The name comes from the meaning of Hanif " true believer, he who believes." I feel you have to believe in yourself first before any one else will even entertain the thought. So when I look at myself I see BL'EVE the one person that has always believed in me 110%, me. My goal is to encourage people to believe in themselves and understand that we all have self worth, find it and own it, it's yours! (not like a preacher though.)
That was Bl'eve's (Hanif Brown) response when asked about the origins of his name.
After being in the music industry for ten years helping others polish
their work, Bl'eve is switching roles. This media connoisseur, is
using the knowledge and skills that he has gained and is stepping
out as a solo artist.
Bl'eve's numerous endeavors speaks volumes to his capability as an artist and only proves that he will be a solo artist to keep an eye on as "Short Thoughts" becomes prominent in the mainstream.
To rappers from a rapper…simply write your own rhymes as much as you can if you are able. Ghostwriting, or borrowing lines, or taking suggestions from the room has always been in rap and will always be in rap. It is nothing to go crazy over or be offended about unless you are someone who postures him or herself on the importance of authenticity and tries to portray that quality to your fans or the public at large. Then we might have a problem. Some of the most pivotal moments in rap have been ghostwritten verses. This leads to a bigger point. Rapping is not an easy thing to do. It’s takes years of work and trial and error to master some of its finer points. Respect from other MC’s comes in many formats. Sales, live performances, realness etc but the one thing that is the most important is the raps themselves at least in the eyes of other serious rappers. The phrase “I’m not a rapper” gets thrown around as if it’s a badge of honor. And that’s fine. If rap is a side hustle for you or just a come up then by all means may the force be with you. But I know a lot of MC’s where rap is the first love and the first thing they think about when they wake up and the last thing they think about when they go to sleep. Rappers who pursue the art form with this level of intention may not become rich and famous off selling their raps to a wide audience but that has never been an accepted metric to begin with in terms of quality or level of skill. The vast majority of rappers will never sell 100 records in their lifetimes let alone millions. But that’s not the point, the point is that what pursuing the craft gives us in terms of the intangibles is something that record sales or fame could never represent. We achieve a mastery of language and poetics that competes on the highest levels of discourse across the entirety of human history. We express ourselves creatively and attain a sense of liberation and self-esteem via this sacred mode of creation and communication.
#lupefiasco #hiphop #rap #culture #art #wtiters #composer #thegame
#Message!: From #WalkinLegend Himself @itsmixman if u Don’t Kno u betta Do Ya HomeWork 📓Bwoy! 💯✌🏿
Now in 2015 you get labeled an outcast or uncooperative when you ask for an agreement and compensation.
Let’s not get things misconstrued… we’re not here to make friends, we’re here to do business. So if we can’t discuss terms and compensation as professionals, what exactly are we doing?