O.G.M.P. #3 – Maya Azucena

17 02 2010

I first heard of this woman circa 2002-2003.  I had no clue how much I would love her music.  One listen to her album blew me away.  It made me wonder why people such as herself did not get the due respect they deserved.  I know the answer has to do with politics and bs, but still!  Years later I find out the following:

*Grammy winner, Featured Artist on Best Reggae Album: Stephen Marley ’07/08

*Best Female Vocal, Best Overall Vocal, and Best R&B Vocal: ABC Radio Networks’ Fame Games EFFIGY AWARDS 2008

*Best Female Vocalist nominee: Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards’06 & ’07

*Album of the Year nominee: Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards ’07

*Best Live Performer of the Year: Agape Indie Soul Awards ’07

*Best Alternative Artist of the Year: AllHipHop.com ’06

For more of her music, check iTunes.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present, Maya  Azucena.

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I Believe… Transcend

12 02 2010

One of my roommates yesterday had a revelation.  The recent inundation of snow made her think about how sinful this world is.  She looked at the blizzard as a test of mankind.  The test being, who would do the RIGHT thing?  Who would help their fellow man?  Who would be and live unselfish?  If you have a neighbor who is old and can not help themselves, who would go make sure they are fed?  Who would shovel driveways that were not their own to help out another?

She was under conviction from these thoughts.  Although I did not agree with her one bit, it was completely valid as was my point.

My point was that every day is a test and there are trials and tribulations that will come your way everyday.  (Read In The Bible 2 Timothy chapter 3)

2 Timothy 3

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2For men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

This says it all.  To me, you can see all of this on TV, in music, in all forms of media.  This is the state of the world and Paul says that in the last days you will see all of this.  One test of too much snow is not it.  Everyday, living with these influences is the real test.

My point however is not to say that one way of thinking life and how we know it is right, wrong, or more right than another.  My point is that she was convicted and in some way her life was moved because of something.  This is what counts.  What inspired her to act is the true thing to recognize.  What motivates you?  What takes you higher in thought?  In Physical? In Spirit?  It could be anything.  Some people I know, saw a movie or read a book and have been inspired to do great things.  Others had the experience of knowing incredible people that inspire these heights.

My life has been summed up in one word.  Transcend.  Many of the goals I have attained have been because I do not settle.  Its incredible, but attainable based on your commitment to the end result.  If nothing happens, reevaluate you drive and motivation.  It starts with what you believe.





You…

5 02 2010

(Originally Posted August 9, 2006) – Funny how its so relevant still…

That one who took my faithfulness in vain…

That one that used my hospitality as a music shopping spree…

The fool who just couldnt get it right…

The one who decided to agree with me after they got burnt…

The Hardhead that chose a halfway relationship over a full friendship…

The one that kept frontin…

The one that didnt keep in touch…

The one that didnt have my back…

What’s love when you talk behind a man’s back, and when you see him give him dap?  Please explain that…You’re not a man, so I didnt deem it MANditory taking your pride…

The one that couldnt keep her lips sealed…  (any of them…)

The one that just couldnt be trusted…

The one that walked away from my outstretched had to drown…

The one that didnt help me when I was drowning…

The one whos judgemental nature clouded her vision… (10 dudes in 10 years?  come on now… correct yourself first then talk shit…)

The one who now serves the very God they once mocked…

The one that never listened to a word I said until I got angry…

The one that constantly wears “The Mask”… (how long will it last?)

The one that sweats me…

The one who’s voice I cant stand to hear…

The one that I will never have…

The one that I will never want…

The one that is too far away to talk to…

The one that is still way too close as long as she is on this planet…

The one that will never find another me…

The one that found something better (in their eyes)

The one who didnt deserve to die…

The one to whom death isnt coming fast enough…

The one I constantly laugh with…

The one I constantly cry at…

The one who bore me…

The one who will kill me…

The one who I want to see again but wont…

The one who I dont want to see again but will…

The one who I wanted to pour out my heart to… (you just dont know…)

The one who doesnt deserve a sip from the Well of truth… (you never will…)

The ones who will never live a normal life…

The ones that realize that living life this way isnt normal…

The one who was a stranger and became family…

The one who was family and became a stranger… (dont claim it anymore please… just step…)

You all made me…  Me





Random Rant #112,354

5 02 2010

1. I can’t stand the snow.  I don’t understand people who live in the north and dealing with it all the time.

2. For some dumb reason I went to Syracuse.

3. I am quite fortunate to know the people I know in the industry.

4. For good and bad reasons, they are why I wont put out my music for mass consumption.

5. If you want to hear it just ask.  Maybe I will say, “sure listen…”

6. Bacon

7. I hate being in debt.

8. #6 was for my roommate’s son.  (If you don’t understand, you wont)

9. I remember why I used to play video games without pause.  Now I pause before playing any game.

10. Books are so much more rewarding.

11. I am a firm believer in reading books and taking notes on what was read like it was class or something.  You get so much more out of it.

12. Everyone needs to read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

13. Even after reading it, nobody will do anything to help “the situation.”

14. I love my attitude on life.  It’s what got me to where I am today.  If it intimidates you, then you need to become a stronger person or get away from me.  I am not changing for anyone.

15. “we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are…” – Shi Yan Ming

16. If I walked up to you, hardly knowing you, and told you to cut your hair because you look ugly, would you?

17. Lying to people only makes things worse for them.  Its selfish.

18. Public Gyms have way too much eye candy.

19. I wonder how much brain candy is in them.  (like I really give a care…)

20.I remember when people didn’t curse so damn much… lol

21. I actually wish that people as a whole didn’t.  Its about being more articulate.

22. What the hell ever…

23. I have a list of 76 qualities I am looking for in a life partner.

24. If a woman can hit 80% on that list, she is worth being talking to.

25. If she can maintain 80%, then she is worth being with.

26. After a while, she naturally becomes my 100%.  (awwwww…)

27. I’m not going to talk about the friend I have that is currently at 93%, because y’all will ask me the obvious question.

28. No its not Yvette.  I refuse to rate her.  (ewwww… that family for real…)

29. Most UFC fighters are average at best.

30. The best have admirable skill.

31. I would love to spar against Brock Lesner.  A man of his high skill level is truly an anomaly and worth testing one’s skill against.

32. I often fight to the level of my competition, unless they are ridiculously below me.

33. I will be this age in a month.

34. I may continue this later…