Hi there to all of those who come back and check out these blogs I do. It is funny because I was thinking about something yesterday, I was thinking about my blogs and how they are in a sense therapeutic for me and I say that because I get to speak out on topics that are close to my heart or on topics that are pressing in our current times and even sometimes to just let you in on my journey through this life. It's nice to have a place to write my thoughts and look back sort of like a open journal and hopefully along the way some things I have said has helped one person either deal or look at their situation in a better light. My goal has never been to cut down or be harmful and even when I have written on some "controversial" topics it has always been from a good place and sometimes just to vent on the wrongs I see in this world. My main goal always is to end each blog with a positive note and the idea to love one another because we are all one, in the end color, race, identity does not matter, we are and always will be one thing - the human race. That said, it leads me into a article I came across yesterday about Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis. On their front lawn of their church they have a nativity scene with baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph and normally you see this scene over and over throughout many church properties during the holidays but what made this different was at this particular church they had surrounded the nativity scene with a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. The Rev. Stephen Carlsen said the caged Holy Family is a protest to President Trump's zero tolerance policy that is holding families in detention centers and ripping children away from their parents. Rev. Stepen Carlsen said, "I know what the bible said, we're suppose to love our neighbors as ourselves." Rev Lee Curtis came up with the idea for the demonstration and had said the biblical trio (baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph) represents every family and that every family is holy and is part of their campaign #EveryFamilyIsHoly . It has been said that throughout the parish and those walking by and viewing the demonstration many have realized that every family deserves to find peace and to be able to provide their family a better life full of promise and not persecution. I couldn't help not write about this article as it really was powerful to see a church stand up and say this is not right and to acknowledge what is to be true about any religion-that we should love one another and aid one another for we are all brothers and sisters. I mean in theory all religions preach peace and respect for all human life and that we are all here for a short time to serve one another and to walk in the light of goodness and peacefulness and in today's climate it seems so many have lost their way with this idea and so many are choosing us versus them and we can not move forward for brighter futures for all our children should we continue this pattern. I pray those that choose bigotry and hate are enlightened before continuing to pass on the hateful tendencies that grow from generation to generation. I pray for all those sitting in detention centers that they know so many are advocating for them and we do not wish them peril. I pray that many of us can see each other for what we are-we are brothers and sisters derived from one higher being and that together we shall be greater than we could ever imagine separate. Last week I was absent from my weekly blog as I had so much to handle with what many of you should now have heard about our "Music In The Woods" Music Festival. Let me tell you this is something we at Chi-Native had talked about for the lasts two years and we decided this summer the time was now or never and it has taken a bunch of planning but we are so excited to see this come to fruition and can not wait to see where this goes and build on it from here. We had some hurdles to get over before we could drop the announcement and once those were done it was moving on to the next part of phase planning. I go from pure excitement to then a small panic attack at all the to do's and what needs to be accomplished within the next five weeks, but when we decide at Chi-Native to do something you can bet we go All In and give it our all and this event will be no different. I have posted the last few days each artist that will be performing live at the music festival on all my various social media platforms so feel free to check each artist out and we so look forward to you all coming out and having a great time. "Music In The Woods" Music Festival will be 8/17 from 11am -5pm at Big Bend Lake and all information and ticket sales are available under our "Music In The Woods" tab located on our home page simply click it-easy as can be. That's it for this week guys, I hope you all have an amazing and productive week filled with lots of sunshine and blessings. May we all learn something from the Church in Indianapolis may we all - take care of one another, look out for one another and remember life is short, live it to your best ability and always move within the light spreading goodness. Till next week my babes, xoxo. #ThisIsMyBlog #ThrowEmC #ChiNative #WeeklyBlog #HeyMondayHey #LetsTalkAboutIt
Hey my dears we are back at it again on this Monday and I hope you all found yourselves rested and ready for all the possibilities this week can bring. This week's topic will be a little harder than most to talk about because it is so infuriating what this administration is doing in regards to the Border Patrol custody of children. Now before we get into the current situation that these children are facing lets remember one important factor that these children are exactly that, children. How despicable so many so called adults are willing to justify along with the Trump administration that it doesn't matter because it's their parents fault as if anyone in those situations could possibly imagine why any parent would choose such a difficult decision and trek through rough terrain to find asylum in order to give their children a real chance at life. Do you know how hard of a decision that is for any parent to decide we must run, we must leave our home country because our children will not live or worse we the parents will die and our children will be left alone. These parents have made the ultimate sacrifice to leave the only place they have known in order to allow their children a future, that is a true example of what any parent is willing to do for their babies. I see so many people behind their keyboards spewing such hate, stating their children being taken from them is their fault, their children don't deserve them for parents, that their parents aren't their parents and all or most are mules, I mean what in the