Heinrich Heine once said that where words leave off, music begins. So true.
Words are just easier to remember when they have a ring to it; it’s more intense.This is why music is such a powerful tool in society. Add a hot beat to a message, and you can influence a nation with your beliefs.
I listen to a wide genre of music but mostly to Hip Hop. To me, Hip Hop is just an extension of poetry – with a *sick beat. And I’ve found myself tuned into some songs, after discovering subliminal material that can actually be helpful. Take rapper, Notorious B.I.G (also known as Biggie) for example. Here’s a rapper who came from a poverty stricken environment and flourished so greatly that his music is still being played, decades after his passing.
Biggie thrived because he created music from his experiences, not from made-up stories. He used the tools he had and made due with what he had, in order to succeed.
But before the hype about the laws of attraction went viral in 2002 (with the help of Rhonda Byrne’s, The Secret), Biggie was applying the same principles to his life and rapping about it. He released a song called Juicy, off the album Ready To Die, which is basically a summary of how he went from rags to riches. He died shortly after the release of the album.
In this song (Juicy), Biggie highlights five key tools for reaching success. This confirms the laws of attraction – a scientific theory suggesting that you attract whatever happens to you in life. Whatever thoughts you send out, will be returned to you by the universe.
Check out the 5 steps to success in Biggie’s Juicy lyrics:
1. Visualise what you want and imagine that you already have it.
It was all a dream
2. Study everything about your desire and practise consistently.
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt’n’Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin’ pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr Magic, Marley Marl
3. Get rid of your doubts
Livin’ life without fear
Puttin’ 5 carats in my baby girl’s ears
4. Invest to gain – show gratitude and treat others as you’d like to be treated
Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way
5. Think positively – focus more on what you want than what you don’t have
Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis
When I was dead broke, man I couldn’t picture this
Uh, damn right I like the life I live
‘Cause I went from negative to positive
And it’s all good
“And if you don’t know, now you know”. – Notorious B.I.G
Do you have a song that inspires you, or one that gets you through the day? I’d love to know. Tell me what your go-to song is by posting a comment below.