29 Apr

Built On Wax: #Bars4Motivation Vol V

#Bars4Motivation, Built On Wax

For me not only did Hip Hop tell a story similar to my own, but it also helped motivate me to chase my dreams. Hearing someone like Biggie say it “It Was All A Dream” and then accomplishing those dreams inspired me to chase the things I only dreamed about.

For #Bars4Motivation I will explore lyrics that keep me inspired and hopefully will do the same for you!

This week’s motivation came by the way of Curren$y! I remember visiting my friend Peedi out in New Orleans back in the early 2000’s. He took me to a studio owned by Mystikal’s old DJ where Curren$y was working. These were the days of Blackberry BBMs and barely any wifi anywhere.

I watched Curren$y smoke all day with his crew but also saw how hard the man worked before anyone knew his name. This was before JetLife and before all the whips, the myspace days. He would jump into the booth and just grind. Take after take, perfecting his craft while enjoying life.

Not only did I respect his work effort, but I respected the RESPECT he had for his craft and market. He could have sold out and made pop tracks but he never wavered from his community. He consistently put out material that smokers and non-smokers would love and grew with his music and business.

Curren$y dropped the Kilo Jam track this week (listen below) and it immediately brought me back to those days in the studio. The days when a “nobody” was grinding to share his talents to the world. He came a long way and lucky for me I got to witness the hustle from a far and learn from his hustle!

These bars kept me motivated this week; hopefully they do the same for you!

The Big Idea:

Sparking In The Dark Thinking About More Art
Kilo Jam @CurrenSy_spitta

Nothing beats a good brainstorming session, especially when your mind is always racing.
Every morning I listen to Hip Hop and grab a notebook or launch evernote. While listening to my play list my mind goes into a different state. I feel zoned and thoughts just start manifesting in my head. I am able to then start putting some of those thoughts to paper without forgetting them.

Not only does this help me clear my mind every morning, but it’s also like a training ground for new ideas. By consistently setting up time to free my mind and think, I am able to notice which ideas are good but also which ideas just suck.

No matter what vice sparks your creativity, always remember that great ideas can come from anywhere. You just have to be prepared to let it soak in and then put that effort into execution.

Being Consistent:

More Dope For Your Ears To Smoke, F**king With The Audio Narcos
Kilo Jam @CurrenSy_spitta

When we started The Phat Startup weekly interviews we knew the key to success was going to be consistency. We had to become the Hip Hop/Startup interview Narcos. The only way to do so was to keep putting out content for people to digest no matter the circumstance.

The first few interviews we did barely got any traffic but once people started to notice that we weren’t going anywhere things started picking up. We would drop an interview every Wednesday and the consistency paid off.

By being consistent we were able to get valuable feedback on our work but it also gave us the credibility we needed to get huge guests and partnerships.

People we respected; respected our efforts and consistency. It gave us an advantage over the rest because many spoke a good one but didn’t follow through.

Even if your work or content doesn’t hit on the 1st few rounds, don’t give up. Keep refining the product, but also keep serving your market because sooner or later someone will notice the effort. Then the fun begins.

Residuals Goals:

I Forgot I Got Them Cars, I Be To Busy Grinding For Them,
That’s The Money On The Line Baby I Can’t Ignore It
Kilo Jam @CurrenSy_spitta

This is what many of us work for, the money. When you change the world, serious money can be made. But will you enjoy it?

Sometimes we get so caught up in the grind that we barely get to enjoy the by products of our labor. I had this feeling with my sneaker collection.

Over 100 pairs of sneakers in storage, some even brand new, but I don’t even get to enjoy them. I’m so busy working that getting fly doesn’t even matter anymore. You can always catch me with a regular pair of black Jordans, a t-shirt and hoodie.

I don’t regret buying all of these sneakers though because I know I worked hard to be able to afford them. As a youngster in the BX; it wasn’t always that good. But sometimes it does suck that I don’t even recall which pairs I own anymore.

1st world problems that remind you how good you really have it but also how hard you work to get those luxuries. I might not remember the sneakers I have but I will always remember why I have them. The grind won’t let me forget it, no complaints here!

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