Monday, February 20, 2017

Making a come back

It is I, the long lost wife of the one and only Rmllw2llz. I'm slowly making a come back on the scene now that sweet baby Rza has made her arrival. My last post was around the time we found out we were adding to our tribe of #Team2llz and now she is here. And yes, you read that right, her name is Rza, just like Bobby Digital from the Wu. How did she get her name? How else, 2llz. Even though the second child was supposed to be named by her mother, somehow he managed to pull this one off. We wanted her to have a name that meant something, something that would give her strength, and something that wasn't overly saturated. It started off as a joke to name her Rza because 2llz had a boss that loves any and all things Wu-Tang, hell one of his kids is a member of the Wu. Because we wanted her to have a name with meaning and I am obviously not a devout follower of the clan, I had to look up the meaning of our daughters name. 


RZA:
I'm sure follower of the Wu know that's what it stands for but where does this come from and what the hell does it mean?  Because Rza is a very insightful man and grew up being taught under the Nations of God and Earth aka the Five Percent Nation, you would have to look up the meaning of the letters in the Supreme Alphabet
Ruler: To rule is the nature of the Black man, for the reason being that to rule means to be a ruler. The Black man was not made to be ruled because the Black man’s knowledge must build in order to make all things known. Rule is to rule something wisely the way the king does because he gives it to the understanding. Rules are given to those who are living a righteous way of life and those rules are given by the king who is Allah god is the only ruler there is, by acknowledging his building powers and making it born to all the planets of the universe, so that they can go according to it and bear witness to who the true ruler is.
Zig-Zag-Zig describes the path “from Knowledge, to Wisdom, to Understanding” and is a reminder that this path is not straightforward, but cuts back and forth, and can pull the seeker’s life with it. Zig-Zag-Zig is symbolic of change and personal growth. However, as the final letter of the alphabet, it also connotes finality-someone who has matured greatly between beginning their study of the 120 and mastering it may be said to have “zigged, zagged, and zigged back” to Understanding of the Lessons.


Ruler - Zig Zag Zig - 

Allah: The Arabic word which, in English, translates to “God.”
Allah is described by 5 Percenter teachings as the “Asiatic Black man”-“Asia” is the body, “attic” is the mind, and “man” is the higher intelligence. Allah (A.L.L.A.H.) is also a acronym for “Arm, leg, leg, arm, head”-or a rough description of the components of the human body.

And so it was, Rza is now not only a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but she is also a member of #Team2llz as well. Now that she is here, you will see more of both 2llz and the wife of since we are making a come back. 
Peace and blessings. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This is totally  non 2llz related, but I just wanted to speak on this Lemonade album. We have all been handed lemons at some point in our lives, whether its in a relationship, career, family etc. We have all had some lemons staring at us.  I commend Beyonce for sharing her lemonade with us. Its hard being so transparent with millions of people like that. A friend of mine said that she felt like was gassing women up to be like f a cheating man just to stay with one. I personally dont think that was what she was doing. I think it was more of a showing all the shit you go through when dealing with that situation in a relationship that is supposed to be unbreakable.. Let me be the first to tell you, people can change. And no one is perfect, so just to stay with a cheating man/woman sometimes happens and works out for the best. The things that we live through is what makes us who we are. I pray for growth and happiness for the Carters, because they are just like the Weavers, the Smiths, the Jones and all other unions out here- ever growing, working to make it last, and learning along the way. Things happen and we all make mistakes, whether its infidelity, addictions, or whatever we are human and we will always face some type of challenge. Ive also seen posts about how Bey is going to have all the women hating their men after this. If you really watched the visual album or listened to the album, you will see that there is redemption and hope. Shes expressing all of the stages we go through in relationships, the emotions that add the flavor to the lemonade that we have to make. Intuition, denial, anger, apathy, accountability, reformation, forgiveness, emptiness, redemption/hope. Although Im not viewing this album through eyes similar to Bey, I definitely can relate to some of the album and emotions that she is going through.

