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Our friends at Urban Art Beat have a mission. Read the article below from the UAB Donation page (written by Rosaleen) and see how you can help.
Urban Art Beat has been invited to start a program with incarcerated LGBTQ youth at Rikers Island.
It is called Beyond Beats and Bars
a process dedicated to the personal development of our youth
within the criminal injustice system.
through critical revolutionary hip hop pedagogy
we tap into expression, experimentation and example.
creativity is our key to dialogue
as we unlock the possibilities of poetic progress.
*Image "Sad Kids" by Emory Douglas
*Video by David Koh
Most important question right now is how we will get there with the a highly trained team of teaching artists and mentors.
Why raise funds? Like, what SPECIFICALLY will your donations be going towards? I'm glad you asked!
We're here to serve the youth and that costs money! We live and love Hip Hop and serve through our Critical Revolutionary Hip Hop Pedagogy, so we are reaching out to our village, as it takes a village, to raise a village!
Rikers Island is one of the most notorious jails in a country too full of jails. They are giving us an opportunity to serve. As fervent opponents of the School to Prison Pipeline, we want to get in there and empower! We want youth in the system to know its not the end for them and that there are opportunities and power to be found in their own voices!
But we need your help. Riker's certainly isn't paying for it. We need to cover costs associated with preparing for and executing Beyond Beats and Bars
a new black arts movement will ground us as we prepare, spiritually, communally and pedagogically.
We are reaching out to you to help us prepare as well. You are our village, the system is sick and the youth are the ones that suffer. We know that our style of Hip Hop workshops heal. Help us bring that healing to Rikers Island!!
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The young rapper gives us his take on success. Comment below to share your top five rules for success!
A few weeks ago we linked up with Alim Smith and he shared his '10 Art Commandments' with us. Today we share the entire meme collection of all 10 Art Commandments. Download the entire set at the link below and keep them all in your tablets, iPads and Book readers for daily inspiration.
My name is Young Lucid aka Pharaoh Sauce aka Little God aka Swagu Plutonium. The notorious Mr. Noodlez asked me to write a blog post for the creative Internet dwellers like you. ;) As a hip-hop artist I’ve been faced with adversity from the moment I decided this was something I wanted to pursue. It’s been almost four years since I first worked up the courage to get on stage and do my thing and I’ve gained a ridiculous amount of wisdom in my young age. If you’re looking for a few ways to get ahead in the music scene this year, you’re in the right place, or blog post, whatever.
1) Find your sound.
This one seems obvious, but trust that it is no easy feat. The core of an artist is the music, at least, in most cases. Provided you are one of these cases, you want to put as much time and attention as you can into developing your own sound. “How is this possible Pharaoh Sauce?” (Lol sorry.) I can’t tell you how your favorite rapper did it, but I can tell you how I managed to tackle the task. (Maybe I can tell you how your favorite rapper found his sound.)
After a year full of fufu shows in some of the trashiest underground bars and clubs in New York City from Stapleton to Mt. Vernon, I began to realize that flowing over Drake’s latest instrumentals was not enough to wow my audience. They were exposed to a young cat with a new flow and sharp lyrics, but that’s about it. You know that scene in Hustle and Flow where Terrace Howard realized all he had was “a whole lot of spit?”
I tried a new approach. Maybe three shows a week was a bit much. Instead I fell back and returned to what made me fall in love with hip-hop in the first place. LISTENING TO MUSIC. I studied what made Tupac sound like Tupac. What made Travis Scott stand out? How did Drake shock the world when he dropped? It sounds simple, but analyzing yourself from a third person perspective can help you decide where your strong points are. Once you locate those, polish yourself into an artist that contrasts against the rest. THERE ARE A BILLION RAPPERS IN THIS WORLD. YOU NEED TO SOUND IRREPLACEABLE.
2) Stop hating.
“Why do so many people pay attention to him?” “He’s not even good at rapping.” “I’m way nicer than him.” “That should be me.”
SHUT THE F*CK UP.
