After many years of listening, admiring, and analyzing this great man's lyrics, I finally had the opportunity to attend his live performance. Well worth the trek to NYC, I relished every moment of it. My cheeks are literally sore from singing, smiling, and swooning. This great man that I'm speaking of, is non other than K'naan. ( A Canadian- American rapper of Somali descent ; I have an homage page to him for all my new readers ). Unadulterated talent such as this, come around ever so often. Let me say that , I'm just starting to come down from my natural high. I didn't have one cocktail. I wanted to fully consume ( and remember,lol ) his poetic food for thought. He performed some of his classics; Soobax, Take a Minute, Fatima, Waving Flag, In the beginning, The Seed, Somalia. These songs I knew, I might have gotten a word or two tangled in my excitement, but I don't think anyone noticed; hopefully,lol. He performed some new songs, yet to be recorded. Based on the powerful lyrical content, I hope that they do become studio records. The songs- Clinched Fist, 5 Steps,Heart of Gold, and ah if I remember correctly, 2 men. I've managed to find teaser lyrics from the song "5 Steps", and after K'naan sung it, I was sitting there in awe over it's deepness. Everything under the sun, K'naan summarized in 5 brutally honest steps. Here they are:
"Well,let me try to paint it-
Here's the 5 steps, in hopes to explain it"
"1): It's me and my nation against the world"
2): "Then me and my clan against the nation"
3):"Then me and my fam against the clan"
4): "Then me and my brother, with no hesitation we go against the fam until they cave in"
5): "Now who's left in this deadly equation"?
"That's right, it's me against my brother- then we point a kalashnikov and kill one another" *( b.k.a AK-47)
This vicious cycle can be attributed to any nation,creed, or color. But just when I thought things couldn't have got any better, I actually met the man!! I shook his hand, and then took a picture with him. My heart was pounding, and I was praying that he didn't hear it, lol. And yes I was dumbfound, lost for words ( it's hard for me to get lost for words,lol ), and goofy. Though I tried to recover. K'naan is charismatic, articulate, talented and handsome, and I'm a bit of a sapio!! I wanted to tell him how his music helped me through tumultuous times but my anxiety started to kick in. Anywho, long story short, I had a great time and I would recommend any true hip-hopper, poetry aficionado, or lover of world music to check out his show. Even if that means traveling outside of your immediate area, you won't be disappointed !!!!