A Gentle Reminder That Positivity Is Cool From Your Favorite Rappers

Hip-Hop often gets a bad rap for promoting violence and disrespect for women among other things. Fortunately, several talented artists are taking the craft back into their hands and reshaping how we listen to and feel towards Hip-Hop. Below are a few lyrics from some of our favorite optimists to remind you to love yourself, and that positive thinking does in fact yield positive living!

Love notes from Chance the Rapper

“I don’t make songs for free, I make ’em for freedom/Don’t believe in kings, believe in the Kingdom,”

“I know the difference in blessings and worldly possessions/Like my ex girl getting pregnant and her becoming my everything”

“Here, for I will speak noble things as they trusted me/Only righteous, I might just shrug at the skullduggery/I couldn’t stand to see another rapper lose custody/Exalt, Exalt, glorify,”

“Found warmth in a Black queen for when I get cold/Like Nat King, I’m doing the dad thing/I speak of wondrous unfamiliar lessons from childhood/Make you remember how to smile good”

Words of reassurance from DRAM

“Look in the mirror like you’ve got a lot of inner-wealth”

“No no no I don’t care what you think because I believe in me, Ima own my goals write it down on a sheet watch it all come to me nigga”

“I’mma make something-aholic, I’mma make money-aholic, Keep it 100-aholic, I can’t give it up”

Wisdom from J Cole

“See I believe if God is real, he’ll never judge a man/Because he knows us all and therefore he would understand”

“My life accelerated, but had to wait my turn/ But then I redecorated, that means my tables turn”

“No such thing as a life that’s better than yours, no such thing–no such thing…”

“It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success – Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress”

& of course, positive vibes from Childish Gambino

“Have a word for your brother/Have some time for one another/Really love one another/It’s so hard to find”

“Keep all your dreams, keep standing tall/If you are strong you cannot fall/There is a voice inside us all/ So smile when you can, when you can”

“No good fighting/World, we’re out of captains/Everyone just wants a better life”

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