Nobody ever gained a fan by hating on another man’s grind. If you’re upset with another individual’s successes you will never eat the way you want to. Here’s an alternative. Go out and locate these people that are receiving so much more attention than you. Reach out to them. Shake their hand. Ask them for advice. Tell them you appreciate their craft. “But Lucid, what if I don’t appreciate their craft?” No problem. Then work on your own until you EARN the spotlight. It can be frustrating to see somebody with the notoriety you so eagerly desire, but negative energy is no way to move yourself forward. Showing love and respecting your peers can put you in positions you never would have dreamed of.
3) No more excuses.
This year has been difficult for me. I cannot lie to you. My record label and I have not had the best working relationship and it hasn’t been as productive as I would hope. No biggie smalls. When I bounce back it’s going to be a problem. Sure I was let down by a couple of people. Maybe I wasn’t given everything I was promised. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but here is one thing I do know. NO MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY CAREER THE WAY I AM. Sure everyone thinks you need a label, manager, or agent to break through in the industry and sure, that might help plenty, but without creating a strong foundation for yourself no one will have the power to elevate you the way you can yourself. Trust me.
It’s been real yo. I hope you learned something. Remember that this post isn’t about how to gain more SoundCloud followers or how to get a record deal. It’s about how you can make yourself a better artist in this crazy field called music. Go write yourself a hit record baby.
FIND LUCID ON HIS MINI TOUR THIS MONTH IN NYC
The chivalry is dead. The music is full of life… Enter True Gentlemen. Cello Heavy, Synthed Out, Broken-Heart Acoustic, Chant-Down, Beat-Driven, Floating on a Good Vibe, Gentlemen’s Music… for the ladies. TRUE GENTLEMEN consists of Sam Oh Talent, Singer, Cellist & Guitarista. IB (of The Higher Concept); Baritone, Wordsmith & Architect. J. Glaze is the Super Producer, Wizard of OZ & Mix Master. We heard their latest song 'Unstoppable' and was inspired. We reached out to IB (who now lives in Argentina pursuing his dream to write a book) & Sam if they could share some wisdom with us on how to be Unstoppable. Find out what they said
Here are 5 Tips to Being Unstoppable from True Gentlemen
1) Pursue your passion solely for the love of doing so
If you have a passion for something and pursue it without attaching any monetary goals to it you will be UNSTOPPABLE. Setting expectations can lead to disappointment, and disappointment can lead to roadblocks, be it a loss of the original love or a loss of motivation. Without the expectation there is only a love for the process.
2)Tune out the Naysayers
No matter the goals you set for yourself there will always be someone telling you that you shouldn’t have them, that you’re on the wrong path, that you’re not good enough, etc. Don’t listen! Follow your heart and know that no matter what others say you are having the time of your life chasing your dreams. Do so and you will be UNSTOPPABLE
3) The 10,000 hour rule
Don’t consider yourself an expert in your field without putting in the work. Nothing is ever handed to you, you have to go out and earn it. Stay grinding, day in and day out, working towards your goals. Read Malcolm Gladwell! If you put enough time into your craft you can become UNSTOPPABLE
4) Surround yourself with positivity
This one goes hand in hand with ignoring the naysayers. Cut those people out of your circle. There’s not enough time in the day. Build a team around you of like minded individuals who bring you up instead of pulling you down. With them by your side you can become UNSTOPPABLE
5) Never quit
This one should go without saying, but it’s so true. Sure, you might never turn your passion into a career. So what!! Let it become your hobby. If you never stop, you are the literal embodiment and definition of the word UNSTOPPABLE.
Listen to their debut single "Unstoppable" from the "Life Through the Monocle" EP coming soon. Have an unstoppable day/week/year!
Writing Contributions by Ian Weisz, Sam Oh, David Nudelman
Photography Matty J @LLMattyJ
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Written by Unicorn Empress
Its New Years Eve and as usual thousands of people are making promises to themselves. In the new year I will__________more. Or maybe ______less. Those promises are awesome in theory but they're already doomed. Setting your goal in the future is a great way to gear up for failure. Start that resolution today. Put your key into the ignition and drive towards your goals and dreams right now!!!! Maybe you don't know how to drive towards your dreams. That's ok this blog is here to help you. In the next couple of moments, preferably after you read this, We want you to start dream chasing. Resolve the resolution by taking the first few steps towards it. Here is how you get started...
