RUSSELL’s NEW STAT DOMINANCE

RUSSELL’s NEW STAT DOMINANCE


Russell Westbrook is undoubtedly one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA. Averaging Triple Doubles like they’re layup drills the inhuman machine seems to be on train of greatness that doesn’t look to stop soon. However outside of points, rebs, and assists there is another category Russ may be in the running to dominate....SNEAKERS.

Russell and his son, Noah in the new Why Not 2.0 sneakers.

Russell and his son, Noah in the new Why Not 2.0 sneakers.

The New Why Not 2.0 sneakers are so damn good, I never been affected by a Westbrook sneaker in this way before. When it comes to Jordans that aren’t the retros, the Jumpman brand exhibits trouble creating aesthetically pleasing shoes. Outside of a few Melos and a couple of Team Jordans, Jordan is trash when it isn’t a retro.

Air Jordan XXXI PE WHY NOT

Air Jordan XXXI PE WHY NOT

Air Jordan 28, WHY NOT PE

Air Jordan 28, WHY NOT PE

Now when it comes to Westbrook his spark was started to me when he donned the air Jordan 28, they were a beautiful OKC colorway and somehow seem perfectly fitting for him. Accompanied with a Air Jordan XXX1 PE, Russell and sneakers seem like an uniquely perfect fitting pair. Then his first signature was released and I wasn’t a fan. The first Why Not sneakers didn’t look visually pleasing and I thought Russ would be victim to the lackluster designs of Jordans that aren’t retros.

Why Not Zero.1

Why Not Zero.1

WHY NOT 2.0 sneakers

WHY NOT 2.0 sneakers

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Then the WHY NOT 2.0 sneakers drop and boy those took me surprised. I was like wow now this is how a Jumpman signature shoe should look. The silhouette looked perfect and the colorway was vibrant and awesome. I wanted a pair immediately!! I thought if Russ could keep this up he’ll no longer be TRIPLE DOUBLE RUSS oh now you’ll have to call that man QUADRUPLE DOUBLE RUSS !


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THE PLACEMENT

THE PLACEMENT


Imagine Dragons w/ Lil’ Wayne, performing at the College Football Championship

Imagine Dragons w/ Lil’ Wayne, performing at the College Football Championship

 Today me and my brother were talking about music and he brought up to me how he’s listening to Imagine Dragons now because of the college football championship. Imagine Dragons is a band I believe wouldn’t typically be heard by my brother even though he has a wide range of music choices. Him hearing them made me think of how important proper placement is. Your music on the right platform, your clothes on the right person, just solely being in the right place can change your life in an INSTANT.


Check out my albums, available on all platforms !  

Check out my albums, available on all platforms !  

UNITED MASTERS x NBA, the new partnership allowing independent artists to shine on the NBA’s digital platforms. 

UNITED MASTERS x NBA, the new partnership allowing independent artists to shine on the NBA’s digital platforms. 

 That importance is also noticed by Marketing Expert and Music Pioneer, Steve Stoute. Through his new startup , UNITED MASTERS, independent artists can sign up to have the opportunity to have their music played on NBA platforms. Stoute understands how labels have utilized sports biggest events to highlight their artists but the monopoly the labels has exempts the lower tier artists from having a chance of a huge audience via sports. I even signed up for a chance to be featured lol.


 Placement is extremely important it’s why top fashion brands pay for retail space inside department stores like Macy’s , Bloomingdales, etc.

Brands pay top dollar for very strategic placement in the store.

Brands pay top dollar for very strategic placement in the store.


Extreme product placement is heavy throughout Grown-Ish/Black-Ish, you don’t see that many BUICK logos for nothing lol. 

Extreme product placement is heavy throughout Grown-Ish/Black-Ish, you don’t see that many BUICK logos for nothing lol. 

 Although the placement is extremely important what’s more important is having good product to begin with. No matter how many people see the product, the positioning won’t be an advantage to you if the product isn’t good to begin with.


