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An Awakening..

At times I feel that we aren’t quite living every second completely.

We might live in our fantasies for minutes at a time in every single day. We may even catch ourselves just wasting away what time we have left happily walking a path we made in our minds. Maybe that was a little too blunt, but you get the drift. Many of us are in a constant search for another level of consciousness, a different perspective, an awakening of sorts.It had always felt that my mind seemed to wonder a bit too much, but I felt it was natural, a shared habit with far too many to count.

It took quite a while to change the lens that I view life through. I am truly seeing beauty in almost everything, a world full of color. It has allowed me to lighten the burdens hanging on my shoulders. You see, I seek perfection, something largely unattainable, but I yearn for it nonetheless. The experiences we have as people are all opportunities to find the positives in each situation. They are our paths to growth, though we don’t acknowledge that in the moment, it is beautiful. If there is a moment that changes the perspective in our lives, I hope that everyone finds their truths in it. Life should be experienced completely each second and the tick of every clock should be enjoyed as if that was the first stroke of color in our lives.

 

..Until next time

Noah Caine: New York City’s Best Kept Secret

Coming out of Southside Jamaica, Queens, we bring to you Noah Caine, the hardworking hip-hop artist that is looking to shoulder the game and showcase yet another lyrical talent from the famed borough that has produced some of the greatest talents the game has ever seen. To name a few, we’ve seen Nas, Rakim, Mc Shan, LL, and various others represent to the fullest.

 First off let’s talk about Queens — You’ve previously said that “people sleep on Queens”… Out of all of the MCs that come from Queens, who has influenced you the most as an artist and how do you see yourself paving your OWN way in today’s music industry, especially being from NYC?

 Thanks for having me, I appreciate the interview man. A ton of MCs came out of Queens man, for real, I’m just happy to be noticed for carrying the torch so early in my career. As far as my greatest influences? I couldn’t just pick one, I’d have to definitely credit Nas and being from Southside, I have to include 50 Cent as well. Nas inspires me for his longevity in the game, founded off of his debut classic, it’s incredible to see a body of work stand the test of time for over 20 years. 50 Cent has inspired me to be about my business at all times.  Through watching the way he handles his situations, which I don’t always agree with, I’ve learned how to approach endeavors of my own. You’ve really got to learn from the successes, as well as mistakes, of your idols. With careers as long as theirs, you’re bound to learn a lot. Haha.

Noah, [the] boy who “met the world, without Mr.Feeny”. Can you elaborate on that line in terms of your life and the lessons you’ve learned? Who is Noah Caine?

 Haha, that’s from The Genesis joint off my first project. Respect to you for quoting that. Basically what that line meant is that growing up in a single parent household, I never really had the ability to get all my smarts from home. Sometimes, as young men in the inner city, the streets raise us. It teaches us certain things that you’ll never be able to pick up from the safety of your own home. Seeing people get shot, violence, being around gunfire and narrowly missing bullets myself, those are things that you just have to smarten up to and learn how to deal with or else you’re outta here. Noah Caine is a product of that and you can definitely hear those accounts in the music. On the other hand in reference to the TV show, there are no “Mr. Feenys” in the hood. There are a lot of characters, but I never really came into contact with someone like that pure-hearted, extra father figure, dude portrayed on that TV show, I guess that’s why it’s a TV show.  He doesn’t really exist.

As you gain more publicity, more people are starting to check for your music, you tend to live by and embrace the motto “steady to the top”, can you detail what brought about that motto? How are you handling the increase in supporters of your music?

 That motto, saying, mantra, -whatever you want to call it, came from a point in time where my team and I just felt lost in the whole process of making music. We were all seriously about to just quit and put our energies into other endeavors. One of my boys wanted to work for the government, another wanted to travel and see the world, I wanted to focus more on going to college. It was just like “well, this isn’t popping, let’s do something else”. We couldn’t leave it alone though, and we realized that we were being impatient because we believed in ourselves 100% and wanted people to embrace our talents instantly. As we learned the game, we realized that nothing comes that easily, so I think I just started saying “Steady to the top” in a lot of our meetings and convos when we were just kicking it and it stuck. We’re all here now, we ain’t quit and the music is getting more attention every day.

