Realest Volume 1.1
"not rappers" featuring:
Ashley Outrageous – Digital influencer. We got trapped in her house for a couple days because of a blizzard in January.
Cbass – Director and co-founder of Motion Family. We hung out in Atlanta like any other day.
Chuck Inglish – Rapper, producer, The Cool Kids. We met once, and then two days later he gave me with the keys to his house.
Ellie Sweetz – The baddest entertainer in Atlanta. Best Valentines I’ve ever had.
Jonas Leon – Talent Buyer in New York. He thinks I’m crazy and fed me dumplings. I think he’s great.
intro in book
Realest began October 2015 as a very personal exploration of Hip Hop. To preface, I grew up in a small, white-ass town in Canada. I was that Asian girl who played violin and got straight A’s in high school except in gym. I listened to my first Drake song in 2013. When I met Mr. DJ, I didn’t know who he was talking about every time he kept saying, “Big.” And learning about Mustard was a recent milestone in my life. All that to say, I know nothing about Hip Hop.
Yet somehow, I ended up spending a healthy year chasing rappers, producers, directors…everyone. I convinced a lot of strangers into letting me follow them for 24 hours. Yes, I crashed for the night, we’ve share meals, I’ve watched them work, slept on many couches, and I took photos of it all.
In the beginning, I wanted to make this book because it was the only way I knew how to share my experiences. I was surrounded by so much good energy and it was my spiritual duty to pay it forward. In addition, I was passionate about showing a deeper layer to the industry and discovering unifying core values.
Let me pause for a second to say how grateful
I am to all those who openly let me in to their lives with no reservations. It’s been a true honor to have spent time with some of the most amazing souls I’ve ever met.
Ok, fast forward to now, the beginning of 2017. A lot of shit has gone down recently. One of the most significant moments was last November, when millions realized how unprogressive America’s cultural landscape really is. Since then, I’ve done a lot of inner-reflecting and some growing. My project has also evolved as a result. Now I understand, Hip Hop was my gateway to the bigger picture: Black Culture.
This is only the introduction to an on-going dedication. Let me show you as an ethnographer, an artist, and friend. Understand that my deepest desire is to slip thought-starters into your conscious. When you absorb my content, you’re giving me the opportunity to contribute to your daily conversation. I aim to create things that you find pleasing. Easily-digestible.
So. Let’s turn on an episode of Soulection. Realest is my love letter and I already lit up.