2 parts of the same story —

When mentioning our all time fav athletes/artists of a particular sport/genre, one usually picks participants based on the era in which they grew up in/felt the genre was great – No matter who is out in the present or that I will like in the future, my fav baseball player will always be Ken Griffey JR, and my fav football player will always be Dan Marino – People in my age group, when mentioning their all time fav players, they may mention a Jim Brown or a Wilt Chamberlain, but they’ve never actually seen them play – 4 out of the 5 of the fav’s will be someone of their era, someone that they watched/listened to on a constant basis. With music – or rather hip-hop to be specific, Jay-Z has always been my all time fav, specifically because of Reasonable Doubt and the incredible wordplay and lyrical content that it contained – Nas has always been a fav lyricist of mine because of how his material was layered, just how it sounded in my ears always made me say “wow” — lately Jay-Z’s material has been decent, while Nas is still killing it, which makes me push my love for Jay-Z’s work down just a tad bit — reminiscent of watching Jordan playing for the Wizards — he was still good, but it just wasn’t the same. One of the greatest debates has been the comparison between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and who is the better player – what sparks it up even more is that Kobe is still playing at an extremely high level at his age, while Jordan was declining. Most people older than me will say Jordan is the better player, while people younger will lean towards Kobe –



I have always said that I enjoy the era in which I am from because I was able to watch them both in their prime – though I’ve loved Kobe Bryant since he came out of high school, there was just something about Jordan watching him that will always make me lean towards him – anyway let me get to the real reason for writing this, where my mind has traveled, and where my mind has actually landed. “Experts” have always talked about Kobe and Jordan and how they have a hunger/passion succeed, prevail and always wanting to win. I’ve always said to myself that if my drive for poetry was in that realm then I’d be the greatest ever. I’ve always had the drive to succeed with my craft but was always inconsistent with the drive to be consistent



When Maryah was born I thought that it would put my writing in a whole new light, that I’d have some super writing powers and just churn out poems on a consistent basis…. That didn’t happen— reminded me of an article I read with Jay-Z “After my daughter was born I thought I would be more inspired with all the new feelings and everything that I’d have to write about, but it really happened the other way.
‘I just really wanna hang out with her. I just wanna enjoy those moments for a bit and I’m sure that feeling of music will come back to me.” Likewise, I enjoy hanging out with her, and I am sure it will only get stronger as she gets older and has a better understanding of what we are talking about.

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