Nas is hands down one of my most favorite musicians of all time. This song here gives listeners a raw example of what it truly is to HUSTLE! The term “hustle” over the years has wrongly been attributed with various negative stigmas; such as to drug deal or scam people out of their money. These people couldn’t be any more wrong. To hustle is the American way. It is to get up and go get it, by any means. It is a term — no…a lifestyle that many misunderstand. Hustlers are anybody that have had to work hard and sacrifice a lot just to make a dollar and better their lives. Hustlers are anybody that have persevered and stayed down in order to reach the success they have earned today. But, I digress. Listen close to the words in the song and you will see what being a “hustler” is all about.
“Took my homies to the water, taught ’em how to fish
Some n****s lazy, don’t rather you feed ’em – I said I’m done”
An awesome documentary that chronicles Immortal Technique’s life from his birth in Lima, Peru to now. Special guests on the DVD include Woody Harrelson, Ice-T, Dr. Cornel West, and more. Journey with Tech as he takes viewers back to his homeland of Peru, Africa, Afghanistan to see the construction of an orphanage that he was involved in, New York City, and various other places. Very entertaining and enlightening. You can purchase the DVD here.
This video is a re-enactment of the “Silent Cries” chapter from Jiwe’s autobiography, “War of the Blood in My Veins.” Jiwe is a member of the Bloods street gang in Newark, NJ who has dedicated his life to bringing about positive change and shedding light on the gang scene in Newark since beating his trial and being released from prison a few years back. He’s a very inspiring man with a whole lot to say. Be sure to check out his many other videos on YouTube.
Immortal Technique gives listeners a brief 3rd world history lesson in this song off his 2008 album of the same name. Hate it or love it.