It has been a eventful couple of months from losing in rap battle’s performing for the Finnish embassy and flourishing in the Namibian Cypher alongside the likes of Lioness, Neptune Black, Hilifa94 and Travis Harvey I have genuinely learned a few things and maybe by reading this I could pass on the little knowledge I have gained so far. Worst case scenario, its a bloody good read!
“Its never really in the Bag!”
When I auditioned for the Rap Battle held on the 22nd of April, I had no clue that I could lose the way I did. Here I was; qualified in all 3 categories namely song, freestyle and rap battle and I had no clue that I would wash out the way I did. I was high on the success of being the only rapper to make all three categories, a real threat to all the candidates. I was so focused on my previous victory that I hardly prepared myself for the actual event. So here I was, the first to fall out of every category, stumbling at what I believe was the stepping stone to my success. A free music video, a great guest feature, studio time for my mixtape and great exposure, yet there I was unprepared previously assuming I had the “cat in the bag”. Expectations were always high and friends and fans alike inboxed me to show me their support to my guaranteed win. Put yourself in a position to win, do not just wish it! Work for it, work on your weaknesses and strengths no matter how good you are or how sure you are of your capabilities. The true winners know their not perfect so make every second count.
“Let Go and Be Free”
After the rap battle lose I took it hard, I knew I was better than how I performed. Filled with disappointment I couldn’t look a my reflection in the mirror, the windows to my soul stared back and in them all I saw was a failure. To be honest I over reacted. My competition was extremely good but more so they put in the work deserving victory. I needed to face that and that I am not where I wanna be yet. I am at my level and that’s ok. I know how good I am and shouldn’t be trying to impress anyone or show them how good I am. During my next performance I tried an alternative route. “The past was in the past, what have you learned a week ago and how can you apply it?” I questioned and when I went there (prepared this time) there was only one clear alternative, my next and most vital point…
“Have fun doing what you Love!”
I took this with me to the Cypher too. I wasn’t trying to be better than anyone else. Whether their performance surpassed mine or not didn’t matter. When I was on that stage with everything silenced but my own thoughts, the noise around me crowded out by ecstasy. The kind of joy you get as a child playing your favorite game whether uma, soccer, touch rugby, skipping rope, hop scotch… whatever it may be. I let my inner child out that night and he graced the stage like I had never done before. Prepared he captured hearts and souls. He spoke to their inner children, their past experiences and for a brief moment he brought them to life as he did it. For four minutes we lived, we loved, we heart but most of all we cherished. Sharing that joy over and over and over is all I want to do for the rest of my life and one day, hopefully I can share it with you.
Kind Regards FiddyTheRapper
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