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THE ARCHIVES INCREASE THE DRIVE

THE ARCHIVES INCREASE THE DRIVE


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Many times reflecting on the past can carry negative connotations. Connotations which are rightfully deserved because dwelling too long on the past hardly results in anything good and doesn’t allow a person to grow. 

However in this case the past serves as the very beacon of inspiration I need to create. Every first of the month I look at old blog posts of the same month to find cool references or any images that may spark an idea or two. This morning I found a TON of them. 

There’s an whole exhibition dedicated to the Archive and evolution of Mickey Mouse going on in NYC, it’s called MICKEY TRUE ORIGINAL. GO CHECK IT OUT ‼️ TICKETS:  https://partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

There’s an whole exhibition dedicated to the Archive and evolution of Mickey Mouse going on in NYC, it’s called MICKEY TRUE ORIGINAL. GO CHECK IT OUT ‼️ TICKETS: https://partners.disney.com/mickey-the-true-original-exhibition

Part of TOMMY’s renewed success is the reintroduction if TOMMY JEANS, which made the brand the talk of the town in the 90s

Part of TOMMY’s renewed success is the reintroduction if TOMMY JEANS, which made the brand the talk of the town in the 90s

Reflecting on the past via archives can help bring the present you up to a different stand allowing for new creative energy to express yourself with. It’s why fashion houses or animation studios keep their archives filled with originals and masterpieces because it can serve as a new force in the present even though it is buried in the past.

While being in the present is key to creating and avoiding dull moments, never be afraid to dig deep in the past in order to spring forth a new more vital you into the present and/or future ! HAPPY NEW YEARS !


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YOU RUN A CHECK UP BUT THEY NEVER GIVE YOU LEVERAGE

 YOU RUN A CHECK UP BUT THEY NEVER GIVE YOU LEVERAGE

 

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the word leverage and how it plays into our everyday dealings. First lets start with a definition for the word, Leverage.

use (something) to maximum advantage.

"the organization needs to leverage its key resources"


HOV, MEEK , & FAB, I’m pretty sure some game was given the night of this photo

HOV, MEEK , & FAB, I’m pretty sure some game was given the night of this photo

Often in business people are fooled by money and will think as long as a dollar is presented then nothing else mattes. How foolish of them. I first thought about HOV verse on what’s free when he said “You run a check up but they never give you leverage”. Leverage allows you to move free in business, allowing you to set your own price, and be the aggressor in deal making allowing you to hardly be at a disadvantage. Which is exactly what the powers at be don’t want you at.


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I also thought about how Gary Vee was explaining why he chose K-Swiss as the brand to do his sneaker deal with rather than any other brand. The deal was one that was rooted in Leverage. If Gary could bring back K-Swiss into sneaker relevance , he would be dealt the credit of making K Swiss cool again which would give him LEVERAGE in future deals. Being known as the guy that could revive a dead brand (for lack of better words) is extremely more beneficial then being paid a million upfront but the sneaker campaign turns out unsuccessful.


Leverage is all about anti-dependancy. When in control of your own terms you don’t feel the pressure to say yes just to anything but people will be willing to work with you on everything.


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RESPECT THE GROWTH: ANTI-CARICATURE

RESPECT THE GROWTH: ANTI-CARICATURE

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 When pursuing a life of creativity its easy to slip into monotony, doing things only for money, social media approval, or feeling like you have to do it. I always thought about the Charlamagne quote , “Never become a caricature of yourself.” For those unfamiliar w/ the word caricature let’s start with a definition:


car·i·ca·ture

/ˈkerikəCHər,ˈkerikəˌCHo͝or/

noun

  1. 1.
    a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.



Photo of me, this is what people typically expect from me, sometimes you have to break from what people expect of you

Photo of me, this is what people typically expect from me, sometimes you have to break from what people expect of you

 How about an example of when people tried to make me become a caricature of myself. For those who don’t know, I’m quite the dapper young fellow. Ever since high school, I’ve always been known to “Dress Up” suits,loafers,etc. When you do something long enough people just expect that to come from you. People used the suits to try to box me in. No one could imagine me rapping because I “didn’t look like a rapper”. People was extremely shocked when I wore gym shoes. They thought literally everything I wore was POLO. It was actually kinda annoying.

