“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.



Often credited as one of hip-hop’s top female lyricists of all time, New Jersey native Rashia Fisher has been active in the industry since the mid-1990s. Her first prominent appearance was alongside Lauryn Hill on The Fugees’ 1996 single “Cowboys”, credited as a member of the Outsidaz. 

However, her career really took off at the Lyricist Lounge in New York City, where she joined emcee Bahamadia as the movement’s two leading ladies. It was there that she was noticed by A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, who proceeded to introduce her to Busta Rhymes.

When Q-Tip noticed her at the Lyricist Lounge, he introduced her to Busta Rhymes. She became the first woman to join his group Flipmode Squad, offering up several scene-stealing verses on their 1998 album Imperial. Two years later, she released her debut solo album Dirty Harriet. She would continue to collaborate with Busta over the years, showing up on popular tracks like “I Know What You Want” and “Touch It (Remix)”.

In 2007, Rah Digga left the group on good terms in order to take control of her own career. She proceeded to collaborate with RZA and Black Thought of The Roots, and in 2010, she unveiled a pair of albums - her unreleased 2004 sophomore project Everything Is A Story and a brand new collection of songs entitled Classic.

As an independent artist, Rah Digga continues to release new music through Bandcamp, Soundcloud and iTunes. Her two most-recent politically charged singles “Angela Davis” and “Thinkin’ Out Loud” were well-received by hip-hop blogs, and through feuds with Iggy Azalea and other random musings on Twitter, she continues to make it into the headlines.

Praise be to Digga Digga - first name Rashia.



“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)