Blog : Posts from April 2013

  • The Daily Word: Make Yourself Better!!

    Happy Wins-Day my destined for greatness! Welcome to the day you realize what you need to do to get yourself to the next level of life! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to self-improvement! They say the key to sustained success is to always strive to do better than the day before! Doing your best Today will always assure a better tomorrow! Some of us get content and complacent with were we are as if success and excellence is a one-shot deal! On the contrary, success and excellence is a 25/8 type of affair! Success isn’t a thing that you either have or don’t have; It’s a feeling that’s determined by what you do! You know the saying… When you reach the top, keep climbing! Make sure you are striving every day to make yourself better! No matter what your circumstance is today, you have the capacity to do greater things! Stop selling yourself short and stop settling! The world is abundant and can give you more than you can even imagine! Take advantage and maximize your full potential! - Ash’Cash

    “Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.” - Du Deffand

    “You willed yourself to where you are today, so will yourself out of it.” - Stephen Richards

    “Fulfillment flows from the inside out. If you wish to improve your circumstances, you must improve yourself.” – Ralph Marston

    “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” - William Faulkner

    “Do your best, and be a little better than you are.” - Gordon B. Hinckley

    “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” - Henry Ward Beecher

    “For things to change, you’ve got to change. For things to get better, you’ve got to get better.” - Jeff Olson

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


  • The Daily Word: Take a Day Off!!

    Happy Tuesday my relentless go-gotters! Welcome to the day that you give yourself a break! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to taking a day off! Not physically but mentally! Many of us while on our road to riches and diamond rings; go so fast that we never take time to enjoy the roses! We keep pounding against the pavement as we make headway but don’t realize that inside our mind our brain works overtime! We want that continued feel of success at all times and when it seems to slow down a bit we go even harder in the hopes of getting that good feeling back! What we need to realize is that not everyday is going to be a winner! You will have your ups and downs and that’s ok! As long as you never waver from your goals you’ll be in a great spot to pick up where you left off! Give your brain a break! Stop working it overtime because of the fear of losing momentum! Understand that having a bad day or an off day is totally fine. The moment you realize the downward slope, shift your attitude and take a deep breathe! Life is perception and you are and feel how you say you are and feel! Stop being so hard on yourself! You are on the right path… The only thing you have to do is keep walking! - Ash’Cash

    “Some days are for living. Others are for getting through.” - Malcolm S. Forbes

    “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” - Dolly Parton

    “Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” – Samuel Johnson

    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson

    “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” - Dennis S. Brown

    “I felt sorry for myself because I had ragged shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” - David J Schwartz

    “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” - Carrie P. Snow

    “Look at things not as they are, but as they can be.” - David. J. Schwartz

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


  • A Love of Hip-Hop Doesn’t Make a Terrorist



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    Yo! TMZ! What are you trying to do?

    As details unfolded about the Boston bomber brothers  Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, like where they’re from, educational background, etc TMZ decided to run with a story connecting older brother Tamerlan to Hip-Hop.  The headline reads: Dead Bombing Suspect Deep Into Hip-Hop.”  [Editor's Note: TMZ changed the headline to ..."Heavy into Hip-Hop" after this blog was originally written]

    What’s interesting … hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn’t take his shirt off much because he doesn’t want women to get bad ideas, adding, “I’m very religious.”  This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.

    I see this as nothing more but an ignorant attempt at indicting a whole culture!  In the words of Yosemite Sam, “What in Tarnations are you talking about TMZ?” What do you mean he was “deep into Hip-Hop?”

    “Deep” is quite subjective.

    I’m “deep into Hip-Hop,” yet I’ve never heard of this site he was a member of—“” and I’m on these Internets hard-body-karate! Surely, it’s not on the level of (one of the most respected Hip-Hop sites)—or—or Bossip—or—or—or!  How “deep in Hip-Hop” could this reckless cowardly fellow really be just because he was a member of some non-recognizable “Hip-Hop” website? Shame on you TMZ for trying to lay the guilt and burden of terrorism at the feet of Hip-Hop!

