Outside of the classroom music was my "drug of choice." I frequently woke up to music, showered, brushed my teeth, talked on the telephone, cleaned my house, and I even remember falling asleep to it. I was completely
consumed by it. Some of my favorite artists were: Tupac, LOX, Jagged Edge, Ruff Ends, Case, Kelly Clarkson, Sade, Monifah, Mary J Blige,Jon B, SPM, Joe, Deborah Cox, TLC, along with a long list of several other artists. I also enjoyed listening to lyricists'
such as: B. I. G , Jay Z, Beanie Sigel, DMX, Memphis Bleek, Nas, and etc. I love diversity! I listen to multiple genres of music. I enjoy listening to Reggae, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Country, Jazz, Rock, Western, and etc. Meanwhile, I continue
to question the world around me on a daily basis. Because of this, my views are constantly changing, and I mean dramatically. This dramatic change began to cause conflict with my love of music and the music I chose to listen to.
Fortunately, I didn't eliminate listening to music, all together. Instead, I chose to reexamine the music that I was listening to. For example, if I was listening to good music, I started listening to great music. I selected the best
of the best! Unfortunately, this process of elimination takes a great deal of time and effort. During this process of elimination (as I call it) you have to thoroughly examine each artist, each style, and each
message within the lyrics. Fortunately, I was able to narrow my selection down to artists' such as: Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Heather B, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, and, several other classics from my parent's, "old
school" collection. Yes, I said it "old school" collection! I selected this type of music from this time period because this was when music was at its best. However, there are still a handful of great artists who are not from
that "old school", time period and are very well rounded. In fact, some of them are receiving airplay(playing on the radio) today. These are well-known artists' such as: Wale, Drake, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ace Hood, Chris Brown, Maroon
5, Justin Timberlake, Joe, Ja Rule, Brian Mcknight, H Town, Jay Z, and etc. However, if you are looking for substance and sophistication then, "old school" music should be at the top of your list.
paper to pen:
I started writing poetry when I was in the first grade. I even remember the title of my first poem. It was titled, "Yesterday". I remember my teacher, Mrs. Gardenstien sitting down with
my stepfather and telling him that I was exceptionally gifted in the writing department. Looking back, I would've never predicted that writing would have become a part of my future plans(it
was just a hobby). Later I received several creative writing awards, certificates, and acknowledgments from elementary school to college. I don't mean to, "toot my own horn", but when it comes to writing our father has blessed
me with the gift to write! Writing and music went "hand and hand". In fact, they became a perfect pair. Writing and music continue to play a prominent role in my life. I started writing poetry, then songs, then
essays, then eulogies, then play writes, then screenplays, and I am presently exploring several songwriting genres (outside of my primary Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B genres). It has taken me several years to reach this point in my life.
I've gone to several different schools, majoring in everything from cosmetology to law. I have come to realize that I will always be a student (at heart) whether inside or outside of the classroom.