hell is wrong with anyone that would say such stupid and idiotic things? These same people that want to cut public aid for low income families, the same people that want to say health care isn't a right for all people, the same people that say child care assistance isn't needed for the struggling mom or family, the same people that don't believe in free education are the same ones that cry for pro-life but won't accept any responsibility financially, medically, or educational for all these unwanted and most times unexpected pregnancies. Also lets clarify that those seeking asylum are doing so because they risk persecution they are not doing so because they believe they are going to live free, it's absurd how many lack basic knowledge as to why someone would choose to make such a difficult decision. It is horrendous that upon finally making it through deserts and rough conditions that upon surrendering themselves and stating they are seeking asylum that they are immediately thrown in the worst of conditions and separated from their babies and children with no further information given to these asylum seekers as if they no longer are those children's parents. I have watched in horror the footage and words from those who have gone within some of these camps about the atrocities that many of these adults and children are facing and it seems that no one within this administration is willing to stand up and say enough is enough. I can only imagine the pain, turmoil and tears so many mothers and fathers are experiencing within these holding cells not knowing where their babies are. I was taken back when I heard a lawyer for the justice department state that detained children don't need soap, toothpaste, or beds to be "safe and sanitary" while in border custody. This lawyer also stated that sleep wasn't a guarantee, she wanted the court to focus not on these minor details as she put it. She went on to say that safe and sanitary was a singular category and that it was not enumerated by neither parties within the Trump administration and the Border Patrol because they couldn't agree on what these needs were and how to enumerate those needs. I mean in what world can someone stand before a panel of judges and argue that these basic items were not needed and the only reason she was in court was because a group of lawyers had visited a detention center in El Paso, TX and were horrified at the conditions in which 250 minors were being housed. You have babies caring for babies, sick children not receiving medical care and when we say sick, these babies had the flu and common colds and were not being treated, where is our humanity? What is wrong with all you cowards that don't see these babies as just that? If we rounded up all blonde and blue eyed children would you be so outraged then because they look like little Susie, Kathy, Jane, John, William? What we are doing as humans to other humans and innocent children is deplorable, shameful, vile and unforgivable. The legacy that we are leaving behind, allowing the Trump administration to destroy us as a nation, the silence by so many regarding these innocent people trying to survive, the silence on allowing families to be torn apart, separating children while this "great" nation puts them in cages in appalling conditions is putrid and we are no better than any other volatile regime throughout history. Although America has proven time and time again that it believes this world is only for one group of people the elite and the pale skin and that group is not an inclusive group. We are at war in our own home, when the Pilgrims came we Natives did not rape, separate, torture and divide them, we welcomed them, we fed them, we taught them how to survive on our shores and in turn we were stripped of our lands, our culture, and our identities. So many forget real Americans are not the John's and Nancy's, this was a home to many Tribes, our tears were real, our pain is shared as history repeats itself. To all my Natives, my black and brown brothers and sisters we are under siege, we are in a prolonged period of misfortune but I stand with all of you, I will not be silent, I will continue to raise my voice and speak out on difficult topics, to call our congressman, to make others aware that I see, and I know what is happening. I will continue to speak up and use my platforms as I see fit because I will not be complicit in the face of such atrocities. We must demand better, we must make changes and we must get our government back in order. We must ensure that our next leader understands what it means to lead a nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all! We must demand a government for the people, by the people standing for decency and morals. I leave you simply with the following; be an ally, stand up and speak out where wrong is wrong and show one another love for we are all brothers and sisters. Till next week xoxo #ThisIsMyBlog #ThrowEmC #ToughTimes #America #LandOfOpportunity ?????
Hello my friends and here we are back at the start of the work week, oh Monday sometimes I am not ready for ya. I had an amazing weekend and I hope that many of you did as well. One real question is summer ever going to come to us here in the Midwest? I mean for the last week I have had to have my outdoor heater on when I am outside chilling in my garage. We were all outside yesterday trying to enjoy ourselves and it was so funny to see it's mid June and we all had to wear sweaters, pants, and we had blankets as well. I also noticed this time last year through other's timelines many were at pools, sun was shinning and here we are a year later complete opposite. I really have a strong feeling we are not going to have the summer many of us expect and in a sense that is so sad, I mean we really only get those 3 summer months to look forward to because it always seem like as soon as September hits we go full winter mode with all the rain, colder days and darkness (that's the worse). Sigh, moving along I had a busy weekend, Friday Mic Logik had a show at PAPS bar and grill in Mount Prospect to help Evan Hughes kick of his "Do It For The Summer Tour" and we also had the homie Wrds on the bill as well and even though there was not a huge turnout for Evan we all had a great time and we ourselves had a few supporters come out and kick it with us. Evan is super talented and I look forward to seeing how his career keeps unfolding, he also had performed at Slum Fest the following day so he is working and building that is for sure. Friday night was a long night, me and my friend hit up the after party and stayed up way to late and enjoyed a few more libations than I probably should have. Saturday was also a busy day as me and my son hit up the Pilsen Taco Fest but I will say I was a little unimpressed by the whole thing. I really expected it to be