Why We Should Be Praising VSCO

Why We Should Be Praising VSCO

What Instagram should really be about.

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Last week I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a story a friend had posted about something Kanye had written. Most of the time I would've just kept scrolling and completely ignored what he said (unpopular opinion: not a huge Kanye fan, sorry!!!) but this one caught my eye.

From Kanye's account before it was deleted (instagram)

As you can see, he feels really strongly about the topic that likes and followers should not be shown on social media because of the judgment they hold. At first, I thought he was being kind of dramatic about it, but the more I thought about it the more I started to agree. Maybe not to the extent of committing suicide, but they do hold this unnecessary power in society that most people don't even recognize.

Instagram began as a platform to post photos of your liking strictly because you liked them. It was a way of visual storytelling to connect all people whether it be celebrities, newsrooms, teenagers, and everyone with a 'creative passion' according to Instagram's mission statement. I don't think this is the case anymore.

People have become obsessed with your 'likes to followers' ratio or how many followers you have declares your social status. Instagram went from a genius creative outlet to a platform obsessed with 'the perfect person' and how many comments your photos receive.

How does all of this connect to VSCO???

VSCO is an app I discovered my first year of college and wished I'd used it sooner. It's an app designed 'for creators, by creators'. They're a photo company whose mission is to equip, inspire, and educate anyone on the journey towards realizing their creative potential. They use creative tools to drive a community based off of self-expression.

The app isn't about how perfect the face is, or how perfect the picture even is. There's no pressure for likes or publishes, but instead provides a platform strictly to post photos or quotes that you love and provides the opportunity to be surrounded by other's who post photos or quotes they love.

It's a space strictly for creativity and the appreciation of it whether that be through your own basic photography or through your admiration of others. It's a pressure-free outlet, unlike Instagram where subconsciously everyone is worried about how many likes their photo might receive when in all reality it doesn't really matter.

I've seen beautiful photographs with barely any likes or comments, but then a basic selfie of a pretty girl could have thousands. It's become an app of status instead of creativity and has lost its original mission statement.

Our generation places too much pressure to be the perfect person and have a perfect life and it's taking over all of our social creative platforms. With new apps like VSCO, we can reclaim the innocence of pure artistry and stop obsessing over what we don't have and begin to appreciate what we do.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

    Drake

    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Changing This 1 Thing On Your Social Media Will Make It 100% Better

    Better social media starts with you.

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    On social media, it is expected that people only show the good parts. Opinions are not only voiced, but people are pressured into choosing sides on the matter. Whether through comments or simply in the minds of those scrolling through the feed, comparison is not lacking. Certain accounts, presets, lifestyles, etc. are idolized just because they have a lot of likes. People can become absorbed, obsessed, with the idea of being perfect for social media.

    But all this does is make people lonely. And you don't have to be alone to be lonely.

    Followed by thousands and in pictures with dozens means nothing when you don't feel accepted. Bullies are malicious, out for blood, and not afraid to hurt all of your feelings. Because of that, people can become calloused and egotistical. "Only what makes me better than *enter person's name*." Then, before we know it, everyone is degrading each other. "Words may never hurt me" … ha, as if. Words hurt and all we do is use degrading words anymore. But you see, social media is elusive.

    It's deceptive and misleading.

    No one's life is perfect. No one has it all together. But things have to be aesthetic. They have to be beautiful and pleasing to the eye. That means the color of your dress, the shade of blonde your hair is, the wrinkles under your eyes, the brightness of your teeth, even the way you pose in a "can-did" photo.

    I've found it hard-pressed to see a photo not edited.

    Reading captions, I wonder how long it took that person to come up with it. When I see someone laughing in a pic, I wonder if it was genuine. But I also see presets and want to join the fad. I see outfits and wish I could afford it. I see accounts and aspire to have that life.

    You see, social media is addictive. You can literally find scientific evidence that proves how social media affects the pleasure-center of brain, releasing enough dopamine and endorphins it can be equivalent to being addicted to drugs. The instant gratification and rewarding feeling we get when using social media lead us wanting more. But the more we use, no pun intended, the more detrimental it can be on our health. Personalities, habits, characteristics, mood-swings, stress-levels, anxiety… it all changes when we use social media on a regular basis. On top of that, social media has become a weapon for low self-esteem. How are we supposed to be honorable, mature, modest, humble, selfless children of God when social media screams we should be something completely different?

    The first step would be to limit your use.

    But that will be hard, trust me. But, instead of hitting the Instagram or Snapchat icon, open a devotional app or "use your phone to actually call someone instead of text," as my dad always says. Find another way to use that time. But of course, when you do use social media, wouldn't you want it to be more uplifting?

    Don't you want a place where you don't feel judged, don't feel the need to be a certain way? Somewhere you can post pics, unedited, of you in your Christmas pj's if you want and not feel like the laughing-stalk? It starts with you. All it takes it a little bit of courage. Instead of commenting "hot mama," maybe comment something about that person's character. Uplift their personality, not their appearance. Instead of editing your teeth and wrinkles, just upload it. Post something without editing. Encourage others by the way you live and the way you communicate with others. Be the light. Help me change the way social media is used. Let's make it something good.

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