By Steve Clenor, BA, MSMS
Some people dream of financial gains, or riches beyond their wildest dreams, others dream of being in a position of power, or to make it to a position in life that allows them to tell others of their greatness. All of that sounds nice enough, but I dream of making a difference. I did not start a label and music website(Relentless Hustler Entertainment, Inc./www.relentlesshustler.com) for the riches, the fame, nor to have others think that I am a big deal, instead, It's the fan in me that gives me the relentless drive to support, share, and continue to love hip hop, rap, and R&B. Music holds a big space in my heart. It's music that keeps me sane, and soothes my soul. I want every artist, mediocre or great, to feel like they are able to contribute a verse to society.
Not every artist is going to be a Jay Z, Beyonce,Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Eminem or for that matter, Dr. Dre. However, we all gain something from hearing or sharing with others in their life experiences. When we can see life from another person's perspective, our eyes are opened to limitless possibilities.
Think of Jay Z (God Mc) being turned down by labels, but then turned around and dominated the game for almost 2 decades. Think of 50 Cent getting shot 9 times, but kept the mentality of "Get Rich or Die Tryin", and proved that it's possible to go from a near death experience to being as successful as he is now. Think of Dr. Dre still impacting the Hip Hop/Rap culture despite all the issues with NWA, 2 Pac, and Death Row. Yes, it's true that they're making money, but it had to be the love of it that kept them compelled to this game for so long. Where do I come in in all of this? Well, eventhough I have no lyrical talents, I too feel compelled to this game, and continue to come back. We all know that the hip hop game has faltered quite a bit, but I just keep listening and waiting for the next new artist to wow me, and the world.
With all of that being said, I think I've found just the person to step into that role. My new artist who goes by the name of (WydeFrame). Even though, I feel his music, we've both agreed that there has to be many others, and that is what we are going to do; promote other artists like him, while allowing others to discover his music. Our grind Reminds me of that scene in Selma (depiction of Martin Luther King Jr's stance in Selma) when Martin had all his followers behind him walking across the bridge, and all of them were ready to make history, but he stopped and kneeled down to pray. He knew that it was not the time, so in spite of the backlash that he would receive from his followers or haters, he turned around, and did not walk across that bridge as it was not the time nor the place to lose sight of the bigger picture.
It is easier to just chase dollars or the pursuit of others approval, than it is to decide to make a difference and follow your conviction. With that adopted mentality, let us grind relentlessly! All artists, keep doing your thing, never give up on your dreams, and know your bridge to cross doesn't have to be crossed alone. Not when we all have the same dream. To fellow fans like myself, thanks for the motivation!!! Show us some support by checking us out at www.relentlesshustler.com, adding us on twitter
(@hustlehardRHE, @WydeFrame), Instagram (#relentlesshustler, #wydeframe),
and facebook (Relentless Hustler Entertainment, WydeFrame).