    [ALSO READ: Police Have Boston Bombing Suspect Alive]

    TMZ used to stand for “Thirty (30) Mile Zone”—the historic “studio zone” or 30-mile zone radius from the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, but we’re gonna have to redefine what TMZ stands for—perhaps “Too Much Zeitgeist?”—the intellectual, moral and cultural climate of an era, which is being redefined and hijacked by inaccurate and unconscionable media, such as sites like TMZ. (It’s one thing to report, gossip or rumor-mill about a person’s life, but when it comes to groups of people [like Hip-Hop culture] we should be very leary of someone trying to throw a tent over the whole enchilada!)

    TMZ argues that Hip-Hop in inherently violent and because the Boston Bomber/s may or may not have had a passing fancy in rap music—thus, this influenced his actions to let off a few bombs at the Boston Marathon.

    Hip-hop is a culture, which has four distinct elements—rap music, turntablism, break dancing and graffiti. What TMZ really means is that that element of Hip-Hop—rap music, with its war stories of shoot ‘em up gangsterism is responsible for the actions of people that would blow up buildings and kill people—that this suspected bomber was “heavily” influenced by the urban Bantustan rhetoric of some ghetto griots (rappers).

    First off! These suspected terrorists were brothers (white siblings), not brothas (black guys). Hip-Hop/rap music taint neva caused a black man from the projects to want to disrupt the national fabric of America with bombs to prove a point about poverty or American foreign policy! TMZ has stuck its journalistic fangs into a racial cesspool of Patsy-ism. Pass the buck! Blame the little guy! Someone needs to ask TMZ, “When, in the history of America, have black people ever committed mass terrorism?”

    Timothy_McVeigh_Time_magazineTo put it bluntly; American homegrown terrorism is a white male problem. From the robbing, raping and pillaging of Africa by murdering and enslaving millions upon millions of Africans; to the founding of this great country by exterminating the indigenous so-called “Indian” population — that was some terrorism fo’ yo’ ass!; right on down to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, an extremist white organization whose sole purpose was to terrorize Southern blacks by burning crosses and lynchings; to (pictured left) Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people and injured another 800 people; the Columbine High School shooting, a massacre carried out by two white students, which killed 21 people and injured many others;  the Virginia Tech Massacre where some Asian guy (not a black man!) killed 32 students;  the Aurora, Colorado Theater shootings, another massacre carried out by some lunatic white man, which killed 12 people and injured 58 others; the Sandy Hook Murders, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed by a white dude. None of these people were (black) “Hip-Hop heads!” None of these people were hardcore gangsta rap music listening black men!

    Yes! You can pull John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo out of the hat—two black guys who were the infamous “Beltway Snipers” who killed at least ten people on some alleged Nation of Islam wackory, but the trail ends there. Traditionally, black folk just aren’t terrorists. That ain’t black folk’s steelo! We don’t get down like that!

    Even when Ice Cube rapped, “Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self! …I come real stealth. Droppin’ bombs on ya moms/f#*k car alarms…”—Cube neither dropped a bomb on anyone nor flew in a “Stealth B2 Bomber.” Or, when those ATliens—Outkast rapped “Bombs Over Baghdad”—no bombs went off in Atlanta, but I bet if you ask those folk over in Baghdad about terrorism, they would surely point the finger at America as the biggest terrorists the world has ever known!

    We may do “drive-bys” in da hood, but we aren’t mass killers. And even when we do act a fool, we’ll riot in our own neighborhoods and tear it to smithereens to prove a point to white America about the injustices we face daily. We ain’t trying to set a bomb off on Rodeo Drive during the height of the Christmas shopping season.

    You may say it’s not a black or white issue, but the evidence witnesses against your argument. The worst crimes against the American citizenry were committed by white people—white men! And TMZ has further added fuel to the racial fire of terrorism by suggesting that a predominantly black culture is somehow responsible for the murder of American citizens. Shame! Shame! Shame on TMZ!

    Point being—there is no precedence for TMZ to cast aspersions on hip-hop for the misguided deeds of some terroristic white boys—one, who just happened to be a supposed hip-hop fan! Eff outta here! Whether this was another one of our government’s “False Flag Operations” (Google it!) or the real thingy–they’re using white males to carry out their sinister plan.

