1. Define HollowDreamz.

2. What is the message you want listeners to take from HollowDreamz?

3. What do you think about the social construct, and the conformity found therein?

4. Why should everyone follow their unique path and express their unique selves?

5. What inspired you to create this project?

6. How do you walk the line between considering the voices of the victimized, with the ones who actually carry out the destructive acts?

7. Touch on the correlation and differences between Epitome Perennial and HollowDreamz.

1. Define HollowDreamz.


To me, the purpose of life is to be the best you you can be, spiritually and physically. That means exercising your abilities and natural talents in the arena most fitting for your identity. Then one will be on the path of self-actualization and feel a sense of self-worth. And that energy will furthermore be reflected unto the world. That is that. It is not defined by money. It is defined by the fulfillment of your inner self; fulfilling your gifts of nature. If you stray from this, then you end up oft times feeling bored, stagnated, and sometimes this leads down the road to depression. HollowDreamz represents countering the downward path proactively, by defining your individualism for yourself, no matter what the world impresses upon you. There are two viewpoints when interpreting the meaning of HollowDreamz. Viewpoint one is, HollowDreamz is to see things in their seed. That is - HollowDreamz is the beginning of the path. Viewpoint two is, HollowDreamz serves as the reflection of what has become: Literally, "dreams that have (become) hollowed"; a sense of hopelessness, and tragedy. What constitutes HollowDreamz as the end result (tragic ending), or the beginning stages of accomplishment and thus 'success', is based upon the individuals ability to utilize the knowledge of themselves (self-knowledge) for the betterment of their livelihood and impact. It is this vs. one's inability to persevere above the social construct whilst staying true to self; thus tragedy. Staying true to one's envisioned identity for self is what must be hearkened - for it is the wisest of choices to hearken - to follow one's passion(s), interests, and calling in life. Inspiration is what it's all about!

I think "Rock With Me", the last song on the project, does a good job in summing up the purpose of the project. HollowDreamz is a project based upon society conforming all of us from a very young age, discouraging us, whether directly or indirectly, from attaining for greatness; for attaining for our wildest dreams, desires, and aspirations of how life "could be". I understand it keeps the system working like clock work, but life is life; everybody reading this right now will be dead in less than 100 years, so the message of the song is for dreamers to go for it.. to follow their hearts and passions and not settle or diminish their utmost potential for the sake of safety, or acceptance, or for the dollar.. What's the worst that could happen? one of two things will happen, you will either die, or you will eventually find a way - because if it is truly something you enjoy doing, then when shit hits the fan you will get past it all because it is something that comes with a sense of purpose for you. And death in itself is nothing to be scared of.. 300,000 people die every single on our planet. it's as natural as that. And if that's the number 1 fear, and public speaking is the number 2 fear, and those are the two things that make people conform and live average and uninspired lives, then that's an easy fight to win. One just has to have the courage to make it happen, and hte courage comes from purpose, and the purpose is within each one of us when we look inside and really inquire what it is that makes us feel inspired, passionate, and like our champion self. For some it is helping animals that are sick or injured, for others it is teaching kids who will make up our future generations, and for other it is inspiring others to feel inspired and hopeful. So that's sort of where the concept of my project aims at: upholding our individuality. It also adds a lot to society. the sheep mentality doesn't do much for the progress of a society. Genius is what made great epochs of the past what they were. And genius comes from those who aren't scared to think differently. I despise the sheep mentality. The stupidity and judgment that accompanies it's presence, i have a real problem with that because i've experienced it's side-effects first hand, and i'm sure i've been the antagonizer on the other side of it as well. Either way, at a certain point it de-legitimizes and undercuts the best in all of us.

2. What is the message you want listeners to take from HollowDreamz?

Oft times, the average person serves the functionality of the systems cruise-control, raised as a by-product of the industrial, educational, social, and the cultural construct. This leads to a herd mentality forsaking the individual's own uniqueness thereby fitting the mold of the apparatus if you will. When a person does not live their passion or fulfill their unique potential, this numbs the individual's wont to dream and aspire, spelling them under the routine to solely just make a living. As a result, it becomes a crabs in a barrel ideology whereupon competition takes the wrong form of productivity, and people lack inspiration because they themselves struggle with their own identity. One of the real joy's in life is envisioning something and bringing it into reality. Another aspect of joy comes from feeling unified in society. And this creates somewhat of a down-spiral, because then there becomes a lack of tolerance and open-mindedness, coming from mis-trust of intentions. And at a certain point, this formulates into a true unique style being looked upon as "rebelliousness". 

