Tuesday, January 11, 2011
“Money can’t soothe your soul. I was making a lot of money but something didn’t feel right spiritually for me. I just said I wanted to do something different.”
Rattling words, and in the music industry in todays decade it's rare to have this frame of mind.
How does one impact the world from standing on couch cushions and drinking alcohol, nightly.
As I've witnessed first hand many get lost in the lime light that this industry offers. Some of the best
intended individuals will loose themselves, even get lost on their own path.
Lavell "David Banner" Crump in my opinion is greatly under appreciated for his charity efforts.
2004: Banner personally funded his own scholarship contest which rewarded five students each $10,000
2005: Banners work in the Hurricane Katrina Relief alone raised upwards of 500,000 to help the hurricane survivors.
During the length of Banners Career he has supported the following charities to name a few, Stewpot Neighborhood Children's Program, Activism efforts for Haiti Hip-Hop Caucus, RedCross, Heal the Hood Foundation, California Disabled Veteran Business Alliance
He's mindblowing, pay attention to this man. Try and keep up. Beautiful mind, with more to share with the world. Under-rated music, and efforts put aside. Applaud the man.
*clap clap* for Mr. Amazing.
I can only hope that some others, will appreciate the good merit of this man, and follow along his footsteps and make a difference aswell.
You don't have to be a Rap star to make a change in society or to help the world.
Small steps, turn into big steps.
Big steps turn into leaps.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
" Tainted love in the music business
People they lose thet brain just to get up in this
Let's be a star for day, everything in life is just ok
People say things they don't really wanna say
Hey but it's ok cause your a star for the day
People a smile at you when they really wanna frown
Well a that's just the way tainted folk get down "
- Slum Village -
I'm beginning to notice a pattern here. The fake, "decepticons", the misleaders, the gamers, liars. Why is it so complicated to be real to one's self.
Everyone's popping bottles in the club, who's paying rent?
Seriously... If I find another chain wearing, bottle popping, groupie fucking, escalade driving broke as a joke dude, I'm going to die of laughter.
Pay some bills. Buy some groceries.
( at the end of the day, all they have is what's on their person & not much more )
The music industry, portrays an image of glitz and glam.
Reality is not a music video, and 90% of the people whom appear to have it all, truly have nothing compared to the rest of the world.
Spare me, all that glitters ain't gold.
With all the Ghost Writers, Leased vehicles, loans, fake chains, phony posse's, paid off models, and comp'ed bottles...it's surprising people keep acting so surprised when they find out the object/person in question is in fact fraud. Really though?!?! Come on people, you think Rick Ross is the first to rock something less than authentic? Truth is, rappers bonuses aren't as big as you picture them. We're almost expecting too much. Or is that the industries blame, for originally portraying that image?
From my personal experiences, I've even found out that many of the Highest-Paid in the industry are sporting fake chains. & Their wifey's have the grade A knock off's aswell.
Part of it is hilarious, part is actually saddening. They wouldn't do it if they didn't have something to prove.
"He's phony, she's fake that's the type of people I hate"
We've now got a "Fake it till you make it" Policy in action.
You're not touring, selling albums, giving speeches, producing, modeling, and you don't own any parts of your company. But some how you expect me to believe that you drive a lamborghini, and own a penthouse? Riggghhhhttttt. Sure buddy!
I know rich, I know wealthy, I know people with so much fucking money they don't even have to think for themselves. & You, Sir or Madam are not one of them, so why don't you save your funds, and give up that rental lambo, and year leased condo in soho.
I'm retouching this subject because I see more and more of the front daily, and no one really ends up saying... "It's okay, you don't have to be like that"
Personally I just want to hear good music again
At the end of the day, these rappers, athletes, actors, go home to the same things that most of us possess, if not less. They have their bored moments, and become adjusted to their lives, just as we have.
Spending all their money to just front the appearance of having money.
Selling themselves to the mainstreams wants and needs. Since when has being an artist lost the creative aspect. No one's making music to not be heard and the easiest way to be heard is to be on the radio, but you should never compromise who you are, your values or your morals.
And you know, art as commerce, doesn't really make too much sense, they don't go together. Art isn't meant to be mass produced. A lot of artists have turned into puppets of these major labels. Act this way, do this, wear that, go here, date them.
"But you have to be creative on how you sell yourself and market yourself."
Even those who're trying to be "different" end up being the "same" at the end of the day. They're all trying to achieve one thing. "Success"! But what is you're definition of Success. It is when our vision of what make's us truly successful changes. Is wealth you're definition? Wasn't your first dream to share your music & art with the world? But not it's turned into the love for money, no longer the love for music.
"She want that old thing back, she want those heroin tracks"
Is it too much to just ask that you invest your time into your music instead of impressing us with glitz and glam. I could give 10 less fucks what you drive, or wear. I can't see that in the music I hear.
Maybe then you'll stop writing lyrics about materialism.
Dear Hip Hop,
Give me something deeper to think about. I miss the old day's... now you're so vain.