Son. Brother. Partner. Father. Activist. Friend. Rapper. Songwriter. Entrepreneur. Visionary. Icon. King. Neighbourhood Nip was a man amongst men. Though I’ve used those terms to determine the late Ermias, he was much more. Here stood a man who was at the helm of his own destiny. He was a leader. It’s a powerful thing when a man is confident in who he is, what he is ‘n’ how he carries himself. But in his own, now prophetic words, so it has come to pass. He was a legend.
There’s an old Cherokee parable that speaks on the duality of man. Inside each of us, there are two ravenous wolves constantly at war. One is pessimistic. Consumed by emotions such as anger, envy, self-doubt and superiority, it represents the darkness within. The other is optimistic. Engulfed in joy, generosity, kindness and peace, it is the light that keeps the gloom at bay. Equally matched with voracious appetites, which wolf wins? This week, I introduce a man who shunned the dire decision to feed the Wolf of Darkness, instead opting to feed the Wolf of Light.
You’re on the journey of self-discovery. Along the way, you have delved deep and uncovered character traits that either did not exist or you did not think possible. You’ve come a long way. With each step, you edge closer to the destination of determination that has guided you thus far. There is no turning back. As empowerment begins to loom on the not so distant horizon, you find that you have reached a crossroad. Do you chase the carrot down the familiar yet unrewarding rabbit hole? Or do you stay true to your compass of heart? This week, I introduce a man that chose to remain firmly on course.
A good artist is self-aware. They understand their genre, their audience, and within the lane sculpted for themselves, they play their position adeptly. They are consistent. As a fan, you have a level of expectation with each release. A great artist on the other hand has the ability to adapt without compromising their art. With each project, they have the ability to set a new standard. From caterpillar, to cocoon, to butterfly, the essence remains the same. This week, I introduce a woman not only unafraid of evolution, she welcomes it.
Introspect is a fascinating concept. For some, the question posed begins an internal dialogue wherein the host is guided on a journey of safety by following the rigidity of rules. They are content. For others, it opens a conversation of possibility wherein the inhibitions of fear give way to exhibitions of faith. This week, I introduce a courageous young man not content with mere survival. This week, I introduce a courageous young man who wants to live!
The loudest in the room doesn’t speak from a position of power – they are merely exposing insecurities. They lack confidence. Instead, pay attention to those who enunciate each word with measured precision. This is where real strength lies. To quote ‘The 48 Laws of Power‘ author Robert Greene: “the human tongue is a beast that few can master”. This week, I introduce a virtuoso.