“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” declared Jay Z, worth $475 million at Forbes’ last count. Rappers have long mused on wealth in their verses, and some of those lyrics can provide invaluable advice to founders.
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“A big part of entrepreneurship is the ability to learn from mistakes,” said Anthony Frasier, founder of The Phat Startup. “When you hear rappers rap about their upbringing, you can learn a lot because they always sprinkle lessons of things they don’t do anymore, things that they do now, things you can relate to.”
Frasier pointed to the lyrics of Jay Z and P. Diddy, which he said could teach listeners about perseverance.
“He [Diddy] talks about work ethic, that’s something that a lot of people tend to overlook,” explained Frasier.
Even venture capitalists like Ben Horowitz, a Silicon Valley investor, use rap lyrics to teach business lessons, according to the New York Times. Every post on his popular blog begins with a hip-hop quote, meant to motivate readers.
Both Frasier and Horowitz firmly believe there are lessons to be learned in hip-hop lyrics; lessons applicable to business.
Here are 5 of the best startup lyric tips in rap. For the full list click over to Forbes: