto, your luck no, didn't know till I was drunk tho". Fire, straight fire.
- "The What" from the "Ready to Die" (1994) album by Notorious B.I.G. He's considered one of the greatest, if not THE greatest rapper ever. With a quote like "Excuse me, flows just grow through me like trees to branches, Cliffs to avalanches", is there any wonder why? Rappers still borrow from him in 2011.
- "Holla if Ya Hear Me" from the "Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z" (1993) album by 2Pac. The legend himself. His style has been copied over and over again. But only 2Pac could come up with "Life's a mess, don't test, stress, Im given' but be thankful that ya livin' bless".
- "22 two's" from the "Reasonable Doubt" (1996) album by Jay-z. As if you didn't know he'd be on this list. He's an artist that has just gotten better with time. But, his most memorable quote is still "petty minds stay petty Mines thinkin longevity until I'm seventy". And he may just last that long in the game.
- "Follow the Leader" from the "Follow the Leader" (1990) album by Eric B. and Rakim. Rakim is the godfather of modern rap. Without him, the rest of these guys on the list wouldn't exist. So it's only right that his great rap quotable be from "Follow the Leader". "Here's a lesson if you're guessin', if you're borrowin', Hurry hurry step right up and keep followin', the leader".
- "Off The Books" from the "Stone Crazy" (1997) album by the Beatnuts. No, not the Beatnuts, Big Punnisher. This great quote put Pun on the map. "It's all love, but love's got a thin line, and Pun's got a big nine, respect crime, but not when it reflect mine".
- "Beast From the East" from the "Love, Peace and Nappiness" (1997). album by the Lost Boyz. All the Hip Hop heads know this song. They also know the guy who ate up the track. Canibus. "An emcee so ill, I got AIDS scared to catch me". Right, straight heat.
- "Protect Ya Neck" from the "36 Chambers" (1993) by Wu Tang Clan. The standard for hard core Hip Hop. There was rap before Wu Tang, and the revolution that followed. Inspectah Deck killed the track with this quote. "Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan".
- "My Name Is" from the album "The Slim Shady LP" (1999) by Eminem. If over the top lyrics is your game, Eminem is your man. This crazy song forced him into the spotlight. "Hi, my name is, Slim Shady!". The rap game was never the same after this quote.
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