Recognize this guy?
This was roughly 6-7 years ago.
I was battling this guy,
Recognize this guy?
This was roughly 6-7 years ago.
I was battling this guy,
When the Spirit hits, it hits. I had to reach out to him asap..
I do believe this is a topic that many of us fellas can find common ground on. Just sharing some insight..
Let us all encourage and uplift each other!
But because of who You are.
It could possibly be because I’m a few months away from stepping into the world known as fatherhood, but this trailer won me over. Intensely.
Sadly, I don’t foresee this film releasing in Hong Kong theaters anytime soon..
Which is why I ordered the DVD already!
5-6 Business Days.. Wait for my full review.
I was a cocky, self absorbed 20 year old who liked to wear du-rags, Airforce 1s and (as you will see in the following clips) oversized Enyce sweatsuits.
I had been living in New York for about 6 months, leaving my hometown of Miami following 9/11. Primarily to stay close to my family who had all migrated up north as well, the move to the Big Apple was also a great opportunity for me to further pursue a fledgling rap career, ultimately in hopes of securing a record deal.
I hit the ground running. Battling any and everywhere. Open mics. Showcases. A majority of my time was spent roaming the streets of Time Square and East Village making ends meet the most traditional of Hiphop ways.. selling mix tapes out of my book bag. Technically, they weren’t tapes but CDRs burned with a collection of audios from past battles of mine collected thru out the years.
If you were in Manhattan in between October of 2002 to around March of 2002, I may have very well approached you and asked, “Yo, you listen to Hiphop? Check out this CD I got.”
It was around February of 2001 that I got word there would be an open casting call in Harlem (106th Street & Park Ave) looking for contestants to be on Freestyle Friday. Now, anyone who had even the slightest of interest or involvement in the battle scene knew about FF at the time mainly because it was the only platform for the sport on a nationally televised scale.
Needless to say, I didn’t think twice before deciding to attend…
I remember walking from the 6 train to the BET studio and as I approached the block that it was on all I saw was a sea of rappers. I’m thinking at least 20-30 from each borough. 20-30 multiplied by 5.. you do the math. Aside from the rappers themselves, most of them also had their crews and neighborhood block associates with them.
The formula isn’t too complicated. A bunch of rappers (battle rappers at that) and their crews + the confines of one NY city block = recipe for chaos.
In the midst of the madness, you have me… Florida boy with my book bag on.. one man army style.
One would either assume I was born with Rambo like DNA or I was just totally naive to what was going on.
Either way, thank God I made it out of there alive.
The audition process wasn’t too complex. Two rappers at a time would battle in front of a panel of about 5 judges (the programs producers, writers, etc.). Each would have 30 seconds exactly like how it is on the actual show. The only difference is, afterwards, as opposed to deciding on a winner/loser, both contestants receive the same “We’ll give you a call if you’re selected” farewell and sent on their way.
I left feeling confident about my performance but unsure of what to make of it all. I don’t even remember if I went off the top of the head or if I kicked a written during my 30 seconds. I guess it didn’t matter cause about 3 weeks laters I got a call out of the blue and the voice on the other end said, “Hey Jin, this coming week you’ll be the challenger on Freestyle Friday.”
March 2012 marks 10 years since I received that phone call so I
It all started with an email I got from my wife recommending this video.. http://youtu.be/1Ibi3df2MzE I would embed it for your viewing pleasure but it’s been disabled. You should definitely check it out! You’ll be blown away for sure. Two amazingly talented singers performing a duet of a beautiful song on The Voice (I’m so out of the loop..when did this show start?).
She asked me in the email, ”Who would you pick as the winner?”
Tough call for sure, but Jesse Campbell won me over just a slight bit. They were both incredibly awesome though. Glad I wasn’t one of the judges..
Anyhow, from there I started searching for other performances of Jesse’s and of course tons of his competition videos popped up. They were all just equally as incredible. Then I came across this…
I literally broke down in tears about 1/2 way thru the song, as I was flooded with emotions of thankfulness, unworthiness and God’s amazingly perfect love. Holy spirit hit me hard!
If having an amazing voice wasn’t enough, he also possesses the heart and kindness so needed into today’s lost world.
“Don’t be attached to the outcome of anything.. You aim high.. you do your part and in doing your best.. let it go.”
Brother Jesse, God has blessed you with an amazing talent and He is using you in a magnificent way.
Love & Light
If there’s ever been a time to do so, it’s now.
As I’m preparing for this new season and chapter of life, I’m really starting to see more than ever the wonders of God and how he orchestrates our lives once we are willing to surrender.
You may be surprised to find out that I am quite the bookworm.
Just a few of the books that are in rotation at the moment.
One thing that’s really been overwhelming and a confirmation of the Lord’s work being done is the amount of love and encouragement I’ve received from brothers and sisters in Christ on a regular basis via twitter, youtube comments, email (email@example.com) and even letters/packages.
Picked up some thoughtful packages from the post office today.
Prior to this morning, I’ve never even heard of this name or the story behind it.
That gradually changed as the tweets started coming @ me. “Jin, check out this video. It’ll blow your mind. #stopkony”
Being that I am a curious individual by nature, it didn’t take more than three tweets for me to click on the link and watch the video. What video? If you haven’t seen it yet, it can be viewed here.
Little did I know, watching this video would set off a flood of thoughts that I have never explored. It also made me challenge myself to do some serious self evaluation.
Let me start off by saying this. I am by no means an activist by any definition. Do I care about where our society is heading and the well being of my fellow man? Absolutely. I may not be on the front lines fighting for certain universal rights and pouring my blood, sweat and tears into serving the less privileged, but I know in my heart when I feel something is right or wrong.
With that said, I was heartbroken watching the Kony video. I’m sure many of you who have seen it share the same sentiments. Then towards the end, I was inspired. Uplifted. It left me with hope. The notion that an idea can change the world. People are mobilizing. Now is the time. “Order your kit!” “Join our army!”
I was revved up, ready to sign the pledge and do my part to make sure justice was served.
We need to make sure everyone knows about Joseph Kony and what’s going on. Apparently, the issue raised about there not being enough awareness was not only accurate but the plan to change this was effective too.. Myself being a perfect case study. Kony has been committing all these atrocities and I did not even know of the existence of this individual. Until today.
Then almost like a confirmation, as I was brainstorming the idea of putting together an Invisible Children track, the tweets started coming @ me again. “Jin, you need to do a song for the Invisible Children! #stopkony”
If this was to be done, I had to make sure I knew as much as I could about what I was supporting so I started looking up as much info as I could online regarding the Invisible Children organization. That’s when things started to get complicated and I