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The gospel according to Jay-Z

  • Jay-Z supported Coldplay over two dates at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend (September 18-19), capping a busy week in which he also played his own headline date at the London Roundhouse. To mark the rapper's all-conquering return, we've collected a few of his mightiest quotes. Pic: PA Photos

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  • On being well-connected: "I have Obama on speed dial." (To Andrew Marr, BBC1, September 2009). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Kanye West's MTV stage invasion: "I think it was rude but the way they're treating him... He's on the cover of every paper. He didn't kill anybody. No one got harmed." (Radio 1, September 2009).

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  • On wife Beyonce's music, after a DJ played 'Crazy In Love' at one of his gigs: "Fuck that. Sorry B, but fuck that – let's play something else." Pic: PA Photos

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  • On the Jay-Z brand: "I'm not a 'business man'! I'm a business... man!" (Guest rap on Kanye West, 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone Remix'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On being filthy rich: "We let the money do the talkin’/And as you see, we talk rather often.” ('Blow The Whistle'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On having a giant ego: "I'd rather die enormous than live dormant." ('Can I Live'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On haters: "He who does not feel me is not real to me/Therefore he does not exist. So, poof... vamoose, son of a bitch." ('H To The Izzo'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On the importance of hip-hop: "Rappers are the poets of our generation." (To Andrew Marr, BBC1, September 2009). Pic: PA Photos

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  • After being nicknamed "Gay-Z" by rival rapper The Game: "Tell groupie to get over it." Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Noel Gallagher: "That bloke from Oasis said I couldn't play guitar/Somebody should have told him I’m a fucking rock star." ('Jockin' Jay-Z'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • After being dissed by Lil Wayne: "You're talking to the author/The architect of 'The Blueprint'/My DNA in your music/Motherfucker, you stupid?/Watch what you say to me." ('Watch What You Say To Me'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On the current hip-hop scene: "I know we facing a recession/But the music y’all making gonna make it the Great Depression." ('D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune')). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On 50 Cent: "Go against Jigga, yo' ass is dense/I'm about a dollar, what the fuck is 50 Cents?" Pic: PA Photos

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  • On hip-hop duo Mobb Deep: "You little fuck, I've got money stacks bigger than you/When I was pushin' weight, back in '88/You was a ballerina – I got your pictures, I seen ya." ('Takeover', live version). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On arch-rival Nas: "One hot album every 10 year average/And that's so LAAAAAAAME! Nigga switch up your flow, your shit is garbage." ('Takeover'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Chris Martin: "He makes me want to take up yoga. Watching him is amazing. I want to be able to move like that, get my leg behind my ear, things like that." Pic: PA Photos

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  • On teen pop idols: "No, I'm not a Jonas brother, I'm grown up." ('Real As It gets'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On right-wing TV presenters: "Please tell Bill O'Reilly to fall back/Tell Rush Limbaugh/To get off my balls/It's 2010, not 1864." ('Off That'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On pretenders to his throne: "In these times, well at least to me/There's a lotta rappers out there tryna sound like Jay-Z." ('Ruler's Back'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On his creative output: "Angels on my shoulders, head in the clouds/No, I'm not rappin', I'm just thinkin' real loud." (Guest rap on Lenny Kravitz's 'Storm'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On Barack Obama: "I'm a small part of the reason the President is black." ('What We Talkin' About'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On being an entrepreneur: "I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell/I am a hustler baby, I'll sell water to a well." ('U Don't Know'). Pic: PA Photos

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  • On bling: "I'm flashy and Bentley, deceptively smart/I make hustlin' heaven and pimpin' an art." (Guest rap on Lenny Kravitz's 'Storm'). Pic: PA Photos

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