Travelling around South Africa it ’s astounding for me to see that the thing replacing skill in Mzansi is swagga. Gone are the days where skill and originality took precedence over what’s out there or what’s hot. I always encounter youths that ask me, “What does it take for me to make it in this music bizz”. It’s simple…..SELF DISCIPLINE. It’s the easiest thing to do yet the most difficult too. It requires you to look into yourself and to be honest with yourself. It’s requires you to acknowledge your weaknesses and to even more build on your strengths. It requires you to indentify your CAPACITY. Self discipline deals with the self and stripping yourself down on all levels of being and being honest. It’s a skill…in my opinion. Self discipline when cultivated teaches you to expand your mind and tap into the Infinite and indentify the unlimited power that you possess. Relating to hip hop self discipline gives rise to skill, that then with time through assimilation of experiences gives rise to style (individuality). Self discipline is a life skill. How are you gonna “make it” if you don’t have basic self discipline tentants to for example, wake up early, discipline your mind to read and listen, discipline your body to adhere to your mind, discipline your spirit so to be in tune with nature, yourself and The All.
So skill in my opinion is more than busting those multi – syllabills, throwing down triple click flares and being an ego-driven idiot or doing being able to do air flare combos. Skill is the abilty to listen, learn, assimulate then create.
Skill is infinite……