Soooooo...the Pre-EP was supposed to drop today (6/26) as well as some other good junk to be announced, but you know...nah. Rather get it right, then get it rushed. Rescheduling and updates soon, though.
I rolled down to the Dallas area again to team back up w/ Dwight Mathis (videographer and director of my video for "Balance") for another video. Since the homey Sonja didn't make too much facetime in the previous video (aka "she got no love" (my bad homey)), we invited her through again for this one. Looking forward to ya'll being able to check it out soon...
Episode 2: "Why Not?": Episode 2 of my I Am Not Them series is on deck.
Here's my made for TV description: Follow Big Piph and crew as they embark on a mission to bring Global Kids-Arkansas to Little Rock to provide opportunities for youth in underserved communities. Random dough trickin and hijinks ensue....
Produced, Shot, & Edited by Kenneth Bell
Ever since my overseas tours and sabbatical in 2012, I've had a vision I've been working towards that connects with what I believe to be my larger purpose in life. However, I discovered that when I tend to talk about the ideas with most folks, their eyes either glaze over, they regret asking me about what I got moving, or they question what strains of herb I indulge in. As a result, I tend to chill off discussing that much. Anyway, this show was created not to show off or brag, but just to share some of my ideas, experiences, and quest with ya'll in a cool-like and entertaining fashion. With that said, we're premiering the show tomorrow and have a trailer for you later today. And lastly, shout out to my dude Kenneth Bell for producing, directing, and shooting it fueled by our shared mindset to challenge ourselves to forever make dope junk. Check out the trailer below...
11.21.14 is Not Just a Show
Friday, November 21st. The squad, "Tomorrow Maybe", and I will be performing at The Ron Robinson Theatre for KNC.QNC Experience. More details and goods coming soon, but you can go head an insert that on your calendar now though... #experienceKNC #experienceQNC Tics on sale @ http://arkansassounds.org/
Performing, Hosting, and Other Shenanigans at The Rivertop Party at The Marriott (8.29)
Presenting, Performing, & Chillin at the 2014 (8.23) Neighborhood Awards
Congrats to the first "class" of Global Kids Arkansas (GK-AR). We've been working on it for a loooooong time, but it's finally happening. Find out more info about the dope program HERE.
I post this picture to highlight the girl in the center w/ the braids looking at the camera.
When I travelled to Banjul, Gambia in 2012 with Ferocious she was a student at the final school of our trip. After we finished up our session, in which the all female body at this exceptional school amazed us w/ their interest, vigor, and creativity; per custom, a few of the students were called upon to thank us for our time. She was the 2nd one. At first she was notable because she began stumbling over her words so badly and was so uncomfortable that it made us cringe and just want to excuse her from the exercise if that would been have been acceptable; but it wasn't, so Fero and I sat there and watched her sweat profusely and curl up inwardly as if she could disappear. However, about half way into her "appreciation, her teacher commanded, "If you wanna act so shy, then say your poem!" to which this child initially went doe eyed and seemed resistant...but then launched into the most epic version of "Phenomenal Woman" that I've ever heard in my life. This child not only began saying the words, but believing them with every powerful vocal inflection and body motion while simultaneously locking eyes on the recipients of HER words...the very same cats she was ashamed to speak to no more than 30 seconds ago. When she finished, our shock increased as the child standing before us now was not the same person, but was indeed a phenomenal woman who spoke with a steady confidence telling us that our taking the time to come to a school few care about, work with her and her friends, and share our stories forever would impact her life. It's hard to describe, but I've never felt so large and small at the same time, as this moment became the highlight of my trip, easily surpassing the 7,000+ stadium performance we had just 2 days prior.
I share this hella long post to say, never underestimate your power, works, and legacy's impact upon others near or far. Somebody needs you even if you'll never meet. That's the lesson I learned from Dr. Maya Angelou. R.I.P.
Got that work. Get at me...
IG clip from the LR Release show on 3.22 #untouchable #thecalm #tomorrowmaybe
It's here: THE CALM (3.20)
New project. 7 songs. March 19th. Mush on...
From my trip to Thailand in 2013, I donated part of my concert performance proceeds to get some supplies for students in this rural "at-risk" school. That gift was matched by other good folks to get the school their first tablets & computers along w/ the donations of clothes, shoes, books, and other equipment they get contributed periodically. They had the ceremony in December 2013 and the students put on a traditional Thai ceremony and shot me the pictures. Dope. (Even though I think they're throwing up signs in that one pic...)
2013 Performance in Bangkok, Thailand Centralworld Mall
A few shots from the early 2012 Banjul, Gambia Teaching/Tour Expeditions w/ the homey Ferocious. Salute to the Dept. of The State for bringing us and having a brotha headlining for 7,000 strong...