- Kanye West, Gorgeous ft Raekwon & Kid Cudi, 2010, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

- Kanye West, Gorgeous ft Raekwon & Kid Cudi, 2010, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


 If I was to allow people to box me in , I wouldn’t allow myself to grow and I would be in a stagnate frame just being the guy who dress up and whatever was associated with dressing up. I couldn’t allow that to happen.


 It’s like when people watch a Charlamagne interview and expect him to just be rude/crude to his guests for no reason just because he’s known for being raw with his guests. If he was to allow himself to become a caricature of himself he would become a lame ass spectacle saying stuff just for reactions and views. He couldn’t let that happen.


 So just because you’ve been doing something for a while or you’re known for doing something doesn’t mean you are bound to that idea of yourself. You are allowed to change at any moment, whether people like it or not.


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SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA WAIT TILL YOU OLDER

SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA WAIT TILL YOU OLDER


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 Yo sometimes you gotta wait till you older. Childhoods are to be cherished for the main reason being there won’t be another one for you to have but sometimes your childhood can be a pain in the ass. For me it started with a speech impediment people constantly made fun of the way I said “chicken” and a host of other words. One time in kindergarten I tried to repeat the old Lipton Brisk Tea commercial by saying “That’s Brisk Baby” and another punk ass student said “oooo he said Bitch”. I never said that and what made it heartbreaking is the teacher believed the student I hated that teacher, the school, and the class till this day.

 But as I grew older my speech impediment went away even though people now say I talk country which I don’t . People can be so stupid sometimes.


 Also, I remember when I was younger and people would always try to act cooler than life saying anime wasn’t cool and was for lames. Back then you would keep anime stuff to yourself unless you wanted to be scolded by your peers . But as we grew older, no one started to care anymore. Even now me as a 26 year old young man in law school, still watches and discusses DBZ, NARUTO, etc like I’m still 12. It what’s I enjoy so who gives a damn what people think.


 Finally, people always used to mispronounce my name I mean they said it ATROCIOUSLY, it almost deserved a slap from me maybe even a bullet lol. However now that I’m older people surprisingly say my name right on first try they say it correctly so much it makes me think what the hell was going on while I was younger.


 So as a young buck sometimes you have to charge things to the game until you’re older. A lot of things don’t change until your age does.


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BUT HE WORKED LIKE SUPER HARD THOUGH

 BUT HE WORKED LIKE SUPER HARD THOUGH



 The ongoing debate about whether to attend school or not continues almost each and everyday. To plainly nip the problem in the bud, YOU DO NOT NEED SCHOOL TO SUCCEED. That is extremely  generally speaking though because the main people who stick by that rhetoric are more often than not lazy and don’t put in the necessary work to succeed.

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 The main argument people use is the “Bill Gates Dropped Outta Harvard” stance. That stance is extremely flawed for several reasons. After more life experience and hearing about how Microsoft came about, it was revealed to me that Bill had access to early innovative tech before anyone, you realize that first you gotta have the ability to even get in Harvard, then you gotta spend all your time working and not having a life.

 People say they don’t need school but don’t put the hours on hours on hours on hours on hours on hours into creating, failing, failing , failing , failing, failing, failing, creating, sweating, failing, innovating, etc.

 People expect to cut corners and get it quick and never realize how they are setting themselves up to lose. People who would always be adamant about NOT going to school, I would always remind them “Aye that 4 years is going on anyway might as well put it to use.” Then people make arguments about not having debt and I always thought like why is you worried about debt and you already broke lol.

Not a training sequence but this was a kick ass fight ! 

Not a training sequence but this was a kick ass fight ! 