    Hip-hop may be a lot of things—sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, gang culture glorifying, materialistic, etc., etc. We may be steeped in our on cesspool of ignorance, but terrorists—WE ARE NOT! TMZ—“Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self!”


    turban2Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

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  • JoJo Simmons And The Return of LOLZ



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    The thing about the internet in general and twitter in particular is that it turns us all into amateur comedians. And rightfully so. Can you imagine a twitter TL or a blog that treated every single subject with somberness and gravitas.  In hip-hop lately though there has been a serious lack of LOLz. That Rick Ross controversy on the heels of Lil Wayne’s hospitalization have dominated the headlines and brought out all the humorless, dour naysayers, that rear their ugly heads to declare hip-hop dead every two or three years. Nobody wants to stand next to “that guy” at a party seriously. So when something obviously hilarious happens. It gets tweeted, retweeted, instagrammed, blogged and meme’d to death.

    Comedy, like hip-hop, is an artform that many amateurs are now attempting because of stunning advances in technology that are destroying the barriers for entry. You don’t even have to know photoshop to create a meme.  JoJo Simmons is now the butt of the jokes. It’s extremely easy to laugh at him though. We’ve been doing it for years. I’m not saying it’s fair. I’m not saying its right. But its true. When your father is a hip-hop legend your struggle raps are bound to be met with derision. With the exception of Cory Gunz we don’t really like the kids of rappers when they rap. That’s just the way it is.

    What adds to the humor for many people is that JoJo’s little brother Diggy Simmons, whose hip-hop aspirations weren’t really chronicled on the reality show Run’s House the same way JoJo’s were,  became a successful artist in his own right last year (albeit for the teeny bopper set). Diggy’s career only revived the sneers of those who point at JoJo and laugh. Those people may properly be referred to as haters. (Someone on twitter remarked that JoJo was the black Meg Griffin) They probably can’t even fully articulate what they don’t like about JoJo they just know they don’t like him.

    While I’ve never personally been able to tolerate JoJo’s music long enough to determine if he’s posturing about things we know he never experienced I do have a retort for people who don’t like him based on that. We don’t begrudge Run of Run-DMC his success so why should we begrudge his son who is the by-product of that success. Imagine yourself in a situation where you work yourself into multi-millionaire status. You can afford to give your kids everything you had to struggle for. You can shield them from the horrors of the hood without completely disconnecting them from their roots. Why wouldn’t you? Sure your kids might be a little “cornier” than those who came up poor, hungry, and desperate. He may not have the same street sensibilities as those kids who had to navigate the concrete jungle with a latch key while pops was absent and mom’s pulled a double shift cleaning toilets at the old folks home just to keep food on the table. But those situations while “character building” are not the ideal we should be striving towards.

    photoJoJo and his family have all been extremely blessed.  Rev Run and his brother Russell Simmons both became titans in hip-hop.  JoJo probably will never be taken seriously as a rapper. And maybe someone should have sat him down and explained the harsh reality. As long as you are the child of Rev Run and the nephew of Russell Simmons any moves you make in hip-hop will ultimately be compared to those twin pillars of innovation. And those shadows are almost impossible to emerge from. Diggy’s ascent was largely due to his target market and the posture he assumed. (And a little talent certainly didn’t hurt).  Nobody wants to quit or admit defeat. But it’s hard to fight a battle you’ve already won by default. So what as a Rich Kid does JoJo do? Disses Juelz Santana.

    Rapper Kids who Rap have this extra burden. Hip-hop more than anything else treats respect like currency to be banked, spent, or stolen.  Run’s House turned the Simmons children into celebrities. Hip-hop artists love to use celebrity names in their rhymes as punchlines. How many Miley Cyrus, Nene Leakes, or Paris Hilton references have you heard today? It’s getting close to the thousands. JoJo Simmons by virtue of reality TV has become no more significant or worthy or respect than a pre- Kanye West Kim Kardashian.  ( Watch the Kardashian references dry up from those emcees hoping for a G.O.O.D. music deal).  So when an emcee like say.. Juelz Santana uses JoJo Simmons name in a verse how does JoJo react. It’s a Catch-22 for him because he aspires to be respected within the world of hip-hop. Would any emcee worth his salt tolerate a negative name reference or thinly veiled diss aimed at them on wax? Certainly not. JoJo’s status as Rich Kid doesn’t protect him from those standards if he truly aspires to rhyme. So he thinks he has to retaliate and records a diss record.

