140 Best Hip Hop Quotes About Happiness in Life

Hip hop is more than just a genre. It’s a culture and a form of expression for people of all backgrounds.

These days, money, drugs, and depression are common themes in hip-hop music. But a few rap legends like Tupac, Eminem, and Lil Wayne have also written some genius-level verses about happiness in life.

Such lyrics give us an insight of how our favorite rappers viewed happiness and how they believed one could achieve it. Let’s take a look at some of the best hip-hop quotes about happiness in life:

Tupac Quotes On Happiness

1.) “Everybody’s at war with different things, I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” – Tupac

2.) “Life is a wheel of fortune and it’s my turn to spin it.”– Tupac

3.) “Even tough you-re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.” – Tupac

4.) “Remember one thing Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out. Keep your head up, and handle it.”– Tupac

5.) “My mama always used to tell me: if you can’t find something to live for, you best find something to die for.” – Tupac

6.) “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” — Tupac

7.) “For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.” – Tupac

8.) “You gotta be able to smile through the bullshit.” – Tupac

9.) “Forgive but don’t forget girl, keep ya head up. And when he tells you you ain’t nothing don’t believe him, and if he can’t learn to love you, you should leave him.” – Tupac

Drake Quotes On Happiness

10.) “The worst feeling is feeling unwanted by the person you want the most.” – Drake

11.) “One day you’re gonna remember me and how much I love you… then you’re gonna hate yourself for letting me go.” – Drake

12.) “Live for today, plan for tomorrow, party tonight.” — Drake

13.) “Jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.” – Drake

14.) “Life can always change, you have to adjust.” – Drake

15.) “We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us.” – Drake

16.) “Some nights I wish I could go back in life / Not to change shit, just to feel a couple things twice.” – Drake

17.) “When people treat you like nothing, you begin to feel like nothing.” – Drake

18.) “I live for the nights I can’t remember with the people I can’t forget.” – Drake

19.) “I like when money makes a difference but don’t make you different.”– Drake

Related: Drake’s Net Worth and Interesting Facts

Eminem Quotes On Happiness

20.) “The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

21.) “I can see you’re sad even when you smile, even when you laugh I can see it in your eyes.”–Eminem

22.) “I didn’t have nothin’ going for me… school, home… until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything.” –Eminem

23.) “You’ve got enemies? Good, that means you actually stood up for something.” – Eminem

24.) “You can make something of your life, it just depends on your drive.” – Eminem

25.) “It feels good to have your work respected again.” – Eminem

26.) “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.” – Eminem

27.) “Throughout my career, I fed off the fuel of people not being able to understand me.” – Eminem

28.) “Behind every successful person lies a pack of haters” ― Eminem

29.) “Sometimes you just gotta let s*** go and say ‘to hell with it’ and move on.” – Eminem

30.) “I took my bruises and my humps, fell down and got right back up” – Eminem

Lil Wayne Quotes On Happiness

31.) “Women are the most beautiful yet difficult beings known to man.” – Lil Wayne

32.) “If you don’t love me somebody else will.” – Lil Wayne

33.) “Surround yourself with love, not friends.” – Lil Wayne

34.) “Love me or hate me, I stay hate free. They say we learn from mistakes well that’s why they mistake me.” – Lil Wayne

35.) “Never apologize for what you feel. It’s like apologizing for being real.” – Lil Wayne

36.) “Never apologize for what you feel. It’s like apologizing for being real.” – Lil Wayne

37.) “I remember the love right after the fights. You can’t tell me you don’t remember those nights.” – Lil Wayne

38.) “They say love is the key. Somebody changed the lock.” – Lil Wayne

39.) “I used to love here, f*** it, I still do. ‘Cause love never dies, but it can kill you.” – Lil Wayne

Related: Lil Wayne’s Net Worth and Interesting Facts

Kanye West Quotes On Happiness

40.) “I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem, or use my arrogance as a steam to power my dreams.” – Kanye West

41.) “Never stop fighting no matter what anyone says. If it’s in your gut, your soul, there’s nothing, no worldly possession that should come between you and your expression.” –Kanye West

42.) “Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.” – Kanye West

43.) “Memories have to be our most painful blessing.” – Kanye West

44.) “If you admire someone, you should go ahead and tell them. People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.” – Kanye West

45.) “Living well eliminates the need for revenge.” – Kanye West

50 Cent Quotes On Happiness

46.) “I love you like a fat kid loves cake.” – 50 Cent

47.) “If it ain’t making me money, making me better or making me happy… ain’t making time for it.” – 50 Cent

48.) “Sunny days wouldn’t be so special, if it wasn’t for rain. Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain.” – 50 Cent

