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Old school takeaway #8. Put in the work, business is about relationships.

I’m just sitting here making myself nauseous
with this ugly food that stinks
so you bust out the door while its still closed
still sick from the food you ate
and then you run to the store for quick relief
from a bottle of Kaopectate
and then you call your friend two weeks later
to see how he has been
and he says I understand about the food
baby-bubba but we’re still friends

Sugar Hill Gang Rapper’s Delight

BPM could not drop knowledge without mentioning some of the more formative lyrics of the genre.  BPM thinks of this when doing the dreaded task.  You know, there is the one telephone call you have not made or the one deal you have been avoided analyzing.  You can’t do it.   It’s the Nasty Food . . . .  It’s the dirty task nobody wants to deal with.  Look, roll up your sleeves and get it done. This guy not only eats the ugly food (does-the-drudgery), but he sucks it up and calls his friend back after the experience.  In fact, the telephone call to the friend is one of the more interesting elements.  You are going to go through some bad experiences with good people.  Don’t burn the relationship over the circumstances.  Pick up the telephone and keep the dialogue going.  You just don’t know when you will do business with that person again.






Bonus:  See Ed Piskour’s hip-hop-family-tree for a graphic take on the origins.  Special thanks to Warloq (from the BPM) for supplemental research.


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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