130 Nipsey Hussle Quotes

Looking for the ultimate collection of the best Nipsey Hussle quotes? Then you’ve come to the right place.

As a talented and self-made musician and millionaire, Nipsey Hussle left his mark on L.A. and the whole of the United States as a rapper who was incredibly gifted, dedicated to his home, and committed to the betterment of the community. Though he left the world too soon, his legacy lives on in his music—and you might just pick up a lesson or two on how to live a purposeful life.

Check out the collection below.

Best Nipsey Hussle Quotes

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Don't expect from others - put in your own work.Pin

1. “Don’t expect from others—put in your own work.”

2. “On a mission, your worst enemy is idle time.”

3. “Turning up my hustle’s how I give myself a raise.”

4. “To me, respect comes first.”

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5. “Control your time—use every minute wisely.”

6. “We’re not the cause. We’re the effect.”

7. “My God will never make me and break me. I have faith.”

8. “None of my peers avoided prison. None of ’em.”

9. “I am an anomaly in my space. The way I exist is unique.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote -Never apologize for your success.Pin

10. “Never apologize for your success.”

11. “Ain’t nobody gave us nothing. I just got my own!”

12. “I feel that luck is a product of hard work.”

13. “A speaker of truth has no friends.”

14. “I identify myself as a hustler since I was a young kid.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - If you have strong faith, your God will love you.Pin

15. “If you have strong faith, your God will love you.”

16. “Ownership is everything. Own your mind, mind your own.”

17. “I always had faith in my creative capacity.”

18. “Every artist wants something different out of the game.”

19. “You gotta go hard, you gotta believe in yourself.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes on Goals and Motivation

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I knew I wanted to work for myself when I was about eleven.Pin

20. “I knew I wanted to work for myself when I was about eleven.”

21. “I hit the league straight out the streets with no talent scout.”

22. “Create a plan and then attack it. A dream without a plan is a wish.”

23. “And what good is dreaming, if you can’t make your dream come true?”

24. “Dedication, hard work, plus patience.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Finish what we started, reach them heights, you know?Pin

25. “Finish what we started, reach them heights, you know?”

26. “I’m tryna live my life, so when it’s over, I have no regrets.”

27. “Doing music to pay bills is an uncomfortable situation. I never wanted to be in that situation.”

28. “And it’s possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce.”

29. “If you’re a hustler, you should find somewhere to capitalize off that and turn it into some money.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Be your own biggest fan, your own biggest believer.Pin

30. “Be your own biggest fan, your own biggest believer, and put it on your back and carry the weight.”

31. “I just believe in ownership. I believe in investing in yourself. Your foundation should be strong.”

32. “What good is a team, when everyone depends on you?”

33. “We don’t want to wait on someone to hire us and give us a check. We want to create our own opportunities.”

34. “If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage.”

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35. “Get on your marathon ’til you bruise your feet.”

36. “If you do it, be the best at it.”

37. “If you’ve got a plan, it’s not just like a pipe dream. You have a step-by-step list of things to do to get to your goal.”

38. “Even as you make progress, you need the discipline to keep from backtracking and sabotaging the success as it’s happening.”

39. “As an artist, as a brand, as a rapper, as a musician, you know you have a window and a lot of people, even an athlete; they don’t have no exit strategy. It’s just living in the false reality that it’s going to be like this forever.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes on Challenges and Achievements

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Having strong enemies is a blessing.Pin

40. “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

41. “I’m not in it for fame. I’ve been famous in the streets already.”

42. “But we kept going at it. In anybody’s case, that’s always the distinguishing factor.”

43. “You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing and not take no for an answer.”

44. “I believe that we should own the fruits of our labor and the assets of our creations.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Started out the trunk, ended up at the dealership.Pin

45. “Started out the trunk, ended up at the dealership.”

46. “Success, to me, is just being able to do what you love to do and support yourself all through.”

47. “Don’t waste your time, it doesn’t make you rich.”

48. “I think you can make a pure artistic product if you understand how to build your own industry.”

49. “Before rap, my last name was my lifestyle, and when I visualize success, it looked like right now.”

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50. “Constant repetition is the path to progression.”

51. “Play the game like I’ve never won once.”

52. “I hate to lose, so I play too rough.”

53. “I went hard for the chips ’cause the odds were against us.”

54. “I grew up in an environment where being polite was taken as a weakness. So, I just fought everybody.”

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55. “If what I believe is proved to be wrong, then I guess I’m a miracle.”

56. “Being self-made means never making an excuse as to why you can’t take steps toward whatever your goal is.”

