Liberate Your Mind with the Empowering Wisdom of Hip-Hop – Part 3

The basic instructions before leaving earth is to pursue the true knowledge and wisdom to free our minds and live a righteous and joyful life, that’s according to hip-hop artist GZA.

As you will no doubt see in his lyrics, GZA’ s B.I.B.L.E is perhaps a true interpretation of what a holy book should be, as it instructs us on how we can become like gods and make this planet a heavenly place to live.

The first things we must start with is ourselves, and to always seek truth no matter what…

GZA feat. Killah Priest – B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) Lyrics

Basic instructions before leavin’ Earth
Basic instructions before leavin’ Earth
Basic instructions before leavin’ Earth

Life is a test, many quest the universe
N’ through my research, I felt the joy N’ the hurt
The first shall be last N’ the last shall be first
The basic instructions before leavin’ Earth

(Killah Priest)
Knowledge this wisdom, this goes back when I was twelve
I love doin’ right but I was trapped in Hell
Had mad ideas, sad eyes N’ tears
Years of fear, but yo my foes couldn’t bear
I searched for the truth since my youth
N’ went to church since birth, but it wasn’t worth the loot
That I was payin’, plus the prayin’
I didn’t like stayin’ cuz of bizzie-bodies
N’ dizzy-hotties
That the preach-ass souped up with lies
Had couped up, lookin’ at loot, butt N’ thighs
During the service, he swallowed up the poor
N’ after they heard this, they wallowed on the floor
But I ignored, N’ explored my history that was untold
N’ watched mysteries unfold
N’ dropped the jewel like Solomon, but never followed men
Cuz if you do your brain is more hollow then
Space oblivia, or the abyss
With no trace of trivia, left with the hiss
Does it pay to be deaf, dumb, or blind
From a slave he was kept from the mind
N’ from a caves he crept from behind
N’ what he gave was the sect of the swine
When the bible, that condemned the pig
I don’t mean to pull your hems or flip your wigs
But we used to wear a turban, but now were in the urban
No more wearin’ beanies or dress like the genie
No hocus pocus cuz I focus on the facts
N’ put it on the track or brought it through the wax
I speak on Jacob, it might take up some time
N’ too much knowledge, it might break up the ryhme
I did it anyway, just to wake up the mind
Of those who kiss stones or prays on the carpet
Those who sit at home, or sell books by the market
Need to chill N’ get their mind revived
For years, religion did nothing but divide


I strolled through the books of Job to unfold
N’ opened bibles, instead of hopin’ on revivals
Callin’ on his name N’ screaming Halleluja
When he hardly knew ya, that’s how the devils fooled ya
See, look into my eyes brethren, that’s the lies of a Reverend
Why should you die to go to heaven
The Earth is already in space
The bible I embrace
A difficult task I had to take
I studied till my eyes was swollen
N’ only arose when I found out that we were the chosen
I deal with the truth N’ build with the youth
N’ teach my son as he kneels on the stoop
Son, life is a pool of sin, corrupted with foolish men
N’ women with wicked minds who build picket signs
To legalize abortion, the evil eye extortion
I quiz some with my wisdom
Before I converted I was perverted
N’ knowledge was asserted
The study of wisdom, I perferred it
The understandin’, it gave me mental freedom
I even learnt Caucasians were really the Tribe of Edam
The white image of Christ is really Cesare Borgia
N’ uh, the second son of Pope Alexander
The sixth of Rome N’ once the picture was shown
That’s how the devils tricked my dome
I prophesized to save a man but no one gave a damn
For my nation, the seed of Abraham
Blessed with the tongue of Hebrew
Now we’re strung on needles, N’ some are plungin’ evils
So study N’ be wise in these days of darkness
Peace to my nephew Marcus



  1. Andrea says:

    I agree that we must seek the truth no matter what. That’s definitely not easy to do, and it’s caused me a lot of difficulties with my Catholic family. The Catholic church is nothing more than a large cult, and I can’t agree with their man-made traditions and traditions that go against the scriptures. I wouldn’t classify myself as any specific religion. The more I read, the more confused I get. Much of what we read in the bible today was either included or left out for polical reasons, and are we supposed to base our lives on the translation of strangers? I used to think I had it all figured out, and now I don’t think I have any of it figured out at all!

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Andrea, and thank you for your comment.

    I do agree with your sentiments on organised religion as I feel one can only find truth and live a righteous life for oneself, and not through any dogmatic beliefs. I myself do not belong to any religious group although I am in no way intolerant to people who may do.

    However, my observations of religion throughout history tends to suggest that it is a divisive entity, and mostly used as a tool to control and deceive the minds of the masses – not to mention it being rather violent, which is nothing but hypocrisy on their part.

    I try to be a man of peace and to treat people as human beings only. Nothing wrong with living religiously but as far as any organised group dictating to me on how I ought to live – they can keep it to themselves!

    I do not want to get too much into the virtues or vices of religion, but all I will say is each to their own – as for me, I will continue to depend on myself to walk the liberated path towards truth, self-knowledge and wisdom.

  3. Jason,

    Peace! I appreciate you posting something like this. I try to incorporate positive hip-hop music into my posts, lifestyle and such. Why? Cause, like you, I was affected by the consciousness as a youth. It’s good to see someone else pushing the positive aspects of the culture.

    Take care!
    – Ali

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi bro,

    Thanks for your comment, and I too am glad that I’m not the only hip-hop junkie who appreciates the knowledge and wisdom we can learn from this most misunderstood of arts.

    Why not check out my first post in the series detailing the misconceptions of true hip-hop – which has no relation to the negative modern day phenomenon Gangsta Rap, read here:

  5. Man says:

    Thank you for sharing.

    The true essence of hip hop is the musical expression of love, peace and harmony. The genre of hip hop did a wonderful job in bringing communities together. Young men were appreciated and encouraged to make the most of their lives and young women were seen as what they are, beautiful manifestations of Mother Earth.

    Unfortunately, the job hip hop did was too successful. Men and women cannot be easily controlled and manipulated if they are happy and united, so, the olde white men that control the entertainment industry needed to replace it with gangsta rap and its inherent immoral values.

    Peace to you