 I even thought about how the success of fictional characters embraced the idea of working super duper hard. Like in the anime NARUTO, the two strongest characters NARUTO and SASUKE trained the hardest out of everyone, nonstop and reaped the benefits. However on paper they’re rank as ninjas is still the lowest because they never passed the exam required to move up in ninja ranking. The feat of being the strongest is even more amazing for Naruto because is also the leader of his village. The leader of the village often attains the highest ninja rank before becoming the nation’s chosen leader.

 Even though they are anime characters they are prime examples of people who didn’t take a traditional route and still succeeded. But like I vocalized throughout this article don’t shun school or any form of education unless you’re going to outwork everyone that’s enrolled in school by at least a 100 times!


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SHOULD WE HAVE HEROES ?!

 SHOULD WE HAVE HEROES ?!


Yesterday I was listening to The Joe Budden Podcast w/ special Guest PUSHA T. Push has been in an on going feud with Drake for most of 2018 and while it cooled down it was rehashed due to Drake’s appearance on Lebron’s no holds barred talk show, THE SHOP.

On THE SHOP, Drake explained how he felt it was an odd coincidence that he confided in hip hop megastar Kanye West about his secret child, release dates, etc. only to be dissed by Push on a Ye beat followed by a horde of things Drake didn’t approve of .

As the conversation continued on Joe’s podcast I thought damn “Should We Even Have Heroes”? PUSHA T is someone Drizzy looked up to, even buying a supposedly used microphone of his and now he has to go to war with him. Kanye is also a blatant influence on Drake yet he has to publicly destroy Kanye because he felt slighted by Mr. West’s actions as of late.

  It must be a hard thing to flip the switch from fan to enemy. Someone you dreamed of working with maybe even building a true bond with becomes one of your main sources of frustration and now it either he destroy you or you destroy him.

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Song With the Quote  http://piff.me/73130e8

  There’s a famous excerpt on legendary rapper Blade Icewood album “Blood Sweat & Tears” that has his uncle speaking in which his uncle says “Don’t Look Up to None of The N*****, Look Eye To Eye or Don’t Look at All”. That quote may be the proper way to go about handling interaction with heroes. If the pedestal is removed than maybe the disappointments can be less and the interaction can be more genuine.


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I LOVE THE COMPOSITION

I LOVE THE COMPOSITION


Here’s the photo , I’m referring to. Burberry checked bag alongside a flower , not a lot going on but it looks perfect. 

Here’s the photo , I’m referring to. Burberry checked bag alongside a flower , not a lot going on but it looks perfect. 

I was looking at a photo today on Instagram and I was really intrigued by the simplicity of it.

The simplistic nature of the photo made me wanna make a purchase and it just made think about the strength of composition.

Not good compositions either the trunk or painting needs to move. 

Not good compositions either the trunk or painting needs to move. 

To me composition is just the ability to put things exactly where they need to go. It’s like a producer placing a tag right before the beat the drop, an interior decorator placing the right center piece, or even a seamstress sewing the logo at just the right spot.

Perfect composition the Balance of colors and the demand of focus to the character’s face make this a fine example of composition.   purchase the shirt here 👉🏾 gettothecorner.com/welcome/theboyandthefox

Perfect composition the Balance of colors and the demand of focus to the character’s face make this a fine example of composition. 

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If you ever seen something off balanced then you can attest to how much strategic composition matters. That’s why when you see great composition, which I define as a bold feature that’s aesthetically simple, you too will be able to show your appreciation for fine composition.


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IT MADE IT

IT MADE IT




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Yesterday me and my girlfriend (whoa that still looks crazy on paper lol) was at her house studying when she moved a table to other side to use as a desk. When she moved the desk everything but the kitchen thing came flying off of it. I was like “Dang you gon break the table before it even get over” ( or something to that sort) and thats when she promptly responded “ it made it though”. At that moment is when it clicked to me. It’s not as important as to what happens while you get “there” as long as you get “there”.

