It’s easy to not flinch when you’re trying to kill someone with your mind.
Hip Hop gives me a way to approach life. Defiance against norms, overcoming oppression, and triumphant expression.
- Chris “Sk8z” of Nasty By Nature Crew, LBC
Yo. Not trying to overload on reblogs, but this had to go out. It always comes back to this with each new generation. We can’t ever forget this.
DEFEND. OLD. SCHOOL.
We’re nothing without them. We would not grow without them. We would not know our culture, our heritage, or our cause without them.
DEFEND the old school. RESPECT the old school. Take the time to converse with them and LEARN the old school.
the essence of street dance, not in a packed arena with everyone in the audience holding their smartphones up in anticipation of what they’ll be able to capture and show off to their instagram followers.
just some dudes kickin it outside of a locked up for the night liquor store, music permeating the atmosphere yet not too loud to drown out the emotions of the moment - just the compliment of melody, harmony, and rhythm to a gathering already rich in spirit.
"…Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself. The man who lies to himself can be more easily offended than any one. You know it is sometimes very pleasant to take offence, isn’t it? A man may know that nobody has insulted him, but that he has invented the insult for himself, has lied and exaggerated to make it picturesque, has caught at a word and made a mountain out of a molehill - he knows that himself, yet he will be the first to take offence, and will revel in his resentment till he feels great pleasure in it, and so pass to genuine vindictiveness. …"
excerpt from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
When responding to a Facebook callout along the lines of “find the closest book and the first paragraph on page 45 describes your love life” I opened to find this exact excerpt at the top of page 45, I had even already outlined it for its significance and how hard it drove its point home. How poetic, Facebook.
We often sabatoge good situations before they even have a chance to fully materialize due to our own hang ups. This was one definite eye opener. Just thought tumblr would be a good place to solidify the lesson.
Cloud & Townsend, Boundaries (via mgyim)
Of when you see the futility and emptiness of everything you used to turn to comfort yourself and yet you still turn to it anyway.
It’s possibly the most sickening feeling in the world.
L.L (via fleurthorn)
the flip side of the negatives in our life that not many of us truly realize