Rap Dads Unite: Stanza’s “Breathing’s Beauty” VideoPosted by Nathan S. on 10/01/12 | Filed under Videos, Stanza
The stats say I should be posting something/anything from Drake/Rick Ross/etc. here, but that's exactly the point. As I've written before, it's sadly rare to hear rappers truly talk about being fathers. We'll get the occasional, "I'm only robbing to pay for diapers" line, but how often do we hear a rapper rhyme about simply being there for their children? Hip-hop's at its most powerful when you recognize elements of your life reflected in the songs, and almost never see my life as a father reflected.
So that's why Stanza's new video "Breathing's Beauty" hit home so closely with me; if you're a father I know it will hit home with you too. I'll close things off with a word from Stanza, keep an eye out for his "Rainbows in the Desert" album, due to drop sometime before "Detox".
"Love. It's an easy term to utter but understanding it is another thing altogether. I've come to believe young love is one of the Universe's ways of testing to see if its inhabitants have the capacity to simply exist together. Having said that, I've never known or understood true love until my boys were born. I have fraternal twins who came at a time when the wheels on my dream had just begun to roll.
Going from, 'what am I gonna eat' to 'they're hungry and need to be fed' is subtle in speech yet so extremely deep in meaning that it set my entire life and belief system awry. I went from furious job searching and song writing trying to quickly prepare some kind of nest egg, to just wanting to throw in the towel and let the ref count me out. I've held these emotion so close to my chest that they began to stifle my creativity. That is, until I decided to put them in to a song. 'Breathing's Beauty.' - Stanza
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