Thank you so much those are very kind words and i’m humbled… just kinda wish I knew you who were since you seem to know me on a 1st name basis! haha. peace
At age 26 and about 7 years of independently putting out music I think it’s safe to say that I’ve pretty much abandoned the idea of a career as a full-time musician. Since I was a kid that has been my dream but things change. Now I realize that even if I achieved that goal it might not necessarily make me happy. This industry is full of snakes and pitfalls. Your future as an artist is never guaranteed. To keep it 100, I probably make more money pear year with my day job as a youth counselor than most established independent rappers. And I got benefits, son. Finishing school and working with the community, that’s what’s going to keep my family fed. Not only that, it gives me so much satisfaction seeing the impact my work has on the lives of the kids I work with. Which brings me to my next point.
By no means am I quitting music, nor will I ever stop making & releasing music. This has been my hustle for my entire adult life and not only does it pay some of my bills it often brings as much joy into people’s lives as my work with the kids. So now the main goal isn’t a music career, it’s simply to inspire people to live their lives to the best of their potential. So many of us are trapped in our dead-end jobs, our hoods, and our own mentalities. Hip-hop is a way out and I want to show my people the way. Let’s be honest, we don’t need more rappers we need doctors, educators, architects; we need our people to gain understanding of the technological, political and economic systems that control our society so we can bring some of that control back to our own communities.
It’s unfortunate that in the world of hip-hop today, a goal like that is less respectable than the rewards of money, material objects, sex, and drugs. So that’s another goal of mine: respect. I want to build a legacy strong enough that one day my grandchildren can look back on what I’ve done and feel proud, and be motivated to continue in my footsteps. Through the creation of timeless music from the soul, these dreams will become reality. As G.U.R.U. once said, “These are the words that I manifest.”