 

As far as the increase in fans I think it’s a gift and a curse. I get a lot of people telling me that they relate enough to understand my story, but are still curious to see where I’m going with it, that’s dope. On the flip side, I feel like if I ever quit I’d be letting a lot of people, who use my story for their own personal escape or release, down. I’ve realized that a lot of young cats have no voice, not everybody Raps or has the means to Rap, so they use the dudes who are talented as motivation and when you quit, to your fans it’s like their best homie just died. That’s a weight I gotta carry.

As mentioned, your fist mixtape “The Pre-Season” was well received and quite frankly it was a breath of fresh air to the game. How are you doing fam, mentally and physically? To date, what has been your greatest motivation to keep grinding?

 Good looking out, haha! I rarely have interviews where they ask the artist like, really, how are you doing? I’m great though man, I can’t complain just trying to get this foundation built to get some more traction in this game. I’m in a mental state of peace and positivity, there’s always negativity around but you have to try and avoid it. I recently lost a big influence in my life, my uncle, and that really messed me up. He was the one who really influenced me to start rapping at a young age, man. It was hard but I gotta keep going in memory of him. That’s my greatest motivation at the moment, to just keep creating through the hard times to get a better knowledge of who I am and how I put together my perception of life in general. It’s therapeutic. Rest in peace Big Vin.

Speaking of The Pre-Season – In “The Crown”, you say “I’ll bring it all to you and never fall back..cause opportunity knocks, but never calls back” Do you feel as though it’s your time, that opportunity is knocking? Talk about your upcoming projects and when can we expect them?

 I most definitely feel like we all got a calling. I feel that you’ll be shown your way, your path. You can’t fight it, because if you do you’ll have a harder time on this Earth going against the plan that the higher power has intended for you. That’s real. I feel like it’s just my path man, things are lining up and more people are putting me on their radar on a higher level. I’ve had some conversations with people high up in the industry who support my talents and that’s just the way it goes when there’s a path for you and you follow it with positivity and realness.

 

My next project out it a continuation of the last project. It’s called “Rookie Season” and it’s produced by Half Amazin’. There’s a lot of energy on this new joint and it was really, really dope to make despite all the ups and downs I’ve been going through personally. It’s dope, for real. The people are gonna fuck with it.

Let’s go ahead and speak it into existence, where you do you envision your career a year or 2, possibly even 5 years from now?

 5, 10, 15 years from now I’m going to still be telling my story as it evolves. People are still going to be able to relate to what I’m doing and I’ll definitely always be a beast on the mic…probably a couple of really nice business deals too. I got plans for a few ideas that I’d like to set into motion when the time’s right. People always talk about how great B.I.G or Pac would have been today if they hadn’t passed away and that’s always motivation for me because I want to be as great as they would’ve been if they were still alive. I guess I use their careers as a source of unlimited inspiration. That “what if” conversation is really inspiring to me as an artist. May they rest in peace.

Where can we find your previous work, upcoming releases, and contact info?

 Everything y’all need is on www.NoahCaine.com man. Go grab “The Pre-Season”. Hit me up on Twitter and come out to the next show in NYC or if I’m in your city. It’s been a pleasure man, thanks a lot for reaching out. Much respect. Steady.

Thank you to Noah Caine for the insight to your music and we look forward to much continued success from you.

Wiping the Slate Clean

Let’s think about what wiping the slate clean means.

Everyday we may encounter certain situations that just bring down our moods or take us out of character.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

You must be able to remove yourself from that negativity and put your mind in a state of balance. It is completely understandable to be upset or have mood changes throughout a period of time, but it cannot define who you truly are. Entertaining a thought without accepting takes patience and it takes a certain type of self-control.

Essentially, you see it, you hear it, you comprehend it, but it is not prevailing. 

We all have the ability to maintain the mental balance that is conducive to progression, we rarely ever make a conscious effort to preserve that balance.

I encourage you to wipe the slate clean daily, remove the past and enjoy the present, understand that keeping that balance is key to living a life that keeps you in a forward progression.

A Hiatus for Perspective: Finding Peace

It should come as no surprise that I take time to write blogs and I say that lightly.

Well, it’s better later than never, right? Yes, it has been a while and for that I have learned so much more than the last time I allowed my mind to flow within the confines of this blog. Consistency is what people look for in a blog, a new post weekly, daily for some. I cannot promise that, but what I can promise is that with each blog that I write, time has brought me so many more lessons.

