We are excited to announce our new spokesmodel, introducing Jazmyn Blake.
Photography; Ursa Major Creative IG:@ursa_major_photo
Growing up in El Paso Texas, fashion, wasn’t a big part of my life until high school. I have always wanted to be different so I would frequently shop at thrift stores, cut up my jeans, wear glitter in my hair, and decorate my clothes with studs and I mean lots of studs. Now, I was not an outcast or anything but my creativity displayed a lot in what I wore.
2006 was when I had my very first fashion show with an old friend of mine in which we called our line Jayem Bang. I purchased vintage items such as dresses and skirts and revamped them to make them look a little more modern.
In 2008, I was on my own and renamed my line M5Studio. I came up with this name because the letter “M” represents the letter of my son’s name, Mason; the number 5 is my favorite number and surprisingly he was born on the 5th; and “studio” well lets just say my bedroom was my very own studio and it’s where my outfits came to life.
I was still revamping but I wanted to add some of my personality and ideas, so I started making my own items for example, shorts, tops, and harem pants to name a few. Mind you, I learned how to sew through, yes, you guessed it, YouTube. Unfortunately my last fashion show was in 2012, because I was juggling being a mother of a very needy two year old, I was in my last semester at the University of Texas at El Paso working on my Bachelors in becoming a Special Educator, interning at a middle school, working at a call center, as well as bartending at a local bar. I was very overwhelmed with everything so I stopped the designing.
Present day, I still wanted to share my daily outfits of the day and of the night #OOTD/#OOTN cannot forget that hash tag! So when Instagram began, of course I got myself an account and started posting my outfits along with details of where I purchased it, the brand name, and the cost of the outfit. Now, I have the opportunity to inspire and share some of my fashion cues to a larger audience.
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In the beginning Yeezus created the heavens, and earth. ‘Ye said “let there be light”, and there was light. He saw that light, and it was good.
February 11th 2016 is officially the start of Yeezy Season, as Kanye West will bless us with the debut of his latest album. This long anticipated project currently titled “Waves”, but previously known as “So Help Me God” and “Swish” has been teased for over a year since, ‘Ye dropped “Only One” on New Year’s Day 2015. Since then he has released or performed six new tracks (“Only One”. “FourFiveSeconds”, “Wolves”, “Facts”, “Real Friends”. “No More Parties in L.A.”), of which only the latter two are set to be on the album.
So in honor of the approaching Yeezy season I’ve decided to take a look back at the career of Kanye West over the next three weeks. The journey he’s taken over six albums, and the transformation he has made from Hip-Hop prophet to the all-mighty deity known as Yeezus. All leading up to the release of his seventh album, “Waves”.
This week’s installment will consist of his earliest work, “College Dropout”, “Late Registration”, “Graduation”. But I’ll refer to them as…
The Holy Trinity
Individually “College Dropout”, “Late Registration”, & “Graduation” are classic albums on their own. Each one is presented with its own unique sound and vibe, featuring that distinct Kanye touch we’ve all recognize instantly of sampling classic R&B and Soul hooks. But the albums are elevated to a new level when put together, as they tell a much larger story. It’s the story of striving for success despite all obstacles…of chasing your dreams, despite what others say…of reaching the top, when you were told it was impossible.
“What if somebody from the Chi' that was ill got a deal on the hottest rap label around? But he wasn't talking about coke and birds It was more like spoken word.”
The first piece of this story is “College Dropout” (2004). Kanye West tells us how he has always felt he was different. How he felt he was destined for greater things, than “working a 9 to 5, just to get by.” This album discusses the struggles he faced growing up and coming up that tried to derail this dream, i.e. racism, drugs, poverty, and politics. Although Kanye himself isn’t your typical rapper that is from “the streets”, he understands that where he comes from, most people like him have two choices; work for minimum wage their entire lives, or hustle on the corner. Rather than settle for what was being offered to him, he decided to forge his own path and get out on his terms. West’s car accident that nearly ended his life before his career even began is discussed on his debut single, “Through The Wire”. This is perhaps his most powerful track as he recorded it while still recovering with his jaw wired shut. This alone shows that Kanye would not let anything stop him from reaching his goal.
“I'ma open up a store for aspiring MC's. Won't sell 'em no dream, but the inspiration is free”
“Late Registration” (2005), Kanye’s sophomore album picks up where his first left off. He is still discussing what blocks his path to success. This time those obstacles are people; whether it’s those within the music business who didn’t think he was “black enough” to rap due his modest upbringings, or himself having face self-doubt, and question whether he had made right choice in pursuing music. He covers the price of fame, and how being in the lime light strains one’s personal life, and change the they’re perceived to those closest to him. Aside from discussing those who tried to hold him back, the album features the track “Hey Mama” that describes how despite going against her wishes Kanye’s mother supported his decisions. This track would later serve as a touching tribute after Donna West would pass in 2007.
“I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven. When I awoke, I spent that on a necklace”
With “Graduation” (2007), West mostly steps away from the Soul samples and string arraignments he had prominently featured on his previous albums. This time he features a very heavy synth and electronic sound, sampling from the likes of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson. Kanye also takes a new approach to the theme of the album. Unlike its predecessors which largely featured observational commentary and social issues, “Graduation” is an introspective analysis of himself. He discusses his outlook towards his newly found fame and fortune, as well as facing his own criticism and self-doubt. With this album he wraps up his three album long journey of achieving his dreams, now describing to us his view from the top.
The Holy Trinity of Yeezus as you can see is a journey of attaining your dreams, and should serve as inspiration for everyone. “College Dropout” gives us the spark of inspiration, shows us how not to let our surroundings stop us. “Late Registration” reminds us that there will always be naysayers, but to perceiver despite them. “Graduation” shows us how determination and constantly grinding pays off.
To Be Continued in Part II….
Last nights opening for It Begins Here. Exhibit was a success thanks to all of you! So many new faces and lots of familiar ones. The movement continues to grow and we are excited to continue to bring to you all great art from not only local artists but from all over the country.
The exhibit will run until the 12th of February.
Thank you once again.
Photographer: Michaela Roman
Dream lover, until then, I'll go to sleep and dream again
That's the only thing to do, till all my lover's dreams come true.
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