As we navigate life’s trials and tribulations, we are often told that our experiences— and the lessons we learn from them— are our greatest teachers. It’s safe to say that music qualifies as one of those great teachers. Think about it. One day you are winning at life and you can’t help but shout, “We made it!” Or maybe you’re going through a tough breakup and your therapy consists of listening to Anthony Hamilton’s “Charlene” on repeat. The stories told by our favorite artists teach us how to celebrate, love, cope, vent, laugh and so much more.
Members of Team CASSIUS listed their favorite song lyrics turned life mantras. Check out the chosen gems below.
“Hard times, they mold ya. Tell the haters ‘I told ya,’Let the world see how you win.” – Kid Cudi, “Mad Solar”
“Peace and blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned.” – Erykah Badu, “On & On”
“Chase a check, never chase a bi**h.” – Future, “Mask Off”
And promoters try to get me out to they club, they say I have fun but I can’t imagine how.
Cause I just seen my ex-girl, standing with my next girl standing with the girl that I’m f*ckin’ right now. – Drake, “Say What’s Real”
“When they do make the whip you’re like ‘My chips ain’t right’. By the time you can afford it, the car ain’t important.” – Nas feat. Kanye West, DJ Premier, KRS-One, and Rakim, “Classics”
“Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.” – Beyoncé, “Formation”
“When you first come in the game, they try to play you..then you drop a couple of hits, look how they wave to you.” – Jay Z, “Encore”
“Cash Money taking over for the ’99 and the ‘2000’s.” – Juvenile, “Back Dat Azz Up”
“Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it. And live the phrase ‘Sky’s the limit.'” – The Notorious B.I.G., “Sky’s The Limit”
“Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem.” – Lauryn Hill, “Doo Wop (That Thing)“