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When you talk about rap you have to understand that
by Afrika Bambaataa

When you talk about rap you have to understand that
rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture.
- Afrika Bambaataa

I knew that as a DJ from 1970 on up that I would eventually come with this sound.
I brought out all these other break beats that you
hear so much on a lot of these records.
- Afrika Bambaataa

The thing that's good about Hip Hop is that it has
experimented with a lot of different sounds and music.
- Afrika Bambaataa

They're keeping friction going between people from the East and the West.
One thing we all got in common is your color,
which is Black and Latino, which is our family.
- Afrika Bambaataa

 

You have to look at the fact that Hip Hop is under attack.
It's not just Hip Hop but Black people,
Latino people and all people are under attack for different things.
- Afrika Bambaataa

I am one of the founders of Hip-Hop along with my brothers
Kool DJ Herc and Grandmaster Flash.
- Afrika Bambaataa

How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture.
And the music is colorless.
Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown,
yellow, red and white.
- Afrika Bambaataa

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If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today,
then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it.
If they think that there's a lot of racism going on
then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come
out and speak their mind.
- Afrika Bambaataa

We want you to sit down and leave your egos at home
and let's get an understanding as to where all this
is foolishness coming from.
There are others who are putting things out there or
throwing a stick and hiding their hand and keeping
things built up in the media.
- Afrika Bambaataa

They allow us to disrespect our Black woman.
A lot of these things would be considered criminal
if it were to be carried out in the streets.
That's like when they tell you after you buy your VHS
and you rent movies they tell you not to copy the movies.
- Afrika Bambaataa

We also want to try and slow down all this foolishness
that's going on between the East and West.
We gotta understand that Hip Hop is now universal.
Hip Hop is not East coast or West coast.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Actually freestyle really comes from 'Planet Rock'.
If you listen to all the freestyle records you'll hear
that they are based on 'Planet Rock'.
All the Miami Bass records are based upon Planet Rock.
- Afrika Bambaataa

There are certain things that they say you can't do,
there are all these secret people behind the scenes
who make things available for you to do.
That's why you have so much crime and violence.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Since the pharmaceuticals don't make any money and
they control the doctors.
If the doctors don't make any money then all hell breaks loose.
In communities like LA and New York they are using
a lot of the youth for a test sight.
- Afrika Bambaataa

There's a lot of people over time who have brought
out all these funky records that everybody has started
jumping on like a catch phrase...
When Planet Rock came out, then you had all of the electro funk records.
- Afrika Bambaataa

Well, a lot of people within government and big business
are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists,
because they speak their minds.
They talk about what they see and what they feel and what they know.
They reflect what's around them.
- Afrika Bambaataa

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

If you want to be happy, be.
- Leo Tolstoy

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May You Always Dance Lightly With Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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