Hog Blog- Jan. 6, 2016

Pimp C said “if your peoples locked up you need to send ’em some shit, cause it’s never too late to stop being a bitch”. He had the lines that would get stuck in my head. Nothing too complex either. I was a fan of his music.

E 40 said “everybody gotta gay or at least one dope fiend in they family, you ain’t the only with a reject in your family”. I like E 40’s lyrics too. He’s got lots and lost of lines that are stuck in my head.

Poetic Hustlaz said “Jesus can you help us cleanse our soul because we’re searching for peace, searching for peace dear lord can you help me?”. That song was the truth. Good but almost eerie vibes to that track. I was in 8th grade when that album Mo Thugs, the first one came out.

X Raided said “it’s been on ever since the day they cut the umbillical cord been on a mission since my circumcision destined to be hard core” That album had lyrics and deep track that were so much different from his previous work. He grew so much as an artist. I was already a fan too but that album “The Unforgiven” and that song “Mama’s Pride and Joy” really impressed me.

 

Some rhymes I have stuck in my head.

Enjoy your lives,

Always,

Ryan H. Craig

Rezhogs

 

Hog Blog- Jan. 5, 2016

Film

I really wanna get into film. From acting to directing. Writing, wardrobe. All that stuff. Something about the challenge of it excites me. I know for a fact it’s gotta be hard. I know I wouldn’t be the greatest at any of the aspects of film making right away. Maybe that’s why I’m so intrigued by the challenge.

 

I started a script. So far I’m about 2/3 of the way finished. The lead character is the Rezhog mascot, Porko. You know, the big furry pig we have at our shows? Yeah, him. Really. It’s like a comedy/drama all in one. I’ve put hours and hours into this script. The idea was started by Ryan Vasquez and I. We put a lot of effort into this. I still love the music. Still love to write lyrics. I still love radio. But the whole movie making thing is for sure a step I’m looking toward making.

Be kind if at first some of my work reeks, that’s part of the process I think. But look for Rezhog Films to bring you our best in the near future.

Good night.

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hog Blog- Jan. 4, 2016

Hip Hop Movies.

I began a conversation over the radio last week with with a co-host of a HipHop radio program called “HipHop Drop”. My co-host and I were talking about movies about or with rap music themes we’d name as our faves. I says to Tek, my co-host, “there’s so many good ones, I need to think about this and make a top 10 or top 5.”

Because it’s true. Think about how many rap movies you’ve watched over the years. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably sat through many low budget, bad acted, what’s the point of this shit? style of movies. The straight to DVD independent flicks. But in all honesty, some of those are the most fun to watch. It’s actually my goal to make a movie that could very well end up being perceived as just that movie! So I’m not hating one bit.

 

Ok, here’s my list. And let’s be real, there’s gotta be a few I forgot and I’m more than certain my mind will change very soon.

 

This ended up being a bigger challenge than I’d first anticipated. What makes a movie a “rap” or “HipHop” movie? Is it the theme or plot? The actors themselves being rap artists?

I’m not all the way certain, but here it goes anyway. Again, this convo is for sure up for debate and I’ll have no shame admitting I may have totally forgot a few classics. My list could be swayed at any time.

10. Rhyme & Reason

Almost like a reality tv-show. Only, really reality. The footage from the Jack The Rapper convention was classic! Like Youtube style stuff, but way before Youtube! I loved the raw and real feel this movie had. Heavy D was a real person. A good dude. I would have never known if it weren’t for Rhyme & Reason. Biggie Smalls, before he was the legend, Luniz, Puff Daddy! The Puffy footage of this film makes it worth watching. Overall, a great watch.

 

9. Wildstyle

A film from the early 80’s that taught a kid from a reservation in Washington state all about the real roots of rap, breaking and graffiti. I didn’t quite understand the importance of this film when I was about 15 and first saw it. I didn’t get what it was back then. Now that I do, I appreciate it so much.

 

8. I’m Bout It

Master P. Hate him, love him, respect him. Either way, he was a groundbreaking artist. Who would have thought you could be an average rapper and perhaps less than average actor and writer and still make a movie?! The marketing itself for this film was awesome! “Banned From Theaters” they said! I loved it. As raw as raw could get. Until hundreds of indie rap movies followed for the next 15 + years.

 

7. Treal TV

Mac Dre could have and should have, wait, would have been a really awesome actor! The man never got the chance to show the world just how incredible of a talent he was. Treal TV was a glimpse into the man’s humor, wit, talent and life. Must-have for Mac Dre fans, but those unfamiliar with Thizz Ent will still enjoy this look at the Bay Area legend.

