What Jay-Z Can Teach You about Massive Success and Work Ethic

This post was written by Ramsay of The Daily Mind.

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“Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Because styles can be figured out. And when you have no style they can’t figure you out.” – Jay-Z


Jay-Z is one of the most successful rappers in history. He has had more number one hits than I can count on my two hands. He has been CEO of two powerful music labels. And, most importantly, he is married to the hottest girl in the business! So what can Jay teach us about success and work ethic?

The answer: a lot.

Who is Jay-Z?

In case you have been living under a rock for the last 20 years I will quickly tell you who Jay-Z is and why he is worth studying. However, you don’t need to know who this man is to appreciate what he has done.

The Early Years
Jay-Z grew up in the projects in Booklyn, New York. He was abandoned by his father at a young age and got into selling drugs and skipping school. A renowned intellectual; his gifts were being used to create a massive drug business. However, he soon turned all that around when he established his own record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, and released his first album. It was a huge success – the first of many.

The Name
The name “Jay-Z” is a stage name; his real name being Shawn Corey Carter. There is a lot of speculation as to where this stage name comes from. Some people think it is because his mentor’s name was Jaz-O, others say it was because his childhood nick name was Jazzy and others say it is because the Brooklyn Subway runs from station J to station Z. Whatever the reason the name Jay-Z now stands for so much more than just a few good hip hop albums.

What Jay-Z can teach you about success and work ethic

Now that you know who he is we can look at some of his amazing life events, poetic rap quotes and pioneering innovation and extract some useful lessons on success and work ethic. Pay attention because this man is exceptional.

1. Give people what they want

“I dumbed down for my audience to double my dollars, they criticize me for it yet they all yell holla.” – Jay-Z

The rap game is, truthfully, a very snobby industry. If an underground rapper gets famous people call him a sellout. But, if he stays underground people say he hasn’t got skills because he hasn’t got a record deal.

This didn’t bother Jay.

He knew he had skills and he was confident in that. He didn’t create rap albums to prove anything to anyone else and as such was able to make moves that put in him in a very good financial position. His first album was poetic and deep but after realizing that he was alienating a large portion of listeners he “dumbed it down” to increase his fan base. He knew what people wanted and he gave it to them. The rap industry might have called him a sellout but the listeners bought his records. Soon he was a best seller and a powerful player in game – others were now going to the “sellout” for loans and advice.

If you want to be successful you need to know what the people want. Know your market. Know your niche. There is no point trying to sell music to deaf people or movies to the blind.

2. Take risks

Jay-Z attending a basketball game - he owns the New Jersey Nets - another risky investment that paid off

“The Martha Stewart that’s far from Jewish, far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it.” – Jay-Z

Jay-Z started out as a drug dealer from the ghetto. He didn’t graduate secondary school. But, he knew he had something special inside and so he took big risks to better his position. The drug dealer soon set up his own record label (unheard of in those days) and turned himself into one of the most successful musicians in history. After 10 years of pumping out hit after hit he accepted a high powered role as the CEO of Def Jam Records. This is yet again an amazing feat – an uneducated man taking control of an international firm.

However, these are not the only risks that Jay has taken. He has an extremely wide variety of investments ranging from clothing lines to basketball teams. On the surface it looks like Jay has made a lot of risky investment decisions. But, is it more risky to diversify or more risky to put all your eggs in one basket? If Jay’s records stop selling he will still extract millions from his clothes, clubs, merchandise, signed musicians, sporting teams, etc.

If you want to be successful you need to take some risks. However, do like Jay did and invest wisely. If you risks that are not calculated and measured you will lose out badly.

3. Don’t give up

“Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth.” – Jay-Z

Jay-Z didn’t have his first big hit until he was in his 30’s. Most musicians are done and dusted by that age but Jay backed himself and his team and he didn’t give up. It would have been easy for Jay to stay in the drug trade and make big money living a life of crime. However, he wanted something better for himself and he knew that with hard work and dedication he could get it.

Take a look at what Jay says about persistence:

“Sure I do, I tell you the difference between me and them
They tryin to get they ones, I’m tryin to get them M’s
One million, two million, three million, four
In just five years, forty million more
You are now lookin at the forty million boy
I’m rappin Def Jam ’til I’m the hundred million man.”

Jay-Z’s “never say die” attitude has taken him to places that other people will never reach because they give up too quickly. Successful people never give up, even when everything looks pretty gloomy. It doesn’t matter which successful person you look at, they have all faced adversities and they have all pushed through them.

