Old-School Rap and its Attitude of Self-Respect

Old-School Rap and its Attitude of Self-Respect
I’ve wanted to write this article for a long time, but I hesitated because I wasn’t sure if I could communicate the message clearly. So I gave it a try this morning, here goes.Let’s analyze one of my favorite character traits: respect. Although respect is not really a trait that you automatically receive or even train for, it can be something that you keep for yourself. We don’t need to depend on anyone for giving respect, what we depend on is ourselves and our own self-respect. This trait is in accordance with honor, gracefulness and elegance. The aftermath of self-respect is usually clout.I know rap today sucks, and some of you may hold the belief that rap has always sucked. Try to keep an open mind as we selectively call on artists that held themselves to a different standard of living. Essentially these people had an enormous amount of self-respect and they thought highly of themselves. Of course this can seep into ego, but for the moment try and enjoy thinking of yourself high enough so that you don’t treat yourself poorly. All this ends up with how you treat yourself and if you are acting with honor when you are alone. This is part of your value system and our actions should reflect our values. This assumes we have values. Maybe your issue stems from this.Take Too Short and his lyrics from the 1996 song “Gettin’ It” which primarily strayed from his act of pimping and drug dealing and dealt with how one should hold themselves or how one can move through life in success:”…Now let me holler at ya partner, spit this game In you ear for a minute, quit complaining Bout how you can’t spend it cause you ain’t got it You got what it takes but not enough to get started I hope you get the message……Get everything you want, get real, get you mail Get your girl to make bail and get your ass out of jail You should be gettin it, everything you want Everything you dreamed of, never have to front…You should get a good lawyer, like Johnny Cochran Swear to tell the truth, hell no I didn’t pop him Get your kids in school, so they can get an education Get a degree, and take a vacation…Stop looking for what you never seem to find It ain’t what you think you got to read between the lines Cause life ain’t long”Too Short was speaking to young black men who were raised in the ghetto and kept getting in a repetitive cycle of jail and freedom, jail and freedom. Most often those who are incarcerated are the ones who end up back in the system. You see back in the 80’s when real hip-hop existed the artists focused on enjoying music, dancing and life. Too Short, along with NWA, started to gear listeners to their troubles growing up in the hood and how hard life was for young blacks in America. Perhaps this is why they touted self-respect and self-esteem? Maybe they were trying to lift young men up from thinking themselves as lower than other classes.Try to do the same for your unique situation. You probably aren’t in the ghetto but you may be struggling with the times when you are alone, when real strength is needed. If you are highly respectable, or if you see yourself as “better than that” then you might spend your time more wisely, with respect.Let’s pause there and take a look at G-Funk’s leader Rappin 4 Tay and his 1994 song “Playaz Club.” 4 Tay is from the hip-hop/G-Funk era and often spoke about raising yourself up so that you had honor:”…You can’t resist it but don’t get it twisted V.I.P. that means the number’s not listed Membership is based on clout and how you carry yourself Now homie what you all about?…Some got a nine-to-five some drink a lot of keys You can learn a whole lot from a playa…….A lot of people get a misconception And start drifting in the wrong direction So get your membership but never slip to lame too fast”4 Tay is trying to reach people here by saying being a “player” or someone who is elegantly smooth and charismatic has self-respect and gets respected because of that. Getting into this “club” is not something you can fill out a form or sign-up for, you just are who you are. A life that would slip from that style gets lame and your “membership” is dropped.I think as an Heir we can all relate, right? We are a brotherhood who tries to get its members to carry themselves highly, become well respected in society and move on in life uplifting others. Essentially we want you to be some badass players who roll with style. Dress well, talk well, act well, all of it ties together. Can you see how we can begin to learn from other genres of life? It’s not just military, it’s not just rank or discipline, sometimes it’s a teaching from a “smooth operator,” for those of you who remember that song.Take any character that is smooth or stylish and think about their alone time, how would they hold themselves?Now if you are not really catching the idea here and are confused, google has plenty to say about the topic. Here is a quote from a 2015 study at an Illinois college:”One-hundred and forty-one students participated in a survey measuring their amount of rap music video viewing. The results revealed that viewers who consumed more rap music videos also had a higher sense of collective self-esteem.”Somehow users are able to catch raps self-esteem projection by watching more videos than those who haven’t. We don’t know what era of music was used in the study, but the data reflects this articles point.Some quotes from the well-known Tupac Shakur sound like something one of us would say as a proud Heir:Our future is our confidence and self-esteem.Everybody’s at war with different things. I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.If you can make it through the night, there’s a brighter day.Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.There’s an attitude inside the hearts of these artists. There is this passion to live and live well, in fact at all costs one must have what they desire. Of course, before you spam in the comments that rap preaches terrible things that are hateful to other genders and lifestyles the condone illegal acts: you’re right. Not every aspect of rap or hip-hop can teach us positive things, but one can’t deny the fact that these people have a magnificent attitude towards their goals and their confidence. These artists need to succeed and they give themselves to their cause. Maybe they aren’t that peaceful, maybe they send mixed messages of peace and then violence, but one thing remains throughout and that is they will accomplish what they set out to do because they are in charge, in charge of their life, their destiny and their will to survive under any and all resistance.In Tupac’s “Me Against the World” you can see more of this message in a clearly defined way:”The message I stress: to make it(pain) stop and study your lessons. Don’t settle for less – even a genius asks questions. Be grateful for blessings. Don’t ever change, keep your essence. The power is in the people and politics we address. Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic. And when you get stranded. And things don’t go the way you planned it. Dreamin of riches, in a position of makin a difference. Politicians and hypocrites, they don’t wanna listen. If I’m insane, it’s the fame made a brother change. It wasn’t nuttin like the game. It’s just me against the world”You are going to be alone at some time in your day. At that moment life is being guided by you and you alone. No one will be there to watch or assist in any way. What will you do? Chances are your actions are going to reflect your values and the way you see yourself. “What does it matter” you might say as you slip into the abyss of the internet. Well, it matters because you are a part of something greater than just you. Whether in private or public, you carry these teachings with you. Even after this group is concerned what about the you that lives on without the Heirs? What about your future, your family, friends, jobs, all of it concerns itself with what emanates out of you. Don’t you want that to be flawless? Wouldn’t you want to walk away from people knowing they were uplifted by your presence? Some of you might have never even realized that was possible.Know that you can command your life in any way you see fit. That means you can create good or bad. You can be the decider on how the day goes. All I can end with is: grow up, carry yourself with some respect and be a boss for once. There’s no need to sheepishly move about hoping you don’t upset anyone. Get some values and start acting with them. Chances are you will have many years of learning what that means for you and how to go about this. Going through that learning is a part of your maturation and should begin right now.
Hum Tv Dramas Lyrics 2015
Submitted by StandingSoldier

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