Ok, so here is an update on my thoughts on the whole R. Kelly situation. First, for those who don’t know let me catch you up. So last weekend the tv network Lifetime aired a docuseries featuring over 50 people discussing their interactions with R. Kelly. Most of them were women who had been teenagers at the time R. Kelly had come into their life. These women talked about the mental, emotional, and physical abuse that R. Kelly put them through. Before I go on I have to admit that I was one of those people who held on to the fact that R. Kelly was a musical genius and ignored the previous allegations like the well-known fact of him urinating on an underage girl years ago. I still bumped his music. I’m not even going to pretend I didn’t, but now from the things I’ve heard and connecting the dots I can’t bring myself to listen to his music anymore. The fact that I now know that he married a 15-year-old Aaliyah and what he did to countless other women and even more there were other subliminal clues that I never considered before. Why did R. Kelly name himself “The Pied Piper of R&B”? The Pied Piper is a character in folk lore that lured a village’s children away by playing a flute. That’s a red flag right there and then realizing a lot of his earlier music was aimed toward these young girls he manipulated. Enough is enough in my book. You can only make excuses for a person for so long. There is a lot of heated debates on the topic. Some people are still defending him and others are saying throw him under the jail. What are your thoughts?
I was scrolling through Facebook like I normally do and one day I came across this meme on my newsfeed, and I couldn’t agree more with this statement. Art IS magic. That’s why I have this blog, and it’s the reason I love art. I love all types of art…literature, music, dance, visual art. Like this meme points out art has the ability to evoke so many emotions and it has the ability to manipulate emotions. Art is a window into the human psyche. It’s just so fundamental to society. Art often makes me feel something on a spiritual level anf I look within myself to analyze what I get out of it. I will always have an appreciation for art and the magic that transcends from its beauty.
So this is something that I’ve always thought about. Can we possibly celebrate an artist’s talent and forget about his crimes? One of the most talented musicians to ever do it is R. Kelly. People may not like him because of the crimes he’s committed or the allegations of him messing with young girls, but there is no denying his talent. The man is a gifted genius. I was feeling nostalgic last night as I listened to some of his most popular songs like “I Believe I Can Fly,” “When A Woman’s Fed Up,” and “Step in the Name of Love.” All of those songs had me singing at the top of my lungs with pure emotion. No matter what you think about R. Kelly as a person there’s no denying his talent. Also another person I would put on the “tortured artist” list would the rapper DMX. During his time DMX was one of the biggest rappers in the 90s/2000s era and he pretty much ruined his career with drugs and constantly getting in trouble with the law, and I’m not going to lie. It gets me upset to see talent like that wasted. DMX is another artist that just had pure talent, and when I get the notion to go back and listen to some of his songs I just think to myself like “Man, it’s such a shame.” I always hope for a comeback from either R. Kelly and DMX.
‘Til this day the movie Selena is one of my favorite movies. I remember the very first time I watched it was in my Spanish class in high school, and I fell in love. Not only with the movie but with the kind of person that Selena was. Selena tells the story of the Mexican-American singing star who became one of the first women to make it big as a Tejano musician. She was a pioneer for her culture and also in music. The original movie starred Jennifer Lopez as the lead role. I love that movie so much, so you can imagine my excitement when I come across a piece of news today that said Netflix is doing a series based on the late singer’s life and to make things better and more legit Selena’s family is a part of this project so where can it go wrong? I also realized that Selena’s family had a lot of say in the original movie. I think they loved her so much that they don’t want to see her legacy ruined, so they’re a part of every project having to do with Selena, which I think is awesome! I am super excited for this Netflix series and can’t wait!
It’s amazing the effect that art has on society and how common it is in every day things. There’s the obvious art of course that you find on art canvases and drawings, but have you ever thought abt makeup as art or home decor even? It’s true! Decorating your home is all about aesthetics…creating the best possible look that appeals to your sense of style. Makeup is also a form of artistic expression. Some people go for the more natural, sun-kissed look amd some people go for the bolder colors that pop. Art is an important aspect of life. There’s no getting around it.
So I belong to this Facebook group called “Artists Trying to Make a Living Creating Art” and I tell you there’s nothing like scrolling through my news feed and coming across beautiful artwork. The other day I came across this masterpiece and I thought it was stunning and who doesn’t love Prince? The artist’s Facebook name is John Mark and he gace me permission to boast about his work on my blog. What really stands out to me about this portrait is the different shades of purple and it looks so textured like you ciuld just reach out and touch the paint. I am always in awe of other artists, and I regret that I’m not a visual artist myself but being a part of this group makes me want to pick up a sketch pad, pencils, and paint brushes and take a shot at it. John Mark has other artwork similar to this and just as beautiful. You should check out his artwork. Please do. We need to support art and other artists.
