40 Inspirational Jay-Z Quotes On Success

40 Inspirational Jay-Z Quotes On Success

Jay-Z is (Shawn Corey Carter) an American rapper, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, record executive, and billionaire. Considered among the best rappers of all time, he is regarded as one of the world’s most significant cultural icons and has been a global figure in popular culture for over two decades. Outside of his musical career, Jay-Z has also attained significant success and media attention for his career as a businessman. Born and raised in New York City, Jay-Z first began his musical career after founding the record label Roc-A-Fella Records in 1995, and subsequently released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The album was released to widespread critical success, and solidified his standing in the music industry. In 1999, he founded the clothing retailer Rocawear, and in 2003, he founded the luxury sports bar chain 40/40 Club. Both businesses have grown to become multi-million dollar corporations and allowed Jay-Z to fund the start-up for the entertainment company Roc Nation, which was founded in 2008. In 2015, he acquired the tech company Aspiro and took charge of their media streaming service Tidal, which has since become the world’s third-largest online streaming company. His marriage to musician Beyoncé has also been a source of substantial media attention. He is among the most critically acclaimed musicians and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold worldwide. He has won a total of 22 Grammy Awards, the most by a rapper, and holds the record for the most number-one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200, with 13. He has been ranked by Billboard and fellow music publication Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest artists of all time. In 2017, he became the first rapper to be honored into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2018, received the commemorative ‘Salute to Industry Icons’ award at the 60th Grammy Awards. May these Jay-Z Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.” Jay-Z

2. “People look at you strange, say you changed. Like you worked that hard to stay the same.” Jay-Z

3. “You can pay for school but you can’t buy class.” Jay-Z

4. “We hustle out of a sense of hopelessness. Sort of desperation. Through that desperation, we become addicted. But we feel we have nothing to lose. So we offer you, well, we offer our lives. What do you bring to the table?” Jay-Z

5. “I believe everybody in the world is born with genius-level talent. Apply yourself to whatever you’re a genius at and you can do anything in the world.” Jay-Z

6. “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

7. “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

8. “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

9. “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

10. “You can want success all you want, but to get it, you can’t falter. You can’t slip, you can’t sleep. One eye open, for real, and forever.” Jay-Z

11. “A man who doesn’t take care of his family, can’t be rich.” Jay-Z

12. “You learn more in failure than you ever do in success.” Jay-Z

13. “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

14. “I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.” Jay-Z

15. “One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That’s the American ideal. Poor people don’t like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don’t like to think of themselves as poor.” Jay-Z

16. “Jealousy is a weak emotion.” Jay-Z

17. “If people don’t hate you, you’re probably not doing very big things.” Jay-Z

18. “Life is for living, not living uptight. See ya somewhere up in the sky.” Jay-Z

19. “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.” Jay-Z

20. “Remind yourself, nobody’s built like you. You design yourself.” Jay-Z

21. “Everyone needs a chance to evolve.” Jay-Z

22. “All I got is dreams. Nobody else believes. Nobody else can see. Nobody else but me.” Jay-Z

23. “Don’t tell me what was said about me. Tell me why they were so comfortable to say it to you.” Jay-Z

24. “They talk. We live. Who cares what they say?” Jay-Z

25. “The burden of poverty isn’t just that you don’t always have the things you need, it’s the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you’d do anything to lift that burden.” Jay-Z

26. “Leave a mark they can’t erase, neither space nor time.” Jay-Z

27. “A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Because people from a distance can’t tell who is who.” Jay-Z

28. “Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.” Jay-Z

29. “By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper – my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape.” Jay-Z

30. “I believe excellence is being able to perform at a high level over and over.” Jay-Z

31. “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

32. “Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow.” Jay-Z

33. “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

34. “Don’t ever go with the flow. Be the flow.” Jay-Z

35. “The genius thing we did was, we didn’t give up.” Jay-Z

36. “You have to take your craft seriously every day.” Jay-Z

37. “I was forced to be an artist and a CEO from the beginning, so I was forced to be like a businessman because when I was trying to get a record deal, it was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.” Jay-Z

38. “Life is a gift, love opens it up.” Jay-Z

39. “I believe you can speak things into existence.” Jay-Z

40. “Those who are successful overcome their fears and take action. Those who aren’t submit to their fears and live with regrets.” Jay-Z

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