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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WBM Music: Baby Making Music - Pleasure P (Exclusive)
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Here's an exclusive unreleased slow jam from Pleasure P, "Baby Making Music." Grab your significant other. It's definitely official.

WBM Certified.

Listen. Download. Share. Repeat.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

BMI Presents: Krys Ivory


Krys Ivory , JIVE recording artist Miguel, Timothy Bloom, and Quincy Brown
hosted by 93.5 Kday's own DEVI DEV
@ Viper Room
Location: Viper Room (8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA)
Date: March 31st, 2010
Time: Doors open at 7pm
Price: $8, $5 in advance

WBM Features: Will Cyprian of MBW Productions

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.
-Sergei Rachmaninov

It is said often that music is what thoughts sound like. So imagine if you will the thoughts of Will Cyprian, Musician/Producer and also head of MBW Productions from Detroit, Michigan who has a paassion for not only making music but has a great time while doing so.

With years of experience under his belt and quite an array of influences, Will plans to continue making a significant contribution to the music community and industry with his innovation and zeal for creation. So with some time to share with the WBM commnunity, Will provides a remarkable and insightful look into the mind of the musician/producer as an artist, businessperson and what's next for MBW Productions.

Get to know him a little better.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is Will Cyprian?

Well, I am a Producer/Musician who is in this crazy industry called music/entertainment. I am here trying to do something great in this industry, with integrity, and have fun while doing it. I have a million ideas to make my vision come to pass. I am a good guy, with a good heart, talented, and just fun and positive. That's me in a nutshell...

Where are you from?

WC: I am From Metro Detroit


WC: Besides music and the music business, I love Football and Basketball. I love to laugh, have fun, and live life to it's fullest. And I do own an XBOX 360 so any challengers out there in Madden, Bring It!! LOL!

How long have you been involved with music?

WC: Since I was about 10 years old. I started playing sax and writing when I was in junior high. And my mother always kept me involved in every facet of music. From Tchakovski, to Earth, Wind, And Fire. I didn't get into keys and organ until high school. But I have been involved for some years now.

Do you play any instruments?

WC: I play Sax (my first love), Keyboards, and Organ.

What do you like most about being a producer?

WC: The ability to create my own music, and my own sound. To make my ideas a reality. It's fun, and though there is a lot of hard work involved, it's easy because it's my love, and my passion. There are highs and lows, but the lows make you better at the craft, and the highs are like nothing that you can imagine. I also like the ability to make others dreams a reality. I have people come to me with an idea, and to see the look on thier face when it comes into fruition is priceless. I also love the fact that when I produce music, I always take it to the people. I love my music, and believe in everythign I do, but I also know that people need to love what you do as well to make it in this business. I am not afraid for someone to tell me it sucks..which a lot of people are. I take criticism and use it to mold perfection. But most people love what I do. and I am very humbled and grateful that people love the gift that I share with them.

What does it mean to be a producer in 2010?

Honestly, being a producer to me means Versatility. If you have noticed, music is merging into one big mega genre, meaning, you have your top producers, singers, and groups doing more pop-mainstream things. A good example is Timbaland. He is still Timbaland, but his latest works are more main stream. There's more money in it. Think about it, what is the number one genre in music..COUNTRY! And it's been like that for years. But over the past few years, Hip Hop and R&B have been on a major decline as far as sales and popularity. No wonder Snoop Dogg was trying to do a country album. And now, everything is on a level playing field as far as digital media. So Now is the time for a producer to be as versatile as ever. Trying to conquer one genre or field of music is truly limiting yourself on many levels. I have learned so much about how to get into many corners of the industry, from movies, to commercials, the world market, licensing, everything. So I would say, if you are really trying to make it, don't limit yourself. Capitalize every opportunity you can get. You will be suprised how well you can do as a producer, and how many ways there are to make it in this industry if you expand your horizons.

Pro Tools or Logic?

WC: I am a Pro Tools guy, but I have heard so many great things about Logic. I will be trying it soon, check back with me later..LOL

How important is innovation to you?

WC: I try to be as original as possible. Imean we all have influences, but you hav to be willing to explore and see what you can do to stand out and be different. This is how music continues to grow and move. To be cookie cutter may help get you by, but innovation, and originality will keep you in the game, and will help to get you
established within the industry.

What does success mean to you?

WC: Success is a great thing, but it is not the only thing, and it is not the most important thing to me. You have a lot of people who will seel their soul, and do horrible things to not only be successful, but be relevant. I had an industry producer (I don't name drop) talk to me one day, and it really opened my eyes. He said there were certain artists/producers who had a hit, made it big for a minute. Got the money, way the top dog for a short time, then as quickly as it hit, it all got taken away. And now they are still searching for the next hit, years later, just to get that success back. In debt up to their ears, doing whatever comes their way. I would rather have moderate success and be happy, than have great success, lose who I am, and be miserable. So Succes is a great thing, but my integrity, faith, and who I am is more important.

What's in your iPod?

WC: My playlist isblended with everything known to man. I mean I love all forms of music. So you will find Pop, R&B, Classical, Hip Hop, Gospel, Country, Sountracks, Rock, All forms of Jazz...just a lot ofeverything.

Who would you like to collaborate with?

WC: Honestly, I would love to work with Quincy Jones, and Stevie Wonder. Just to gain that knowledge, and do something with them would be once in a life time for me.

Current projects?

WC: I am currently working on 3 Projects, getting ready to release two. So Keep your eyes open.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

WC: Why don't we see in Five years..I will say this, it will all be great, that's all I know.

Biggest accomplishment?

WC: I wrote a song a few years ago that I have yet torelease. And a lady who was in the hospital heard this song (only a few people had this song in their possession). She wasn't doing well, and hadreceived some very bad news from her doctors. She asked me to make a copy of that song so she could play it every day while she prayed and meditated, because when she listened to that song, she knew she was going to be okay, and get better, despite what doctors said. That to me, out of all my accomplishments was one of, if not the greatest musically.

What type of impact would you like to leave with your music?

WC: I want my music to reach people. I want people to feel everything from the rhythm to the words. Music can touch someone. I want people to be able to relate, or be inspired, or be touched, uplifted, I want people to really feel themselves in my music. I want to leave a positive impact. We have a lot going on int his world, and I want my music to be a part in helping people
get through all of what is happening.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their goals and dreams?

