The Philly rapper has a reputation for his public outbursts, but his anger also births a lot of great music. He's more than just shock value at a show. We've met up with him several times and like to think we've gotten to understand him more than most. Spend a day with us.

I remember the title ‘A Season Of Faith’s Perfection fondly as the title of a book within a film called Finding Forrester that inspired me to write more as a teen. Being from Baltimore, I entirely related to the film’s context of a black inner city kid who found his innate calling as a writer a little bit earlier than the rest, and eventually stumbled upon a more balanced direction. Deep down I always felt like the book title meant that your faith is what held you together and that having an undeniable faith in something will help you fight for what’s right in a world filled with wrong. I was reminded of ‘A Season of Faith’s Perfection’ recently with the cases of New York native Eric Garner and MIchael Brown from Missouri. With both incidents, the public refused to stand silent and used their voices to evoke some type of change.

A mostly quiet and explorative summer walk through Bed Stuy with a friend helped me to understand this generation a little more. I complained to him that our generation isn’t really putting the work in. A part of me thinks we’re all stuck on social media and crying about our problems like little babies who have no say or power in it all. I guess I just saw a lack in our generation’s efforts to change things. This was before we showed up in numbers to reflect our rage at the persecution of African-Americans by America’s justice system in Brown’s favor, resulting inthe president sending the general attorney to meet with Brown’sfamily. This was before social media helped to garner the case more attention and provide a place for people to voice their opinion - and there were a lot of opinions. A friend tweeted me that same day jokingly, “There’s a lot of armchair activists out here.” I retweeted it feeling the same sentiment until later when I saw a bunch of people standing together in solidarity by initially connecting through social media. Then I saw Tyler The Creator’s tweet: “ So, what are black people going to be mad for a minute and just go back to putting negative shit in the music?” Maybe they will. It’s a great question, but I was more excited about J. Cole’s willingness to head down to Missouri and catch a glimpse of what was going on in the community first hand.

"Yessuh, let me dig into your brain, folks falling like rain
Poverty got me selling thangs, guess I'm gon' explain"
- 3 Stacks, 1994

We've been hard at work with the launch of this magazine, but that doesn't mean we didn't partake in the usual summer festivities of just hanging on the fire escape after the sun set and getting ice cream on those blazing days.

"Take it easy tonight. Breathe in, breathe out. Eat a couple burgers. Okay?"

- Bx10 Bus Driver, 7:16 pm



ASUTE EDITOR - Stephen Kearse

HOOD FIGURE - Trey Robinson

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS - Dondre Green, Erin Duncan, Lawrence Burney, Andrew White, Jack Sommer, Stephen Kearse, Katelyn Marie & Ryan Lyons

We're not trying to be smarter than you or dictate the wave of the future, but we'd like you to be informed on what we feel is tight. Whether it's on the radio, or a kid in our neighborhood, we just want it to be as pure as possible. Let’s bring back the conversation within our culture, and keep our ears glued to the streets. Let’s slow it down and pay attention to what’s really going on.