Hip is to know, it's a form of intelligence. To be hip is to be update and relevant. Hop is a form of movement, you can't just observe a hop, you gotta hop up and do it. Hip and hop is more than music Hip is the Knowledge, hop is the Movement. Hip and Hop is Intelligent movement— KRS-One
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Educate yourself make your world view bigger, visualize wealth, and put yourself in the picture
If Hip Hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, it also has the ability to Uplift them.
Rappers spit rhymes that are mostly illegal, MC's spit rhymes to uplift their people.
When I say hip-hoppers, I mean black, white, Asian, Latino, Chicano, everybody.
Everybody. Hip-hop has united all races. Hip-hop has formed a platform for all people, religions, and occupations to meet on something. We all have a platform to meet on now, due to hip-hop. That, to me, is beyond music. That is just a brilliant, brilliant thing.
Rap is something you do Hip Hop is something you live
If the society that we're talking about is a society that starts wars all over the world, degrades indigenous cultures, is misogynistic in itself, if that's the society we're talking about, then it's not a bad thing if hip-hop did degrade that society.
Teach the student what needs to be taught.
'Cause black and white kids both take shorts When one doesn't know about the other one's culture, Ignorance swoops down like a vulture.
Are you tired of lyrical liars, passing fliers, Wannabe MC's, but really good triers, Tripping over mic cords, getting you bored, A total fraud, this kind of thing I can't afford!
The whole world is conscious. It's just that we become conscious at times, and you become conscious when you lose a parent, or just a loved one, period - a wife, a brother, you know. You wake up and say, "Man, it's real. I don't need this pimp gangster stuff anymore, I need something with a little more substance." And there is marketing for that.
Teachers teach and do the world good, Kings just rule and most are never understood
If you're true to the upliftment of people and the unity of people, raising the self-worth of people, then you live within your means. But the problem is that we're looking at the grass on the other side, saying, "That's greener. I want to be in the thug market, but I want to be a conscious rap artist." It doesn't work like that.
It's not about a salary, it's all about reality.
You were put here to protect us. But who protects us from you?
Do you ever think about when you outta here? Record deal and video, outta here!? Mercedes Benz and Range Rover, outta here!?
Too many MC's take that word 'emcee' lightly; They can't Move a Crowd, not even slightly.
I make intelligence cool. I make spirituality cool. If we can make one's devotion to God cool, then I think I did a great thing. I can rest in peace.
I haven't come to tell you I've got juice I just produce, create, innovate on a higher level
So you think that hip-hop had it's start out in Queensbridge, If you popped that junk up in the Bronx you might not live.
The true word of God is written in our heart.
You sleep with a man, that's your husband. So make sure before you lay down, you love him.
Rebel, renegade, must stay paid.
It's just hypocrisy on hip-hop's part to cry racial profiling when your race is on TV acting like fools.
The single most important lesson I learned is that black people are the cause of black people's demise.
Hip-hoppers are not interpreting what hip-hop is, and when we do interpret it, we interpret it as something immature, unorganized, and outlaw.
The single most important contribution that I can offer, the strengthening of people's spirit and soul, the strengthening of families, the unity of a husband and a wife. To me, that's most important. Without that, we have nothing. If a son doesn't respect a father, if a child doesn't respect a parent, then we're lost.
Deepak Chopra, look at him. He's probably the most successful self-help guru in the world. I don't think he's struggling for any marketing or exposure. You've just got to know where your audience is.
If I were to critique myself - step out of KRS objectively and look at him - I would say that KRS has introduced the concept of being hip-hop, not just doing it. The concept of rap as something we do, while hip-hop is something we live. The concept of living a culture. Don't just look at hip-hop as rap music, see it as a culture.
I'm not an executive. I can do it, I have the mind for it, but there's a life that you have to lead, and you have to give up your creative freedom. That's what I don't want to give up.
Rap is still an art, and no-one's from the Old School Cuz rap is still a brand-new tool
It's not that you don't make any money doing conscious rap music.
You make a lot of money doing this, but if you're greedy and you're not satisfied with $500,000 a year, and you want $2 million a year, then you will suffer as a conscious rap artist.
As a conscious rap artist, you should not want to be in a gangster market.
You should be trying to establish your own market, create a place where you can be yourself and make some money and feed your family.
Yo Premier, why these rappers so soft? They corny ass raps be makin me doze off.
If you're a conscious rap artist and you're worried about Billboard charts, you're gonna have a problem.
Trust in God, that's where the crown is at. It's not in what you get, it's what happens after that.
Love yourself and your expression, you can't go wrong.
Hip-Hop is being spoken through spirituality.
.. Meaning that you'll be able to listen to it spiritually for yourself.
You know, you don't see with your eyes You see with your brain And the more words your brain has The more things you can see
I've enjoyed much success. The IRS is always at my door, constantly.
Real men are real friends, showing their real commitment.
I think music should be free. I think all communication should be free. I think people should respect artists, and there should be a certain respect for artists who give their music away for free. If your music winds up on Napster and you approve of it, then the person downloading your music should at least go to your concert, should at least purchase your songs.
Kings lose crowns but teachers stay intelligent
Just black executives have a bias against older artists.
We don't respect our elders. That's not because of white people. That's because of black leadership. We just have that problem, and it's something that I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to conquer.
We [black people] don't respect our elders.
Besides artists, we don't respect Frederick Douglass. We don't respect Martin Luther King. You look at every Martin Luther King Boulevard out here, and it's a crack block. That's not because of white people. That's because of black leadership. We just have that problem, and it's something that I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to conquer.
I'd rather make one righteous dollar on my level Than make a million dollars spittin' rhymes for the devil.
Don't you think it's time we thought about the future? Whether our children are gonna be winners or losers
I am the manifestation of study, NOT the manifestation of money.
Therefore, I advance through thought, NOT what's manufactured and bought.
To me, that's the biggest problem with hip-hop today is the fact that everyone believes that all of hip-hop is rap music, and that, when you say "hip-hop," it's synonymous with rap. That when you say "hip-hop," you should be thinking about breakdancing, graffiti art, or MCing - which is the proper name for rap - DJing, beat-boxing, language, fashion, knowledge, trade. You should be thinking about a culture when you say, "hip-hop.".
The courage to be yourself is the essence of hip hop
Rap is like a set-up...a lot of games, A lot of suckers with colorful names. 'I'm so-and-so,' 'I'm this, I'm that.' But they all just wick-wick-wack.