WC: Simply put, don't stop, keep pushing, be versatile, stay positive, trust God, live, move, and breathe in what you do, continue to follow your dreams and if it is your destiny, you will make it.

For More On Will Cyprian & MBW Productions:

WBM Music: New Amerykah Part Two Album Review

New Amerykah is a great piece of art. Erykah Badu is embracing her self determination and rediscovering her identity in this new body of work.
She accentuates her inner strength and refusal to let a damaged relationship stifle her growth as an artist.

You can tell the lyrics show an inner conflict that many artists face in wanting to share their music, wanting to create yet feel the pressure the label and fans want or expect from them.

At the end of the day Erkyah truly sheds any masks and inhibitions, inevitably evolving, and putting out some of her best work. She uses a lot of live instrumentation that taps into Badu's emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, listen to the strings, harps, piano, drums. You feel every emotion she wants you to feel through out the album.

New fans will fall in love with Erykah and true fans will in love with her all over again.

New Amerykah Part Two: Return of The Ankh is WBM certified

WBM Music: Raymond Vs. Raymond Album Review

Usher is back with a new LP interestingly titled Raymond Vs. Raymond. This album is supposed to be more or less about his divorce from Tameka Foster-Raymond. However while listening to this album, you quickly hear what you've been hearing on his past albums, there's no vocal growth nor is there any maturity in the songs. There all simple, talking about the same subject matter borrowing alot from his album Confessions.

It's an alrite album, better than the last but not much better. In a Trey Songz dominated world right now, it's sad that Usher decided to take the safe route this time. It seems the album was produced so plain, unoriginal, and not only are his vocals lazy, but so are the videos he's put out to support the album. "Little freak," one of the better tracks on the album featuring Nicki Minaj was a snooze.

At the end of the day Raymond Vs Raymond is just another generic R&B album where a good male singer sings over uptempo beats. It is official he hasn't grown as an artist since Confessions. This album will please die hard fans, but won't win any new ones.

Raymond Vs. Raymond is WBM certified.

WBM Exclusive: Set Me Free - Emrand Henry

Not too long ago WBM debuted an exclusive from St. Lucian artist, Emrand Henry. Guess what folks... heeee's back with a new dancehall single, "Set Me Free" that's simply official.

Listen. Download. Share. Repeat.

Monday, March 29, 2010


In celebration of ERYKAH BADU's ALBUM "NEW AMERYKAH PART 2 RETURN OF THE ANKH" check out her new video for her first single from the album "window seat"


Friday, March 26, 2010


KELIS has a new single out called "Acapella" off her new album "Fleshtones" due out on May 4, 2010. Here is a glimpse of the new video which is set to debut this Monday



Thursday, March 25, 2010

WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 28

1. Monica - Everything To Me (UP4)
2. Usher, Plies - Hey Daddy, Daddy's Home (DOWN1)
3. Rihanna - Rude Boy (UP3)
4. Trey Songz - Neighbors Know My Name (SAME)
5. Waka Flocka Flame - O Lets Do It (DOWN2)
6. Ludacris, Nicki Minaj - My Chick Bad (UP2)
7. Gucci Mane - Lemonade (SAME)
8. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (DOWN6)
9. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj - Up Out My Face (UP1)
10. Drake - Over (UP4)
11. Yo Gotti - Women Lie Men Lie (UP1)
12. Roscoe Dash, Soulja Boy - All The Way Turnt Up (UP2)
13. Erykah Badu - Window Seat (UP2)
14. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bentley (UP2)
15. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN4)
16. Teairra Mari, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy - Sponsor (UP2)
17. Plies, Keri Hilson - Medicine (DOWN6)
18. T.I - I'm Back (UP2)
19. Dondria - You're The One (DEBUT)
20. Usher, Nicki Minaj - Lil Freak (DEBUT)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 28

1. Marvin Sapp - Here I Am (DEBUT)
2. Ludacris - Battle Of The Sexes (DOWN1)
3. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN1)
4. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (DOWN1)
5. Rihanna - Rated R (DOWN1)
6. Trey Songz - Ready (UP1)
7. Alicia Keys - Element Of Freedom (DOWN2)
8. Young money - We Are Young Money (UP2)
9. Jaheim - Another Round (SAME)
10. Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (DOWN2)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WBM Music: Diggy Simmons ?

So there's been a lot of buzz surrounding recently signed artist to Atlantic Records, Diggy Simmons. I'd like to know your thoughts on his entry into the music industry. He has a mixtape out and released a music video for Flow Stoopid Freestyle over Nas' Made You Look Instrumental.

Check out the vid and make sure you vote. Polls are open for the next 6 days.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WBM Music: Still Standing (Album Review)

MONICA has never disappointed. With Still Standing it's not just a collection of songs, it's hours of hard work and personal sacrifice. With the recent split up with her baby father Rocko, you can tell the songs are personal, about her relationship and the love for her two sons Rocko and Romelo.

The album is 10 tracks strong and the most mature material we've ever received from Monica. The Ludacris-assisted song, especially, "Still Standing" is one of the best songs on the album next to the single "Everything To Me" and the new single "Mirror."

The album is filled with ballads with nothing much to dance to except for the "If You Were My Man" which has MISSY's all over it.

No one sings about pain, drama, love, cheating and strength like Monica, but at the end of the day the album is certain to be made into a classic. Still Standing is WBM certified.

Monday, March 22, 2010

WBM Inspiration: Dynamo Jack

The potential of self is beyond limit. Like the saying goes, Nothing Is Impossible. Check out the possibilities in this video doc of Dynamo Jack.

Through the Photographer’s Lens

Welcome to Through the Photographers Lens,

In this week’s post I thought I’d talk about “Dream Killers!” I’ve heard it said that the cemetery is the richest place on earth because that is where all the unpublished books, cures for diseases, music, poetry and art are all buried. Buried there because the people who had these much needed works of art and science did not follow through with their potential and dreams. I asked myself, why would those who have been blessed with a gift let it be buried with them and not share those gifts with the world and I realized that those souls let something or someone Kill Their Dreams. With that I thought, well, what are the things that kill dreams and what can I do as a photographer and writer do to help stop this madness, and I started to devise a list. I could only come up with three things that can kill dreams. Family, Friends and peers and YOU!!!

When I started out as a photographer, I had many people in my life that said ok great you want to be a full time photographer but what else are you going to do? I kind of looked at them sideways at first but then I had to understand that they were just doing or saying what they thought would be right and supportive and realize that these opinions and advice came from the point of view of people that would also tell me that they had no artistic abilities at all (which I never believe).

