Walking into the lounge I was with my homies. We had met up with some of the set performers. I sat and chat with the people around the venue. My homie interrupted my conversation with a full glass of beer, telling us about how well treated the artist here are. I walked around scoping the place as Black Moon Child played her set. The place was very elegant, showing an up-scale lifestyle. Nothing of the average is seen here. People that we’re bosses and artist that has a style of experimentation. I had to go and get me a drink myself. Before getting myself a drink, I had caught a quick conversation with Nuntheless.
His mission is to bring out anybody that has not played a live set that embraces a totally unique style. He said the scene here in Detroit can kind of get cliquish, isolating artist from not having their time to shine. He started out being a producer then evolving into a DJ. It all started when Omar was out of town, that is when his ideas started brewing like the cold refreshing beer in this lounge. He exclaimed networking is a big element to have in Detroit and he utilize that for an advantage. Having a venue with all the talent he knew, infused within the elegant style that Detroit embraces. Nuntheless is a; producer, DJ, drummer, and even a pianist. You can check out some of the highlights below.
The battle in Syra continues to run a ruin. Leaving at-least 7 villages deystroyed. A man recalls twenty-one of his relatives being killed. The war is ripping apart families. Men watch their houses get raided as their families abducted, then terrorist rape the woman in front of their families. This war is vilating these people human-rights and culture. In syrian; it is tradition to wait for marriage. Each woman has been persecuted by their families after they have been victimized by something that is out of their will-power. Some never accepted back into their family homes. The woman are also raped in prison then sent pictures of the crime to their husband. One woman exclaimed she seen her friend raped before her eyes in the detition centor. After her friend was raped, she seen her friend that was pregnant get group raped by multiple men. Before the torture started she was dragged out of her home. Then brought to a location she can not even recall. A person was sitting at the front desk eating pitaschios. He threw them at her and preceed to call her vial names. The man she remembers vividly that did this to her goes by the name- Lieutenant Colonel Suleiman from Tartus
Bombs have been laid in the middle of the street killing countless cilvilians. The death toll of this war has been estimated to be over one-hundred thousand. As I am digesting this information. I ask myself, how does one be able to process a massacure that is going on. I am horrified. Not to mention, are immigration laws are ripping apart families as they try to cross the border. In hopes of leaving a war torn country just to stare face into the eyes of a new threat. People in the united states have shown such a disregard for life that exist outside of this country.
Civil war is the reason why we have mass killing going on right now in this country. It is like The Purge is taking place. A doctor in a facility has found it in his heart to let one of the woman be freed after being brutally sexually assasulted, causing her to pass out. She was taken to the centre in order to be treated. The doctor told her she will be pronounced dead and then smuggled out. This is by a brutal hand forcasted from; militia groups, regimes and terrorist all trying to establish a law or believe system in a country. This war is deystroying the planet humans live on.
Napalm Spot sat down and interviewed one of the clothing companies that has major promises for the future. Being on the up-rise in Detroit, they have gained attention, increasing popularity and revenue. The clothing company shows no halt, they continue to excel by bringing together creative minds alike for a great turn-out. Contacting vendors and renting space too showcase the potential here that is offered. Stephen shared some thoughts on the future of the company and the promises it holds.
“I was very happy about the turnout of the Meetup. There’s already over 150 photos posted on Instagram from the event (check out #bxnkmeet to see the photos). I’m confident that there’s a bright future for Detroit’s creative industry witnessing all the talented creatives and artists at the event.
Since we are so new, we haven’t had a chance to see if brand responsibility is helping boost sales. We’ve been really focusing on marketing and these pop-up events, and that’s definitely been helping. However, I know other brands that focus on brand responsibility, that’s where all of their sales come from”- @Doubleohstephen
Muralist Carl Oxley decided to spruce up a railroad duct in downtown royal oak. Having been abandoned and not being looked after. He took his painting talents and spruce up things a bit in his community. He got arrested for not going through the process that city council requires for murals to be decorated on the side of buildings. They described it as, “Not liking the color of someone’s fence and changing the color of it.” People in his community was outraged when they found out he got a misdemeanor charge for something the city that has not been looked after in years. It was depressing to see. So he let his paint brush free.