57. “I call it ‘dropping the rope.’ You’ve got to drop a rope. Everybody got to climb up, but you gotta drop the rope.”

58. “First get ‘yo grind on, then get yo’ shine on.”

59. “Success or greatness come with a roller-coaster ride—anybody can apply the marathon concept to what they do.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Get everything you want, then go back and get some more.Pin

60. “Get everything you want, then go back and get some more.”

61. “Without a game plan and without a strong sense of faith in what you’re doing, it’s gonna be real hard to accomplish anything.”

62. “Most of the time, when it rains it starts pouring, but how we grind it makes the weather change for us.”

63. “And it can be as simple as it seems, if you never doubt yourself and learn from everything you see.”

64. “Seize the opportunity, believe, and take control of it. Then get on your marathon and grind it ’til it’s over with.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I look at it like the game is gonna test you. Everything's gonna test you if it's worthwhile.Pin

65. “I look at it like the game is gonna test you. Everything’s gonna test you if it’s worthwhile and you’re gonna make decisions based on what you care about more.”

66. “My thing is that I don’t give no person that much power over my path that I’m walking. Not one person can make or break what I’m doing, except me or God.”

67. “We are playing the long game. We don’t want the money to stop when we go, when we can’t work no more. We want it to outlive us, we want it to be generational.”

68. “I respect Snoop even aside from the music—just as a man, and especially the way he still represents who he is, after being a pop star and an icon. He’s done it successfully and has still been able to balance it..”

69. “We got turned down, we failed, had setbacks, had to start over a lot of times.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes on Wisdom and Insight

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Sometimes, you have to take two steps back to take ten forward.Pin

70. “Sometimes, you have to take two steps back to take ten forward.”

71. “No one in life can enjoy peace until they know the meaning of it.”

72. “You’re not going to scare me into being somebody I don’t want to be.”

73. “I’m more focused on giving solutions and inspiration more than anything.”

74. “Luck is just being prepared at all times, so when the door opens, you’re ready.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - The company you keep has a large influence on the situations you bring to yourself.Pin

75. “The company you keep has a large influence on the situations you bring to yourself.”

76. “I’m not into trading ownership of the only asset I have, which is my intellectual property.”

77. “Be truthful with yourself and other people, and try your best to make decisions outside of your ego.”

78. “Life is just a fight against your disbeliefs.”

79. “Life is what you make it, I hope you make a movement.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I'm focusing on the music, but I still have a cold library of books that I've either read or I plan on getting to.Pin

80. “I’m focusing on the music, but I still have a cold library of books that I’ve either read or I plan on getting to.”

81. “Don’t worry ’bout what people gon’ say. Girl, do what you want to.”

82. “Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick everyday. Eventually, you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.”

83. “I never wanted to alienate my brand for business. I always wanted to keep it authentic and keep it as pure as I could.”

84. “We act on how we think, and never speak on how we feel.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - When you let go of your pride, you'll find a lesson in your pain.Pin

85. “When you let go of your pride, you’ll find a lesson in your pain.”

86. “Every step is like chess—the wrong move gets you killed.”

87. “People, if you break down the music, you could find the truth.”

88. “And we were raised wrong but we stayed strong and we kept it real, we got faked on.”

89. “I was never ignorant as far as being experienced in classrooms, and learning about different subjects, and actually soaking it up.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - If you don't know your full-throttle history - the whole story of how you came to where you are - it's kind of hard to put things together.Pin

90. “If you don’t know your full-throttle history—the whole story of how you came to where you are—it’s kind of hard to put things together.”

91. “Any time a country transitioned to a flat currency, they collapsed. That’s just world history. You don’t have to know about cryptocurrency to know that.”

92. “You will never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You will only be criticized by someone who is doing less than you. Remember that.”

93. “I believe that economics is based on scarcity of markets.”

94. “Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared, I say it’s worth it, I won’t say it’s fair. Find your purpose or you wastin’ air.”

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95. “Sometimes, people, they too, destroy you—precisely because they recognize your power not because they don’t see it , but because they see it, and they don’t want it to exist.”

96. “Obviously, from childhood to my teenage years, I really came into my own. I left the house early; I was on the streets when I was, like, 15. I’ve been holdin’ my own since that age.”

97. “It’s as big as you wanna make it and, you know, it’s as far as you take it.”

98. “As gang members, as young dudes in the streets, especially in L.A., we’re the effect of a situation. We didn’t wake up and create our own mindstate and our environment; we adapted our survival instincts.”

