Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.
Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?
If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.
Long overdue, but hope ya’ll enjoy this one.
♫ haters be lurkin’ to see what I’m about
n****s talk shit like they can’t close they mouth
tell me how ya’ll gonna hate on me
when some ya’ll be bitchin’ livin’ off daddy’s money
you know ya’ll hoes got nothing on me
but still be watching’ my every move carefully
yuh, don’t know know anything about hustle & grind
for everything I got, I put my money, love, & time
can’t hate on someone you don’t know
some ya’ll need lil love in your lives & it show
hold up, lemme check myself before I put ya’ll on blast
always thinking’ ahead, pull a quick one on you fast
not here to start drama, know I stay above that
I’m just me, speak the truth. no cap.
life’s too short to dwell in the past
they say make memories you know gonna last
I’d bet a million bucks on me any day
I’ll flip your shit side up tomorrow & change the game
pen & paper, didn’t know I was a writer
you bet, everything I spit, I spit is fire
I got 1,2,3 bitches starin’ at me
but I didn’t choose the music, the music chose me
They look at me & wonder, how I do it
I do it for myself, the people, the music
I do it because I got no other choice
This who I am, this my voice
I do it for the right reasons, and people listen
for me, it is more than a dream but a m*therf*cking vision
I got words flowin’ straight from my mouth
one day, I promise to show up & show you out ♫
Instrumental from Alicia Keys “Unthinkable”
♫ Pen on my paper, always on my grind
Imma switch it up cause I need a peace of mind
I write this rap shit, dumb shit, cause I say what’s in my heart
to me, it’s more than numbers, it’s all a work of art
When I wake up in the morning, the anxiety over take me
I shut my demons up, ain’t no one going to break me
They look at me and doubt me, but don’t know a thing about me
They wanna talk like they know me
homie better get up off me
I keep my head low and work hard in silence
I ain’t with that loud shit, that shit just violent
pops always told me to not speak to loud
never was one to follow the crowd
If there’s one thing I’ll tell ya
don’t doubt the misunderstood
because they’ll do it better
thank you think you ever could ♫
I know it’s been a minute, but thought I would drop a little something for you guys. Went out of town for a little break to visit my family in Georgia. Had a great time seeing the family again and can’t wait to share more of my trip with you guys on here. In the meanwhile, I have been dying to create new music and have been coming up with new stuff to share with ya’ll. Here’s a little piece I did on Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey, in honor of the country side! (maybe soon to be home..??). Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy this super rough cover. Don’t want to disappoint and will be coming out with more original stuff in the future. Please like, comment, and follow this post and show some love on my IG Singing Account @the.highsnlows too, for more!
Peace & Love,
As I had mentioned, I am currently offering to do freelance work.
As a little girl, I remember watching my cousins draw a horse and was absolutely mesmerized. Almost 2 decades later, and I have collected notebooks of doodles/ drawings that have yet to see the light.
I think as a little girl, and maybe even, now I instinctively identified as a creative without really knowing it.. This ‘ability’ of mine caught the eye of my grade school art teachers growing up. I recall one particular time when I doodled a bow on a piece of paper and left it on the dining table. Later that day my father brought it back to me and said that the electrician took notice of it and called it beautiful. I recall another time in my high school photography class when my classmates and I were critiquing each other’s photos, and my teacher was commenting on a series of photos I took. She noticed the composition and said that “I had an artistic eye”, and I didn’t really understand. Even then while I was very aware of my interest in art, I didn’t really how much I realized how big a part art played in my life until I approached my late teens/ earlier 20’s (hence the number of arts journals I collected throughout the years). It was when I had a talk with my father not too long ago about my love for art is when he said ” you must have gotten your artistic ability from your mom” as I showed him my drawings from long ago, “you’re an artist but you don’t know”. Don’t know why, but those words still ring in my head.. Anyhow, til this day calling myself an ‘artist’ doesn’t sit well with me.. only because I think that title is left up to the people to decide. Though I know there is much growth for me to make and learn from, I could not be any more excited.
Please check out my art page. Hope my work brings you as much joy as it brings me to create it.
As promised, I will share some hidden gems on the internet that I think both the old and new generations would appreciate. As shared by DJ host, Bubba Jackson, I was completely mesmerized by this masterpiece and was not at all disappointed. Bubba was adamant that I check out this piece and of course, needed to share with ya’ll. Absolutely find the sound of the flute endearing.. one of my favorite instruments to listen to. I know for me at least, this song helped awakened something in me. Hope ya’ll felt this one as much as I did. Will definitely be thanking him for this one.
As someone growing up in today’s auto-tuned music, I miss the genuine wholesome vibes of old-school music. 80’s music back then was on a whole other level. This is the type of music I wish we can bring back today, but unfortunately many might see that it is not suited for today’s type of music. Music has changed so much, it makes me miss a time I wasn’t even born in. Here’s to bringing the good ol’ funk back.
♪ I never knew love like this before
Now I’m lonely never more
Since you came into my life
Cause I never knew love like this before
Opened my eyes
Cause I never knew love like this before
What a surprise ♪
Song Title: Never Knew Love Like This Before
Artist: Stephanie Mills
Release Date: June 26, 1989
Record Label: 20th Century - Fox Records