“Hold Me Down Through These Troubled Times” (Why I Shed Tears For Nipsey Hussle)

I’m 33 years of age, a father to two boys and husband of a beautiful wife whom I’ve known since mid-teens. I grew up on the east coast, in Boston. I haven’t participated in much community outreach, never been in a gang and most investments just haven’t quite developed into much. Today, the world lost one, Ermias Asghedom better known as Nipsey Hussle and I wept like a baby for reasons I may or may not be able to clarify still. Just by writing at this…


In a what have you done for me lately era, we rush to proclaim classic or trash within 5–7 business days. Music drops on Fridays at the moment, so you really have until Monday to form your opinion on an album. The twist in making such claims based off the most recent body of work, if it’s something we don’t like, we then clamor for “the old (Insert Artist Here).” This is where the core fan base can become a detriment leaving the artist confused. …


Everyone loves an underdog, for the most part, we cheer on the underestimated finding some connection with being overlooked and taken for granted. We aren’t all cocky but deep down, confidence lies within us and it mic checks for attention every now and then, especially in an area of expertise. You can play it humble, show sportsmanship and professionalism, but let someone step into your domain. After all of the time and effort, blood, sweat and tears that you have put into mastering your craft…you’re not about to let anyone feel like they deserve it more. …

French Blaine

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