Sunday, March 31, 2019, the community of Crenshaw and the African American Culture took an important loss. We need people like Nipsey in the community. We don’t get them that often, so how could he we lose him at such a crucial time? Who was so out of touch and disjointed to the community’s need to think their issue trumped Nipsey’s community progress. The inspiration that he was spreading and the knowledge he was sharing, who was selfless and profound. Self-made!
Neighborhood Transformation Was Something Nipsey Was In The Process Of Mastering
Urban transformation by one of our own, is always more important than the gentrification by outside real estate businesses. While the Department of City Planning is largely responsible for “gentrification”, passed off was “Urban Transformation”, when those who grow up in their community engage in community transformation, it is better received. The reason being is because the purpose is not push anyone out, but to invoke and inspire a mindset that says, take care of where you live. Grow and progress your block. Beautify and make safe your block. Invest in where you came from, because nobody understands it better than you!
What Can We Learn From Nipsey Hussle’s Strategic Means And Ways? And, How Do We Continue To Apply His Legacy?
We can learn to search for opportunities to give back in the community. So many times we move far from where we grew up and that is fine. There is still opportunity to invest those areas. Buy your community and improve it for the generations to come. Buy it a little corner at a time. Reinvest in programs. Meet with community leaders and council. Come with a credible plan and ask, how can I help?
The “give back” term used for community involvement, is often a loaded or broad phrase. Don’t misunderstand, there is nothing wrong with turkey and ham giveaways at Thanksgiving in the community. It’s always the normal go to activity by those who have “made it”. We have to take a moment and think about long-term impacts that will insert a community shift to a prosperous, safe, and secure function. It can be done, it must be done. Locals should always be provided with the opportunity to buyback the community. Even if you have to mix it up with other outside financing. They should always be afford with the chance to get a piece of the block.
I would like to talk Hip Hop music for just a few minutes. I have to admit that the Breakfast Club is one of my guilty pleasures which, I watch on Revolt television. I love the interviews with today artists and yesterday artist who paved the way. For me, it has taken the place of all the music dialogue shows I use to watch in the 90s, when BET was 90s hot. Let me tell you, 90s hot was blazing!
I am and will always be a 90s hip hop/rap head. It’s not because of my age but, because rap lyrics were less about clout chasing, pill popping and lean drinking. Thank you Snoop Dog for the lesson on Clout Chasers. I will always love the high energy dancing of hip hop. I have seen the inclusion of my many different cultures over the years embrace Hip Hop dancing. Why am I talking Hip Hop music and dance together, because I cannot talk one without the other. Both have always complimented each other. The dance is an additional exaggeration to express the music. It’s an accentuation of the lyrics like the videos but, let me digress and refocus.
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The 2000s increased the existence of independent artist through multiple media outlets and web capabilities. Everywhere I turn on social media, there is music and videos from multiple avenues , from different people promoting their music. It can be an overload and the hype is one hundred times greater than it use to be in the 90s. Even through all the self promotions and horrible attempts to be a Rap artist, I have found some artists that’s worth my music app. Who made my list? My list is short, but effective and promising. Let’s just say I don’t part with my money easily, but I did invest in their music. I was not disappointed. My list sounds like:
My music collection still contains 90 artist and any of their recent music. The Straight Outta Compton soundtrack did not disappoint and it was worth the purchase. Enter the millenniums, J. Cole album, Kendrick Lamar’s album and the double album from Rae Suremmurd are outstanding. ASAP Rocky slaps us with hot collaborations on his new album and Nipsey Hussle brings it in with the Victory Lap…West Coast styling! All is not lost in Rap music there is still good music being made. I had to search and dig deep in 2018, but I found some artist that are and will trail blaze Hip Hop music. So, when someone says decent artist or good rap music does not exist in 2018, I must protest. They or it exist, you just have wave through all the garbage to get to real solid gold.
This is me, holding the mic just for today. Go to your daily destiny!