a little larger and definitely expected to see more vendors both food and merchandise wise. I believe I seen probably about 4 merchandise vendors and many seemed to not have to much variety so I didn't find anything to buy per say. Most food vendors were pretty similar and most had all the same kind of juice varieties so again nothing new. I stayed for about an hour, it was a rainy day and I can only eat so much and after 4 tacos your girl was done. Saturday night was pretty low key, watched my beloved Cubbies and awaited I.Deal's return from the Bahamas and had to pick him up from the airport. Sunday was a great day, we cooked out for my pops and had family over to enjoy the day, plenty of good eats and drinks. It is so nice to sit around laugh and truly enjoy one another's company. I hope many father's felt celebrated and loved yesterday as they should rightfully so. Fathers are an extremely important part of a child's life. A father will always be the lead as to whom your children look up to, they will always look toward their fathers for guidance and reassurance that they walk besides them protecting them. A father's presence will always be needed and I hope many know how truly important they are not just on one day but each and everyday. Life is short and time is moving all around us so fast , make sure to slow down and love on those that need your love every now and again, make sure they know how special they are to you. I will leave you all with my final thoughts for all fathers, to the men that know how important they are, to the men that understand their significant role, biological or not. To all the men that never walk away, to the men that show up every day, to the men that know their legacy is in how strong they build their family that they create, to the men that know wealth and riches directly tie into the way your children grow up, live and thrive to all the men that simply always put family first we celebrate you and love you. These type of men are the type of men any child would be so lucky to have and if you did have this type of father make sure to let him know how special he truly is, not just one day of the year but every day. To all the amazing dads here and in heaven - thank you! That's it for this week folks, next week Chi-Native should be dropping a major announcement so just keep a ear open so to speak and until then watch yourself and take care of another. #ChiNative #WeeklyBlog #ThrowEmC #Blogger #FatherDay #WeekendRecap #PilsenFestival #FathersDay #DoItForTheSummerTour
Hello and wow its been two weeks since I dropped a new blog for you all and I do apologize but it wasn't possible while I was away in Mexico as I had limited reception and I really went to unwind and enjoy my time with my offspring. It was funny someone asked me did you and your son have great bonding time but for me it wasn't about bonding because I feel we have such a strong relationship already, it is for me about keeping our tradition and having our annual vacation to his location of choice. I had always loved the idea of vacation and traveling somewhere new and the experiences it brings but as many others can relate growing up my family worked hard to maintain and provide for three children so while we always did family stuff together like picnics, the lakefront while growing up, or our annual camping trips we rarely vacationed outside of the U.S. and I totally can understand why, it isn't cheap and when you have a family to provide for it isn't always at one's top of their priority list. I had a wonderful childhood filled with a loving home and activities filled with the family but I knew when I had my son that we would travel the world and go somewhere every year and we started this tradition when he turned six years old and here we are fourteen years later still doing what we do best-traveling together and experiencing what life has to offer - together! This time around we chose to go to Mexico, specifically Playa Del Carmen area and we stayed at the Grand Riviera Princess. This resort is listed as an 18+ resort and it is huge let me say that first, I believe in total it has over 900 rooms on the entire resort and while staying there we also realized this resort is split into three different hotels all falling under the Grand Riviera so it is not entirely a 18+ resort. If you don't mind walking then the resort size is not an issue but for those who may not want to walk back and forth from the lobby to their room or beach front they do have a trolley service that runs every 15 minutes from the lobby throughout the outer sides of the buildings. Upon Check in - the process was smooth and I had absolutely no issues and while I do speak Spanish (not perfectly but I have no real communication issues) I was surprised at how many now speak English, well at least at this resort. Now this resort is an all-inclusive so drinks and most restaurants are included but the one thing that we did not enjoy is having to make reservations for each, which can only be done the lobby and again your either walking all the way back to the lobby or your going to wait for a trolley to take you there and back again. Last year me and my son stayed at a resort that required no reservations for any of their restaurants and that was so much better because when your on vacation who really wants to be worried about a time schedule and how can we possibly know when we want dinner, a nuisance yes but not intolerable. I stated this is a big resort and it is, what we really liked is most of the building unit had their own pools attached to them so it really gave a private feel for you if that was more of your preference and occasionally you would get a server to walk by your pool and ask for your drink order. If you really wanted to drink all day then there were about four main pool areas that had the walk up bar, in reality you were never far from a good drink. I can't say enough how good the service was, anyone that was working was quick to answer any questions or aid us in any requests we might have had. Let's talk about the beach, sorry to say that the beach was definitely not a selling point. I gotta say the beach front was brown and had layers upon layers of seaweed drifting along the shoreline. We had walked to the beach front as the all day snack bar was located there (the several buffets located close to our building close down after 3pm so if your looking for a snack ie: burger, hot dog, chips you option is the snack bar) along with 2 very impressive on the beach front bars (all inclusive as well) but the beach front looked so sad to me, it really made me wonder is this humans doing this, is this climate change, because it just wasn't a beach I envisioned with all the lush greens and tropical forest just adjacent to us. It is something when your child notices the same thing