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fck the beliefs

saul-williams-4dfb6a28acd0c

a lyric video for the living legend saul williams.

having the opportunity to contribute something back to a man that has given me so much inspiration over the years was a humbling experience – one for which i am incredibly grateful.

massive respect to the connector @solguy for opening this door. huge respect to the massive that then came together to walk thru it as a unit.

i was scared to present this piece to saul once we had completed it. confidence is not something i generally lack, but when confronted with such brilliance it is hard to feel like anything but a candle. an erstwhile warmth and light, but still a candle in the sun. and after agonizing over this, where i came to was gratitude and a growing confidence. i realized that’s exactly what we could have hoped to accomplish – to become some small contribution of light to the beautiful inferno that is fck the beliefs. some small source of welcome. of illumination towards the brilliance of saul’s work.

it was such an honour.

saul’s reaction to the finished piece and his ensuing humility has made all of it worthwhile.

he is a giant of an angel.

thank you brother. so much.

this was put together in 3 days with a couple of iphones and a lot of duct tape. and some talented comrades.

we hope you like it.


http://www.saulwilliams.com/htmlemail/fckthebeliefs.html

rl massive.

all of us are saints.

François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, also Toussaint Bréda, Toussaint-Louverture (20 May 1743 – 7 April 1803), was the leader of the Haitian Revolution. His military genius and political acumen led to the establishment of the independent black state of Haiti, transforming an entire society of slaves into a free, self-governing people.

The success of the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the New World.

all of us have demons. all of us are saints.

in honour of his earthstrong yesterday.

rl.

sunday: hangover classics

on a sunday…

http://robertletat.bandcamp.com/

“i started this mix not out of some delusional foray into the realm of the DJ but because i love music and i wanted to flex my creative muscle.

i wanted to create what i was always looking for; a dope mix to listen to on Sunday. Something for when i’m recovering from the celebration of week’s end while slowly preparing for the onslaught of the week coming. A classic mix with an appreciation for the music still coming out today. Admittedly there’s not a lot of genre bending, or even generational too much, more then anything it’s a vibe, mostly from the 70’s; A crazy time to live in the city, to be of the ghettos and slums.

Being away at school and removed from that which i knew, i’ve been forced to reflect in a way that i’d never had the luxury to up until now. i was too busy living. More honestly, i was too busy reacting, surviving. i grew up in a city where i saw a lot of crazy shit. From the streets to politics. Some people say they saw too much too young. Anytime someone starts that sentence I want them to stop after the word “much”. Once you’ve seen “too much”, it doesn’t matter what age you are, you’ve crossed the threshold of ignorance’s vaunted bliss. Your consciousness, as a decent person, becomes tormented under the weight of societies faulty constructs.

“Drink like a war photographer, we’ve all seen too much anyways.”

i wanted to pay tribute to life in the city and to music that reflected the seemingly timeless nature of class struggle. This music is primarily from decades long past and yet, this shit just feels so right when i’m blasting it; by turns letting the waves of disillusionment, frustration, love and hope wash over me, bleeding out my trepidations and baptizing my sins in their own admissions of imperfect spokespeople. Flawed role models.

Our urban centres, and the outlying ghetto’s and working class communities have been hit hard the last few years. I’ve witnessed it, been a victim and a villain in the underbelly of civility and the widening gaps between the “haves” and the perpetually wanting. With much of the industrial economy long fled and an increasing focus on soft economies of intellect being all the rage in the west, you can’t help but wonder at the even more sinister implications of a public school system crumbling under the weight of indifference and administrative imaginations poorer then their constituents.

The climate of our communities, the ways i see our eco-systems insatiably consuming themselves, coupled with a general sense of malaise and frustration that gets exhibited, most often, in the almost nihilistic annihilation of responsibility, makes me want to succumb… smoke a backs, pour a drink, get lost in hedonism. And more often then not, i do. But my malaise isn’t sated. Increasingly i’m seeing that action is the only thing that starts to sate the ravenous howling in the back room of my conscious. So action. Creation. Movement (s?). We shall see.

This mix is for people that love soul music. That just want to vibe out. That have their eyes wide but still keep their hearts open. That know what it is already. That still want to know more. It’s some music that inspires me. It’s also just some shit i vibe to. A rap tape is forthcoming. i grew up too deeply in that shit to not celebrate the rawness of hip-hop in a mix, but first, the soul tape; hangover classics: sunday.

i hope you dig it.”

rl.

mathematics of the ghetto.

i first got connected to @fcktg through a man that has connected me to more then a few interesting characters along the way – the brother @gavatista whom i met while on an exchange/conference back in 2011 at yale university.

we engaged in a lot of conversations around certain shared interests and philosophies. we talked about actions as well. i told him about how i’d been wanting to create a vehicle for my thoughts – a way to get some ideas out there that went beyond twitter. he connected me straight away to @fcktg. i’ve been blown away ever since.

first working together when i hired him to come up with my RL logo, we connected again when i hired him to do the artwork for my first dj mix, “hangover classics: sundays”.

this time, i wanted to do something different tho. i tweet a lot of things. a lot falls by the wayside but certain experiences haunt me. they take up space whether i’m comfortable sharing those spaces or not.

a few different experiences have taught me certain principles.

as i continue to wrestle with my “formal education” i started to think about some of the other lessons i’ve learned.

this is a piece i conceptualized and @fcktg brought to life called “mathematics of the ghetto. subtraction.”.

maybe that’s too harsh. maybe more should be done if these friends turned fiends really were our friends to begin with. but it’s not always up to us. sometimes people just take themselves out of the equation. that’s a choice too.

we can hate it and we don’t have to ever respect it, but it’s theirs. and they own it. just as they will have to own the decision to finally break those cycles one day as well, or die.

mathematics of the ghetto. it don’t always makes sense but it always adds up.

rl.