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This past Friday, I went to see G-Side @ Bottletree. For a minute, I thought I wasn't gonna be able to go to the show. I had to borrow my mother's car to see the show. The venue was small but the vibe was right; no police working security, no drama, no hater-ration, everybody was cool. I was hopin' my 'Little Sista From Another Mista', SuperNaye was gonna be at the show, because she e-mailed me a track I used for "Mo' Ebonics". I actually had a real good time. It felt good to see a Hip Hop show that wasn't at strip club! LOL Kristmas, one of the performers dug my energy and invited me back stage. I got a chance to meet G-Side and family from Slo Motion Soundz. I got a chance to 'chop it up' with Codie G., a producer from SMS. We talked about music and he asked me if I had something recorded. So, I went back to the car and luckily, I had a copy of my mixtape (the songs that are on my artist's page). I also gave hime my cell number and e-mail address. I would love to get down with these cats, because I really like their sound and what they are doin' musically. Despite an overcrowded music industry, they are able to get music to the people and tour internationally. I know they're on the road now and it'll be hard for Code to get back at me. All I can do is hope. I still got my potna in DC, Speedball who still want me to come back up there and my sa-hob, Playboi puttin' it down for the Smokehouze. Every since I got fired from my job, I've been puttin' in some major work with this music. It seems that people are comin' at me from all angles. This just might be meant to be. Thanks to all the people across 'The Bubble' show love for Blindman. If it's God's Will, I would love to meet and chop it up with some of y'all and maybe record some music with some of you. To all my colleagues in the Game: Keep at it. When you're down to nothin', God is up to somethin'! You don't grind, you don't shine! You can't be the President, unless you campaign. -One Love, Mi Gente Blindman, Da Analog Emcee
I've just gotten back from Washington, D.C. and it was an exciting experience. Even though it was just a mere three days and the only place I've seen was the inside of a recording booth @ ListenVision Studios, it feels good recording again. My potna Speedball invited me up to lay some vocals on four songs. A special shout out to my baby brother, Brewa Kennedy for mailing me those flight passes so that could be possible. Ever since I got laid off, I've been in prayer about recording and flying up to D.C. to hook up with one of my truest friends. I've made some connections while I was up there and made a few new friends and 'chopped it up' with a couple of people while I was there. I didn't even feel out of place or ostracized during my stay. It's amazing though, the same things I do down in Alabama, I'm ridiculed and/or ostracized about it, but in D.C., they see it as unique and innovative. No disrespect to my turf and land of my birth, I kind of felt a little bit of culture shock. If you ever visit D.C., you really need to check out ListenVision Studios. They really have everything an artist needs to 'get it crackin'' in the Game. Producers, recording facilities, photography, and deals for recording albums. A lot of reknowned artists have been there; Ghostface Killah, Redman, Rich Boi, Rick Ross, Ras Kass, KRS-One, and countless others. The best thing I love about it: NO EGOS! Where I'm from, you have a lot of artists who have delusions of granduer. Not only Hip Hop artists, R&B artists as well. It's a shame too, because they have to understand that humility in this game can take you a long way. An artist can cut off their blessings with the unwillingness to network with their contemporaries. Birmingham, AL....step your game up. Huntsville, Gasden, Montgomery, and Mobile are being represented as far as Hip Hop is concerned. Why not us? We're supposed to be the largest city in Alabama, but it seems every other artist want to mimick some other city/state's musical style. Get Right Or Get Left!!!!!!!
I remember when I wrote my first rhyme back in 1989 and the deliberation prior to wiriting. You see, I was a 'late bloomer' when it came to my orienntation with Hip Hop music. Most emcees of my generation started at the ages 8 to 12, I actually started at the age of 16. When most rappers would state that Run-D.M.C. or LL Cool J as their influences, I refer to Rakim and the release of "Paid In Full" as the catylist to drive me in to writing rhymes (despite the fact of purchasing "Follow The Leader" first). This album altered the way some rappers wrote and executed their rhyme patterns and cadences. To be honest, I actually learned most of the Hip Hop Slang at the time out of a book about the Hip Hop culture, mimicking the designs of notebook of lyrics off of Grandmaster Caz (of Cold Crush Brothers Fame). It was hard coming up with those first bars (I guess if you ask any chart-topping Hip Hop star about this, they'd probably agree with me!) The way I wanted to rhyme was the first obstacle in my path, so I used to copy rhyming words out of a rhyming dictionary that was also out of that library. So in 1989, I was ready. I wrote 16 bars using Public Enemy's "Megablast" as an instrumental. I think it was called "Steppin' Out Hard". I wish I could remember it or had the lyrics. I actually was just writing first, trying to build my lyrical inventory, until one day, a classmate spotted my book of rhymes and challenged me to a poetical duel. I was nervous as all get out, because I was real shy and introverted at the time. I was stammering and stuttering trying to recite the bars I've written. After gettin' the acceptance of some of my peers, I slowly started to gain the confidence to recite what I wrote. Mostly during high school, I would actually got a lot of props on my writing, because most of my classmates would read the rhymes I wrote. I remember I used to save my lunch money to buy those notebooks to write on. I wish I could say I everything I wrote was trump tight, but I'd be lying. This is how you get better lyrically, you got to write a couple of wack rhymes, just don't have the gall to recite them. Everything was simple then. All I wanted to do is hone the craft and try to be as lyrically sharp as possiible. No trying to get record deals, go platinum, rock ice, cop Maybachs. Like Nas, all I needed just "One Mic". Share my thoughts with the world. In some aspects, now that I'm older, all I want to do is just that. Some of my colleagues might disagree with my train of thought, but I'm going back to the days that made me want to pick up the pen and write on those loose leaf pages of those three subject notebooks and write those rhymes and those late Friday nights of watching "The Arsenio Hal Show" fatasizing about being the featured performer at the end of the show, or having Fab Five Freddy visiting my hometown just to give me an interview for "Yo! MTV Raps". Those were the days! Special Thanks to Mr. Michael Lige for hipping me on to Kool G. Rap and letting me borrow your "Road To The Riches' tape. I'm sorry I kept it so long! I know it's been a while since we talked, but I still got love for you, Homie. Maybe we'll cross paths in the future and we can chop it up like we used to. As my potna, Saige Israel used to say.....Peace! I'm Audi Two and I owe ya Three!
I swore I'd never touch the mic again. So much for that. I never would have imagined at this point in my life that I could still write as well as I do. I had planned to just get regular job and carry out a menial existence. I guess God knows better. I actually feel like Clint Eastwood's character in "The Unforgiven". In the movie, Eastwood is a former gunfighter who lives a life as a farmer, but at the end he shows that his true calling as killer.