DMX once performed in front of the Whole MF Planet Earth

Referring to DMX in the past tense is going to hurt for a while. Here this person was. Sort of an enigma. Who blessed us with his music, his presence, his aura, his slight ignorance and his absolute brilliance. Earl “DMX” Simmons was an icon, who brought this New York City gritty reality to the mainstream with this hyper sonically aggressive flow that could bring even the drunkest person back to life in a club. DMX was also haunted by demons. Demons that were either inactively ignored or actively punished…

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

I reached the age of 21 in 1997. My heaviest burden was being carded while trying to purchase my first legal drink. Coming from a sheltered life, I wanted to be grown and do all the things I thought grown people did. I ran out and got my first tattoo. I partied hard and had a good time doing it. I was not the voice of a revolution. I was not a galvanizing force that prompted people to action. I was not assassinated in my bed where I lay in…

Baby Girl Wanted To Be Just Like Him

Kobe Bryant always had this look throughout his legendary career. This look was centered around what he coined as the Mamba Mentality. This mentality, which some can argue as being an unorganized religion, required you to work harder than everyone else in the room and be relentless at all times in order to accomplish the ultimate goal. Mamba Mentality served Kobe well, as he won multiple championships, secured multiple ALL-NBA teams and All Star appearances and won two NBA Finals MVP’s and one regular season MVP. And oh, he dropped…