Hip Hop Affirmation: I am a genius
The motivation for me is them telling me what I could not be. ~Shawn Carter (So Ambitious)
Everybody is a genius.Â But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will spend it’s whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
Are You a Rap Genius?
I’ve got a treat for all my hip hop generation peeps.Â How would you like the opportunity to express your genius-ness?
I recently found a site that allows you to do just that.Â Rap Genius is a unique interactive site that allows you to discover and define the meaning behind the rap lyrics you listen to.Â Sure you can find plenty of sites with lyrics, but what about the meaning behind the lyrics?
You know they caught my attention on their blog with their claim to have all the songs in Reasonable Doubt Decoded.Â Since then they have also completelyÂ decoded Kanye West’s Graduation Album.Â Be sure to check on their website and start showing off your Rap Genius.
No Compass Comes with this life, So to Map it Out You Must Look Inside
If that weren’t enough, they also have what is known as The Rap Map.Â The Rap Map is a Google Map for the hip hop fan.Â Do you want to see where the Notorious B.I.GÂ grew up or the location of Jay-Z’s “stash spot” on State Street that he mentions in, Empire State of Mind?; then visit Rap Genius and check out The Rap Map.
Needless to say I think Rap Genius is pretty cool.Â Cool is ok, but more importantly the good folks at Rap Genius saw an opportunity to express their genius.Â They had many friends who kept asking them to explain what the lyrics in some of the popular rap songs meant.Â It dawned on them that they could use their genius to create a platform to educate the world while allowing other geniuses (that’s you and me) to shine.Â Very Smif-n-Wessun of them, “I shine, you shine“
- Go for what you know
- Believe that you will find your genius
Moves to Make:
- Listen to what people are coming to you for
- Allow others to be part of what you are creating
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