4. Take care of the people around you

“I got mouths to feed til they put flowers on me.” – Jay-Z

It is important to take care of the people around you. If by some chance you do strike it rich you need to realize that you got there because of the kindness and efforts of a lot of people. No body got anywhere by themselves. To think so would be a mistake. Jay is well aware that he is who he is today because he had the moral and financial support from the friends, family and business partners in his life. To forget them would be a serious error.

If you take care of your business partners other people will perceive you as trustworthy and be more likely to engage your services. Furthermore, the people with whom you have already done business will be more likely to take care of your in return.

With this in mind I should take a second to thank my home-boy Alex for digging up all the quotes for this post!

Success is not about what you know, it is about who you know. But it’s no use if they know you for the wrong reasons.

5. Watch your mouth

“A wise man once told me don’t argue with fools, because people from a distance cant tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

Leading on from number four it is important to watch what you say. One of the first things my father ever taught me about business is that you should never say anything bad about anyone in the industry because sooner or later you will be known to be untrustworthy.

Jay-Z is very careful about who he disses in his rap songs. He has never bitten the hand that feeds him. His disses always go out to competitor rap artists and are used as a marketing method to make himself known in the media and music industry.

I myself would never say some of the things he has. However, you have to take note of how he has done it as every word was deliberate and intentional. None of it came as en emotional response – it was a business move. Let me illustrate:

For over five years Jay-Z had continuous beef with a fellow New York rapper called Nas. They were both fighting to become the best rapper in the city. Each artist took turns saying things about the other until the conflict became so popularized people thought there was going to be bloodshed.

Finally Jay-Z called a massive concert at Madison Square Gardens called “I Declare War”. People feared that it would trigger a new gangster war in New York City. The concert sold out and to the shock and awe of the people attending Jay walked out with rival rapper Nas and the two did a concert side-by-side. He declared peace instead.

Be careful what you say about people. It will have an effect.

6. Make your own destiny

Jay-Z

“Gotta keep it peace like a buddhist…
Nobody gonna Wesley snipe me
It’s less than likely,
Move back,
Let I breathe Jedi knight,
The more space I get the better I write,
(Oh) Never I write, but, if, ever I write,
I need the space to say whatever I like.” – Jay-Z

This quote is my favorite of all of Jay’s quotes and it might need a little explaining. Like many of his lyrics it is multi-layered and allows for many different interpretations.

Firstly, Jay says that he needs space and that no body or no circumstance will get in the way of that. He creates his own space and doesn’t let other people bring him down.

Secondly, Jay-Z is somewhat of a prodigy whose lyrics are composed on the spot and usually in the recording booth. It is well known that he never writes any lyrics down but instead commits it all to memory. In the quote Jay is playing on this fact saying that he never writes but if he did it would say exactly what he intended.

He is the author of his own destiny. Are you?

Some other inspiring Jay-Z facts

Jay-Z has said and done so many amazing things so I thought I would share a few as a conclusion to this post. I have selected some of the most inspiring for you to browse through. Hopefully something will stand out to you.

If you have any other I have missed be sure to leave a comment!

Facts about Jay

  • Jay is worth a reported $182 million.
  • Jay is married to singer Beyonce Knowles
  • Jay had six consecutive albums reach number one
  • Jay’s album the Blueprint 2 has sold over three million copies
  • Jay is part owner of the basketball team the New Jersey Nets
  • Jay takes equity in his business deals instead of endorsements and as such has built up massive wealth.
  • It was Jay who signed Rihana, NE-YO and Mariah Carey all in one year to make Def Jam a fortune.
  • Jay and Kanye West donated $1.3 million to Hurricane Katrina victims
  • Jay sold his clothing company for $204 million in cash

This guest post has been written by The Daily Minder from the blog that makes the daily grind meaningful – The Daily Mind.

