“I’ll Wait For You” -Janette…ikz

Hands down, my fave when i 1st heard her poetry some 5+ years ago


Lyricist Lounge 5 coming up Oct.29th

From open mics to solutions, I got a collage of answers,
And a 10-point program, just like the Black Panthers:

1: First, respect yourself as an artist
If you don’t respect yourself, then your rhymes is garbage.

2: Make sure your crew is as tight as you
Cause when them niggaz fallin off, they gonna bring you down too.

3: Understand the meaning of MC
The power to Move the Crowd like Moses split the seas.

4: Know your shit and don’t ever be blunted
If you don’t know what your words mean, then your rhymes mean nothin.

5: Kick facts in the raps, and curse with clarity
What’s a curse when language is immersed in vulgarity?

6: We gonna fix industrial poli-tricks
Shit, they made an art form out of ridin dicks.

7: We soldiers for God needin new recruits
So if you rhymin for the loot, then you’s a prostitute.

8: Acknowledge that you need food on your plate
In order to say your grace, make sure your business is straight.

9: We buildin black minds with intelligence
And when you freestyle, keep the subject matter relevant.

10: Every MC grab a pen
And write some conscious lyrics to tell the children.

—  Talib Kweli, “Manifesto,” from Lyricist Lounge, Volume 1, 1998. More Talib Kweli quotes

Black Thought Live Freestyle at Lyricist Lounge 20 Year Reunion Party

I’m not going to get into an argument about Black Thought being the best lyricist in the game, all i’m saying is that he is my personal favorite - check out this freestyle to understand why.



“When we saw Foxy Brown … she still was special because she was only 14 at the time, and she was kicking tighter rhymes than the majority of the people in the spot,” says Danny Castro, 25, who helped start the Lounge.

“We knew that she was going to have a time to like, blow up." - Lyricist Lounge founder Danny Castro speaking about Foxy

(Pictures are of Foxy performing at Lyricist Lounge)