LIFE ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS

07222014 FUNKADELIC STUDIOS. #NOASHYELBOWS (at Funkadelic Studios)

07222014 FUNKADELIC STUDIOS. #NOASHYELBOWS (at Funkadelic Studios)

07212014 TAMMANY HALL, NYC. #ACTIVE

07212014 TAMMANY HALL, NYC. #ACTIVE

DO YOU LISTEN TO A LOT OF RAKIM?
- QUESTION SOMEONE ASKED ME AFTER I GOT OFF STAGE YESTERDAY
VON BAR 07202014 PHOTO CREDIT: YASUAKI FUJINAMA

VON BAR 07202014 PHOTO CREDIT: YASUAKI FUJINAMA

#RP DJREDBOY & MYSELF LAST NIGHT AT VON BAR. PHOTO CREDIT: @themamawize

#RP DJREDBOY & MYSELF LAST NIGHT AT VON BAR. PHOTO CREDIT: @themamawize

#RP GOLDIE, MYSELF, LANCE. PHOTOCREDIT: @lambolance #COMBINE #SOUNDCLASH

#RP GOLDIE, MYSELF, LANCE. PHOTOCREDIT: @lambolance #COMBINE #SOUNDCLASH

THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE LAST PIECE OF AI WEI WEI’S SMASHING OF AN ANTIQUE HAN DYNASTY URN IS SO DOPE TO ME BECAUSE HERE YOU HAVE A PIECE OF HISTORY SMASHED TO BITS AT THE FEET OF A MODERN MAN. THIS IN MY OPINION IS AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN WHERE THE PAST IS DISPOSABLE & EVENTUALLY TRAMPLED ON. FOR BETTER OR WORSE NOTHING EVER STAYS THE SAME & EVERYTHING CHANGES. #BASICALLY

THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE LAST PIECE OF AI WEI WEI’S SMASHING OF AN ANTIQUE HAN DYNASTY URN IS SO DOPE TO ME BECAUSE HERE YOU HAVE A PIECE OF HISTORY SMASHED TO BITS AT THE FEET OF A MODERN MAN. THIS IN MY OPINION IS AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN WHERE THE PAST IS DISPOSABLE & EVENTUALLY TRAMPLED ON. FOR BETTER OR WORSE NOTHING EVER STAYS THE SAME & EVERYTHING CHANGES. #BASICALLY

HAPPY [EARLY] FATHERS DAY. #HASHTAGLUNCHBAG #BKLYNCOMBINE

HAPPY [EARLY] FATHERS DAY. #HASHTAGLUNCHBAG #BKLYNCOMBINE

"BROOKLYN FREE STORE. CLOTHES, BOOKS, HOUSEWARES. BRING WHAT YOU WANT TO SHARE. TAKE WHAT YOU LIKE. A MODEL FOR ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING. WITHOUT MONEY & WITHOUT SCARCITY." I ACTUALLY LIKE THIS A LOT. DEFINITELY GONNA SEE WHAT THIS IS ABOUT NEXT WEEK.

"BROOKLYN FREE STORE. CLOTHES, BOOKS, HOUSEWARES. BRING WHAT YOU WANT TO SHARE. TAKE WHAT YOU LIKE. A MODEL FOR ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING. WITHOUT MONEY & WITHOUT SCARCITY." I ACTUALLY LIKE THIS A LOT. DEFINITELY GONNA SEE WHAT THIS IS ABOUT NEXT WEEK.

