The Legends Room

If it wasn’t already evident, rap music has become the primary genre of music, not only for black youth but for the youth in general. These poems, these beats, these stories of pain, love, tragedy, and perseverance have become something we resonate and identify with. Whether it be for inspiration or to cope, this culture has begun to take over the world. With that being said, we would be remiss if we did not celebrate the storytellers themselves. First and foremost rest in power to Mac Miller, Juice Wrld, XXXtentacion, Nipsey Hussle, Pop Smoke, MF Doom, and all the legends before these men who I have not mentioned that have transitioned, whether forcibly or passively. This tribute article is here to say thank you to artists who have given us music that enables us to keep fighting the good fight.

These artists were not only role models, creatives, inspiration and idols, but they were reflections of ourselves in the purest form. Music moves us in ways we can’t explain and to all of these artists I named and or forgot, we send out thanks to you wherever you may be. This world will beat you up if you let it and the projects, the sounds, the messages introduced through your catalogs are everlasting. Swimming, Death Race for Love,? , Meet The Woo 2, Operation: Doomsday - all these albums for me personally represent comfort, places I take myself to decompress. It is with a heavy heart I write this, understanding that for these men who have greatly impacted my life, this is where the flame extinguishes but we won’t forget your contributions.

To these artists in closing, I say thank you for giving us a piece of your lives that we will always have. Thank you for telling these stories, for moving our souls, for making our feet tap and our heads nod. Thank you for making us make the stink face when we turned the music on. Thank you for inspiring hope and vision in kids who needed role models. To these artists, I humbly and appreciatively say thank you and enjoy the legends room.

Written by Giovanni Nicolas