I’ve always felt the need to be a historian of sort in particular areas and topics that have been a major part of my life and expressing those things from a first hand perspective, free from popularity or trends. Back in 2014 while traveling to one of my favorite places in the world, Seoul Korea for a few gigs, I was invited to lecture and host a Q & A at Hanyang University. Originally I was asked to discuss the topic of Hip Hop, which sure I could’ve done but I felt the need to go deeper. I wanted to take it a step further and discuss Black culture first and foremost which eventually became packaged as Hip Hop.
What took place was an amazing 2 1/2 hours of exchange and discussion on not only my life beginning with the early years of being an urban youth and experiencing everyday life and how it shaped us, from street games to Kung Fu films, music and graffiti to becoming a teen in the 1980’s and how fashion dictated a “cool factor” with Black while continuing on to the present. All while bringing Black culture, my inspirations and goals across the globe to connecting it with Korean culture and how it’s culture and similarities connect with Hip Hop.