Self-identity and personal expression take many forms. For example, music, clothing, politics, extracurricular interests, and ethnicity can each be a defining attribute. Do you surf or tinker? Are you a vegetarian poet who loves Ayn Rand? Do you prefer YouTube or test tubes? Are you preppie or Goth? Use the richness of your life to give us insight: what voice will you add to the Class of 2014?
my love to rap and freestyle
It's 2.am. My head bobs up and down rhythmically to a crudely produced beat that flows from my headset. The sound of scratching breaks the silence of the night as my bic pen scribbles furiously across a sheet of paper. Thirty minutes pass and I finally finish the rough draft of the lyrics to my newest track.
"If this paper be my canvas let my pen be my paint-brush, Conveyance is the key, but don't let my rhymes rush..."
I love to rap, freestyle, write, and produce. It is a way for me to voice my daily concerns, philosophies, and beliefs to the world. When I first arrived in upstate NewYork, there weren't any computer gaming rooms and subways. I needed to fill the void the absence of such conveniences left me. Hence, I began to record songs using my computer mic and windows movie maker about Korea: how I missed the subway, the city life, and the after-school institutes I had to go to. Over the course of a few years, this passion developed from rapping about Korea to addressing problems in conventional hip-hop, recording from a laptop mic to a home studio. Today, rapping(for the sake of brevity), is much more than a hobby to me. It represents perseverance, freedom, and happiness and in a sense, it also represents me. On a different note, being an emcee has been a smooth journey so far aside from having to explain to my friends the difference between 50 cent and me.
It's 5 am. The dim light from my laptop illuminates the darkness of my room. I export my track as an .mp3 file into "my music" folder. I turn the computer off and collapse on the desk, the track still looping indefinitely in my head.