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  • Liz Torres? December 19, 2010, 7:51 pm

    People who call other people “haters” sound or seem like affected grade schoolers with a tendency to disallow insults or criticism based on mere talking points or that they cannot handle anything they find negative. And just would prefer censoring “folks” to live in a state of ignorant bliss. Jay Z had no father, it seems TrOn assumed a role which Z has no understanding to.
    I read the Celestine Prophecies years ago- and in effect, books like that cater to priveleged people who need to feel validated orto have them a sense of purpose-direction; as their lives otherwise could lead them to complete abandon or possibly imperical control with a void in the human aspect of compassion as power and greed dictates their existence. Most people don’t make millions of dollars giving it to the poor or playing lotto. So ego centric pieces of psycho spiritual literature compared to fiction with a realistic approach tend to carve a nice- niche for more financially stable individuals. Why does that statement sound or appear so, “you know” hateful? Its not and if you send copies of Celestine Prophecies to bunch of aidz ridden people in Africa who can read English- the books content wouldn’t apply to them-their struggle or “travels” just ain’t so priveleged. In the end success is measured by your own reward. And a guilt trip could be expensive if journeyed on a private Lear Jet. People that try to be real work hard at not being phony mo-fo’s. You should try being a real person and see if you like it. lol

  • Carlito Banaz September 17, 2010, 1:57 am

    Thanks a lot for this. Bigup and keep up the work, all the way from London! peace.

  • pimpscwalla February 14, 2010, 12:48 am

    Yes, Bruce Lee did say it before Jay-Z, but Bruce was talking about his success in martial arts. Jay-z was able to take those same words and turn them into success in his life.

    I think that's one of the great things about Jay-Z, he picks up valuable pieces of knowledge-that most people aren't able to see- and uses it to make himself better.

    Here's one of my favorite quotes:

    “Got a strange way of seein life like
    I'm Stevie Wonder with, beads under the doo-rag
    Intuition is there even when my vision's impaired, yeah
    Knowin I can go, just switchin a spare
    On the highway of life, nigga it's sharp in my sight
    Oh!”

  • brandi October 21, 2009, 10:42 pm

    The fact that jayz is wealthy from wise decisions with his money at such a late age and is married to the successful beautiful beyonce is a reality check that i need to up my standards in men and take chances doing something greater than what I'm doing. And it gives me faith to know that anything is possible no matter where you come from. I'm not into passing judgement on people,but I hope all of my haters will be looking stupid to like jayz's and beyonce's haters. love, wealth, freedom, peace and jesus is all you need to have success before you die and go to your eternal destination.I hope to see children from them and most importantly Acts 2:38.

  • brandi October 21, 2009, 6:42 pm

    The fact that jayz is wealthy from wise decisions with his money at such a late age and is married to the successful beautiful beyonce is a reality check that i need to up my standards in men and take chances doing something greater than what I'm doing. And it gives me faith to know that anything is possible no matter where you come from. I'm not into passing judgement on people,but I hope all of my haters will be looking stupid to like jayz's and beyonce's haters. love, wealth, freedom, peace and jesus is all you need to have success before you die and go to your eternal destination.I hope to see children from them and most importantly Acts 2:38.

  • A2S March 9, 2009, 4:07 pm

    Can’t believe you picked this quote out of all the lyrics he has ever written! This is my favorite Jay-Z quote of all time.

    “A wise man once told me don’t argue with fools, because people from a distance cant tell who is who.” – Jay-Z

    Love the article and site, you are doing some great work here. We have featured and linked to this article and site to let people reading our blog find your stuff.

    Keep it up and wish you every success!

    You can edit this out if you want but we feature this quote in our inspirational lyrics section on our site: http://www.ambitiontosucceed.com/2009/01/11/review/music-lyric/lyric-jay-z-takeover

  • sam February 1, 2009, 10:35 am

    First of all i will say that guy called Tron he is very bitter with jay.I think he is a racist calling jay trained monkey and also i think he wishes he had jays wealth…..JAY YOUR THE REALEST AS YOU SAID WATCH YOUR MOUTH,CONTINUE WITH THE GOOD WORK.

  • tonnie October 8, 2008, 5:45 am

    swagger like us

  • tonnie October 8, 2008, 4:51 am

    Be the best u can be!

  • Ron July 15, 2008, 11:22 am

    I love this post. Great work.

  • wow July 8, 2008, 10:06 am

    Dam, you guys sound really stupid with your way off comments. All of the facts here are wrong and most of the comments posted are by people who know about 3% of what makes jay-z. please do your research befor you make ignorant comments on things you know very little about and besides, dont be a hater its very unbecoming.

  • Frank June 23, 2008, 11:09 am

    Wow, someone forgot to take their meds. There is so much wrong with what you wrote it’s not even funny. Not that there wasn’t some truth hidden in there.

    You might want to go and look at the way wealth gets made and has been made since currency first appeared.

    What must a day in your life (or a second in your head) be like??? Ouch.