"I break chains all by myself, I wont let my freedom rot in hell." - This is me now, not in the relationship sense, but Im breaking out of the chains of shit that Ive always believed in because I was supposed to and not question. Nah, that shit is being questioned and as I do so, Im seeing truth and becoming free. That shit wont be in vain, TRUST.

"True love brings salvation back into me" -It took some situations in life to make me realize this is where Im supposed to be and the love i have is true in both relationship and self love.

"My torturer became my remedy"-We often put ourselves through mental anguish and tend to torture ourselves with the shoulda, woulda, couldas but then as we grow we start loving self more, and taking care of self more. I know I've had issues that I may have been a bit excessive about, stressing myself for no reason only to then end up finding a resolution and taking care of whatever it was. I was my own torturer and became my own remedy.

Ive enjoyed the album, and if the situations do apply to her, I ask the ancestors to continue to help her heal in way that she can grow and continue to love him.





Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Dabness

Last night was a night of epic proportions. The Speed Art Museum was having their 30 hour opening celebration and part of that celebration included an elimination rap battle called March Dabness. It was set up like the march madness UofL is currently sitting out of this year.
I know Ive said it before, but the places 2LLz music takes us is unbelievable sometimes and it really makes you grateful for the opportunities that you are given. Like really, i never pictured a hip hop show at a museum opening, yet there we were. 
So anyway, the Grand room was the spot to be to watch artist go song for song and depend on the crowd for their next round, and let me tell you, the crowd was thick for a quite some time. 
All the artist got up there and did what they came to do, perform for another crowd of people needing good music in their life. Although I didn't
get pictures of everyone, I assure you everyone up there gave it their all and rocked the crowd.
Tay All Day - T.Mac -Semi


Mr. Goodbar rollin solo
ShadowPact













Splash Brothers aka Rmllw2llz and Dom B



So the final two for the championship came down to the Splash brother vs Mr Goodbar, and it
was funny because all of the better halves of the artist were in the back rootin on their boos and anxiously waiting to scream the loudest to help their man win. I know I love to see my man perform and do what he is best at so im sure the other ladies feel the same. We gotta support our menfolks at all times. Salute to all the wifes, fiances and girl friends of all the artists, its not an easy job but we got this on lock!
You know, as a wife of a musician, we get to see a lot of the frustration, aggravation and issues that the artist go through before, during and after shows. Things like technical difficulties, terrible sound quality, mispronounced names, missing music etc.The one thing Ive learned from doing what i do best (watching) is the ability to be flexible and to always remember that this is a business. I think that had some of the artist come with a variety of show music with them and were able to switch up their sets, they may have done better. You have to scope out your crowd and feel the vibe, pay attention to what is moving them and adjust accordingly.  Music is the universal language, so if you are paying attention to what the crowd is saying, you should be able to speak to them in a way that they will remember what you are saying. By doing that you are building that relationship that will have them come seek you out after your set or looking you up on social media to see where they can find more of your music aka building your brand and your business. I know that most if not all the artist out here, are on this scene because they love to create and express themselves musically, which is great, but making money off of doing what you love is even better. This is why it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings, your actions and your words. Bad mouthing another artist, venue, or camp can impact you in ways you may regret. Hell say the wrong thing around the wrong person and that may have potentially cost you a show at another venue because not everything needs to be said at that exact moment, same for your actions. Even when the moment gets rough, the crowd isnt paying 100% attention to you, or there is a super delay, you cant let that frustration be seen, felt or known. You gotta keep the vibes high and enjoy the moment. Whats the saying? Carpe diem?

But seriously though congrats and blessings to all the artist that showed up and showed out last night, this was something that the Louisville scene needed and it was great. Congrats to the Splash Brothers on the Win last night, according to some, it was an upset against triple OG Mr. Goodbar, but all the fellas held their own last night and it really could've went any way.

Meanwhile, enjoy some of the pics I was able to get while being "backstage" at March Dabness.