Pursuing a career in the arts take far more dedication and discipline than most people outside the artistic community would understand and easily forget that being a full time artist is still a business and needs to be treated as such. Sadly many people inside the community forget that it is a business as well and end up having their careers end shortly after they start.

So, I thought I would take a little time to cover some basics of being a full time artist. First and foremost it IS a business and the day you forget that is the day you fail yourself. Let’s face facts, no matter what your career path is you still have living expenses and bills to maintain which means that everything you do needs to show profit. That said you should take some sort of business management class to help you better understand and navigate through setting up and running your artistic business. But beyond the financial there is your support base. You have to have a support base that understands what it is that you are trying to accomplish with your craft. If your support base does not understand its role in your life then how can they support you? How can your dream come true and who are the biggest dream killers in the artist’s life? Well, the biggest is family!

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like family. The love and support that an understanding family can provide can make champions of us all, but when the family does not fully understand your heart’s desire or the passion you have for your craft they can be very hurtful even if it is not their intention. How many artists out there can say that Mommy and Daddy and the Grand Parents completely understand your need to be an artist? How many times have you heard, all that music stuff is nice but you need a job with some benefits? What’s gonna happen when you have to go see a doctor? How are you going to pay your rent when you don’t know when your next gig is or if your next job is a few weeks or even months away? There has to be a point in the life of the artist when you will have to sit down and explain your passions to your family and hope they understand. Sadly this conversation usually leads to some arguing, exposed repressed feelings about you and your craft and how you are throwing your life away. I urge you all, when this comes about don’t take the easy road and just turn your back on them. After all they are your family and they mean well even if they don’t know any better or just won’t listen. At the end of the day you have several choices to make especially where your family is concerned. Make them wisely and love them anyway!!! Not everyone is going to understand the mind of an artist so stop thinking they will and stop thinking that you are going to be the exception to the rule that makes them fully understand. There comes a point where you just have to re-evaluate your dedication to your craft and examine your methods and use their unwillingness to understand as your inspiration to go farther and do better. Learn this line: “ Mom, Dad, I love you but you just don’t understand and I can’t force that on you, but I can’t let it stop me from being who I am.”

The second set of Dream Killers is your friends. They have many of the same view points as your family will have only but your friends will be a little more cynical about it. Some may even show some form of jealousy. “How are you going to make money at that?”, “Why don’t you get a regular job and do that on the side?” is what I have heard many of my friends say. They will be the first to point and sneer when you fail but will also be first in line when the royalty checks come in. Odd, isn’t it? I guess there is something to be said for persistency. Nevertheless, after a while the pressure coming from them gets to be a bit much and you start to evaluate the people you are keeping around you. You start to think “are these people conducive to me reaching my goals?” “How are they going to look at me if I should fail”, “how are they going to look at me if I should succeed?” Either way, I say again, love them for who they are. Listen to them, but make sure that your drive and determinations toward your craft are strong and true because your friends will be first to test them. Don’t let them stop or even slow you down!!! This is your dream for your life.

The last and most deadly opponent your dreams could have comes from within. That’s right, you are your biggest dream killer. Think of how many times things have gone wrong in your artistic career and you just wanted to give up. Sell all your gear, close up shop and go home and get a regular 9 to 5 and live a normal life like everyone else. Well this is the new millennium and there are no more normal lives. If you don’t stand up and own your own business then you have to work for someone else, those are your options. At least in owning your own business, you have a little more “Say so” in what happens and if your 401K plan vanishes it’s because you didn’t keep up the payments not because someone was fooling around with your benefits package to save a dollar. Sure everyone likes to know that every two weeks a pay check is coming in, it’s a comforting thought, but knowing that you can control how much that check is because of your own hard work and skill feels so much better. Be careful listening to the advice of the ill-informed. Advice coming from someone who has no affiliations with the arts other than you can cause you to second guess yourself. Criticism will come, that is why we are artists, so expect it from everyone and anyone. Don’t let it stop you, take the information and “eat the meat and spit out the bone and fat” as my Pastor once taught me. Incorporate the information that helps you grow and the information that is hurtful or hindering let it go. Ultimately, you made the decisions to become an artist and you need to develop a powerful relationship with what that means, because if you don’t believe in you then no one else will.

Stay strong and artistic, the world needs to hear from YOU!!!

What are your thoughts?

Rahim Baskett


MindSoulVision Photography



WBM Inspiration: 5 Habits For Success

Due to the day-to-day grind and hustle to obtain one's goals, often it's very difficult for me to catch what may be the latest on TV. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing against doing so. However, it's not the easiest with early days and late nights developing ways to take WBM to the next level. So to remedy, what's missed news and otherwise, the Internet for some time is the source that keeps me up to date for the most part with what's going on.

Now while purusing the net to get a daily dose of current events on Yahoo, I happened to come across an interesting write up that outlines the 5 Habits of the Happiest Couples I Know as explained by contributor, Andrea Frazier. Though very insightful and applicable to life, I couldn't help but seek out means to develop a WBM approach to those 5 habits and use success as the focal point for today's post.

I was once told,"There isn't one key to success, but many keys," and in an effort to help others arrive at a clearer, easily understood and self-actualized perspective of what success means and from a centralized personal point of viewWBM has come up with its 5 Habits For Success.

  1. Reach Out - While the desire to set forth toward what we aspire most is on our minds and hearts, don't hesitate to seek out help from another. Whether that means having someone to bounce ideas off of or a mentor, the exchange of thoughts and experience will aid on the path to success.

  2. Be Thankful - Everything you experience, good, bad and in between is another opportunity to learn and grow from. Use those situations to push you forward. If those experiences, for example come in the form of conversation, be sure to thank the person or persons that were the catalyst in raising your awareness.

  3. Live Your Passion -Everyday, even if it's for 15 minutes spend time perfecting your skill. Experts are made not born. According to researchers, the amount of time it takes to become an expert at any one thing is 10,000 hours. Every minute invested is one minute closer to expertise.

  4. Make Do -Life at times will hand you lemons. It's up to you whether or not you decide to accept it. At any given time be able to learn from your experiences and adapt/adjust when things don't pan out the way you expected or planned. It's when you become stagnant that you retard your progress on the path to success.