  • Tr0n April 23, 2008, 10:30 pm

    Part of the reason why the dollar is falling is because of low quality millionaires whose leadership by example results in a degradation of the values and moral fiber of the nation. The result of pursuing Jay Z’s, or for that matter Paris Hilton’s, or Britney Spear’s example is irresponsibility and glorification of the entitled hustler mentality in which respect for community is non-existent, human beings are a tool to get ahead, and life is an endless material pursuit at any cost.

    You may have seen Jay Z go to Africa recently as sponsored by MTV. Google it. Jay Z Africa. There he saw the real “hard luck life”, where children play basketball near open sewers and consistently die before their prime due to malnutrition and disease. All he could do in the face of this was donate a water tower merry-go-round. This was most likely a suggestion by his entourage of yes-men who felt it would be a good public relations move. When faced with the reality he saw, his puny brain could barely comprehend it. In the few words of the English language he did know, he expressed dismay at the Third-World conditions that surrounded him. These were conditions he could escape on a private jet, but that were the everyday lives of millions in sub-Saharan Africa. He tossed them some coin, then flew home, forgetting, as we all do, after a short time. The contradiction between the so-called “hard luck life” he came from and the real world outside of Americaland remains buried inside this overgrown infant pretending to be “hard”. After seeing such a reality I would think that writing empty rap lyrics to sustain a nation of consumer zombies with no sense of the human condition might seem a tad unfulfilling. The fact that he continues to stumble about the nation as a “rap star” is only further proof of an incomplete, unresolved shell of a man.

    The hustler mentality espoused by Jay Z is now finally coming to roost in the First World. It’s called the global credit crisis. Even two generations ago, the prospect of walking away from a home loan was outrageous in America; two generations ago, we had less, but more. Two generations ago, homes were half as large as they are today, and were more efficient and manageable. Jay Z represents a shallow emptiness of wealth without the inner development to complement it. He is a single man in a big, empty house. The hustler mentality he glorifies suggests that it is only financial common sense to abandon responsibility, to abandon anything and everything in pursuit of instant gratification. In today’s context, his values suggest that it is only financial common sense to abandon a behemoth McMansion that is hopelessly upside down on its loan backing. Tomorrow it may be to kill and old man for money. Whatever the application, the hustler mentality fears intelligent pain, pain that observes life, the pains that help us grow into responsible men and women.

    Thanks to the hustler mentality, it is also only financial common sense to deal drugs in order to rise up in the ranks in a shallow rap music empire. Today there is no regard for artistic merit, of musical originality. We’re all hustlers today seeking unenlightened wealth. The economic repercussions of the hustler mentality are now national news; they are the sub-prime meltdown, the overcrowded prisons, the school shootings, the welfare mothers and the crack whores. In terms of the credit crisis, which boils down to the compromise of trust, the pain is now felt globally. Two generation ago, communities existed in place of concrete structures and the analog world we lived in allowed for the natural order to predominate and keep us in harmony, be it violent and peaceful at once, either way it was real.

    But in the digital world, “real” is a rare commodity. The reality of the ghetto, where people without means are unable to escape and must either succeed or fail as a community is more fulfilling, somehow, than the gilded cage of the rap star, where all can appear or disappear at whim. Even the peace we have feels wrong, as it is maintained at the cost of lives that we cannot see. In the digital world of beat thieves and endless sampling from original work, we live in complexity, distanced from the real, separated from nature. Smart bombs and robots do the work of soldiers. A single man’s toil can be resampled over and over again, eliminating whatever was organic about his song and his message. We kill people with machines, we feed people with machines, we entertain people with machines. And this inorganic, third-person separation’s ultimate embodiment is rap music; the drooling-at-the-mouth rambling of a talentless fool spouting clever rhymes to a stolen beat playing over and over and over again in mind-numbing simplicity. It is a symbol of the dominance of the formula, where everything, even human lives, have been reduced to measurable “factors” in a material equation that cannot see the invisible, inspirational light, the invisible breath of life that animates us and makes our existence interesting and worthwhile.

