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Renaissance: Artist, Activist, Revolutionary

I recently launched this Patreon Page where our community can invest in the work I do. After graduating college and with the host of skills and talents I have I thought for sure I thought I would be gainfully employable. That however, has not been the case for me. What has happened is that I have been volunteering all of these skills and talents I have to see that our communities and the world we live in will become a better place. And while I would otherwise be just fine continuing to do that, that is however, not how the society we live in functions and it will be impossible for me to continue without your support. So, I launched this Patreon page to provide our community with a platform to do just that.

Too often, we are compelled to purchase products that were developed without our input, but they are there and we need or want something kind of like them, so we do. However, you have the awesome opportunity to invest in the creation of what you want and to help shape the outcome, with my new Patreon account. And then you get the product you made an invested to receive.

There is no need to think that you have to break your bank to sponsor my work, you can pledge as much as you want or as little as a dollar. The truth be told; I would rather have the one-dollar support of a thousand people than the thousand-dollar support of one person because I am a man of the community, for the community. Although the bottom-line outcome is the same, the impact is not. When a thousand people display their confidence in the work I do by valuing it enough to invest in it then I will be reassured that I am doing what the community wants of me. It is however also very revealing when someone chooses to show how much they value my work by investing more in it. Nonetheless, it is not how much you pledge that is really important to me, it is that I produce work that is worthy of the pledge you made.

Please, if you have a few moments, follow the link to my Patreon page and if after looking it over I still have your interests, then please consider making a pledge to invest in my work.

Thank you.

 

https://www.patreon.com/renaissancethepoet

Roots are Reaching Black

Had to make it PHAT, had to take it back

Had to rep for a culture that the roots are reaching Black

Beautiful, Powerful, Indisputably Immutable

The history a crucible, the music is a tool to use

Cathartic when it needs to be, hard to beat society

At times, the rhymes, plant the seeds we need to breathe

Through police brutality, fatalities, impunity

the root of e-vil, our people see the enemy

An internal colony, Fanon saw the tragedy

Overseer to officer, KRS, a prodigy

His progeny, are challenging, violence’s monopoly

By the state, the fate of which, attempt to claim us property

Hip Hop is the voice/ and the weapon of choice!

Since Grand Master Flash and DMC were making noise

Cuz with the “Message,” hood pov-erty, was being challenged

& “Fuck the Police,” expounded on that knowledge

 

My roots are reaching Black

to Tupac and Biggie Smalls, to Jay z and Goodie Mob

To Lauren Hill and them all

My roots are reaching Black

To Assata, MLK, Malcom x, and James Brown

that’s the tip that I’m on

My roots are reaching Black

to the pride of a nation, and the fight for Liberation

Cuz our history’s bomb

My roots are reaching Black

Through the Hip Hop in my blood, and the music in my soul

Yo! The revolution’s on!

 

 

Not to say it’s not a party music, wouldn’t be true

It’s the part of the genre, we be celebrating to

Get ya club on, ya dance on, or smoke a blunt to

Or, however you hang, when you’re chillin wit your crew

Don’t be fooled, “Walk Ruff and Stuff with yo Afro Puffs”

Was Black Power, to the core, filled with Black Love

challenging pat-riarchy, white standards of beauty

And Internalized Oppression with con-tinuity

Queen Latifa, a master emcee

Blessed us with her presence in the 1980s scene

& Helped to make the music what it is to you and me

So Lauren Hill could call out “Politrixions” with the Fugees

While Bill Clinton, prison warden, playin the sax

Signed into law, the 1994, Crime Act

No more education in the prison labor system

& 3 Strikes was made law by those Politrixions

 

My roots are reaching Black

to Tupac and Biggie Smalls, to Jay z and Goodie Mob

To Lauren Hill and them all

My roots are reaching Black

To Assata, MLK, Malcom x, and James Brown

that’s the tip that I’m on

My roots are reaching Black

to the pride of a nation, and the fight for Liberation

Cuz our history’s bomb

My roots are reaching Black

Through the Hip Hop in my blood, and the music in my soul

Yo! The revolution’s on!

 

 

What is problematic, was the corporate takeover

of a cultural art form, meant to restore the

pride of our people, integrity the needle

The One’s and Two’s, the Wheels of Steel, spinnin through to freedom

When they moved in and sup-planted, their business model

& Threw down the throttle on producin gangsta bauble

to make a Modern-Day-Minstrel, Black Face, metropolis

but a Dangerous Black, outta control, was all you got from this

While the War on Drugs, was being waged, out on our Streets

The Reagans and the Clintons, were pulling back their sheets

Stereotypes, that fed the hype, of the white supremist blight

and the P.I.C. was being formed right in plain sight,

With these images that the corporations spun about us

The public in Amerika, had no doubt, about us

Thank god the Underground rose to challenge all this B.S.

