Hip-Hop Wisdom: 10 Life Lessons from Your Favorite Rappers

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Hip-Hop Wisdom: 10 Life Lessons from Your Favorite Rappers

  1. 1. Hip-Hop Wisdom: 10 Life Lessons from Your Favorite Rappers <br />
  2. 2. Hip-Hop…wisdom?<br />
  3. 3. Hip-Hop Music = <br />Violence<br />
  4. 4. Hip-Hop Music = <br />Violence<br />Misogyny<br />
  5. 5. Hip-Hop Music = <br />Violence<br />Misogyny<br />Drugs<br />
  6. 6. Misconception.Positive inspiration can be found throughout hip-hop,sometimes explicit, sometimes subtle.<br />
  7. 7. Hip-Hop Music = <br />R<br />Struggle<br />
  8. 8. Hip-Hop Music = <br />R<br />R<br />Struggle<br />Ambition<br />
  9. 9. Hip-Hop Music = <br />R<br />R<br />R<br />Struggle<br />Ambition<br />Motivation<br />
  10. 10. Hip-Hop Music = <br />LIFE<br />Struggle<br />Ambition<br />Motivation<br />
  11. 11. #10The world is yours and everything in itIt’s out there, get on your grind and get itYoung Jeezy - Let’s Get It<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li> Set your sites on the world and nothing less
  13. 13. Nothing comes without grinding
  14. 14. Two words to live by: GET IT</li></ul>The world is yours and everything in itIt’s out there, get on your grind and get itYoung Jeezy - Let’s Get It / Sky’s the Limit <br />
  15. 15. #9To everyone out there, who’s a little differentI say damn a magazine, these are God’s fingerprintsYou can call me ugly but cant take nothing from meI am what I am doctor you ain’t gotta love meBrother Ali - Forest Whitiker<br />
  16. 16. <ul><li> Strength comes from loving yourself first
  17. 17. To those that can’t love us the way we are…
  18. 18. Look beyond society’s standards for beauty</li></ul>#9To everyone out there, who’s a little differentI say damn a magazine, these are God’s fingerprintsYou can call me ugly but cant take nothing from meI am what I am doctor you ain’t gotta love meBrother Ali - Forest Whitiker<br />
  19. 19. #8If the solution has never been to look in yourselfHow is it that you expect to find it anywhere else?Immortal Technique - Caught In The Hustle <br />
  20. 20. <ul><li> Stop blaming your circumstances
  21. 21. Change what you control first
  22. 22. The answers you need are inside of you</li></ul>If the solution has never been to look in yourselfHow is it that you expect to find it anywhere else?Immortal Technique - Caught In The Hustle <br />
  23. 23. #750 told me go ‘head switch the style upAnd if they hate then let ‘em hateAnd watch the money pile upKanye West – The Good Life <br />
  24. 24. <ul><li> It’s not easy being a visionary
  25. 25. Ignore haters, they wish they had your guts
  26. 26. Follow your heart, the money will come</li></ul>50 told me go ‘head switch the style upAnd if they hate then let ‘em hateAnd watch the money pile upKanye West – The Good Life <br />
  27. 27. #6Sometimes you gotta dig deep, when problems come nearDon’t fear, things get severe for everybody everywhereGang Starr - Moment of Truth <br />
  28. 28. <ul><li> We all have it in us to dig through tough spots
  29. 29. Don’t fear, have focus
  30. 30. Your are not alone in you struggles</li></ul>Sometimes you gotta dig deep, when problems come nearDon’t fear, things get severe for everybody everywhereGang Starr - Moment of Truth <br />
  31. 31. #5Sometimes a dream is all that we haveWe have to continue to dreamCause once it is lost, amongst other thoughtsThen what really are we, what are we?Asher Roth - His Dream <br />
  32. 32. <ul><li> Hold tight to your dreams
  33. 33. Our dreams define who we are
