These past few days being cooped up in my house alone, rolling over to an empty side of the bed, and having your smell still lingering in my pillows is haunting me and my thoughts. Its like memories of you have found their way to my hardened heart, melting the ice and somehow taking my breath away, with every kiss, every touch & every sweet nothing you’ve whispered in my ear. I guess, what I’m trying to say is that I don’t want to let you be just another guy I’ve slept with. Another notch on my belt. Baby I’m humbling myself and my ego to let you know that I haven’t felt a fire in my soul like this for anyone. Maybe my head is a little to far up in the clouds, but like a raindrop falling from the sky, I’m coming for your heart if you’ll let me. You got me out here playing basketball with my emotions. I told myself I’d never catch feelings. But here I am ready to confess, that baby… I need you. And I can only hope that you need me as much as I know I need you, maybe more. So I guess what I’m saying is will you catch me before I fall to hard, will you catch the rebound and dribble me into your heart? I know it’s kind of corny, but I just want to be your one & only. Despite the ish we may foresee baby let’s do the unthinkable. I’m ready… finally for you, I just cross my fingers and hope that you’re ready for me too.
I am everything no one ever thought I could be… blame my unscathed ambition and drive. My fuel? They want me to say my haters, but not at all, my fuel is my confidence, my ‘dare to be different’ mentality and feeling like I’m on top of the world even if I’m not there yet. That makes me wonderful… I’m not afraid to drive.
You ever wake up in the morning and your heart just has a million things it would like to say or needs to get off it’s chest? Yeah that was totally me & my heart this morning. I’m about to post a piece I wrote this morning, since my heart had a million things to say. Never be afraid to express yourself guys, ever.
Educating myself on air jordan’s because i can’t find a reason not too anymore. plus i think i would look cute in sneakers. lol. i wanna know what your favorite jordan’s are? and ladies if you wear ‘em how do you still look feminine in yours?
Rapper, songwriter and personal friend of mine, J. Draughon, reached out to me recently with the excitement of a 2 year old boy in a toy store about his latest project, ‘The Matinee' which is set to release online January 20th. Having been a fan of his music for a while now, I was honored to give him some shine on my blog. J is also slated to drop a mixtape in March called 'Worth the Price of Admission.’ Very creative right? I felt the same way. I’ve listened to some tracks that will be on ‘The Matinee' and although he is a rookie in the rap game, he easily will become one of your favorite up and coming rappers. After a brief e-mail exchange here is a little bit about J. Draughon and his love for hip-hop.
J began rapping in middle school but found his passion for it in high school. He released his first CD in 2008 which he honestly claims was, “a hit among friends, it wasn’t very good but I’m proud of it.” When asked what made him to start rapping to begin with, “love.” His father played a large role in this love for hip-hop. Living and breathing hip-hop, he’s done his research and boasts a music library with artists like ‘Dilla, De La Soul, Da Bush Babees, A Tribe Called Quest, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and Biggie.
He’s not your average basement rapper, he’s just a regular Joe who just wants to make good music for the sake of hip-hop. Recently relocated to North Carolina, Draughon is more passionate and inspired than ever and it shows on tracks like ‘Sandman.’ “I try to rap about what I live and how I feel. So my style is me. But it’s always been about the craft.” Indeed, it’s all about the craft and perfecting his skills, writing in the wee hours of the night, sipping diet soda, and munching on strawberry pop-tarts while writing, “bar by bar, and [going] over it, over and over again” helps prepare him and allows him to go into the studio an even better craftsman than his last session. “Saves me time and money.”
Hip-Hop has always been the heart of my friendship with J because he is blatantly honest when it comes to the rap game. Again, stemming from his passion for music. “I was one of those who thought hip-hop was on its death bed. Between Soulja Boy, Flo Rida and the like it was lookin’ bad… I’m not a hater at all, I’m just wanting more balance. But it’s coming back strong and really hip-hop is stronger than ever in underground circles. I haven’t downloaded a mainstream CD in almost two months because of the people I have met [in North Carolina]. Hip-hop is doing well from where I sit.”
His childlike excitement is being fueled from from his current state. North Carolina has been treating his pen and pad well. The EP, The Matinee, is set to release on January 20th which will be his official introduction to the hip-hop realm and with the goal of establishing him in the music scene in Chapel Hill. The EP will be showcasing his new style, flow, skills and the improvements he’s made. More confident than ever, Draughon boasts, “those who know me will see it, and those who don’t will get to know me.”
J’s ability to relate to his audience will get him far in the industry. He has his opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them. His confidence and passion for hip-hop and becoming a better rapper is unrivaled. His inspiration? “Love and the desire to get better. I don’t know if I’m gonna make it, but I know that I’m at the point where I’m making the music I wanna make. If I can make some money while I do it cool, but I make music for me. As vain as it sounds hearing myself come out of speakers will never get old. And I can’t state this [enough], it’s all for the love of hip-hop.”