Movers & Groovers,
The above photo is from a story in The Indianapolis Star about yours truly and my work as not only a musician but a teacher. Click the picture or right here for the story. Thanks to Justin Jacobs the writer, Amanda the great, Rob the photographer, Dwight the editor, Amy the awesome, and all the folks at the Star that were involved on some level.
It is a humbling feeling to be recognized for the work that I love to do and truly believe in. Working to ensure that our youth get an appropriate free and public education is very important to me. It’s really not even “work” for me now. It has become a big part of who I am and I am so glad about that. Hip hop means a lot to me, beyond the music and all the other surface identifiers. It’s a true culture birthed in places where people wanted to express their creativity and tell their stories. Hip hop is still that.
I do believe that there is a lack of balance in how hip hop is represented in mass media. Many people associate the culture with materialism, sexism, violence, and a lack of intellectual pursuit. And the culture does have that, like any other culture does. There’s no perfect culture because people are not perfect. However, there are so many of us that are not representing these tenets. Many of us are representing a love of peace, community, unity, and love. That’s really what I want to continue to put into my work.
I’m thankful that I was in the right flow to make Black Hole Rap happen. God laid that out for me and all I did was step into it and follow the plan. It also represents what hip hop is to me, and I’m glad that I put that music out into the environment. I’m thankful that other people dig the presentation and if you haven’t bought the album, please do and enjoy the journey.
Lastly, thanks to all of my family and friends that have been supportive of my work, both in teaching and in music. I truly appreciate the love and it helps keep me going forward.