49.) “I’m the type to swallow my blood before I swallow my pride.” – 50 Cent

50.) “I’ll be your best friend, if you promise you’ll be mine.” – 50 Cent

Jay-Z Quotes On Happiness

51.) “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good. But once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s bad forever.” – Jay Z

52.) “Only God can judge me, so I’m gone, either love me or leave me alone.” – Jay Z

53.) “I love what I do, and when you love what you do, you want to be the best at it.” – Jay-Z

54.) “Remind yourself, nobody’s built like you. You design yourself.” – Jay Z

55.) “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are. While your reputation is what others merely think you are.” – Jay Z

Snoop Dogg Quotes On Happiness

56.) “Sorry it had to end this way but uh, it is what it is.” – Snoop Dogg

57.) “If it’s flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.” –Snoop Dogg

58.) “You’ve got to always go back in time if you want to move forward.” – Snoop Dogg

59.) “Sometimes if you’re lucky, someone comes into your life who’ll take up a place in your heart that no one else can fill.” – Snoop Dogg

60.) “Well, hip hop is what makes the world go round.” – Snoop Dogg

61.) “You might not have a car or big gold chain, stay true to yourself and things will change.” – Snoop Dogg

Chris Brown Quotes On Happiness

62.) “People who make mistakes and learn from them are role models too. I’m just happy to inspire growth and positivity.” – Chris Brown

63.) “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.” – Chris Brown

64.) “Everywhere that I’ve been, the only thing I see is beautiful people.” – Chris Brown

65.) “Never let a couple of good memories make you move backwards. Look ahead and move on.” – Chris Brown

66.) “Never assume you know what’s going on in someone’s life unless you heard it straight form the source.” – Chris Brown

67.) “If I had the moment, I’d capture that moment and you’d be right next to me.” – Chris Brown

68.) “You start to live when a moment feels like a lifetime.” – Chris Brown

69.) “Follow your dreams, just make sure you have fun too.” – Chris Brown

Related: Chris Brown’s Net Worth and Career

Kendrick Lamar Quotes On Happiness

70.) “Live your life, live it right. Be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

71.) “Life will put many red lights in front of you, but sometimes we must push on the gas and trust God.” – Kendrick Lamar

72.) “If God got us, then we gon’ be alright.” – Kendrick Lamar

73.)  “Take advantage. Do your best, don’t stress. You was granted everything inside this planet, anything you imagine, you possess.” – Kendrick Lamar

74.) “My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever in this thing that we call rap, this thing that we call hip hop.” – Kendrick Lamar

75.) “So the next time you feel like the world’s about to end, I hope you studied, because he’s testing your faith again.” – Kendrick Lamar

76.) “Look inside my eyes and tell me you see a warrior.” –Kendrick

Wale Quotes On Happiness

77.) “I like the person that you are, but I’m in love with the person that you have potential to be.” – Wale

78.) “Ambitious girl, you just wanna win and you’d rather chase your dreams, then to try chase these men that try to chase these skirts, that try to chase these shots with flavors that ain’t even as sweet as her.” – Wale

79.) “If I woke up tomorrow and didn’t have a dolla, as long as I have my heart, I can get it all over.” – Wale

80.) “Ice melts into rain, love turns into pain. Here I go again, falling in love again.” – Wale

81.) “Rather lose love than to move on never knowing what it felt like.” – Wale

Mac Miller Quotes On Happiness

82.) “Sometimes it’s hard to pick right from wrong. The best thing we can do is go with our heart, and hope it all goes well.” – Mac Miller

83.) “No matter where life takes me. Find me with a smile.” – Mac Miller

84.) “Kept breaking promises you said you would keep, so you can leave a message at the beep.” – Mac Miller

85.) “They’re gonna try to tell you no, shatter all your dreams. But you gotta get up and go and think of better things.” – Mac Miller

86.) “Something ’bout the pain makes me want more… done a lot of drugs, never felt like this before.” – Mac Miller

87.) “The life you live is more important than the words you speak.” – Mac Miller

Kid Cudi Quotes On Happiness

88.) “The sooner you realize things will never be the same, the sooner you can move on.” – Kid Cudi

89.) “If you can’t do what you imagine, then what is imagination to you?” – Kid Cudi

90.) “‘I am happy’. That’s just the saddest lie.” – Kid Cudi

91.) “I’m on the pursuit of happiness. I know everything that shines ain’t always gold. I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good.” – Kid Cudi

92.) “Living life is a choice. Making a difference in someone else’s isn’t.” – Kid Cudi

93.) “My life, my choices, my mistakes, my lessons, not your business.” – Kid Cudi

94.) “People say that bad memories cause the most pain, but it’s actually the good ones that drive you insane.” – Kid Cudi

Rick Ross Quotes On Happiness

95.) “How many people you bless, is how you measure success.” – Rick Ross

96.) “Everyday is a new opportunity to reach that goal.” – Rick Ross

97.) “Forget yesterday, live for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” – Rick Ross

