Aside from writing and the ocean, music is another one of my #greatescapes
. As far back as I can remember, music has always been my fallback.
When I was in elementary school, I remember telling my aunt I was gonna be a rapper like 2Pac when I grew up.
I can still smell the dust from the top of the stereo in the room my cousin and I shared. I used to spend hours in there listening to cassette tapes, pausing and rewinding so I could write the lyrics to sing or rap along.
Hip hop is often judged by preconceived notions that it’s vulgar, promotes sex, violence, and a life of crime, to name a few. What’s interesting about these labels is that they can also be used to describe a lot of novels in classic literature, famous plays and across the different genres of music.
My list of favorite rappers consists of artists that have special relationships with words. They can manipulate and deliver them in unique ways. Each of them also use their music to communicate social or cultural issues, combat adversity and shed a light on more than just money and sex.
Now, to this #MomentinMusic
. 2018 has been one of my favorite years in music. When I heard that #PulitzerKenny
...you get the point...was on his #ChampionshipTour
I had to get as close to him as possible with hopes that his greatness would radiate off of him and on to me. And that it did!
For the first time EVER, a BLACK RAPPER from Compton, has won a #Pulitzer
and if you listen to any of his albums, it’s pretty clear why. Witnessing his magic, up close and personal is one the highlights of my musical year. Although I no longer aspire to be a rapper (I ditched the instrumentals but kept the pen), the legacy he has created for himself inspires me to continue writing!
Out of all his performances, I chose this one because this Moment in Music is dedicated to #Love
and I chose the next one because well, #bitchdontkillmyvibe #GoodAssVibes #PositiveVibesOnly #PulitzerVibes #VKitiona #MusicSaves @kendricklamar