Most of the time in our lives we have things planned down to the tee. As ambitious people it hurts when a plan doesn’t go as flawlessly as you would have like it to. But here’s the things about plans: NOTHING EVER GO AS PLANNED. So as you move from one side of the room to the next you may lose a few things on the way but you’ll be able to say “I made it though” . #PEACE

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CHEAP DOESN'T CUT IT

CHEAP DOESN’T CUT IT




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This past week at the library I was super hungry and doing some intense studying for one of my midterms ( property to be exact). As we were getting ready to head home I wanted pizza so I contemplated on whether to just go next door and get it or wait till we get to the house to place an order for delivery. Getting it next door would have been cheaper but I would’ve had to walk with two boxes, my work bag, and my gym bag with my gym bag in particular being a bit heavy.

That’s when it hit me sometimes you gotta say screw being cheap and pay extra for the convenience. That same week I was taking the bus home to save money even though I should’ve just took an UBER/LYFT because I knew how tired I was and how bad I wanted to get home. But I chose to be  Cheap McCheaperton and ended up having one of the worst bus experiences ever! Some guy who appeared insane, randomly started to adjust my tie, claimed that I knew him, and he was talking to a bush like he 2018 Moses. 

On top of that my bus never came and I had to pay surcharge in Uber fees because of heavy traffic from a football game. All in all when you feel it in your gut bones that the convenience outweighs the cost just get off the cheap train and go ahead and cough up those few extra coins.


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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A GOOD PEP TALK

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A GOOD PEP TALK



I love watching HOMETOWN HOOPS and seeing the athletes go hard at the LIFETIME ATHLETIC gym. Recently the video I watched featured Ben Simmons  getting a run in and during the vid Rico Hines gave a quick pep talk encouraging the guys to give it all they got and make sure they get a great session in. Boy was that pep talk effective. Guys was flying all over the place making every play count like it was the NBA FINALS . That’s when it hit me , you can never underestimate a good pep talk. 

In the process of improving it easy to become your own worst critic rendering you the possibility of being stuck in your head. Sometimes you just need verbal affirmations from another source that sends you to the direction of a more focused performance. That focused performance can be anything not just athlete related.

Rico Hines w/ Pascal Siakam

Rico Hines w/ Pascal Siakam

A senior partner can give a rising associate the push he needs, The Math teacher can give the student the much needed push to succeed on an exam, and so on and so forth. We should never underestimate the good things we can say about each other because we need each other and if those positive things can be harnessed into action than that is when boundaries are pushed and CHANGE IS MADE!


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I LOVE TIMESKIPS

I LOVE TIMESKIPS


 An essential element of storytelling is using the passage of time well. Timeskips, for those who don’t know is a literary device that advances the timeline of the story ex number of years that usually show older versions of the protagonists.


 The reason I love timeskips so much is for, the simple of idea of growth. You ride with these characters for a lengthy amount of episodes and then you get to see a dramatic change and it makes it feel like as if you’ve grown up with them.

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 The most perfect example is in NARUTO. When the first series started to air on Cartoon Network and when I first read it in Shonen Jump,  I was roughly the same age as Naruto.

 When the timeskip happened in the next series I was also around his age which made it literally feel like I was growing up with them.


Shinpachi on the Latest GINTAMA volume cover

Shinpachi on the Latest GINTAMA volume cover

 But timeskips is a heavy discussion topic for today because I’ve been watching GINTAMA and they just had a timeskip. A weak and supporting character named Shinpachi just received massive growth due to the time skip.


 He was always super serious, couldn’t really hold his own in a fight, and was far from cool. But since the first time he was shown in the timeskip he possessed the same poise as the series’ main protagonist (Gintoki). His growth is making me more invested in the story because it is always amazing to see the weak go to strong.

From Left to Right:  Shinpachi, Gintoki, Kagura

From Left to Right:  Shinpachi, Gintoki, Kagura


 If you’re a storyteller yourself think about the usage of timeskips, when done correctly it is one of the biggest payoffs in storytelling.


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