January 9, 2014

It almost feels cliché to write these each and every year for a number of reasons.  One being I wonder if you all really care.  Two being I hate sounding like I am boasting on what I did or “accomplished” in the year.  Three I’m a pretty open book so if I am going through something I usually don’t keep it to myself and I end up writing about it.  That being said I do enjoy writing these as it gives me a real chance to reflect on my year.  So with that here is “The Year that was 2013”.

2013 was quite the year for me in a lot of ways.  I continued on my path of healthy living and pushed myself to work harder so I can achieve my goal.  I didn’t reach it this past year but I am ok with that because I know I will get there.    In May I was a part of the 2013 Graduating class of Estrella Mountain Community College.  It felt great to finally accomplish a goal and hear my name called as I was handed my AA.  I am not done as I plan to pursue my bachelors. 

2013 was also a year of change.  I said goodbye to my sister as she moved to Seattle.  I will be honest when she first told me of her plans I wasn’t happy.  It made me incredibly sad because me and her are so close.  It is still weird that she is not close to home anymore but I know she is doing something that she wants to do and I am incredibly proud of her for that.  I was able to go and visit her in September and spend a weekend.  It was nothing short of amazing.  We didn’t do a whole lot but for me and her just hanging out is all that we needed to do.  I absolutely cannot wait until I get to go back and see her.  In addition to her move my brother moved to Flagstaff to go and play hockey at NAU.  I am so proud of him and love that he is doing something that he loves to do.  One thing that I am very thankful for is facetime, yes its weird being thankful for a video app but with it I am able to see both my sister and brother all of the time.  Us Velasco’s stick together.

2013 was also a year where I made some tough decisions and one of those was a decision that I absolutely regretted.  I am a very emotional person and at times I do act on emotions and allow them to guide me.  Granted this is not always a good thing though.  In this instance I decided to cut ties with a woman who I absolutely adore and have felt blessed to have connected with.   She was my best friend, someone whom I felt beyond comfortable with and someone who I have always felt is the female version of me and I the male version of her.  Our relationship was always different and we spent so much time together that the lines were blurred for me and because of this it almost destroyed us, in all reality for a short period of time it did.  I acted on emotions, I was hurt and there was a slight feeling of jealousy and I allowed this to blind me to the fact that never once had she done anything to intentionally hurt me.  I will say it didn’t take too long for me to realize what a huge mistake I had made by choosing to remove her from my life.  Thankfully we reconnected and rebuilt what I broke and I am so happy to have her in my life.  There are times when I feel like she is the only one who gets me and understands how I am.  Maybe it’s a Virgo thing but I still believe that me and her connected the way that we did for a reason.  She is supposed to be in my life and I am supposed to be in hers.  In the time where we were not on good terms it really felt like a huge part of me was missing and I don’t want to ever feel that way again and never again will I do anything to hurt her.  That I promise you Twin.

What else can I reflect on….love.  Early in 2013 I began seeing someone and completely fell for her.  Prior to meeting her I was absolutely not looking for any type of relationship or putting my heart into someone’s hands again.  But it happened and it happened fast.  It was a whirlwind relationship and we shared some absolutely amazing times together.  Anyone who follows my blog has read what I have wrote about her  so it should come as no surprise that she is getting mentioned here.  Everything with her happened so fast and for a time I was walking around with a smile that doesn’t really get seen by anyone.  I have said it before and I am saying it again that “I’d never diminish your existence by saying that I wish I never met you”, that would be an absolute slight to you because I don’t feel that way at all.  You brought me out of my shell and had me acting a little out of character but I was ok with that.  In the end things fell apart and for a few months for me I did to.   I realize that as amazing as love can be it can also be devastating.  This experience hasn’t made me want to avoid putting my heart into another woman’s hands again nor has it changed my perception on love.  I was then and I am now a romantic at heart. 

The music….

