New Song Piece

hi guys, been a minute but thought it was time to share with ya’ll some new lyrics I had been cooking up during covid. Lately, I have really been into rap, doing my research listening to hip cats like Wu-Tang, Jay Z, Eminem, Tu Pac, etc. and even with modern day rap because the game has been on fire thanks to emerging female rappers like Saweetie & Meg Thee Stallion. If you have followed me for a while, you’d know how much writing is one of my passions, due to my love for music and poetry. And coincidentally, God sends me his blessing by sending one of my new favorite song atm, newly released “Live At The Villa” by Russ. You’d know that I couldn’t resist. Anyhow, below are the lyrics. hope to sparks some sort of creativity in your art work too. much more to share with ya’ll.

much love x Lo

click here for “Live At The Villa” instrumental

ever a time you felt so all alone
got your friends blastin’ like “bitch pick up that phone”
but I’m in another head space n they don’t even know
Instead I grind and I grind and I keep my head low
like how a singer hides right after a sold out show
but you gotta keep faith. so I keep on keepin’ on
gotta appreciate what you got before it’s all gone
like a game of chess; you left with one pawn

play your cards right & you don’t gotta bluff
or throw em on the deck, when enough is enough
cause quite frankly, lames be tryin’ my last nerve
on a different caliber (ya) kick em to the curb

to the man above gracin’ my every move
who’s been guidin’ me in everything everything that I do
I am me only me and that’s because of you
only known struggle, but still paying my dues

been the black sheep (ya) different from the rest
can’t handle me at my worst, sure don’t deserve me at my best
I’m just sayin’
If you don’t fight for your dream
you’ll live life feeling utterly incomplete
for the week souls// nodding’ at my every verse.
uh, if you know then you know. spoken word.

June Monthly Pick Up


Just purchased a few books at my local book store in Koreatown, Los Angeles not too long ago in June of last month.

Found some great finds related to music, photography, and law (for preparation as I have hopes of venturing into the legal field sometime in the far future, but will save that discussion for another time.)

I am currently catching up in my reading and have started a new insightful book The Gift by Lewis Hyde.
So far, it has helped me recognize the importance creativity & how to nurture it so that we can continue to grow ourselves as an artist and a person of society.
Will definitely touch base as I continue to read on & of course write a book review at the end once I am finished.

Anyhow, plenty has happened in the past few days that made only catapulted me to be making the real (long overdue) moves I should’ve been making years ago for my music career.
I have written a few pieces that I can’t wait to share with ya’ll & will be collaborated with other artists very soon in the near future. Can’t wait to keep ya’ll updated. Here’s to new beginnings.

much love x Lo

new content on instagram

I am trying my very best to create in spite of this inexplainable slumber I am feeling during these times. It’s such an odd time, isn’t it? At least that’s how I feel, but as an artist, I also know this time is a gift for all creatives as this provides us an God given opportunity to spend more time into our artistry and craft. and no doubt I feel blessed & quite rejuvenated! This couldn’t have came along a better time in my life..

Anyhow, I just posted new content on my instagram which I encourage ya’ll to check out which you can find here. I know I’ll be creating much much more!  If ya’ll have any song requests, I would love to hear them! I have a whole list of songs I would like to cover but haven’t found quite the right inspiration and space to do it (which truly makes me sad). As I have already begun my songwriting process and have found so much joy in the creative process of my EP, alongside other musical pieces I have been working on here & there. Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy & thank’s for sticking with me!

New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.

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Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?

If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.

#NewMusicMonday Series

Wrote some poetry a while back that I thought I’d leave here for ya’ll. ♥

the sun shines bright, rays bound of my skin
always find myself lookin’ out, when I gotta look within
maybe the ocean is the reason I keep calling your name
a love this deep shouldn’t cause this much pain

I know this feeling, it’s all too familiar
if tears were money, you’d bet I was a millionaire
before you think you can save a damsel in distress
think again, to you I’m no less

this is an ode, to all the wrongs I wanted to right
thanks to you, you helped me to find a light
that had been burnin in the depths of my soul
I promise you this is the beginning, no lies told

New Piece ❦

Original Lyrics
Instrumental from Alicia Keys “Unthinkable”

♫ Pen on my paper, always on my grind
Imma switch it up cause I need a peace of mind 
I write this rap shit, dumb shit, cause I say what’s in my heart
to me, it’s more than numbers, it’s all a work of art

When I wake up in the morning, the anxiety over take me
I shut my demons up, ain’t no one going to break me
They look at me and doubt me, but don’t know a thing about me
They wanna talk like they know me
homie better get up off me

I keep my head low and work hard in silence
I ain’t with that loud shit, that shit just violent
pops always told me to not speak to loud
never was one to follow the crowd

If there’s one thing I’ll tell ya
don’t doubt the misunderstood
because they’ll do it better
thank you think you ever could ♫

Let’s Chat: Concept of ‘Music Legends’

Came across this on my feed.. and it had me thinking. I want to discuss this with ya’ll or at least to me efforts, put this out there.

