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December 18, 2014

Day 30 of #Recovery: #Detroit #Love. As cliché as the statement “if you can make it out of here, you can make it anywhere” sounds, it feels like it was a phrase custom made for #Detroiters. There’s NO PLACE like Detroit. I wouldn’t have wanted to be raised anywhere else on the planet. Although there’s a lot of #depression there, there’s even more to be proud of. I love watching and hearing about all of the new developments in my city, it’s an ongoing hope like none other. From the #Music, to the #Art, to the #Historical Neighborhoods, to the people, it’s a great city. Maybe it’s not as big of a host to #Celebrities, #Money, and #Entertainment as a lot of other cities, but that’s part of it’s greatness; it’s a city that breeds #Hustlers & #GoGetters. So, this one is my dedication to my city… a self-portrait of my city and me. I hope you enjoy.

December 14, 2014

Day 26 of #Recovery: #LaurynHill is the personification of #Talent. I was listening to #TheFugees #Vocab remix. It always takes me back to the first time I heard it. The content and styles that she contributed to the group is most of what made them #Legendary. She had a line on there where she said “I pay the toll fighting for my own soul / 'Cause the bourgeoisie type of mental sucks like a flat comb”… this was back when it was ok to include messages in a #HipHop song. The thing about her being a female emcee was cool… but that fact that she was better than mostly every other emcee in the industry in her era was the impressive part, and on top of that, she could sing… well. She’s also ranks #2 for most #Grammy nominations in one night. I could go on, and on, and on, but what’s the use? From what I see on #YouTube, she’s still performing here and there, dope! Lauryn is definitely one of those people on my #MustSee perform live list. I’m just taking today’s piece to acknowledge talent. Raw Talent. L. Boogie, Thank you.

December 7, 2014

Day 20 of #Recovery: #UnHappyHolidays… these days haven’t been too happy. This is the first holiday season that I’ll spend without #MyFather. I know he’s sad about what’s happening down here. #TheUnitedStatesOfAmerica have been showing us their true colors lately. The lack of #justice being displayed has been a continuous thought since the murder trial of #MikeBrown. It’s like that started a chain reaction of televised “throw it in our face” #injustice. I told myself that I wasn’t going to keep doing pieces about this topic; however, I also said that this series would be daily installments of whatever is on my mind. My thought’s about cops in America is what it always has been, just a little more extreme now. If cops are going to continue to harass, beat, shoot, and kill us for no reason, then we might as well #ShootBack, it’s a “better safe than sorry” situation now. This is our lives, and just because you wear a badge, doesn’t make your life more important than ours. And even more important, it doesn’t give you authorization to take ours. Now most law abiding citizens can’t even #ChristmasShop without having to wonder if they’ll be stopped by an officer to ask, “what’s in the bag?” And before they even get the opportunity to show that it’s a train track for their child, #BANG… they’re shot and killed. #StopKillingUs #BlackLivesMatter #iCantBreathe   

December 7, 2014

Day 19 of #Recovery: #Mercy, Mercy Me… Things ain’t what they used to be. This piece doesn’t have much to do with anything in particular. The lyrics were just playing in my head. #MarvinGaye has always been one of my favorite singers. He projected so much #care in his music. A true to heart artist, who wanted to provide change. There’s not much more to go into this description. I just felt like doing this piece, just because. I hope you all enjoy. 

 

December 6, 2014

Day 18 of #Recovery: Where would I be without #TheHipHopShop? I think about this pretty often. If you know anything about me, then you know my passion for #HipHop. When I was 14 years old, I was lucky enough to get hired at this incredible store (The Hip Hop Shop). I was hired by a guy named Jerome Mongo by a referral from the late/great #BigProof. I then met a #Mogul of #FashionDesign, #MauriceMalone (owner of The Hip Hop Shop). This is what fueled my desire to do design, and just be involved in a progressive scene. Maurice used to draw these little quick sketch characters of people around the store. I was also able to learn a little about fashion design from him, as I would check out in detail his denim sketches and how he would do all measurements, size/color/material callouts, etc. I even had the chance to go by his house on #Detroit’s #Westside and get a few lessons. Proof taught me how to network, and meet/gain clientele. He introduced me to Brother Johnnie Muhammad, who assisted me in getting all of the right tools that I needed to get started with design. Johnnie delivered over $5,000 worth of graphic design software to me, Proof bought me a zip drive and a gang of zip disk… it was go time. I would design flyers for the #OpenMic Saturdays at the shop and mid 90’s #StAndrews shows. Then I went on to designing #MixtapeCovers for local Dj’s and Artist… This was in the #Cassette era. I had the honor of meeting sooo many people, most of which I’m still in contact and close friendship with. I was a 14 year old kid trapped in the amusement of early stage #DetroitHipHop, #Eminem, #SlumVillage, #RoyceThe59, #D12, and the list goes on and on and on… I met #Elzhi there, he ended up going to the same school as me, along with the late #Bugz of D12. This was one of the best eras of my life, and I truly believe that it made me who I am today. #iMissTheHipHopShop.

 

#Vector Drawing from original photo by: @elroywill

December 5, 2014

Day 17 of #Recovery: #selfexplanatory #NoJustice #NoPeace. I will attempt to get back to my regularly scheduled art installments tomorrow. These past few weeks have just been kind of... you know. 

December 4, 2014

Day 16 of #Recovery: #JayWalk #ColorOutsideTheLines. Today’s piece sort of has a double meaning as to why I did it. I wanted to do something with shapes and that’s kind of outside of my character as an artist. I believe as an artist, there shouldn’t be any lines. So if I want to do something very in depth one day, and something extremely simple the next, it should be ok… I’m allowed to. We all are allowed to do what we want, to do what we feel. Our only restriction is our own doubt or fear. The other meaning kind of revolves around what’s going on in #America (aka #Amerikkka) today. I kind of feel less and less like abiding by the “systems” rules. I feel like #JayWalking… without the risk of being #shot, #choked, or #beat for it. I feel more and more like having my rights. My rights to be a #human, to be #equal, to be #free, to #express myself… and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. P.S. My surgery incision is healing pretty well.  

 

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