Every once in a while, you will come across an artist that you respect for more than just their ability to make good music. I, myself, tend to favor those whom are transparent and have a real story to tell, and convey it in such a way that is both unique and captivating. Bene is one of those artists.
Throughout the years that I’ve known him, I could sense that he would one day become one of the proverbial roses that grew from the concrete. Although his music, to me, is still rough around the edges in certain areas, to say he is not constantly progressing would be a flat out lie. He is quickly rising from the rank of “rapper” to “artist.” And it is also important to note that he’s only 19 years old. In the aptly-titled “Through It All, I Rise”, we hear Bene reflect on past experiences and hardships, drop knowledge, and unapologetically express his views on a myriad of topics. Sonically, Bene offers a palette that is sure to accommodate the tastes of all hip-hop lovers. From upbeat, trunk-rattling trap songs to more slow paced, melodic introspective songs, TIAIR leaves no stone left unturned and caters to all.
It is with great honor that I also add we gave it the official Lucramotives stamp on the back cover to show our support and solidarity with Bene as he continues to pursue his dreams. Lastly, congratulations to my bro, Bene, on the release of his fondest body of work to date. Stay hungry and stay humble.
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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.
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.
First and foremost, please don’t let this man’s name fool you. He’s very articulate, educated, and well-versed in African history. He’s also one of the most wisest men that I’ve ever known. But, the fact he has the name he has and is currently serving a 37 year prison sentence tends to be a huge drawback for most people. I completely understand the humor one may find in it, but let’s overlook that for a minute. In this video, Lil Spank sends a message to the African-Americans in the urban communities of America insisting that they end the senseless violence and look at the bigger picture.
I’d also like to highlight some of this remarkable man’s accomplishments. He’s the first music artist ever to have launched their career while incarcerated. Not only that, but he also recorded his debut album, the appropriately-titled “Early Release” which you can buy anywhere online, from his prison cell and is in the process of recording his sophomore album, “Omerta”. He’s even gotten this album into RECORD STORES all over the country. He’s released several videos from inside his prison cell and even hosts a “P.O.W. Sessions” series on his YouTube channel in which he shares some of his philosophies, opinion, and wisdom. This is what Lucramotives is all about. If this man is able to accomplish all these things from inside of a Level 4 prison, what is your excuse for not following your dreams? This is the definition of inspiration.
Watch as legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze makes a beat from scratch in almost no time at all. Very gifted man right here, folks. Another testament of the kind of power the human mind possesses. Put your imagination to good use.
Speaking the truth has never been popular in the eyes of the masses. Many would rather be comforted with a lie than confronted with the truth. Most of the time the truth is never pretty. Always stand on your principles and what you know to be the truth in any situation.