One People, One Vietnam

Posted in 2010, API, politics, random thoughts, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on March 31, 2010

I wonder if Vietnamese people really understand my music, or do they just support it because it doesn’t sound typical. If i shared my opinions and politics more openly, would ya’ll still support me? Would you condemn one of your own?

One people, one Vietnam. That’s what I stand for.

Macklemore – “The Town”

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, culture, film, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, music, Oh snap!, rap, reflections, social life, videos by nam on December 24, 2009

Directed By:  Zia Mohajerjasbi – http://www.loveandshoestrings.com
Produced By: Kirby Grey, Zia Mohajerjasbi, Sam Toloui, Steve Failos, Futsum Tsegai

BEAUTIFUL WORK HOMIES!

Grandma’s Eyes

Posted in 2009, API, culture, poetry, politics, racism, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on December 9, 2009

My grandma’s tears resemble the bombs dropped our countryside

Raining down like it was our last typhoon

I see her whole life story through her eyes

A different chapter with every blink

A different memory with every stare

She recites her Catholic prayers hours upon hours a day

While staring out her apartment window

I will probably never tell her that I’m not religious anymore

But that doesn’t make me appreciate her faith any less.

Routine psalms whisper under her tongue

Like a soft breeze through a bamboo shoots

and I always wonder who or what she prays for

and if anyone is returning favor.

Raising 3 children, 4 if you count my grandpa, through a war blanketed by bloodshed and confusion,

a refugee camp, a drunken abusive husband and escape through three different countries…

ending up in the one that praises individuality and yet calls us gooks, japs, and chinks because to them we all look alike.

the one that ripped tear filled children away from their mother’s arms

with the illusion that they will be reunited

There’s no such thing as magic, only an illusion

Operation Baby Lift was nothing more than an illusion,

a trick up their camouflage sleeves.

You can’t fool my grandma. You can’t hustle a hustler.

She kept us together without knowing any English

even ‘til this day, besides “hello” “goodbye” and “thank you”.

And that’s more than enough, because to fully understand her,

all you need to do is take a look into her eyes, and see her story

a different chapter with every blink

a different memory with every stare.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, culture, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, reflections, social issues by nam on November 9, 2009

 

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When i first heard of Macklemore, i was really new to the scene, and just finishing up my debut album. I finally copped “Language of My World” about a year after it released and it was one of the best ten bucks i ever spent.  Since 2007, we’ve been good homies and im blessed to know such a real, talented and amazing individual. Its been a minute since we’ve heard any new official music from Mack, so…Christmas came a little early this year…

via 2dopeboyz: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Enjoy real music.

R.I.P. James “TalkSick” Sullivan

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, culture, Hip Hop, homies, news, reflections, wtf by nam on October 14, 2009

You are already missed.

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It’s gonna be weird not seeing you at all the shows and events, talkin shit, crackin jokes…I will always remember your good humor, knowledge, your honesty and support of what i do,  and especially your passion and love for the culture that we embrace and live. You defended and kept the torch burning for Hip Hop, as a true head who represented it to the fullest. Blessings to Cassandra and the fam, and peace to 206 Zulu.

Hip Hop lost a true soul, way too soon.

R.I.P homie