  5. Enjoy The Simple Pleasures - Success is different for everyone. Be encouraged and excited by your accomplishments no matter how big or small. Recognition in this area is the fuel necessary guide your steps along the journey.

Read. Apply. Repeat.

What are your 5 Habits For Success? Hopefully this helped. So keep striving. Keep Pushing and keep climbing all the way to the top.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

WBM Inspiration: Facing Self-Doubt

In full support of doing what you love, Gary V. in this 2008 lecture discusses how to face self-doubt. Get empowered and be inspired.

Why Blue Matters.

Friday, March 19, 2010

WBM Features: Marktavious

For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
-African Proverb

Marktavious, a unique name causing major buzz in the industry. He is on a mission to create a legacy. His music has purpose while simultaneously trying to change the lives of people in a positive way, influence the world and to make a difference.

Take a moment and get to know Marktavious.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

So what project are you working on now?
Introduce yourself to the people who dont know who you are.
Lets start off with letting us get to know the real you.

Marktavious: Right now I’m focusing on promoting the music that I have already released. I’m still recording new music, but that’s for personal satisfaction, I feel like right now I have a few songs that I can DO SOMETHING with, and I want to see if I can make it happen.

What are your goals for 2010?

Marktavious: For 2010 I want to be the best MARKTAVIOUS I can be. I’d really like to see radio airplay,I think that’s my biggest goal.

So whats your birth name?

Marktavious: Marktavious IS my birth name, believe it or not.

Whats the difference between the real you and your stage persona?

Marktavious: There aren’t too many changes; I think that on stage I’m able to take more risks, because I know during the performance you have to OWN THE STAGE, so I make sure that people remember who I am when we all leave the venue. Whereas walking in a store I wouldn’t purposely try to draw so much attention to myself.

How long have you been in the game?

Marktavious: I’ve been singing forever, I’ve been pursing a serious music career since 16.

What's your greatest accomplishment so far in life?

Marktavious: Someone told me that one of my songs helped them make a very important decision. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing my music, even this early on, is helping someone.

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

Marktavious: All of my interests pretty much deal with music. I’m actually a fan of Jazz and Classical performance, so I study that as well, a lot of people don’t know that.

What's your ultimate goal in life?

Marktavious: To create a legacy. To change the lives of people who like my music, to influence the world. TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

What do you like most about being in the business?

Marktavious: Meeting people and networking. You never know who is going to give you your next opportunity or who you can provide with an opportunity.

What's the thought process behind your works?

Actually when I sit down to write a song, and as I’m writing, I always think “What can I do with this on stage” or “What could I do with this in a video”. I love the idea of creative performances and visuals; not doing what people would expect.

What inspires and motivates you?

Marktavious: I am really self-motivated, and you HAVE to be, but I love when someone tells me that my music has made a difference in his or her life - that keeps me going.

What would you be doing now, if you never started doing music?

Marktavious: I would be in college pursing a career in dentistry or dermatology. I’m actually going back in August; I took the semester off to focus on music. I can’t say that I’m going to choose the same career path though.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

Marktavious: Stevie Wonder, Ella Fizgerald, Young Money, Josh Hurt, a lot of live performances.

Marktavious: Right now I’m writing new music, usually, when I write new music I try to stay away from the current commercial music to see what I can come up with on my own.

What has been your favorite job you've done so far?
Marktavious: I performed at a function for cancer patients not too long ago.

What are you currently working on?

Marktavious: Right now I’m focused on promoting my songs [In Your Lane/Getting’ It Right]. I’m still writing new music, however, I’m not releasing it because promotion is a big deal to me, and I want to see what I can make out of ONE song.

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

Marktavious: I’m not at a level where I really get negativity from media. People love to give opinions and comments, which are sometimes negative, but I understand everyone has an opinion. As the artist, I have to know what to filter out, what’s “hate” and what’s “criticism”.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

Marktavious: Nobody gets something for nothing. Invest in yourself, create a plan, and know EXACTLY what you have to do every day when you open your eyes.

What do you want to be remembered by?

Marktavious: The way I changed peoples lives, the effect that I had on the world.

WBM Events: Dot Commiez @ McGuinn's

On April 3rd, 2010, the Dot Commiez will perform live. Come see them along with AC/DC and Angels To Some Devils To Others @ McGuinn's in Lawrenceville, NJ. Definitely will be an official show.

Location: McGuinn's
1781 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ

Date: April 3rd, 2010

Time: 9pm-2am

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Through the Photographer’s Lens

Welcome to Through the Photographers Lens,

In this week’s post I thought I share a rather interesting trend I’ve noticed and wanted to know if I am the only one to notice it. “Cookie Cutter Rappers!”

In the last few years I have been contracted to shoot album/mix tape covers, posters and “Red Carpet” events that featured some of your favorite rappers and many you don’t know. I was cleaning and archiving some of my photos from the past to keep things fresh and clean in my office and I noticed all of the rappers seemed a little too similar. So much so that I found myself filing a couple of them in the wrong folders because they looked so much alike. I then went back through the work I had already done to make sure that I had not made the same mistake more than once. In clicking through the photos I saw the same thing over and over again. Sagging pants below the reason (we all know how I feel about that), $200+ T-shirts, horrendously expensive sneakers, fitted hats, the same 10 tattoos (you know them all), dental applications (Grills) and the belly button length chain (reminiscent of those of the early 70’s) with shiny ornament dangling from the end.

I feel the need to clear something up at this point. I have nothing against owning nice things and trust me I have done enough interviews with artists and I have heard the same excuses for the purchase of such things. One of my favorite answers was “I buy all the gold and diamonds to replace the chains of oppression heaped on my forefathers heads.” I am not even going to go into neither the whole blood diamond nor the ecological ramifications of strip-mining for gold and platinum. And I will bite my lip in an effort to not speak on the murder and modern slavery that is going on today to acquire these minerals (these are fodder for future articles). I do however want to address one answer I keep getting when I ask the question, “Why spend these huge amounts on things that will only depreciate in a short amount of time when you could change lives FOREVER with those same amounts?” The answer I get more so than any is “this is how I express who I am and my individual tastes… I am different from all the other rappers because…” Sadly, I have to admit when I hear this preamble, stop listening or start mouthing the words because I have heard them so many times.