This is part good and part sad.  The good is I was able to attend some absolutely amazing concerts this past year.  The highlights were Prince, Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, and Maxwell.  There were so many other shows that I can’t possibly name them all but those listed were my absolute favorites.  So where does the sad come to play?  Well that revolves around my decision to step away from a talented group of artists I was working with.  There comes a time where we are forced to sit down and reflect on what is important to us and I had to do this and make a difficult decision to step away.  I was (and still kind of am) at a point where my drive and desire to make music is nonexistent.  Plain and simply my heart is not in it and I refuse to do anything I am not fully into.  Am I done forever, some days I say yes, others I am not so sure.  Time will ultimately tell with this.  One thing that hasn’t ever changed for me is my love for writing. 

Looking back on 2013 I feel like I wrote some absolutely amazing pieces (this is the boasting I was referring to in the beginning).  I am incredibly hard on myself with my writing and at times I question how good I really am at it.  I guess that’s just the internal struggle of a #creativ.  My writing is and will always be my voice and most importantly my outlet.  My words are my life and what you read from me is a direct reflection of what I am experiencing.  Don’t get me wrong at times I drive myself absolutely crazy when it comes to my writing but I do know that I am that way for a reason.  I only want to give you the very best from me and that is a big reason there might be gaps between pieces I have wrote and shared.  Speaking of sharing I was fortunate enough to have another piece of writing published this past year.  This time I was published through ASU West and their Canyon Voices literary magazine.  It was an honor and incredibly humbling being chosen and also being asked to read my poem at the release party.  Nights like those are why I do what I do.

My friends I consider my family.  So many great nights were shared with my extended family this past year.  I cannot possibly remember every family dinner, every laugh shared, every concert attended or every conversation had but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to me.  My close friends who I do call and consider my family mean the world to me and those in my inner circle absolutely held me down throughout the up’s and downs.  2013 would not have been what it was without my big brother Mattlocks, Mari, my brother and sister Justus and Ana, Gia, Yaya, Kenny & Mel, Cisco and Mikki, Dan and so many others that I can’t list because it would be a long list but those listed had a huge impact on me.  Please know that not being mentioned doesn’t reflect how much I value having you all in my life. 

What else can I possibly reflect on from 2013?  Well for one I was asked by my friend Gabs to come and speak to her students.  This was quite the honor for me knowing that my story is one people find inspiring.  That day will never be forgotten and I am so thankful I had the chance to share.  2013 also saw me step back into the open mic world and be a featured poet once again.  It took all of about the first 10 seconds of my performance for me to realize that I had absolutely missed this.  I have always felt the most comfortable in this setting and honestly I am surprised it took me as long as it did to get back to this. 

2013 was quite the year as I look back on those things that stood out to me.  There were up’s and downs, tears, smiles, memories both good and bad.  In the end things happened as they were supposed to.  What do I look forward to most for 2014?  Pretty simple, I am looking forward to being a better me.

 

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The Year that was 2013

January 9, 2014

It almost feels cliché to write these each and every year for a number of reasons.  One being I wonder if you all really care.  Two being I hate sounding like I am boasting on what I did or “accomplished” in the year.  Three I’m a pretty open book so if I am going through something I usually don’t keep it to myself and I end up writing about it.  That being said I do enjoy writing these as it gives me a real chance to reflect on my year.  So with that here is “The Year that was 2013”.

2013 was quite the year for me in a lot of ways.  I continued on my path of healthy living and pushed myself to work harder so I can achieve my goal.  I didn’t reach it this past year but I am ok with that because I know I will get there.    In May I was a part of the 2013 Graduating class of Estrella Mountain Community College.  It felt great to finally accomplish a goal and hear my name called as I was handed my AA.  I am not done as I plan to pursue my bachelors. 

2013 was also a year of change.  I said goodbye to my sister as she moved to Seattle.  I will be honest when she first told me of her plans I wasn’t happy.  It made me incredibly sad because me and her are so close.  It is still weird that she is not close to home anymore but I know she is doing something that she wants to do and I am incredibly proud of her for that.  I was able to go and visit her in September and spend a weekend.  It was nothing short of amazing.  We didn’t do a whole lot but for me and her just hanging out is all that we needed to do.  I absolutely cannot wait until I get to go back and see her.  In addition to her move my brother moved to Flagstaff to go and play hockey at NAU.  I am so proud of him and love that he is doing something that he loves to do.  One thing that I am very thankful for is facetime, yes its weird being thankful for a video app but with it I am able to see both my sister and brother all of the time.  Us Velasco’s stick together.

