Be true to your word because your word is your bond. Your word is all you have after you take away the cars, the houses, the jewels, and the money. Most importantly your word is what you are remembered by. Some of the greatest thinkers and leaders are more remembered for their words then what they accomplished. The power of words have been known to start the bloodiest of wars, while also having the power to crown a victor without a single bullet being fired. So when it comes to music it's no wonder why artists make millions of dollars. The power of song lyrics especially in rap music has started wars as well as created social change.
Nipsey Hussle was a gift to us all. He did so much during his short time here. His lyrics to inspire is what made one of the biggest impacts in music. And it's his lyrics that will help keep his spirit alive. One of the greatest things about the internet is the ability to look at any artist's lyrics. The site Genius (formerly known as Rap Genius) takes it a step forward and allows annotations and interpretations from fans who sign up to contribute to the site. The Wikipedia of music lyrics if you will. But what happens when these lyrics are flat out wrong? Usually another contributor can edit the lyrics putting the right lyrics in. This is exactly what I found with Nipsey Hussle's "Stay Loyal" Interlude.
The very end of the track Nipsey goes into a speech about Mailbox money, but looking at the lyrics it's a clear misquote that the original contributor has written. Not only that, the author fails to even finish the rest of the speech. See the originally posted lyrics below:
What's the intention what's cool, whats braggin rights?
How could someone so egregiously get his words wrong? Where was the check and balance? I admittedly am human and have made mistakes when transcribing lyrics on this very site, but usually someone hits me up and says I made a mistake and in most cases it's updated by the end of the day. So when seeing this flat out wrong lyrics I took it as my personal mission to make sure that Nipsey's words were as they were spoken. Here's what Nipsey really said.
But, what's the intention?
Not only was this part of the interlude wrong, but the whole interlude was wrong. Even more there were numerous people posting about how wrong these lyrics are. Here is the whole interlude in it's entirety. Feel free to tell us about any errors.
Why does this matter soo much? Because in a world where your word is your bond. In a world where you are remembered by what you say. This means everything. For Mailbox Money this one part summed up the economic model of what the record company have been doing for years to artists. Giving artists an advance, while they wait to pay themselves on the backend with the equity that the artist's album sales and merchandise. OR as Nipsey said "Its hip hip". I have yet to get a response or see any sort of change. You think I'm gonna give up. Naw. This a Marathon.
I need your help in contacting Genius to help get these lyrics right. Here is the page to the lyrics:
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