I remember when hip-hop started, you heard The Sugar Hill Gang and you knew you were listening to the Sugar Hill Gang and not Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five. You knew that Run-DMC was the “King of Rock” and you didn’t question it. LL Cool J “Rocked the Bells” and the dance floor flooded with party goers who didn’t want to hold up the walls and nurse drinks until a fight broke out. Stevie Wonder said “I wish those days could come back once more cause I loved them so!” AMEN Brother!!!

We now live in a world, and maybe I am just showing my age, where I turned on the radio in my car (a rarity indeed) and couldn’t tell if I was listening to Lil Wayne or Drake or any of the other sound/look-a-like’s. It seems like the only thing that is getting played these days has to fit into a very narrow marketing formula and not true individuality. God forbid you learn something from a rapper about current events and /or history that is verifiable other than they have been wearing Louis Vuitton since the early days of slinging rock in the PJ’s. Now we’re a generation of the tough guy, the killer, the dealer and the baby daddy. And the ladies are not exempt from this by any means. I remember the toughest thing you heard a female rapper said was “If it aint rough it aint right…” now they too are packing Lugers and lying in court. Yikes!!!

Now while I understand the need to have a cool story to tell your friends, I don’t understand why all those stories are the same. If you want to be individual then just be who you are. If you come out with a song create your own music (article coming soon!), if you are going to produce your own clothing line please make sure that people from the PJ’s you came from can afford it and for God’s sake, FIND SOME NEW TATTOOS!!!

Hip-hop got its start the same way gospel music got its start. An oppressed people needed a way to cry out and let the world know the pain and struggle they were going through during their particular point in history but they also gave a sense of hope, strength that didn’t come at the barrel of a gun and faith that whomever they called God would always be there for them and bring them through triumphantly. When did Hip-Hop make that sharp left turn down the wrong street and become the very thing it stood against? Come on folks, let’s not let the marketing department decide what good music is anymore!!!

What are your thoughts?

Rahim Baskett


MindSoulVision Photography



WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 31

1. Usher, Plies - Hey Daddy, Daddy's Home (UP1)
2. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (DOWN1)
3. Waka Flocka Flame - O Lets Do It (UP2)
4. Trey Songz - Neighbors Know My Name (UP2)
5. Monica - Everything To Me (UP2)
6. Rihanna - Rude Boy (UP3)
7. Gucci Mane - Lemonade (UP1)
8. Ludacris, Nicki Minaj - My Chick Bad (UP4)
9. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN5)
10. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj - Up Out My Face (UP1)
11. Plies, Keri Hilson - Medicine (DOWN8)
12. Yo Gotti - Women Lie Men Lie (UP1)
13. Roscoe Dash, Soulja Boy - All The Way Turnt Up (UP2)
14. Drake - Over (UP6)
15. Erykah Badu - Window Seat (UP1)
16. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bentley (UP1)
17. Jay-z, Swizz Beats - Onto The Next One (DOWN7)
18. Teairra Mari, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy - Sponsor (UP1)
19. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me (DOWN5)
20. T.I - I'm Back (DEBUT)

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 21

1. Ludacris - Battle Of The Sexes (DEBUT)
2. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN1)
3. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (SAME)
4. Rihanna - Rated R (UP2)
5. Alicia Keys - Element Of Freedom (SAME)
6. Raheem Devaughn - The Love And War Masterpiece (DOWN4)
7. Trey Songz - Ready (UP1)
8. Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (UP1)
9. Jaheim - Another Round (DOWN2)
10. Young money - We Are Young Money (SAME)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WBM Model On The Rise: Niagra Fallz

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.
It is not something physical.
-Sophia Loren

In an effort to showcase standouts in their respected area(s) of interest, WBM intends to highlight those in continuous pursuit of their dreams. Our next standout comes from The Garden State (New Jersey) and shines exceptionally bright as model.

Who: Niagra Fallz
What: Model
Where? Newark NJ :)

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

How did you get started in modeling?

NF: I got started doing fashion shows and attending sometype of industry events. Meeting photographers and artists thru out the industry.

What do you like most about the industry?

NF: I'm going to say the people. I love meeting positive people that's ready to work!

What makes you stand out from the rest?

NF: Me being unique drom the dreads, the tattoos and the way I carry myself.

What/Who inspires you?

NF: My moms inspired me to keep pushing. I was told to never give up on my dreams. So here I am ;)

What's makes you smile?

NF: My baby boy makes me smile. I love him to death. That's my heart and I'm pretty sure I'm his too!

Favorite Color?

NF: Uhhh I have a few lol I'm going to say all bright colors!

What's one thing people wouldn't normally consider you doing?

NF: Giving up on something I truly love! I think that's the coward way out of things. And that I will not be doing.

How important are credibility and integrity to you?

NF: It's very important and trust pays the big part of it all.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing what you do now?

NF: Just working my regular job I have now.

Favorite place to be photographed?

NF: Outdoors! I love to have hot backgrounds as far as the trees behind me, cars riding by, Giving the photos life!!!

Biggest Accomplishment?

NF: Just getting my name out there in a positive WAY!!!!! *thumbs up* to me. Lol

Where do you see yourself 5 yrs from now?

NF: Raising my son to be the best...keeping the modeling going the right way. I am definitely trying to make my way over seas to get major work.

Any future projects?

NF: My website coming soon along with magazine features.

Any advice for those who want to pursue their modeling aspirations?

NF: Yes, Go after your dream don't give up. Keep pushing for what you want and stay positive!You can find me @ For all bookings

WBM Features: Denee Baptiste

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.
-Shanna LaFleur

With movements similiar to someone proficent in writing or painting, a dancer moves with grace. However the only difference between the two is that instead of wielding an instrument to create masterpieces, the body of a dancer becomes the instrument while simultaneously becoming the masterpiece. Interestingly enough, the next feature of Why Blue Matters, Denee Baptiste moves fluently and everyday is taking one step closer to mastery.

Follow Denee as she makes her next move.

With some time to share with WBM, Denee discusses a little bit about herself and her sentiments on dance.

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

Who is Denee Baptiste?

DB: Denee is a combination of her parents. One parent being kind, understanding, funny, cool, a people’s person and the other being logical, stern, and passionate. All of these traits help to create one spunky little "Warrior Princess" (lol) I am an entertainer, hands downs, its one of the reasons I breathe. God blessed me with a gift and I believe it’s my job to share it. What a lot of people may not know about me is I love being apart of the creative process. Meaning, I like to share my opinion on costuming, lighting designs, concepts, etc. I like to be the person the choreographer uses to create their masterpieces. It gives me great joy :-)

Where are you from?

