Michael Rapaport quotes

  • Only a genius can play a fool.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Play #Fool #Genius

  • I love doing things that are titillating. I think race can be very funny, and I think I'm very comfortable discussing it and bringing it up.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Thinking #Race

  • I don't want to misrepresent who I am personally. I don't want my kids to see me on a talk show and say, "You're talking different" or "You look different, dad." I'm not gonna be an animal; I know how to conduct myself.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Dad #Kids #Animal

  • I'm not going to try and change how people perceive me. I think it's important to be a contradiction. People are contradictions; everyone has contradictions. So I don't expect anyone to look at me differently.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Thinking #People #Important

  • I love my kids, and the moments I have with them, and it's kind of weird, it's such an age old cliche, but the way that my sons, the way they make me feel when I look at them, the way they say things, no one else would probably react to them, but it's a special thing for me.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Kids #Son #Age

  • I heard Q-Tip on the Jungle Brothers' song 'The Promo.' It was very exciting. It was very new. The music and the culture around hip-hop was evolving. I think there's an emotional quality to their music and there's a vulnerability to the music. For me, A Tribe Called Quest was my Beatles.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Song #Brother #Emotional

  • I would love to document the Roots; I think they have an interesting story. I have a curiosity about them. Their musicality and their live performances I think would be great, and I have a feeling that there are stories behind each one of them.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Thinking #Roots #Interesting

  • Like any family, like any group - the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, EPMD, Public Enemy - they've had bumps in the road. I just think that because A Tribe Called Quest is so precious to fans, they were concerned about unveiling some of those things.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Thinking #Enemy #Unveiling

  • Right now I'm taking a break from hip-hop documentaries. But I would do it if things lined up.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Hip Hop #Documentaries #Hips

  • So to compare the Beatles, obviously the Beatles are the Beatles, but in hip-hop terms, Tribe is the Beatles. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the Beatles. Big Daddy Kane is Jimi Hendrix. It means that much to people that grew up with it.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Mean #People #Daddy

  • The effect hip-hop had on me was enormous. I was exposed to it by happenstance. My father worked at a radio station in New York called WKTU Disco 92. It was the first radio station in New York City to play disco in the late '70s.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #New York #Father #Play

  • The thing about New York is you can leave your house without a plan and find the day. You can't do that in Los Angeles. You need to get in your car, all this, you can't just drive around like a lunatic. In New York, you can literally walk outside, and wind up anywhere.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #New York #Wind #Car

  • I had a boom box, but I didn't go too far with it because I had a really, really big one. It was like the size of a suitcase, and I was just a little kid.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Kids #Littles #Suitcases

  • I grew up in New York City in the '80s, and it was the epicenter of hip-hop. There was no Internet. Cable television wasn't as broad. I would listen to the radio, hear cars pass by playing a song, or tape songs off of the radio. At that time, there was such an excitement around hip-hop music.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Song #New York #Cities

  • A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you've been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. She can make you feel high full of the single greatest commodity known to man - promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it's going to be okay.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Beautiful #Girl #Morning

  • In any relationship that comes to an end, there's never just a baseline reason why. You say, 'Oh, I broke up with my girlfriend.' Someone says, 'Why?' You say, 'Well, you got three hours? And then maybe after I tell you my version, you've got to talk to her.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Girlfriend #Three #Broke Up

  • But it all came, and for me, hip-hop has done more for racial divide and racial sort of bringing together than anything in the last 30 years. Seeing people like Eminem sounding like somebody like Jay-Z and just the racial aspects of it all.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Years #People #Hip Hop

  • To make independent films, you can't think about them too much, ponder on them too much, get overwhelmed by the enormity of it.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Independent #Thinking #Too Much

  • I'm identified as a New York actor, I sound like I'm from New York, and I couldn't be more proud of it.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #New York #Actors #Proud

  • I don't think the subject of a documentary film should be producers on it.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Thinking #Documentary Films #Documentaries

  • Being No. 1. It's talked about all of the time in hip-hop. 'I'm still No. 1! I'm the best! I'm the greatest of all time!' It's the same mentality in sports.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Sports #Hip Hop #Hips

  • A Tribe Called Quest music was so inclusive, so conscious, it brought such a community together.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Community #Together #Tribes

  • When I was a kid, my first favorite song was probably Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side.
    -- Michael Rapaport

    #Song #Kids #Firsts