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recent writtens | 2 Wake Up

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My homie Richie Traktivist hit me about a song to submit to a mixtape project to promote AAPI people to vote. You can find the original submission here.

Much LOVE to my friends, Eric Sun (Engineer) and Daniel Oh (Guitar) for helping me out with the original track.

I wrote this song while dealing with my own personal desensitized approach to life. I dont always resonate with what the world needs, i find myself always searching for whats in my own best interests. i hope the lyrics help you find yourself, the way i found some parts of myself while writing it. salute.


Wake up
I say my grace before she make up
we keep up, so we dont get the pay cut
the paper
like we programmed something major
life is like a cake shop
a slice of all the flavors, buying all that we are craving its,
living the life, living it twice if we could, and its
paying the price getting a nice place in the wood
is that all that we are made of
money luxury we chasing
when i look into the mirror, im facing
i see myself and
i see my mama struggle
aching in her bones and muscles
we came from nothing
barely had a phone and roof to cover
pantry cupboards empty
wondering where next months rent be

i see myself and get the feeling that im someone else
im running from the hell, losing my only side thats real
the part the feels a single smile’s all i need to heal
like why my mama got my pic next to her dollar bills
im feeling jaded but i still feel like i havent made it
im so impatient but ill wait a century to be famous
ill never say it but what im praying for us over rated
maybe i should take a second and just get some space but,

wake up
all that stuff that i was saying just a second ago
will never make it to the surface
i was feeling nervous but that xanex got me perfect
im hoping that my feed be, the only way you see me
my purpose
im doing everything for me
make sure my wrist and my feet make my cypher complete
why these homeless people working
they just need to be here working
why they asking for my paper
they need jesus christ the savior,

suddenly im taken back to the days
when we were fractions away
from packing all that we had, we couldnt stay.
i lose faith in it and i hate living
but mama kept on praying til that safety net was a safe haven and

i see myself and get the feeling that im someone else
im running from the hell, losing my only side thats real
the part the feels a single smile’s all i need to heal
like why my mama got my pic next to her dollar bills
im feeling jaded but i still feel like i havent made it
im so impatient but ill wait a century to be famous
ill never say it but what im praying for us over rated
maybe i should take a second and just get some space and,

wake up.

John EP Track 4. Lady Luck.

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4. Lady Luck Promo 1000x


@84joules releases his next project titled JOHN.

This song features YouTube veteran Jennifer Chung. Be sure to peep the record when it drops.

Music Video to follow this release. Follow @TheFuturisticVintage for details.

Executive Producer: Roark Bailey. Lady Luck is co-written by long time collaborator, Mathai. Additional production and support for this track comes from Chucky Kim.

Photo set by: Ben Rollins

20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand.

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1. They have a mind that never slows down.

The creative mind is a non-stop machine fueled by intense curiosity. There is no pause button and no way to power it down. This can be exhausting at times but it is also the source of some crazy fun activities and conversations.

2. They challenge the status quo.

Two questions drive every creative person more than any others: What if? and Why not? They question what everyone else takes at face value. While uncomfortable for those around them, it’s this ability that enables creatives to redefine what’s possible.

3. They embrace their genius even if others don’t.

Creative individuals would rather be authentic than popular. Staying true to who they are, without compromise, is how they define success even if means being misunderstood or marginalized.

4. They have difficulty staying on task.

Highly creative people are energized by taking big mental leaps and starting new things. Existing projects can turn into boring slogs when the promise of something new and exciting grabs their attention.

5. They create in cycles.

Creativity has a rhythm that flows between periods of high, sometimes manic, activity and slow times that can feel like slumps. Each period is necessary and can’t be skipped just like the natural seasons are interdependent and necessary.

6. They need time to feed their souls.

No one can drive cross-country on a single take of gas. In the same way, creative people need to frequently renew their source of inspiration and drive. Often, this requires solitude for periods of time.

7. They need space to create.

Having the right environment is essential to peak creativity. It may be a studio, a coffee shop, or a quiet corner of the house. Wherever it is, allow them to set the boundaries and respect them.

8. They focus intensely.

Highly creative people tune the entire world out when they’re focused on work. They cannot multi-task effectively and it can take twenty minutes to re-focus after being interrupted, even if the interruption was only twenty seconds.

9. They feel deeply.

Creativity is about human expression and communicating deeply. It’s impossible to give what you don’t have, and you can only take someone as far as you have gone yourself. A writer once told me that an artist must scream at the page if they want a whisper to be heard. In the same way, a creative person must feel deep if they are to communicate deeply.

10. They live on the edge of joy and depression.

Because they feel deeply, highly creative people often can quickly shift from joy to sadness or even depression. Their sensitive heart, while the source of their brilliance, is also the source of their suffering.

11. They think and speak in stories.

Facts will never move the human heart like storytelling can. Highly creative people, especially artists, know this and weave stories into everything they do. It takes longer for them to explain something, explaining isn’t the point. The experience is.

12. They battle Resistance every day.

Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, writes:

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

Highly creative people wake up every morning, fully aware of the need to grow and push themselves. But there is always the fear, Resistance as Pressfield calls it, that they don’t have what it takes. No matter how successful the person, that fear never goes away. They simply learn to deal with it, or not.

13. They take their work personally.

Creative work is a raw expression of the person who created it. Often, they aren’t able to separate themselves from it, so every critique is seen either as a validation or condemnation of their self-worth.

14. They have a hard time believing in themselves.

Even the seemingly self-confident creative person often wonders, Am I good enough? They constantly compare their work with others and fail to see their own brilliance, which may be obvious to everyone else.

15. They are deeply intuitive.

Science still fails to explain the How and Why of creativity. Yet, creative individuals know instinctively how to flow in it time and again. They will tell you that it can’t be understood, only experienced firsthand.

16. They often use procrastination as a tool.

Creatives are notorious procrastinators because many do their best work under pressure. They will subconsciously, and sometimes purposefully, delay their work until the last minute simply to experience the rush of the challenge.

17. They are addicted to creative flow.

Recent discoveries in neuroscience reveal that “the flow state” might be the most addictive experience on earth. The mental and emotional payoff is why highly creative people will suffer through the highs and lows of creativity. It’s the staying power. In a real sense, they are addicted to the thrill of creating.

18. They have difficulty finishing projects.

The initial stage of the creative process is fast moving and charged with excitement. Often, they will abandon projects that are too familiar in order to experience the initial flow that comes at the beginning.

19. They connect dots better than others.

True creativity, Steve Jobs once said, is little more than connecting the dots. It’s seeing patterns before they become obvious to everyone else.

20. They will never grow up.

Creatives long to see through the eyes of a child and never lose a sense of wonder. For them, life is about mystery, adventure, and growing young. Everything else is simply existing, and not true living.