Category Archives: Life

No One Wants To Hate Their Job

There’s nothing worse than waking up for a job that you hate. Lying in bed, struggling to remove sheets and covers as you try to ignore the alarm on your iPhone that plays the same portion of Tyler The Creator’s “I Ain’t Got Time” like it does EVERY morning feels like penance for some foul act that you committed in a past life. Make your way to the bathroom and stare at a worn face in a mirror, shake your head then pray that the shower rids you of your current neanderthal like disposition. After you put on your “appropriate” work attire, reality sets in as you walk out the door that the next 8 hours of your life will be just another battle in an ongoing war with no foreseeable end. Continue reading

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One Shot: 2nd Street Fest with the Homies

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Mike Beon, Dame, and Myke, 2nd Street Festival, 2017

I had little to no energy this weekend due to a last minute over time at work. Yesterday, I headed to a pool party but my vibe was off so I opted to check out the 2nd Street Festival instead since I was in the area. North Star Bowl, Live Performances, and Food Trucks (Cheese Curds by The Cow And The Curd are the greatest!). I’m happy to have ended a draining weekend on a positive note. Shout out to my homie Ron Clark for being in the mix.

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The Day When I Realized Where I Wanted to Be…

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Shucky Ducky, No Ha, Buckshot and Me, 2008

All that I ever wanted to do since high school was to be a part of the music industry. If I couldn’t be a rapper, I wanted to have a hand in some kind of behind the scenes business. I invested so much of the little bit of money that I earned from my part time jobs in high school in learning about the craft and all of it’s players. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, any Hip-Hop magazine released around the time of the Jay-Z/Nas beef up until a few years ago, I had and still have in my collection. I was enamored by the stories, the personalities and the history of how everything came to be. Though Kool Herc, Bambataa, and Grandmaster Flash were before my time, I had nothing but respect for them as pioneers. I’m preferential to late 80’s/90’s hip-hop but there are gems in EVERY era even amongst the “mumble rappers”. I grew to appreciate and love it all. Continue reading

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7.27.17 Thoughts: “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”

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Her tattoo, New Orleans, 2013

1. Change. The world and all of it’s inhabitants aren’t immune to life’s waving of the evolutionary wand. Some are very reluctant to open their minds to new experiences and whether they want to admit it or not, there’s always some form of suffering that follows. My view of manhood and how men should function in society was once skewed but my environment and peers. I wouldn’t say that I was homophobic but amongst the homies and other guys that I encountered in barbershops and in the street, you’d think that being gay was the worst thing since Blade: Trinity (that movie was super duper whack!). It wasn’t until I started to have friends from the LGBTQ community that I truly understood the need for solidarity. And around that time, I started to get in touch who I was as a person which led to discovering that masculinity wasn’t what I perceived it to be; Masculinity is way more complex than the propagated images of macho gun toting dudes that scream and enforce the lie that crying is for “pussies”. Being a man in 2017 requires respect and responsibility and that was instilled in me very early by my father and late grandfather. I hope to build upon lessons taught and be lifetime student of myself and my gender. Continue reading

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For The Day: 88 Keys x Kanye West “Stay Up (Viagra)”

“Try imagining something passionate
Between you Cassie and Kim Kardashian
Maybe that’ll work when you get to hit that ass again”Kanye West

In Spring/Summer of 2007, Kanye West dropped his Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ mixtape which featured a one minute and 50 second snippet of the 88 Keys and Kanye West collaboration “Stay Up (Viagra)”. I had to wait an entire year for 88 Keys to release it as a single.The flip of Imagination’s “All Night Loving” and of course anything from post Late Registration – pre Graduation ‘Ye were nothing less than dope.  Continue reading

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It’s Never What You Thought It Was…

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“I conversate with many men, it’s time to begin again
Forgot what I already knew, ayo, you hear me friend?”Prodigy “I Shot Ya (Remix)”

I woke up drained of energy solely because my inner night owl kept me up past 12:30am but whatever that’s just how I function most nights. I had my perceptions shaken over the weekend and I’ve decided, once and for all, to let them all go. Nothing is as it seems, Nothing is as it was, and to avoid future disappointment I have to take things and accept them as they are in the moment despite the nature of the relationship that I may have with the person or place or idea, etc., because everything is subject to change. Friends today, enemies tomorrow and that’s word to the title of Drake’s third album. Continue reading

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Greatness Is A Process…

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There’s no such thing as an “overnight success”. I don’t care what social media may try to present as fact but it takes time and hard work to achieve a certain level of greatness. There’s a disconnect that has grown from the size of crack in the cement to that of a chasm in the Antelope Canyon. We don’t want to put forth the effort despite us posting statuses or recording instagram videos with emotional proclamations declaring our “need” to be successful. Continue reading

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What I Learned from @CThaGod

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While in Barnes And Noble on a Friday evening a week and half ago, I stood in line for about an hour and fifteen minutes to have my copy of Charlamagne’s recent book Black Privilege signed. While waiting to on the first floor to reach the third floor I started to debate on whether or not I wanted to actually go through with it and I also wondered why everyone else was there. Whenever I’m in line for anything that’s taking a bit of time, my thoughts go everywhere and I think about everything. Fortunately for all of us in attendance, the wait wasn’t too bad. Continue reading

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Apple Had it Right…

In 1984, Apple released one of the greatest commercials ever during Super Bowl XVIII. It was an advertisement for the very first Macintosh computer that used Big Brother from George Orwell’s classic novel as the face of their competition. They chose the antagonist from 1984 to represent the elite that seemed to control technology and their consumers while the olympian, who symbolized Apple’s new creation, disrupted the brainwashing by breaking the big screen bringing forth the idea of a new hope. Apple’s Macintosh came to save the day but years later, in 2017, the idea of 1984 is more poignant than ever and we can give a bit of credit to our “personal” technology. Continue reading

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