…For a pretty cash advance, now they got a song and dance
That you didn’t recoup, more soup wit’ ya meal?
Get a good lawyer so problems won’t pile
You don’t wanna make a pitch that’s Wild…
A Tribe Called Quest♦Show Business
Yes, you need a good lawyer, negotiator or deal maker. Do we really need a piece to advocate the value of the hired professional? Tribe takes a little stab at the business practices of the former Wild Pitch Records company, but the business lesson applies in any industry. BPM thinks this is painfully clear, but the tendency of the successful manager or well paid executive is to believe that they are the smartest person in the room. The true success knows this is not the case and finds ways to delegate to those with greater strengths, because ultimately they will make you look like the smartest one in the room. Hey, maybe that does make you the smartest one in the room.
Also, BPM loves the fundamental lessons learned from advancing and recouping. The notion of getting a bump on the front-end, only to have everything snatched in the back-end plays out in many forms. People read the Express Terms and conditions of a Deal Point Memo and ignore the fine print of the Standard Terms and Conditions that take what was given. Inexperienced people in the field go into negotiation unprepared and giveaway the best chits in negotiation (with a wild pitch) when they probably did not even need to give away something that valuable.
The Beats Per Management collective (“The BPM”) is curator for C.O.D.E Mizell and supports the repurposing of hip hop content for professional success. BPM consists of former Hip Hop junkies now living in the corporate world. BPM members carried milk crates of 12” records when “bpm” used to mean beats-per-minute for mixing music, now BPM members focus on Excel spreadsheets, legal briefs, power points, whiteboard-scribbling and business plans.
BPM cannot shake the instant recall of Hip Hop lyrics. The good news is that BPM realized that these lyrics had application to its daily management concerns.
BPM does not claim to have captured the true artist intent in its lyrical analysis, BPM seeks only to celebrate the role that hype-lyrics can play in the daily grind to get business done in the corporate world. This is not a glorification of urban pop-culture or a debate on the poetic merits of rap, we leave that to the literary critics and socio-political commentators.
If you disagree with BPM send us your spin on the lyrics. We have an open mind, and hope you do.
The “BPM Takeaways” dispense reminders for your business day. Hopefully, the next time a referenced-cut is heard on the radio, it will trigger your “Takeaway” and not just flashbacks to the music video.
A quote-a-day will make you a better executive. BPM hopes to keep all advice short and to the point – Executive Summary Style.
Technically the lyrics are “raps” and the culture of the genre is “hip hop” but lets not get overly technical -- substance not form that controls here. The point is you are putting that untapped knowledge to use.
And to think they said that Hip-Hop would get you nowhere…puhhleasse.
-Roscoe Waxx for BPM