DB: I am from New York City, Harlem to be exact. I’ve lived there my entire life. I was born on the block where I live, literally. However my ethnicity is Antiguan/Irish.


DB: I loves family time, Enjoy being with my lover, partying with my friends, shopping, taking pictures (memories are forever), Performing with The Vixens, writing, taking walks, watching movies and eating chocolate, bowling and playing air hockey…

What do you like most about being involved in dance and choreography?

DB: Besides performing would have to be traveling to different parts of the world and experiencing other forms of dance that many are not exposed to or even know exist. I believe dance is a gift that is constantly giving. Each one, teach one.

What's your favorite style of dance?

DB: It would have to be..... All of them! Honestly, they’re all different forms of expression. I love that

How long have you been involved?

DB: IVE BEEN DANCING forever... Thinking back, my dad was always teaching me different moves. I was always in dance contests at the block parties and birthday parties. Then my older sister formed a group for my friends and me. My Junior High School and my High School were both performing arts based. The schools specialized in dance, art, music (both vocals and instruments), stage tech, and acting. In JHS I was involved in mainly dance and the choir. High School I dabbled in all of the arts, but I graduated HS and really got into dance full throttle.

What inspires you?

DB: Everyday I wake up and I thank God just to be here for another day. There is so much going on in this world and so many people didn’t make it to see 22 years old. With all the talent in the world, people get caught up in worldly activities and become products of their environments. Some people start off in bad situations and are then afraid to share their talent. This is my inspiration! This inspires me because I am from one of the roughest neighborhoods in New York City, but I never became a victim. I want to be the example. I want to let people know that there is a world outside of the one you live in. There is hope for you to be more than what you might be exposed to.

What motivates you?

DB: My family motivates me. My family is very supportive and all are successful in their own right. They stand behind me in every decision that I make and are always there to give guidance and correct me if I’m wrong. They push me to want to be better and go further in life.

What type of opportunity has dance created for you?

DB: I’ve had the honor to work with some of the best choreographers veterans and up and coming, such as NuStylz, Jermaine Browne, Brice D. Vick, Torey Nelson, Hollywood, Devon “Pony” Webster (just to name a few). I’ve been on stages with awesome artists such as Brandy, Ashanti, Anna Vissi, and Ryan Leslie. While working I am able to build new relationships both professional and friendships. I'm able to learn and grow things about myself while doing something I love. Did I forget to mention that I have been blessed to see the world? AMAZING!

Who would you like to work with?

DB: I'd like to work with Artists; Pink, Usher, Madonna, Ciara, Beyonce and ummmmmm… This list can go on for days. Choreographers; Rhapsody, LUAM, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, and Wade Robson.

What's in your iPod?

DB: I'm listening to Betty Wright, Beres Hammond, Jay Karan, Chris Brown, India Irie, Amerie, Chaka Khan, Prince, T.I, Michael Jackson, John Legend, Fantasia, Trey Songz, Jessica Simpson, Karsh Kale, Keith Sweat, R Kelly, Ciara, Lil Mama… Im all over the place… lol

What would you do if you weren't dancing?

DB: If I had not chose dance I would be heavy in the fashion industry.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

DB: 5 YEARS FROM NOW…. My plan is to have a bachelors degree in Social Work and Psychology. I have a few ideas that I want to put in action once I have my degree. I'm just not exactly sure where I want to start, but as I get older I'm sure I will have a definite answer. If you were to ask me this question in 2 years I will have an answer for you.

What's your biggest accomplishment?

DB: This has nothing to do with dance or the industry, but I just learned to cook. I’m residing in Athens, Greece. Before I came here I only knew how to make fried waffles and scrambled eggs; sad but very true. I have a very weak stomache and I was constantly eating out and ending up sick at the end of the night. I was between a rock and a hard place. It was either learn to cook or starve, so I had no choice but to put my pans on the fire. I am absolutely in love with cooking and creating new dishes. I'm constantly looking up new recipes and testing them out on my friends here. I’ve been getting great responses so I’ve been creating a nice menu…

Any future projects?

DB: “What GOD has for me, will be for me”

What type of impact would you like to leave with your involvement in dance?

DB: Just know that every time I dance whether it is on stage, a class, family reunion or on the train, IM DANCING WITH MY HEART NOT MY FEET.

Any advice for those looking to pursue their art & entertainment goals?

Learn your business. A lot of us are blessed with opportunity, but are sometimes taken advantage of because we don’t know what we are getting into. Learn everything there is to know, language, rates, etc. If you are serious about this industry, learn it. Not everyone is blessed to have an agent to negotiate your fees, etc. ALSO please don’t dance as a favor to anybody or because people say you’re good. Make sure its what you want for yourself. Make smart decisions and make everyday count because tomorrow is NOT promised to anybody.

Monday, March 15, 2010

WBM Presents: DALLAS AUSTIN & The 8er Movement

The 8 movement created by the one and only ICON DALLAS AUSTIN

What is the 8er movement you might ask? Why Blue Matters is part of the 8er movement and we suggest you become part of it as well.

We cre8 and motiv8. We initi8 and encourage others to reciproc8. If you're in pain, we try to help allevi8. A place where the gr8 attract the gr8. We are a family and we don't h8.

The 8ER state of the UNION ADDRESS:

"We started as a few but have grown to many Tweet by tweet , city by city In a world full of H8 we don’t have any but PEACE JOY & LOVE we have plenty We are 8ers we dont H8 we CONGRADUL8 With hopes someone will RECIPROC8 No need to yell not even exclam8 Check the lines I didnt even punctu8.

We are pos8ive inov8ive and cre8iveThis is 8erNation im proud to be a n8iveBe a MASTER 8ER like D.A. and D-RTHis is 8ER N8tion so pledge your allegiance Lets work together spread the movement like the wind Because when we come together we’re all like next of kin I said it before and ill say it again ITS A MOVEMENT! In twenty-10 WE WIN!!!!"


INTERESTED YET in becoming part of the 8er movement:
the 8 movement on
8dazeaweakend the album/movie on

WBM Presents: The Lil Mo Show


THIS TUESDAY 3/16/2009 2PM - 6PM

WBM Features: SOSy

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.