2013 was also a year where I made some tough decisions and one of those was a decision that I absolutely regretted.  I am a very emotional person and at times I do act on emotions and allow them to guide me.  Granted this is not always a good thing though.  In this instance I decided to cut ties with a woman who I absolutely adore and have felt blessed to have connected with.   She was my best friend, someone whom I felt beyond comfortable with and someone who I have always felt is the female version of me and I the male version of her.  Our relationship was always different and we spent so much time together that the lines were blurred for me and because of this it almost destroyed us, in all reality for a short period of time it did.  I acted on emotions, I was hurt and there was a slight feeling of jealousy and I allowed this to blind me to the fact that never once had she done anything to intentionally hurt me.  I will say it didn’t take too long for me to realize what a huge mistake I had made by choosing to remove her from my life.  Thankfully we reconnected and rebuilt what I broke and I am so happy to have her in my life.  There are times when I feel like she is the only one who gets me and understands how I am.  Maybe it’s a Virgo thing but I still believe that me and her connected the way that we did for a reason.  She is supposed to be in my life and I am supposed to be in hers.  In the time where we were not on good terms it really felt like a huge part of me was missing and I don’t want to ever feel that way again and never again will I do anything to hurt her.  That I promise you Twin.

What else can I reflect on….love.  Early in 2013 I began seeing someone and completely fell for her.  Prior to meeting her I was absolutely not looking for any type of relationship or putting my heart into someone’s hands again.  But it happened and it happened fast.  It was a whirlwind relationship and we shared some absolutely amazing times together.  Anyone who follows my blog has read what I have wrote about her  so it should come as no surprise that she is getting mentioned here.  Everything with her happened so fast and for a time I was walking around with a smile that doesn’t really get seen by anyone.  I have said it before and I am saying it again that “I’d never diminish your existence by saying that I wish I never met you”, that would be an absolute slight to you because I don’t feel that way at all.  You brought me out of my shell and had me acting a little out of character but I was ok with that.  In the end things fell apart and for a few months for me I did to.   I realize that as amazing as love can be it can also be devastating.  This experience hasn’t made me want to avoid putting my heart into another woman’s hands again nor has it changed my perception on love.  I was then and I am now a romantic at heart. 

The music….

This is part good and part sad.  The good is I was able to attend some absolutely amazing concerts this past year.  The highlights were Prince, Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, and Maxwell.  There were so many other shows that I can’t possibly name them all but those listed were my absolute favorites.  So where does the sad come to play?  Well that revolves around my decision to step away from a talented group of artists I was working with.  There comes a time where we are forced to sit down and reflect on what is important to us and I had to do this and make a difficult decision to step away.  I was (and still kind of am) at a point where my drive and desire to make music is nonexistent.  Plain and simply my heart is not in it and I refuse to do anything I am not fully into.  Am I done forever, some days I say yes, others I am not so sure.  Time will ultimately tell with this.  One thing that hasn’t ever changed for me is my love for writing. 

Looking back on 2013 I feel like I wrote some absolutely amazing pieces (this is the boasting I was referring to in the beginning).  I am incredibly hard on myself with my writing and at times I question how good I really am at it.  I guess that’s just the internal struggle of a #creativ.  My writing is and will always be my voice and most importantly my outlet.  My words are my life and what you read from me is a direct reflection of what I am experiencing.  Don’t get me wrong at times I drive myself absolutely crazy when it comes to my writing but I do know that I am that way for a reason.  I only want to give you the very best from me and that is a big reason there might be gaps between pieces I have wrote and shared.  Speaking of sharing I was fortunate enough to have another piece of writing published this past year.  This time I was published through ASU West and their Canyon Voices literary magazine.  It was an honor and incredibly humbling being chosen and also being asked to read my poem at the release party.  Nights like those are why I do what I do.

