The beautiful thing about hip-hop is it's like an audio collage. You can take any form of music and do it in a hip-hop way and it'll be a hip-hop song. That's the only music you can do that with.
Hip-hop isn't as complex as a woman is.
Life without knowledge is death in disguise.
I think hip hop is a dance music that's rebellious by nature.
A flower that grow in the ghetto know more about survival than the one from fresh meadows.
You gotta get back to your essence,
Use your gifts and share your presence,
Don't count your dollars 'til you count your blessings.
Hip-hop is a vehicle.
Do the math: You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half.
So I think hip-hop is moving and is going to continue to move in the direction of rappers just being honest with themselves, whether you're talking about Common and Mos Def or Nas and 50 cent.
If you ain't using all the talents God provided you with
For the betterment of Man, understand,
You ain't nothing but a waste.
We speak the love language, they speak from pain and anguish.
Some don't love theyselves, so they perception is tainted.
God gave us music, so we play with our words.
When I met you it was magic...
We polar opposites, but attracted like we was magnets.
Consider me the entity within the industry without a history of spitting the epitome of stupidity.
Why give you the cure when the disease makes money?
Just because no one can understand how you speak,
Don't necessarily mean that what you be sayin is deep.
They hope for the Apocalypse like a self-fulfilling prophecy
Tell me when do we stop it?
Do they ask you your religion before you rent an apartment?
Is the answer burning Korans so that we can defend Islamics?
These niggaz ain't thugs, the real thugs is the government.
Don't matter if you Independent, Democrat or Republican,
Niggaz politickin' the street, get into beef,
Start blastin'...now a new cat is executive chief.
Nowadays rap artists coming half-hearted,
Commercial like pop, or underground like black markets.
Where were you the day hip-hop died?
Is it too early to mourn? Is it too late to ride?
Who you? Your name smaller than fine grains in couscous
It's the highest calibre, your calibre is deuce deuce
We commute to computers;
Spirits stay mute while you eagles spread rumors.
We survivalists, turned to consumers...
I feel like your city - with hip hop in particular, because we're always beating our chest and shouting where we're from - your city is just as influential as your parents. Even the grimy, hardcore gangster rap from New York - KRS-One and Wu Tang, the stuff acknowledges it.
Homosexuality in hip-hop is an extension of homosexuality in the black community. The black community is very, very conservative when it comes to homosexuality, and I don't mean conservative in the good way, like we're saving money. I mean very intolerant.
Hip hop is at its essence a folk music, because it speaks the language that people are still speaking at ground zero, it speaks the language that people speak on the streets.
I don't think that early hip hop stood out to be a social critique. A lot of fans of mine think that hip hop's ultimate responsibility is to critique social structures.
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