Unrestricted and on a mission to inspire people to feel confident while at the same time help them to find their inner beauty, the new super girl group SOSy is set to take the world by storm. Brooke, Britney and Jasmine make up the supergroup. Not only can all the girls really sing, but they also write there own material. They're set to release there mixtape "I'm so muthafu*#%! cool" on 3/23.

Check it out and take a minute and get to know Sosy

[As Told To Why Blue Matters]

So tell us a little bit about yourselves

Well, we are SOSy, a girls group based out of Saint Louis, Missouri. SOSy consists of Brooke, Britney, and Jasmine. We do Electric Urban/Pop ™ music, and we've been together for about seven years. Some of our main interests really do relate back to music and entertaining. We like "vibing" in the studio, clubbin' (lol), doing stupid photoshoots (where we dress up, and put on tons of make-up, and snap shots), and cooking, sike.

Tell us how an ordinary day in your life is? Any rituals? routines?

An ordinary day for us is not your typical “every day”. Most of the time we wake up, go running, and dance for a few hours. This all happens before we get a chance to figure out what we are going to do for the day. We try to spend a few hours each day in the studio, just in case we catch a “vibe” and create some good tunes. We also try to build the buns of steel before we go to bed. You know, gotta have a “Beyonce Booty!

What's your ultimate goal in life?

The Ultimate Goal……hmmm…SOSy most definitely hopes to gain longevity. We want to gain a solid fan base that is going to follow us for a lifetime. And hopefully, we can be role models and touch someone’s life. Maybe someone who lacks self-esteem could get a hold of a SOSy cd, and listen to our lyrics and decide that they can be beautiful and confident. It’s sounds corny, but it’s genuine. Our ultimate goal is to promote self-worth.

What do yall like most about being in the business?

We like that we get to express our individuality. A lot of times artists are restricted as far as what they get to wear, and write, and do. But luckily our style and music is what has gained our following thus far.

What's the thought process behind your works?
...from personal experience?
...mere creativity?

We pull from both personal experiences as well as creative vibe sessions to write our music. As writers, we walk around soaking in every situation and atmosphere so that it can be later rhythmically added into a song. So just in case we have to collab on a “jam” ,on the spot while in the studio we have past experiences to pull from. So don’t be doing nothin’ crazy around SOSy cuz we jus’ mite write about cha?

What inspires and motivates you?

The thing that inspires us the most is all the people that believed in us from the beginning. Whenever we get down, or bored, or lazy, we think about everybody who believes in us, and it’s hard to just want to give up. So we don’t, as a matter-of-fact we get a recharge of energy, and we go full throttle.

How long have yall been involved in the business?

We have been at it for about six or seven years.

What are you listening to in your ipod these days?

SOSy is bumpin’ Drake, Wayne, let’s just say “Young Mula Baby”, lol Trey Songz, Lady GaGa, Rhianna, and tons of Beyonce, oh, and your’s truly in the ipod. All of these artists work hard and you can definitely tell through their music as well as their performances.

Any future projects?

Right now we are finishing up a mixtape, I’m So MuthaF*&^in’ Cool, which is actually pretty cool, lol. It’s totally us uncensored all the way. We took our lives, as well as some of our friends experiences, and sang all about it. The mixtape has a very comical nature about it, for instance we have tons of skits throughout it where we are doing mock interviews, and they are hilarious. As of right now we have it set for release on March 23. We have a few songs up for a sneak peak on our myspace, , as well as updates and our other links. You can also find the songs on our youtube ( ).

Does any negativity from the media ever affect you in anyway?

Negativity DOES affect us, it makes us write better songs. It makes us perform harder. Seriously!!!

Any advice for those looking to pursue their dreams?

For those who are looking to pursue their dreams, SOSy would like to advise you to stay motivated. Keep the big picture in front of you and chase it full speed. In this life, you can literally do ANYTHING you put your mind to. Sounds cliché, but it’s real, especially if the Lord is backing you.

What do you want to be remembered by?

We would like to be remembered for our courage, and not being afraid to be who we are. Point blank.

Anything you want people to know that they don't already know about you?

People may not know that Jasmine and Britney are aries and Brooke is a leo. We all grew up together. We all are led by Christian values. We are very goofy and rarely ever serious, and before every show we jump around and act really crazy and rowdy for like ten minutes…

WBM Exclusive: Hurricane Ana - Filip Filipi ft. Collie Buddz

The first single off rapper and producer Filip Filipi’s upcoming project “Design & Origin of Stars” is titled Hurricane Ana and features the highly acclaimed reggae and dancehall recording artist Collie Buddz! The project is highly anticipated, with features from; Lil’ Wayne, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Ace Hood, Mickey Avalon, Collie Buddz, Shanell aka SNL, Passion Pit, Forever The Sickest Kids, Lemar, and Shane Sparks to name a few.

For More On Filip Filipi:

A Shot Of Positivity: Chris Brown attends “FAMILY READ NIGHT” in Harlem

Recently Chris Brown attended ‘Family Read Night’ at the Sisulu-Walker Charter School in Harlem. Chris who has been on a non stop journey to change his tarnished image and stay relevant seems to be working. Chris read the book ‘Superhero School’ to a group of 3rd graders.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Shot Of Positivity: Jay-z At The Ceremony For The New Barclays Center

Jay-z was recently in Brooklyn at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Barclays center. The future home of the New Jersey nets, in which Jay-z co-owns. Beyonce came to support her husband as well as Al Sharpton, and the mayor and governor of New York.

Here's an excerpt of his speech:

"What I stand here and represent is hope for Brooklyn, New York City. I'm a son of Brooklyn, I'm from Marcy projects, I think about growing up in Brooklyn in the Marcy projects and shooting jump shots, thinking I can make it to the NBA. Now I stand here as an owner of a team that's coming back to Brooklyn. The pride in that, and bringing that dream so much closer for people, brings me so much pride I get a little nervous about it. But I'm very happy, very excited about this day. And we did it again, Brooklyn — shout-out to B.I.G."


WBM Movies: Tron Legacy (Trailer)

Coming to theaters, December 17th, 2010.

WBM Exclusive: Thing For You - Thewz
(download link)

This just in!!! "Thing For You," the new single of the upcoming April 13th, 2010 release Heartbeat from Hip Hop/Alternative/Soul artist Thewz is now available. Check this out. It's definitely official and another reason Why Blue Matters.

Listen. Download. Share. Repeat.

