Rap has such a strong, positive message for today's youth. Sure, you have to look past all the talk about slinging drugs, banging bitches, and shooting up your enemies, but behind that is some inspiring stuff.
Many of today's most successful rappers came from the most awful environments. They grew up in homes and neighborhoods that we just can't comprehend. The places that we see in documentaries and think to ourselves that it can't be real. And now that they've risen to stardom and prosperity, they rap about super motivating stuff: the struggle, the climb and their success.
One of my favorite lines is from Jay-Z about how he's risen so far above the rap game that other rappers aren't even in the same universe as him anymore...
"And really the fact is, we not in the same bracket / Not in the same league, don't shoot at the same baskets / Don't pay the same taxes, hang with the same bitches / So how am I in the way, what is it I'm missing?"
That is such a powerful dig at any other rapper out there coming at Jay-Z. You are out of your league. Hova is operating at such a higher level that you can't even see the baskets he's shooting at.
It's the same in business except people are much nicer about it. A person who raises a seed round and is building a successful startup is obviously not on the same plane as Zuckerberg and Elon. These guys are definitely on some next level shit.
My goal is simple. I want to learn from the best. I want to see what they see. I want to take bits and pieces from the best and make myself better. I might be in a different league and in a different bracket, but the only way to get there is to start shooting at the same baskets.