jay in SOUTH AFRICA.
jay in SOUTH AFRICA.
There are two quotes from Jay-Z that I want to share with you, before i leave. one from the Lenny Kravit z- featured song, “Gun and Roses” and the other from his memoir, Decoded. I think the best way to illustrate the insight in these quotes is to give you a sports analogy. Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. He was a highly skilled player who could do it all; shoot, pass, rebound, play defense. But as great as he was as a player, he was far from perfect. In fact, he was often lucky. Many of the phenomenal shots he made throughout his career he could not do twice. The most skilled player is often the luckiest.
You can never have too much skill in your hustle. Mastery of craft gives you a powerful advantage as you move forward in your life. Some people seek fortune, fame (even if it’s just popularity in your ‘hood) and gratification without being willing, ready and able to master the drive that can get them to their desired destination. We saw Jordan’s great performances on the basketball court on game day. But what we never saw was all of the hard work before, during and after practice that made Jordan the player he was. In any given game, Jordan’s hard work before tip-off paid off in ways that he couldn’t plan. Because he played with skill, oftentimes, good luck happened.
“They say when you play with skills, good luck could happen.”
–Guns and Roses
“Without work, the magic won’t come.”
There were moments on the basketball court when Jordan was in a zone. It’s as if he couldn’t miss a shot! When an athlete is in a zone, he’s playing with skill-and luck. But as Jay states in his memoir “Decoded”, you won’t reach your full potential “without work”. But he goes further than that. The harder you work the more you put yourself in the position to do extraordinary things.
Working hard to master your skill is a tried and true formula for success. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Even the most ambitious person can accomplish things greater than expectations and way beyond imagination. When you work hard and play the game of life with skill-good luck happens and the magic comes.
Till we blog again, its been real Fam, i hope we’ll be on a million views by then…….
“Beach Chair” is not one of my favorite Jay-Z songs, yet when I really listened to the track last night (off of the album, “Kingdom Come) I realized just how profound the song is. Here’s what I think you and I can get from this verse: Our greatest fear in life should be a lack of effort. We can’t succeed if we’re not trying - hard enough. There’s a reason why you’re here. You have a voice. Your life has a purpose that will only be fulfilled with hard work, determination and deep resolve.
Here’s the lyrics from “Beach Chair” that we’re going to discuss:
“I’m not afraid of dyng
I’m afraid of not trying
Everyday hit every wave
Like I’m Hawaiian
I don’t surf the net
No i never been on myspace
Too busy letting my voice vibrate
Carving out my space
In this world of fly girls
Cutthroats & diamond cut ropes I twirls
Benzs round corners
Where the sun don’t shine
I let the wheels give a glimpse
Of hope of one’s grind
Some said HOV, how you get so fly
I said from not being afraid to fall out the sky
My physical’s shell
So when i say farewell
My soul will find an even
Higher plane to dwell”
I really like this line…
“Some said, “Hov, how you get so fly”/I said from being afraid to fall out the sky./
Don’t be afraid of success but don’t be afraid of failure either. Meet your destiny head on with courage. Reach for the sky in all that you do…
I think “Beach Chair” somewhat reveals Jay’s spiritual side. I think the song shows that faith and fate are major factors to success and fulfillment of purpose.
Shout out to my sista @Leboocosmo who has been with me in spirit during these dark times in my life, and inspired me to come share not only the song I’ve been listening to, heavily but a piece of my life, so you (reading this) are not not alone fam. Faith will get us through….
The humble brag! Birdman is the one man on this list to understate his own wealth.
Said: “Hundred million dollars, the fire flame splitter”
Actually: Worth $150 million in Forbes‘ 2013 list, so unless he made $50 million in the last the years, he was low-balling it.
Lying by: Somewhere around $50 million
Out of sight, but Andre 3000 is certainly not out of mind. It’s been a full decade since the revered lyricist released his first and only solo project — ‘The Love Below,’ packaged as an OutKast double-album alongside Big Boi‘s ‘Speakerboxxx’ — but the anticipation for a sequel will always be endless.
The Hip-Hop Gods aren’t such evil and merciless creatures, though. In the years since OutKast last released an album — ‘Idlewild,’ which arrived in 2006, 3Stacks has sprinkled the game with guest verses, just to remind folks whats what.
Here, we look back and rank the 20 best Andre 3000 guest verses since ‘Idlewild.’
10 - Frank Ocean ft Andre3000 - PINK MATTER
Best Line: "Well frankly when that ocean so muhf—king good/ Make her swab the muhf—king wood/ Make her walk the muhf—king plank/ Make her rob a muhf—king bank"
9 - Rick Ross ft Andre3000 - Sixteen
Best Line: "How’s he God if he lets Lucifer let loose on us?/ That noose on us won’t loosen up, but loose enough to juice us up"
8 - Devin the dude ft Andre3000 - what a job
Best Line: "See we do it for that boy that graduated/ That looked you in your eyes real tough and said, ”preciate it’"
7 - Unk ft Andre3000 - Walk it out
Best Line: "Your white tee, well, to me look like a nightgown/ Make your moma proud take that thang two sizes down"
6 - Big boi ft Andre3000 - Royal flush
Best Line: "I don’t slang, never slung, but I’m one with the slum/ That has a name well fitting, plenty cheese getting/ No wonder why they call it the trap, so watch your tail"
5 - Gorillaz ft Andre3000 - Do Ya Thing
Best Line: "N——s talking about, ‘Oh, he don’t rap enough’/ But ya’ll rap-a-lot and I’m like, ‘rap it up, ho’"
4 - Jay Z ft Andre3000 - 30 something
Best Line: "Rapper’s really getting paid in full/ So full that the kid’s don’t go to school in hopes of becoming one of us"
3 - TI ft Andre3000 - Sorry
Best Line: "And this the type of shit that’ll make you call your rap partner/ And say I’m sorry I’m awkward, my fault for fuckin’ up the tours"
2 - Dj Drama ft Andre3000 - Art of storytelling
Best Line: "She said, ‘Why in the club, you don’t make it precipitate? You know, make it rain when you can make it thunderstorm?’/ I’m like, ‘Why?" The world needs sun, the hood needs funds’"
1 - UGK ft Andre3000 - International Players Anthem
Best Line: "You sure? Fuck it/ You know we got your back like chiroprac-tic"