Rest in Power: Prince Rogers Nelson

  
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a legend. Prince died today at his Paisley Park Studios estate at the age of 57. He leaves behind an enormous legacy, one that will never be measured or forgotten. 

Since his first album dropped in 1978, Prince hit the fast track winning over 7 Grammys, with over 30 hit singles. Songs like, “Let’s Go Crazy,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “1999,” ring in my head. With Prince, the list goes on and on. 

Honestly, I can’t believe he’s gone. His music was always there, in the background of my life. From stories from my auntie, to the first time I saw his legendary film, to when I researched him myself-Prince has always been a big part of my life. I can’t believe he’s gone,  but our favorite songs live forever. His strong spirit shines through all the compositions he left us with.

  
I love you Prince. Thank you for everything. 

-Ari Attack

Rest in Power: Prince Rogers Nelson

Rest In Power: Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor

This morning , I awoke to tragic news. A Tribe Called Quest member, Phife Dawg, passed away today. He was 45.

  
We’ve been aware of his health issues since he dropped one of his most known lines, “When’s the last time you heard a funky diabetic?” 

Making his fans aware of his illness, many reached out to him-according to Phife in the ‘Beats, Rhymes & Life,’ documentary. In 2008, ATCQ had a reunion tour to raise funds for Phife to get a kidney transplant to deal with his illness. There hasn’t been an official statement released on his passing.

  
I’m personally devastated. 

ATCQ is a key part of my development as a young, conscious black women. At almost 25 years old, their music still speaks levels to fans all over the world. Without Phife, Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed and Jarobi-hip hop wouldn’t be what it is today. Their socially conscious lyrics matched with the coldest boom bap beats set them apart from many other artists in the ’90’s. They truly represent the golden age of hip hop. 

Phife will continue to be a great inspiration to the hip hop community and his legacy will continue to live on. He will be truly missed.

Like Q-Tip said on, “The Chase, pt II,” “This is for eternity.”

Listen to one of my favorite tracks by Phife, “Butter.”

Rest In Power: Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor

#saturdayjam: “Last Seen” x Theon Lee

Local artist, Theon Lee released ‘Last Seen,’ a four-track  EP. 

  

The 25-year-old Indy native picked up his rhymes and ran full force into his listeners ears and hearts. ‘Last Seen,’ compiled of older and newer tracks, gives his fans a sense of where he’s been all these years. 

“It’s a summary of what my life’s been like in Indianapolis,” he said. “From being an artist, to trying to be a community activist and returning to music with more artillery.”

If you’re from the Indy area, you’ve heard of Theon. He wears many hats in the community with his work in the local poetry scene, and with local activism. 

Born Pernell Jones, Theon has been transforming his image. Rhyming since he was in the second grade, and recording since 2008, Theon is anything but a freshman when it comes to to Indy’s hip-hop scene. 

“The concept is, my government name is Pernell. Only close friends and people from high school know me by that,” he said.

  

For the past few years, Theon has been taking a hiatus from parts of his life. But people affected by him, can’t stop asking, “Where’s Pernell?”

“I know how wierd I was,” he said. “I just didn’t know how important I was.”

As an adult, he unofficially changed his name to Theon Lee and has been creating art under that name. 

‘Last Seen’ stands as a declaration of self. A raw, honest celebration of finding oneself. This isn’t a journey just for him, but also for his friends, family and fans. 

“I’m inviting people on this journey as I find myself,” said Theon. 

This EP reminds listeners that we’re all human. There’s always room to grow, change and finding you. 

Check out ‘Last Seen,’ on Soundcloud. 

#saturdayjam: “Last Seen” x Theon Lee