Am I a sellout?

That’s a question we all ask ourselves at some point isn’t it?

At least when we start trying to make some money from our art.

And it can be a huge creative roadblock if we let it stand in our way.

So how do you answer this question?

Well it all depends on your values as a creative.

Once you come to the conclusion that you want to do this for a living you may have to come to terms with playing the game just a little. It’s one of those sacrifices that comes with being a pro.

One of my favorite quotes on the subject comes from Jay-Z on his song “The Bounce” off The Blueprint 2

“For those that think Hov fingers bling bling’n
Either haven’t heard the album or they don’t know English
They only know what the single is, and single that out
To be the meaning of what he is about
And bein I’m about my business, not minglin much
Runnin my mouth, that shit kept lingerin
But no dummy, that’s the shit I’m sprinklin’
The album width to keep the registers ringin’
In real life, I’m much more distinguished
I’m like a bloke from London, England”

Genius does a great breakdown on these lyrics and Hov’s thoughts on the matter.

Years later, one of his own artists, and a personal favorite of mine J. Cole breaks it down for us at Harvard University

Things stop being as black and white as they were before, sacrificing a bit now could have great benefits later.

This isn’t a problem exclusive to music either. All artists seeking success come to a point where they have to decide “Am I a sellout?”

Its up to you to answer that.

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What is Amazon up to?

I know this is a poetry blog.

By a poet, promoting poetry, and business may not be my niche or whatever.

But it is one of my interests, so I’m straying this week.

A few months ago I watched a very interesting video by Nerdwriter on youtube.

He makes a lot of great content, and I’d definitely recommend subscribing to him if you have a chance.

Short version:

Amazon is creating cashless shopping software (think 3D amazon grocery shopping)

With the aim of licensing the software to grocery chains needing to modernize.

Interesting as that is, I stumbled across an article concerning Amazon and their business moves.

You can see it here.

Short version:

Amazon wants to be the “go-to” site.

Customers spend a significant part of their time on social media

In comes “Spark” Amazon’s very own social media platform.

TechCrunch went into detail on the app and its features.

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What do you think about these new ventures for amazon?

Would you use spark?

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Books books books!

I think a vital part of my writing process is reading.

I think its just as important to consume as it is to create

I mentioned it on a previous post about writers block

and i thought I’d go a little deeper and offer a couple recommendations.

No matter your interests there is are plenty of books out there for you.


  • For my poetically inclined I’d recommend my personal favorite

20 love poems and a song of despair by Pablo Neruda

or The Rose that grew from concrete by Tupac

  • For fiction lovers I’d point towards

The Tale of  Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

or A series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket (Actually 13 books)

  • If you’re more into politics or history then I’d urge you to read

The Republic by Plato

or A peoples history of the united states by Howard Zinn


When I first started to get back into reading I didn’t know who to ask for recommendations, and i stumbled across a couple videos by two of my favorite artists I’d also like to share with you

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A sea of content…

I recently watched a great video on how modern artists are getting attention for themselves now that we have an insane amount of content being produced and attention has become more and more scarce. After all, everyone can’t watch everything all the time.

He referenced this article that goes further in depth on the topic.

The main idea is this: With content becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce, almost everyone is creating content. So much so, that attention has become more valuable than content. Cue sponsored posts, outlandish antics, and social media influencers.

My first thought after all this was that as an artist, it is more important now than ever to master your live performance game.

Now I know this isn’t for everybody. But if you’d like to grow your audience and engagement, I think that the live performance is still the best route. Go to a small local open mic, if you’re in the DFW like me, I’ve got a list of great places I still frequent.

It will give you a good chance to be seen, in an environment where you’re not competing with an ever- refreshing news-feed for attention; you are the focus.

Afterwards, stick around and shake some hands, if someone compliments your work be sure to thank them and mention that they can follow you on social media if they’d like to keep up with you.

Someone who has interacted with you in person is much more likely to interact online.

This may seem like common sense, but I see plenty of talented artists do a great job on the mic, then waste the opportunity by not sharing their social media info on stage, or following up after the show.

What do you think?

Are you for or against the live show?

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Arlington here I come!

Real quick real quick real quick.

I know we’ve all got celebrations and cookouts to get fly for so here’s whats happening right now…

Just got booked for a gig at Brickhouse Lounge in Arlington

on Thursday the 13 from 6-9 PM

I’ll be doing one or two 5 minute set depending on the number of artists performing

As soon as i get a flyer and event page link I’ll post it on social media and add the event to my artist page on facebook.

Now the catch for this show is that I have to get at least 10 people through the door to see me to get my compensation

Now I’m not saying you have to go

but if you do want to swing by be sure to let me know you came by and tell the doorman you’re there to see me

(if you go online and get tickets take a screenshot!)

Its a great venue I’m excited to perform at

and I know its going to be great

Comment or @ me if you want to hear anything in particular when you come!

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Lyrically Spun

The poems are picked, the order is set.

This Saturday is our show Lyrically Spun

I’m ready and more than excited to perform

But I’m not feverishly updating you on this show because I’m so keen on promoting it.

I’m just out of blog post ideas!

So if you have any ideas for my next blog post please comment!

Pictures from the show coming soon.