What does it mean to be an “American Boy”? I have always wondered its meaning in the literal sense… I mean I’m aware of the Freedom, Ambition, Opportunity and the economic power that America has, but at the end of the day what does it mean to be a true American Boy?
I consider myself one of the true American Boys, I know what rights I’ve been given. Being in an area of film I find myself put in situations that the average person could not even fathom. I’m not going to say that I live everyday like a spread in a magazine, but I will say that anything I want I can have. It’s not in every country you go to where you can travel just about everywhere, or even marry capitalism. I capitalize on every opportunity because I know that the only way I can know if its not possible is if I try it out and find it doesn’t work.
My life has been one of that is full of trials and tribulations, but the beauty of it is the chance to forgive, forget and grow from the experience. I grew up in an area where many people in my city don’t travel. I was so low at the totem pole that to fathom becoming a director, entrepreneur or leader could only be traits for an individual that graduated at the top of his class from NYU, Harvard, Yale etc. I never thought in years this young ambitious “Black Nigga” would do what I am doing today.
That’s probably why I look up to Ye and Jay the way I do because of the struggle they went through and how it was so similar to mine. I never had to witness my life flash like the strobe on my t3i rebel after having shoot outs with the rival gang or be showered by the blood of my best friend head getting blown off right in front of my eyes. But I was right there with the homies that did…
I have been surrounded by “Real Niggas” coming up. I never really hung with people my age, I always chilled with the big bruvs and the old heads that my Pops and Uncs brought me around. I think that’s why I can relate to everyone so well because I have observed for so long that now its time for me to speak for the lost ones and the ones who’s voices can’t be heard.
That’s why I approach life turning negatives into positives because I know at the end of the day my voice is going to be for all the “Real Niggas” that made me who I am today. I take every opportunity I get and make that shit worth more than what it was when I first hit it. A true American Boy has that same mindset. A few up and coming artist that you may know that I would definitely recommend are as follows, Kendrick Lemar who brought the west coast back into the arena and my homie Donald P holding it down in so many ways up in the Chi, Tyrant (also “TY”) in the south and A$AP Rocky holding it down in Brooklyn city. These young leaders remind me of the opportunity that America has for a “Real Nigga”. I’m sure you guys are wondering why Obama wasn’t in the post at all (come on he’s a given) but we all know he is the exact role model for all Americans. He lets me know exactly how far I can go and how to go about doing so.
Some people greet opportunity with flowers, others treat it with candy, I’ve even seen some greet it with a gun… But me, I try to stay weary from that soft shit, cause there’s no time for all that. I don’t greet it with candy because I’m A, not a Pedophile and B there’s no need for the trickery, I try to be as honest with everything I do as possible. As far as pullin’ out the strap, I’d rather greet it with dap, A$AP Rocky said it best… “I know you live by the gun then you die by one too”….
You see, I don’t have time for any of those approaches to success. You see me, I just walk up and take that shit by the balls. I look opportunity in the eyes and take its lively hood. Call me crazy, call me fucked up, but at the end of the day I’m not going to let anything or anyone stop me from reaching my goals. You have to always Grind… Always Hustle… Never Stop… Never Settle… Tyrant once told me, “Treat success like a hot air balloon… In order to reach higher altitude, you have to cut off some of the bags that hold you down” don’t let anyone be the reason you don’t make it… That’s the code the true American Boy Lives by.
The American Boy