If you’re anything like me when it comes to writing any sort of body of work the introduction is always the hardest part. Partially because I can’t really tell you what the work is going to be about until I’ve written it. I’m a person who writes the body of the paper and writes the introduction at the end. Since this is no different I’m going to write and give you the introduction at the end.
I recently watched a video on YouTube about the making of the song Public Service Announcement by Jay-Z. In the interview, Irv Gotti and Just Blaze talked about how quickly the process of making the song was. The beat was made in about 10 minutes (which is pretty dope in my book). Just Blaze explained that Jay-Z was in the middle of doing press about his upcoming album at that time, The Black Album which was advertised as his last album before he retired (which we now know didn’t last). Just Blaze talked about how once Jay-Z heard the beat to the song he went and talked to the press for a while and then came back and rapped a verse went back and did the same thing until the song was done. He then came in the next day listened to it and had a whole new song and did it in one take, I say all this to say that I could imagine (not for sure that this happened but it did in my head) that Jay went and talked to the press and they were probably talking some nonsense about how what will happen if he leaves the industry, and probably little about who he is, all his accomplishments and his effect on the game. I can clearly see Jay being like this is all you think I am? He took a night to think on it and was like aight bet I’m going to show you who I am on this song. Only to write one of the most popular lines in live concert; “Allow me to re-introduce myself my name is HOV, OH, H to the O-V.”
And when you think of the word introduction/ introduce you think of when you first meet someone or the introduction of the book. We often introduce ourselves by saying something along the lines of hey my name is [inset name here] and I’m an [insert your profession/job here]. But we focus little on who we are when we introduce ourselves. Partially because we have been conditioned to think that who we recognize ourselves as (aka our name) and that our day to day actions that are supposed to show our value (usually based on how much we make/aka our jobs) are the sum of who we are. We talk little about what we’re passionate about, core values, dreams, etc. We must understand that who we recognize ourselves as and what we do is a by-product of who we are. Who we are is more than a career, personality, marital status, religion, etc. I’m not saying that we can’t use these things to help us describe a part of who we are; I’m just saying that we can’t confine who we are to just those things because we are WAAAAYYY MORE! And ultimately you make the choice of what you define yourself as. By definition, (shout out to the Webster dictionary for always coming through) to introduce means to bring a knowledge of something; to bring into play; and is the initial contact with no prior knowledge. Now who you decide to introduce is up to you, but’s let’s try to give them more!
Ok now here’s your introduction. Welcome! I’m super excited for you guys to see what’s to come. This blog will pretty much be everyday topics, life lessons, a lot of music references (it’s an easy thing to relate to for me), questions I ask myself, definitions from the dictionary (or my own definitions), parenthesis for side bar thoughts, fresh perspectives and ultimately anything that inspires me. Look forward to hearing from you guys and thanks for taking this journey with me.