“I told my mama I was on the come up. She said, “You going to school, I’ll give you a summer”. Then she met No I.D. and gave me his number. Ten years later she driving a Hummer.” Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Made In America”, Watch The Throne. 2011.
ORDER. It’s Joshua and I’m going to declare November as Throne Watching Month on the 30 Days of Daily Dose Realness. For the next thirty days we gon ball in Paris, we gon’ take it to the moon and the stars, we gon’ go from Black murder to Black excellence. Shoutout to Beyonce and her pregnant self.  Shout out to Kan-Yeezy and to Hova!  Who knew in the early 2000 when a young Kanye West began to produce for artists on Roc-a-Fella Records that one day he would be doing the Run-DMC thing with Jay-Z?  Jay-Z knew. Kanye knew too. And although they both took lots of bumps and bruises to get there, one thing remained the same: a consistent commitment to the craft.   Why is the Throne important? Because its two out of the three biggest names in rap music coming together to dominate musically.  It’s like they spoke it into existence.  More importantly, the Throne is a offers a frame for how we should watch the throne in our own lives. How we should speak what we want into existence, and go after it Inshallah.

Perhaps it’s the preacher kid in me, but growing up I heard two sayings constantly: “Pray Until Something Happens (P.U.S.H.)” and “speak it into existence.”  That’s what ‘Ye embodies in this verse.  It’s like he put it out into the atmosphere that he was going to be succesful and the universe responded. He told his mother, he was on the come up.  After 10 years, he was able to afford to pay for her to drive a Hummer and now is unarguably one of the biggest superstars in the world. Yea he lost his mom, but the point of the song is to pay homage to the women in these men’s lives because they were the rocks who held them down. If you don’t have the song I encourage you to listen to it. Talk about having a “speak it into existence moment.’’ He, along with Jay-Z and all the other men called out in Frank Ocean’s hook, had a vision of life. They declared it to the world, and then pursued it.  That’s the game plan.

The DDR: So I ask my fellow Daily Dosers “Can you make it in America?” Donald Lawrence & Tri-City Singers has a song called “Encourage Yourself.”  The song says, “Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test.”  You may not be as religious as the next person, but you can still use this song to help you get through the “come-up” times.  Your encouragement doesn’t always have to come from others because truthfully there will be times when you are going to be in the struggle almost by yourself.  Whenever you find yourself hitting an obstacle, just remember to speak your victory into existence.  Think of how ‘Ye did it, how Jay did it. How Martin, Malcolm, and Jesus did it.

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