  34. 34. Recognize distractions </li></ul>Sometimes a dream is all that we haveWe have to continue to dreamCause once it is lost, amongst other thoughtsThen what really are we, what are we?Asher Roth - His Dream <br />
  35. 35. #4Yesterday I felt the most hatedI thought I couldn’t take it, they said I couldn’t make itAnd today I’m feeling brand newI got nothing to lose, I’m about to make movesMurs – Yesterday & Today <br />
  36. 36. <ul><li> Patience & persistence, this too shall pass
  37. 37. Don’t let self doubt inhibit you
  38. 38. Each day is a new day, make moves</li></ul>Yesterday I felt the most hatedI thought I couldn’t take it, they said I couldn’t make itAnd today I’m feeling brand newI got nothing to lose, I’m about to make movesMurs – Yesterday & Today <br />
  39. 39. #3 Only make moves when your heart’s in itAnd live the phrase “Sky’s the limit”The Notorious B.I.G. - Sky’s the Limit <br />
  40. 40. <ul><li> Be passionate about to moves you make
  41. 41. Aim high from the start
  42. 42. Everyone should have a phrase they live by</li></ul>Only make moves when your heart’s in itAnd live the phrase “Sky’s the limit”The Notorious B.I.G. - Sky’s the Limit <br />
  43. 43. #2 Some said Hov, how you get so fly?I said from not being afraid to fall out the skyJay Z - Beach Chair <br />
  44. 44. <ul><li> You need to take the jumps most wouldn’t
  45. 45. Comfort is the enemy of greatness
  46. 46. Do you have it in you?</li></ul>Some said Hov, how you get so fly?I said from not being afraid to fall out the skyJay Z - Beach Chair <br />
  47. 47. #1 One day I plan to be a family man happily marriedI wanna grow to be so old that I have to be carriedTill I’m glad to be buriedAnd leave this crazy worldAnd have at least a half a million for my baby girlIt may be early to be planning this stuffCause I’m still struggling hard to be the man, and it’s toughCause man it’s been rough, but still I manage enoughI’ve been taken advantage of, damaged and scuffedMy hands have been cuffedBut I don’t panic and huff, frantic and puffOr plan to give up, the minute shit hits the fan it eruptsI’m anteing up double or nothing, I’ve been trouble enoughAnd I’m sick of struggling and suffering, seeMy destiny’s to rest at ease, till I’m impressed and pleasedWith my progress, I won’t settle for less than cheeseI’m on a quest to seize all, my own label to callWay before my baby is able to crawlI’m too stable to fall, the pressure motivatesTo know I hold the weight of boulders on my shoulder bladesEminem – It’s OK<br />
  48. 48. <ul><li> Eminem wrote this 4 years before Slim Shady LP
  49. 49. Don’t be afraid to call your shots, set goals
  50. 50. Look to other’s success stories for inspiration </li></ul>“I’m on a quest to seize all, my own label to call”<br />“And have at least a half a million for my baby girl”<br />Eminem – It’s OK<br />
  51. 51. Hip-Hop Wisdom Recap<br /><ul><li>Young Jeezy: The world is yours, get it
  52. 52. Brother Ali: Love yourself first
  53. 53. Immortal Technique: Look inward for answers
  54. 54. Kanye West: Ignore haters, embrace your vision
  55. 55. Gang Starr: Dig deep in tough situations
  56. 56. Asher Roth: Hold onto dreams
  57. 57. Murs: Move past self doubt into a new day
  58. 58. The Notorious B.I.G.: Make sure your heart is in it
  59. 59. Jay-Z: Be prepared to jump for greatness
  60. 60. Eminem: Call your shots, set your goals</li></li></ul><li>One last slide, a thank you… <br />
  61. 61. Thank you for making me struggleThank you for making me grindI perfected my hustleTell me the world ain’t mineMaino - All of the Above<br />
  62. 62. More at HipHopInspires.us<br />

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