For the Culture

Being raised by Hip-Hop and seeing the different artist grow and develop through my development as a person. Literally growing up with these artists and learning living life vicariously through them I have seen the Rise & Fall Pain & Profits of success, fame, celebrations, and the vehement criticisms of artists. Of all genres encompassing Rap and Art (Self Development & Self Actualisation)from the past 3 decades of my existence.

The boom of the internet and transformation into social networking bought an even higher criticism of artist along with a wider spread group think, This is ultimately bad; This is ultimately good. Putting my take on things I’ve seen that people the average person is influenced by these so called “Influencers”. The exchange and repartee of people over social networks people just love to shit on art. Now me with my just serious view slightly witty and creatively endowed wordplay I feel my opinion matters on these subjects. Yes. I feel it and no one else needs to be involved with this opinion. I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, Lil Uzi, XXXTENTACION the list goes on.

I am happy being the person out there on my own “Banging” for an artist that I love can’t get enough of and just don’t  talk about the ones I feel need more time to breathe. My self-proclaimed ability to pick out talent and A&R is just one of those things that I play about with but can’t do anything about so in me deciding to use this platform to share what I love why not talk about the creatives that catch my eye and impact thought. I have seen many artist that I have loved in their early stages from Drake & Weekend & Kendrick in the late 2000’s to Migos & Chance The Rapper of today, maybe just maybe I can put something in people’s minds as artists’ to watch or look out for. Also, I will be looking at ARTIST Creative Directors, Sculptors, Painters, and Artisans of the like that work with the  Physical realm who catch my eye hip hop influenced or not shine, however, dim my light is right now, is well deserved whenever it gets to me. I have love of other people in creative fields so why not give them whatever I can give them too, I would love to be suggested people, but, for now, it’s just me.

Writing this there have got to be blogs that do this already but I don’t write for them haven’t heard of them nor have they seen my writing to do such things. So I’ll have it, I have got many artist that I am looking at and listening to already so there is a great base for me to at least start. There is also the thought of Albums I listen to where I know in the old climate they used to let them breathe so there is a flavor in their eyes to talk about the work as a full body which is the sound of something I love to let an album cook and sit with it to listen in all moods let the albums “cook” to at least to be able to give myself a solid mindstate to write about this thing that people call abstract and artsy. ‘Frank Ocean – Blond‘, ‘Solange Knowles – A Seat At The Table‘, ‘Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book‘. To again name a few of the people whose work took me a while to understand.  Part of the repertoire of things that the industry force love or just haven’t clearly depict (to me) what the thing they made truly meant to me as a listener.

I, myself take after Will Durant in his essay ‘A Shameless Worship of Heroes‘ where he spoke only of greatness and propped the people up as they needed to be. The only difference would be these guys are alive and I can give Just do’s not being lost in the stew of the industry to be nice for the sake of it. These are things I truly like and enjoy to listen to, looking at, and people whose works I really enjoy.

So this has been

Not Your Typical

That Which Would Kill Me

I’m feeling awful downtrodden at the moment as I have realised what was apparent to me before became a reality today. Just by understanding the laws I live by (The Principles of Man) or that which would kill me Pride. As good and as noble as I am, as much as I am a pacifist and do not live by the sword but by the pen. I fight my own battles in the field, this world we live in is not as noble as I would like it to be so I harden and grow callous to those negative behaviours and live by my rule humans are basically good.

But that is another blog, what I want to write about is the pride. As much as one can try as a Man can try pride plagues his spirit daily to fight the good fight to make one’s parents PROUD to make one’s family PROUD it’s a shame and not because pride can also save you but pride is what kills the man that sense of duty to one’s people. So who do I see as my people? The Creatives, the Artist, the colours & people of the world. It’s funny to say because I know no one will ever understand the sense of duty I fee to these 7 billion odd residence on our sapphire planet.

My sense of duty is what tugs on my ability to do things what creative answer I give my one motivation for even still being alive is to make the world a better place. It is funny again to me as I know of no one that will understand this more than the dead. See this burden I have no reservations in saying or preaching from a mountain top it is what led to the downfall of a business partnership because I see things they didn’t. Let me just say this, though I am not one of those creatives that feel their words or pictures on the screen will make the world a better place. What I do is a form of escapism it’s cathartic I understand this and feel to create the best fiction possible to allow residents to do this. Let’s get real I see nor has history given me an idea to believe that 1 singular artist body of work changed the world at large. Ruling out writings on the wall made by our ancestors I don’t see it. Unless my Art history is off then I’m sorry, please I would love for my perspective to be changed. Genuinely. I am not bashing what I love I just understand the 21st century we live in today needs a certain type of action, this is all.

Now, as far as duty goes I’ve told you before I have no idea whether I’m ready to risk going to university again. The scariest of proposals made to me, I hear it calling me. My sense of duty and more importantly pride in myself as a man was triggered, I’m not going to say how as that isn’t sauce of my mind I’m willing to let up yet however now it is a must I get that PhD I told myself I was so determined to get at 14. 10 years later I will go all the way, 6 years earlier than expected(I was to wait till I was 30 to reconvene(however I will triple major)) if only he could see it now, the straight path for me never existed did it.

I must stress this is not of my own volition this is all pride duty and a higher calling screaming at me to do so, something more powerful and more forceful than sheer human determination because I tell you now I see myself kicking and screaming internally to do the things that I have been called to do. Of my own volition, I’d be a laptop entrepreneur travel and make artworks on the side! Oh so selfish and oh so impossible, living for myself is my antithesis. I even think if, your immediate community of people you’d look out for at a drop of a dime, is less than 10 you’re not that great of a human being. You have your reasons I love you for it, doesn’t make your mentality better it. And maybe your mind and EQ doesn’t stretch that far (I won’t get into any studies but they exist) but I am built for this. That is what’s funny not many will understand, no one has asked this of me but here I am dealing with this thus ‘That Which Would Kill Me’. I am too prideful to let go of the World, I know I was built to make it better, therefore, I stand in solitude on this pursuit. I understand the death sentence I’ve given myself writing this, I exercise free will every day to make change a reality. Being a laptop Entrepreneur sure is fun but what will I do for the world really? Pray for me is all I ask.

 

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