We’ve all had these questions run rampant in our minds before…
Why is school important? Why do I have to learn things that I won’t use later on in life? How can a test result determine how smart I am?
I, for one, can admit that I JUST failed an exam this week and I feel no type of way about it. Surely I was upset when I first got the test back, but in the midst of me feeling sorry for myself, I realized that I didn’t study hard for that exam in the first place. In fact, that exam did not represent how much I had learned in the class at all, and my grade was just another example of how my procrastination to study can get the best of me at times.
But does that test really determine if I’m smart or not? Of course not. Especially since most of the information I find myself cramming into my brain leaves my brain the moment the test is over.
Today’s video is a special one to me because it touches on subjects that I’ve been asking myself for years. Its a real mind opener and I believe that all of us can relate to what Sulibreezy is talking about. After you watch the video above, leave a comment below and let us know what you think on this matter.
Is school really important? Or is it time that we changed our system to more fit our current social needs?
One time for the homie Raw (@iamryanraw) who has once again brought forth that smooth sound that we love from him. With some sound advice for the ladies in the first verse, Raw lets you know early that Straight To The Point is the cool guy anthem of the month. With relatable, easy-going wordplay, the Zip Squad captain delivers yet another addition to the Cloud 9 soundtrack. Check out Straight To The Point below & let us know what you think with a comment.
Here goes a track that K.R.I.T. lovers will adore…
After a small moment of pause, Big K.R.I.T. has finally come back with some more dope music for us to fiend on… and this time he has some help from the trap lord himself, A$AP Ferg.
After taking a quick listen to the track myself, I’m more than pleased with the outcome of this collaboration. With a Bone Thugs N’ Harmony type of vibe to the song, the southern style brought by K.R.I.T. and the unpredictable flow by Ferg makes a nice mixture on this tag team track.
If you yould like to listen to the track yourself, check it out below and leave a comment with your thoughts on the new hot track.
How often do you put yourself in uncomfortable situations?
How often do you test yourself to see what you are capable of?
Most of the time, we find ourselves sticking to what we know. We hide behind what is the norm and what is comfortable to us because that is all we know. We are not accustomed to placing ourselves in situations that can bring us pain or failure, so we stay complacent with things that we know we can overcome or achieve.
However, what good does that do for us?
The truth is, progress does not come from success alone. Progress is achieved through failure, which is then turned into success. Trial and error is a process that we all must go through in order to truly gain success and knowledge of ourselves.
This is why we must never be afraid to try something new. Even if we fail, we still gain knowledge that helps us prepare for better success in the future… the type of knowledge that truly separates the losers from the winners.
So I ask you again…
Take your chance today to break out of your shell & try something new. Do not allow yourself to become content with your current situation in life. Even if things are going good for you right now, things could always be better if you put forth the extra effort.
Use your youth as an advantage and take risks. Be daring and willing to try something new, whether it brings you success or failure. Either way, you will gain knowledge that will be of importance in your life, and you will evolve and grow into a better and more successful person in the process.
With Much Love And No Bull,
YADA x The Gang
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This FLAB Friday, FLABgang is featuring a song by up & coming artist Ceddy Gomez. Ceddy Gomez is a University of Memphis student perusing both artistic and academic successes. Although he is a new artist he has already performed at various events and opened for various artists, including Juicy J and Young Dolph. We’re featuring one of his latest songs, “Grahamwoods Finest.” I think this is a very dope track. It’s got a dark, rebellious sound. Check out “Grahamwoods Finest” by Ceddy Gomez here:
I got a chance to talk a bit with Ceddy Gomez about his music and vision as an artist. Here’s a quick recap of the interview:
Jamaal: What inspired you to become an emcee?
Ceddie: ”Well, I wouldn’t exactly label myself as an “emcee”, or anything really. I just kick it and I happen to make music about it, haha. But what inspired me? Shiiit, I always been a huge Drake fan, but I heard “Uptown” with him, Weezy and Bun and it’s been a wrap ever since. It’s deeper than that now, but I’ll save that for another time.”
Jamaal: How would you describe your music?
Ceddie: ”Ummm, in one word? Haha lemme see, dope.”
Jamaal: What was your favorite moment while working on this project?
Ceddie: ”Well, if you talkin bout my 1st project Gomez Like Selena, prolly when I dropped my 1st single “Eenie Meenie”. I got a lotta love off that track.”
Jamaal: Who engineered your project?
Ceddie: ”Me, I’ve always recorded my songs and did everything for the most part.”
Jamaal: What’s in store for Ceddy Gomez?
Ceddie: ”Man, I got a lot in the works but I just been real quiet about it. I ain’t gonna spoil it though, Imma just let it all unfold on it’s own. But one thing I will say is that I’m workin on some new new. At the moment I’m shootin for a summer release, so keep an eye out.”
After talking with Ceddy Gomez and hearing some of his work I am definitely eager to here his future work. He’s got a lot of crazy concepts and dope sounds coming this year that he has yet to announce. Although he’s a relatively new artist, he definitely hit the ground running.
For more from Ceddy Gomez check out his Twitter/IG: @CeddyGomez
Designer for the Low
As soon as Spring hits we all get that urge to clean out those closets and see what we can pull from behind those dreary winter clothes. If you’re like me, I get the craving to shop! Well let’s face it I get that craving a lot, but there’s two words that triggers that hunger for retail therapy for everyone.. “Refund Check!” Now maybe you’re saving up for a vacation or need to pay off some of those students loans and bills, I condone you-I just can’t help it!