as says he'd rather stay in the pools on the resort versus the ocean which is what we always prefer. Moving along the resort has a 24 hour sports bar and a disco/club both were fine, it offers something to do after a long day of the pool and sun and after watching the main singers perform nightly in the open lobby area. There is definitely something to see or do every night if you choose. I do want to talk about our trip we decided to take on our fourth day there, we booked a boat tour which included snorkeling in Isla Mujeres. I can not say enough good things about this excursion. Neither myself or my son have gone snorkeling before and the water was so amazingly blue and we swam through schools of beautiful fish, saw amazing coral, and underground statues. It truly was an experience and afterwards we docked for a few hours in a town by Isla Mujeres and we walked to Playa Norte and when I say the water was impeccable and so crystal blue I mean it. My son and I were absolutely mesmerised and the clarity and color of not only the white sandy beach but of the water. It truly was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend taking the boat tour because I will definitely be going back to vacation in Playa Norte just based on the beautiful beach. Check out was just as easy and simple as checking in, everyone pays a fee more like a resort tax which is just a few dollars (I believe $5 per person) so nothing tricky or painful about the checkout process. The only issue we had was our taxi which we had pre-booked through travelocity never showing up so I had to run downstairs to our consultant twice to make them aware we had been in the lobby waiting for an hour, apparently our driver "forgot" so we ended up having to ask the door guys to get us a taxi and lucky enough we had $55 US dollars on us to pay for the taxi which was refunded once we got to the airport and I spoke with our taxi service supervisor. Pain in the ass but it was handled, again our first ever experience where our pick up service forgot us. This vacation was everything we wanted, fun in the sun, time spent together, yummy drinks, and sight seeing. I love traveling, but what matters most is the time I spend with those that matter most. We only get one go around and I intend to make sure I do and see it all because life is for the living and living is exactly what I do with my days. Till next time babes, take care of one another, love another, make time for one another and most importantly life each day to the best of your ability.
Hello and good day from myself here in one of the greatest cities in the world, Chicago! Although many may argue with me due to the fact that spring has not truly decided to spring forward this year yet. It is barely going to reach a high of 52 degrees today and it seems like Mother Nature is really not ready to wake from her winter slumber to bring us some true spring/summer weather as we are already 3 weeks into May. I got so many good things to look forward to, I got a vacation coming up and the guy's I.Deal and Mic Logik have their next show a few weeks away and that is always going to be a good time because they certainly know how to rock a stage and with the buzz building around them I am rather excited to see the crowd that gathers on June 8th. So many good things but man are we in some trying times not only are minorities facing increased and blatant racism in all forms we are also facing an attack on women and their right to know what is best for themselves in terms of abortion and a woman's right to choose. There are so many that are spouting religious reasons and I have to ask where are all your religious virtues in terms of all the helpless children that are under police custody and have been without their parents for months. I ask where is your outrage and compassion for all these babies that have been separated from their parents whose only wish was to give their children a better life, or are brown babies something your God doesn't recognize? I ask these same people that say adoption is best, how many adopted children do you have? How many foster children do you have? I ask again how much time do you offer to mentor or how much do you donate to adoption causes and those in foster care? Adoption isn't the best choice always, we have many children within our foster care system that don't receive the love and attention they truly need. So many children live their entire lives within the foster care system and many are neglected and truly never receive the love they deserve. I also ask you, if your silent on all the white nationalist uprisings, the racism spewing from within this country at alarming rates as if we have gone back in time, if your quite on the notion that we want to cut health insurance and food stamps and affordable housing and planned parenthood which aids those in need of birth control, all which directly effects those that are struggling and barely staying above water how can you think a women being forced to keep a baby that she can not afford, does not want and can not take care of is in anyone's best interest? If your quite on all the mass shootings that have occurred and you don't scream for gun reform then why do you choose to open up your mouths on a topic that truly does not affect you personally? Where is your empathy, your outrage and change we desperately need in regards to all the children lost due to gun violence? Nothing that one women chooses to do with her body directly affects your life or your future life so why does anyone think they should own an opinion within a home they do not live in? Abortion is a personal matter and only a matter that needs to be discussed between a doctor and the patient-no one else. No woman needs to tell anyone why they chose for themselves to have an abortion because again - it does not affect your life! To any man with an opinion unless you can carry them and nurture them from birth your opinion is irrelevant it might be your seed but it's not your forest! I mean if a women is raped, or her life is at risk, her well being is at risk, why does anyone think your ideology matters most than that woman who has to deal with what has or will happen to her as a result of said pregnancy. I will finish off with the following words spoken by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her dignity. When the government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a full adult human responsible for her own choices." Every woman deserves the right to decide what is best for herself, not society, not men and certainly not our government. I could go on for days on this issue but I won't because there are too many that choose to think they know what is best for every individuals personal choice, too many that choose to talk rather than listen, too many that choose to think they are superior until forced with hard decisions themselves and too many with their own skeletons yet believe their choices are explainable. I leave this weeks blog with a message that may each of you go forward without judgement for what does not concern your daily life, I ask that each of you enraged and so concerned about a fetus within a womb not of your own to start to mentor, foster or adopt and start to find that same passion for this cause and move it into other causes that need our dire attention like police brutality, health care, tax reform, immigration reform, exploding child care cost, erupting college tuition cost and all the corruption within our government and these elected officials who don't live up to our expectations. I pray you all have a safe week and that you find a way to understand others and not just assume, till next weeks xoxo. #ChiNative #HotTopic #Blogger #ThrowEmC #MyChoice #MyRight
