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Monthly Archives: January 2012

We all have car troubles.  Unless you have a big bank account and you up-keep your car like clockwork you are bound to have problems, its so inevitable.  Like anybody in my position you run your car hard! From town to town, up and down, stop and go, rolling.  So the other day all these lights went on. NOT GOOD!  When this many lights go on and one of em is your engine light, danger! So i drove home to regroup and go to the know-it-all of info, good & bad, the internet.  I have to say Scion forums is legit and super helpful, love yall. So i decided to go to Sears after i downloaded a couple of coupons that would get me $10 off an oil and filter change.  Have to say the help at Sears was thorough and they don’t charge for an engine diagnosis.  Word came back “the 3rd Cylinder” is firing off.  With that knowledge i drove off thinking that my car was ok for now but needed to get it into some place they could help fix my engine further.  Had to pick up my son from school so i raced off….crap….my car was studdering after every gear shift! ARgh! Couldn’t do anything now.

As i parked my car with it still running hoping that might keep it warm? I go to the door to scoop up my son, i apologize for being a little late and explain that my car was having troubles and the engine light was on.  Then a voice from the back said, “your engine light is on? can i check it real quick?” it was the teachers husband.  He had troubles like this with his car and he had the computer to read engines, YES! So he plugged in the computer and it read the same as Sears, 3rd cylinder.  I thought that was it so i was ready to jet.  But before i could he asked, “you want me to check the engine?” being in a rush i couldn’t deny my car possibly getting more care!  I was gonna transport my son, so a safe car is a good car.  So i pop the hood and he goes to work taking the engine cover off, checking the coils and spark plugs.  Long story short, my spark plug were old and the gap between the spark was worn.  So he cheated the spark by bending the head, temporary fix.  He also explained what he was doing, how to do it myself, and let me borrow his tools to get it done on the weekend.

After he finagled my car, it work well. I am going to get 4 new sparkplugs and fix my poor car.  Im gonna even throw in a wash too. What is the point?   You never know who will help you in your time of need.  I believe God hooked me up with the guy at Sears, cool braddah, and after that he sends my kids teachers husband to help me out.  So when you have a chance to help someone out, help em, if you know how to help other people succeed, do it.  I won’t call it Karma, it is the right thing to do, what you put in is what youll get.  Negative can only equal negative, Positive can only equal positive.  So be positive where everywhere you go, and yes sometimes you will have a stink attitude, but try and fix that quick, so the next time its all good.

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..before i edit Know Your Roots: HI Graff part 3 with Dmize, i wanted to lay these thoughts down.  I had the honor to talk story and enter the mind of the homie Keoni Payton.  I’ve know him and his OG crew, AN, for over 15 years.  Ive broke bread with them, went on trips to the mainland, did music, and had fun times, the only thing is i’ve never had was a long conversation with Keoni.  Although we was always at the spots, clubs, and events, for some reason or another i never got to really chop it up with brotha.  I would bump into him every now and then, give some pounds, ask howzit? then move on, so this was the first time i had a conversation longer than 5 minutes.  The 3+ hours i spent with him was thought provoking, deep, insightful, exciting, and educating.  I left the interview with a new found respect and astonishment.  Its hard to explain but i hope after i chop up the video and post it up it does some justice being there live. Only love and respects goes out to Keoni Payton and the whole Pineapple Clan!

So big news was DC shoes added Mike Mo and Nyjah Houston to their roster of skaters. To me it comes down to $$$, you know they paid those two a gang of cash to join their team, i mean what else would it be.  Mike Mo was on one of the best shoe co. of all time, Lakai. So he did the Kosten and went for the Loot. Nyjah, its like whatever with that cat, he is a dope skater but for some reason he has that thing about him where you either hate or love him, but he is HOT right now winning every dang contest.  Companies like DC & NIKE are the same they don’t develop skaters, they don’t discover skaters, nurture and bring up skaters. They straight jack the skaters after the skaters have been pruned to be stars. They should rediscover new designs for their shoes, and a new branch of skate shoes, the DC name has been tainted hard with all the crap they sponsor.  In the end its about $$$ so i guess they get that.

 

So many things went down in 2011.  I really can’t recall everything.  The one thing is my baby daughter, Calie.  My grown man hustle has upped another notch, after marriage, a son, now a daughter, we in grown folk beast mode, rahhhhh!  2011 was not a great year for tracks, i think i did like 6 tracks all year but they were for other peoples albums.  I did finish 3 mixtapes, real mixes, with tracks blending.  It felt like we was vending every week.  We did lock down Eat The Street which is only gonna get mo’ dope!  I can say that my energy was put into establishing Lightsleepers as a brand which directly helps us with music.  Speaking of us, i don’t know where everyone else stand by i will be putting in more work as an MC.  And now that Sentic is back its on.  We also gotta a serious roster of producers about to drop some amazing albums….Can’t forget we pick up our first skateboarder, which is God sent, Lionel DeGuzman, kid has a great head on his shoulders, skates amazing, respectful, and is the filipino Jack Johnson.  It feels like i won the lottery with this kid.  Favor.  Thats all i can think if off the top. Just like to say thank you to God, with out my faith in him i couldn’t do half the things i do. My supportive family, esp my Wife, son & daughter, love.