For a long time I had this conception that any video content I put out needs to be really impressive quality, or else it would make me look bad as an artist. I recently realized that as a way of thinking, that's pretty old fashioned.
Thinking about what's most valuable to me about the artists that I most respect, I realize I'm actually kind of distrustful of too much polish. When I'm trying to figure out what somebody is really about, it throws me off a little bit if the only thing I can find when I'm poking around the web with their name is a super professional looking website and some obviously high-budget videos.
Times have changed. We live in a day and age where the ability to capture any moment is literally in most people's front-right pocket at all times. Actually, I heard one of the rappers that I grew up on (the being Sage Francis, and here's the interview I'm referencing) say that the art of the freestyle and the cypher has more or less gone by the wayside due to availability of recording technology. Apparently it's made rappers much less willing to take the dive into the vulnerability of concocting something on the spot, due to the fact any flubs or awkward moments could be captured and posted online immediately afterward.
Here's what I have to say about that though.
We need to be more embracing of our humanity. This violent allergy to vulnerability that runs rampant throughout hip-hop is boring.
There's too much idolatry in hip-hop. And in mindfulness and yoga, for that matter. It's not helpful.
That's why I've decided to start a youtube channel, and get some videos out there of myself both being dope and being human.
For starters, I'll be dropping some videos of beatbox freestyle jams conjured with this dope little toy I got last week.
Dope sounds, ill rhythms and melodies, and even some lyrical flubs all fully included.
Last night I had the first opportunity to rock a live show at a venue outside of the yoga retreat center I live at since I moved in last September.
It was nice.
In all honesty, that was one my favorite shows I've had the pleasure to be a part of. Shouts out to the Gypsy Joynt and the homie Jordan Weller for putting me on like that. That two and a half hour set was definitely the longest I've played, and considering how well it went, I can't say I could be more hyped now to move to Brooklyn and fully commit to my career as an artist for the first time in my life.
Did I just say that out loud?
And so it begins...
Consider looking forward to these next few months.
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