Soul Brother # 1 + 2
Soul Brother # 1 + 2
Me and Ms. Pain | Ab-Soul & Punch
Shadow Walker by X
How’s it Wrong | Toro y Moi
As of a few hours ago, I’m officially done with my second year of college. This year, I’ve written less on this blog, which is indicative of a few things. First, it’s indicative of how busy I’ve been, especially this past semester. I’ve had to spread my energy among 4 reading-intensive courses, a language class I couldn’t stand, a work study job, and a campus group. All of it challenged me unlike any semester before. Based on a few grades I’ve received over the last few weeks, I’m pretty sure I’ll fall short of some of my goals for the semester. It’s been hard to accept this because of the effort I’ve put forth. The most frustrating thing for me as a student at Columbia is the tendency of my results not matching the work I put in. This frustration has been a recurrent feeling during this finals stretch and it’s surprisingly done some good for me; it’s forcing me to live out the words of advice I give to my friends when things don’t go their way. I believe in preventing disappointment and frustration from lingering too long. The more time I spend feeling sorry for myself, the less time I spend solving whatever problem has me stressed or learning what I need to do better in the future. It was going to be easy for me to lose sight of this now though; I have lots of people invested in me doing well here, so the idea of repeatedly mentioning a lower GPA to them annoyed me. I’ve brought myself back to reality though. I have 4 more semesters to make up for any bad grades I may receive. In addition, I’m reminded of the fact that my grades don’t define me. A number will never reflect how I’ve grown personally, what I’ve learned about life, and how prepared I am for my future. With that in mind, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished this year and eager to do more next year.
My lack of writing on here is also indicative of the people around me. I have less need for long, purging tumblr posts because I have a best friend that helps me work through most of my problems. In addition, I have other friendships – old and new – that provide me with views that challenge me daily. In addition, my group – CUSH – allows me to constantly engage my love for Hip-Hop and music in general. On top of that, calls from my relatives remind me of where I come from and what I hope to reach. These people and platforms all contribute to the way I think and act and I’m grateful for it all. As I head back to the Bronx in a few days, I hope to sustain gratitude for those around me and the things I experience, whether they’re positive or negative.
Avec @skyzoothewriter & @C_U_S_H ! (at Mist Harlem Cinema)
CUSH. We makin moves!
She Ain’t You | Chris Brown
Tribe x The Source.
8 Million Stories | A Tribe Called Quest
“I’m havin problems…”
Battle of the Pinstripes.
Our Indian Boy by Slow Dakota
I’m pretty late, but I checked out this EP from my friend P.J. a few days ago and it’s pretty good. The project is instrument-based and creates a peaceful mood. If you’re into Alternative/Acoustic music, check it out.