Richtext: This collection is called -
"We Come From Chains"
Thinking about the title of this show makes me angry... As Black people here in America, we were taught from our school system that our journey begins with slavery... being brought here in chains. I've always known this was bullshit. As a child, the first time I heard Hip Hop something instantly clicked, it was like the soundtrack to how I was feeling as a young mixed-black man who felt like regular society didn't accept me. I was decentralized & so was Hip Hop. The centralized system rejected us... So we learned how to be independent. When some of my favorite Hip Hop Artists like Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, 2 Pac, Wu-Tang, Snoop Dogg, and NWA came out ... they all had their unique styles, but one of the things that united almost every MC I loved, they all rocked a dope chain. Because "We Come From Chains''. An MC's chain is a part of his/her superhero uniform, it's part of the armor that is the protection from the system, who wants to label us as worthless.
Our chains can't be denied,
Our words are powerful,
Our music moves souls,
The wealth we have created out of nothing Is proof that we are valuable.
Our ideas matter.
& Our art is Dope.
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Richtext: "Forever Run DMC"
If you're a Hip Hop fan.
This is a classic for your collection.
When I met Rev Run he told me, "Never lose your drive."
And I never have.
Richtext: His first CD didn't disappoint. I mean Jesus Walks is still one of my favorite tracks of all time. Fast forward to where he is with his religion and it makes a lot of sense. "They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, videotapes, but if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh?" -Ye
The reason I made this specific piece is the importance of what was happening during this time.
The Yeezus Tour served as West's first solo concert tour in five years, and featured a man-made mountain, diamond-encrusted masks, and a catwalk, it was this tour that had the New York Post reviewer praising “an extravaganza of music and theater that gives the world windows into [West’s] erratic persona.”. This visual feast was created through a collaboration between set designer Es Devlin, West's design company DONDA, fashion house Maison Margiela, artist Vanessa Beecroft, and more. This was the tour burned into memory through those full-face masks
The Yeezus tour was happening. Kanye was going on these "rants". In the rants, he was speaking about being empowered by the corporations so that he can create without being stifled and marginalized. He was beginning for someone to give him money or some kind of deal. Many people started calling him crazy during this time.
Less than a year later he signs his Adidas deal.
"Kanye let the cat out of the bag during an interview with Hot 97 afternoon radio star host Angie Martinez and since then has said that he hopes to have Adidas products out by Fall 2014. "I'm going to be the 2Pac of product," he said, referencing icon California rhymer Tupac Shakur. Time will tell." -Billboard Magazine
At the time of him signing the deal, in 2013 the Adidas stock was worth $60.06 with a market cap of $19.382B. Today that same stock is worth $165.47 with a market cap of $54.473B. Almost tripling the value of the company in less than 10 years.
Kanye has been delivering on his promise and now his "crazy" rants actually make a lot of sense.
And I never have.
Richtext: This Kanye West piece is special to me.
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the importance of Kanye.
I remember when I got his first CD, I got it early from Dame... back then he had all the new CD's early. People in Minneapolis were excited for Kanye's first CD, a bunch of his tracks were getting passed around in the mixtapes and he was dropping crazy beats and tracks with some of my favorite artists like Most Def, Talib Kweli, Jay, Common, plus a bunch more.
Richtext: 2 Pac Shakur "To Live & Die in LA"
Richtext: This piece was inspired by the legend himself. Tupac stood up for black people, his early death is a tragedy. We still don't know exactly what happened.
2 Pac inspired me to want to live in California. His music still resonates whenever it's played. Put on some Pac and celebrate this brother's life.
Richtext: Hov - "I'm Not a Business Man, I'm a Business, MAN.
Richtext: Jay Z has always been one of my favorite MCs. The way he has told his story from the corner of Marcy to traveling the world as one of the top MCs to ever do it. He represents so much that I love about the Hip Hop Community. This is a unique piece because Hov is my favorite MC. I hope whoever collects this piece will also love his music. Much respect to Shawn Carter for all he has given to the world through his music and everything else he has done.
Richtext: King Nip
Richtext: Nipsey Hussle was much more than a rapper. He was a leader
In the black community, there are so many obstacles that have been in our way, this brother was always a bright light.
RIP FOREVER KING NIP