To answer my own question I have to go with the latter. I see tattoos as a form of expression. I’m aware that this can be a generational thing at times or maybe it’s just a personal preference because both of my parents have tattoos and when I see well done tattoos I don’t see them as a waste. I see them as beautiful works of art because I have seen some tattoos that are really stunning. I have no tattoos but I’ve been thinking abt getting two or three. I would like a female lion tattoo with a sunflower crown, a dreamcatcher, and a tattoo that shows my love of music. The thing about tattoos is that they can be silly and have no meaning at all but they can also have super sentimental meaning like remembering a loved one or parents who get tattoos of their children’s names. My dad has my named tattooed on him in a heart! I want a lion tattoo with a sunflower crown because I’m a Leo and I love sunflowers and I had a friend that used to call me Sunflower and I love dreamcatchers and music is so important to me if you can’t tell by my blog. Hopefully some day soon I’ll get my tattoos.
For years, hip hop has gone down hill. Personally, I believe out of all of the genres it has become the worst amongst pop, rock, country, and everything else but has 2018 seen the rise of what hip hop used to be? Back in the 90s and early 2000s names like Ice Cube and Eminem were huge and to this day those names haven’t lost their wow power. Since the end of 2017 Eminem has made a comeback and solidified his position among hip hop royalty, fondly known by his fans as the “Rap God” or the GOAT (greatest of all time). His album like Revival and most recently Kamikaze on top of the very public beef with MGK has put a much needed breath of life into the rap industry. Not only Em but look at Ice Cube. Ice Cube in the past few years has mostly focused his career in the movie industry but as most people know he got his start in what most people know as the most dangerous music group in the world N.W.A and then he moved onto a solo music career. Ice Cube recently dropped a single called “Arrest the President,” which criticizes President Trump. We’re seeing some of these older rappers making a comeback and it’s an exhilarating feeling for hip hop heads who love this industry. I’m excited for hip hop and the potential that it has now to grow.
“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar.”~Katy Perry (Roar)
“I was lightning before the thunder.”~Imagine Dragons (Thunder)
“I’m coming out
I want the world to know
Got to let it show
I’m coming out
I want the world to know
I got to let it show.”~ Diana Ross (I’m Coming Out)
As I sit hear listening to Katy Perry’s “Roar” I can’t help but feel like I’m a champion. It’s the power of music, man. Thinking about this I thought of other songs that I’ve been listening to lately and those other two came to my mind. Sometimes life gets hard and like most people I tend to doubt myself a lot, but songs like these are meant to remind you that you can do anything and not to worry about what others think about. I love the lyrics to Imagine Dragon’s “Thunder.” I always interpreted that line “I was lightening before the thunder” to mean I was awesome before I was REALLY awesome. I don’t think I could ever fully explain how powerful music and for those artists who make it their mission to make songs like these truly do make a difference.
Diss tracks have a long drawn out history in the hip hop community. Everyone who is a hip hop fan has their favorite. Right now I could name a few diss tracks that are probably in most people’s top 5. Ice Cube (No Vaseline), Tupac (Hit em Up), Nas (Ether), and I could probably name about a dozen Eminem diss tracks. Speaking of Eminem he’s found himself once again in the middle of a hip hop beef with Machine Gun Kelly aka MGK. This has been an intriguing and interesting battle because no one and I mean NO ONE ever chooses to verbally spar with Eminem in a diss track. It just doesn’t happen. The actual diss track’s back and forth started when Eminem released his surprise album Kamikaze. Eminem made one slight reference/diss to MGK in one line but MGK decided to come at Eminem in a whole diss song. I listened to it, amd I can’t lie that it eventually grew on me but I’m also a life long Eminem fan forever and always. As it started to seem that Eminem wasn’t going to fire back after 2 weeks had passed I think everyone started to assume that MGK had won. MGK threw some shots at Em that did question his character. As a fan I started to question his character, but he FINALLY came back with a diss song called Killshot. Eminem basically put MGK in his place. There was a slight satisfaction for me. If you had any doubt that Em had lost his touch then you were greatly mistaken. I read comments online and one thing that I can agree with wholeheartedly is that Em is bringing real music back. I think that’s his main mission. Eminem has made it no secret that he hates these mumble rappers that are getting more clout these days than real artists. Something definitely needs to change within the music industry. I don’t even see how some of these rappers got a record deal but that’s for another discussion. I’m definitely curious to see if MGK fires back with another diss track, but what I get from Em’s diss track and his recent interview with radio personality Sway he’s done with MGK and has no time for little boys.