Well, rebelliousness is the only way; it corresponds to trueness of self. Rebelliousness mustn't be done out spite however. In regards to HollowDreamz, the eccentric, or rebel, offers a unique perspective. The boundary between what is worthwhile and what isn't is based upon belief systems which may oft-times belittle, ignore, and ostracize that which is deemed the "other" within the rigid construct of our own existence. In the mainstream, assumptions and judgments are made oft-times without much cohesive understanding. As a result, there is a divide in dialogue and thus relations. My purpose in presenting the perspective of Charles Manson and Ted Bundy in HollowDreamz is thinking about them in a way that is integrated in our own lives. We can't push evil to the side if we hope to reconcile it's meaning and reason for existence. Dialogue is progress and the starting point is to listen to the one deemed as an "other". HollowDreamz does just this. As much as we ignore and ostracize folks, we limit ourselves.

 "Most evil in the world results from weakness, not malevolence." -Cornel West 

3. What do you think about the social construct and the conformity found therein?

Oft-times we lose track of our best selves, leading us to become caught-up and conflagrated with our day-to-day lives here in the west, particularly those influenced by Capitalism, and the indirect effects of globalization. We lose touch with our higherselves and our spiritual purpose, due to the demands of our families, peers, and the construct of the system wherein we abide. This is where the divide between the construct and the eccentric articulates itself, and from this perspective is depicted the freedoms, struggles, constraints, and challenges we each face personally, and this thereby extends to our community as well. Where the line draws is up to each individual to define for him or her self. Tapping into one's eccentricity can be a gift and a curse, and enabling one's self to conform can also be a gift and a curse based upon how the individual consciously decides it to be in his or her own best interest - depending upon their vision, their lot of talent, and work ethic and ability to concentrate to create. The social construct reinforces and teaches conformity. Once more, individuality enables openness and progress toward the state of tolerance among all, hence it is the prerequisite to Unity. If somebody is living from a place of purpose, and their innate talents are being debuted for all else to experience that thing within themselves, they not only feel good about themselves but inevitably act good in their day to day living. One's best self inspires positive decision making. HollowDreamz is the journey toward this self-realization. This is why HollowDreamz is the first stage of the journey for a true life. it's the alpha. The alpha to the omega.


4. Why should everyone follow their unique path and express their unique selves?

If I lied continuously continuously continuously, I will eventually lose myself. My story plot of lies would foil itself through time; the unfoldment of what is not tangibly correct is only magic. This is why magic is haram. You can do magic here and there, but to live a life of magic is unreal. It is like building a house of cards. That house will be unfolded by the inclement weather of life's happenings, until one day you are lost and do not even know where you stand in the relationship with yourself. To lose yourself is a dangerous thing. The most dangerous thing. For this is where people go mad. It's never good to go mad, but better to go mad in science or mathematics than to go mad through the wiles of materialistic and selfish ends. Always live your truth. Don't play yourself. And the greatest gift of creation is that when you do stay true to self, genius one of a kind circumstances and events unfold; things you look back on and are accredited for having accomplished, when in the depths of your soul you knew this wasn't your doing, but that you were just following what felt right- and out of that came greatness, and amazing manifestations; if only you could say, "yes, I did all of this on purpose...  I knew I would create such influential wonderment these past 20 years in the way that I did"... dare to say not, than to give Praise where praise is due - the Most High.

We can have all of the information in the world, but there is still an unknown influence upon life's happenings that we each have zero control over, except for the way in which we react. it is the pointless sense of information that we extend unto ourselves and deem worthy, which give us a projected step-above those on the outskirts of society; the eclectics in society; and this in itself not only indirectly disenfranchises those same folks but cheats us of our own greatness as individuals and thus as a society. Such conformity is a double edged sword in that sense - it is a half truth. half truths are more dangerous than lies.. unfortunately, much of the knowledge we get in school isn't knowledge of self but knowledge of others, and knowledge of random tid-bits of information, and that leads to making great sheep, and not independent thinkers. 

