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.
Wrote some poetry a while back that I thought I’d leave here for ya’ll. ♥
the sun shines bright, rays bound of my skin always find myself lookin’ out, when I gotta look within maybe the ocean is the reason I keep calling your name a love this deep shouldn’t cause this much pain
I know this feeling, it’s all too familiar if tears were money, you’d bet I was a millionaire before you think you can save a damsel in distress think again, to you I’m no less
this is an ode, to all the wrongs I wanted to right thanks to you, you helped me to find a light that had been burnin in the depths of my soul I promise you this is the beginning, no lies told
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 ♫
Came across this on my feed.. and it had me thinking. I want to discuss this with ya’ll or at least to me efforts, put this out there.
I don’t know about anybody else but as an aspiring artist, it’s always rubbed me the wrong way (even growing up throughout the years) when people toss around words like “talented” & “legendary”. For me, I believe such titles need to be earned through time, resilience, and hard work and is ultimately defined by their own personal mission of being artist. I believe such helps is what builds merit and credibility for a true artist. Those who have been named “legends” have left their mark of true artistry that hold substance and is in essence, revolutionary. Their work has brought an impact big enough to move a massive population of people, further inspiring generations of future artists & musicians. To them it’s not about the superficial, the glory or the fame, but their sole purpose of being an artist, musician, or what have you. A creative calling to go beyond themselves and touch others. The rest follows. And unfortunately, I feel as though this meaning has slowly deteriorated over the years and shows through the quality of today’s music due to the oversaturation of today’s music industry. While I think it is a good thing that people are feeling more open to owning their artistry, I also think it is best not to forget the meaning and value behind art and being a legend. Just some thoughts, what do ya’ll think?
As promised, I told y’all I’ll be working more on my craft and sharing my journey with ya’ll. Now that I am settled in my new place, I have the equipment, time and creative space to create the work I want to create for ya’ll. Here’s a rough sketch of what I have going on so far. I would love to sell some of my art pieces for ya’ll and would like to know if ya’ll would be interested in purchasing. I could also make custom work as well. Feel free to comment and like this post so I have an idea.
I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted for ya’ll and I apologize.. Things have been kinda crazy with my move in LA and I am only have the chance to settle into my place to get situated. For those who may not know from my previous posts, there’s quite a massive shift happening in personal and work life at the moment. My parents will be moving to Georgia in less than two weeks, and I have made the decision to stay in LA for numerous reasons. The first, to learn how to be independent both mentally and financially and second, to broaden/explore my opportunities within the music industry. I am so super passionate about music that it’s really hard for me make decisions only because I truly believe that my future belongs within the realm of music. I’ve made a fair share of sacrifices to keep me grounded in my passion and pursuit for music that at this point, I can’t afford to back down only because I have invested so much time and energy and money on my dream. I have plenty of ideas and plans that I am so eager to tackle here in LA, that I feel as though my opportunities are endless. While Summer 2019 is in full fledge, I also feel that this moment is the beginning of something so new and real to me that I can’t wait to see it manifest in the upcoming future. Can’t wait to share them with ya’ll. Thank for your time ya’ll.
Just thought I’d drop in and leave some pictures for ya’ll to check out for those who haven’t yet checked out my Photography page, especially for those looking for inspiration. I know for me, at least, I haven’t found much photography inspiration maybe since my mind’s kinda been occupied with work and all, but I guess this is just a reminder for myself and for others to not lose that inspiration/ creative spark. For me it’s been an on-and-off relationship between me and art.. but I definitely plan to become more consistent especially for 2019. Really hone in on my talents, passions, and creativity. When I was 18, I decided to create a VSCO account where I can store my collections of photos throughout the years. For me, growing up, photography was more than just photos, but a way of expression, a way to capture a particular moment in a particular mood.. if that makes any sense. Anyway, I hope this could better convey what I am trying to see. Feel free to check out my VSCO account here for more pictures, this particular series is called the “Three-Piece Series”.
Hope to share more with ya’ll very soon, as I am planning a big road trip vacay very soon.
Peace & Love,