    But a wise man once said “Take twice as much choosing your enemies as you do your friends”. (or did I just make that up). You see JoJo was under the false impression that he was playing the same game as Juelz Santana. I for one would never make that assumption for this simple fact. Juelz hasn’t dropped an album since 2005. So A) He’s Still Good after an 8 year hiatus and thus gets money in ways that can’t be publicized or B) He’s hungry as hell and will destroy you to avoid being the guy who got dissed by JoJo Simmons and didn’t smack the shit out of him.

    When JoJo grows up a little he’ll realize this whole incident, the diss records, the instagramming, that damnable youtube clip he just released, could have been and should have been avoided. There are plenty of fields that require no street cred. As a rich kid uniquely positioned to take advantage of life’s opportunities JoJo could have went to Yale got straight C’s and been the George W. Bush of Black Presidents. (We won’t truly  arrive until mediocre Blacks succeed).  Instead we get this double dose of insult. Whereby we root for a bully and laugh at a square, making us look like the equivalent of the kids in an 80’s movie laughing at the nerd when the captain of the football team knocks the lunch tray out of his hand.

    I’m going to try to change that. While I won’t promise that I’ll stop laughing immediately. I am going to wish much success to all the black men involved in this debacle. I hope Juelz Santana’s music is great enough to make us forget this. And I hope that JoJo reinvents himself in a way that allows him to shine without cashing in on his family name.


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  • Daily Word: Stay With the Flow!!

    Happy Thursday my enlightened and illuminated! Welcome to the day that you realize that it is what it is and it’s gone be what you make it! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to staying with the flow of things. Contrary to popular belief, even the greatest of lives has its challenges. Many people have this notion that once you reach a certain level of success or material wealth, your struggles automatically just disappear… This could be furthest from the truth. What we need to realize sooner rather than later is that struggle is built into life and the more you embrace it the easier it is to handle. Stop looking for a fairytale life where you live happily ever after. As long as you are breathing you have to be growing, and as we know in the beginning, growth can be challenging! Stay with the flow! Know that right now (as long as you keep your eyes on the prize) everything is exactly how it’s suppose to be! A roller-coaster has it’s ups and downs but if you keep your eyes open and have no fear, you will surely enjoy the ride! Life is change, and change is good! Stop fighting against yourself and let your success be!! #NothingCanStopYouButYOU!!! – Ash’Cash

    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu

    “If you go to war with your mind, you will always be at war.” - T. Scott McLeod

    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” - Rumi

    “The Perfect Way is only difficult for those who pick and choose; do not like, do not dislike: All will then be clear.” - Seng Ts’an

    “Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” - Valery Satterwhite

    “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    “Sometimes it is best for men not to attempt to interfere with destiny. Our prayers can be answered in ways which we do not expect and do not welcome.” - Wilbur Smith

    “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” - Victoria Moran

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


  • Daily Word: Accomplish Something!!

    Happy Wins-Day my movers and shakers! Welcome to another day that you can use to the fullest to make all of your dreams become a reality! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to your accomplishments! I recently had a conversation with a good friend about a funeral she attended. During our convo we discussed how the person who passed away was remembered and how it made her think about her life and her accomplishments. Despite how taboo it is to talk about death, it is one of the things that will happen to us whether we like it or not and unfortunately most of us have no idea when it will knock on our doors. That’s why it is imperative that you live each day to the best of your ability and never take a minute for granted. To that end make sure you live your life so completely that when death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal. You were put on this earth to be great and by all means that is what you HAVE to be! ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING!! Don’t just go on with life as if it has no meaning… Do something that you, your family, and love ones would be proud of! Leave the world better than how you found it and know that everything you do matters! There are those who make it happen and those who make excuses! The former live happy lives and the latter are still wondering… Be the Former!! LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!! – Ash’Cash

    “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” – Unknown

    “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate accomplishments.” - Napoleon Hill

    “Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.” – Warren G Bennis

    “If all the world’s a stage, I suggest you start performing at your best.” - Rob Liano

    “It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.” – Steve Goodier

    “It’s no use saying, “We are doing our best.” You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” - Winston Churchill

    “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” - Brian Tracy

    “It’s called an ‘accomplishment’, not an ‘intent-ishment’. You’ve got to BE it to SEE it. NO MORE EXCUSES – Decide what you want, create a plan, and get your a** out there!” - Steve Maraboli

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


  • Tyler’s Ugly Dark Twisted Reality



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    Equating rap albums to movies isn’t always a perfect fit. Some artists’ albums aren’t cohesive and there was a low point where every mainstream album used the same call list of 8 producers and 10 guest artists to make glorified compilations. But a few classics do invite the comparison to the cinematic masterpieces. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx for example is Hip-Hop’s Scarface.

