2012: 54 Reality Show Ep. #2

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Wifey: The Back Story

I was never just a rap guy. In this stage of my life, I listen to quite a bit of instrumental Hip Hop [google “Odd Summer EP 2009”]. But I’m pretty sure Eric Morgan, who handled the post-production and editing on the Wifey video, would rather I not go into detail about that. So here’s the backstory.

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For a Spell [Esbe pt 4]

In the words of CL…

“I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”

Monday night I spoke with Reggie Coby for the first time since Saturday morning, and still don’t know exactly what to say to him.

Tuesday came the outpour. The local paper ran a story. Gabo made a nice tribute video. JD from Die Slo and Lil J from COD/LOEGz dropped a tribute song. Etcetera!

Thursday is the visitation in Pflugerville. Friday is the celebration of Octavis Berry’s LIfe in Austin. I’m certain there will be overflowing amounts of loyal love and support, because what goes around comes around.

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For A Spell [Esbe pt 3]

In the words of CL…

“I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”

When time permits, observe the on-stage energy of Esbe the 6th Street Bully at the 1:06 mark in the above video. Witness why Octavis Berry was loved by his local community beginning at the 1:31 mark, and again at the 4:03 mark. Also, keep in mind the above video was shot the week before Tay’s death. I did my best to properly eulogize him at the 4:20 mark as well.

Thanks to DVZN Media for a great memorial video. And there’s more below…

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For A Spell [Esbe pt 2]

In the words of CL…

β€œI reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…”
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[Alot of folks call Octavis Berry “Tavis” (pronounced TAY-viss), but I always called him Tay because that’s what he called himself when he called me.]

To put it lightly, Tay had a boisterous and outgoing personality. He was exactly the type of in-your-face hip hop cat who would call himself “Esbe Da 6th Street Bully”. He was a family and community oriented man of the people who’d dealt with his share of losses.

Both of Tay’s brothers had already passed away, beginning with the oldest, Kenny, who was murdered in 1994. Kenny’s son, Lil’ Kenny, passed 10 years later at age 13 after returning to a burning car trying to save his little brother.

Tay’s other brother, LaDarrick, was known as his biggest supporter. “Everywhere he went he made sure people knew about his little brother,” said Tay’s sister-in-law Juanna. “LaDarrick was very proud of Tavis’ dream.” LaDarrick was killed in a home invasion in Illinois in late 2010.

“Tavis has been like a father to my boys [LaDarrian, Simeon] since LaDarrick and I divorced,” she said. “He had been a driving force in LaDarrian’s life, encouraging him to work on his own music and dream and Tavis was an awesome daddy to his kids.”

LaDarrian raps as DoWrong and, of course, rolls with the LOEGz.
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[DoWrong]

Tay was the charismatic, free-spirited kind of guy that most people liked, and would do anything for. He had a hardcore, witty intellectual personality like a young Paul Mooney. Tay had the energy and candor of a Killer Mike or dead prez, both of whom he has recorded with in the past year or two as a member of Dred Skott.
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Tears Dry Own Their Own

A Remix from the best thing that ever happened to hip hop, musically speaking. The DF.

Also from the best thing that ever happened to hip-hop,
personally speaking, The TX, I give you the words of Easy Lee…

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7.23.11 (Amy’s Dead) … a short poem

a dead slave is not a slave at all

more so a bird flying south for the winter

fleeing the cold of a life abbreviated

her peace, never found

is spelled out now

in all caps

AMY WINEHOUSE FOUND DEAD IN LONDON

and for some strange reason

i flinch

perhaps because i arm wrestle demons daily

and have come to the conclusion that THEY

hate artists with a passion that rivals

the love of all mankind

beyond a reasonable doubt

art is Holy …

i lay here

wrapped in revelation

convinced

art is of God

heaven and immortality …

her songs

the blues my grandchildren will sing

this night

i spend like every other …

awake

preparing for the demon that was assigned my soul

“1,000 Deaths” in my headphones

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copyright 2011 charles l. peters