What to The Slave…

Let’s face it, in the United States we love a day off of work. For most people in this country a day off is a luxury that we don’t take for granted. Working at least forty hours a week, some with overtime, and some “essential personnel” can lead to complications that oftentimes can result in death. If you don’t take care of yourself no one else will. I tell people all of the time not to put so much emphasis on their jobs because if any of you died today, your job would simply hire someone else to get the job done. “Slaving” at a job you don’t like or get no return from is not an ideal lifestyle, but someone has to do it right? Imagine having the opportunity to do what you’ve always dreamed of and perform for hundreds or thousands of people! Your dream job may not be entertainment it could be tasting ice cream, testing video games, or becoming an author. Whatever your dream is or was, don’t defer it for any reason. Just don’t become a slave to the dream.

Rappers, producers, legends, and even some icons from all generations have had their negative experiences with the business of the music industry. From Aretha Franklin to Lil Uzi Vert have a long history of getting the business wrong. However, in 2019 an artist can do a quick post-and-delete for the blogs to pick up so that others can see and hopefully avoid the same pitfalls. If that were true than we wouldn’t have a lot of unhappy entertainers. Being an entertainer is a constant job that can make or break a person’s mind, soul, and body. Working tirelessly for a record label, fans, and social media on top of then having to constantly promote yourself can become a circus. Just like a 9-5 employee time off has to be scheduled and guess what, if that schedule changes you lose those days. Entertainers don’t have a personnel or human resources office where they can make their grievances known and to be honest some of you all can’t go to HR because they’re in cahoots with upper level management and any reports could jeopardize your position at the company. Yeah, I know that’s illegal, but we also know that companies do what they want with no fear of repercussions.

They work weekends, they pay for their own travel, they have to participate in interviews, act in videos, and pretend to be damn near a whole other person just to be “likeable” by as many people as possible in a world of 7.6 billion. On top of needing a personal life and family time when does the slave get a real day off? When does the money maker get to enjoy the money? When does the entertainer get entertained? The Indigenous People and the Africans that were brought to this country 400 years ago in 1619 they didn’t dare even think about a day off for fear of losing their life. But look at you, scared to take a day off for fear of losing your job. Frederick Douglass asked, “What to the slave is fourth of July?” Fast food restaurants are open, retailers are open, you can still get gas, ride the bus, or catch that flight to Jamaica. Some of you are reading this from a hotel bed, who is cleaning the rooms? Who is setting up your continental breakfast? You might even be reading this while you’re at work! Some of you are slaves through the criminal justice system and some of you are slaves through receipt of government benefits. Just make sure you are working against the system and not a statistic within it.

“Before your vanity, they parted our families.” – Kendrick Lamar (Vanity Slaves)

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