    Kendrick Lamar dropped good kid, m.a.a.d City last October to rave reviews.  I think one of the things that people liked most about the album was the connecting narrative woven throughout the songs and skits of an aimless youth on the streets of Compton. It evoked the flavor and feel of the classic 90’s hood flicks we all grew up watching. Whether it be the camaraderie of Juice, the reckless abandon of Menace II Society, the redemption of South Central or the heartbreak of Boyz N The Hood. What Kendrick Lamar delivered was the quintessential coming of age story of black youth in the hood. Even more fitting on the album cover you can see the subtitle “A Short Film By Kendrick Lamar”

    Tyler The Creator’s recently released Wolf also tells a story through interconnecting skits between the tracks on the album. And also just like Kendrick’s album the lyrics paint a picture more vivid than anything offered on the skits. But unlike Kendrick this is far from the hood movies that we grew up with in the 90’s. This album is more Clockwork Orange than anything else.

    [ALSO READ: 10 Rap Lines that Make You Say ‘WTF!’]

    A Clockwork Orange is a Stanley Kubrick flick that is considered a cult classic. The movie was rated NC-17 because of its shocking (for its time) depiction of violence and anarchy.  In the film Alex (portrayed by British Actor Malcolm McDowell) goes on a rampage with his squad of Droogs. They are basically a gang inclined to drugs, violence, sex and rape. You are initially repulsed and frightened by the Droogs behavior but even as they take delight in their debauchery you can’t help but watch as they assault all the values that you hold dear. But there is a brief moment in the film where you see the failure of Alex’s parents (who in the novel upon which the film is based are described as timid and fearful) and the tide starts to turn once he is institutionalized and tortured to the point of bland conformity by the authorities.

    Tyler and his Odd Future brethren become analogous to the droogs when discussing their place within today’s hip-hop culture. A lot of the young stars in the game today come in already indoctrinated to hip-hop’s business and style model. They are basically bootlegs of the rappers we all grew up loving. Odd Future and specifically Tyler are the brash youth that these other rappers pretend to be. But paradoxically the bravado isn’t hiding or concealing the isolation and pain of Tyler’s lyrics. His latest album Wolf expands on the themes of a fatherless child who feels ostracized and abandoned. His disregard for social norms manifest themselves as homophobic slurs and shocking bars about rap. His need to belong to something/anything manifest itself in the subpar struggle bars of some his less talented droogs on the bloated posse cuts that interrupt the flow of what was unfolding as very personal album up until that point.

    For me though the most telling and shocking bars on Tyler’s Wolf aren’t truly about violence or mayhem. They are about the casualties of the war on black families. (aka the war on drugs, the war on poverty, etc etc). When Tyler refers to his father as a “faggot” I don’t blink at the slur. I’m more moved at the tragedy of the disintegration of the family unit in our communities that could lead to a young man having no respect for their father. And the fact that this situation is way more common than it should be. Tyler is truly a product of this disruption, and the pain behind the verbal assault on his father is the condition that fuels his “f*ck everybody” fire.


    E. Knight lives in Philadelphia. Check out his blog Read more of his AHH Blogs HERE

  • Daily Word: Stop Waiting! Take ACTION!!

    Happy Happy Monday my focused and action oriented! Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to being proactive! As we all should know today is April 15th and the last day to either file you taxes or apply for an extension. I know things happen but if you waited for the last minute this is a habit that you must change immediately! This is often what we do with our dreams and aspirations! Some of us live by the notion that says  “If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” But living that way may assure that you only get what’s left over oppose to what you really deserve. Don’t miss out on what could have been, or all the accolades you could have won, or the achievements you could’ve been proud of, because you procrastinated! Stop waiting and Take ACTION NOW!! Those who achieve all of their goals are those who are inspired by a thought and take action immediately to turn that thought into a thing! Procrastination is your worst enemy! You’ll always find a reason to wait but as @RealFarrahGray once said “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse! Stop finding EXCUSES!!! MAKE IT HAPPEN!! -Ash’Cash

