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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 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

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