Tale of a City

Every so often, I get inspired to write things in my notebook or a piece of paper.  I’m not expert at writing, says the one who blogs, but what I do know is that my artistry is me, and that it stretches far beyond what most of you know me for.  I explore different facets of me, and I simply would like to share it with you.  This is a ‘something’ for a lack to call it poetry…

NEW YORK CITY

City of dreams, opportunities, friendships and lovers.

City of music and poetry.

City of arts and mysteries.

You never seize to amaze me,

Yet, I don’t get shocked easily.

Well, not anymore.

You give so much, and take so much.

City of broken hearts, wandering souls and selfish beings.

City of serendipity, french kisses and melodies.

Your heart beats a minute faster than anywhere else.

Your soul vibrates worldwide.

You bring people together,

And are the common denominator

To many.

I, as many others, have a love affair with you.

And there are days you make our skin crawl with anger, despair and stinky odors.

Rich culturally, wealthy enabled.

Run down, some neighborhoods are,

Gentrified most neighborhoods are.

NEW YORK F-ING CITY.

Living, embracing, hating but loving you.

NEW YORK F-ING CITY.

City of screams, City of dreams.

Nubian Nene – g & L

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Words of …

It the interpreter’s eyes, movement is key.

In the artist’s eyes, emotion and feeling are key

to represent your soul; through movement.

The essence of feeling.

The feeling of realism.

Realize your dreams.

Dream big, plan accordingly.

Accord your instrument (s).

Satisfy your needs.

Needles and threads are terms of two entities.

Breaking and Fixing or should I say making?

Make your mark, leave your legacy.

Legalize weed.

Weed out the rotten ones, make space for the Fresh.

Fresh is Health.

Health is wealth, misery still exists.

Existence is scarce, as Androids are in packs.

Pack your bags, head to your freedom, run to your destiny.

Destination, Destiny: Funny, they relate.

Relations to you or to me.

Me, Myself and I is what matters.

Matter at hand is to love yourself.

Yourself alone is enough, but a crew is family.

Familiarize yourself with your environment.

Nubian Nene – g & L

The ‘Hip’ in Hip Hop

STYLE

“The basic defining characteristics of a person, everything from talk, dress, hairstyle, demeanor, etc […] A few people have their own style which usually makes them unique […].” – Urban dictionary

When I first fell in love with Hip Hop, it was clear to me that STYLE is an understatement of the culture and its respective elements. The marking truth of these elements, is that their practitioners distinguish their craft through STYLE. There is pride and sense of accomplishment when an artist has establish their style; their voice is heard, their vision is seen, their art is felt.

If we take a quick minute to analyze where and how Hip Hop was born, you may see why uniqueness was and still is primordial. In order to be respected, you had to ‘come correct, and be you. You had to stand out with your style of rhyming. You had to be different in the way of dropping a record. You had to be creative to make any popular article of clothing special and matching your personality. For many centuries now, the way we present ourselves through clothing has a significance. So it is no surprise that in ‘Hip Hop Culture’ the presentation of self is noted, highly recommended, and expected.

I come from a family of people who love to dress well. It first was mostly manifested in the church going event on Sundays, to the first days of elementary school, high school and college. My interest in ‘speaking up’ through my way of dressing has always been present and I have learned to make something out of anything.

Being very active in the dance scene, there are many different styles of attire encountered. You may have the girl who just needs to feel comfortable or the guy that needs to wear his lucky hat in order to be invincible. Yet, there are always these few individuals who are able to dress in respect to all their standards, and still are able to make a point, fashionably. I would like to showcase these different artists from this Hip Hop culture, in different Hip Hop events. I want to capture their art through what they wear, why they wear it because it gives a clear definition of who they are. Hip Hop is all about who you are. Don’t get me wrong, my intentions here are not to discourage the person who couldn’t careless about what they dress like, or to encourage the ones that are more fashion sensitive, to do more. My point is to simply get to know the ones that pay attention to what they wear because they believe that it is an extension of their character. It doesn’t define them, but they define it. My dad always says: “Don’t I make this shirt look good?” instead of saying “This shirt makes me look good.”

The importance of style equals the importance of free speech. When you live in a city such as New York, you are exposed to different speeches and you learn to hear all of them, but only to listen to a few. My question now is “What’s your speech?”