99. “A lot of artists come into the game with a radio record, but they don’t establish the fans as fans of their style of music. It’s just that they’re a fan of that song, and after that song plays out, it’s real hard for ’em.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes on Love, Inspiration, and Relationships

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I'm the type of person where my safe place to be emotional is the booth.Pin

100. “I’m the type of person where my safe place to be emotional is the booth.”

101. “Been stabbed in my heart so much, I learned to smile while I bleed.”

102. “Study your queen so you can give her what she wants without asking.”

103. “Material things ain’t nothing, you feel me? At the end of the day, it’s who you are.”

104. “One small misunderstanding can show you exactly how a person really feels about you.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I was raised differently because even if you wish me the worst, I will still wish you the best.Pin

105. “I was raised differently because even if you wish me the worst, I will still wish you the best.”

106. “I realized the power of hip-hop. I realized how influential this music and this culture are.”

107. “I try to sprinkle little gems and jewels in the music that people could use in their own life.”

108. “I’m at peace with what I’m doing. I feel good about what I wake up doing and about my lifestyle.”

109. “Most important thing is to get rid of doubt. If you have doubt in what you’re doing, it’s not gonna work.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - The reason children accept discipline from their parents is because they know their parents love them.Pin

110. “The reason children accept discipline from their parents is because they know their parents love them.”

111. “The best thing you can do for a person is to inspire them. That’s the best currency you can offer—inspiration.”

112. “Hope opportunities don’t knock when there are opportunists in your group.”

113. “I always had a passion for rap music and I was always trying to create a situation where I could do this full-time.”

114. “Most of the time, I look inside, and find the answers waitin’.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - Thought is powerful in all phases.Pin

115. “Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.”

116. “Hoping what I’m doing truly makes my mama proud, ‘cause for a very long time, I was the reason for her frowns.”

117. “‘Cause if you share your success and not your struggle, you’re a fool.”

118. “The game will test you never fold. Stay ten toes down. It’s not on you, it’s in you. And what’s in you, they can never take away.”

19. “I took my wildest dreams then mapped them out.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - If I wasn't involved in this hip-hop, I'd probably be breakin' the law.Pin

120. “If I wasn’t involved in this hip-hop, I’d probably be breakin’ the law to eat and feed my family and maintain the lifestyle that I’m used to.”

121. “If you’re going to write about rap music and hip-hop, and you don’t love it, then we don’t need your opinion, and we revoke your opinion.”

122. “Your parents are supposed to tell you to make decisions that are gonna help you and that’ll have a positive effect on your life and your well-being.”

123. “An artist always knows everything he does. You know what I’m saying—all the records he starts and don’t end up in the public and just sit on the harddrive.”

124. “I don’t know about hell, I don’t know about heaven. All I know is ’bout right now and this lifestyle is interesting.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - I intend to inspire people with my story - motivate young people that grew up like myself, or even not like myself. Just, you know, go through the human experience.Pin

125. “I intend to inspire people with my story—motivate young people that grew up like myself, or even not like myself. Just, you know, go through the human experience.”

126. “When I became a man, and I started to understand the difference between the truth and what your parents are supposed to tell you, there’s a difference, know what I mean?”

127. “Put my right hand to God, shine on these broads. Stay on my job, grind with my squad.”

128. “It’s strictly business in this game, still they faking friendly. Don’t let them take advantage of you.”

129. “I’m about seeing long-term, seeing a vision, understanding nothing really worthwhile happens overnight, and just sticking to your script long enough to make something real happen.”

Nipsey Hussle Quote - If it wasn't for the music being my outlet, I'd probably be hustlin'.Pin

130. “If it wasn’t for the music being my outlet, I’d probably be hustlin’. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to go and get a nine-to-five—I never finished high school or none of that.”

Did These Nipsey Hussle Quotes Push You to Work Actively Towards the Things You’re Passionate About?

In every song, in every piece of music, you’ll find bits and pieces of the true message and story the musician wants to impart. This is especially true in Nipsey Hussle’s works. The things he valued most were obvious in his music—positivity, family, his passion, and his community. He went above and beyond in order to take care and appreciate those things he valued most.

He was directly involved in his community’s development and was largely known as a philanthropist. In his music, he emphasized on the value of making genuine connections, focusing on the things that make one passionate, and putting in work for what you want to achieve. He was an inspiration to all and a reminder that dreams can be a reality if you work hard enough and if you push your limits.

Are you familiar with Nipsey Hussle’s music? Did these quotes motivate you and inspire you to be proactive and work hard to achieve your goals in life? If so, don’t forget to leave a comment down below!

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