My friends I consider my family.  So many great nights were shared with my extended family this past year.  I cannot possibly remember every family dinner, every laugh shared, every concert attended or every conversation had but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to me.  My close friends who I do call and consider my family mean the world to me and those in my inner circle absolutely held me down throughout the up’s and downs.  2013 would not have been what it was without my big brother Mattlocks, Mari, my brother and sister Justus and Ana, Gia, Yaya, Kenny & Mel, Cisco and Mikki, Dan and so many others that I can’t list because it would be a long list but those listed had a huge impact on me.  Please know that not being mentioned doesn’t reflect how much I value having you all in my life. 

What else can I possibly reflect on from 2013?  Well for one I was asked by my friend Gabs to come and speak to her students.  This was quite the honor for me knowing that my story is one people find inspiring.  That day will never be forgotten and I am so thankful I had the chance to share.  2013 also saw me step back into the open mic world and be a featured poet once again.  It took all of about the first 10 seconds of my performance for me to realize that I had absolutely missed this.  I have always felt the most comfortable in this setting and honestly I am surprised it took me as long as it did to get back to this. 

2013 was quite the year as I look back on those things that stood out to me.  There were up’s and downs, tears, smiles, memories both good and bad.  In the end things happened as they were supposed to.  What do I look forward to most for 2014?  Pretty simple, I am looking forward to being a better me.

 

What A Difference a Year Makes…

March 24, 2011

What a difference a year makes.  365 days ago today I made the single greatest decision that I have made in my life.  As most of you know I made a serious decision to get my health in order.  I never thought I would be able to do what I have done up to this point, it just never seemed realistic to me.  I’m glad I didn’t let that deter me.  It’s been quite the ride over the past year.  I have changed in so many ways.  I am not the same person that I was, and I am grateful for that.  Sure I was existing, but I now know that I wasn’t really living.  Things change, and so do people, and yes some people fear change, I’ve been guilty of it in the past myself but in this case change is good.  Actually change is great!  I honestly feel that up to this point this past year has been the best of my life.  I cannot say thank you enough to my family for their continued support nor can I thank my close friends who have been a constant source of inspiration as I have embarked on my journey to “Get healthy”!  I am by no means done, I have work to do and dropping another 100lbs is something I want to work towards.  To date I have lost 115lbs, that number still shocks me but it is something I am extremely proud of.  Here’s to another 100lbs down.  Get Healthy 2.0!

The Year that was 2010

January 3, 2011

It is hard to believe that 2010 has come to an end.  I look back on last year and realize that it has been one of the best years of my life and I cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store for me.  Below is a collection of memories from the year that was 2010.

Get Healthy or Die Trying

I made a very conscious decision in late March to finally do something about my weight.  It was no secret that I def had a weight problem, it just took me a long time to step up and do something to make a change and to better myself.  Its been a long an tedious road but one that I am so happy I decided to travel.  I feel great, plain and simple.  My outlook has changed, my energy level has changed, hell I’ve changed.  I am not the person I was a year ago and for that I am thankful.  One thing that I am totally blessed with is an incredible family and some amazing friends who have been their showing me their support since day 1.  Their motivation has definitely helped me out and its something I am eternally grateful for.  There are few things that are greater than seeing someone you haven’t seen for awhile and the first thing they notice is my progress.  Trust me, I see it too, but when someone else notices it a beautiful thing.

July 12th 2010

On this day my beautiful god daughter made her entrance and from the second I held her it was a wrap for me.  I cannot describe in words how much I love her and I cannot describe how grateful I am to have been asked to be her Nino by my brother Kenny and my sister Melly Mel.  I will never forget the day they asked me and my sister to be her god parents.  Such a blessing.  I look forward to watching the little princess grow and I look forward to spoiling her.  Kenly always know your Nino love’s you and will always be there for you.  You have played a major role in my life so far and you were one of my biggest motivations for making a change.  I love you.


