“Before I write, I let my mind go blind and let the Lord do his thing.” ~ Tupac Shakur
The Overweight Lover has left the house.
Busy all day, I didn’t get the news that Heavy D, 44, had passed until late Tuesday evening.
44?! Last month, I turned 40 myself and the thought of losing such an acrobatic emcee who was only four years my senior stunned me.
But then I started looking at YouTube videos. I watched him dance, scat and flow and realized that Heavy D wasn’t gone. His clever words, backed by sick beats, will always live on.
And that’s all that we, as writers, wish for. Isn’t it?
So today, I dedicate Write On Wednesday to Rap. (I’m Old School, hence the title Hip Hop is taking a backseat.)
And, Fam, I invite you to join me in showing some love to scribes like Lauryn Hill. She wrote on paper, then flowed on the mic with this Final Hour line: “I treat this like my thesis. Well-written topic broken down into pieces. I introduce, then produce words so profuse…”
And the Shakespeare of the Mic, Rakim, who penned then rhymed in “I Know You Got Soul”: “I start to think and then I sink into the paper like I was ink. When I’m writing, I’m trapped in between the lines, I escape when I finish the rhyme. ”
To celebrate the genius and life of Heavy D, why don’t you take a moment and use the microphone photo above as a prompt to scribble down your own rhymes and share them with us?
Let’s all be emcees today. For Heavy. 🙂
Seriously, Fam, for your inner emcee, how would you show off your flow?