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At the moment? I don’t want to sound corny or self-promoting, but very much in stereo. The duality of life is full force and it’s hard to grasp sometimes.
Things are moving too fast, and too slow. I’m anxious and antsy, but nervous and afraid. I’m excited and scared.
Crazy. It’s been a while since I’ve written on this, or written anything like this. Last night I read at a poetry night, and I remembered why we do what we do. Why we put ourselves out there for people to take in, and do what they please with.
A few people approached me and said they liked what I read, felt the sentiment, etc. And the etc. really detracts from the point I want to make, which is that I wish those people understood how much that means. How much it means for a complete stranger to come up to me and say, “Hey, I know you just put yourself out there just now. I appreciated that.” Or “What you just said was something I can relate to.”
I remember being 15 and saying that all I wanted to do in life was to make something that people can take something from, and make it their own and feel something of their own. All the artists I grew up loving had something in their music that I could connect to, something I could make my own. I think there’s a duality in that, in the give and take of music. The artist gives you their work, and takes what you feel and say about it and takes in their surroundings as they make it. And you, the listener, take in what they’re presenting to you and give it your own meaning.
It’s funny how as much as I appreciate that, I must be around 10 times as nervous for a lot of my friends to hear my whole album, if they give it that chance. I said in a video a long time ago that to me what matters most is my friends appreciating what I do because they were the reason I started doing it in the first place.
This week I drop my first music video EVER. That’s a crazy thought.
Next week I drop my first full length album as a solo artist, EVER. Redux of that previous thought.
"This ain’t a picture of my life, it’s an exhibit" This is more than a snapshot of a single moment for me. This is a collection of works that represent this past year and a half. The things I’ve gone through, the thoughts I’ve had, and life as I see it living on this island that I love and hate so much.