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>A LESSON LEARNED – PART 2

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“Truth brings light, light refracts off the mirror, visions of yourself and error could never be clearer. The truth is that you ugly, not on the outside, but in the inside, on the outside you fronting you lovely” Pharoahe Monch, The truth

Honestly, I don’t think people want to be honest anymore! There was once upon a time, when emcees didn’t have to lie in their rhymes (i wasn’t trying to do that). Now, it seems as though lying and being fake on your tracks is normal. Nothing hurts hip hop or the fans more than to find out that a artist is fake or lying to them. Microphone bullies have reality checks.

First off, we got to understand that the phrase “keeping it real” is a double standard. What is real or reality to you may not be real or reality to me. Reality check-you can’t tell someone their not real, because they aren’t like you. If a artist comes from the “burbs”, that doesn’t mean they aren’t real. If a white artist comes out, just because he is white-doesn’t mean he’s not real. We don’t pick our realities. All we can do is adjust and work with them for better or worse. We owe it to the fans and audience to rap according to the reality we are currently living in. On the flip side, don’t try to lie to the people and claim a reality that isn’t yours. If your paying people-ghost writer,DJ’s,websites,paying for fans,etc- to get yourself into a higher position..get a reality check.

Pharoahe Monch delivers a beautiful Revelation on self through a mirror. I want to flip this revelation and give a different standpoint. I walk up to a mirror and decide to take a look into it, only to find that it is dusty. The question comes in play…am I dirty or is my reflection dirty? Some people only see the reflection of the artists, so what are they seeing from yours? Technology allows people to get more up and personal with their stars and if someone catches you on a interview or video doing something out of your character…is that you or a reflection of who you really are? Pharoahe Monch tells us “visions of yourself and error could never be clearer”, so when is the last time you were in error? If you got a problem with what I’m saying…then go look in the mirror.

The world is dark and there is only one thing that changes that…truth. Pharoahe Monch tells us “Truth brings light”, so as microphone bullies, we should always be bringing the truth/light. However, we can’t do that fronting. We can look all good on the outside, but eventually the ugly on the inside will come out. We should be looking in the mirror daily and getting a reality check…because that check pays off in the end.

Written By C.H.I.C.A.N. GEORGE

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