DIFFERENT WORLD [THE FREEDMINDS]

8 Feb

THE FREEDMINDS COLLECTIVE IS NICE WITH THE TEE GAME. ACTUALLY THEYRE KINDA NICE WITH EVERYTHING THEY DO. THEIR BRANDING IS FLAWLESS. I ADMIRE THE AESTHETIC OF THE ART DIRECTION TOO, LOW BROW YET REFINED WITHOUT COMING OFF AS OVERWORKED OR BOURGEOIS.  THIS IS ONE OF THE YOUNG BRANDS I’D LIKE TO SEE HAVE SOME LONGEVITY. ALL AND ALL I RESPECT HOW THEY GET DOWN IN THE CREATIVE SENSE. THE TEE IS HAND ILLUSTRATED BY ARTIST SUSAN WU.

TEE by FREEDMINDS

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Where Yoo At?

26 Jan

 

Just hooked up with a DOPE magazine out of LA, I’ll be doing some writing for them and it feels good to be linked up with some creative individuals  all reaching for the same goal. Show some love, click it and check it out.

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Pink Friday, Black Friday, Wack Friday, Schmack Friday……….

27 Dec

It’s been quite a while since I’ve felt the urge to blog, and that’s been perfectly alright with me, as I have been enjoying the transformations that have been taking place in and around me.  Since my last blog post, I’ve relocated from NC to CA, finally funnelled my many interests into a solid career path, found the courage to wholeheartedly pursue my deepest desires, and given up my need to KNOW the particulars of the road I’m traveling down and truly trust the journey. With all that said, I have missed writing in this space and hadn’t come across anything provocative enough to lure me out to play……….until I heard “Black Friday” by Lil Kim. Thank you Kim, for you have given me a valid reason to log into my wordpress and a topic which allows me to channel the disgust I’ve been feeling with popular culture and the mass media as a whole into a positive creative outlet.

 I was not impressed by Black Friday. Lil Kim’s “tongue lashing” did not get me excited as Globalgrind would have you believe. I wonder if this cancels me out as a true hip-hop head? I take no pleasure in watching a woman that I respect, that I grew up listening to, desperately trying to hold onto to the star of her youth. Clinging to scraps of faded glory, shredding them more and more, the harder she grips. It’s quite clear that Kim is mad, and it’s not because Nicki has failed to pay homage.  This “beef” is nothing more than the trainwreck that takes place when insecurity meets a threat, and any attempts at making it seem like anything less than that are insulting to my intelligence. Further more I’m tired of gimmicks and scandal being used as a means to maintain relevancy and divert the attention of the public, so the powers that be can continue the systematic dismantling of the black musician’s image while keeping the true power of the music safely contained.

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Who is Brooklyn’s Finest?

2 Sep

I was under the impression it was Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes, but it seems I was mistaken. The Stuyvesants are laying claim to that title and I can’t knock them for it either. The music is ultra nice on several levels, there’s some real down-tempo, grooved- out, melodicness and some upbeat, funky, blaxplotation, solfulness as well. It’s good morning music for sure, I could see myself listening to this as I sipped tea and read the Times in my bathrobe before I headed out to stomp through the city on my Mary Tyler Moore. I’m always checking member Darien Victor Birk’s site and tumblr Flwrpt. Stimulating stuff to say the least. Is Brooklyn just a mecca for all things dope? I have a feeling I might find myself stalking the streets there sometime in the near future. So go on, enjoy some free music.

Earlin’ in the Evening……

1 Sep

 

She’s gorgeous,

When niggas see her

jaws hit the floor, so

when she left

it didn’t break my heart

it broke my torso…..

The first time I heard Luper was the event that pushed me from impartial spectator to official fan. Peace to Young H of Go In Radio for being the first one to put me on to OFWGKTA through our interview a while back. His last podcast is ill, as always, and features some of their joints, check it here. Now when it comes to rap crews, nobody likes to play favorites but you always end up having one. You know it goes. So as it stands I’ve come to possess a statutory-esque fascination with Earl Sweatshirt.  Dude is nasty. He’s already on par with emcees 10 years his senior as far as lyrics and flow are concerned. The music is hella good, but wait until they all can get into a club without it being teen night. I dig em though. It’s like Tribe Called Insane Clown Posse, Wu Jackass, cultural diffusion at it’s finest.  When I was the same age as these tikes , black  kids who were into alternative culture were looked at kind of like side-show oddities and there were little to no represenatives of that particular demographic in popular culture especially within the realm of hip-hop.  It’s fascinating  to witness the barrage of fresh creative idealogy spilling from the minds and souls of the MTV Generation as they mature.  Side note; is it just me or does California produce some of the most eclectic and verbally agile emcees in the U.S.? That might be reaching a little far but I wasn’t surprised when I heard these kids were from the left coast, as a matter of fact I kind of expected it. Is the weather? Something carried in the breeze coming off the Pacific maybe?

Sell The Kids For Food…….

26 Aug

No 13 off  Pitchforks Top 50 Music Videos of the 90’s , Nirvana “In Bloom”. Summer before 8th grade.

Thoughts on Spirit, Flesh, and Sparring with GOD……..

19 Aug

Photo by Christopher Bucklow

Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours on my floor. Yes, that’s right. 4 hours on my back, on the floor, in deep meditation…sparring with GOD, I call it.  Sometimes we all need to lay on the floor and ponder, pray, meditate, whatever you do. It is healing time for the soul. It’s not my intention to preach, or debate about what is right or what is wrong, what is true or what is false, but I do believe in GOD, and I do believe that when you seek you find. I don’t like being confused and yesterday confusion was my middle, first, and last name. I don’t like being afraid either, but I am deathly afraid of one thing and one thing only. I believe that everyone has their own journey, their own path and purpose in this life,  and if you don’t know yourself, deeply beyond what you feel you want to know, should know, or can know, you can spend a great deal of your life or the entirety of your life, never knowing the beauty of what it means to be authentically you, the creature you were designed and destined to be. That is my greatest fear. 

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