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Takeaway #42: E-40 on Equity as King

Sometimes it’s cool to floss

But don’t buy an eighty-five thousand dollar car

Before you buy a house . . .

And now you wanna call me hardcore

While I be stepping out the shower on a marble floor

I paid the IRS taxes send FedEx and faxes

E-40   (E-40, Too $hort) Rapper’s Ball

 In media, the debate is whether Content is King or the Distribution is King.  It doesn’t really matter, in either scenario; the commonality is ownership of something that builds equity.  There is no joy in betting the farm on depreciating assets:  flashy cars, soon obsolete technology or the like.  These are the items that are subject to lease.  No one buys the fax and copier machine.  You make buy the firm’s building.

 There is also no job to big or small for the manager.  If taxes have to get paid or someone has to stay late to get a FedEx package out the door, the manager has to be willing to roll up the sleeves and get it done and convey that culture throughout the organization.  Who will do the dirty work if they do not believe the leader will do what it takes when the crunch comes.  BPM says managers are only managers when other people are willing to follow.  Other people follow when they realize that you are committed to getting done whatever needs to get done.




About codemizell

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

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