THE GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME DEBATE

THE BEST TO ME, constitutes changing the paradigm of the movement…. re-creating the storyline…. proactively creating the narrative…. This is what changes the world in a real great way… A person with such influence to make things make sense (to evolve their people’s awareness potently and productively) in a way where people begin to adopt that way of thinking……. call it ideology. call it brainwashing. But if it is constructive and done out of love and integrity and selflessness, and helps a people out, then it is Truth. It’s what Prophethood and Messengership is all about. Unity of the people. Unity of the cultures first because that precedes the wholeness of humanity. So it goes: unity unto your own circle. Of your own listeners. 

When it is of your own culture it stands as good.

But HiPHop is world culture.

Whence it commands the stature of Worldliness it becomes greatness.

—to be the greatest in hip-hop: dope beats….. great flow…… skillful rhymes….. a championing perspective…. with straightforward vernacular…. linearity-threading project concepts…… all-encompassing song concepts….. unique and charming swag… 

—-the greatest in hip-hop can translate into the greatest in the world: when that truth of humanity is tapped into.. And when the paradigm is shifted, and THEN community and social organization is created to evolve the actual lives of the people through structured means as aligned with the Mind paradigm.  So much so that disruption of the infrastructure (of malevolent interests all along) become to feel threatened.

 

So in conclusion,

When I mean “the best of all time”, I refer to influence upon humanity as well on a structural/paradigm/social level (not just artistic genius)… alongggggg with great musical accolades/accomplishments too … the two have to go hand in hand IMO… that’s what the best is all about - encompassing both worlds: artistic creation, with real-life paradigm-shifting influence upon society’s social construct & tangible-infrastructure of community… . <–2Pac was on both, and at 25 he passed. #@$%#7

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

HOW I RANK THE GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME

These convo’s are always subjective unless an agreed upon system for ranking is established, then it becomes a bit more tangible and objective. For me, it’s based on 4 factors: skill level; social level; God-gifted level; karmic level. The greatest humans in all fields tend to rank high on each of these levels. This is my personal ranking system:

FACTOR 1 — skill level: FLOW. PRODUCTION. SKILLFUL RHYMING. STRAIGHTFORWARD VERNACULAR. SONG CONCEPTS. PROJECT LINEARITY & DEPTH. EACH PROJECTS’ LINEAR-RELATION AMONG THE OTHER/ ARTISTIC EVOLUTION. EMOTIONAL TONE. VOICE APPEAL. UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OFFERED. USAGE OF POETIC DEVICES.

FACTOR 2 — social level: INFRASTRUCTURAL ORGANIZATION. SOCIAL PARADIGM-SHIFTING INFLUENCE. POLITICAL PARADIGM-SHIFTING INFLUENCE. TREND-SETTING FASHION AND INFLUENCE. TREND-SETTING ATTITUDE AND INFLUENCE. PUSHING CULTURE FORWARD.

FACTOR 3 — God-gifted level: CHARISMA. SWAG. ‘CELEBRITY’ APPEAL. UNIQUENESS OF CHARACTER. CHAMPIONING ATTITUDE DEEMED AS RIGHTFULLY MORAL/PRINCIPLED. COMMANDED RESPECT AMONG PEERS.  

FACTOR 4 — karmic level: SIGNIFICANCE OF FAULTS, AND/OR CRITICISMS UNDER CONSIDERATION.

 My Top 7 List: Tupac. Jay Z. Nas. Eminem. Kanye West. Lil Wayne. DMX.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

ON MY HIP HOP PROJECTS

I create Hip-Hop music projects via authentic experiences. Life philosophy is also added to wholesomely portray the experience in a wholesomer way. I create a website for each music project. I write a thematic essay and incorporate knowledge from other sources - such as passages and quotations from books and articles, which are found in the middle and at the end of each website’s homepage. I obtain leasing contracts to use all of the music on each project. I write the lyrics; I record the lyrics; I write the essay; I configure the website; I own the website domains; I compose, edit, & incorporate the additional knowledge.