Thursday, February 18, 2016

You are now listening to WXOX


This past Valentines Day was a bit unorthodox for this wife but in a good way. Sunday, I was at the ArtxFm studios celebrating their launch onto the FM dial here in Louisville. How did I get to participate in such an event? Well, not only am I the Wife of a Musician, but I am also the Wife of a Radio personality. 2llz and Dj DS are the hosts of  I and Eye Radio, Tuesday nights on ArtxFm- WXOX Louisville 97.1
I can remember when 2llz told me he was invited to be a guest on The Tia Maria Show one day. Ever since that one interview, the rest was history!

It was really nice to see the amount of support that WXOX recieved that day. When we got there, the room was standing room only and it was difficult to walk, talk or hear in there. As time went on and people started clearing out, the mingling became a little bit easier. I got to meet Ms. Sharon who is the general manager of the station along with some of the other personalities. Unfortunately, I do not remember any names or the shows they have on the station as there was plenty of spirits and love being shared  that day and I was partaking. lol 

Ms Sharon and I

Kara from Parallel Universe
Tuesdays Nights at Midnight


So what kind of programming does WXOX have you ask? Well it ranges from punk to classical, hip hop to country. You can check out the schedule here. The best thing about this station is that is 100% local and a great platform for any artist to use. I and Eye Radio has an Undiscovered hour that they play all local and undiscovered artist. The goal is to get that hour to increase, so if you do hip hop -not trap hop, submit your fully edited song to Iandeyeradio@gmail.com for review. If you're not in the Louisville area, or wont be in your car during the show, make sure you download the app from your play store or you can get it from here. Either way, make sure you are enjoying this new station here in Louisville, youll learn something new, I guarantee it.

Tune in at any time and let us know what you think via twitter!
Me: @mrs2lls
2llz: Rmllw2llz
@IandEyeRadio
@artxfm

PEACE

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A reason to be thankful

 Its the Sunday before thanksgiving and I cant think of a better way to start the week than preparing to give back to those that need it. What you see above is not just trash bags full of clothes, rather they are coats that have been donated to Girls2Goddesses and Rmllmzk for the 2nd annual coat drive.

I feel like this year we received so many quality donations and have had more people interested in what we are doing to help those in need. I missed the wash party last year, but one thing that I do know is, this year was outstanding. Seeing the many washers that we had full of coats that were given to us to help those that may not be able to get the coats they need gave me some kind of feeling. These wonderful ladies from Girls2Goddessess and that handsome man of mine made tonight great. We had snacks, laughs, people stopping by to drop off last minute donations and just an overall great energy.
Girls2Goddesses - Rmllw2llz - Kilo Designs

We haven't even begun to hand out the coats yet and I just feel so... grateful, privileged, happy, or better yet humbled that I am able to do so  and am able to do this with such an outstanding group of people.




If you are in need of a gently used winter coat or know someone who is, please go like the Girls2Goddessess and Rmllw2llz facebook page for updates. We will have a set date and location soon. 

To the ladies and gents in the picture, I love yall. Without being the wife of a musician I probably wouldnt have crossed paths with you all. I am grateful to call you my siStars and husband. 


Monday, November 16, 2015

Someone said the other day: "Why haven't you been blogging anymore? 2llz has so much stuff that has been going on and you haven't wrote about it." The truthful answer is that I sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, coming home to sit in front of another one is not at the top of my list.  Plus yall know how I get. lol Don't judge me. 

