Let’s be real. It’s a long way to go whether you know where you’re going or not. ALONGWAYTOGO is the funky introduction to Hard To Earn, the third studio album by Gang Starr and it’s with this song that I’m beginning multiple posts that delve into the messages delivered by GURU and DJ Premier.
GURU stands for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal and in this song he provides insight on the importance of having a vision and setting goals to get where you want to go.
Here’s the deal like Shaquille O’Neal if you don’t know what you’re doing how the hell can you be real?
What’s your vision? Put it down on paper, create a mind map, tell someone that will help you on your path. Get it out of your head and put it into physical format so you can see it. If you don’t know what to look for the odds are that you won’t find it. Create attainable goals towards this vision. With a vision and defined goals to reach this vision you will start to see the universe working to assist you along the path to reach your vision.
Now in '93, realistically you should be
Well aware of all the evils out there
It's like a jungle sometimes. You get the message?
You got to rumble sometimes, it's gettin hectic
Emotions run deep as times run out
Solutions, it's time to find some out
Turn off all the outside noise (social media, tv, any negativity) and make progress on YOUR goals. Now in 2018, we are well aware of the evils out there and I’m not saying don’t care, but you need to take control of how much you let the news cycle or your twitter feed suck your energy. Feed your mind with knowledge and make some type of progress on what matters, everyday. Consistency is key, and while you won’t see immediate results stay dedicated to making progress on the goals and the vision that you have laid out and your time will come.
A law giver, 'cause you shiver when I quiz ya
All about the real necessities of life
All about the game and all about the name
G to the A to the N to the G Starr
We know who we are, but do you know who you are?
Be yourself. Set a vision that makes you feel the most alive. People in your life won’t understand your vision because it isn’t theirs. They will doubt you, because they see life through their eyes and not yours. Uncover your “Why” and deliver it to the world and it is bound to resonate.
When you stay focused and pay your dues you will be prepared to face your Moment of Truth…
DJ Premier remarked on a tweet that I posted on the anniversary of the Hard To Earn album regarding the song ALONGWAYTOGO. As you can see things don’t always work exactly planned but your dedication and determination will be your poetic justice.