Turning 30

2010 marked the 30th year of my life and to celebrate my mother threw me a huge 30th Birthday party.  It was quite the extravaganza from what I remember, lol.  It was great having so many of my close friends and family there to help me celebrate, and celebrate I did.  Shout out to all the shots that were drank, shout out to all the beer that was drank as well.  You know its a good party when you pass out in your drive way!


Rhyme and Reason

In March of this year myself, Mattlocks, Element and Madd Rich all celebrated the 2 year Anniversary of the show.  The celebration took place at The Blunt Club and we were able to fly out Illa J to headline.  It was incredibly surreal watching Illa perform on stage, especially when he was performing his brothers music.  I remember being to the right of the stage and looking at Yaya and we didn’t say anything, but we both were thinking about the same thing.  Shout out to The Blunt Club for having us.  2010 also saw the creation of a long talked about segment titled “Rok’s World”.  What more can I say, its basically me interviewing adult film stars.  I don’t think much else needs to be said about that, but shout outs to Andy San Dimas for the best interview of the segment thus far.  What else, shit we were able to interview so many artists this year, whether over the phone or in person.  Some highlights would be Ras Kass, Strong Arm Steady, Reflection Eternal, Crooked I, Joe Budden, Rapper Big Pooh, Emilio Rojas, Dessa, Ill Bill, Rakaa, Neil Armstrong, the list goes on.  Lastly, in late November we added a 5th member to the crew, Fact135.  2011 will be a great year for Rhyme and Reason.


June 5th 2010

On this day myself and Mattlocks were able to host the NAS show in Flagstaff!  If you are reading this you most likely know that there is not a bigger NAS fan on the planet than myself!  The day of the show myself, Matt, my sis, and my brothers Kenny and Cisco all made the drive up from the Phoenix heat to the cool air of Flagstaff.  The venue, The Orpehum instantly became one of my favorite venues in the state!  When we arrived myself and Matt headed backstage and chopped it up with Green Lantern for a few before the show began.  Prior to NAS taking the stage I was able to say what up to him  and for me that was a big deal!  The show began and for the next couple of hours I vibed the fuck out and enjoyed watching who I consider the greatest to ever do it do his thing!  After the show we we’re able to interview NAS on his tour bus and I was able to get a few things signed!  This def was the highlight of my year hip-hop wise!


The Shows

2010 saw my return to checking out shows that came through AZ.  It was def a good year!  I was fortunate enough to see Evidence, Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass, Crooked I, Dessa, NAS, and my favorite show of the year NAS & Damien Marley!  If you ever get to check out those two live do not miss out!!!

Cali

2010 also saw the continuation of the legendary “Cousins Weekends”.  Everytime we make our way out to Cali it is good times!  So many memoires, so many laughs.  I truly love my cousins and look forward to each and every visit.  Hopefully in 2011 the Cousins will come out to Phoenix.  Yes cousins I have officially put you on notice!


Meeks The Jerk

What can I say my little brother is growing up much faster than I’m ready for!  It’s still hard to believe he is 16 and driving.  Shit its hard to believe he is 16 with his own car.  I’m very proud of the little goon though!   I was able to watch him do his thing on the ice and also spent a lot of time with him just hanging out, going to the movies and playing video games.  Before I know it he will be graduating high school and going to college.  I love you goon!


Eighty Grand

This past year I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Eighty Grand crew.  From the jump it was all love and we all instantly clicked with one another.  Shout out to Pablo, Mayra, Les, Dan, Spit and the rest of the squad for welcoming me to the crew with open arms.  We ended 2010 with a fantastic Charity event and I cannot wait to see what we do in 2011!!!  Did I mention the Eighty Grand clothing line is ill too?  Check em out online at http://www.eightygrand.com .


AZ’s Dynamic Duo

It was another great year for me and my sis.  I’m blessed to have such an amazing sister in my life.  We roll together all of the time, and its to the point where if I or she goes out alone we are asked where the other one is.  Its also incredibly dope when people tell us they hope their kids have the same type of relationship that me and my sister do.  She is my best friend and next to my mother the most important person in my life.