Truth be told, 2llz has had a lot going on since the last time I wrote. Since Forecastle happened, he has played quite a few shows like Resurfaced, released a new ep called Summers in Spain and had a release party for that, co-hosted a coat drive with this FLYY ASS chick (me),  and is still hosting the IandEye radio show with DJ DS on Artxfm.com, which is soon to be WXOX 97.1 on the local dial here in Louisville. And here as of recent, he has been touring this region on the Mic'd Up Tour with the homie WIP. 
The tour kicked off here in Louisville then went to Chicago and Cincinnati, I do believe he will be back here in the city then off to Indianapolis for a little razzle dazzle here within the next couple of weeks.  I was fortunate enough to go to the Chicago show with him and even though I was put to work (surprise surprise) I really enjoyed myself. This was actually my first time stepping foot in Chicago, instead of the usual drive through to get back to Wisconsin. When we were driving up Lake Shore Drive, it was dark and its nothing but high rises so it was just lit up and such a sight to see. (Im over here sounding like Ive never seen city lights before lol) But it really was pretty, I wish it wouldve been warmer so we could have stopped for a second, but being that we were literally on the lake (hence the name Lake Shore Drive) there was no exiting the car until necessary. Im not trying to get blown away in the city of wind. So we get to the venue and its a dope little spot, the crowd was real eclectic, live art happening, good djs spinning and the people were nice. One of our long time friends actually met us there since he lives about an hour outside of Chicago, which was nice since we havent seen him for a while. We were introduced to the music scene of Chicago and this wife was impressed. 


Shout out to Funk Trunk Records for the pictures and hosting us. Its always great to go somewhere new and meet great people. Especially a couple that seems to work just as hard and together as us. Shout out to Quinn and Brittany!
I wasnt able to make it to the Cincinnati show,I got my days mixed up thinking it was on a Saturday and not a Friday night and my sitter wasnt available on such short notice. But none the less, Sr still had a good time and was welcomed and well received from what I understand. This stop of course included 2llz and WIP, but they also took Mr. Go0dbar with them as well. The shots that were taken were amazing, shout out to the photographer (not sure who it is and 2llz isnt home for me to ask. lol) And of course you can see videos of the sets and more pictures on the Rmllw2llz fan page..


Well thats all I got for right now, go check the fan page, if you haven't heard Summers in Spain yet, well you know where to click to hear that.

Peace yall!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

They aren't my husbands, but Im damn proud!

"Monumental" "Conquered" "Wavy"  "Accomplished" "UNITY"

What is all of this describing? The artist experience at Forecastle two weeks ago. Louisville's hip-hop scene got put on in one of the most major ways and from what everyone had to say about it, it was one of the best sets out of the whole weekend. 

Dr. Dundiff, one of the dopest artist Louisville has, put together a set that resembled a Wu-Tang concert on one of the smallest stages that Forecastle had to offer, but based on the crowd, you could tell there was nothing but love. Dr. Dundiff put an hour long set featuring The Smoke Shop Kids, RMLLW2LLZ, Touch AC, Skyscraper Stereo, 1200, Skull Avalanche, Shadowpact, Kogan Dumb, Bonez, Jalin Roze, and Jack Harlow. So you can imagine with all of the artist that I just named, that it was going to be live right? Well it was. It was so live that they were part of the top 10 acts out of the whole freaking weekend according to Consequence of Sound. Never Nervous started his entry off about the guys with a "HOLY SHIT" so maybe that can give you an idea of what it was like. lol

I got to go to the friends and family rehearsal for the guys and what I saw was simply amazing. The rehearsal took place in what seemed like the depths of hell since it was soooo hot, which was a good thing since the same heat was what the fellas had at show time. This was the first time Ive seen a few people like Jack Harlow and Jalin Roze perform and based off what I saw with the live band, I can totally understand why they received such high praise.

Now me as the wife of a musician, of course I will always be biased and brag on my 2llz, but this event made be excited for everyone. Forecastle is such a big music festival, to have an arsenal of artist representing the Ville the way they did was ginormous. Mr. Goodbar from Skyscraper Stereo described his experience using the word Unity. I couldnt have agreed more. This city is so big and so full of talented people, it seems that here lately it has had a us vs them mentality when really it doesnt take all of that. For Dr. Dundiff to bring 10+ acts together on one stage to show out for thousands of people was really great. Mad props to Dundiff for campaigning as hard as he did to get his spot on the Ocean Stage and hats off to all the guys that got up there, had a blast and did their thing. This is what it is all about.





All pictures above courtesy of This Man Is Not My Father

Photo courtesy of Audrey Harrod Photography
Dr Dundiff and Friends: Congrats to each and everyone of you, this wife of a musician is proud of yall and cant wait to see whats next. Blessings to you all.