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Whoever said illegal was the easy way out, couldn’t understand the mechanics and the workings of the underworld,

granted,

Nine to five is how to survive, I ain’t trying to survive I’m tryna live it to the limit and love it a lot

This is easily one of my favorite Jay Z lines ever and mostly its becasue of the second part (Nine to five is how to survive, I ain’t trying to survive I’m tryna live it to the limit and love it a lot) but I think the first part of the verse (Whoever said illegal was the easy way out, couldn’t understand the mechanics and the workings of the underworldis very important too.

So often people discredit the work and intelligence of criminals but as my father always told me they are the hardest working people on America. Think about it, every moment of the day they are working. Maybe they are only doing criminal acts for a few hours a day but even when they are done they still must ensure they are not caught and don’t make any small mistakes even after the fact. Technically they work 24x7x365. This is important because many times these people are simply products of their environment and given the proper coaching in many cases can become very successful entrepreneurs. Henry Rock gives a great Ted Talk on this topic which I think speaks volumes to the abilities of some of these men when given the opportunity.

The other reason I took this quote down was for the “9-5 is how yo survive, I’m not trying to survive I’m trying live it to the limit and love it a lot” line. I like this quote because it truly exemplifies the ambition of hip hop music and something that I feel so many people are missing. So often I speak with people about their goals in life and they are mediocre. That being said I do understand that not everyone can be extraordinary but I do think it is worth striving for. I meet people who say their goal is to work for 15 years to remain a manager. In my opinion it’s not that the people want that but rather they are afraid to take the risk, what they are doing now is allowing them to survive. Jay Z so articulately points out survival isn’t the goal,  ”Live it to the limit and love it a lot” you only have one life so I recommend you take Jay-Z’s advice and try to live it to the limit.

Pumpkin Eggnog… A new part of the tradition

Entrepreneurship is the Key To African American Advancement

I have been thinking about this a lot lately, how do we truly advance African Americans? I know about the work that is being done by people like the NAACP and law makers alike but call me old school but I think it require a bit more. 

Education is that more. I know, that is something that you have heard many times but I promise to expound. Our education system was once great but today it doesn’t meet the requirements of modern success. The K-12 education system was developed to teach people how to be great workers and the problem with that today is that there are not enough jobs for those people which is evident in our current unemployment challenges.

The solution is to change the way we are educating our students. No longer should we teach our students to learn to follow rules and one day follow someone else’s direction but rather we must teach them to solve problems and one day gather others to help. To explain this in laymen’s terms we must teach African American children to be entrepreneurs which to many people is a scary thought but in a day when jobs are scarce for everyone the only answer is to create value and the way to do that is through solving problems. 

Now this solution is not one just African Americans but the conversation did spring from the advancement of African Americans so that is the direction I took it. The teachings of entrepreneurship are key for anyone. Some people don’t do it because they don’t want to take the risk associated but we are approaching a day where we will all be entrepreneurs in one way shape or form and like anything else the early adopters will benefit from the mass change. 

Please look at the infographic below as well, it is very eye opening

"Males shouldn’t be jealous that’s a female trait
What you mad cause you push dimes and he sell weight?
Y’all don’t know my expenses, I gotta buy bigger plates
Hehehe, and more baggies, why you all aggie?”

There are so many lessons in Jay-Z’s lyrics. If you skip the misogynistic lyrics and listen to the message being portrayed there are two great takeaways here. 

1. Stay out of other peoples business. Mind your business and your business.

2. Dont attempt to count someone money. When you know how much someone is making dont take it for face value because you dont know their expenses. Just because their revenue is high doesnt mean they have a lot of profits.

Jumped out of a plane on Saturday NBD

Lately, I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and listening to a lot of podcasts, I hope is making me a smarter person but one thing I can guarantee is that they are helping me expand my mind and making me think about a log of different topics.

It all started with a YouTube video with Steve Stout and Ben Horowitz. I have always been very interested in Hip Hop and Entrepreneurship but the ability to link the two has always escaped me. Ben Horowitz does a great job with this. On each of his blog posts he begins with a rap lyric that relates to running a business and I must say it is awesome. 

Hip Hop was born through people in struggle and people who wanted change which I think is very similar to entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs exist to create change and it is through them that Hip Hop lyrics are exemplified. People pay too much attention to the negative aspects of Hip Hop rather than the huge positives. If you look at Hip Hop not only in terms of the music there are many great messages of confidence, overcoming difficult business decisions and the importance of ownership. But this belief is no only spoken word it is also shown through the entrepreneurial nature of the artist. Look at people like Jay-Z who owns his own record label and now sporting agency or Curren$y who owns many businesses and pioneered the idea of using blogs to promote your music. These are only two of many of the artist who work to own their rights and start their own labels and businesses.

The music inspires and the actions show the belief in their words. People are too critical of the negatives and don’t nearly praise the positives of the culture. To me this is bigger than just judging the people that make the music but also the people that listen to it. When I meet older people in corporate america I aways get a funny look when I tell them I am a big hip hop fan. I understand this is because of the stereotypes attached to the genre but I dont believe they are warranted and I look forward to the opportunity to change this stigma in the minds of all that I come across.  

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