Looking for rap/hip-hop about self-love

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by S☼I, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    It's for a lesson plan I'm working on for my teacher training. I'm going to be talking about language features in poetry, and want to compare Walt Whitmann's "Song of Myself" to a more modern piece of writing; something that isn't traditionally seen as Literature-with-a-capital-L.

    I don't know a lot about hip-hop or rap, so can someone suggest something? Preferably clean lyrics - no niggaz, hoes, blunts, bitches or muthafuckas, etc. And preferably with complex rhyming that changes. Something LIKE Kendrick Lamar's "i" perhaps - empowering and *not today Satan* as opposed to *I'm a king/badass or a diss track, etc.

    Any ideas or suggestions will be most gratefully received.
  2. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    the only things i can think of is Mos Def - Love < thats more about how the love of his parents multiplied by the love of rap pioneers feeds into his love of creating music, and the power of that cycle. it has amazing lyrics and its a great tune to boot.
    worth checking some of the annotations to pick up on the references Yasiin Bey – Love Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

    Not sure thats bang on the money with self-love but I dont think its far off.

    Theres also KRS's Health, Wealth, Self
    lyrics KRS-One – Health, Wealth, Self Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
    see what you think
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  3. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    Time Crisis by Sammus is is about loving yourself and challenging social pressures

    not totally clean though

    Living after thirty
    What’s the verdict from the jury?
    I heard it from a birdy
    That the thirty word is dirty
    But I’m living my life
    And I wish you would live yours

    [Verse 1]
    I thought I had a classic man
    I was thinking of a master plan
    It fell apart faster than
    The grass under acid rain
    Or the Flash running laps
    After accidents up in the lab again
    Now I read texts for grad schools
    When the week sucks I add booze
    And when I’m finna take a little study break
    I’m havin’ great sex with rad dudes
    I ‘on like no assholes
    I on’ like lil rascals
    They feel the dopamine and then I rope ‘em in
    They call me Wonder Woman I rock a lasso
    Saturday I’m with bad chicks
    If I had I say look like a pageant
    A couple pretty young things
    A couple video games
    We have a gathering I call it Magic
    So what if I don’t want to be mom?
    Do that I mean gotta be alone?
    Fuck it I’ll wait
    What I look like humming
    Got the schedule tight
    That could fuck up my day
    My vagina’s not a Timex
    So why you all up in my privates?
    Tell em’ it’s my body to decide if
    I’mma be about it or I’m childless
    Cuz regardless I’m an artist this
    Art is my carthasis spit
    Bars jist like an arson it’s
    A TARDIS to a far distance
    So call me a narcissist
    You want a war I want armistice
    You want to spar then you are dismissed
    Art is my heart I will not risk this

    Living after thirty
    What’s the verdict from the jury?
    I heard it from a birdy
    That the thirty word is dirty
    But I’m living my life
    And I wish you would live yours

    [Verse 2]
    I don’t really ride with Heidegger
    But I think about time on the ride to work
    I am a mortal yeah I ain’t the Highlander
    I’ll be a corpse one day under a pile o’ dirt
    Yo, I don’t even got a gun license
    But I might have a little Time Crisis this
    Kinda bites like a fight of Mike Tyson’s
    Yeah looking nice that is can one of my vices – yikes
    It’s hard in a world full of old dudes
    Big balls like Goku's
    You a star laying vocals
    On your Pro Tools
    Next up you are old news
    So we roll through Whole Foods
    Getting store-bought produce
    And we starve on tofu
    To look more like Toadstool
    Cause we told we ‘posed to
    While we going postal
    They got us hating the day when we see signs
    Of our Nasiolabial cheek lines
    Debating the rate that our ageing could take
    Like a tape we persuaded to rewind
    Spending big bucks
    For nip tucks to fix butts
    And snip guts
    I gives fucks
    Cuz this sucks
    And if you don’t get what’s the big fuss
    I’ll discuss
    I’m complaining we live in system
    In which aging’s an act of resisting
    I’ll admit I am not optimistic
    You can change everything in an instant
    No I got nothing against it
    But you gotta follow your instinct
    Like who are you really, convincing?
    And of what are you are trying to convince them?

    Living after thirty
    What’s the verdict from the jury
    Heard it from a birdy
    That the thirty word is dirty
    But I’m living my life
    And I wish you would live yours
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  4. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    Why hip hop? You'll have to filter the language, it's not a genre you're well versed in and the kids may well laugh at you (jokes). Seriously though, why not use a spoken word piece? I Am Not A Poet by Anaxagorou is a good contrast to Song of Myself because it's a song about the self in many ways; the self as connected with the world and the self in flux/development and interdependence with the external world. The long line and uses of repetition are similar but they approach the self from almost binary positisions (positively and negatively defined perspectives) and that old favourite, the JUXTAPOSITION of the personal and universal. Plus he's a good writer, quite trendy at the moment.
    Spoken word would also give you the opportunity to teach how poetry has changed but remained constant across cultures, over time etc
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  5. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    I am a God by Kanye West? :D
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  6. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    Noname and/or Sampa the Great :)
  7. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    I sort of wanted to be a big step removed from poetry/formal "literature". Besides, I'm delivering the lesson to my fellow PGCE students. I'll look at I Am Not A Poet, though, so thanks for that. I think I might have seen it before.
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  8. trabuquera

    trabuquera Modesty Bag

  9. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

  10. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    can't go wrong with big lurch
  11. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    oh that kind of self-love :D
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  12. keybored

    keybored #NeverUseTheInternetAgain

    Anything by Kanye West, really.
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  13. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    Thanks for all the suggestions
    In the end I've decided to compare Wordsworth's "Daffodils" to Eminem's "Lose yourself" and JFK's "We choose to go to the moon" speech.
  14. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

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  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  16. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Me, Myself and I is about being yourself and not what others expect. The video would work well in class too as it visualises the songs message.

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  17. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

  18. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    Considered this - I could do a whole lesson on this

    But it's 20-30 minutes lesson so I had to go for something more de la simple.
  19. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    I am I be is better:

    de la soul i am i be - Google Search
  20. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

  21. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    No, it's a mini-lesson I'm going to deliver to my class of fellow trainee teachers.
  22. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Ah, well okay then.
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  23. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    I AM storing all these answers for potential future use :thumbs:
  24. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

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  25. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Tweet's 'oops! Oh my' is about a more physical act of self love, if that's any use
  26. Wolveryeti

    Wolveryeti Young Lethargio

    Moment of Truth - Gangstarr

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