Dressing to the nines can be fairly hard when you’re in college or on a strict budget, but it’s still doable! I have fell in love with a couple of sites that sell well known designer brands for the low. You able able to mix and match your favorite designer pieces and recreate looks you’ve seen on your favorite artists or celebrities.
There are slew of sites you can explore, but here are some of my favorites!
Need a little inspiration for a new Spring 2014 look, look through fashion mags or follow your favorite musician artist/musician to see what they are wearing? Take a look at one of those exclusive sites and see what you can come up with. Here are some looks I recreated from one of my favorite style guru’s, no one other than the Queen Bee herself!
As of lately, there has been an upsurge of southern rappers with superb MC skills surfacing the airwaves of the game. One of them being Chattanooga, TN native Isaiah Rashad, the newest member of the T.D.E. crew.
After listening to his freestyle “Soliloquy”, its no surprise that T.D.E. would scout the kid out. His bars are full of punches & truth, which is easily relatable amongst the Hip Hop crowd.
Dropping his EP “Cilvia Demo” back in March 2013, Isaiah has created a new lane for himself in the Hip Hop game, making those who are fans of his music very excited to see what he comes out with next.
If you would like to listen to some of Isaiah Rashad’s music, check out his freestyle “Soliloquy” and tell us what you think with a comment below.
What’s Stopping You?
You say you want to be successful. You say you want a lot of money. You say you want this & that but… what’s stopping you?
We all say we want the better things in life, but what actually stops us from achieving those things? Today is all about distractions… and please be reassured, life is full of them.
Distractions can keep us from a lot of things. We can have all of the dreams & ambition in the world, but if we allow distractions to interfere with our goals, we’ll find out quickly that all can be lost without the proper mindset & tools set in place.
If you really want something, there are three things that have to be set in place for you to achieve those things: a plan, determination, & focusness. Most people have determination, but they fall short because they don’t have a plan. Or people have a plan & the determination to carry it through, but they lack focus & can never get anything done. Most people probably fall into this category, which is surely due to distractions.
If you really want to get anywhere in life, you have to learn how to cut out all of the distractions in your life. But before you can do that, you have to figure out what those distractions are. Relationships, bad habits, fears, too many parties, drinking (and yes…even smoking) can all be things that are distractions to us. Whatever those things are that pull you away from the job you are trying to finish are distractions, and your goal for today is to annihilate those things from your life.
So we ask you again… what’s stopping you? What’s keeping you from those big dreams of yours? Whatever it is or whoever they are, cut them from your life now so you can begin building your future today.
With Much Love & No Bull,
YADA x The Gang
For some people, finding happiness is a struggle and continuous battle. No matter how happy you try to be, there’s always something that tries to snatch that happiness away. Its a constant tug of war between yourself & the forces of the world, which can be leave you feeling drained & frustrated with your circumstance.
It doesn’t always have to be that way though. As hard as it may seem, finding happiness or your own piece of paradise is actually easier than you think. Some people think that they can base their happiness on material things, such as money, clothes, cars, and even non-material things such as relationships and attention. However, that’s where a lot of people go wrong. Basing your happiness on or giving your time & energy to things that don’t benefit you are reasons why we get frustrated & discontent with life. We end up thinking that those things matter, but when they don’t make us happy or fix a situation we’re in, we end up feeling confused & drained, and maybe even more frustrated than before.
We get like this because we sometimes lack the knowledge of self. We really don’t know what makes us happy. We say we want one thing, but when we get that one thing, it never satisfies us & we end up wanting more. If we knew who we were as people, we would know what makes us happy & we wouldn’t spend our time & energy on things that don’t.
That’s why its necessary to take the time to get to know yourself, so you can find a piece of paradise of your own. Is it your family? Is it your art? Is it helping people? Traveling? Maybe its a hobby or job you possess? Whatever it may be, find that piece of paradise within yourself & vacation there more often. Know what makes you smile & treat yourself to that thing whenever possible.
No matter how hard life gets, know that there is always a place within yourself that you can go to escape from the matters at hand. All it takes is positivity & a little self-adventuring… only then will you find that piece of paradise.
With much Love & No Bull,
YADA x The Gang
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kai, was an angel. she had to be. she said these things that made hearts drop to the floor but for as long as i’ve known her. she never shattered one. i never understood how that was even possible but, that’s who she was. a light.
‘why are you naked’ she’d always ask days i forgot to wear a smile out the door.
[laughs] that always got me..
‘i had a dream last night.’
‘about what’ i was curious as usual.
‘butterflies, colors, wings’ she said. ‘i was being reincarnated into one, fighting the transformation flashes of life all directed to you, your smile made it easy to transfer. you made me feel safe in a sense, it was weird. stop invading my dreams dude’ she finished with a smile that conquered half her face.
i paid close attention to details in the dreams that she told. they gave life to possibility. hope plus, kai just was smooth. too smooth.
‘you talk to the misses yet?’ kai would ask me every chance she got to test my strong man ability. [shrug] ‘you funny that ain’t my girl’
‘the way you be watching she might as well be’ —she laughed. kai had jokes too.
she was a combination of chaos dipped in good laughs. i liked it…
(If you would like to read more of “Forbidden Fruit”, check it out here at http://elusivemetaphors.tumblr.com/post/77041450678/forbidden-fruit-by-malanda-j)