K. Sparks [The Realness 2014]

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Sup street family. It’s been a minute since I wrote a blog so I figured it’s long over due, especially with the new year here. A lots been going on in my personal life and music since I last updated ya’ll, so let’s dive right into it. Recently I had to do the hardest thing I ever faced in my life, witness my mother die in the hospital. On December 4th at 4:40 AM I held my mothers hand as she took her last breath. My mother had breast cancer, and for a while she received a combination of chemo therapy and radiation to no avail. I witnessed her go from an energetic retired teacher that was full of energy, to a shell of herself that had lost so much weight you wouldn’t have recognized her if you knew her prior to cancer.

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The last few weeks my mother began losing lots of weight and she began  to have fluid build up in her lungs which made it hard for her to breathe. Once her lungs became effected things went down hill from there. This is due to the fact her lungs could no longer process the carbon dioxide in her body, and as a result the carbon dioxide levels rose in her body until she eventually suffocated. It hurts everyday and it’s hard to comprehend sometimes. One day someone is here and then the next they’re gone. All you have left are memories, photographs, and video images. I still find myself trying to juggle scenarios in my head, and think what would have happened if we could have tried different things for her, but at the end of my thought process it always leaves me hanging with the reality that none of that matters because she’s no longer here. All we can do is be grateful for the powerful legacy she left behind, and continue making her proud. As I move forward from this experience it made me realize that life is precious, and every second counts. Some people don’t even realize that time is the most valuable thing you have, not money. Everyday you know how much money you have in the bank, you are fully aware if you are broke, rich, wealthy, or just getting by. However time is more elusive because you never know how much time you have left. You may have 70 years or 7 minutes, no one ever knows (except God). Therefore cherish every moment and make it count, be good, and do good. Leave a legacy that matters. Also, in conjunction with that always proceed to value your time. We must consistently choose to distance ourselves from individuals that waste our time.

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My mothers passing made me realize I can no longer entertain certain individuals. Allow me to provide clarification. For years I’ve been in the music industry, and I have been extremely blessed to work with everyone from multi platinum recording artist all the way down to underground artist. I treat everyone the same because I truly feel no individual is better than the next. However, I’ve come to realize that there are certain individuals that moving forward in 2014 I will no longer be communicating with musically, and I am extremely happy to be cutting certain people loose. Let’s pause for a happy dance…

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We can remain civil on a personal level (no love loss) but business is business. For years I’ve worked with people based upon one simple merit ‘If your talented, let’s work’ simple game plan right? Not at all. What I found happening is that some artist and producers (not all) are simply lazy. I would work with some artist and producers giving them a platform to be heard, and in return they did nothing. Now mind you, saying they did ‘nothing’ is actually being kind because if there was a term or phrase to describe someone doing less than nothing that would better fit the description needed. I’m talking about consistently working with artist that flake on studio sessions (after weeks of scheduling in advance) time after time with no regard for my time or the other artist time. They are a strategic hot mess. 

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I’m talking about working with artist/producers that no one was checking for and giving them an opportunity to be heard on major radio, television, and etc; and then they turn around and try to bite my hand that showed sincere love. It got to a point where I realized if I have to ask people multiple times to come to a studio session, reach out to people numerous times via email and receive no response, and then on top of that they do absolutely nothing to help promote or get the word out about the album project(s) once it’s released it’s time for me to chuck the deuce. I consistently pushed people and did all of the work while they sat back year after year and all they did was complain while never dropping any album of their own in the process…

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My mothers passing woke me up. Even though certain individuals gave up on music a long time ago, I never gave up on them, and I still believed in them and wanted them to win. However at this point I learned you can’t push people that don’t push themselves.  2014 is a new day. I have 4 projects slated for 2014. An album with Fero Navi, Kurser, an EP with MDAK, and another surprise EP, along with my brother Big Drew on the boards. Moving forward you’ll notice some artist and producers from the past you will never see again on another one of my tracks list. You’ll also notice a few that will remain, and new artist and producers to take the place of those that just sit around and look like…

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Thanks for the wake up call momma. 2014 HTNC