To everyone thank you for making 201o such a memorable year for me.  2011 is already shaping up to be incredible!  I’ll be hitting Vegas next weekend for the AEE/AVN’s.  February will see me visiting Portland. OR and Seattle, Wa and I cannot wait to get there!  NY also prepare yourself for the Velasco invasion in April.

Get Healthy Or Die Trying # 1

July 30, 2010

I can honestly say that I have been at peace with myself recently.  This all goes back to a decision, though long overdue that I made back in March.  That decision was to get my health in order because my weight was out of hand.  It was a sad realization the day I weighed myself and saw the number that popped up.  Enough is enough.  So I began what I have labeled “Get Healthy or Die Trying”.  Trust me people it is not as gloomy as it sounds.  However it is very fitting.  I have never been one to diet.  I just never put much thought into it.  Obviously I knew I had a weight problem, but it’s something I ignored for a long, long time.  Looking back I wish I would have done this sooner, however I am glad that I am doing this and amazed at my progress thus far.  It’s a wonderful feeling now when I weight myself and see the pounds slowly coming off.  I am also incredibly blessed to have some amazing people in my life who have shown nothing but the utmost support for me and my journey.  When I began this I never had a goal in mind.  I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself into trying to reach a magic number.  I think for me at least that this is a great approach and one that is working.  Sure I get bummed out from time to time when I don’t lose as much per week as I would like, however I know this will not be something that will happen quickly, rather it is something that over time will slowly occur.  Currently I am extremely close to a total weight loss of 70lbs in a span of about 4 months.  This is more than a diet this is a lifestyle change for me, and is one that has overall made me feel incredible.  No longer do I walk around feeling tired, no longer do I wake up feeling exhausted.  I am able to do so much more as of late and I love it.  It’s also incredible when people see you and they tell you they can see the difference.  Trust me I do to, but hearing friends and family mention it just adds that much more inspiration to continue forward!

There is more to this now and in all reality it’s time for me to take things to another level with all of this.  To keep a long story short I recently visited a doctor for the first time in over two years and I had some blood work done.  I was fearful that since they were looking for something that they would in fact find something.  I know that’s a terrible way to look at things but those that know me and know me well know that I tend to focus on the negative side of things extremely fast.  Where was I?  Oh that’s right my blood work.  Well I received a phone call from my doctor Wednesday and was given my results.  Let’s just say they were not great, however they were not bad.   There are some warning signs right now that I need to correct in order to really get my health in order.  Those closest to me (with the exception of a few people whom I will be telling today) know what is going on and once I see my doctor again on Wednesday of next week I will possibly update everyone on the situation and see what’s next for me.  I know that is rather vague and could lead one to believe that something is terribly wrong with me and though that is not the case at all I will say again there are some areas of concern.  Luckily we know about these issues now and with the research I have done as well as conversations with my friends and family I know that no matter what I will have a strong support team as I tackle these issues head on.

Get Healthy or Die Trying…

2009: The Year In Review

January 6, 2010

2009 has come and gone.  Crazy, to think that it feels like it only just begun.  This is my first blog entry in quite sometime.  No real reason, other than laziness and the complete lack of desire to write anything.  Yes I am in one of those weird “writers block” style moods.  I do this to myself from time to time.  Its what I do.  That being said I felt like it was time for me to look back on the 365 days that made up two double zero nine.  I do this listening to my favorite album of all time, Illmatic.  One last thing before i “reflect”, this is not in any kind of order just as things come to me.

