Artists: Create Your Artwork

To Artists Everywhere, Please Don't Feel Discouraged

Create those ideas you've had for so long.

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I'm a self-proclaimed artist. I love writing, I love photography, I love watercolors and singing and filming. I adore everyone else's art and support their hard work and creativity. I love everything art and yet, I feel unmotivated when it comes to making my own art.

I keep telling myself I'll get to it, eventually! I keep telling myself, "this weekend! This weekend I'll finally start that project I've been playing with in my head." And the weekend comes and goes and that beautiful idea has yet to be created. I beat myself up over this and wonder how people have done so much and I've done so little. I compare the few things I've done to the magnificence of what others have completed.

By doing so, I become unmotivated. I don't wanna bring those ideas to life, I don't want to bother trying when so many other people are so much better at things than I am.

But lately, I've gotten into the groove of brushing those thoughts off.

Truth be told, I'm an amateur at everything artsy, and that's ok. Everyone starts somewhere, and for me think I need to be just as good as anyone else is insane. People have different styles and experience, and it doesn't make sense to compare an apple to an orange.

You are an apple, I am an orange. And that's okay!!

Artist, please don't feel unmotivated. Maybe there's a lot of things going on in your life and you just haven't had the time to do what you've been wanting to do. Maybe you're scared you won't be good at it. Maybe you feel lazy, or maybe you want to make that art, but you want to do it in private. All of that is okay.

The best things take time. If it takes you forever to draw that portrait, it's fine. If it's been years that you've had that idea for the film, that's cool too, just take your time and keep planning it out. Maybe you want to sing but you know your voice isn't like Beyoncé's. Totally cool. Just keep practicing and love the sound that you make.

What about the art that you keep tucked away? Do you think it's not special? It is! Even if your eyes are the only eyes to see it, I promise it still has value. Some things are meant for just you and some are meant for the world, but both are important.

It's time to stop doubting yourself and go for it. If you mess up, you learn from it and continue on. Don't be afraid to have sloppy drawings. Don't be afraid if your voice cracks or someone tells you they didn't like the script. It's okay if that video or that photo didn't come out the way you wanted it to. Make mistakes, and learn from them.

Art is not perfect, and it takes time. Some people will love it, others won't. The only thing that matters is that you, the artist, loves it. So, don't feel discouraged any longer. Write what you want to write, film what you want to film and paint what you want to paint.

All of those beautiful ideas in your head are just waiting to be created, so what are you waiting for?

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The Evolution Of Hip Hop: How Hip Hop Got Here

How did Hip hop get here?
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Hip-hop has risen from humble beginnings. Starting as barbecue and block party entertainment in some of New York's poorest cities, Hip hop has become a global phenomenon that dominates the radio and has created an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year and has changed music culture in America, and the world, forever.

To most people, Hip Hop is synonymous with rapping, the art of rhythmically delivering vocals that are usually paired with an instrumental, but Hip hop is considered the overall embodiment of the entire subculture, which includes many key stylistic elements like rapping, table turning, break dancing, graffiti art, and beatboxing.

Hip hop took to the global stage for the first time in 1979 when The Sugar Hill Gang released Rapper's Paradise; it became a top 40 hit and remained on the Billboard for 12 weeks.

After the success of Rapper's Delight, other hip-hop records were released like Kurtis Blow's The Breaks and Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock. Most of these songs were about having fun, but in 1982 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released The Message, an early example of socially-conscious hip hop. It had a slow funk groove with melodic synthesizer riffs and the raps were about social issues like poverty, crime and the stress of living in a dangerous city.

In the 1980's Hip Hop began to evolve. instrumentals were being created in studio settings, and the introduction of drum machines, synthesizers, and samples from old funk and disco records began to be a norm in the genre. Hooks, a catchy line of lyrics that are usually repeated within a song, also became popular.

the collaboration of different genres with Hip Hop began to flourish in the 1980's adding heavy guitar rifts giving Hip hop a rocker's flair which was very popular at the time. The Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill became hip hop's first number-one album.

The 1990's brought Gangster rap to the world with artists like 2Pac, Nas, Jay-z, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, Ice-T, Notorious B.I.G. and many others.

In the 21 century, Hip hop has become a global force with artists still pushing the boundaries of Hip Hop.

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Let Me Explain: A Poem

A halo over my horns, my heart is on strings.

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It's hard to explain

But I'll try

I'm so grateful that you're mine

A twin flame

Before you, it was always the same

Men trying to tell me "don't fly"

But I'm a demon with angels wings

A halo over my horns

My heart is on strings

But I want you to unravel it


Is this love?

The word that scares me the most

Ever since people have taken

Advantage of my kindness

And used it to hurt me

Manipulate me

Make even my waking life a complete hell

But I want you

In the worst kind of way

You're tattooed onto me

Like my fondest memory

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