SO LAST WEEK I WAS ALL GUNG HO ABOUT THIS AFROPUNK ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ CONTEST. I CAME REALLY CLOSE LAST YEAR TO CRACKING THE TOP SIXTEEN [WHICH IS ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE IT TO THE PERFORMANCE ROUND] EVEN AFTER A LATE START SO I FELT LIKE I HAD A REALLY GOOD CHANCE OF SUCCEEDING THIS YEAR. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED [SOMETIME LATE LAST WEEK] I HAD 20 OR 21 VOTES. FAR LESS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE TOP SIXTEEN OR EVEN CLOSE TO THE TOP SIXTEEN. AFTER A WEEK OF SPAMMING TIMELINES, COMPULSIVELY CHECKING THE STANDINGS, QUESTIONING HOW SOME OF THESE OTHER “BANDS” I HAD NEVER HEARD OF [& WHOS MUSIC WAS NOT VERY GOOD] WERE RECEIVING SO MUCH SUPPORT & RACKING MY BRAIN ATTEMPTING TO COME UP WITH CLEVER WAYS TO COMPETE WITH THEM I DECIDED TO FALL BACK IN ORDER TO REALLY CONSIDER WHAT I WAS DOING & HOW MUCH THIS REALLY MEANT TO ME. I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT ALL I [ALONG WITH ABOUT A HUNDRED OTHER NARROW MINDED DREAM CHASERS] WAS DOING WAS HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF AFROPUNK & INCREASE THEIR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE LIKES. FOR FREE. WHEN THE LIGHT BULB WENT OFF & I REALIZED WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING I LOST INTEREST. WHEN I WONDERED OUT LOUD VIA TWITTER IF ANYONE WAS CHEATING ONLY TO RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL THE NEXT DAY THAT 17 OF THESE “BANDS” WERE IN FACT CHEATING FOR VOTES I LOST FAITH ENTIRELY. 
IM NOT ONE TO EVER ENDORSE SPAM TECHNIQUES TO GET ATTENTION & NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN A FAN OF POPULARITY CONTEST. I CANT RECALL EVER WINNING ANY CONTEST OF THIS SORT EITHER. EVERY BIT OF FAVOR I HAVE RECEIVED AS A MUSICIAN IN THE LAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN EARNED IN SOME WAY.  ALL OF THIS WAS COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR ME. 
IM NOT SALTY ABOUT MY LOW VOTE COUNT. BECAUSE THROUGH THIS PROCESS I LEARNED THAT THERE ARE 20 OR SO PEOPLE IN MY INNER CIRCLE WHO ARE TUNED IN DAILY TO WHATS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA & THERE IS A WHOLE NOTHER GROUP OF FOLKS WHO FUX WIT ME WHO WERE BUSY WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL BUSINESS OFFLINE & HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT I WAS GOIN MAD ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH ONLINE. TO BE HONEST I WOULDNT HAVE BEEN ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM MYSELF AS MUCH AS I WAS LAST WEEK IF IT WASNT SOMETHING THAT I WAS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO, AWARE OF & AFFECTED BY. 
SO I DIDNT “WIN” BUT I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF WHO IS INTERESTED & EXCITED ABOUT WHAT I HAVE GOING ON ON THIS SIDE OF THINGS & I APPRECIATE YOU ALL & I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME. 
BESIDES THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MAKE IT TO AFROPUNK & 20 SETS OF EARS GIVE OR TAKE A FEW ISNT A BAD PLACE TO START. 
ALL I HAVE LEFT TO ASK OF YOU IS THAT YOU #DONTVOTEFORJEWELS
JUST LISTEN TO MY MUSIC. THATS ALL I EVER WANTED ANYWAYS.
BRANDNEWJEWELS.BANDCAMP.COM
SO LAST WEEK I WAS ALL GUNG HO ABOUT THIS AFROPUNK ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ CONTEST. I CAME REALLY CLOSE LAST YEAR TO CRACKING THE TOP SIXTEEN [WHICH IS ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE IT TO THE PERFORMANCE ROUND] EVEN AFTER A LATE START SO I FELT LIKE I HAD A REALLY GOOD CHANCE OF SUCCEEDING THIS YEAR. THE LAST TIME I CHECKED [SOMETIME LATE LAST WEEK] I HAD 20 OR 21 VOTES. FAR LESS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE TOP SIXTEEN OR EVEN CLOSE TO THE TOP SIXTEEN. AFTER A WEEK OF SPAMMING TIMELINES, COMPULSIVELY CHECKING THE STANDINGS, QUESTIONING HOW SOME OF THESE OTHER “BANDS” I HAD NEVER HEARD OF [& WHOS MUSIC WAS NOT VERY GOOD] WERE RECEIVING SO MUCH SUPPORT & RACKING MY BRAIN ATTEMPTING TO COME UP WITH CLEVER WAYS TO COMPETE WITH THEM I DECIDED TO FALL BACK IN ORDER TO REALLY CONSIDER WHAT I WAS DOING & HOW MUCH THIS REALLY MEANT TO ME. I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT ALL I [ALONG WITH ABOUT A HUNDRED OTHER NARROW MINDED DREAM CHASERS] WAS DOING WAS HELPING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF AFROPUNK & INCREASE THEIR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE LIKES. FOR FREE. WHEN THE LIGHT BULB WENT OFF & I REALIZED WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING I LOST INTEREST. WHEN I WONDERED OUT LOUD VIA TWITTER IF ANYONE WAS CHEATING ONLY TO RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL THE NEXT DAY THAT 17 OF THESE “BANDS” WERE IN FACT CHEATING FOR VOTES I LOST FAITH ENTIRELY. 
IM NOT ONE TO EVER ENDORSE SPAM TECHNIQUES TO GET ATTENTION & NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN A FAN OF POPULARITY CONTEST. I CANT RECALL EVER WINNING ANY CONTEST OF THIS SORT EITHER. EVERY BIT OF FAVOR I HAVE RECEIVED AS A MUSICIAN IN THE LAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN EARNED IN SOME WAY.  ALL OF THIS WAS COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER FOR ME. 
IM NOT SALTY ABOUT MY LOW VOTE COUNT. BECAUSE THROUGH THIS PROCESS I LEARNED THAT THERE ARE 20 OR SO PEOPLE IN MY INNER CIRCLE WHO ARE TUNED IN DAILY TO WHATS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA & THERE IS A WHOLE NOTHER GROUP OF FOLKS WHO FUX WIT ME WHO WERE BUSY WITH THEIR OWN PERSONAL BUSINESS OFFLINE & HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT I WAS GOIN MAD ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH ONLINE. TO BE HONEST I WOULDNT HAVE BEEN ON FACEBOOK OR INSTAGRAM MYSELF AS MUCH AS I WAS LAST WEEK IF IT WASNT SOMETHING THAT I WAS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO, AWARE OF & AFFECTED BY. 
SO I DIDNT “WIN” BUT I HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE OF WHO IS INTERESTED & EXCITED ABOUT WHAT I HAVE GOING ON ON THIS SIDE OF THINGS & I APPRECIATE YOU ALL & I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME. 
BESIDES THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO MAKE IT TO AFROPUNK & 20 SETS OF EARS GIVE OR TAKE A FEW ISNT A BAD PLACE TO START. 
ALL I HAVE LEFT TO ASK OF YOU IS THAT YOU #DONTVOTEFORJEWELS
JUST LISTEN TO MY MUSIC. THATS ALL I EVER WANTED ANYWAYS.
BRANDNEWJEWELS.BANDCAMP.COM