In my brief hiatus, I believe that as an individual, I have found peace. The phrase often lends itself to times that most expect to part ways with their material lives, but I feel that in life’s lessons, I have grown to accept the challenges. We are prone to worry, becoming frustrated over the unknown, our fate. I understand it completely, our minds race a hundred miles an hour and there is little we can do to prevent this. Personally, what has allowed me to be content with the hand I am dealt daily is the challenge. Challenges are at every turn and they just so happen to break up the monotony of routine in life. Routine, oh yes, many enjoy that and I do too at times, though it can be quite the bore. Naturally, we would live some stability and as we all know, routine brings about a sense of this.  As we look for our individual peace, we tend to just go through the motions. We are essentially breathing, but you cannot say that most are truly living.  The unknown fate keeps us up, it keeps us wondering; what becomes of us today, tomorrow, or in the not-so-close future. So, how can one gain the composure to find such peace?

Preparation.

Simple, right?

That’s what grants me peace to some degree. Of course we cannot prepare for every single challenge that comes our way, nor do we all deal with adversity the same, but mentally we can put ourselves on a plane that can look adversity directly in the face. Everything that we have observed or been through personally prepares us in some way or another. Yet, we panic and feel a sense of fear, even if we’ve seen the situation from afar.

In short, it is okay, but learn to embrace the experiences you’ve had, whether good or bad, they are preparing you for tomorrow.

..Until next time

Peace comes through preparation.

When you fall, get up

 There comes a time in life where we all stumble…

We’re human, none of us are perfect in this world.

We may try to be, but failure is all apart of life.

Those falls are where and when we build our character, looking deep within and pull forth the strength needed to keep going.  After all, it’s not like we can just sit there and watch the world pass us by. Some wish that were the case, but we would become nothing more than an obstacle for others to walk over or go around. If you pause to think for a second, it really rings true. We sit and watch everyone go by, we’re merely making it a little bit tougher for others. The clock always ticking, the years go by quicker, and people grow in separate directions. You see, I’ve failed once in life and allowed it to torment me for a couple of years, but things do indeed happen.

We have to remember that we have the chance to pick ourselves back up, whether it’s now or two years later, but it CAN be done with a little determination.  You fall in love, we fall out of love, we fall short, and we could fall flat. In order to walk, you must first fall and realize the pain in doing so. You could walk a million miles in life, but eventually you will fall, embrace it. When it happens, take a brief look at your surroundings and get up because the clouds will continue to roll by and the sun will rise somewhere every morning. In America, it’s growing closer to that time of the season, where leaves turned brown fall slowly from their limb in the trees. The change of seasons and the growth of an individual, realize and embrace it.

… Until we meet again

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HAILING FROM BOSTON! With inspirations ranging from notorious signature sneakers to the Notorious One; cafeteria showdowns to play timedisguises; vitaminTHICK aims to bring the fun and edginess back to a streetwear industry that has become overplayed and uninspired. VitaminTHICK: Cooler gear than the other kids since bagged lunch.™

Brand Identity
vitaminTHICK is a celebration of living life to its fullest through community, culture, and dope clothing. With the street cliches of
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And there’s those times

At times, you may feel as though the weight of the world is on YOUR shoulders. Understandably so, you feel as though you are making no progress and life, it’s just conspiring against you. It’s quite the disheartening feeling, but as we come to learn in life, it has its high’s and low’s. If we were to all be completely happy, wouldn’t it just a boring everyday ritual?  We do have those who attempt to consciously smile 24/7, but sooner or later, it does get old.

Pause, allow me to recount.

I had to learn how to convert my fustrations into something meaningful, drive. It takes a lot of patience to deal with all of the unpredictable weather life throws at you. It’s funny because even the weathermen/women are wrong several times, during the year. Things can’t well, MOST things, can’t be predicted. There’s those times, where we have to vent. There’s also those times, where we MUST vent. Then, there’s those times, where things we CAN”T quit vent at all. There’s always those times where you feel as though you can’t quite get through to anyone, it’s as if you have no voice, so it’s just consistent fustration. We all have a voice, a voice to be heard and there’s always those times, where we will be heard and felt.

