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Rap is rhythm and poetry.
by Ajay Naidu

Rap is rhythm and poetry.
Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
- Ajay Naidu

I think that I have sold out sometimes.
- Ajay Naidu

The turntable is now an instrument at the Smithsonian.
- Ajay Naidu

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

 

In every character I play, I try to imbibe something.
Every film is a learning process for me.
- Ajay Naidu

It is important to make your own stuff.
Even if you are not an actor, it is important to not
stop involving yourself as a creative person.
- Ajay Naidu

There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest
in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast,
open sky and loneliness and cold.
- Ajay Naidu

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I had been working early in my life in films -
since I was 11.
- Ajay Naidu

I love films for the fact that it is like working under a microscope.
It is sort of like a laboratory.
- Ajay Naidu

I knew I was happy when I was dancing.
- Ajay Naidu

You have to work with what you are given,
even in Shakespeare.
we have our form and it is important that we free ourselves through it.
- Ajay Naidu

America makes up its own mind about what it wants to see.
- Ajay Naidu

I applied to American Repertory School up at Harvard at got in.
- Ajay Naidu

I got heavily into the drum-and-bass scene,
which is really wicked.
- Ajay Naidu

I hear music as narrative.
- Ajay Naidu

Part of the work is determining through what instrument you are playing.
Actors are physical, olympian storytellers and we should
be able to create entire landscapes with nothing.
- Ajay Naidu

Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp.
I had so many different ideas swirling between culture
and how to tie things together.
- Ajay Naidu

All India radio was worldwide.
- Ajay Naidu

When you get to play with the big boys,
your game improves drastically.
- Ajay Naidu

I want to present interesting stories that don't qualify
themselves just by virtue of their ethnographic type.
- Ajay Naidu

It is important to tell good stories.
You can tell stories even if they are not huge,
epic, and wonderful.
You can still take the responsibility for being a scribe of your tribe.
- Ajay Naidu

There's got to be something greater than us.
- Ajay Naidu

My first acting job happened by accident when I was really young.
I was in fifth grade and my teacher saw an ad in the
paper and took me to the audition after school and I got the part.
- Ajay Naidu

I like the theatre because you paint with broad strokes.
To me the theatre is stretching its definition really far.
- Ajay Naidu

The camera is interested in what you are thinking as
opposed to just what you are doing or saying.
- Ajay Naidu

It is important to keep your head up and follow what you believe is right.
- Ajay Naidu

The loneliness is when you pick up and move,
even if you are not originally from that place,
and you have some memories that you want to embrace.
Having a life in transit, I feel like you are always
looking out the back window.
- Ajay Naidu

We make a contract within ourselves as actors or directors
or writers about how much of ourselves we let into projects.
You can actually figure out before you work on something
how much blood you will have to let emotionally.
- Ajay Naidu

My family was very supportive of my acting.
They didn't really have a choice because I got jobs
acting before anyone could really say anything.
It paid my way through college and helped my family out.
- Ajay Naidu

And to turn it into rap wasn't too difficult besides
just rhymin' the last words of each line.
- Slick Rick

Look at music: I've always loved hiphop and rap,
and now there's this whole progressive movement,
with De La Soul and Mos Def, Common.
It's some of the best stuff around.
- Ryan Phillippe

It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing.
That's my definition of Rap.
- Peter Steele

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
- Eminem

They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus,
that means guns, sex, lies, video tapes,
but if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh?
- Kanye West

My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues.
- Kid Rock

Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the hip-hop,
the culture.
- Method Man

Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S.
blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.
- David Foster Wallace

I'm just basically spillin' out my emotions to the world.
'Cause rap is about emotion.
And I want you to feel what I'm feelin',
'cause that's what it's all about.
- Ludacris

When I first got into the rap game, I had an early
dream of unifying rappers.
- Ice T

We have groups that do that, but I can't rap with the
mentality of an 18 year old when I'm in my 30's.
- Ice T

Rap is only one end of a whole spectrum of verbal play and virtuosity.
Rap is geared for aural pleasure.
- Rita Dove

I haven't done rap...
I can't do that too well.
- Dee Dee Ramone

If I could rap, that would be a sensation,
but I can't, you see, I'm just a Caucasian.
- Ryan Stiles

Everybody in the '80s, well, we hate rap.
Now, the biggest rapper in the world...
Eminem.
Rap's a black thing.
- Chubby Checker

I mean I'll be retired from rap, so what I'll be doin' in rap will be for fun.
- Tone Loc

You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV,
with everyone kind of crossing the line.
- Anthony Michael Hall

I live in New Jersey now, which always gets a bad rap here and there,
but I must say, I enjoy living here too.
- Paul Muldoon

Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos.
- David Lee Roth

I want to be able to say that a rap career could be ten albums.
- Ice T

To me, the 90's signaled the end of glam rock,
the beginning of gangsta rap, and hopefully the beginning and end of boy bands.
- Shane West

The average rap life is two or three albums.
You're lucky to get to your second album in rap!
- Jay Z

Government workers often get a bad rap,
but it's rare for them to receive much appreciation when government works.
- Matthew Lesko

When you're a little kid, you don't see color,
and the fact that my friends were black never crossed my mind.
It never became an issue until I was a teenager and started trying to rap.
- Eminem

The myth of black women profiting at the expense of
black men is the oldest rap around.
- Johnnetta Betsch Cole

The whole world has changed much since the '80's.
In the united States, rap music and country music dominate
radio and that certainly wasn't the case in the early '80's.
- Sheena Easton

Happiness has a bad rap.
People say it shouldn't be your goal in life.
Oh, yes it should.
- Richard Dreyfuss

Rap is poetry set to music.
But to me it's like a jackhammer.
- Bette Midler

They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped.
If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
- Gene Fowler

Rap records don't make you feel good no more.
Six months after release, it can't come back as a classic.
- Wyclef Jean

I understand what rappers are talking about.
I think rap is less about educating people about the
black community and more about making money.
- Dennis Rodman

I have considered rap music stars, and there is one in my new book,
Lovers and Players, and there is also a hip-hop music
mogul who I think you will like a lot.
- Jackie Collins

My brother's been producing rap music and hip-hop for maybe 10 years.
- Tina Yothers

I don't like rap music at all.
I don't think it's music.
It's just a beat and rapping.
- Nina Simone

When you talk about rap you have to understand that
rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture.
- Afrika Bambaataa

I'll dance to anything: Bob Marley or rap.
- Francesca Annis

I don't have to put out another rap record.
I can do it at my casual pace.
- Ice T

Rap actually took root in the Negro community,
and then in the Hispanic community, long before it
impacted on the larger American community as a whole.
- Archie Shepp

I remember being told 'Someone's gonna make a fortune
out of this rap thing' and thinking 'no way'.
- Arthur Baker

At least the rap metal stuff is good,
but it's not really my bag.
I've been listening to the radio since we've been touring the past month,
because we don't get it most of the time.
- Jon Crosby

I'll probably have a lot of rap cats come on up.
- Trick Daddy

I think stuff on the radio is mostly good,
but it's just not what I'm into.
I'm not into rap metal.
- Jon Crosby


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