    “A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.” - Unknown

    “Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” - Victor Kiam

    “Many lose through never starting. A job well begun is half done.” - Orrin Woodward

    “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” - Karen Lamb

    “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

    “Do what today others won’t, so tomorrow, you can do what others can’t.” - Brian Rogers Loop

    “Do not wait for your ship to come in – swim out to it.” - Unknown

    “If you don’t go after what you want, you could spend your entire life settling for what you can get.” - Unknown

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


  • BEWARE: The Lyric Police

    Hip-Hop has a long history of controversial statements. Back in the late 80’s when it started to permeate the mainstream from time to time certain emcees and rappers would get called out for these statements. In those days N.W.A. was called out for “Fuck The Police”, Ice -T (technically his rock group Body Count) was called out for “Cop Killa” and gangsta rap’s overt violence and sexual imagery was called out by the likes of civil rights activist C.Delores Tucker.

    In the late 80’s and early 90’s when Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew were facing serious legal ramifications for performing their vulgar hits, we hip-hop fans hated censorship. We were young and rebellious. Our attitude was understandably contrary to those values which the mainstream of American society aspired to. After all this was the tail end of the Reagan/Bush I era and even though America “prospered” under Clinton the windfall was largely absent from our communities. The American Dream had left us behind.

    [ALSO READ: Uncle Luke Questions Rick Ross’ Gangster; Tells Rick Ross “Squash Your Beef”]

    There may have been an agenda with the press’s coverage of Hip-Hop as well. The majority of the 80’s were spent painting black teens as public enemy #1 and  Hip-Hop was the soundtrack of those black teens. Both sides of the political spectrum took their shots at hip-hop. From Dan Qualye to Tipper Gore chances are if a politician uttered the name of a rapper it was to condemn their lyrical content.

    The main thing about those days though was that there was very little self policing. The hip-hop press (admittedly in it’s infancy) did not pass judgement on the contents of an emcee’s lyrics, it was judged by us merely on  its technical merits. Meaning an emcee could rap about murder, misogyny, and mayhem as long as he was “nice”.  Tupac Shakur had us all disrespecting C. Delores Tucker. Ironically many of us only knew her as the dingbat who had it in for Gangsta Rap. And even if we had known who she was in our eyes her movement had failed us. I mean who wouldn’t be bitter knowing that the civil rights era and the black power movements gave way to the Reagan Era. These were desperate times and hip-hop was the hood’s CNN. Where else were you going to hear about police brutality, poverty, and the crack and AIDS epidemics? So those faux American Dreams and Family Values were tossed to the wayside. Because our community knew better than any the hypocrisy of a nation of people who supposedly love freedom, equality and Christ enacting policies to lock us up, keep us down and take away from those that already had the least.

    The only problem with throwing out those values is tossing the good away with the bad. So hip-hop was allowed to become a verbal skid row. I don’t begrudge any emcee their freedom of expression but for every “Ain’t No Fun” we had a “By The Time I Get To Arizona” for every 2 Live Crew there was a Boogie Down Productions. There was an attempt to elevate. But “gangsta rap” and other crime influenced tales became the standard archetype for the most successful rappers. This is where some hip-hop historians differ. Some say the dearth of positivity among today’s mainstream audience is a direct reflection of what the hip-hop audience demanded. Other says that the powers that be have no interest in promoting positive images to blacks. Either way today hip-hop has become monolithic in its disregard for people’s basic moral standards.

    When criticism was lobbed at our favorite emcees however, it most likely came from an outsider. And we very rightly dismissed it. Rappers basically said whatever they wanted especially in a genre that encouraged the artists to give their music directly to the people via mixtapes. What right did some old suburban mother or some politician or some failed civil rights leader have to comment on the state of OUR music? It wasn’t for them it was for us. Treach from Naughty By Nature said it the best “If you ain’t ever been to the Ghetto, don’t ever come to the ghetto, cause you wouldn’t understand the ghetto….”.

    Well it’s been about twenty years since that era and my have things changed. Hip-hop has become a billion dollar industry. In some ways although blacks in America are still not on equal footing, still fighting the good fight progress has been made. You know Black President and everything. And Today a lot of those rebellious teens that made hip-hop what it is today are raising teens of their own. And today when a hip-hop artist is called out for his lyric it’s more likely to be by a fan of hip-hop. Someone who supposedly understands the cultural significance of the music, the movement and the moment.