You can be heard and felt without a single word, but if you so happen to use words, make it short and sweet. Nobody likes listening to someone stretch out a topic forever, when they could’ve just said it THIS quick.

Count the times today that you smiled and the times that you frowned, remembering the reasons behind the two… Is this mysterious journey as bad as it seeems, or is it really just a pessimistic midnstate that you are in.

Granted, you get thrown some curveballs that make you miss the point all together, BUT there’s those times when everything is going your way and you’re just looking for a reason for it to all stop. Why would we consciously wait on something to go wrong, maybe even something as minor as a slight slip or bead of sweat dripping from one’s forehead.

Think.

If something so minor can make you upset or put a frown on your face, then logically, we should be able to smile just as easy. After all, “it takes 37 muscles to frown and 22 muscles to smile,” depending on your addition skills.

…Until we meet again

Cuff Season, the unspoken season.

You see it, but you’re scared to travel down the cold path alone.

An introduction to that time of the month…well, I mean “time of the year”

I bet you’re wondering what “Cuff Season” is, but it’s quite simple. We are currently a couple of weeks into it and the craze that it brings,it is quite hilarious. Give me some time to explain and I’ll have you understanding the comedy as well haha.

You know the time of the year where it gets cold and cuddling begins to increase at a rapid rate?  – That’s only the beginning of cuff season.

Hormones are raging and people are wanting someone to call their own for the holidays. I was talking with a couple of my guys and made the statement, “people sure do go crazy over Christmas presents”. So what are YOU getting that loved one for the holidays? See, funny stuff.

  It’s quite understood that people want someone to care about them during the holidays, but if you REALLY just look and think about it, it never fails.  Take a seat in a Starbucks or walk around a crowded area, people are talking about wanting to be in a relationship and seeing all THEIR friends in relationships.

If you don’t catch yourself, you’ll get caught up in it too, but there’s always a time and place for everything. Don’t do it, RECONSIDER. Cuff Season does indeed have an ending period, where the spring/summer creeps up and people are going haywire just to get out and party again. The chains and leashes tend to loosen and fall off. People just have a tendency to want to have their options open, allowing them to be “single and ready to mingle”.  Think about it for a second.

Cuff season goes along the same lines as the flu, it’s airborne(word of mouth) and it’s contagious.  Personally, I’ve heard the “I want a boyfriend” statement so many times already and we haven’t gotten completely into the winter months yet. Everytime, I can only just give a brief sigh and continue to stay out the Black Friday-like chaos.

I’ve chosen to not even touch Cuff Season this year because all together, it’s one BIG headache. If you did indeed get a loved one this Cuff Season, I tip my hat to you because it could’ve been a relationship in the works. If you got a loved this season because you saw others doing it and felt alone, shame on you, REALLY.  As the ice melts away and the flowers begin to bloom, the egos of those who were in relationships/flings seem to get a great boost and they feel rejuvenated for the upcoming months. Cuff Season does not offer immunity shots or any remedies except for sad love songs and quick pick-me-up’s. While people are rushing to get their holiday plans in gear and purchase gifts, others are scheming on how they’ll attract someone for the holidays.  Two sides of the spectrum that seem to collide at an intersection of sorts.

Women take it a bit more serious than others and become completely upset about it, but I understand, trust me. It’s just something that’s natural and more often than not, unnoticed.  Continue on with your normally scheduled companionship rituals, just remember that it’s Cuff Season and it DOES have an end to it.

I know, I know, you knew about it all along..but I did say it was unspoken, right?

.. Until we meet again

– That Gentleman

Just take the high road

Take the high road.

How many times have you heard that line? – > A lot, I know.

It seems to be present in every situation that arises though. If I can’t decide on which path to take, I take the highroad, logical and conservative at the same time. Besides, it never hurts to play it safe, right?

As a matter of fact, it does, at times. You play it safe and risk the chance of missing out on an opportunity.  Scared to jump, believe that there’s nothing to fall back on and catch you. You think, not only for yourself, but for those around you. Yet, you know that you only live once. You can act now or never, which is the choice we make everyday over and over again.  Shall we stop here or keep going?

My message to you is that there’s a STOP behind every corner. You can watch traffic or you can make that move and go into traffic, but you could also lose sitting at the stopsign.  The clock steadily ticks, while we steadily wait, but for what?

…Until we meet again

– That Gentleman