I don’t know about anybody else but as an aspiring artist, it’s always rubbed me the wrong way (even growing up throughout the years) when people toss around words like “talented” & “legendary”. For me, I believe such titles need to be earned through time, resilience, and hard work and is ultimately defined by their own personal mission of being artist. I believe such helps is what builds merit and credibility for a true artist. Those who have been named “legends” have left their mark of true artistry that hold substance and is in essence, revolutionary. Their work has brought an impact big enough to move a massive population of people, further inspiring generations of future artists & musicians. To them it’s not about the superficial, the glory or the fame, but their sole purpose of being an artist, musician, or what have you. A creative calling to go beyond themselves and touch others. The rest follows. And unfortunately, I feel as though this meaning has slowly deteriorated over the years and shows through the quality of today’s music due to the oversaturation of today’s music industry. While I think it is a good thing that people are feeling more open to owning their artistry, I also think it is best not to forget the meaning and value behind art and being a legend. Just some thoughts, what do ya’ll think?

Hi guys,

missed ya’ll & the art.

As promised, I told y’all I’ll be working more on my craft and sharing my journey with ya’ll. Now that I am settled in my new place, I have the equipment, time and creative space to create the work I want to create for ya’ll. Here’s a rough sketch of what I have going on so far. I would love to sell some of my art pieces for ya’ll and would like to know if ya’ll would be interested in purchasing. I could also make custom work as well. Feel free to comment and like this post so I have an idea.

Much love,

Lo.

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6B Drawing Pencil, Ms. Mariah Carey

quick life update ~

Hi guys,

I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted for ya’ll and I apologize.. Things have been kinda crazy with my move in LA and I am only have the chance to settle into my place to get situated. For those who may not know from my previous posts, there’s quite a massive shift happening in personal and work life  at the moment. My parents will be moving to Georgia in less than two weeks, and I have made the decision to stay in LA for numerous reasons. The first, to learn how to be independent both mentally and financially and second, to broaden/explore my opportunities within the music industry. I am so super passionate about music that it’s really hard for me make decisions only because I truly believe that my future belongs within the realm of music. I’ve made a fair share of sacrifices to keep me grounded in my passion and pursuit for music that at this point, I can’t afford to back down only because I have invested so much time and energy and money on my dream. I have plenty of ideas and plans that I am so eager to tackle here in LA, that I feel as though my opportunities are endless. While Summer 2019 is in full fledge, I also feel that this moment is the beginning of something so new and real to me that I can’t wait to see it manifest in the upcoming future. Can’t wait to share them with ya’ll. Thank for your time ya’ll.

xox

Lo.

Photography ~

Just thought I’d drop in and leave some pictures for ya’ll to check out for those who haven’t yet checked out my Photography page, especially for those looking for inspiration. I know for me, at least, I haven’t found much photography inspiration maybe since my mind’s kinda been occupied with work and all, but I guess this is just a reminder for myself and for others to not lose that inspiration/ creative spark. For me it’s been an on-and-off relationship between me and art.. but I definitely plan to become more consistent especially for 2019. Really hone in on my talents, passions, and creativity. When I was 18, I decided to create a VSCO account where I can store my collections of photos throughout the years. For me, growing up, photography was more than just photos, but a way of expression, a way to capture a particular moment in a particular mood.. if that makes any sense. Anyway, I hope this could better convey what I am trying to see. Feel free to check out my VSCO account here for more pictures, this particular series is called the “Three-Piece Series”.
Hope to share more with ya’ll very soon, as I am planning a big road trip vacay very soon.
Peace & Love,

Lo ❦

#NewMusicMonday

Hi guys,

As I promised ya’ll, I have a new piece I just cooked up. I have yet to record it, but just jotting thoughts and ideas down was a huge step for me. And one I have been looking forward to sharing with ya’ll. Though not huge, it definitely helped to get my creative juices flowing again. This particular piece is a message for those heads are always above the clouds, but their feet always grounded. Life can be full of distractions when one isn’t focused on their goals and ambitions. And life is short one could potentially get carried away and before they know it, the void that they try to fill with trivial things is still very much there. For me at least this was my case, I can’t speak for everybody. Music for me truly helps to fill some of that void. This is for those who live everyday fighting for their dreams, keeping that fire alive and believing in themselves to make it happen.

instrumental beat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSzsb8cpIVk

♪ sittin’ here, watchin’ the sun go down
went through your phone, saw shit I shouldn’t have found
listen, I know it’s all a game and
I ain’t about to lose
I’m only getting started 
we both know I ain’t no fool

tell me what I want to hear
got any hope, any dreams, your fears
none of that crap that don’t mean a thing
like that superficial shit that only end in a fling

look can’t let nobody fuck with my ways
for me, there’s so much to lose so much in stake
I know I ain’t no accident
I was born with a purpose
something the anxiety over take me
then I just gotta wake up & focus

this music thing suppose to be a reminder
I was born for something great
I don’t listen to the doubt
never paid attention to the hate

I pay respect to the legends— the cream of the crop
gotta stay winning, gotta make it to the top
wherever I go, I leave my mark
bout to show them the light.. gotta free ’em from the dark

Music frees me, & that’s all I know.
Thanks for reading ya’ll.

Lo.

Photography Update ~

My friends and I visited Santa Barbara not too long ago, and what other way to save these memories as keepsakes in the form of photos?

We spontaneously decided to drive out to Santa Barbara 11pm at night (I know, I am starting to realize I live for moments like this). We arrived within 1-1.5 hours (LA in all its beauty without the traffic), which mind you is about 100 miles out of LA.

When we arrived we got something to eat, explored what we can of SB late at night, and knocked out in the car. A couple hours later and we woke up just before the sun rise.

Life’s too short to miss out on these moments.

❦ Check ’em out: HNL Photography