1. Research your dream
2. Find a community with similar dreams
3. Take actions on your dream research
4. Stay motivated by talking to your dream team
5. Never stop dreaming
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1 - Mermaids Vs. Pirates - This event was inspiring. Seeing the entire community come out for this interactive event was definitely one of the highlights of our year. Erin Kilbane and team created such a beautiful setting. Then we had artists from all different boroughs come out and kick it. Such a beautiful night. See more photos here
2 - FemaleCentric - Teaming up with Unicorn Empress on FemaleCentric was truly an honor and pleasure. This event featured over 25 women artists, speakers, educators and females of influences. This day was so inspiring. See more photos
3 - Musication3 - Teaming up with Projectivity to bring Musication3 back to 5050 Skatepark was something else. 8 Dj's, 30 artists, projections, tshirt making, live murals. It was great to see technology meet art. It was definitely a highlight to provide a donation to the Lark Fund that will help put musical instruments in schools. See more photos.
4- 3D Hats - When we create products our main goal is to give you a meaningful timeless piece that doesn't look or feel like anything else. Our 3D Hats have been quite a hit amongst our StereotypeFam. Wait till you see what we do next. Shop hats here
5- 7th Anniversary Celebration. It was an honor for us to celebrate our 7th anniversary collaborating with 7 of our favorite artists (Chris Rwk, Unicorn Empress, Tiffany Porcu, John Exit, Erin Kilbane, Phucker, Magie Serpica) to make 1 of a kind shirts for our Glow in the Dark Fashion show. To make things even more awesome this was named " The Official Afterparty of Illuminate Stapleton". 7 years ago we dreamed of having so many great people to work with today we are living it. Watch the video here. View more photos
6- What's Your Dream? Since launching this project this summer we have been able to interact with 100's of people around the world. It's inspiring to hear about the dreams of people from all over. We can't wait help people with their dreams. No matter where we both live technology has helped us connect and work together. Tell us your dream
7- Being here. Sometimes it is hard to grasp all the beautiful things that are happening because things are happening at such a rapid pace. To think 7 year ago we started with just 1 T-Shirt and today we have grown to collective of some of the best people in the world working together to make dreams a reality. Just being here and being able to share these moments, art, projects and experiences with people not just locally but globally mean the world to us.
2015 has truly been the best year of our lives at Stereotype Co. We are thankful for everyone we have had the chance to interact with, work with and speak to during our journey. We Hope you have a great holiday! Don't Stop Dreaming
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Written by: Abby Daniella
Sunday evening hits and you're laying in bed thinking "damn, tomorrow is Monday?"
Now, you're going over (in your head) everything that has to get done this week.
"@#$% whoever made up this calendar."
I've been there many times too and if you ask me, Monday's get a bad rep. But, it's a blessing in disguise. How?
Planning to start a healthy habit, but been procrastinating?
Today would be the perfect day to get the ball rolling on that.
Because it's another chance to start fresh and get it right. To at least get the wheels turning.
Let's be real: we can't escape all the struggle. So why complain?
This thought is a constant reminder. One that keeps us mature, grounded, and in-tune with reality.
You have at least 4 fresh starts a month to be in more control than you already are. Is this really THAT bad?
Too difficult? Too much to handle?
Monday is not your enemy. She can actually be your bestie.
You're not going to love everything about her all the time.
But I bet if you wake up next to her with a positive attitude, you'll have a better week than everyone who woke up today complaining, hoping that things would just "fall into place."
Carefully create your space and everything will fall where it's supposed to.
And it's always good to have a sense of directon. Let us know in the comments ONE thing you'll do differently this week to steer it towards your final destination.
Read more of Abby's work on her personal blog www.absolutelydope.tumblr.com