Hello and good day to you all on this fine Monday mid afternoon. So here we are the day after celebrating all our Mother's and Mother like figures in our lives. I hope each of you took the time out of your day to show her just how much she means to you, because life sometimes gets in the way and we tend to forget about expressing our feelings towards those that matter to us the most. Time is the most precious thing we each have and for many of our parents time is fleeting so it really is important to do more than call but to actually give them your undivided attention, make a fuss over them and show them how much they truly mean to you/us! I had a wonderful Mother's Day we spent time together at my youngest brother's house and then we took our mother to a Cuban restaurant in Chicago called 90 Miles Cuban Cafe.It was a BYOB type of restaurant and that is always a win win for my family and I because we can drink ya'll. The vibe, our hostess, the staff and the food were all fantastic, I picked this place the day before just by googling best BYOB and the ratings and reviews were good so I took a chance and I am so glad I did. My whole family truly enjoyed their dinner and atmosphere, mom and pops left full and sleepy so it was a good time for us all. There is nothing like family time and nothing like being surrounded by those that matter most to you enjoying each other's company, laughing and just genuinely having a great time. I just want to say to all the women around the world, it is because your willingness to be selfless and your desire to give your children the best you possibly can that the world shines a little brighter every single day.Mother's truly do more than you will ever know and until one day you hold your own bundle in the palm of your hands you won't understand it, there simply is no other love like that of a mother to her child, it truly is priceless and it changes a women in many ways. Make sure you guys moving forward don't just show your love one time a year, make it a daily attempt whether a text, or a phone call, you have no idea how much that makes any mom's day and the smile you bring by just thinking of her and reaching out to say hi! So, as we move on from this past Mother's Day love let's talk about all the love we have been receiving for the album GAINZ by I.Deal aka @Idealraps. We love that you guys are digging the new album and we are excited to hear more from you guys. What's your favorite track? If I had to pick one I would say it has to be No You Can't (feat Wrds) the beat and the vibe is outta here! It just starts of right and the message that no one can fuck up my high is legit and exactly how I feel every single day. I do me and I don't worry about what others are doing or what others got going on. You simply can not listen to this song and not feel better if your in a funky mood and Wrds flow is too dope! These two artists together knocked this track outta the park, the sound the style and delivery is 100! My next favorite track has to be Never Forget featuring Mic Logik and these two together are lethal because they complement each other so well with cadence, flow and energy. We have a music video in the works for Never Forget that I.Deal is currently editing so that should drop sometime very soon.If you all did not know, I.Deal and Mic Logik are perfectionist and last week they did not like the version of the music video that they thought was done so I.Deal went back into edit mode so he is adding some extra touches because every thing we do and bring to you guys has to be great, not just ok. We will be ordering our newest installments of shirts this week and we should have something to show you guys by next week and then we will proceed with all the orders. In case you wondering where you can listen to this album GAINZ because maybe you've been under a rock or something the album is available on all streaming sites: Tidal, Soundcloud, ITunes, You Tube, Spotify, Deezer, you name it it's out there! Now I also want to clear up a misconception. I.Deal is his name, his stage name, his artist name,whatever you want to call it but his work is all under his username for IG/Twitter which is @Idealraps and this has been such for years because many moons ago it was not possible to link everything to I.Deal as there were several entities already posting to you tube under just the name I.Deal hence you'll always find him easier by searching his @ which is Idealraps. If your ever confused you can also simply go to any of our IG pages @Idealraps @MicLogik @ThrowEmC and click the link in our bio it will take you to our URL's and you can find any of our music just by clicking whichever URL you choose. I know we say it a lot but we can't thank you all enough for the love and steady support each and everyone of you gives us!You all make it possible for us to keep pushing because we see what we are doing matters and that you all truly relate and like the music we keep bringing you guys. It really is because of each of you whether we've met personally or not that we continue to build and grow, so again thank you, thank you, thank you. I always like to end my blogs with a little something so here it goes for this week; We all have a purpose, we may not initially see it or know it but when you finally have the courage to allow your gifts to be seen you tap into your purpose and that's when everything starts to line up to serve you. Never be afraid to put yourself out there, the world is darker without your light! xoxo and until next week babes! #ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurposeIt really is because of each of you whether we've met personally or not that we continue to build and grow, so again thank you, thank you, thank you. I always like to end my blogs with a little something so here it goes for this week; We all have a purpose, we may not initially see it or know it but when you finally have the courage