Yesterday, I went to the United Center in Chicago to see my favorite rapper ever in life, Nas.
It was a moment in time that I’m glad I didn’t pass up. It resonated differently than the other times I’ve watched him perform. Unlike the previous 3 times I seen Nas, this performance was more inspiration. To see him as a fan is a given, but this time being in the moment of his performance I really felt some of his lyrics were really talking directly to me.
There was a spot in the show, I believe during “One Mic” where he shouted out and encouraged the writers and poets in the audience to keep writing and let their voice be heard. That felt like confirmation to me. That felt like, he knew I was there and that was meant to help me make a decision about my next move.
As he’s running through several classic records and I’m in my section letting go and reciting the lyrics, I’m getting reminders. Reminders of who I want to be, what I can be and why I can’t stop just because things aren’t ideal. It’s important to be who I’m supposed to be no matter what the response is. It’s important that I get out all these thoughts, ideas, scripts, writings and art no matter what. Because somebody may need to read and digest it as much as I needed to get it out.
It’s a great feeling to be inspired by art. It’s a greater feeling to know that your art will inspire. I no longer care where other people put Nas in regards to their top Emcee, rapper lists. I don’t care how many classics they feel he does or does not have. I just know that he’s my favorite rapper ever and he’ll always occupy the top spot for me. Because I find myself living by the words he’s said and I’m encouraged by his words in my low times and dark moments. That kind of greatness can’t be disrespected by placement on a list.
My phone is old so I didn’t take one great picture or video of last night. However, my mind is filled with the greatness that I experienced and I am truly in a better spirit for getting that moment in time to watch him perform.
I been a big wrestling fan for pretty much my whole life. Within my fandom and love for the world of pro wrestling, it was still one thing I had never done before; Been to a live show in Chicago. I’m happy to say my wife made that happen for me! It was definitely an unexpected but appreciated surprise this month!
My phone is old so I didn’t take the greatest photos, but the memory of having the moment is all I truly need! I love going to live wrestling shows and going to one in one of if not the greatest wrestling city in the world is an experience I won’t forget!
One of the coolest things about attending a live WWE show is the stuff that won’t make TV. Monday night, I got to see Drew McIntyre vs The Fiend in a steel cage match! It was a cool bonus to end the night and I must admit, the red light looks way better in person than it does on TV. I still would rather see Fiend matches without it, but at least when it’s live it’s easier on the eyes.
Lars Sullivan’s anxiety attack may have proven he’s nowhere need ready to be on the main roster. Is he wasting John Cena’s time and business though? We talk on that as well as Becky Lynch’s Wrestlemania plans still being what they should be no matter what is happening now.
An NXT and AEW conversation leads Cam into his 3 WWE Superstars that messed it up for every main roster hopeful who is only a great wrestler. Bang believes AEW is years away from being 1984 WWF and we encourage you to lie to execute your dreams on this week’s #FirstBlackChamp podcast!
Fuck R Kelly and all of the complicit, dismissive behavior that made him the monster that he is today…including our own…We unpack as much as we can and hold everyone possible accountable on this #BanginOnLunchTables episode.
The Super Showdown happened. The biggest takeaway is AJ vs Samoa Joe is officially over and The Miz just will not have a great match, ever. We talk about all of that and a little bit more. Tre Bang makes a special guest appearance today and it’s the best emotional performance heard amongst the wrestling world right now!
Then we ask the question. When did you care about women’s ability to wrestle. Listen up for the answer to that and what Bang is eyeing for his next tee purchase on this week’s #FirstBlackChamp podcast!