    This has happened three times just in the past month and a half. Lil Wayne’s comparison of a groupie’s lady parts to the face of Civil Rights Martyr Emmet Till was met with disgust by the bloggerati. Ditto for Rick Ross’s flirtation with date rape on Rocko’s U.O.E.N.O. where he infamously attempts to use molly like its GHB. And the less said about the furor over Beyonce’s Bow Down Bitches (I know the song is called something else but you can google that if you really care).

    When I see someone from within the culture taking that step towards naggy lyric policing it irks me. We are doing to these rappers and their fans what was done to us and that’s so very hypocritical. I’m not discussing the artistic merits of these rappers. But when a radio station says they are not going to play any song by Rick Ross or Lil Wayne I am truly sad for hip-hop. That radio station should comb through their playlists and remove every song from any artist whoever said anything violent, homophobic, or demeaning towards women. It should ban any artist that ever said the “n-word” or had the gall to suggest that getting an education wasn’t the best way to get riches. They should stop playing records from artists who advocate infidelity, dishonesty, crime or drug use. That would hardly be a hip-hop station, hell it wouldn’t be much of a country music station either.

    Hip-hop is largely about identity. Rap fans identify with their favorite artists. So when you criticize said artists some can take it as a slap in the face. Let’s not do to these kids what was done to us. You start attacking their culture (yes it’s their culture too) and they withdraw from you. You have a generation of parents who listen to a lot of the same music as their kids. This might fool some kids into thinking you can understand their struggle. Take advantage of that.

    Lil Wayne’s Emmet Till line sparked a discussion about who Emmett Till was and what he meant. We don’t have to reach that far for a silver lining because I imagine that most of Lil Wayne’s fans had no clue until they read about it from an outraged mommy blogger the next day. Rick Ross’s line sparked a discussion about the creepy rapey practice of drink spiking. So maybe the next girl in VIP thinks twice about putting down her champagne lest there be a molly in it and she don’t even know it. Back when hip-hop was no holds barred, when it was honest, when it was take it or leave it or kiss my ass which ever you prefer we wouldn’t expect any apologies. Which is good because you’re more likely to get Tupac doing a double middle finger salute and spitting at the camera than what you got from Rick Ross the other day. Ross went on the radio and really tried his best to be a class act. Numerous times he referred to the black woman as a beautiful queen and the most precious thing on Earth. He said the molly champagne lyric wasn’t advocating rape. I feel him. The line was creepy. But I knew it didn’t mean he thought rape was cool. But what Ross has to understand is that those condemning him are the lyric police. And they won’t ever hear his apology. And even if they do it won’t convince them.

    Today’s lyric police are confusing to me. I wonder if they’ll start picking out artists back catalogs and chastising them for the lyrics to some of THEIR favorite songs. Yeah but that probably won’t happen. Righteous indignation is usually a short term thing.

  • Daily Word: Enjoy the Beautiful Struggle!


    Happy Thursday my destined and determined! Welcome to the day that you realize that you are exactly where you’re suppose to be and that your obstacles are part of your master plan! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to your beautiful struggle! Danny Dreyer once said “Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.” Keep this powerful quote in mind as you journey out towards fulfilling your greatness! Know and understand that struggle is part of the process and will make you stronger as you embrace it! Never run from what seems like a difficult situation because doing so is giving up a rich part of your experience! Life is a Beautiful Struggle… The more you embrace it the happier you will be!
    -Ash’Cash”You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.”

    “They key of persistence opens all door closed by resistance “
    -John Di Lemme

    “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
    -Theodore Roosevelt

    “It is better to struggle pursuing what matters than to excel at achieving the inconsequential.”
    -D.A. Blankinship

    “Life’s a climb. But the view is great.”
    -Miley Cyrus

    “Rejoice in knowing that there is no oil without squeezing the olives, no wine without pressing the grapes, no fragrance without crushing the flowers, and no real joy without embracing the pain.”

    “You’ve paid a heavy price to get this far, so the best option is to really make it count by moving forward from where you are.”
    -Ralph Marston

    “How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.”
    -Yvon Chouinard

    Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website,


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