Open Letter to Ise Lyfe

I feel so inspired. You did that to me. I’m trying to remember a time when I had this feeling, I can’t. A time separate from studying theories and really getting down to the nitty gritty of what people think and feel. Its been a long time since I’ve gotten so passionate. Its been a while since I’ve still felt so passionate after the event was over.

You said, “Knowledge is strength. Wisdom is power.” I’ve always felt that I had power. However, I know now, that this is real power. Power to get my out of my comfort zone and actually tell people how powerful the event was last night.

I love hip hop. I feel like that statement is over-used, that it doesn’t encompass my passion for the institution and the music of hip hop. The political clout and power that hip hop is unique and unmatched by any other institution, at least in my knowledge. I don’t just love to listen to it, I love to research it. I’ll spend hours on end immersed in finding out the foundation of hip hop, why it is profitable, the power that it has, its principle players, and important periods of influence.

For a while now, I’ve been trying to find a way to incorporate my two passions; feminism and hip hop. Last night and right now while writing this, I cried because I have two so conflicting passions, passions that I love with my whole life, my being, and that I trust with my future. My ultimate dream is to start, build, own a series of center that, by using hip hop, helps stop the rape of black womyn. I have been struggling to create an outline for what this would look like and how it would function. Thanks to you I can actually see a plan, I see a role model, I see hope and the fact that I can fuse two of the most conflicting identities available to human kind, feminist and hip hop head. I see there actually can be an innovative take on education, without being in the confines of a classroom. I feel we need that to breakthrough, to those who reject or don’t have access to a classroom. I had never seen anyone use hip hop to directly teach a group of people. You were saying everything that I wish I had the platform and the bravado to say. I was impassioned to be even more critical of the images that I saw across my computer and television screen and the power that those images have.

Even today, I still feel empowered, more beautiful, more confident. Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do, thank you for who you are. Thank you for your gifts to me and to the world. Thank you for caring.


  1. there's something i want you to know, because i have been seduced by this man in my sordid, young, past. He is as charming as his words are melodic and insightful. I wouldn't be surprised if during this engagement he made eye contact with you from the crowd, once, twice, too many times for it to be a mistake, right? you felt a connection? and you listened to the beauty and truth in his words, and you could've swore that he looked at you, that he saw into you.

    and then you go and write something like this. and perhaps this is all that happened, perhaps it never went beyond writing this wonderfully composed blog. But please, i want it to be said, to be marked down in the archives that Ise Lyfe of Oakland, Ca is a serial womanizer and manipulator. he preys often on the young, not implying that he's dating underage girls...but you wouldn't have to dig too far to draw your own conclusions on that matter...but he's not limited to just young women. He pushes the beauty of his work to empower our minds, to captivate our pussy's, then he uses his elusive charm and artistic nature to play mind games that weave you into his web of bullshit.

    i don't know where you're from, or how well you know this man, but please, if you feel so inclined, consider the man and his gifts, though powerful does the means justify the ends if at the end of the day, he's corrupting the same beautiful black women he so gallantly claims to cherish?

  2. thanks for your comment. but i think you're obviously biased & bitter. :(

  3. come to oakland, and see just how many other "bitter", articulate, empowered, conscious, natural, beautiful, spiritual sistas can attest to a similar reverence.

    i love the blog, really i do sis. bless.


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