Take 7 emcees put em in a line And add 7 more brothers who think they can rhyme It'll take 7 more before I go for mine And that's 21 emcees ate up at the same time.— Rakim
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I start to think, and then I sink Into the paper like I was ink When I'm writing, I'm trapped in between the lines I escape when I finish the rhyme.
I'm just an addict, addicted to music Maybe it's a habit...I gotta use it.
Timeless, so age don't count in the booth When your flow stay submerged in the fountain of youth
Back in the day, music imitated life.
Now it's the opposite way around: life is imitating music. It's like whatever the rappers say, people think that that's how we're supposed to be; but back then, we kind of looked at the streets, and we made music for that.
So I start my mission- leave my residence Thinkin how could I get some dead presidents
I get a craving like I fiend for nicotine. But I don't need a cigarette, know what I mean?
I wake you up and as I stare in your face, you seem stunned.
Remember me? The one you got your idea from?
I love listening to old records to keep nostalgic feeling;
it allows me to not lose the love for hip-hop.
I ain't no joke, I used to let the mic smoke, Now I slam it when I'm done and make sure it's broke.
It's a bold statement but I think people need to read between the lines.
I try to keep myself out of the unnecessary bullshit.
Everything derives from the mind. From sex to the way you want people to perceive you to anything in life, it all derives from the mind. If people start realizing this and get deeper into themselves they'll realize there's nothing that they can't do.
The older I get the wiser and more skillful I get.
I go to Queens for queens to get the crew from Brooklyn, Make money in Manhattan and never been tooken. Go Uptown and the Bronx to boogie down, Get strong on the Island, recoup, and lay around.
The mind is one of Allah's best designs.
So all hail the honorable, microphone phenomenal Persona is unbombable? Trust me son, I continue like a saga do, bringin' you the drama to allow you that the chronicle has just begun.
Self-esteem makes me super, superb and supreme
I've always tried to insert consciousness and spirituality in my records, interpreting the writings of all cultures and religions and how they apply to life in modern times.
I always had an intelligence with me, I was always in the streets, I was always trying to do good. I was always looking for something to guide me. In the beginning church wasn't it.
I can take a phrase that's rarely heard/Flip it - now it's a daily word
Tried to put shame in my game to make a name, I'mma put it on a bullet...put it in your brain.
I had a little more freedom when I started sampling because you could actually do what you wanted to do.
I got one of the illest crews in NY but when I travel it's mostly me and my girl, me and my kids or me and one or two of my dudes but the majority of the time its just me.
Now I got kids and I'm more wise now.
Life means more to me than having fun. I'm more calm, more wise, and more cautious.
What I want to do right now is give hip hop back to the hood.
Before it was a neighborhood thing where it belonged to the hood and the rappers were reporting and there were rules and parameters. Now it seems like the artist's game.
You can hear the seven sins Blowin' through the ghetto wind.
A lot of times when people listen to music it's because they feel down, and that's when serious hip-hop comes into play. When times is hard, people can hear a rapper that inspires them to do what they [are] supposed to do.
There's so many different ways to write a rhyme its stupid man.
I don't understand why the majority of the rap game sounds the same.
I don't accept that the new generation is looking for anything different than what we've always been looking for. Depending on the moment, they want bangers that make them crack their neck, they want tracks that put them in a zone where they can sit back and chill.
Man is symbolic to the sun. The sun is dealing with a ball of fire and didn't go out yet. Me being symbolic to the sun, that's what keeps me going, that's like my hunger. That's like my fury, my self esteem. That's the elements within me that keep my body motionable. The fire is self esteem. Inner strength.
I saw a lot when I was young. The first time I got arrested I was twelve years old.
My moms is strictly Christian but once I got knowledge of self and started reading she used to love when I would sit there and tell her some of the things that I learned. It gave her an open mind to where she started believing in the most high.
I don't work out too much. I just do some pushups when I feel the right hook is getting a lil weak.
There's things in the Bible when you read the Quran there different wordings.
The Quran is dealing with the Most High and the Bible is dealing with God. If they read them both and put it together they'll know what the true culture is.
Now life is imitating art.
When I go out I get so much love I gotta change my way of thinking.
When you're trying to please both sides of the fence at the same time you really can't do that.
I've always been a picky eater but I'm not the healthiest eater.
It is what it is but I do me and I think people respect that.
They see me out in the hood by myself or with wifey and I don't have no bodyguards.
I never tried to crossover or be in the public's eye everyday.
I'm laid back with it and at times I wondered if I was doing the right thing promoting myself staying back a little bit and coming out when I felt that I had too. But when I get all the accolades and hear the things people say it just puts it all together for me man. It's a blessing.
I don't want to put nobody on blast but in the beginning it's like somebody telling you somebody looks like you and you've been looking in the mirror your whole life and nobody looks like you. Same thing with me.
I loved the hood and still love the hood but I had to realize like Ra you a rapper now you're in the public eye.
Go to the club or go to the block or go hang out and things start coming.
That's another thing yo rappers are scared to bring new styles out.
There's so many different ways we can be flowing but everybody chooses to flow the generic way.
Not follow me but follow the lyrics.
The physical was never the best part of the body.
It 's amazing how Allah made the mind to the point where we almost alike me and you, we almost see the same. But we got different aspects of things. Certain things are what they call common sense. Allah made it like that meaning there's only one mind, be we all occupy it. Some of us dig into it a little deeper. Some of us are lazy on it. There's only one right and one wrong.
Being in this game if you are gonna sell drugs and make records too then as many records you make is gonna be as many people that know you sell drugs. We got the hip hop cops listening now.
I never sold drugs. A lot of people used to think I was that dude but I never sold a crumb. I used to always be upset with that.