Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides #2

As I said last week I will post 6 pics that I’ve taken while waiting on rides in Memphis.
Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Lyft Pics | Pics I Take Between Lyft Rides

I’ve been driving Lyft since February. It’s a lot longer than I planned. I thought by now I would have fixed my business which has been my primary source of income for 7 years, but I haven’t been able. It’s been a struggle. I started meditating to help overcome my frustration with the business issues. That helped me to stop and look around at everything I was driving by. I began to notice different things when I would be at red lights and I thought, “Man, that would be a dope picture for the house.” I grabbed my camera and started carrying it in the car. When I am in between rides I snap photos. I’m posting a photo gallery here for you to check out. I will post about 4-6 pics a week to give those interested something to look forward to. Let me know what you think.
Camera: Nikon DSLR D3100
The photos have been reduced in clarity and size to prevent someone from using the photos without permission. Please let me know if you decide to link to or borrow the pictures. I will be making canvas sized prints for an art show this fall (I hope).

Kojey Radical – Footsteps | Next Level

Maybe it’s because I recently watched a brilliant British film “Gone Too Far” or maybe it’s because the sound of this song feels like my mood, I discovered Kojey. I have to thank Under Armour because although he’s been on the scene for over a year, I didn’t know who he was until I saw campaign for Unlike Any where Kojey narrates Jesse Graff’s video. This song below though and the visuals, mindblown. Dig it! (yes the entire paragraph is a link because if you aren’t moved to either stream or buy something from Kojey, you don’t have a soul.) Oh, if American Trap music actually said something this is what it would sound like. Listen to Gallons and you’ll see what I mean.


What's Good with Stretch & Bobbito

What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito is your source for untold stories and uncovered truths. Hosts Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia interview cultural influencers, bringing their warmth, humor, and a fresh perspective. They’re talking about art, music, politics, sports and what’s good!

Source: What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito
My obvious support of this has everything to do with Bobbito and the fact that I was able to “work” with him by connecting my Sho-Shot company with the Puerto Rican Legends and making uniforms for the squad. Bobbito actually featured Sho-Shot on Madison Square Garden TV and I had a layout in his BOUNCE Magazine. The not so obvious connection to Bobbito is being introduced to Stretch and Bobbito by guys from New York when I was in the Navy in the 90s. As a big time music lover and Hip-Hop fan I was able to listen to tapes that guys had. I had never heard of Wu Tang until my old roommate Shaheed introduced me to a tape featuring the crew. Soon after I think enter the 36 Chambers dropped and the rest is history. This show is not a Hip-Hop show, it’s a lifestyle show and it’s right on time. I don’t pay for Pandora so I can only get the latest updates of Questlove Supreme and this feeds my need for talk radio from my generation that is based on culture and art. It’s dope. Check out the first episode at the source link or listen below.

SoundCloud Impending Death Should Wake Up Indie Artists… but it won't

The site is reportedly closer to running out of funds than many expected.

Source: The Potential Death of SoundCloud Should Scare Music Lovers
The reports about SoundCloud not being acquired and now going through a round of layoffs and potentially shutting down is another bullet in the chamber of a gun aimed at the head of indie artists… but not for the reason you think.
Yeah a lot of people will lose, again, when a platform like SoundCloud is gone, but the same thing happens every time a social media platform comes along and people decide to build their entire lives around that platform as opposed to creating their own delivery system.
I really want to dive into this a lot more, but I’ve written about it so often that I can’t even bring myself to repeat the same thing again. The death of SoundCloud is a reminder that although you have to build a following on social, because that’s where people are, doing so without also building your own platform first is stupid.

Discovering My Facebook Posts: A Response About Hip-Hop

Discovering my Facebook posts is going to be based on what I see come across my feed on Facebook. I’ve stopped writing long form posts on the platform because posting a lot of information there actually undercuts the traffic to your own websites. What I’m doing now is when Facebook reminds me of a post I wrote that received a lot of interaction I’m going to pull it and add it here. Below is a post from a couple of years ago where I was responding to a statement that music doesn’t hurt anyone and doesn’t shape the way people behave.
After the last two days of discussion on hip-hop, I was left with a statement by one of the people participating that stuck with me. I grew up as poor as you could basically could outside of growing up in Sugar Ditch in Mississippi. We lived in a two bedroom apartment on Fifth Street in North Memphis. My sister and I slept on a letout coach (for those of you who are cultured a hideaway bed) in the living room of the apartment. My great aunt and grandmother slept in the bedrooms. My mom slept with my grandmother and my uncle KF from Chicago slept in the same room as my aunt when he came in. I never saw a fast food restaurant until my mom got a permanent job on the other side of town. I was 12. From kindergarten to 6th grade I attended 5 different schools and lived in 4 different apartments. We ate ketchup sandwiches and molasses sandwiches. We shopped at Frank’s, which was a corner grocery near North 6th Street and I never went into a supermarket until I was around 12. Even with all of the situations after we moved from North Memphis, we moved 5 times in the 5 years I was in middle and high school, I never knew we were poor. I didn’t understand this until I left Memphis and came back to visit the places where I grew up.
The person I was discussing hip-hop with made a statement about how the music doesn’t affect people and that it’s just entertainment. He said people have to accept responsibility for their actions. I stated that I was and he was an exception to the rule. That we both should have died. I went to jail after high school and ended up in Juvi once they realized I wasn’t 18, but that wasn’t the end of my life. I had a gun put to my head while I was in the Post Apartments, and I did a lot of things I look back on and shake my head. But at the end of the day I came out okay. When he said it wasn’t music that drove me to the actions that saved my life, I can remember specifically looking up Garret Morgan after hearing KRS-ONE’s “You Must Learn”. I can remember clearly Professor Xs voice on X Clan’s “Funkin Lessons”. I remember like yesterday Paris’ “The Devil Made Me Do It” and when I started to go astray, I remember being conflicted because Chuck D told me how to love myself and my blackness. While the music may not have told me to make the decisions I made, instead of hearing the cautious tale of Colors by Ice T, I remember my friends and I seeing the images of flashing gang signs and practicing those gang signs. I also remember hearing 2 Live Crew’s, “Hey we want some P—-y” and well wanting some P, lol.
I say all of this to say that music in the Black community has always been so integrated into the struggle and movements that we honestly don’t know what came first, the movement or the music. Black Art dictates life unlike art in any other community. The people learn from and follow the art. I made it because I discovered art in the form of books, movies, plays, poetry. Today’s generation only has the music and if you don’t think it is shaping them because you made it, you are a part of the problem.