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.┬áBut in his own, now prophetic words, so it has come to pass. He was a legend.

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!