RHYME AND REASON:

We had a interesting year to say the least.  We celebrated our 1 year anniversary in March.  Very dope show, we we lucky to have some of AZ’s finest come through and bless the mic.  It was good for myself, Mattlocks, Element and Rich to see a milestone reached.  I’d like to thank everyone who came through that night and blessed us.  My personal favorite verses were spit by Random, Hannibal Leq and Trap.  Then came the bad news.  We lost our time slot do to some serious bullshit that I wont mention other than it being bullshit so we went on hiatus.  It was odd not doing the show for the time we were off but luckily my man Ramses came through with an opportunity for us to continue doing what we love to do!   Yes it was different than the old Jamz studio but The Beat feels like home.  Its not what you would really expect from a studio but it has that college radio feel and we still vibe the fuck out.  The move to The Beat also meant a different time slot, one that I think suits us very well.  I got to say thank you once again to my brother Ramses for putting this together for us and allowing us to bring you Rhyme and Reason each and every week!

THE RESURRECTION:

What more can I say about this event that I havent mentioned already.  This event really was the culmination of lots of hard work and was more of a celebration than a show.  The scene was The Blunt Club, the date was September 24th 2009.  The line up consisted of Myself, Hejus Trife and J-Luv as well as the producer showcase that featured The Council Productions, Slop Funk Dust and Taurus Scott.  The night was a benefit that went to supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and we had their full support.  Did I mention it was a great night?  The crowd was so much more than I had expected and there were so many familiar faces in the building that night, most importantly for me was my mother who was there for part of the show.  We were also lucky to have some incredible support behind us from the extended famlay that is The Fresh Fiends and DearlyDeparted Clothing.  I cannot thank Summer, La and Shew enough for being apart of this event and I hope we can collab in the future.  The same goes to Slim and Rook from Dearly Departed!  The show opened with J-luv’s set, which set the tone for Hejus Trife.  My brothers did their thing and I can remember sitting in the back trying to calm myself down as I knew it was soon to be my turn to bless the stage, something I had never truly done solo.  My set was short and to the point and i was lucky to have been able to showcase the artists I hand picked to be on the record.  Mpress came through and made “Majestic Material” a crowd pleaser, my brother Judgement blessed the crowd with his interlude and Deonte from CTL came up and spit his verse on “Roknowledge”.  All in all the energy was good and the performance went off very well.  This night would not have been possible without the support from everyone involved and extra special thanks go to Dumper and Doug from The Blunt Club for working with us on this show!

CALI TRIPS:

No year in review would be complete without mentioning the road trips to my home away from home which is Temecula, California.  I was lucky enough to get out there a couple of times this past year and as always the trips did not disappoint at all, they never do though.  Good times with the family, laughs, drinks, memories, music, rock band, more laughs, more drinks and yes more laughs.  I truly love each and every moment I am able to be out there with my fam and look forward to returning a few times in 2010!

SOUL REFLECTIONS:

September 1st 2009 saw the release of my long awaited album “Soul Reflections”.  It was a long journey, one that I have chronicled quite heavily in this blog (just scroll down a few posts, its all there).  I will once again mention that this album would not have been possible without the input from my good friend Marlos (formerly known as Blaze Rock) and the incredible music back drop I was give from The Council Productions.  This album began as a small idea in 2006 and shaped in morphed into so much more.  I want to once again thank everyone who was involved in this from the artists featured, to VCM for the incredible graphic work and also to everyone who took the time to listen to a little piece of me.  I must however apologize to my brother Cisco and say that I wish I could have made the release more than what it was.  There was so much that I wanted to do and wasn’t able to due to financial constraints.  Next time fam…Next time…We are not done!

NEW FRIENDS:

I met some great people this past year and I am glad our paths crossed.  Shout outs to my man Random, DN3, Trap, all of the extended CTL fam, Mpress (you know you made me irrelevant on “Majestic Material”.  Two very important mentions go to Melly Mel and Mikaela!  I met these two thanks to two of my best friends, Kenny and Cisco and I can only say you two are fam.  Its great seeing my brothers happy and I look forward to many more classic nights and countless memories, and shit even a few more “Rok Tantrums” LMAO!!!

