Some quotes from the Genius, as lifted from the post (where’s there’s much more) over at M.I.T.‘s Center for Civic Media:

“When I was trekking across Brooklyn, looking for MC battles – and there were plenty of them – I never dreamed I’d be at this podium.”

“Hip hop became the voice of rebellion of the youth, like rock and roll back in the sixties.”

“The way we walk, talk, act and dress – I’m not sure any movement has been appropriated as thoroughly as we have been.”

“We all vibrate, whether beings or objects.”

“If music is so intoxicating, imagine how intoxicating it is for those who make it?”

“A melody in every thought, harmony and feeling.”

He quotes Victor Hugo – “Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

“We never toured in Africa, but people tell me they see the Wu Tang logo all over the world. Our logo is arguably the most recognizable icons ever.”

“In Kung Fu, there’s a saying; ‘You must sharpen your sword every day.’ As an MC, you should sharpen your sword every day.”

“I’m not bemoaning the spread of hip hop, but it came with a price.”

“There were about ten MCs in Staten Island. When we went up to the Bronx, there were so many MCs and they were so good.”

“I asked a friend from the Bronx how to do a breakdancing move, and he was like, ‘I don’t break anymore’. And that was 1979.”

“We’d listen to DJ Red Alert or Chuck Chillout, and there were three new songs every week.”

“I like it here.”

“I never played the game. I don’t even know what weapon I had.”

“Thought is self-directed control and imagination.”

“I don’t think Americans listen to hip hop from other parts of the world.”

“The chaff is consumed by fiery furnace. Burn it up… then you deal with the strong. How do you deal with bad company? You separate yourself from that.”

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