A name I created for myself in my early adolescent hood. It is also my stage name. It means Golden. Lynx is a part of the cat family, my favorite animal. The desert Lynx Particularly is Golden. Coming up I saw my self as the golden child, I wanted to become somebody. I felt as if I stood out of the crowd from everyone else. There was just something about me that was specifiaclly diffrent from everyone else. I am currently on a life long journey trynna figure that out
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Whats up, my name is Nick, Im a student, a poet, an idealist, a leader in my community, and I want to make a diffrence.
A bold statement to say the least — Kendrick Lamar? Biggie? Elaborate? I will. Disclaimer, an open mind is needed. I was on my way home tonight and I was listening to Hot 97 on the radio. While listening, I heard a bunch of whack songs and then they played the T.D.E. cypher with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and of course Kendrick Lamar, also known as Black Hippy. I couldnt believe that this rap cypher over Mobb Deep’s Shooke ones beat, was actually playing on the radio. I was excited that they played a song that had lyrical rappers not just the clown music that alot of new rappers are sounding like.
But it meant more then just that. I made an instant connection to Biggie because it made me think about biggie in 1995 when he participated in a historic moment in Hip-Hop. At this rap cypher some of Hip-Hop’s premier lyricist were in the house, like Big Daddy Kane, Shyheim, and of course the late Tupac Shakur. I view this moment as iconic because 18 years later, they still play snippets of biggie from that cypher and sometimes Funk Master Flex actually lets the entire rap cypher play on the radio.
I view the recent T.D.E. rap cypher on the B.E.T. awards the same in terms of its impact on Hip-Hop. I feel as though this moment, especially considering the state of Hip-Hop where the emphasis is no longer on lyrical ability, will stand the test of time and will continue to be played on the radio 18 years from now. I mean it made it all the way to the radio, of all things to make it to the radio. Kendrick is clearly the most lyrically talented in the rap cypher as did Biggie in his rap cypher.
Also consider how Biggie impacted Hip-Hop music when he released his debut album. He made music that is still glorified to this day as some of Hip-Hop’s greatest music. I believe that Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut has matched the impact of Biggie’s Ready To Die album. Kendrick and Biggie clearly dont rap the same, but the spirit of Biggie Smalls lives on in Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick is a person that is out to prove how good he can rap, not just out there to make money. Biggie just wanted to get out the hood, however their motivation to accomplish their goals were just the same. Biggie raised the bar when it came to lyrics, and Kendrick is doing the same thing to Hip-Hop now, where true lyricists are the last of a dime breed. I salute Kendrick Lamar. He is doing great things with Hip-Hop and I think he has what it takes to elevate the game to new levels.
Kamau Rashid (via kemetically-afrolatino)