FAMILY:

The most important thing to me no doubt!  It was a good year for the fam.  I’m blessed to have my sister Monica.  She is my best friend and I love her more than I could ever say or express.  My mother, my rock, she is everything .  I could not do any of this without her smile, her laugh and her presence.  I am blessed.  Then there is my brother Marcus who is seemingly growing by the day.  Its hard to believe you are learing to drive.  My father, a great man, and someone who values time with his kids like no one I have ever seen.  I love every moment we spend together as a family!  To my sister Angelene it is also hard to believe you are a college graduate and becoming a beautiful young women .  I still remember the first time we met and you were just a litte kid.  Time flies!  Love you all!

Civil Disobedience Part WU:

A great night in October this was! I had the pleasure of performing at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium for this event and it was amazing.  The crowd was crazy to say the least and I was able to do my thing and walk off stage to applause, always a good thing!

The “Soul Reflections” Listening Party:

This was an incredible night for me that took place at Groove Candy in August.  So many thanks go to another one of my best friends Karlie for allowing me to take the first part of her night and play my album for a small crowd who came to hear that  I had been working on for the past few years.  It was a dope night and we played the album front to back and the feed back was amazing.  Thank you to everyone who came and supported and showed me love this night.  I do this for all of you!

“Illmatic” just ended…on to “It Was Written”

“Blessed To Breathe”:

This was a great day for myself and one of the best songs I have ever had the pleasure of being on.  This song was created during a recording session at Hejus Trife’s “Muzik House” Studios that was for Blaze Rocks “All Things Come to an End” album.  I never had any intentions of being on this record, and if I remember correctly none of us did.  It just kind of happened.  Random was in the building to record for something else, Ocean came through and once he heard the beat started writing a hook.  At this point the creative energy was at an all time high and I asked Blaze if I could get on this.  The rest is history.  The record was recorded in the span of a few hours and the end result is pretty damn amazing.  The order of the song goes Random, Blaze, Ocean and Myself.  A great moment in AZ hip-hop history took place that day!

this is all for now…there might be more…

The Resurrection pt. 2 Pics Pt. 2

November 3, 2009

more pics from Friday night!

The Resurrection Pt.2 Pics Pt1

November 3, 2009

Thank you to all who came on out to The Hidden House this past Friday night!  Dope vibe, dope music, good times !!!!

Big up’s to those who rocked the mic:

J-Luv

Hejus Trife

M.P.R.E.S.S.

Done ONE

Judgement

and myself

This Friday Night: The Resurrection Pt.2

October 27, 2009

hiddenhouse

Make sure you come out to The Hidden House this Friday night for The Resurrection Pt.2 .  We will also be celebrating my sisters b-day!  Don’t miss out on a dope event!

Doors open at 9:30
$ 5 before 10:30
$ 7 after
Ladies Free before 11pm
$ 5 cover for the ladies after 11pm

Lady La 2010 Calendar

October 27, 2009

LA

Support a great cause by copping a Lady La 2010 Calendar!  Proceeds will benefit Autism Research.  Below is some words from La:

“Autism is a growing epidemic. That is what fueled me to create the Lady La 2010 Calendar. I had no budget to work with, a strict daily workout and diet, and very talented friends to help me complete an often talked about but never executed idea. I have included behind the scenes pictures along with the finished product so you can see personally how the calendar came about. If it wasn’t for my little brother Derrick, I’m not sure I would have ever REALLY got this done.

My youngest brother is autistic which is why I have chosen to donate HALF of every calendar sold to an Autism Foundation here in the Valley. Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Most parents of autistic children suspect that something is wrong by the time the child is 18 months old. Some children appear normal from ages 1 to 2 then suddenly “regress” and lose language and social skills they had previously gained, like MY brother. To say this condition has changed my life and my family’s life is an understatement. The numbers are increasing EVERY year with children who are diagnosed. All of these children require hundreds of therapy hours, thousands of dollars in vitamins, and thousands of dollars in dietary needs in order to be somewhat recovered, there is no cure. However, there are some families who believe they were able to recover their children through bio-medical treatment. THERE IS HOPE. Please take the time to buy the calendar and support this cause, it affects children all over.

From my family to yours, thank YOU for every ounce of love and support!

Lady La”

Support a great cause ya’ll!

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