How many times did you hear growing up “turn that down!” when listening to a Hip-Hop song? Chances are, plenty. However, despite the vanity usually promoted by Rap artists and Hip Hop heads alike, the knowledge gems they share are tremendously valuable to all people of all ages from all over the world. We’ve handpicked the top five names in this new era that are unfiltered and share true knowledge. Plus… never forget that some of the top important lessons or tenets of life come from the unlikeliest of sources.
5. Tekashi 6ix9ine
Despite a very vague street resume, Daniel Hernandez continues to provide sound words each time. For example, he repeats his lyric if you don’t like him, don’t fight him, no problems at your party, don’t invite him. While to some, this may seem like some flimsy attempt to get a rhyme, it is as a matter of fact, the simplest way to say you should not involve yourself in stuff that doesn’t involve you. Your life was great before the unnecessary drama, so keep it that way. Also peep his life experience. It’s not hard to see why Gen Z loves him. And no, it’s not just the colored hair. He makes sense. From song bars to hour-long interviews, Tekashi 6ix9ine is not one to hold back or to care too much about his brand image and keeps it a buck.
4. Chance the Rapper
If you are looking for inspiration towards self-independence, faith, and divinity, there is no one that embodies those values more than Chance The Rapper. One of the most quotable phrases from him is, “you gotta remember that thy enemy is not of the flesh, you gotta remember that our imagery is made from the best.” The rapper is attesting to his spirituality in God and how it has enabled him to succeed. No matter what you are going through, you have to stay true to what you believe. And when added to his naturally charismatic personality, it is hard to not go binge-watch all of his interviews and start decoding his songs.
3. Childish Gambino
You may consider him more of an actor rather than an artist, but Childish Gambino has every right to be regarded as one of the best living legends. This Is America hit the entire American nation hard the day of its release and years after. Best part? The song did not stop at the borders. It went to become a global sensation. His very rare interview appearances grant Donald Glover the power to speak through his music as the primary medium of communicating with the world. Our top favorite bars: “Supercomputer status, walkin’ along streets/ Everyone is an addict, stumbling concrete/ What was the motivation? Constant communication/ Everybody wanna get chose like Moses.” To read the entire lyric transcript click HERE.
2. J. Cole
There have been some utterly shocking occurrences in recent days. From global racial tensions to under-funded frontline staff. There is plenty of material to trigger you into frustration. However, J. Cole is there to remind you that it is useless to expect a unified world change unless you work on yourself first. Furthermore, the guy says that no real happiness can be achieved through jewelry and money. Instead, show your worth through love, gratitude, and appreciation. One underrated song of J. Cole is High For Hours and Lord Almighty does he spit some unfiltered, unadorned facts: “American hypocrisy, oh let me count the ways/ They came here seeking freedom and they end up owning slaves/ Justified it using Christianity would say/ Religion don’t mean shit, it’s too much ego in the way/ That’s why ISIS is a crisis.”
1. Kendrick Lamar
The ever-inspirational Kendrick Lamar tops this list. He is much appreciated, respected, and placed very uptop by everybody equally. Men, women, industry people, common people, actors, drivers, teachers, seems there’s not one American who doesn’t sincerely sing Kendrick Lamar’s praises. His admiration and perpetual fascination with Tupac has also contributed to his likability. When it comes to his knowledge, he engages in a most peculiar duality placing earthly sins and spiritual conscience on the same platter: “See, a lot of y’all don’t understand Kendrick Lamar/ Because you wonder how I could talk about money, hoes, clothes, God, and history all in the same sentence/ You know what all the things have in common?/ Only half of the truth, if you tell it/ See I spent 23 years on this earth searching for answers/ ‘Til one day I realized I had to come up with my own.”
Written by Allan Mwachanga and Mariana Berdianu
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