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Money Advice From The Rap Community

by Kate on April 21, 2011

in Live Well

Today I’m going to share with you a few wise words from the rap artist Mr. Dizzee Rascal. I hear he’s keeping it real, and is down with the kids, so I was delighted to find some rather refreshingly good advice amongst his lyrics.

“First up it’s important that you keep your shit original
Try and keep that copycat shit to a minimal
People want something that they never heard before”

I think you’ll agree that’s good advice whatever field you’re in.

“Here’s something that I should’ve stressed early on
Don’t go spending all your money till it’s gone
Cause the tax man’s gonna want his paper when it’s due”

Bravo Dizzee!

“And another thing, buy a house before you buy a car
Don’t tell no one where you are, even better if you’re far
Everybody knows you’re a gangsta and that Porsche looks great
But do you really want it sitting on that council estate”

So, sensible advice from a rather sensible boy. You may have thought that all rappers would be the antichrist of Curb Your Consumerism, however I think Dizzee has proved that wrong. Thank you Mr Rascal.

Listen to Hard Back (Industry) by Dizzee Rascal.

Being a rapper is in fact a lot like being a business person. It’s only the smart ones, and Snoop Dog who have longevity. I’m sure that Jay-z would be a useful man to have by your side, whilst negotiating the sale of your hot tub business. He’s released something close to 73 albums, and that is a lot of negotiating with labels “full of pricks” (Dizzee’s words, not mine).

If you’re a young entrepreneur type trying to get a head in life, what better reading matter than the The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene? At the risk of giving away the punch line, the 50th law is Fear Nothing. You should still buy the book yourself, because it comes with a free arm transfer.

Unfortunately, 50 came under a bit of pressure at the beginning of the year for suggesting that his 3million twitter followers, should invest in a company which he owns a lot of stock in himself. This caused a flurry of activity, and increased 50’s investment by $8.5 million. 50 is now being investigated by the Security Exchange Commission. Stay strong Fiddy, fear nothing, you muppet.

So to conclude, I think that we can safely say that if you’re interested in solid money advice, some rappers are better to listen to than others.

I’ll leave you with a video of Eminem giving his top 10 tips for the kids.

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