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Motivational Hip-Hop Quotes

Cover of "The Lost Tapes"
Cover of The Lost Tapes

I grew up listening to Hip-Hop and still love it to this day. The beat, the tempos, the lyrics – those are the things that make Hip-Hop great. But there are many songs that stick out above the others. There are those songs that always make me turn up the volume and compel me hit pause at certain parts, so I can rewind, and listen to a specific string of lyrics. Sometimes I do this over and over again. These are lyrics that have stayed with me and they are words I think about in business, in relationships, and in life.

These are just a few:

  • “Turnin’ nothin’ into somethin’ is God work, and you get nothin’ without struggle and hard work” – Nas, Doo Rags – The Lost Tapes
  • “I never ask for nothin’ I don’t demand of myself. Honesty, loyalty, friends and then wealth” – Jay Z, Justify My Thug – Black Album
  • “Now I’m on the rise, doin’ business with my guys. Visions realize, music [your craft] affected lives. A gift from the skies, to be recognized, I’m keeping my eye on the people, that’s the prize” – Common, The People – Finding Forever
  • “Speak what I want, I don’t care what y’all feel. ‘Cause I’m my own master, my Pop told me be your own boss. Keep integrity at every cost,” – Nas, Bridging the Gap – Street’s Disciple Disk 2
  • “Every interview I’m representing you making you proud. Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.” – Kanye West, Homecoming – Graduation
  • “Far from a Harvard student, just had the balls to do it” – Jay-Z, What More Can I Say – The Black Album
  • “Whats up with your motto? Will you lead? Will you follow?” – Nas, My Generation – Distant Relatives
  • “The victory’s found in truth, like innocence found in youth Self defeat is your own dispute ” – Damian Marley, Strong Will Continue – Distant Relatives
  • “Sometimes you gotta be an s.o.b., you wanna make a dream reality” – Mark Knopfler, Boom Like That – Shangri-La (not Hip Hop)

What others should I have on this list?

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Exclusive Music: Yolks – Drive Wise Volume 1

When it comes to Hip Hop, there are those artists that stack up on the top of my list. Guys like Nas, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common, The Roots, Notorious B.I.G, but one of my favorite hip hop artists is someone that most people have never heard of. His name is Yolks. A guy from Madison, Wisconsin who could freestyle and write lyrics with the best of them.

Check out some of his tracks below. My favorites are I’m Yolks, Trappin, Chop It Up, and Dem Boyz

Yolks – Drive Wise Volume 1 by danreich

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We are the Hip Hop Generation

“I Love Hip Hop” cover
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There was Rock and Roll, Billy Joel, Greatful Dead, Allman Brothers….and then there was Hip Hop. Our generation has grown up with Hip Hop, and along with technology and a few other big cultural game changers, it has defined our time. Our generation.

With the election right around the corner, it seems as if EVERYONE has a say about these candidates and this election. But will the younger voters make it to the voting booths (And I don’t mean the young voters in the video)? My friend is currently exploring this very issue, and it is called Project Youthanized. The issue of apathy within our generation.

It is amazing how many people I know weigh in on the election, yet could not or did not make it out to the primaries. Will they make it out on Nov 4?

Thanks to Jake S for sharing this video.


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