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20 years ago today #rapper #nas released #illmatic (as in, ill automatically), the most iconic hip-hop album of the 90s and arguably in the history of the genre. The depth of his lyrical content, the cutting intelligence of his social commentary, and the sophisticated rhythm of his flow seemed to pause time in rap. Nas’ mere 20 years of age at the time of its release belied the ancient wisdom interwoven in his wordplay.

Like the iconic image of MJ skying from the free throw line, the album #illmatic represents the very definition of greatness in its discipline. I believe future generations will look back on Illmatic like we look back at Huckleberry Finn and other classic literature of today. @nasnyc changed the game forever. #respect


From Life’s A Bitch -
I woke up early on my born day; I’m 20, it’s a blessing
The essence of adolescence leaves my body, now I’m fresh and
My physical frame is celebrated cause I made it
One quarter through life some Godly-like thing created
Got rhymes 365 days annual plus some
Load up the mic and bust one, cuss while I pus from
My skull cause it’s pain in my brain vein, money maintain
Don’t go against the grain, simple and plain
When I was young, at this I used to do my thing hard
Robbing foreigners, take their wallets, their jewels, and rip their green cards
Dipped to the projects flashing my quick cash and
Got my first piece of ass smoking blunts with hash
Now it’s all about cash in abundance
Niggas I used to run with is rich or doing years in the hundreds
I switched my motto; instead of saying “fuck tomorrow”
That buck that bought a bottle could’ve struck the lotto
Once I stood on the block, loose cracks produce stacks
I cooked up and cut small pieces to get my loot back
Time is Illmatic, keep static like wool fabric
Pack a 4-matic to crack your whole cabbage

Ever since I first set foot on the pitch, I have had a genuine passion for soccer. This wonderful game has blessed me with so many experiences. Experiences that transcend further than just what may have happened on the pitch, but into my life as well. I have learned how to work well with others, the importance of teamwork. I have learned that every moment is a blessing, and not to take things for granted as they can be lost in an instant. I have learned to #believe in myself, and how much hard work makes a difference. I have met so many people who have become more than just an acquaintance, teammate or rival, but have had a genuine impact on my life. I #believe soccer is the world’s most popular sport for a reason. It’s the world’s game, and it has helped to shape some of my core values. 

I came up with this idea/video as a visual means of showing that Ultimately, I #believe! I #believe in a genuine love of the game. I #believe in myself. I #believe in my team. I #believe in my goals. I #believe in my dreams!

What do you #believe in?

PLEASE POST, REPOST, and SHARE along with any personal feelings or experiences you may have about anything that you truly #believe in!

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