98.) “Regardless of how it goes down, life goes on.” – Rick Ross

Machine Gun Kelly Quotes On Happiness

99.) “Cause whatever you love can be taken away, so live like it’s your dying day.” – Machine Gun Kelly

100.) “You see my tears, in the rain underneath it all, we’re just the same.” – Machine Gun Kelly

101.) “Life is too short to live the same day twice. So each new day make sure you live your life.” – Machine Gun Kelly

102.) “Why do we try so hard to fit in, when we were born to stand out?” – Machine Gun Kelly

Nas Quotes On Happiness

103.) “Trust your own judgement, live with it and love it.” – Nas

104.) “Life’s a b****, but god forbid that b**** divorce me.” – Nas

105.) “You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.” – Nas

106.) “What do you base your happiness around? Material, women, and large paper? That means you’re inferior, not major.” – Nas

107.) “Nothing easy is worth anything.” – Nas

108.) “If you’re scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers.” – Nas

109.) “Everything will eventually come to an end. So try to savor the moments, cuz time flies, don’t it? The beauty of life is to make it last for the better. Cuz nothing lasts forever.” – Nas

Wiz Khalifa Quotes On Happiness

110.) “Good things come in good time.” – Wiz Khalifa

111.) “Don’t let the sadness from the past and the fear of the future ruin the happiness of the present.” – Wiz Khalifa

112.) “You don’t need too many people to be happy. Just a few real ones who appreciate you for who you are.” – Wiz Khalifa

113.) “Worrying is stupid. It’s like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain.” – Wiz Khalifa

114.) “A man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been born and raised in the arms of a queen.” – Wiz Khalifa

Busta Rhymes Quotes On Happiness

115.) “My making it is a combination of grinding, grinding, grinding, and being lucky enough to finally get a shot.” – Busta Rhymes

116.) “Funny how the love be fake, but I ain’t stressing. Thankful for the love that’s genuine, appreciate the blessing.” – Busta Rhymes

117.) “I have no trouble being a good dude because that’s what I am” — Busta Rhymes

Childish Gambino Quotes On Happiness

118.) “What I wanna know is why I never fit in right, like a fat dude getting on a packed flight.” – Childish Gambino

119.) “I’ll give you all of me until there’s nothing left.” – Childish Gambino

120.) “There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don’t know how.” – Childish Gambino

121.) “Being happy is the goal, but greatness is my mission.” – Childish Gambino

122.) “Whenever you need my help, I will hold you down.” – Childish Gambino

123.) “I wanted you to know, whenever you are around, can’t speak, I can’t speak.” – Childish Gambino

Biggie Smalls Quotes On Happiness

124.) “If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart.” – Biggie Smalls

125.) “Damn right I like the life I live, cause I went from negative to positive.” – Biggie Smalls

126.) “Learn to treat life to the best, put stress to rest.” – Biggie Smalls

127.) “Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis. When I was dead broke man I couldn’t picture this.” – Biggie Smalls

128.) “We can’t change the world until we change ourselves.” – Biggie Smalls

Andre 3000 Quotes On Happiness

129.) “Everyone has an addiction. Mine happens to be you.” – Andre 3000

130.) “Asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had, I pray so much about it, need some knee pads. It happened for a reason, one can’t be mad.” – Andre 3000

131.) “I’ve learned that I’m most powerful when I’m doing my art.” — Andre 3000

132.) “I love who you are, I love who you ain’t.” – Andre 3000

T.I Quotes On Happiness

133.) “Some of y’all are not where you want to be in life. Yet you party every weekend. What exactly are you celebrating?” – T.I

134.) “Never mind what hater’s say, ignore ’em till they fade away.” – T.I

135.) “Stop lookin’ at what you ain’t got, and start being thankful for what you do got.” – T.I

136.) “God will take you through hell, just to get to heaven.” – T.I

137.) “I’m going to always rise above the doubt that may exist about me.” – T.I

J. Cole Quotes On Happiness

138.) “We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still.” – J. Cole

139.) “Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” – J. Cole

140.) “To appreciate the sun, you gotta know what rain is.” – J. Cole

Final Thoughts

All of these quotes and sayings carry essential lessons on what happiness means and how you can receive joy from the little things in life. Many of these quotes also serve as great mottos and captions for pictures.

If you have a friend who’s suffering from loss or going through a rough patch in life, share these saying and quotes to motivate them to appreciate their blessings and practice gratitude in their everyday life.

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Asad Elahi

Asad Elahi is a personal finance expert and author with over 5 years of experience in the industry. He has written extensively on topics such as saving, investing, and building wealth, focusing on helping individuals achieve financial independence. His work has been featured in major publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular contributor to financial websites and blogs.