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From Rages to Riches and from grams to Grammy’s – Change is possible! Don’t believe me? Ask Jay-Z – Blog #5

Filed under: Uncategorized — 4everyoung at 2:03 am on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Once upon a time if you asked me whether or not people could change, five years ago I would have told you “absolutely not!” Without hesitation, I would have argued the point that people don’t change; it’s their situation that changes and whatever and however they really are is who they really were. For example, if a man was a drug dealer and mysteriously landed on billions, purchased a million dollar house, and stopped selling drugs, in my eyes he was still a drug dealer. My philosophy was people are who they are because of their situation. If a person’s situation changed temporally for the good, then they were good for that moment. But, if a person’s situation changed temporally from good to bad, then they were bad for that moment. I believed that people only made wrong decisions because of the situations they were in.

However, when I was making my point, I only had a one-sided point-of-view; I only addressed the negative side. But, I guess after becoming more mature and living life making my own mistakes, I’ve found that people can redeem themselves and change for the better and stay that way. People can take lemons and make lemonade. People can come from poverty and still become professionals. More importantly, rappers like Jay-Z can take a hustler mentality, use it for legitimate legal business ventures, and change becoming a better person and never converting back to bad habits.

I now have a more positive perspective to my once one-sided philosophy. If today someone’s situation is filled with positive recourse, it goes without question that they are more likely to stay out of trouble and do the right thing. Furthermore, it also shows that if someone’s situation is filled with better and brighter options, they can change in becoming a better person. When I was reading Cynthia Fuchs article “I’m From Rags To Riches”: Death Of Jay-Z, it really justified my belief. She writes about where Jay-Z came from and where Jay-Z is today – I couldn’t agree with her more. I’m also positive that the present Jay-Z wouldn’t rhyme about expensive clothes, drinks, and cars if he were still a drug dealer living in Marcy Projects. The “Present” Jay-Z no longer has to rap about waiting on corners to sell drugs because his “situation” has changed. Since Jay-Z has a better “situation” it’s only logical that his decisions would be smatter and his image would be cleaner and more respectable. With Jay-Z having better and brighter opportunities, it’s no wonder why Jay-Z was able to turn “grams to Grammy’s”, as he once said. GO HOVA!

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