This is why it is one of the five pillars in Islam to give 2.5% of your profit income each year to the needy. And why one should never overlook a homeless man in their presence; you pay him or her with the same amount of conscientious respect you pay to a Prince of Saudi, and to a super-model from the Balkins. We are all challenged in acting as our best selves day in and day out, but what enables such is habit, and habit comes from disciplining the self. Islam is a religion of discipline. The demands it extends unto the self by following it's five pillars are the same disciplines and demands required for success in the material world. The spiritual world is the foundation of everything material - for everything that is material is energy and rhythm, therefore to guard against evil is to guard the self against evil as much as it is to be protected by the evil found in creation. And deeper than that, the wavelength we live on is the reality we perceive and create for ourselves - so Surah Al Falaq serving as the itnro to my project creates within me a two-fold meaning and purpose. At a deep level, it reminds me to remain true to that which is most excellent and pure in myself, and through such may I exceed even my own expectations... And at the surface level, it is a call for The Most High's protection against the evils of man and free-will spirited entities existing on other levels, both psychologically and inter-dimensionally/metaphysically. It comes down to knowing thyself through knowing God, which can only be attained whence one lives a life of Discipline. This is why true Freedom (of choice) can only come from discipline. 

5. What inspired you to create this project?

Hip-Hop is so powerful and has much potential to change society in a great way. Hip-hop is the movement of empowerment for the least empowered in society. It's essence is about peace, love, unity and having fun. But the platform for it's pillars is the commanding of respect unto oneself, and one's community. It regards hearkening the struggles of life gracefully. We all have lots of different feelings all of the time. Creating a powerful light in the world, art is not a reflection of life as much as it is a reflection of a person living life. It provides us with the opportunity to look at ourselves in the mirror, whether through an artist's work, or our own creation. And this happens through various channel; from music, to a more mature channel that is art paintings, to breakdancing, to graffiti art, to emceein. This source of expression creates a responsibility that transcends beyond picturing all of us as normal and rationale people, who are suddenly shocked when the time-bomb of insanity goes off in our midst. To ignore the perversity that exists would mean to accept wickedness and insanity as absolute in and of itself, as opposed to dealing with the problems we face in front of us. HollowDreamz taps into the craziness, and graciously so.

I created HollowDreamz to provoke thought, beyond fear and anger, shame and ostracization. The voice of the victimized, the voice of the oppressed is the most powerful of voices. The voice of the victimized and the criminalized is a valuable and articulated narration of our human state of existence and society's functionality. Using The Qur'an, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy all within the same stroke of expression, people may easily justify parallels found among the three. While that too can serve as a perspective, HollowDreamz does not justify the actions of Charles Manson nor Ted Bundy nor any extremists who act in destructive ways. HollowDreamz serves to shed light unto the perspectives linked with these atrocities, and for that reason, empathy represents the highest morality found within, during times of trial and tribulation. Essentially, the essay presents an interest toward understanding.

6. How do you walk the line between considering the voices of the victimized, with the ones who actually carry out the destructive acts?

Mansons perspective is justified, but his actions were not. And the difference is that his perspective can be expressed in two ways; he has two different choices to express himself, either constructively or destructively. And his intentions were destructive. The dialogue that happens between the speaker and the reporter is proof of the rigid-mindedness that not only exists, but influences the viewers witnessing the dialogue in action. And that was the point of the outro, SilverLining. The acceptance of all, and the individual's ability to critically and constructively empathize and understand all that he hears, rather than blindly shun, is what creates an expansion of consciousness and awareness. There are more than 100 ways to listen to what someone is saying, and so there are more than 100 interpretations to hearken, and rightfully so from the perspective of universal reasoning, when honestly and humbly discussed in dialogue. To specify the interpretation means to validate it in the sphere of its conditions. This is the unique perspective being offered by HollowDreamz, and this is the perspective being championed, whereby when utilized, conclusions and judgments may expand via dialogue when given a fair chance.

Ultimately, going back to the intro of Epitome Perennial, it is just a matter of reconciling the differences within the self through discipline and spiritual uprightness. Nobody is perfect, and perfection is not being sought. What surely is not being sought is the continuation of turmoil by means of pushing the dial past it's point. And this is what happens when powerlessness from within springs about through reaction, and oft-times it happens at a breaking point. That breaking point must be alleviated within the self, and that certain point is alleviated by the paradigm of a new system. One way for it to be fixed is through the current prison system, which eats, chews, and spits out delinquents, having failed in it's process of rehabilitation. If the constructivity can begin there, then well and good, but for it to begin beforehand is the essential goal. Of course, the school system is another problem as elaborated by the many quotes I've added on HollowDreamz' home-page.  

