To know me, is to know I have a deep, strong love for hip hop that goes back to my childhood in the South Bronx. I love lyricism, and loathe BS lyrics. The actual art of hip hop infatuates me, and I am always hungry to hear artist who respect the craft.
As of January, I literally live with hip hop music being created all day in my brother’s studio. Artists come through daily with beats and rhymes, and they all think they are killing it. Some are actually good. Some, well… I don’t want to be mean, so I’ll say, some are just not so good. I’m super skeptical about anyone who speaks too big about their skills. Let the lyrics speak. My love for hip hop art, coupled with being in this constant studio environment, has fine-tuned and primed my ears for good hip hop.
I say all of that to say this: I found some good hip hop.
@Malika_Polter just put me on to Preach Muzak. When I say just, I mean literally, about an hour before I started writing this. The first song I listened to was “Eighty Six.” The beat was classic, laid back, drive-down-the-block-with-the-windows-open, dope! Then he started rhyming, and I was done! I stopped what I was doing, and started listening to his Youtube channel. I downloaded The Rising Trilogy Vol 1 as well.
This dude is nice.
And say word – dude is nice to look at, on top of being lyrical. Stop it! That’s like finding a unicorn. There’s only a few. Nas, and Common, immediately come to mind. Kendrick is up there too. The above pic is cute, but does not do him complete justice. Ladies, look at the videos.
On my hip hop score card he gets one star each for voice, lyrics, content, delivery/cadence, and beat. Five star rapper. Dig that.
I wish this brother the best. It can be hard out here for a lyricist, in America these days. Rappers who spit something you actually want to slow down and listen to. I’m mad that I’m just now finding out about him. I would love to interview him, and pick his brain about his concepts and his writing process.
If you are a true hip hop fan, I’d highly recommend Preach Muzak. Get him in your life ASAP!
You can download him here.
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Alright, so I’m a day late catching Larry Wilmore’s new show. With good reason – I’ve just moved! (You are welcome to read about that in my journal)
This was the first episode, which aired on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was everything that I’d hoped it would be. I’d been waiting for this show and I was not disappointed.
Larry has some huge shoes to fill, and though I could see some nervousness, he pulled it off with great style, and grace. I’m really looking forward to binge watching this on Hulu every week, just as I did with The Colbert Report.
He has a semi-round table format, and his guests were Senator Cory Booker, Talib Kweli, Bill Burr, and Shenaz Treasury. They discussed this past year’s protests by citizens against police violence, racial profiling and injustice in the justice system, as well as the police’s own protest against citizens. They all made great points, but two that stood out for me were the stats that Senator Booker and Ms. Treasury made. He said the prison population has increased by 800% in the past thirty years. While Ms. Treasury said that 93% of blacks are killed by blacks and 84% of whites are killed by whites. I felt that was a great point, because no one yells about white on white crime, or whites killing whites. People commit crimes against those nearest to them. It’s not a black thing, it’s a human thing.
Bill Burr, brought up a great point about the reality that the biggest changes come about through violence. I don’t advocate violence (and he made a point to say that he doesn’t either), but he is correct, the biggest changes have come through violence. There have been changes that were made by non-violence too. But revolutions are violent and ugly. I’m scared to see that type of revolution in America because this country is full of guns, full of hate and full of ignorance.
I loved Talib Kweli’s response to the “Keeping it 100” segment. He said, Chicago was violent before Chief Keef. Basically saying that the violence in hip hop is a symptom of the world, not the other way around. Years ago Dr. Dre said something similar about gangster rap. He said something to the effect that violence in the world started before he was born.
If you haven’t seen it, catch it again on Comedy Central, or like I did, on Hulu.
It was a great start to what seems like is going to be an awesome show. Kudos Mr. Wilmore! You killed!
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I just read a blog by my very good friend Lizette, who just found out she’s diabetic. Under other circumstances, I’d keep this info to myself, and I damn sure wouldn’t say her name, but she was kind enough to share her story, so that others can learn from it. I also got her blessing to share her story, before writing this blog post.
I broke down crying when I read it. I didn’t expect what I was going to read and I really just don’t know how to handle it, especially since I’m not there with her. She’s in great hands, because she has an awesome family, but I would still feel better if I could just go knock on her door.
I got myself together and called her. As usual she’s in good spirits. I had to stop myself from crying during our convo, because I didn’t want to make her feel bad, about me feeling bad (because that’s the kind of person she is). I love that girl!
She’s amazing! She does fundraisers for Autism (check the one coming up in April 3rd here). She started a little league team for her son whose on the spectrum. She’s taking on the NY public school system in regard to children on the spectrum. She is a leader in spreading Autism awareness. She was NY1’s New Yorker of the Week. She’s a mom of three, a wife, has a full time job, plus finds time to be there for her friends, and makes award winning Coquito. Literally, like her coquito actually won an award. And she deserves it because it is the most wonderful coquito I have ever tasted. I could live on it. She doesn’t waste a moment of life, and I am striving to be more like her. She has this “I just do what needs to be done” attitude and she gets things done! She makes things work.
And she’ll make this work.
Some of the symptoms she mentioned are things I’m experiencing right now. I was pre-diabetic a few years ago, and I literally ran it out of me. I ran, and swam until my body stabilized. I kind of forgot about those symptoms until reading her blog. Diabetes runs on my father’s side. I know of only one person on my mom’s side who had it, and he was my favorite person in the world. He died while in a diabetic coma. But, he didn’t have to. He didn’t take care of himself the way he was supposed to, and I’m still really pissed off at him for that, because he should be here.
I don’t have any healthcare, so until I’m able to see a doctor, I’ll eat and exercise as though I already know I have it. Which I’m pretty sure I do. Still, there’s nothing to change your life like knowing for sure.
Here’s my awesome friend’s blog post “Turning the Page”. I thank her so much for sharing.
“For as long as I can remember diabetes is something I’ve lived with. I personally didn’t have diabetes, but I’d watch my mom nursing my dad and herself because they were both diabetics. My mom monitored both their diets and their meds. She’d lay out his pills. Prepare and give them both their insulin injections. She also kept track of their blood glucose levels daily. They’d be pricking and poking themselves so much I joked that if they drink any liquids that it may start to pour out all their halls like a water fountain.” Continue reading…
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Peace and good health.