Jay Z came out with his latest album “444” and broke the damn internet! All the people are buzzing about it. But I’m not here to get into the project itself. I’m writing this to talk about what the album represents; soul selling. But first I will give you my take on soul, money, and selling.
“Cry Jay Z, we know the pain is real
But you can’t heal what you never reveal”— “Kill Jay Z” Jay-Z
Soul represents the soil. In my poetry book Flowers in December , the overall premises speaks about allowing yourself to become a seed surrounded by the dirt, instead of a coffin buried by it. So to sell your soul or “soil”, is to sell your growth, your pain, and your experiences packaged inside your talents and/or skills.
“Y’all on the ‘Gram holdin’ money to your ear
There’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here”— “The Story of OJ” Jay-Z
Money is an exchange of energy. That’s a common cliche phrase people say, but I’ve put this into practice. I’m realizing that there’s nothing I truly want, that I cannot afford. If I currently do not have the cash I will either figure out how to get it, OR negotiate other things of value as an exchange. For instance, I have done food photography work in exchange for much needed editing work on an E-book. I have wrote articles in exchange for weekly professional massages. Bottom line, money is about having resources and being resourceful.
“I turned my life into a nice first week release date.”— “The Story of OJ” Jay-Z
Selling is simply making an offer of consideration. Legally speaking consideration means money aka valuable goods and/or services. That’s it. It’s the offer to engage in a contract of a valuable exchange (money) between both parties. It’s saying “I have this of value and here is the price I am asking for it.”
When I hear “he’s selling his soul for money” what I really hear is “he’s making an offer of his talents, skills, and wisdom in exchange for valuable resources.” I’m all for that. Where do I sign up?
“I bought some artwork for 1 million
2 years later, that shit worth 2 million
Few years later, that shit worth 8 million
I can’t wait to give this shit to my children” —The Story of OJ” Jay-Z
People will congratulate you for selling your time for 20 bucks an hour. Those same people will criticize you for selling what’s in your soul for 7 figures. But time is limited. The soul is infinite. What my soul wants to create, will appreciate over time, because my soul is art,but hourly pay is only good for that hour. There is no lasting benefits to it and in a lot of cases it depreciates. Unless you truly enjoy what you do, selling your time is modern day slavery. And even if you do enjoy what you do, it would still be wise to at least create a second source of income that is not directly bind to your time. In all reality, you cannot be properly compensated for an hour of your life you’ll NEVER get back. So yes I am working on selling my soul. I too want to be illuminated. (Yes folks I’m joining the “Illuminati” lol). You would be wise to do the same thing.
P.S. This Jay Z album is bananas! I’m a smooth jazz FANATIC and all the top players in that genre are 20 plus years in their field. Jay Z has sold his soul to the point where we do not see him as a “50 year old rapper”, just an artist with great work that surpasses time. I think Hip Hop should take notes and start to see that rap (rhythm and poetry) as an art form that, like with any other craft, can get better with time.
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