Where people like Mos Def and Immortal Technique flourished

 

My roots are reaching Black

to Tupac and Biggie Smalls, to Jay z and Goodie Mob

To Lauren Hill and them all

My roots are reaching Black

To Assata, MLK, Malcom x, and James Brown

that’s the tip that I’m on

My roots are reaching Black

to the pride of a nation, and the fight for Liberation

Cuz our history’s bomb

My roots are reaching Black

Through the Hip Hop in my blood, and the music in my soul

Yo! The revolution’s on!

 

The sound of resistance, the people and the message

Answering the questions, most pressing to the masses

Ripping through the truth, conflicting our community

Familiar and sad, like, this is nothing new to me

Jobs are always fleeting degrading our sense of worth

Our schools so deplorable it’s education that hurts

Drugs on the streets, but don’t own a poppy field

The youth are packing heat for safety, can we be real

Red Lining, White Flight, Welfare, Ghettos

Out-sourcing, Globalization, yup and there goes

The neighborhood, with the manufacturing work

To other countries, into prisons, where they’re getting paid dirt

150 years from slavery, but ain’t much changed

Time to claim the economic means and shatter these chains

Hip Hop, the voice of the oppressed and the poor

So, I’m wit LL Cool J, “It’s time for war!”

 

My roots are reaching Black

to Tupac and Biggie Smalls, to Jay z and Goodie Mob

To Lauren Hill and them all

My roots are reaching Black

To Assata, MLK, Malcom x, and James Brown

that’s the tip that I’m on

My roots are reaching Black

to the pride of a nation, and the fight for Liberation

Cuz our history’s bomb

My roots are reaching Black

Through the Hip Hop in my blood, and the music in my soul

Yo! The revolution’s on!

The One That You Love

Being in love and in a relationship is not always easy, sometimes it requires work and an active investment into a future we both want to share. Soemtimes, when doubt clouds that future it is necessary to remember the beauty that was the gravity that brought us to each other and still binds us toghether to see the magnificence, which envelops us.

I love you. And I hope I never forget what drew us together ever agan.

The One That You Love

What began as a crush, became a love, deeper than the heavens above

Still leaves me in awe, when thinkin on, how we’d got begun

One of the cutest couples, ruffles, under my shirt, goose bumps and cuddles

A movie pictured paradise, every moment wrapped in doubles

Replayin in my brain, cuz I couldn’t believe what I was seeing

Couldn’t believe my feelings being, right through the ceiling, stolen -freeing

Supposed to be, hittin books, not catchin looks, or sneaking peeks, and playing crooks

Had, grades to get, and papers due, no time for nooks

But couldn’t really escape, the fate, the gates of my heart were bound to break

And they crumbled under ya touch, impatiently, longing, to no longer wait

So late one night, studied right, up to the closing time

On that cafe grind, stretchin our minds, around science and primes

Till it was time to go, but oh no, neither one of us wanted home

And by a stroke of luck, we tucked in a cove, along the way that we drove

When, all the crushing, secret loving, and emotions never spoke

Came to the surface, and into focus, then, into my heart you dove

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love

What caught my eye, and drove me wild, running my mind, a million miles

Filling my thoughts, with the warmest smiles, till nothing else was worth my whiles

Was the way you stood so confidant, powerful and competent

Unstoppable, intelligent, embodiment of accomplishment,

With a will to speak, to fight for the weak, not so meek just turning cheeks

But humble and vulnerable, even only just with me

Which let me know, I meant something, to you, and for me that was everything

Enough to shatter my ego walls of isolating tyranny

& The way you challenged the social norms, of what it meant to be woman

And how a man was to interact, to respect her fluid movement

With the grace enough, to let me falter, and alter my conclusions

To help me grow, to a man, who is, willing to shed confusions

Igniting my desires, reciprocating fires of passions, alive

Pregnant with our hopes and dreams, of what our lives, could be like

A world I never thought possible came into light

And MyLove, that’s how your wonderful aura filled my eyes

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love

Nothing, worthwhile comes easy, and love, is no exception

The same qualities I love, give rise, to insurrection

Confidant, powerful, dominant and strong

Qualities I’d never sacrifice no matter what went wrong

But those too are characteristics that I also possess

And I’m sure like for me, they’re what brought you to my caress

And now after two and a half years they have placed us under duress

Polarized us, and put our meridians to the test

A test of might, a test of will, a test of skill in argument

That questions all we’ve ever loved, and it seems that there’s no resolving it

Because in love there’s compromise, there’s truth within the lies

There’s things we seek to hide, and there’s things we try to find

Like the glint in our partner’s eyes when they walk into the room

Just want to know that they’re ok, because that is what we do

But life, is so hard, and fast, taxing upon the best we have

That it becomes easy to forget we’ve shared the best times we’ve ever had

Yet in your eyes and in your words I feel your want to work together

I feel the same grace I’ve always felt since we’ve known each other

I feel the same, mine comes with shame because I’ve hurt my lover

Lost hold of what you meant to me, meaning I had to rediscover

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love

Never forget the meaning of,

The heart and the soul of the one that you love

Times will come that push and shove

Beggin the question enough is enough

But, never forget the meaning of

The heart and the soul of the one that you love,

one that you love, one that you love, one that you love