1st Project: Epitome Perennial
Philosophy incorporated: Perennialism
Title of thematic essay: The Stature of Universality
Website with the original music, essay, and additional knowledge: www.EpitomePerennial.com

2nd Project: HollowDreamz
Philosophy incorporated: Ubuntu
Title of thematic essay: The Spring of Individuality
Website with the original music, essay, and additional knowledge: www.HollowDreamz.com

3rd Project: Energy & Rhythm (Coming Soon)
Thematically, Energy & Rhythm provokes toward an expansive awareness.
Lyrically, E&R consists of personal & socially-relevant lyrics unto inspirational and lush music productions.
E&R is yet another evolutionary advancement in the linear story-line of The Salloum, toward grander levels of achievement!

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Global Muslim Peace Movement

My name is Suleiman. I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. I have a unique idea I am interested in sharing with you. Being a Muslim myself, the idea of centralizing all of the Muslim intellectuals and scholars to form a public cabinet came to my mind a few weeks ago. 

This cabinet would represent the ideal Muslim Public Opinion if you will - “what the 1+ Billion Muslims in the world” really think (similar to the book Dalia Mogahed co-authored). This cabinet, whose members would already be somewhat renown and critically acclaimed, would ascertain the Muslim Public Opinion based upon what the true message of Islam is. That of courage, compassion, and justice.

These influential and self-identified Muslims are already in the public spotlight. They are the ones who appear on CNN, Democracy Now, NPR, CNBC, Fox News Channel, etc.. They are the ones who write books, teach, give lectures and speak at conferences and forums in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.Some may identify as more religious than others, but all of them would agree that the true practice of Islam is not what is portrayed in the media, yet the media depicts Muslims as those who not only commit such acts, but that “Islam” itself is oft-times to blame as the root cause of such vileness.To join wisely and constructively to create a self-determined authority as to what Islam represents and what it does not represent, what Islam stands for and what it does not stand for, this organization could be called the Global Muslim Peace Movement, and it would essentially counter Islamophobia by essentially empowering the Islamic identity through a unified cabinet of members, many of whom are well-respected by society and critically-acclaimed in their respective fields and industries as explained above.We already have the aforementioned opinions existing in the media but I believe it must be centralized. For that will build bridges across all of the organizations and groups involved and will interlink the connections that these public constituents already have, making the true identity of Islam all the more encompassing and proactive.


So what is the true message of Islam? Well we know that just about every Muslim in the world (who adheres to the rightful and critical interpretation of the text) is against ISIS and similar extremist groups. And yet many of these same Muslims, beyond just condemning, also reach analytical and awe-defining conclusions and insights on such events - which help to shed light on reasons and solutions to prohibit such actions. The GMPM would furthermore serve as a centralized medium between what the Cabinet Members all think together, as well as individually – oft-times the cumulative opinion (of the Cabinet) will be one in the same, with the personal opinions (of the Cabinet) exemplifying the cumulative opinion each in it’s own unique perspective, thus a platform for wholesome commentary is also established when oft-times it is dispersed due to there being no centralized Muslim Public Opinion organization in existence, for instance.

I do not know why this hasn’t been established yet… What is stopping us Muslims from joining together to defeat the industry of “Islamophobia” by joining together as a Muslim Public Opinion (i.e. A Global Muslim Peace Movement authority) - thereby ostracizing not only ISIS from being the “representative" of Islam, but also ostracizing the Mainstream Media who would then begin to lack whatever "expertise” they claim in ostracizing Islam as a religion of violence and trouble, especially WHEN THIS CENTRALIZED CABINET ITSELF DEFINES WHAT ISLAM IS in the public and intellectual spotlight - as a driving central force of self-identification…

