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What Hip Hop taught me about "Competition"

By: Sabrina Clarke

· Lateral Theory,Media,Entrepreneurship

Hip Hop is competitive.

Emcees compete for their regional spot, e.g. New York, the UK or the South, but the ultimate prize is the G.O.A.T, The Greatest of All Time. When LL Cool J coined the phrase, he addressed a principle I have always lived by (learnt from the bible), the only person you are competing with is yourself. When LL Cool J said he is the G.O.A.T., he wasn't debating; it wasn't a conversation but a statement.

When I heard it, although operating the principle, the lesson I learnt is that you have to own your greatness. You may be competing with yourself, but you must elevate to affirm your greatness irrespective of who may agree or disagree. 'Their' opinion simply doesn't matter; yours does.

Own your greatness.

Episode 13 of my audiovisual podcast BRKIN Bread is out now and it's all about Hip Hop We debate who the G.O.A.T UK emcee is, the top business person in 50 years of Hip Hop and so much more...

Christopher Mitchell, Kevin and Wardah join me. What a spicy conversation it was. Who do you think they picked as #1...


Ps. I am celebrating Hip Hop's 50th with my series in July, "What Hip Hop taught me about..."