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DREKA GATES ON SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

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Dreka Gates took to Instagram to share her thoughts and feelings when visiting Eastern State Penitentiary. She touched on the subject of solitary confinement. She also elaborated on the positive effects of meditation for prisoners. It is clear that she feels very passionately on the subjects. Her post read:
We visited @eastern-state penitentiary. At one point in time this was considered an “innovative” model of what prisons should be. Their model was built on the idea that solitary confinement was the answer, the best punishment, and the best way to “rehab” people that did crimes. This entire prison was built and made for the inmates to spend 23 hours in their cell and 1 hour out. It wasn’t long before they realized that wasn’t and still to this day ISN’T the answer for “rehabilitation.” I recently watched a documentary that showed that forms of meditation is what can actually help to change a persons mindset. Most people that are in and out of jail or are habitual offenders/stay in trouble are dealing with some sort of trauma that they have yet to heal from. That is the reason why they always find themselves repeating the same negative behavior. That goes for people who may not have necessarily been in and out of jail their entire lives but always find themselves in bad/negative situations and the only common factor in those situations is themselves. No one is perfect and we’ve all experienced some of sort trauma growing up, trauma from past lives, have experienced something that you may not have even thought was much but could have been as simple as your mom promising to take you for ice cream after school and she didn’t and for some reason you unconsciously just held on to that and unbeknownst to yourself, that shit has affected the way you deal with people. Maybe you always feel like everyone is a liar or that no one will ever hold up their end of the bargain, JUST because of something that happened to you as a child. The mind is a powerful thing. Your behavior as an adult stems from experiences as a child and programming that you unknowingly went through. That isn’t the end all be all. You can UNPROGRAM yourself through meditation and release trauma and change your path! Nothing happens overnight. Everything’s a process but let me tell you…it works and there are studies to prove it. We all have the power to heal ourselves. In order for us to heal ourselves we have to see it, feel it, & deal with it. #feeldealheal
via @drekagates

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STRAIGHT OFFICIAL SITS DOWN WITH FLEET ARTIST THEAZY STACCS

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I recently had a chance to sit down with Fleet artist Theazy Staccs.

INTRODUCE YOURSELF?

I AM THEAZY STACCS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST FROM THE NORTHSIDE OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS?

I started writing poems for women when I was in high school, then one day I saw these guys in the cafeteria beating on the table, and I started freestyling and they said maybe you should start rapping, and I ran into this guy that had a studio across the street from my school who told me to come check it out, I actually waited an entire year before I went and recorded my first verse, after that it was on

WHERE DOES THE NAME THEAZY STACCS COME FROM?

Theazy Staccs comes from me grinding, I was getting up everyday and I used to sell cds across the street at the gas station and they allowed me to sell cds, that’s how I became known as “THEAZY A THOUSAND EAZY”

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN ARTIST?

The people around me like Jokaman, they had it at the time, fame, money, etc, and I wanted that, I was already popular but in a different way.

WHAT IS THE MUSIC SCENE LIKE IN YOUR CITY?  WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CHANGE IT?

Not good to me,  I feel like everyone should stick together and work together so we can come up more, I try to stay focused and reach out to others to try and work together, but I  can only do what I can.

WHAT MAKES YOU STANDOUT AMONG OTHER ARTISTS?

My music has substance, and im original and im not afraid to take chances, I’m actually doing songs, plus people love me, young and old.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF GRIND?

Getting up everyday to go get it, praying to God, get your butt up and go do something productive every single day

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?

I would describe my music as well rounded, I talk and rap about everything, its everlasting, 10 years from now if you play my music it will still jam

WHAT ARE THINGS YOU MUST HAVE IN THE STUDIO WITH YOU?

I need a clear mind and maybe a bottle of New Amsterdam, lol

DESCRIBE YOUSELF IN 3 WORDS:

God-fearing, talented, and awesome

WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY PUSHING?

I actually have more than one, “NEW AMSTERDAM”, “THOUSAND MILES AND RUNNING” and both can be found on iTunes, spotify and pretty much everywhere else online.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURLSF IN 5 YEARS AS AN ARTIST?

I want Theazy Staccs to stand for something and be a household name

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ARTIST/DJ RELATIONSHIP?

very important, because the artist aint shit without the djs, the dj can spin your song in every club he or she spins at.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?

I would really love to work with Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Gates, The Game, T.I., and Trey Songz.

WHO ARE THREE ARTIST YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Trae The Truth, Kevin Gates, and Theazy Staccs!!

HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ARTIST/DJ RELATIONSHIP?

very important, because the artist aint shit without the djs, the dj can spin your song in every club he or she spins at and help get your music played everywhere, all on how your relationship is.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING THIS WEEK WITH THE POLICE SHOOTINGS OF THE YOUNG MEN IN BATON ROUGE, LA AND MINNESOTA?

It’s tragic, cause that can be me I sell cds at the corner store, the only thing I can do is stress that all cops are not bad and tell people to pray hard and stay positive.

ANY SHOUTOUTS?

shoutout to c rich ent, fleet djs, grit gang, shoutout to my hood acres homes, north plaza

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @THEAZYSTACCS

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