At this point, all I see are muslims in the media playing the defending role in trying to convince the anchors of these news stations and the listeners that these acts are not representative of the true Islam. I think it is important to take a step forward in taking the offense via organization and self-commanding respect. Such organized-action would also empower the Muslim morale in America. It would have Muslims feel like they are now represented honestly, by some of the most critical Muslim minds - from scholars, to writers, to professors, to even actors and singers, who can all join this movement/group; and we know the various races that encompass Islam: from Blacks to Whites to Asians to Africans to Arabs to Persians to Latinos… the more diverse, the more all-encompassing (and thus powerful) and legitimized the movement becomes in representing what “Islam is” and in devaluing the credentials of the medias and their propagandas.. The more proactive and wide-extending action we take, the greater our ability to delegitimize the media biases.This may sound like an intricate idea, but it is not when principles and the great minds whom I’ve considered as the Cabinet Members (appointees) of this initiative are brought together to work toward the common goal of reconciling and thoroughly defining and reinforcing the true and constructive identity of the Muslim populace, primarily in the West but also across the World.Another topic to discuss —- the work and contribution of the Cabinet and those concerned… The number one way for the Cabinet to establish itself (and this organization) would be to first identify themselves as part of such centralized force. From that moment on, it carries value. Then from there, with executive and secondary personnel leading the way and subsiding when necessary, the formulation of the Cabinet Members (power-plays) contributing their opinions and ideas to the centralized Muslim Identity (of Public Opinion) will manifest the Movement / Organization.

The Public Cabinet members will agree in closed quarters what GMPM chooses to release as a statement to weekly/monthly/yearly occurrences and events done in the name of Islam - and when such statements are released - it would begin to serve as the defining opinion of the Muslim (American/European) public garnered and agreed upon by the diverse array of the intellectuals, artists, and other critically acclaimed folks involved.

Social Media is a powerful force in utilizing this means of organized action.

Some of my own ponderings include:
A) Whether a centralized bridging-of-the-Muslim organizations already exists?
B) If such organization does not exist, why does it not exist in your opinion?
C) What concerns, doubts, challenges, and questions came to your mind while you were reading the above?

Anyways, this is all just food for thought. I know it would take much work and quite some time to actually evolve and garner the reputation and notoriety required to be taken seriously by the rest of the world; this being once I convince those who I deem fit as being cabinet members, to join in on the movement. That in itself would likely feel like I’m “pulling teeth” due to my own lack of notoriety or expertise. But by no means should it delegitimize this idea, an idea that I believe has immense power.

Thanks for your time.

Peace,

Suleiman A

www.GlobalMuslimPeaceMovement.com

 

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Did I mention I was Muslim


I am an American.  I am American by nationality; born and raised in America. An American by culture.  A Palestinian by memory.  A Muslim by religion.  A man. A universalist by principles.

Knowledge is a staple of Islam. It is a duty of our religion to seek knowledge and awareness of self, nature, and more pointedly of social and human affairs. A Muslim is never supposed to live in isolation away from society. A true Muslim is supposed to live amongst the people, for it is there where they may be of most benefit for themselves and for humanity.
Truth 🔑

 A nice article: www.mkgandhi.org/articles/gandhi-on-theory-and-practice-of-islam.html


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hire Me!

My website: www.mypapermaker.com

The legendary producer 9th Wonder was in Charlottesville, VA during the last week of March (2017) as a featured resident at UVA. Amidst the events and lectures he participated in, he held a session entitled "Music Entrepreneurship Q&A". Like the video, leave a comment, share it with friends.

9th Wonder - Music Entrepreneurship Q&A
00:00 - Being an Artist & Running a Record Label
02:36 - College Life, Self-Discipline, Networking
06:15 - Having Your Own Record Label, Social Media
08:03 - Being a "Renaissance Man", Mastering Your Craft
11:28 - Getting In The Music Industry
17:45 - The East Coast Music Scene (Atlanta/Nashville/NYC)
23:55 - The Brilliance of Jay Z (Rap & Sports)
27:36 - Copyright
29:44 - Digital Piracy
30:44 - Advice for Producers and Artists
31:53 - 'Making it' in the Music Industry
36:47 - Living Your Dream and Being Misunderstood
47:15 - Cultivating Your Beats as a Producer
49:26 - Having Patience
50:18 - Setting up your Own Record Label
52:31 - Knowing when a Beat is Complete and Ready to Sell