They became ashamed of their talent because of what others
had to say. When they did not earn much money, their family, friends, and community.”
Remember that blog I wrote called “Word To The Streets”? When I explained where I was coming from with the music, why I did what I did and what I was about to do with the movement and the foundation? I have completed that goal. I’ve come to the second part of that story and it goes like this…> How many have had a dream in the arts, but it was not good enough for their people so they decided not to continue with it? They could sing, rap, write, draw, act, model, dance or tell jokes but they were decreed by a surrounding of people who looked low on their craft.
Yes, you know what I mean. They became ashamed of their talent because of what others had to say. When they did not earn much money, their family, friends, and community did not respect them. Now, they think back and ask these questions; “What if”? What if I had done it? Where would I be? Would I have followed my calling? Could I had made a difference?! Could I have changed the world?”
But, I’m a fool. A fool who made the right investments and bought the precise assurances
to ensure that I’m always supported.”
I know this because I am like them. Fortunately for me, most of my family and friends supported me. They support me even if I lose or win so this allows me to be myself. But I know how it feels to be ashamed of rap, marked a gangster, a reprobate, a rogue or a rebel by bigots who refuse to face facts. Some even tried to influence my cause of action. But, I’m a fool.
A fool who made the right investments and bought the precise assurances to ensure that I’m always supported. I am the fool who sacrificed for other people, attended college again and again to received an education before anyone could use illiteracy as an excuse to devalue my talents. A fool, who protected his credit by securing assets that may never be repressed.
This brings us to my new book, “Written In Gold”. The starting point of my writing career is in the 90s. All of my albums up to this point were written in 1980’s, 90’s and early 2000’s style. Of course, my producer is a known Jazz legend and with his help, I pulled inspirations from various genres. Naturally, the songs would be organic. I wrote a few of them in Canada but “While I’m still young” contains a majority of songs from the 90s to early 2000s.
That was before I started to record. Artistically speaking, I released the album in 2008 when the 90s was its actual point of origin. That album has written materials dating back to the Civil War in Liberia. This is why the album is called “While I’m Still Young”. It’s a goal accomplished before I got too old to enjoy that accomplishment. Some may not get it but many people wait a lifetime to accomplish a goal.
“Written In Gold” is the bridge between these two time periods.
It opens the way for my next big project, “Yesterday was yesterday”.
The same goes for “Dark Horse Romarong”. That album was also set in the 90s and 2000s. Put it this way, it is like a time travel to the past, where I wrote the lyrics and then returned to display it in the present. The twist is I switch audiences when I rapped in Krio instead of English. Hip Hop Kruzade and Laboramus Exspectantes Vol. 1 marked the end of that era. If you noticed, I used the same images from three photo shoots to promote.
This period between 2008 and 2016 is special because, (1) I did in Toronto what many said could not be done, and (2) it encompasses most of my work before when I really began. From there, going ahead, I’ll be doing the opposite. My time machine will travel to the future and then return with written materials for the present. “Written In Gold” is the bridge between these two time periods. It opens the way for my next big project, “Yesterday was yesterday”. I hope you enjoy the poems and the collection of songs on the album and I want to thank all my fans and supporters along the way. Look forward to a new era of excitement. *