    The only natural justice, then, is for the wealth of the nation to become as worthless as the people who possess it. The judgment day teases us, the prospect of the entire empire falling apart challenges our adherence to the status quo. At that point a moron like Fifty Cent becomes Ten Cent, becomes Hay Penny. At that point you may as well flush your bling down the toilet because you can’t eat gold. Surprise, the White slave master’s values were a lie. The diamond worn on the ring finger of a cowardly rap musician or for that matter, and exquisite White woman, that cost a 14 year old African boy his hands, is of less value than wheat. A bar of gold dropped on the table with a thud is laughed at, it’s owner a fool for not having the wit to secure the hunt and bring home the bloody meat. Legend has it that the native American’s traded Manhattan for a handful of beads; this is just how arbitrary the slave master’s values are. Now look at your 22″s and realize that you just bought something that has no relevance to your survival in nature; in the impending real world those rims are worth less than some dead grass and leaves and some flint to help you start a fire to cook your food. In the Real World, Jay Z stripped down to his naked skin is just another man; a lesser species stood next to a lion or tiger that could quickly kill him and eat him without a word, no less a rap. The age of lions is over for now. The age of hyenas like Jay Z will perpetuate as long as a man can claim bravery for shooting someone out of the range of their own fists.

    A ray of light does shine, however, as we enter harder economic times. In the coming years we may endure a much harder knock life than what a drooling-at-the-mouth, manufactured imbecile like Jay Z could ever imagine. Needless to say, Jay Z is running to the Euro, the currency of a more culturally sound region of this tiny planet in peril. But there is no safe haven from his own mediocrity and the machine of corrupt industry that has been built around an arbitrarily selected ghetto hopeful fed with the illusion of being talented and shrewd. Those who do not possess the gift of true creativity will always run, will always be victims of those who do. Hence the true creative element of this machine that is Jay Z are the marketers, the ad agencies, the financiers and investors. But even they are fools. They don’t understand the eternal repercussions of manufacturing a Jay Z robot, of dressing up a trained monkey and throwing him on a stage for consumption by the lowest common denominator of humanity. They are destroying their own souls, the energy that continues beyond their bodily existence and into the greater universe. Jay Z and his entourage are feeding the people poison, without realizing that there is no difference between themselves and those around them, that humanity is a single organic unit. They cannot fathom a world beyond their senses, and the idea that eventually such repercussions will come around to haunt them on a scale beyond their mortal bodies.

    Jay Z and the rest of the scum pseudo-artists of today ride on a brief, uniquely American trend that produces and consumes cheaply manufactured, low quality music like so much animal feed. You are what you eat, and hence a simple electronic beat, looped, with violent, loosely rhymed, associative blather over them has given birth to a generation of insecure consuming zombies with no ear for genuine music, no discriminating palette for what is food for the soul and what constitutes psychological poison that will entrench a man in a state of identified rage and ignorance. From a pure musical perspective, a million Jay Z’s couldn’t hold a musical candle to the lyrical genius of a Roger Waters or the complexity of a Bach invention. The relativist will argue such a comparison, but we all know the truth if only for a moment we stopped following the trends and contemplated the timeless nature of intelligent art. This, versus the forgettable, generic two-penny offerings of rap music, doomed to steal, recycle, and rehash beats, with the least minimum effort necessary to satiate a zombie audience, the living dead of society who have not the ears to hear nor the eyes to see. Rap is the man. Jay Z is the man. Rap is the slave master. Jay Z is the slave master. He is the one who makes fools out of men who have the potential to grow into supermen, men from the jungles of society, from the ghetto proving grounds of America to the killing fields of Cambodia.

    And now Jay Z has to run. He has to run to the Euro, the denomination of other countries and other cultures because the culture that created him is falling apart. He is not a creator of value, but a common, petty thief like all rap superstars; he can only accumulate wealth imbued with the value of others’ honest toil. The wealth of the farmer, the soldier, the food service worker, the teacher, the factory worker, the dockworker, the janitor, all honest workers, but forgotten in the shadow of a two-bit hustler. The relative “success” of the hustler is all in the eye of the beholder. The truth is that as much as one would like to call Jay Z’s material empire “success” it is a form of Hell; the Hell of his own mediocrity and ignorance as he spins to the tune of marketers and armies of sycophantic yes-men, living in a gilded cage that keeps him ignorant of his own role as a cog in the machine of industry. He is every miserable rap star to have been scooped up and molded into an economic function by the marketplace born of humanity’s vulgar, yearning bowels.