to allow your gifts to be seen you tap into your purpose and that's when everything starts to line up to serve you. Never be afraid to put yourself out there, the world is darker without your light! xoxo and until next week babes! #ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurposeIt really is because of each of you whether we've met personally or not that we continue to build and grow, so again thank you, thank you, thank you. I always like to end my blogs with a little something so here it goes for this week; We all have a purpose, we may not initially see it or know it but when you finally have the courage to allow your gifts to be seen you tap into your purpose and that's when everything starts to line up to serve you. Never be afraid to put yourself out there, the world is darker without your light! xoxo and until next week babes! #ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurposeI always like to end my blogs with a little something so here it goes for this week; We all have a purpose, we may not initially see it or know it but when you finally have the courage to allow your gifts to be seen you tap into your purpose and that's when everything starts to line up to serve you. Never be afraid to put yourself out there, the world is darker without your light! xoxo and until next week babes! #ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurposeI always like to end my blogs with a little something so here it goes for this week; We all have a purpose, we may not initially see it or know it but when you finally have the courage to allow your gifts to be seen you tap into your purpose and that's when everything starts to line up to serve you. Never be afraid to put yourself out there, the world is darker without your light! xoxo and until next week babes! #ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurpose#ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurpose#ChiNative #Blogger #ChicagoBlog #ShareYourLight #TapIntoYourPurpose
Hiiiii my sweet peeps and a hardy hello on this Monday. Man it seems like its been a minute since I last did a blog entry but its only been about week since we last chatted. I didn’t have much time last week at all to get a blog ready, we were in the midst of all things I. Deal and his album #GAINZ and on top of that we had such a debacle trying to order tees with the run around hence no shirts yet. This blog is short and sweet this week as it's just a recap of I.Deal and GAINZ. I will say this, I have zero clue why folks will list a contact us page and send a hello email but never follow up or respond to the issue at hand. I went through several companies with no follow up, I was over it by ends week no joke. I will be working on the new shirt orders this week, we will drop a campaign for the 2 styles we’ll have and then we’ll launch a pre-order for you guys. We will be getting some long sleeves because the way the weather has worked thus far it seems they will still be needed. I still have my damn heat on because its barely been warm here. We also will be bringing you guys a white t-shirt version of our current logo and possibly a different color as well, again all new merchandise will be pre-orders only. That said you guys rocking with us know GAINZ dropped on Friday 5/3 and we love how much y’all have been digging the album because the feedback has been amazing from you guys and not to mention the streams. The numbers are really good and that lets us know you guys are really liking the total vibes on GAINZ. We also have had some pretty dope reviews of the album written and it really means we’re doing something right when the team gets mentioned! What’s your favorite track off the album, drop a comment and let us know? My life last week was consumed with promo work all while trying to recover from catching another cold (which is highly unusual for me) due to my son who passed it to me. Children are the gift that keep on giving, I swear! He returned home from school and brought a damn cold with him that has had me for a week, I’m still coughing and carrying an arsenal of kleenex, I said this last blog but for real this better be my last cold for another year, all I’m saying. I.Deal will be dropping another music video very shortly, so keep on the lookout it should be here by weeks end. I got a busy week as some may know I’m a florist by day and its basically super bowl time for us as Mother’s Day is Sunday so I got my daytime gig pulling me 100 different ways and then I got my nighttime responsibilities with Chi-Native so your girl gotta go and keep it moving this week. Thank you for always coming back and checking in with me, I appreciate each and every one of you. Till next week I will leave you with this-remember why you do what you do daily, remember your why when your feeling tired, remember your why when faced with adversity, remember your why when others say you can’t so that you may prove what you always knew all along. You can and you will! Xoxo babes. #ChiNative #ThrowEmC #blog #GAINZ
Hello and a warm hi to you all out there in the universe today. Sorry, I am running behind on the blog this week. Yesterday I came home from the gym with the idea I would get it going but I had so many things to take care of home wise that time slipped away and then it was almost 10pm and by then this lady was cooked. No joke I had an amazing weekend, sun was out, weather was excellent, hell I even burned a little on Sunday while out barbecuing because I was determined to meal prep for the week and I just spent Easter Sunday with the whole family as I'm sure many of you did as well. Last week I did mention all of I.Deal's latest music videos that he has dropped and that he has finalized and mastered all of his songs for the upcoming album #GAINZ. We even have the album artwork finalized and yesterday we also confirmed the latest tee shirt that will be available for pre-order only and coincide with his album release. We will be announcing his album release date very soon!!! Mic Logik also out here doing things as well. @Wrds1 & @aqrunitback released a collab called “The Lacuna” and I mention this not only because Wrds1 dropped some gems on us but be also has a song called “Back Away” featuring Mic Logik and if you haven’t heard it yet the album is out and available everywhere on all streaming platforms. Now moving forward into this weeks nitty gritty blog. I am going to talk about this depression word that I feel is thrown around too much these days. It is insane to me to see how many unadjusted grown adults we got walking around daily, crying on their IG stories, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat about how “depressed” and sad they are. It is utterly silly how many folks are walking around thinking they need medicine in order to function when in reality a lot of times the fucking