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10 Jay-Z Quotes Applicable On The Street Or In The Boardroom

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For a certain generation of young, professional folks of color, Jay-Z’s lyrics have provided more than just entertainment.

Many of us, born on blocks our friends never made it off of, raised in an era where our older brothers, uncles, and sometimes our fathers were hustlers, but reared to understand the value of educating ourselves and transcending our environment, hear Jay-Z’s lyrics differently than the average fan. For us, many of his lyrics have come to represent the millennial’s cross between W.E.B, Dubois’ Souls of Black Folk and Sun Xu’s Art of War. Jay’s duality is one we can relate to — that of trying to reconcile, exist, and prosper in a world vastly different than the one from which we’ve come. His commitment to winning by outthinking his peers mirrors our own navigation through the rough waters of a professional career.

Today, I want to take a moment to share with y’all some of my favorite Hov lyrics. These are the ones I constantly repeat on the job… whether I’m feeling like I’m under attack, plotted against, or like I’m just the Illest Motherf*cker Alive – Hov always has a line to match my mood. Flip through the slideshow below, check out some of my favorites – and share with me some of yours.

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And of course, I gotta leave you with one of the most universally applicable Hip-Hop lyrics of all time:
Stay low and keep firing.

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

    "Men lie, women lie, numbers don't" Best HOV quote ever!

  2. Some more:
    "flyers than a piece of paper bearing my name/got the hottest chick in teh game wearing my chain"

    "murder is a tough thing to digest/its a slow process and i ain't got nothin but time"

    "mama ain't raise no fool, put me anywhere on God's green earth and i will triple my worth"

    to these niggas i'm like windows 7, you let them tell it, they swear they invented you

    and what she prefers over me is work and that's where we differ so i have to give her free time even if it hurts

    i'm not a businessman/ i'm a business, man

  3. I know this is Karen Anderson and not Jay but from Lucky Me,
    "You only know what you see, You dont understand what it takes to be me"

    From Regrets
    "You used to hold me, told me that I was the best Anything in this world I want I could posess
    All that made me want is all that I could getIn order to survive, gotta learn to live with regrets…"

    From Dope Man
    "F— the system/ At Lady Justice I blaze nine/ Your Honor, I no longer kill my people/ I raise mine/ The soul of Mumia in this modern day time."

    "If skills sold, truth be told, I'd probably be lyrically, Talib Kweli/ Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense/ But I did five mill' — I ain't been rhymin like Common since."

    From Politics as Usual
    Suckin me in like a vacumn, I remember
    tellin my family I'll be back soon, that was December
    Eighty-five and, Jay-Z rise ten years later
    got me wise still can't break my underworld ties"

    The whole song Rap game / Crack Game.

    I can really do this all day
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  4. Sprads.. You speaking to my soul on this one!!! The movement of the Jigga Man is definitely a prime motivator for my own life story. Just a few of my fav line.

    "If the shit is lies, god strike me And I got a question, are you forgiving guys who live just like me"

    "Transactions illegitimate cause life is still a bitch/ And then you die but for now life close your eyes and feel this…"

    "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/Whatchu hollerin? Gotta pay rent, bring dollars in"

    I mean… I can quote whole songs like this alllll day.

  5. My faves….

    -"Don't trip, I never slip, nigga, get a grip, what you don't see is what you get."

    -"You ain't having it? Good, me either, let's get together and make this whole world believe us…"

    -"Selling blow in the park, this is knowing my heart, now I'm so enlightened I might glow in the dark."

    -"I don't mean to boast but damn if I don't brag, them crackers gonna act like i ain't on they ass. The Martha Stewart that's far from Jewish, far from a Harvard student just had the balls to do it…"

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