Color me lyrical

     Hip hop has a huge influence on me in terms of dance style and where I get my inspiration and motivation from. This genre of music in particular has taught me life lessons, to always be yourself and how to not let others talk you into not being yourself, what you can do to drive yourself to be successful, what love & relationships are like, explains some emotions I feel when I cannot explain them, myself. Hip hop has let me express myself on an emotional level-in a way, the music is there when no one else is.

     I could just present what hip hop means to me with every quote or photo with it’s quote, however I do not have the same perception as them. What I can tell you is, what I learned from those quotes and what it symbolizes.
     Stand up for what you believe in. Use your pride to motivate you towards your own dreams. Don’t change who you are because someone has a problem with it. No one can see your vision, like you can. “Fuck the past, make love to the future.” -Kanye  Always be original, not a copy. Follow your intuition and your ambition. Even the hardest times can keep you alive, although you have to keep your head up. Give your life meaning. May your life be blessed. Dream bigger than you live and you just might get it. “Jealousy is love and hate at the same time.”-Drake Do what you have to do for you. Your time here, has no limits. Reach beyond your expectations. You’re stronger than you know. You better watch your back before you’re replaced. “Your talent should do the talking, not a revealing outfit.” -Aaliyah Chase your dreams. Don’t care what they think, what matters is-what you think of yourself. Don’t make the wrong choices on the right person. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Think for yourself-don’t let someone or a blog tell you how to live your life. Don’t let anyone cloud your vision. Choose your friends wisely, do not end up with a fake friend. Never give up. Don’t let anyone tell you how you should feel. Follow through with your dreams. Be greater than your competition. Refuse to lose to what you have. “Success is the best revenge.” – Kanye  Don’t talk about what you don’t know. What is worth doing will take time. “Never let them know your next move.” -Notorious B.I.G Encourage yourself to do the impossible. Do what they said you couldn’t do. Prove them wrong.  Always have faith for better days. You have nothing to lose. Its all about what you want to do and what your plan is to get there. Being yourself can get you in places you wouldn’t have thought of. Find your own success and happiness. The higher your will power, the more motivation you have to fight to win.

These lessons symbolize that if you are really passionate, that is what makes you stand out in a crowd of imitators. Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up. When all your dreams come true, reality will be better than your dreams. Dreams don’t work unless you do. Find your medium to express yourself at your best. You have to know the rules in order to break them. Don’t care what they think-shut out the haters, if that motivates you. Those who doubt you can motivate you as well. Spread your wings and fly. Leave your fears and troubles behind before you take that risk.

     In the form of the beat and how it makes me feel and it physically moves me: I really believe music is what feelings sound like, its a fact. Whenever I cannot explain or describe what I’m thinking or feeling, I have a song or two for that moment.   Owning those designer boots, jackets, shirts…Balmain, Balenciaga, Margiela, Givenchy-sets your status. Tells the haters or whomever that you are better than them.

Music and fashion go hand in hand. What artists wear symbolize their status, their new stature in society. This presents who they really are and shows a little bit of how they have changed. Money doesn’t change you, it changes the people around you. Wealth shows who you really are. It brings out the best in you.
Hip hop culture & fashion go to together like cookies and milk. Its comforting. It feels good and you want more of it to not only feel better about yourself, however its very satisfying to our taste in what’s great.
It will always represent the best status you can achieve. Everyone is talking about the new shoes, hats, jackets, shades, etc. Everyone is always inspired by the greatest music. Its the best music culture to immerse yourself in. This music motivates you to be your best and to be yourself in a world that tries to change you. Their sense of style not only shows how the fashion world is changing, also presents their musical style.
It seems like that artist makes that outfit cool. It shows that artist is very confident and has the courage to wear to outlandish outfits or something that is not normally street wear and is considered to be worn on the runway, stage, film, theatre or Haute Couture. They have the courage to wear whatever they like-even if they don’t feel comfortable with it at first, they will get comfortable.
When that artist is the first one to wear that dress or suit, its like they have made it okay to wear something sooooo extravagant, unexpected or awesome. Everyone wants to wear it or at least wear something like it to imitate that outfit for the ‘cool’ factor.

As long as you have that Balmain, Prada, Chanel, you still wouldn’t care what they say.
Material things does not necessarily make one happier, however it is what we want to be impressed with. In other situations; dresses, clutches, higher heels and statement jewelry does make one happier to present one’s lifestyle choice and their perception of society, and in the Fashion industry.
Wearing high fashion signifies your status of great heights – no need for logos to present your current status.

“I’m not in love in the material things, but I’m love in with the feelings they bring” -J.Cole

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