New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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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.

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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.

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#NewMusicMonday

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 

New Piece ❦

Original Lyrics
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 ♫

♪ New Site is Up ♪

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So excited to announce my new site as an upcoming music artist/ vocalist. I am currently working on new projects, writing new material, developing my craft/ sound/ presentation while planning collaborations with some amazing artists in the near future. I have been graced with amazing guidance so far that I am only excited for the future. This is a perfect time for me to experiment with my sound and create the projects I have always been anticipating and dying to create. You will most definitely find new updates on my site very soon, as well as more content on my music instagram as well.

Feel free to check it out my site here and my singing instagram.

Cannot thank you enough for the all the amazing feedback I have received thus far, and am grateful for all the opportunities I have had recently. Promise to not disappoint.

Update: Freelancing

Just posted some new photos on my photography page.
Growing up and taking a few photography class, I’ve been told by my peers and teachers that I have a natural artistic eye for placement and composition. Didn’t quite understood what they meant by that. But as I look back on my work after time has passed, it puts me back at a place and time when I took the photograph or made a certain piece, and it only inspires me to create more.

I’ve decided to start free lancing, and selling some of my art work.
Feel free to message me or leave a comment if interested.

drawings: https://thehighsnlows.com/drawings/
photography portfolio: https://thehighsnlows.com/vsco/

22WestMedia Magazine

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Throwin’ it back to one of the first pieces I wrote for my college magazine, 22WestMedia Magazine. I briefly touch upon the evolution we see in the music culture today, both for artists & consumers, and my excitement as a newly hired intern for KJazz, introducing KJazz’s new hip-hop/ jazz fusion series known as the “Excursions”.
Find out more details here on my article Exploring Jazz, Exploring Music  written by yours truly.