truth is life sucks sometimes and there ain't shit most of us can do but to deal with life, accept life and keep moving forward. No one is going to live a fairytale life and if your walking around with any type of notion of such it’s apparent you were raised to believe you’re a fucking princess or prince in a Disney movie because life isn't always rainbows and sunshine, no one is coming to save us but ourselves. We live to live life, to experience life, to feel life in all its forms whether good or bad, up or down. How else would we ever appreciate the good when it finally happens, how can anyone think we shall all experience positive uplifting days? We are humans, fickle, undecided and many times stubborn. Depression is absolutely real and every living being feels it but so is realizing that you must acknowledge what is driving your sadness. These emotions all stem from somewhere or something in our lives. Find what it is and work through it. You hate your job, its draining you, your not compensated enough, you’ve outgrown it then look for a new line of work. No you may not find your most ideal job right away, but it will have pushed you in a new direction where you may find a better calmness and less anxiety. Your relationships whether family, friends or your significant other not making you happy, their draining you, your hurting inside for whatever reasons- speak on it! No it won’t be easy, and no they may not be easy conversations to be had but without addressing the issues and collectively seeking solutions-you’ll continue to be sad with no real resolutions in sight. This takes each individual to understand the true essence of what being an adult is, you have to own your space, your feelings and if those you love can't or won’t acknowledge and work with you then the answer is always simple, you live, let live and let go. Your sad and depressed because money is tight, guess what baby, most of us feel this way daily, but you live and keep pushing because all we got is this one life and we all aren’t going to be born with a silver spoon. You sad and mad because you’re a baby momma struggling and wonder why you can’t seem to find a good man. Honey take a look at yourself and the type of men you deal with and look for the opposite because your type isn’t working for you. Take longer to be with someone and actually get to know them and not their facade. Your so mad as a man because your baby mother argues about letting you be with your child because their selfish and spiteful, be the adult and go to court because nothing should ever stop you from being with your own flesh and blood nor should they dismantle your bond as the other parent. Again, will it be easy and without stress-No, but life just isn’t going to be fair and again realizing your own mistakes and faults in creating life with folks you truly didn’t know because let’s be honest we don’t truly know someone in a year, that acknowledgment alone aids in making you realize you played a part in what happened and helps with moving forward. You don’t like paying child support man or woman, again pretty simple one can practice safe sex because procreation can totally be prevented. Your health is not great then figure out ways to address your ailments and make any and all changes that can improve your situation because your health is ultimately yours and yours alone to take care of and deal with! We don’t need countless self help books, we don’t need a shrink to listen quietly and ask us repeatedly how does that make you feel, nor do we need endless prescriptions to alter our minds. What we all need is action and the understanding that our mental health, our happiness all lies within us as long as we are willing to work through and acknowledge what our issues are but again that is the essence of being an adult. I could go on but this blog is long enough today. I will simply leave you with this; “Whatever you are not changing, You are choosing!” Until next week babes take care of yourselves and those you hold dearest because we all we got! #WhySoSad #MakingChanges #HowYouDoing #ChiNative #ThrowEmC #NewBlog
Hey guys and a happy hello to you all on this fine Monday evening and after this Sunday all I’m saying is that had better be the last snow we see till next winter! It literally snowed from 10am until about 7pm and I just kept thinking what in the hell is happening, yesterday we had snow accumulation, it was cold, gloomy and today we’re surrounded by sunshine and higher digits. Isn’t that funny one day one way and the next day another and just like that here we are again facing a new week, a week filled with opportunities to accomplish more goals, set more goals, and vibrate higher to whatever our calling may be and as we look forward may we all be refreshed and ready to get things done not just today but each and every day. We here at the label are pretty excited with the upcoming release of I.Deal aka @Idealraps new album #GAINZ which we have been talking about for months and it’s almost here. We have almost completed the mastering, just this past weekend I.Deal gave the ok for the album artwork and y’all know by now we also released the latest music video “Built For This” which is his 2nd single release from his upcoming album #GAINZ. I.Deal is currently editing the next music video for “Never Forget” featuring Mic Logik and this video will have been done all in house here at Chi-Native. The album is filled with beats, made stupid barz and a flow that doesn’t stay flat throughout. It’s a vibe yo, frfr and until you guys all get to hear it my words won't do it justice. Soon guys very soon and again we can’t wait for you guys all to finally hear what he is bringing to the table with this next project. So the last few weeks I have given a movie insight here and there but last week I did not have the chance to get out and see that new Pet Sematary movie but I wasn’t really pressed, I did see the original so I’m kinda like whatever. I’m sure I’ll get around to it. I did on the other hand watch a real stupid ass movie, against my own will because two knuckleheads mainly I.Deal and Mic Logik wanted to see Holmes and Watson staring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly. The dumbest movie ever and I’m mad I can’t get that hour and twenty minutes back, that movie gets a negative from me, minus three aite's. In case your wondering what is an aite, I.Deal and I have a grading scale for movies, it’s from 1 to 3 aite's and I think in the last 5 years we might have given out 2,2 aite’s. 3 aite's is the highest and best from us and many are just meh, no biggie. I did a lot of series/t.v. watching this weekend as if you can't tell by all that above, and while doing so, I stumbled upon and smashed right through “Black Summer” on Netflix. Now originally it caught my attention because it was a