Well.... its been one(actually two FULL weeks totally)actual week of work and learning since being here in LA. Ive had my moments of self doubt.. insecurity... lonliness.. etc but with the two projects that ive had the honor to work on, im slowly regaining a confidence that i had back east. Its something else what a clients satisfaction through hugs, daps and even tears can do to you as a creative artist. Seeing the fulfillment of the dreams of someone i JUST met 5 days prior is really a satisfaction that i can never really put into words. Instead.. I will use it as confirmation that:
- leaving that "job" and following my true passion was the best choice i could have ever made.
- that struggle WILL be apart of this transition. True change isn't achieved without it. I just cant give up.
- And most importantly... This is what i'm meant to be doing. I can do this.. I belong.
Ive admittedly lost touch with hip hop. At least the popular stuff. As much as i hate to sound like a curmudgeon, things simply aint the way they used to be. Whipping and Nae-Nae'ing, Misogynist auto-tuned anthems and lack of substance have def made this old man fall back from an artform i once based my life around. Now, im not sayin that we didnt have our fair of ignorant shit.. But there was a balance on the radio.. Nowadays with the exception or future GOAT candidates, Kendrick, Jcole, etc, i feel like this generation wont have timeless classics like my generation of headz do. However, despite being such a brooding harbinger of cultural doom, there IS hope on the horizon.. A new school of rappers who value pride and self respect more than bling and guns.. they are aware of thier vices but not controlled by them. Yusha Assad is one of the leaders of this new vanguard. When we first discussed shooting a video for this Lead track off of his House Studios-produced, "Hope" he passionately explained to me the message and feel that he wanted to get across to the masses. Yusha is passionate about empowering people and is a champion for humanity who also happens to have BARS! He, Alfred the MC and Brittany Tanner link up to tell a story of perserverance and HOPE..
So.... not to take to try and take too much credit for this but... I've been after Nic to record this classic track since the first day we met. WWAYYYYY back in 2012. He'd come to DC to perform at a Gypsy Soul event in the city and before hand we got familiar with each other during a makeshift photoshoot at my cramped ass apt. Anyways.. later on at the show, he opened with an acapella of this track and i(as well as the rest of Teavolve) was blown away by his soaring rendition. EVER since that night ive been buggin him to record it. Between now and then he's done a couple live performances of the song that made thier way to Youtube. But with all the other projects that he has going on, i really assumed it was the furthest thing from his mind. That was until about a month ago, i got a call from NRG asking about not only recording the track but asking me to help with a visual for it. I JUMPED at the chance. With time and money restraints we kept it as simple and clean as possible. I think we made something cool.