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May I?

The month of May is here and May represents a time for exploring the possibilities and giving yourself permission to explore those possibilities. May is when we are gearing up for a little summer fun and selecting the music that will accompany us along on road trips, camping trips, vacations, and so on. Summer is when a lot of notable Emcees and Rappers have had the most successes. People are having fun and they want the music to reflect the fun they are having. Even though the summer does not begin officially until June 21st the summer kicks off during Memorial Day Weekend! People are shopping more and spending money than they care to calculate. For all we know Donald Trump might have a go to Rap song he listens to when he’s busy tweeting North Korea. The point is that Rap music flourishes in the summer at a time when people want to let loose and relax.

Sometimes when I talk to people about Rap music they say things like I just want to have fun and not be so serious all the time. The thing about that statement and similar cognitions is that life is not all fun and games. There are times when it is appropriate to blast Rap music and there are times when it is also appropriate to blast Hip Hop music. Remember the issues and concerns that arose when Drake coined the term Y.O.L.O.? The phrase you only live once had a lot of young people making poor choices simply because, YOLO! Making permanent decisions with temporary people and taking life for granted is not what the Canadian emcee wanted when he spit the line on “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne. Yes, it is true we only live once but you want to have a good quality of life. Physical health, family, education, employment, wealth, religious beliefs, finance and the environment all encompass a good quality of life. To be well-rounded give yourself permission to explore the possibilities of living a good quality life.

Let the great Rap music of the summer be the soundtrack to your own personal self-discovery. Research the manufacturing of food and make a change to your eating habits. Educate yourself by going to a museum reflecting your culture’s history be it good or bad. Learn a new skill. Recycle. Exercise. Buy a life insurance policy. Invest in yourself! Set a realistic goal for yourself and don’t try to outdo anyone except yourself. Change is inevitable and we have to be willing to challenge ourselves mentally if we want to move forward. Support each other and use positive words. Put down the pills and potions and see the world through a sober lens. Over time Rap music becomes pop culture for monetary gain so don’t get caught up in the popularity. May the music you listen to this summer reflect a positive quality of life and have you become the best version of you that you can be.