iisee: “as champions”

“As Champions” by fanIIsee

AS CHAMPIONS

There will be UNEXPECTED hits–

WE can choose to remain CALM

Making necessary ADJUSTMENTS

WE can LEARN where to COUNTER

Managing OUR pain.

It’s guaranteed that WE

Can enter the ring TIME after TIME

if…

TODAY

WE make a DECISION to

PREPARE like a CHAMPION

FIGHTING CLEAN

COMPLETING each ROUND

And RAISING our HANDS in VICTORY

AFTER its OVER.

iisee: “watch yourself”

“watch yourself” by fanIIsee

There are doppelgangers out there – copies of you

They thrive on you being reactive

They thrive on you being afraid

They thrive on black, white, yellow, brown

They thrive on purple, yellow, orange,

Red, blue…

They thrive on the illusion of green

They thrive on likes, hearts + ego

They thrive on your heartbreak + insecurities

They thrive on your anxiety + sadness,

They want to see you sad, mad

Doing bad

So, watch yourself

They won’t stop until YOU destroy them

They won’t stop until YOU destroy them

They won’t stop until YOU destroy them

And I refuse to be killed

By a copycat

We refuse to let them

Kill us

So PLEASE watch yourself!

Watch yourself

Love yourself

 with LOVE,
fanIIsee

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fanIIsee: #SummerStage16 recap

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On a summer Sunday in Central Park, there were a multitude of witnesses watching Goldlink preach his gospel for an hour. He was accompanied by Brasstracks and the heavenly vocals of April George. My summerstage neighbors asked why he spoke in a sing-song manner. They had no clue that it’s not only his thingbut also his rap style. Pastor GL Smooth performed popular cuts like “Sober Thoughts“, “Planet Paradise“, “Spectrum“,  and even let his newest song “Fall in Love” rock for the first time. See below

In between songs he checked in with his congregation to hand out blessings in the form of hip-hop party records. As soon as Fatman Scoop said “BASS DROP” the holy spirit moved through the crowd and the flood gates were open for good times.

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In the middle of Goldlink’s set, newcomer Masego brought his uptempo and eclectic act to the stage. He was donning a gold saxophone necklace to match the one he played so beautifully. Songs like “Send Yo Rita”, “Girls That Dance”, and “Bounce” were well-received (she got dem yams!). The DMV love was apparent on stage and in the crowd. The Backyard Band were also a part of the connection as they brought forth devotional with go-go tunes and mixed in hits such as “The Light” by Common, “Around My Way” by Talib Kweli, and “Hello” by Adele.

 

In the end, no one wanted to see Goldlink give his benediction so abruptly as he exited stage left without closing in prayer or saying peace. Instead, his DJ and band rocked for about 10 more minutes and then it was over. After, I walked around the park, enjoyed the sunset and was welcomed back into realitee by encountering train delays on 86th St’s non-air conditioned subway platform while trying to get home.

 

realitee: Equal Rights & Justice

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In the clip below, Yasiin sounds off on tragedies, puppetmasters, the media, social justice & more. He points out that we take for granted our opportunity to live in harmony as humans– often buying into distractions and not realizing that we’re losing our basic freedoms on a daily basis. It’s our responsibility to love each other better. Nuff said.

 

 

fanIIsee: Happy Labor Day!

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As you enjoy the fruits of your labor today, I would like to celebrate with you through music. It’s only right that the theme music come from one of the hardest-working men in the music industry– Kendrick Lamar. He dropped his self-titled EP almost 6 years ago. With all of Kendrick’s success, the EP is now a slept on gem. If you’re hearing it for the first time, I hope you enjoy the always witty punchlines but most of all the thought-provoking messages that are presented. One song to definitely meditate on would be “Vanity Slaves”. Listen below.

 

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fanIIsee’s Jam of the week: Staik Selektah– All You Need ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner

On the smoother side, this week’s standout jam comes from Statik Selektah & friends. From the preview we’re getting, it seems like his upcoming album, ‘Lucky 7,’ will be a go. You can check for it July 7th and if you’re in NY, he’ll be previewing the album the day before at Santos Party House.

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fanIIsee’s Jam of the Week: OverDoz. – “Last Kiss”

Overdoz. is a LA-based group that specializes in blending “groove” and “fun” into hip-hop. Their mixtapes Live For, Die For and Boom are definitely a breath of fresh air and their fan base is growing as a result. The RCA recording artists are now making a splash in the mainstream with their new song “Last Kiss”, tapping Pharrell Williams to provide production and some additional vocals. The behind the scenes footage of them making the track with Pharrell is worth checking out too. Enjoy!