Listed below are the stories of some of greatest stars in the hip hop and rap industry.
- Jay Z is one of the biggest stars of all time. He persisted at continuing the music that he was so passionate about and made money off the wisdom and words that he rapped about. He later invested his money and diversified into industries such as a clothing line, a record label, and an entertainment company. The words and quotes of Jay Z have motivated many, a few of which are mentioned below.
- Jay Z has famously quoted, “I am not a businessman, I am a business, man.” He was one of the first rappers to sell himself as a brand. He was and is always confident about his music, his abilities, and his salability. Heck, he has even stated that he could sell water to a well! His success was not haphazard; Jay Z first ensured that he had strong roots while simultaneously building connections and improving his networking skills. He only branched out into other fields only after he had established a strong foundation and a worldwide fan base.
- Jay Z considers jealousy as a weak emotion. He did not let the success of others to define his career. He never slowed down and continued working towards creating a path that was uniquely his own, never feeling any jealousy towards any of his successful fellow artists.
- Dr. Dre is another name that instantly pops to the mind when one thinks of rappers who have never stopped trying! He has famously stated that he starts when the ideas begin coming and does not stop when he gets tired. In fact he ups the ante and keeps going till the ideas stop coming and his creativity dries up for the moment. His life can be summed up in the quote, “Even when I was close to defeat, I rose to my feet.” So, take a leaf from Dr.Dre’s life and never ever quit, and stay rooted to the belief that the best record of your life will be the next one!
- Very few have received the kind of critical and financial success like Outkast. They had very humble beginnings, but the passion with which they pursue their music is incredible! It is this passion that paved the way to superstardom that persists till today. Most of the life’s motivations are evident in the lyrics of their songs; one such lyric that comes to the mind is
I know the only reason that I make it through,
Is because I never stop believing in you.”
- Ice Cube has been a part of the rap and hip hop industry for as long as one can remember. His longevity as a recording artist and entertainer can be attributed to the life he has lived. He has outspoken about almost everything like race, politics, sports, etc. Like he says, if you wanna make it big then “when you are in cold, surrender to the heat of the heart.”