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Thank You Gabby.

(feature Photo by Allen Fraser)

Dear Gabby Douglas,

Thank you for specifically being the highlight of the my Olympic experience. This is not to discredit Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian of all time), Katie Ledecky (the female Phelps), Simone Biles (arguably the greatest gymnast ever since…you), Aly Raisman (the team captain), USA basketball, USA track and field and others. I mean, I could go on and on about all of the fantastic athletes and stellar moments of these 2016 Olympic games, but I want to shine my proverbial flashlight on why YOU made this Olympics special to me.

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Amber Alert: Timeless Music (Part 1)

I was mid-way thru creating my Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 Spotify playlist (which is fire by the way), and I found myself listening to the instrumentation of some of the Jackson 5 songs. Then it dawned on me…I may have figured out THE reason why there aren’t a lot of timeless music today. Ok, ok…maybe A reason.

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“…all the time, Phife.” (RIP)

So I woke up this morning (which is a privilege), and I checked my phone (as usual). I went on Facebook (like millions of Americans before brushing their teeth) and saw on my timeline “A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Dead at 45“. Not to sound insensitive, but people/celebs die every day. Some deaths hurt more than others, most likely due to the relation of that person. Let me tell you why this hurt more than usual.

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The Cassette: Side B – Track for Track (commentary)

READ “SIDE A” COMMENTARY FIRST

Like I said in the previous post, the name of the mixtape actually came from me freestyle-talking on the intro track of Side B. Without initially knowing, I said “Welcome to the mixtape…Side B.” I started to delete it and redo the intro, but then it dawned on me how perfect that was. It was that “mistake” that I started to form the mixtape. Alright, enough of the small talk…The Cassette: Side B – Track for Track. Without further ado, I would like to break down to you my thought-process behind each track of Side B: Read more

The Cassette: Side A – Track for Track (commentary)

For those who follow me on social media, know that today, I released the tracklistings for The Cassette. The thing about mixtapes, in general, is that you get little to no explanation for the project. Even though this mixtape doesn’t have a general overall concept, I was still intentional about what I did on this project. My overall goal of this mixtape was to say: 1. Forget a general concept. I’m gonna be free and have fun on this one. And 2. It’s time for me to step my bars (lyrical ability) up. The name of the mixtape actually came from me freestyle-talking on the intro track of Side B. Without initially knowing, I said “Welcome to the mixtape…Side B.” I started to delete it and redo the intro, but then it dawned on me how perfect that was. It was that “mistake” that I started to form the mixtape. I actually finished this mixtape around the last week of October (2015), and I’m on to the next project as we speak. But anyway…The Cassette: Side A – Track for Track. Without further ado, I would like to break down to you my thought-process behind each track of Side A (Side B will be in another post): Read more

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