For More On Thewz:

Friday, March 12, 2010

WBM News: Dunkalicious

And you thought a slam dunk contest is the only place where you see this kind of move. Make sure you're sitting down for this one. Boomshakalaka!

Another reason Why Blue Matters.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

WBM Music: Battle Of The Sexes Album Review

Ludacris has one of the most distinctive and forever-pleasurable voices in HipHop.

On "Battle of the Sexes," his latest, Ludacris proves he's always been a lover, not a fighter. With songs like "Hey Ho" featuring Lil Kim on the remix and his follow up single "Sex Room" featuring Trey Songz, it looks like this will be another hit album under his belt.

Ludacris's latest project was born trying to give female perspectives, which has been notoriously scarce in hip-hop, Shawnna was suppose to be his main partner in crime but she's rarely on the project. Instead Diamond of Crime Mob, Trina, Eve and Nicki Minaj all are featured on the album.

But still at the end of the day this is Ludacris, and this is Ludacris's album if your a fan you'll continue to be one. With his last two serious efforts, this is a little bit of comic relief and what music has been waiting for.

WBM Top 20

TOP 20 SONGS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 14th

1. Lil Wayne, Eminem - Drop The World (SAME)
2. Usher, Plies - Hey Daddy, Daddys Home (UP1)
3. Plies, Keri Hilson - Medicine (UP2)
4. Sade - Solider Of Love (DOWN2)
5. Waka Flocka Flame - O Lets Do It (UP1)
6. Trey Songz - Neighbors Know My Name (UP1)
7. Monica - Everything To Me (UP1)
8. Gucci Mane - Lemonade (UP1)
9. Rihanna - Rude Boy (UP4)
10. Jay-z, Swizz Beats - Onto The Next One (DOWN6)
11. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj - Up Out My Face (SAME)
12. Ludacris, Nicki Minaj - My Chick Bad (UP1)
13. Yo Gotti - Women Lie Men Lie (UP1)
14. Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me (DOWN4)
15. Roscoe Dash, Soulja Boy - All The Way Turnt Up (UP1)
16. Erykah Badu - Window Seat (UP4)
17. Lloyd Banks, Juelz Santana - Beamer, Benz or Bentley (UP1)
18. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart (DOWN3)
19. Teairra Mari, Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy - Sponsor (DEBUT)
20. Drake - Over (DEBUT)

compiled by radio spins, radio requests, and billboard charts

WBM Top 10

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE WEEK ending Sunday March 14

1. Sade - Solider Of Love (SAME)
2. Raheem Devaughn - The Love And War Masterpiece (DEBUT)
3. Lil Wayne - Rebirth (DOWN1)
4. Dj Khaled - Victory (DEBUT)
5. Alicia Keys - Element Of Freedom (DOWN2)
6. Rihanna - Rated R (DOWN2)
7. Jaheim - Another Round (DOWN2)
8. Trey Songz - Ready (DOWN1)
9. Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear (DOWN3)
10. Young money - We Are Young Money (DOWN1)

compiled by national album sales and billboard charts

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Through The Photographer's Lens

Welcome to Through the Photographers Lens,

In this week’s post I thought I share a rather concerning experience that seems to be occurring more and more these days. “Plumbers Crack!!!”

I was walking toward my office in the city when I saw three young men walking like their lower backs were in great pain or they were holding in a very old and much unwanted turd only to realize that they were wearing their pants well below the Glutinous - Maximums (ass)! I was appalled to see young men walking down the street in public with their underwear showing and struggling to walk. Now I know that this is not a new phenomenon but it is getting a little out of hand. I understand the need to be different as well as the urge to keep up with the latest fashion trends, but when fashion take priority over health and safety then I have to step up and say something.

I want to first explore the medical repercussions of wearing your pants that low. First you are cutting off blood circulation to your lower body thus making your heart bead harder and faster to maintain proper pressure to your lower extremities. Then there is “The Walk”. The walk to hold your pants up is quite funny to see but if those who walked like this 1) could see themselves and 2) realized that in order to walk like that you have to twist your hips and pelvic bone into an awkward position in order to turn your knees and thighs out far enough to keep your pants from falling down around your ankles. The amount of joint and bone damage is enormous and as time goes on becomes lower back pain, poor circulation and weakened knees and hip all from something you saw made popular in music videos.

Before I begin throwing stones, let me be the first to admit I have been guilty of showing a little crack from time to time but I make a conscious effort to make sure that it is not often. Being that I “Lack in the Back” there is not much to hold up my pants in the rear. To combat that I wear a belt. My Grand Father, many years ago taught me that a respectable man wears a belt, keep a clean handkerchief in his pocket and at least enough money to get home from where he is. Now when I was given this mental jewel, I was about 6 or 7 years old. Clearly at that point it was “Truth out of Season”. Now that I am considerably older than I was then I can say that this particular truth is so prevalent. Stevie Wonder wrote, “I believe the children are the future, TECH THEM WELL AND LET THEM LEAD THE WAY.” Stevie, I am so with you!!! But what have we taught out children when we allow them to leave the house looking like they just got their belt back from central booking and I most certainly don’t want to see your fruit of the loom undies with the ripped waist band as I am walking down the New York City Streets.

If this is how we have taught our children to respect themselves and how to gain respect from others then I am truly concerned for their future because like it or not these children are the future. I am holding all Parents and God-Parents responsible making a change before these children have to go and get a real job and don’t realize that saggy $300 jeans and a ball cap will only get you a job working in the mail room or the loading dock. I have worked both in my early years and they still expected slacks and a collared shirt.

What’s was more disturbing than that, is as I went to meet a new potential model at my office that same day, I got to my office and she was there a little early, (always a good thing) and she stood up to greet me as I walked through the door and she turned around to put her purse down and there it was… Plumbers Crack!!! Something told me when low rise jeans became popular that this day was coming and now it was standing in my office. Now the immature goof ball in me wanted to burst out laughing and try to throw M&M’s in it from a distance, but the professional in me asked her politely and quietly to please pull her pants up so as not to dazzle the crowds!!! She got the message and spent the rest of our meeting pulling her pants up.

Maybe on some level I am turning into my grandfather, he was a very well liked and respected and respectable man who had a lot to share with us all. So, I share this advice with all of you from both he and I, “PULL YOUR PANTS UP!!!”, no one who will respect you can appreciate that!!!

What are your thoughts?

Rahim Baskett


MindSoulVision Photography