  • Christopher April 19, 2008, 9:03 am

    I been listening to Jay Z since 96 and Reasonable doubt, driving thru Brooklyn in a brand new honda accord thinking i was the Sh@tttt at 19! Jay-Z is an icon in hip hop game. I have to differ from the last person, Dash did NOT create Jay Z, matter fact Dash was one of the main reasons he had a few Bricks, and the reason dash was kicked off Roc, was because the man spent foolishly on everything BUT music, (trips, liposuction, and ton of other stuff)
    I hear people say Damon Dash was the reason, I find this hard to believe. Fast forward another 5 years Jay – Z is still at the Pinnacle of the mountain and Dash can’t get a job basically, every artist he had on his own label has failed miserably, not to toss stones at the man, Marketing is very important (I myself am a web designer) however the true talent stems from jigga, not from Dash, as its easily seen in the later years whos still doing the damn thing and well… who’s just getting old and getting fat.

    “And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them so I got rich and gave back to me thats the Win Win,
    So the Next time you see the homey and his rims spin, know my mind is working just like them, the rims that is.”

  • Rashad April 18, 2008, 12:09 pm

    I do agree with your observations.

  • Rashad April 18, 2008, 10:07 am

    What you fell to mention is that Jay-Z didn’t create Jay-Z. Dame Dash is the one who really build Rocafella. He was the CEO. In fact, for years Jay-Z was rejected by major labels. Dame, Jay and silent partner Biggs created the ROC. Dame was the one running and making major decisions in the businesses (clothing, label, liquor, etc…) Much of his success is due to Dame Dash. They marketed him correctly.

  • Sagnasty April 17, 2008, 11:31 pm

    after American Gangster came out at number 1, that gave him 10 number 1 albums, not 6. tied the beatles or something. Also, you could say Jay’s first HUGE hit was hard knock life, or can I get a.. either way, both were off the same CD.. Vol 2… sold like 5 milli or something. the point of all that was that he wasnt 30 yet. this was back in like 98. think he was 27 or near that. Rocafella was sold for 10 milli cash.. Live nation deal worth 150 million, more than madonna got.

  • Cherie April 17, 2008, 9:32 pm

    I don’t like #5. Its wrong…

  • Cristina April 17, 2008, 6:40 am

    I love him…he needs to write a book. Didn’t he?

  • anthony pledger April 17, 2008, 6:00 am

    Thats whats up, “…just to see one of us make it!”

  • Kemic April 16, 2008, 12:07 pm

    Nice.

  • Patrick April 16, 2008, 8:16 am

    Very inspiring and great article. Anyone that appreciates this post should check out Russell Simmon’s two books: “Life and Def” and “Do You!”. Life and Def is mainly about how he made it and very inspiring if you have some entrepreurial spirit. Do You! is his most recent but very good as well.

  • The Daily Minder April 16, 2008, 1:03 am

    Perhaps he means $150 million! I’d hope so.

    TDM

  • Shari April 15, 2008, 11:32 pm

    I like your inspiring and insightful creativity. I usually find good stuff when I come to this blog. I’m going to check out The Daily Mind too. Thanks.

  • glen April 15, 2008, 8:45 pm

    Interesting… $150.00 seems pretty low to me :)

  • John April 15, 2008, 8:08 pm

    You forgot to mention he just signed a $150 deal with live nation…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/arts/music/03jayz.html?_r=3&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

    Not bad

  • The Daily Minder April 15, 2008, 7:17 pm

    This quote came from Jay in an interview.

    If we are going to be really picky we could say that it isn’t Bruce’s either – he borrowed it from Lao Tzu.

    TDM

  • Brian April 15, 2008, 7:13 pm

    “Be fluid. Treat each project differently. Be water, man. The best style is no style. Because styles can be figured out. And when you have no style they can’t figure you out.”

    This a quote from Bruce Lee. Jay z may have repeated it but its Bruce’s words

    • pimpscwalla February 14, 2010, 12:46 am

      Yes, Bruce Lee did say it before Jay-Z, but Bruce was talking about his success in martial arts. Jay-z was able to take those same words and turn them into success in his life.

      I think that's one of the great things about Jay-Z, he picks up valuable pieces of knowledge-that most people aren't able to see- and uses it to make himself better.

      Here's one of my favorite quotes:

      “Got a strange way of seein life like
      I'm Stevie Wonder with, beads under the doo-rag
      Intuition is there even when my vision's impaired, yeah
      Knowin I can go, just switchin a spare
      On the highway of life, nigga it's sharp in my sight
      Oh!”

  • Pippi April 15, 2008, 5:27 pm

    I have always loved Jay’s music for its amazing flow and clever lyrics. However, I never knew he was so successful! This post is really inspiring. Great stuff.

    Pip