He does not want to see a community go to waste. The man that was a paint brushing hero gave life to many people. The life of his art got him a gig to do a painting on a woman’s garage, he received three-hundred dollars for the painting. People started leaving decorations of their own on his mural. The outrage caused a far cry, making more support for this artist work. I think people just want something positive out of a negative. That what makes a motivating force, especially when it is done out of the positive outlook on someone else’s time and life.
Me growing up in the big city “Detroit” , Michigan; it is a lot to the neighborhood life here. You have people at the local barbershops having cookouts with their barbeque grills fired up. You got some people selling water bottles on street corners. We have abandoned buildings and dilapidated houses but still got community leaders that want to see the better of the city. Detroit is more than Detroit, it is a town that consist of hero’s, workers and hustlers. They say the dollar is the common ground of why Detroiters move. In my eyes it is more than that, I believe it is the love of their life, family and sometimes careers.
I think a human beings greatest threat is a dollar. Yes, are actions must equate to making the dollar. When we receive payment for our deeds, it is a kind thank you for the quality of work I did for today. That is not what defines business though, I think business comes from having a passion for the community. Knowing the ins and outs of your local scene to be able to build up a strive- contributing to economic success. I would not describe Detroit as a city of, “hustlers”. Maybe that is the case in the more urban areas. When the bigger thought is captured in the mind and heart of a Detroiter. It is a better life that is being chased.
With the economic declined that happened when Kwame Kilpatrick was in office. We watched the population decreased from at-least a million going down too six-hundred thousand. Moving to places like California, Arizona and even Atlanta. The dollars value here has inflated, rising cost and people being lost out of a house. Fast forward too the year 2018, the city has now became better. Downtown Detroit is seeing a revitalization and the artist community is starting to thrive along with it. In my opinion, what makes a Detroiter ? The grit, grime and never being able to be killed. What won’t kill me, will make me stronger.
Rap has taken a back-seat on community activism and cherishing our youth. We now cherish what it means to value WWE level entertainment done on a platform, playing into a sterotype on an independent level. I understand we rap to make success, some do it for the fun. If all means though, think on what a future can hold with the other talents you hold. I think starting out as a youth doing something positive to keep away and hone in on your thoughts is a great resource for hip-hop. Then as we evolve, we see the thoughts we write down then begin to manifest what we think. Some people write income, some people write revolution and some write destruction. In other words, I think instead of living in are dreams; embrace reality with force. You always wanted to be the man you say you are, then live it out. Why let the self-centered dream you are living on a image tell you other-wise. I think rap has helped breed community leaders, helped improve critical thinking and also promoted intercity communalism.
Then we have the other side of rap music where it is all about chasing a check. What it means to be a rapper now is to become property of another man and public image. Then watched your-self be dog walked around by your own sterotypes with a corporate agenda tied to this mans interest. Sometimes the myth may be true that some record labels are here to watch the prison rates rise, teen pregnancy go up and get the primal senses active. Drums and catch phrases help militaries prepare for war, so why can’t chants in a song boost the morale of a person to do an activity.
We still have students saying on Martin Luther King day, “Lets kill off four more like him and get a week off”. We still have black students being subjected to be called a Nigger while singing the National Anthem with the rest of their peers on a school bus. A Detroit police officer and amateur photographer, Khary Mason, decided to take a stand and sent emails to the schools superintended and reached out to Activist in communities. When his eldest son had experience racism and still no-one has came to aid him in getting the issue resolved. Having got the attention of a whole community, his only wish is to make a better world for his kids to grow up in.
Rochester Hills population makes up less than 6 percent of African Americans. I think in order to heal communities like this we must have cultural appreciation days. Were we take time out our day to appreciate different ethnicities. Instead, we have some movements that still want racism to be a thing in the fabrics that make up America. Remember the black boy that got shot at by his neighbor when asking for directions to school ? That’s what makes this cops fight and the issue I see in America a problem. Instead of trying to give a solution we bring the poison. Why must we always see other ethnicities as a threat, instead of fixing the threat, we kill them off. Still not having a solution on how to fix the problem but making the flames more fanned. Fear is always going to be an issue when we look at an affluent neighborhood with a population that makes up Caucasians. They are use to the same, seeing the same, that when they see different. The people in that community are going to go off what they see and read in their local news stations, about what happened in Detroit last week at a gas station in the summer time.