I wanted to show people you can be the best at what you do and work hard and believe in yourself and persevere and still not make it. And nobody wants to admit that sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Sometimes the stars just don’t align, and you have to be able to accept the level that you get to.
Those broke South Bronx kids captured the essence of cool. The spirit of it. Couldn’t be cool because of money, everyone was broke. Couldn’t be cool because of where you lived, everyone was in the slums. Couldn’t feel good about yourself because of your school because schools were a nightmare, or even because of your family as families in the South Bronx in the 1970 were plagued with every societal ill that society has to offer. But if you were an athlete, you could be a bboy. If you had some charisma, you could be an emcee. If you were artistic, you could be a graffiti writer. This was the inception of hip hop. Being cool without anything. Without being any certain type of person. Being cool only because of your talent.
|—||Homeboy Sandman, “Attack of the Clones: How Lack of Topical Diversity is Killing Hip Hop and Its Listeners” [online] Found at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/homeboy-sandman/hip-hop-diversity-music-_b_1935556.html|
As I write this, the Syrian uprising approaches a tipping point, RBS announced losses of £1.5 billion, Spain stepped back from the brink of financial apocalypse and the American Presidential election is beginning to gather pace.
|—||Oliver Milne, The Kernel, 2012, [online] Found at: http://www.kernelmag.com/comment/3005/how-the-olympics-is-making-us-stupiderer/|
skeptical third world child is still skeptical, smh
I feel like if people aren’t pulling anything from the songs, then they’re not really trying to, or didn’t have an interest in the first place. I just write notes all day on my phone, and when I write songs it becomes a patchwork of these smaller notes that I had, mixed with stuff in the moment. To me, it seems more realistic to my thought process when things feel a little scattered in the lyrics. Being disjointed is not that abstract of a thing when I think about how my brain works – I feel like it’s almost more realistic. That’s how my brain works. I have a mission for the day, and I try and complete it, but my brain kind of pinballs around. I think it’s more abstract, in a way, to go out of your way to put all that into some order.
|—||Aesop Rock [online] Found at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-aesop-rock-worked-harder-than-ever-for-sixth-album-skelethon-20120710#ixzz20JHefO6Y|
We have a very visual culture. Photographs are much more accessible than words. But we shouldn’t judge everything on what we see. There has to be poetry. There has to be imaginative fiction. Eyeballs cannot be the only judges. If we are judging everything on a visual basis alone, all we are ever going to have is the Kardashians! Or their clones. We’re better than that!
|—||Erica Jong [online] Found at: http://slanthere.com/?p=1439|