Rap Lyrics That Didn’t Shape My Leadership Style

For the background of this list – see my original post from 2-10-12.

But that I like…

As I put together the 25 Rap Lyrics That Shaped My Leadership Style, I kept coming up with a number of lyrics that I liked, but didn’t really fit into the “Leadership” category.  So, before I give you the #1 Rap Lyric That Shaped My Leadership Style – I’m going to give you some of my favorite Rap Lyrics of all time – even if they didn’t shape my leadership style! Check them out:

“I’ve got 99 problems, but a B–ch ain’t one.” Jay-Z (99Problems)

“Pay us like you owe us for all the years that you hold us
We can talk, but money talks so talk mo’ bucks” Jay-Z (Izzo H.O.V.A.)

“I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven/ When I awoke, I spent that on a necklace.”  Kanye West (Can’t Tell Me Nothing)

“Every bag, every blouse, every bracelet
Comes with a price tag, baby, face it
You should leave if you can’t accept the basics
Plenty hoes in the baller-nigga’s matrix”  Pusha T (from Kanye’s Runaway)

“When I talk about money all you see is the struggle/ When I tell you I’m livin’ large, you tell me it’s trouble.” Tupac (I Ain’t Mad Atcha)

“Out on bail fresh, outta jail, California dreamin’/ Soon as I stepped on the scene, I’m hearin’ hoochies screamin’.” Tupac (California Love)

“Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
50 inch screen, money green leather sofa
Got two rides, a limousine with a chauffeur” Notorious B.I.G. (Juicy)

“Throw dirt on me and grow a wildflower But it’s fuck the world, get a child out her Yeah, my life a bitch, but you know nothing ’bout her Been to hell and back, I can show you vouchers” Lil Wayne (No Love)

“Cause I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn’t, then why would I say I am?
In the paper, the news everyday I am
I don’t know it’s just the way I am” Eminem (The Way I Am)

“Man they treat me like a legend, am I really this cold?/ I’m really too young to be feeling this old.” Drake (Over)

“On the oak tree, I hope we feel like this forever
Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever?
Forever never seems that long until you’re grown” Outkast (Ms. Jackson)

“Two lil’ kids with a flow you ain’t ever heard
And none faking you can understand every word
As you listen to my cool, smooth melody
The Daddy makes you J-U-M-P”  Kriss Kross (Jump)

“This is another public service announcement
You can believe it, or you can doubt it” BDP (Beef)

“But that’s okay ’cause I Wait for my cue and just listen play my position like A short stop, pick up everything mommy hittin'” Nelly (Delima)

“Now Peter Piper picked peppers but Run rocked rhymes
Humpty Dumpty fell down that’s his hard time” Run DMC (Peter Piper)

“My Adidas
standin on 2 Fifth St.
funky fresh and yes cold on my feet
with no shoe string in em, I did not win em
I bought em off the Ave with the tags still in em” Run DMC (My Addidas)

“I told em all – all them little gangstas Who you think helped mold ’em all? Now you wanna run around talkin bout guns like I ain’t got none What you think I sold ’em all?” Dr. Dre (Forgot About Dre)

“Never let me slip, ’cause if I slip, then I’m slippin’
But if I got my Nina, then you know I’m straight trippin'” Dr. Dre (Nuthin But A G Thang)

“Sixteen in the clip and one in the hole
Nate Dogg is about to make some bodies turn cold” Warren G & Nate Dogg (Regulate)

Ok, I’ve got to stop, I could turn this into a 10,000 word dissertation! Hit me in the comments with your favorite Rap Lyrics.

6 thoughts on “Rap Lyrics That Didn’t Shape My Leadership Style

  1. You all might like rapgenius.com, I do. )

    Kat – You can put me anywhere on God’s green Earth and I’ll triple (3) my worth. Sell water to well and fire in hell.

  2. My number #1 “Keep their heads ringin” – Challenge authority (even your own); Make a serious effort to think; Find one new way of doing something you’re already great at.

  3. Just about every Atmosphere song has my favorite lyrics, but I have to go with:

    Enough to hold you to the brightest of lights,
    to place you dangerously close to that sun,
    enough to acknowledge the flaws you can’t ignore
    and recognize the cause of what’s done is done,
    more than enough to put my name behind my ideals,
    and neglect my logic twice daily.
    enough to keep me looking for my lucy in the sky with gems,
    when I remember how you used to call me baby,
    enough to look in my mirror with detest
    for every tear you shed regardless of why you wept,
    enough to curse any man who can’t appreciate the depth
    of the ocean I swam till I ran out of breath.

    I love you, don’t ever fucking question that,
    that’s why we’ll probably never get along.
    if I was better at finding the right words to say,
    I wouldn’t need to write these motherfucking songs.

  4. “I’ve been dropping the new science and kicking the new knowledge. An M.C. to a degree that you can’t get in college.” – Beastie Boys

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