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Hip Hop Commencement Speech

Drop it like it’s taught! My commencement speech is paid in full with hip-hop lyrics. So, back that tassel up and get straight A’s out of Compton.  Sorry, Diddy…I didn’t mean to overshadow your Howard speech.

Esteemed faculty, parents, friends, dignified guests, graduates, dead homies…

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down.
(DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme)

We started from the bottom, now we are here
Started from the bottom, now the whole crew…is here
(Drake – Started From the Bottom)

I grew up a screw up
Got introduced to the game, got a ounce and blew up
(2 Pac ft. Notorious B.I.G. – Runnin’)

The concept of school seems so secure
Sophomore, three years, ain’t picked a career
(Kanye West – All Falls Down)

This morning I woke up
Feeling brand new, I jumped up
(Talib Kweli – Get By)

Make a business for yourself, boy, set some goals
Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals
(Outkast – Bombs Over Baghdad)

Turn that 62 to 125, 125 to a 250
250 to a half a million
(Kanye West ft. Jay-Z and Big Sean – Clique)

Turn down for what?
(DJ Spider and Lil Jon – Turn Down For What)

Feeling my highs and my lows
(Talib Kweli – Get By)

Is it worth it? Let me work it
Put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it
(Missy Elliot – Work It)

Used to be number 10
Now, permanent one
(Fugees – Fu-Gee-La)

Baby, I do this, I thought that you knew this
Can’t stand no haters, and honest, the truth is
(Iggy Azalea – Fancy)

I’m different, yeah, I’m different
(2 Chainz – I’m Different)

But don’t let them say you ain’t beautiful
They can all get f—ed, just stay true to you
(Eminem – Beautiful)

Understand that I’m not your average man
(LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out)

If you are what you say you are, a superstar, then have no fear
(Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos – Superstar)

Nevermind what haters say
Ignore ‘em til they fade away
(T.I. feat. Rihanna – Live Your Life)

Haterz get mad cuz I got me some bathing ape
(Souljah Boy – Crank That)

If you only had one shot
One opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
(Eminem – Lose Yourself)

Big things poppin and little things stopping’
do it, do it, do it, what you waiting’ for?
(T.I.- Big Things Poppin’ (Do It))

If I can’t do it, homie, it can’t be done
(50 Cent – If I Can’t)

This is the moment
Tonight is the night
(Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us)

You only live once, that’s the motto…YOLO
(Drake – The Motto)

Cuz I never been defeated and I won’t stop now
(DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross and T-Pain – All I Do Is Win)

The quicker you here, the faster you go
That’s why where I come from, the only thing we know is
Work hard, play hard, work hard, play hard
Work, work, work, work
(Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard, Play Hard)

Clap along if you feel what happiness is to you
clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do
(Pharrell – Happy)

You know I had to do if for you!
You know I had to do if for you!
(Drake – Draft Day)

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