From 2pac to Keith Richards: Words of Wisdom from Rockstars and Rappers

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Here at PPcorn, we scoff at the advice from our friends, family, and professional therapists. When it comes to words of wisdom from renowned rock-stars and hard-core rappers, we can’t get enough. Why listen to the sage wisdom of your grandmother, when you can listen to the ramblings of Snoop Dogg or 2pac. Wouldn’t you rather sit down and have a heart to heart with Beatles legend George Harrison or The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards than your mom? When it comes to life direction and music industry savvy, we prefer to look to the legends of the stage. Here are a few golden nuggets of wisdom from the world’s most beloved rock stars and rappers.

On women and love: 2pac (Tupac Shakur)

“Since we all came from a women, got our name from a women, and our game from a women. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cause if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one.”

On women and love: Jimi Hendrix

“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”

On the music industry: Missy Elliot

“When I first started out in the music industry and went to Elektra Records, I didn’t go to be an artist, I went to get a record label started. And they said in order to have a label deal, I had to be an artist – so that’s what I did.”  Missy Elliot is well-known for advising emerging artists and promoting individuality. Female rapper Rapsody says of Missy’s advice: “The one and only time I talked to Missy Elliott— it was via DM — that was the advice she gave me. The same thing from Kendrick, Big Daddy Kane. Erykah Badu, she compared it to a chess board. She was like, you gotta be the king on the chess board. You gotta be the king, and find your hat. Your hat being your niche, the thing that makes you feel great.”

On the music industry: Billie Holiday

“You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.”

On the music industry: Keith Richards. “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”

On success: Bob Dylan

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

On success: George Harrison. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

On success: Xzibit

“Diversify your millions, you can live off the interest. Make every revenue stream flood, see where it took me.”

On drugs: Anthony Kiedis

“I’ve wanted to feel pleasure to the point of insanity. They call it getting high, because it’s wanting to know that higher level, that godlike level. You want to touch the heavens, you want to feel glory and euphoria, but the trick is it takes work. You can’t buy it, you can’t get it on a street corner, you can’t steal it or inject it or shove it up your a**. You have to earn it.”

On drugs: Jimi Hendrix. “Music is a safe kind of high.”

On Death: David Bowie

“Confront a corpse at least once. The absolute absence of life is the most disturbing and challenging confrontation you will ever have.”

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