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    "Hip-Hop Knowledge" Lyrics


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    You know.. life is funny..
    If you don't repeat the actions of your own success
    you won't be successful
    You gotta know your own formula, your own ingredients
    What made you, YOU..

    1987 I was at the Latin Quarters
    Listenin to Afrika Bambaata give the order
    The call of the order was to avoid the slaughter
    He said, 'Record companies ain't got nuttin for ya!'
    Without a lawyer, he taught The Infinity Lessons
    In how hip-hop could be a, many a blessing
    And that was great, so in 1988
    there was no debate, we had to end the hate
    The name of the game was 'Stop the Violence'
    and unity, knowledge, and self-reliance
    We - started talkin bout Martin and Malcolm
    Had these ghetto kids goin, 'Huh, what about him?'
    1989, Professor Griff speaks his mind
    but his freedom of speech is declined
    1990 came with the West coast
    East coast, West coast, who is the best coast?
    Lookin back now, of COURSE it was bogus
    The whole argument was where we lost focus
    We got hopeless; not with the lyrics and music
    but with hip-hop, and how we used it
    Or abused it, you know how the crew get
    'You like it cause you choose it'
    1991, we opened our eyes
    with Human Education Against Lies, we tried
    to talk about the state of humanity
    But all these others rappers got mad at me
    They called me 'Captain Human', another message was sent
    'Self Destruction don't pay the {f**kin} rent'
    Remember that? Nobody wanted conscious rap
    It was like - where these ballers at?
    Where can they call us at? All was wack
    Hip-Hop culture was fallin flat and that was that
    So in 1992, I found my crew
    They said, 'Yo Kris, what you wanna do?'
    I said, 'Damn - why they wanna get with me?
    If I bust they {shit} I'm contradictory.
    If I play the bit*h role, they take my shoe.
    Tell me what the {f**k} am I supposed to do?'
    So I did it, don't stop get it get it get it
    All of a sudden these critics they wanna spit it
    'Kay Are Ess One is con-tra-dic-to-ry'
    Just cause I wouldn't let these rappers get with me
    {f**k} that, {f**k} you and {f**k} your pen
    If a rapper wanna diss, yo I'd do it again
    But I'm makin these ends, and I got my friends
    And I really don't wanna have to sit in the pen
    So I go back to the philosopher
    1993 hip-hop is uhh.. wack
    Go back, check the facts
    1994, 'Return of the Boom Bap'
    It wasn't all about the loot
    It was all about Harry Allen Rhythm Cultural Institute
    Blowin up, 1995
    Conscious rap is still alive
    But nobody wanna play it, nobody wanna say it
    Nobody okayed it, they'd all rather hate it
    1996 it really don't stop
    We put together somethin called the Temple of Hip-Hop
    Not just DJin, breakin, graf and lyrics
    But how hip-hop affects the spirit
    'Step Into a World,' that's what I did
    1997 I was raisin my kid
    or kids, but I, had to go
    Cause New York DJ's changed the flows

    to clothes and hoes, but that wasn't me
    I'll be damned if I dance for the MTV
    So in 1998 I began to debate
    Should I go now, or should I really wait?
    '99, I moved to L.A. you see
    and took a gig with the WB
    Started studyin philosophy full-time
    To have a full heart, full body, full mind
    But you know what the problem is or was?
    DJ's don't raise our kids, cuz
    they so caught up in the cash and jewels
    How they gonna really see a hip-hop school?
    How they gonna really see a hip-hop temple?
    They don't even wanna play my instrumentals, but
    big up Dr. Dre, Snoop, Xzibit
    Especially Xzibit, he was there in a minute
    Mic Conception, all of them, said
    'Yo you need help? I should call them'
    When I was in L.A., I held the crown
    Bloods, Crips, they held me down
    I could never forget Mad Lion, killer pride
    with the gat in the lap in the low-ride
    Oh I can't forget, Icy Ice, Lucky Lou
    Julio G, that was the crew
    Davey D, Ingrid, David Connor
    The list goes on and on, let me tell ya
    FredWreck, and my man Protest
    Much respect, no less
    To my spiritual and mental defenders
    Big up to L.A., temple members
    But in 2000, I seen how I wanted to live
    I wasn't no executive
    So I picked up the mic and I quit my job
    Said to Simone I gotta get with God
    She said, 'Don't worry bout these dollars and quarters.
    Record companies ain't got nuttin for ya.'
    Damn, she took me back to Bam!
    Took me back to who I am!
    Brought me back to the New York land!
    Now I overstand!..

    Now KRS-One, now you've been quoted as saying that
    rap is something we do, hip-hop is something you live.
    {KRS} Yes!
    Explain that to us please.
    Well, well, today hip-hop, we are advocating that hip-hop is not,
    just a music, it is an attitude, it is an awareness, it is a way
    to view the world. So rap music, is something we do, but HIP-HOP,
    is something we live. And we look at hip-hop, in it's 9 elements;
    which is breaking, emceeing, graffiti art, deejaying, beatboxing,
    street fashion, street language, street knowledge, and street
    entrepenurialism - trade and business. And uhh, that's where y'know
    that's the hip-hop that that that we're about. We come from the uhh
    the root of, of Kool DJ Herc, who originated hip-hop in the early 70's
    and then Afrika Bambaata and Zulu Nation (mmhmm)
    who instigated something called The Infinity Lessons
    and added conciousness to hip-hop, and then Grandmaster Flash
    with the invention of the mixer, on to Run-D.M.C. and then myself.
    And uhh, we created the 'Stop the Violence' movement, you may recall
    a song, 'Self Destruction' and and and so on. All of this, goes to
    uhh uhh, the idea of LIVING this culture out and taking responsibility
    for how it looks and and acts in society.
    This song was submitted on June 10th, 2006 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by Domingo F. Padilla, Lawrence Krsone Parker.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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