BEHIND GATES & NOT A KODAK MOMENT By G.Othello

BEHIND GATES

&

NOT A KODAK MOMENT

By G.Othello

 

With the recent legal woes of Kevin Gates and Kodak Black, it seems as if a lot of our black music artists can’t catch a break. I mean, yes they did break the law, but how do our young brothers continue to find themselves in these situations? These are two music artists that were just beginning to take off in the music industry. Whether you rock with their music or not, they are two talented individuals in their own way. It’s as if some of these artists can’t shake their past. A lot of black music artists come from backgrounds riddled with drugs, violence and gang activity. So that lifestyle tends to follow them, but not every artist falls back into that trap. If we listen to the stories of Jay Z, Nas, and Kendrick Lamar to share a few, they lived a certain lifestyle and when they got on in the music industry, they got on. They did not look back or fall back into the lifestyle that they lived before. So I can’t help but to wonder, how did Kevin Gates and Kodak Black fall into this trap? Why are these artists who have a hit song suddenly fall into this pit where they become a product of the judicial system? Maybe their past just comes back to haunt them? Is this one of the many examples of when keeping it real goes wrong? I get it, “stupid is as stupid does” and “do the crime, do the time”. But DAMN.

(Artist spotlight) A Gem from Lauryn Hill (By G. Othello)

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A Gem from Lauryn Hill
An Appreciation Piece by Othello

I was 10 years old in 1998 when Lauryn Hill released “Doo Wop (That Thing)”. That song was from her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. At the age of 10, I quite didn’t pay attention to the message of the song. I was more concerned with going outside to play and watching cartoons, but I knew I liked the song because of her beautiful voice and the beat. As I began to listen to the album and that song for years to come, I began to understand more the message that she was trying to portray. Continue reading “(Artist spotlight) A Gem from Lauryn Hill (By G. Othello)”