In other words, based upon society and the components denoting world economics - being monetarily driven - and forgetting about the underlying spirit and humanity among us all, it is the system and social construct that perpetrates and serves as the launching pad for turmoil to furthermore elaborate itself. Utopia is a tough thing to come by. And juxtaposingly, the construct and the unwritten rules of the game point toward such reasoning, but specifically, what "is", depends on a basis to basis scenario. It is not all that Utopian. It is just that the occurrence of its existence under the current construct makes it far-reaching.  But the current construct is malleable. Moreover, idealism may translate into reality depending upon the specific topic being mentioned, but generally speaking, it takes a new system to birth a new paradigm. This new system is to be implemented by leaders leading the new paradigm. Leaders that may very well establish themselves in the culture of Hip-Hop. As such, this new system will influence the rest into adopting the new paradigm. The new world order is toward somewhere constructive. It may be deemed fearful and evil but changing the system leads us to redefining that which we fear; new and improved systems benefiting those who were not benefited before within the past system. Or to put it another way, to change the system means to redefine what threatens us and what we fear. Capitalism could but feel threatened by the next stage of evolution, toward free energy, barter, etc.

7. Touch on the correlation and differences between Epitome Perennial and HollowDreamz.

HollowDreamz is to see things in the seed. The soul of individualism. Epitome Perennial is the vision as a whole (race/kin/Group/People leadership) having already met individuality. Epitome Perennial is everlasting. HollowDreamz is transient in nature. Destruction and doubt destroys itself, until it is regenerated and evolves toward life and constructivity. In the long run, HollowDreamz serves as the cure to the fate faced by the leaders of Epitome Perennial stature. If Epitome Perennial leaders are who we need to solve problems - of injustice, war - then HollowDreamz is the prevention of problems ever manifesting; it deals with 'empowerment', which is what lacks in Evil, hence the resortment to destruction and not the construction of. If everyone lived their purpose, the world would be a lot closer to peace I believe. Instead we chase the dollars and not what is always the best for us.

"It’s surprising to see the words “help” and “Bundy” in the same sentence...". People are not 100% evil, and 100% good. It should be no surprise to see any person have goodness within, or evil within. Some may have 99% evil within, but that's as far as it will ever go. just look at the dark of side of the yin-yang circle; that white dot representative of goodness is forever there even if it is as small as a fraction of 1%. There is much wisdom and knowledge in darkness, both in ourselves through the other, and of the other through it's environment, which is indelibly our environment.

HollowDreamz is the viewing of individuals deemed as failures by society's standards via these persons actions being destructive, albeit self-preserving, thus "constructive" in their perception of themselves ironically. Epitome Perennial is the viewing of legends with a message of constructivity, paradoxically deemed destructive by those who killed them. In HollowDreamz, what they deem as common ground is conformity, hence abiding to the status quo. HollowDreamz aims to challenge such status quo through means of remaining true to self, and doing so constructively with the future in mind. Thereby, HollowDreamz yearns to provide the answer to the ill-fates faced by Epitome Perennial leaders, and wholesomely so, as such would not only protect Epitome Perennial leaders from danger, but would eliminate their need for existence and struggle to begin with (whereupon greatness is made possible in so far as the amount such characteristics of greatness lack). Such expressionism is articulated upon the canvass of Energy & Rhythm. Energy & Rhythm seeks to find common ground within the spectrum, drawing inspiration from the infinite and all that exists, as an existential experience.

The bridge between being in the rut of stagnation and reaching the light at the end of the tunnel, has to do with patience and continual progress forward. On a personal note, I was rushing when I was making this project. It affected the quality of what I was doing. I was at a point where, as I focused on music, I felt everyone around me was progressing and I was at a stand-still. It helped me realize my own process. I was frustrated with what might or might not happen. Energy & Rhythm is me coming out of that "hollow" way of thinking. Things begin to snowball. All it takes is just some self-awareness of my own unique journey, and patience. How content am I with the real me, in other words, the topic of "know thyself" and individuality and non-conformity coincidingly💫 I think this question of "know thyself" is the beginning of everybody's true journey. It is the alpha of every story. I created a full music project for this reason. #HollowDreamz. This is all very important, not only for the human self, but for society's functionality.

KIDS: Know thyselves, And follow your dreams.  AND PARENTS: be the guiding support system, and not the authority of conformity. 

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