There’s nothing like doing what you love, while carving and fine-tuning your lane in the process. It keeps you focused. It allows you to enjoy the journey. In that moment of enjoyment, you give your work the most power. That is when it is most magnetic; and you never know where it could end up. That is what occurred when I recorded my Luke Cage fan song. I decided to follow up with a music video. You can watch it below.
You see, besides being a history buff, and one who enjoys learning various spiritual topics, I’m a huge comic book and pop culture nerd – a blerd (Black nerd), if you will. So, when I found out Netflix was doing a series on Luke Cage, and later saw that the executive producer of the show, Cheo Hodari Coker, followed me back on Twitter, I took it as a sign to write an appreciation verse for what I knew would become an iconic superhero in our modern time.
Before the series debuted September 30th, Cheo shared some of the story-telling method of the series. When I watched it I totally understood the message he wanted to convey. I understand what it means when he said, “Harlem is its own character in Luke Cage.” I agree. Everything about Black American culture in Harlem is authentically portrayed in the series. You really see the difference between white writers trying to write about things black, and black writers authentically translating the black American cultural experience on film in their story.
I believe the same authenticity is in my own fandom. I have succeeded in creating a credible vibe with my music video. This resulted plenty of positive accolades, not only from Cheo and others in the entertainment industry, but from several podcasts and entertainment online news outlets. Again, by just being yourself and having the courage to connect, it can lead to wonderful things. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who involved in making the video possible: DJ Big Serg produced the track, Jim of Soundwaves Studios for lacing those ill guitar riffs, King Medu Netcher of The Phoenix School of Hip Hop for filming the video, Kyana Marie for blessing us with her presence in the video, and Tia Jai for her marvelous editing job on it. Additionally, I want to thank all the media outlets, blogs, and podcasts that featured the video, as well as all the fans who shared it. Thank you!
For those artists who have a dream of their work being seen or heard, I say open your mind. Let your creativity flow, not only in what you create, but how you let others see your work, as well.
Here’s the media outlets that featured my song in some form:
Black Girl Nerds Podcast #90-Thw Luke Cage Show
Radio Supa-Thaahum & DJ Big Serg interview
Luke Cage Street Level Mix Mixed by DJ Wally Sparks
HipHop Marvels Podcast
HipHop Marvels Thaahum & DJ Big Serg interview
DJ Absurd’s Ear 2 The Streets Podcast
He has over ten years of journalistic writing experience. He started his writing career with XPOZ Magazine out of Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, he wrote for Film Writer and Director Kevin Smith's Quick Stop Entertainment, an online entertainment website. Additionally, Thaahum is a polished Hip Hop MC. Many of his songs and projects appeared on several television and direct-to-DVD releases. His experience as an artist expanded his network. It granted him personal access to the music and film industry. This resulted in an in-depth knowledge of pop culture. Thaahum's column on Occhi Magazine is called "Peripheral On Center." It will focus on showcasing projects of emerging and rising talent. This unique and fascinating column will access the heart of the business side of entertainment, to provide an insider's view. You can support Thaahum's upcoming projects at Patreon: www.patreon.com/Thaahum