“And when you’ve read them shits, READ them shits again!
But watch what you’re repeatin
If you don’t know the history of the author
you don’t know what you’re reading!”
– KRS ONE “Build In Destroy”
I can’t remember the last time I heard a lyric that talked about the power of reading and got me thinking like this KRS lyric.
Its what I’m thinking about this morning as I’m re-reading Russell Simmons book “Super Rich”. I’d read it once and enjoyed it, but when you read a book again you pick up on things you missed the first time. The things you learned now become engrained. The messages in the book sink in deeper.
The second part of that KRS lyric is such a powerful line as well…
“If you don’t know the history of the author then you don’t know what you are reading!”
When I’m reading a Russell Simmons book I know exactly what I’m getting. I know its coming from a guy that started out selling fake cocaine to running the most powerful hip-hop label ever to expanding into other successful businesses while continuing to give back to the community.
I’ve always liked autobiographies because its like you are having a conversation with the person. It’s a one-way conversation, but if I were to meet Russell I would just sit back and listen and soak up as much game as I could.