By day I am a ux designer and researcher, but in life I am all things love, wellness, blackness, Hip-Hop and art.
souljor.com is a little space on the interwebs I’ve created to post musings and other findings regarding the culture from my own perspective, shedding light on music (not solely Hip-Hop) and artists who I think are worth being esteemed, as well as facilitating and maintaining genuine connections within the Hip-Hop community. I often feel like there is little focus on the positivity within our culture, as well as little regard to artists who sacrifice a certain level of notoriety, for not fitting a mainstream mold. This space is my personal response to what I think is most important in Hip-Hop; love, mental health, genuine expression, education, and evolution.
Below, I have outlined the different categories on the site if you are interested. If not thank you so much for even reading this far and please feel free to drop me a line if you feel so led.
#LMPYO: This is a hashtag I created that derives from the saying Let Me Put You On. I say this entirely too much when sending music to friends, so I figured ahhh what the hell….seemed like a cool title. I’m not sure why, but I have a huge affinity for sharing music that moves me, so this section is dedicated to highlighting the artists and projects that I wish more people knew about.
CRATES: As I have stated previously, I am a vinyl aficionado. This is the digital age, but I for one still love the full experience of music; actually going to the store on the release date, liner notes, album art, finding the hidden gem you’ve been diggin for, as well as just spending an evening a home nerding out making sure every joint is in alphabetical order. This section is a place I will update periodically with new and old vinyl I’ve acquired with the goal of developing a full archive of my collection (that’s gonna take FOR-EVER yo).
MUSINGS: I often come across
weird interesting things that I like to share. Other times, I just need to clear my mind. Either way this section will contain my thoughts on a plethora of things, and I more than welcome any positive dialogue you have to offer up as well.
VIDEOS: Pretty self-explanatory, eh?.
I GAVE YOU POWER: Is a section dedicated to the thesis I wrote in graduate school that credits Hip-Hop’s longevity to it’s visual language and storytelling ability. My hope is to engage in any conversations that can expand my thinking as I move this project from infancy to something larger.