zombie type post apocalyptic series and that’s kinda my thing but then I quickly thought, like how many can they make of these but saw its actors and decided why not. I was kinda upset to have had so few episodes because the last episode was getting real good, someone gets reunited, the crew is deeply shortened at this point and the viewer comes to see the reality of the current situation and the saving grace may be no more. These zombies, at least to me, in this series seem to be super fast, I felt bad for one particular character named Lance that man ran so much in his scenes with the zombies always in pursuit right behind him. I had to laugh a few times because all his damn running reminded me of the Roadrunner. If zombie movies are your thing I give it a thumbs up, you can always leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on it. That’s it guys for this week just a little artist/label update and my t.v. filled weekend reviews. I have to handle some photo work this week and also do some promo work for I.Deal, ohhh and by the way, any of you peep the subtle Instagram change where my link will take you directly to all my URL addresses, how dope is that, easy peesy and at your finger tips, lol. Ok babes, as always I’ll leave you with this - make sure your responsible for you, make sure you understand only you are accountable for your actions, what you do and how you act. Make sure you understand everything you decide has consequences so choose wisely, until next week take care of yourself, each other and those you love. #BuiltForThis #TillNextMonday #TakeCareOfYourself #TakeCareOfEachother #BeAccountable #ChiNative #Blogger #ThrowEmC #WhatAreYouWatching
Hey and hello there my good good friends! Man the weekend flew by and I know I enjoyed myself so here's hoping that many of you that read my blogs did as well. This past weekend was sort of low key on my end but sometimes that is all that is really needed! Some of you may be aware that we are located in the midwest and that is Chicago to be exact and for those that may follow politics you may also be aware that we had elections last week for Mayor and various Alderman throughout our great city and boy was it a moment in history for us here in the Chi. Several defeats from many who had reigned for years/decades from within our corrupt political establishment, we were able to see the change that so many of us hard working Chicagoan's had always wanted to see. We as a city have elected our first Black Woman and lesbian mayor to the city of Chicago and it such a huge victory for not only herself but also for so many that feel left out or as if they can not attain such a level of success within the political world, even more so again for Mrs. Lori Lightfoot who had to break down the fortified walls of mass corruption within in our city. A woman coming from a low income family in a small town, who worked relentlessly proved her worth and her rightful place within America's third largest city! Some of you may follow Mic Logik on Instagram even he himself was involved in campaigning for his old friend Andre Vasquez who was running for the 40th ward. Mic Logik not only campaigned for him by hitting the streets and going door to door he and other hip hop heads earlier this year organized a hip hop event for Andre as well in order to get the word out to vote and bring true transparent change to our city. Andre Vasquez proved to be a dynamite opponent not willing to back down and falter regardless of what smear campaigns were driven by his opponent Ald. Patrick O' Connor which was Mayor Rahm Emanuel's city council floor leader. Ald. Andre Vasquez had long stated he simply wanted to make sure the good people of Chicago can continue to live here and not be forced out and it appears in a ward where fewer than one-fifth of the voters are Latino that this son of a Guatemalan immigrant, a city kid, a former battle rapper, and now family man couldn't be scarred away and his ward spoke loud and clear - they wanted "out with the old and in with the new!" Long considered the underdog Ald. Andre Vasquez proved himself through his relentless door-to-door organizing and spending hours listening to the needs of his community and ultimately making them aware the days of "pay to play" were over if he were elected, he wants a more transparent governmental system and one that benefits the hard working people and not just the top 5% and all his hard work payed off. Mic Logik and myself were at his victory party on election night and how monumental of a moment it was to see and be in and around. These two individuals knew they would have an uphill battle but choose to continue on faith and hard work and let the people decide who would be their next leaders and in true underdog fashion they kept moving forward never faltering and in the end, they were victorious! Life has a funny way of showing you when u least expect it that anything is possible as long as your willing to go the extra mile and always lead with faith. Corruption isn't going to end overnight and problems will not resolve themselves magically but with this new dawn of opportunities and leaders we shall see a change in which many good working hard folks are ready to see and we are all here for it! We got so many things to finalize in the next few weeks as I.Deal is working on completing his album #GAINZ which should be out and available 4/19 or 4/20 we haven't fully committed yet to the specific date and that falls all on I.Deal for now all I can do is keep you guys in the know. I.Deal also has two music videos that should be dropping within the next week or so. He has a video for "Built For This" and "Never Forget" coming to you guys, which we are simply waiting on final edits and approval by I.Deal himself. In other news, last but not least Mic Logik who was featured on a song titled "If Justice Was A Lady" by Greenlight music, they have now released the music video for it and you can find it on youtube or simply go to our about us page and scroll to the bottom and it will also be featured there as well. My dear peeps as always let me leave you with something positive and re-affiming - Do not spend your life waiting for others to allow you to be you, do not spend your life hiding who you are so that others may be more comfortable, do not spend your life listening to all the voices of others that tell you-You can not, do not spend your life sitting idle when change is what you want, what you need. May some things seem scary, of course but then where would we find the thrill if we weren't allowing our hearts to beat a little louder and faster when faced with adversity. I pray you all find your voice, find your fight and know your damn well worth it!!! As always #LoveOneAnother #BeGood #FightTheFight #FindYourVoice #NeverSayNever #NeverQuit #ChiNative #ThrowEmC