My name is Shaun and I make paintings, drawings, and poems. My art is a reaction (one of many) to the countless and varied inspirations I encounter. This is an informal collection of such things, too scattered and far-reaching to be condensed into a single label.
I don’t ever think that lyric driven hip-hop go out of style. I don’t care what trends are going on that never goes out of style. So it’s like, in regard once you infuse that in whatever it is that you’re doing, I don’t think you could lose man.
"I’ll write almost a notebook full of stuff sometimes for one verse. I’ll write a notebook and use only eight bars. And maybe those eight lead me to another two. It’s like a marathon or a journey that the words go on by themselves. It’s like the words are riding a horse and I have to wrangle them. I’m ambidextrous so it depends on what hand I write with. I never force anything so it has to fit. The process is almost like beating myself up. It’s a fight to get the best out of me that I can. When it turns on, it’s hard to stop. There are times where I’m supposed to be somewhere but I can’t show up. I’ll pull over to the side of the road and write for three hours. When God gives it to you, you can’t shut it off."
This should’ve been like the pre-LP mixtape because it’s pretty much the G.O.O.D. Music JV squad album. I don’t know; maybe Kanye wanted to appeal a young demographic with the Sesame Street lyricism of kids like Big Sean and CyHi the Prince. How you gonna make a compilation to showcase your label and leave it absent of your best artists (aside from Pusha and the one verse from Common)? You’ve got Mos Def and Q-Tip on your team and you’re leaving them on the bench! These are all-time guys we’re talking about and only one out of four plays a significant part? Come on, Kanye, it’s nice of you to put on these young mediocre cats, but you know what it is. I want the varsity album that’s ‘Ye, Common, Q-Tip, Mos, and Pusha. That’s a hall of fame starting five that would for sure be worthy of all the hype.
"Take 9-11. That means something in the United States. The “world changed” after 9-11. Well, do a slight thought experiment. Suppose that on 9-11 the planes had bombed the White House, suppose they’d killed the president, established a military dictatorship, quickly killed thousands, tortured tens of thousands more, set up a major international terror center that was carrying out assassinations, overthrowing governments all over the place, installing other dictatorships, and drove the country into one of the worst depressions in its history and had to call on the state to bail them out. Suppose that had happened? It did happen. On the first 9-11 in 1973. Except we were responsible for it, so it didn’t happen. That’s Allende’s Chile. You can’t imagine the media talking about this."
Today we all remember with sadness the tragic events that took place on the now infamous date September 11, 1973, when the democratically elected Chilean government of socialist president Salvador Allende was violently overthrown by the US-backed military junta of General Pinochet. It marks the beginning of one of the first radical neoliberal reforms that would later become commonplace around the world and are the reason why we can’t have nice things within the foreseeable future.