Come 4 Me
Just drawn blood, blade in hand, she surveys her attackers and dares them to "Come 4 Me."
Throughout the year, I continue to delve into music that means a lot to me. “Cleopatra Jones” a track from David Banner’s “The God Box” album grabbed me from the first time I heard it.
Cleopatra Jones is the modern day evolution of Cleopatra. She was a warrior who battled for her people no matter what, and who dared people to cross her, the Soul Sista version of James Bond. The title is the first thing that hits you. Cleopatra Jones. Then the track comes to life. The beat itself provides a powerful backdrop to the story, whilst Banner’s lyrics explore the woman, the queen, the goddess whose essence radiates greatness. The more I listened to it, the clearer the image of Erykah Badu as Cleopatra Jones became. To me, Erykah Badu is like Cleopatra Jones in the flesh because of the way she carries herself and the strength of her voice in her music.
Come 4 Me portrays Erykah Badu as Cleopatra Jones. After defeating the enemies of her people, she goes for a walk seeking respite. While on her walk, a enemy jumps out and attacks her. With swift, sure movements, she eliminates him without even fully unsheathing her sword. As more attackers emerge from the bushes surrounding her, she gazes at them with a defiant look that dares them, “If I didn't send for you, then you better not come 4 me.”
Sapa InKa Shakur - 2017
In 2017, I continue researching artist who played a major part in my life. In honor of one of the Kings of Hip Hop, I reflect on Tupac Shakur.
I first started with his name Tupac Amaru which is after Tupac Amaru II. Túpac Amaru II was a South American revolutionary who led the indigenous revolt against Spanish rule.
“I have acted … only against the mentioned abuses and to preserve the peace and well-being of indians, mestizos, mambos, as well as native-born whites and blacks. I must now prepare for the consequences of these actions.” – Tupac Amaru II (1742-1781)
Shakur had so much passion, promise, and love still to share before he lost his life. He was a King in the making but never got the chance to fully take his throne . His voice is a light in the darkness to help those in pain to heal.
Below are two songs that sum up my view of his greatness.
(Side A) Unconditional Love by Tupac Shakur
(Side B) Inca King
by Tribal Jungle
(Side A) Black Dahlia by Angel Haze
(Side B) This One for You Mom by Jah Cure
This piece was the last piece I did back in 2016 when I was purging. It is in honor of my creator, my beginning, my mom. I watched her be taken from me at the age of 3 by the one who was suppose to protect us. Then in 2015 I learned of her troubled life up until that point. As I reflected on the time lost with her and pain she must have felt I kept hearing @angxlhxze song #blackdahlia in the background.
My piece Mama Dahlia brings to life her story, Haze's song and the true story of the black #Dahlia together. Pain and trauma are real and deserve our attention and voices. I speak with my art and come to bring love and healing to those who have lost their voice.
So in honor of my creator i send you love and a listening ear when you need it.
Before there was a B/ue Robin there was a Robin..
#Azúcar is a piece that I did back in 2016 when I was on an artistic purge. After discovering my family's #Cuban roots it only made sense for me to create a piece honoring it. Because of my love for #Salsa, I could think of no better way than to create a piece based on the #Queen herself: Celia Cruz. This is a symbol of life; and how just like coffee it can be bitter. So I give you love and #sugar to sweeten up your journey.