#TBT: Ten Shades of Grey

I seen a rainbow yesterday, but too many storms have come and gone
Leaving a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray, all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days
And like his promise is true
Only my faith can undo the many chances I blew to bring my life to anew
Clear and blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries
My only bleeding hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope with such an enduring pain
That it keeps them in the pouring rain
Who’s to blame for tooting ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame, you shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For falling prey to crime
I say the system’s got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations in hopes of coming true
Believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you



Find the shade under the money trees

On this journey we call life, its always gonna be obstacles, road blocks, things tryna hold you back. Just keep pushin, don’t let that stop you. Never give up, stay chasin’ money trees. Don’t let nobody tell you you can’t do it. Keep going…
Don’t let nobody stop you, I mean nobody…go hard for what you believe in. Stay up, wake up, cake up, get paper, and I swear to God things will fall in your favor


[Tribute]: Keep Your Head Up

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh then the deeper the roots
I give a holla to my sisters on welfare
2Pac cares, if don’t nobody else care
And, I know they like to beat you down a lot
When you come around the block, brothers clown a lot
But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don’t forget, girl, keep your head up

I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter and that song came on. I just cried like never before. His words meant so much to me. I just felt like I needed to hear that. I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I wasn’t in the best position to have a child. I was growing hopeless. At that moment I was leaving a free-clinic-type-of-family-planning-type of place to do my prenatal stuff. I was on the county, I had my E.B.T. card, I had my food stamps. I was in the system and I felt like, “Where was my life going at this point?” It was hard for me to be optimistic. But that song came on and that’s what changed the whole mood of my pregnancy. From that day when I heard that song, I was like, “You know what? He’s right. I need to just keep my head up and keep it pushing and do what I have to do.” From then on everything turned into a positive experience. — Jhené Aiko [via MTV]


“Right now, my life is good. I don’t need to try to show people where I come from. I could say, ‘Yeah, I grew up good,’ like most people say. We forget where we come from because the actual life, I’m good. You see me wearing a nice suit now. But it was hard, it was really hard, (…) It’s a long story, my life, growing up with my dad, my mom when she died, everything. I had bad moments , my dad going to prison, I had nothing, and that’s where I got my motivation. I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to dream, because the dream is free. I believe in God, and with God everything is possible and I’m going to try and do it”

The documentary will  air on April 17 on ESPN… Pour les impatients, catch the whole thing on Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/son-of-the-congo/