 

6. Juice

Does this one qualify as a “rap” movie? The acting was so believable. By that I mean I really believed each character was the role they played in real life. I was hooked since the first time I saw it sometime in the 90’s. And it’s not just Tupac. Every actor played their roles to perfection. Memorable from start to finish. A great movie.

 

5. Krush Groove

 

Like Wildstyle, history. That’s what I think of when watching Krush Groove. LL Cool J, Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Run DMC. Some of the artists who helped pioneer an entire genre feature in this film and try their hand at real acting roles. Run from Run DMC does a solid job. I mean, it’s not the greatest acting skills but it’s just the fact that Russell Simmons and Def Jam knew what they were doing by making a rap movie right at the time they were first poppin’. They didn’t wait and tell their story 20 or 30 years later, they told it then. The Fat Boys steal the show! Classic!!

 

4. House Party

 

Remember being around 11 or 12 and thinking this was the funniest and coolest movie ever? Me too. Clever and a little corny, but not to the point of being bad. I loved the pace and antics Kid and Play got themselves into. Many sequels and a spin off, “Class Act”, helped make sure generations of new fans will continue to enjoy the House Party movies forever. Oh, and Martin Lawrence was hilarious in this one as well.

 

3. Hustle & Flow

 

Pimpin, hustlin’, rappin. I’ve been a fan of Down South Rap for a long time. I enjoyed this one. It can be a little predictable or phony at times. I can admit that. Terrence Howard does a good job of selling the role. It just had something that stuck with me more than others. I’m not sure what it was. Ludacris did great job as well.

 

2. Belly

 

When Nas and DMX were on top of their game! I wasn’t ever a huge fan of DMX. Or Nas at that time. But this movie captured the two right at the peak of their careers. I liked how Nas’ character would get real deep and philosophise his life and the stuff he went through. The color and music made it very memorable. I never was a fan of New York music at the time of this movie but I really liked this one.

 

  1. Tupac: Thug Life- Thug Angel

 

2Pac is my favorite artist of all time. So I guess it makes sense to love this movie so much. Remember the time it seemed like many were trying to capitalize on 2Pac’s death with documentaries and music that just didn’t come close to capturing the man who many, I mean millions, considered their favorite artist ever? So when this one came out, it was like “oh great, another bad 2pac movie”.

But once you got to watch it, it felt like the best documentary on the man ever made. I know the MTV movie Resurrection was edited to actually be narrated by Pac himself, and was endorsed by Pac’s mother,  but this Thug Angel seemed to have the most authenticity to it. It’s the best movie on 2Pac I’ve ever seen.

 

In conclusion, I know there are great movies I left out. 8 Mile, Notorious, etc. But for whatever reason, I just never really got into those ones. In all honesty, I’ve only watched Notorious once in my life. 8 Mile was awesome, but I didn’t really get too into that one either. And it’s not because I don’t like Eminem. He’s an incredible talent.

Anyway, I’m sure this topic is one worth revisiting in the future.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hog Blog- Jan. 3, 2016

Inspiration.

 

Where do we get it? How do we continue to stay inspired to do the big and small things in life? Do we need inspiration for all new goals we set or challenges we encounter? Doesn’t it seem like these blogs are me asking a butt-load of questions and never really having any definite answers? I mean, shit, even that was a friggin’ question!

 

It’s just something I’ve wondered today. This blog on the rezhogs.com site for example. What do I get from blogging? I don’t see myself as a “blogger”. So why do it? I don’t know. Something or someone must have inspired me along the way to document different thoughts and ideas for anyone to read and agree or disagree with. I’m not exactly sure who or when I was inspired, but it had to have happened some time.

 

Inspiration. Inspiration to work. Inspiration to play. Inspiration to parent, to love, to hate, to live. Negative and positive forms of influence that inspire us to do and say the things we do and say in life. I should have looked up the actual definition of “inspire”. Hold up, “I’ll be bock” (Terminator voice)…

in·spire
in?sp?(?)r/
verb
1.
fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
“his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing”
synonyms: stimulate, motivate, encourage, influence, rouse, move, stir, energize, galvanize, incite;

 

There it is. See, no mention of forms of negative inspiration. But then, I guess folks have their differences of opinion on negative and positive motives as well.

 

Shit, I don’t know. Who inspires you? My parents inspire me to be a father. I brought two of my younger kids to a basketball tournament a couple hours from home. We got a room at the Holiday Inn with a pool and hot tub. I sat in that hot tub and watch my 11 year old daughter and 3 of her friends laugh and play and splash and laugh some more. I don’t even think they noticed me 10 feet away watching them have a great time. I just sat and stayed quiet. I wasn’t on any mobile device, I wasn’t talking to anyone. I just sat and watched. I thought to myself, “these girls will always remember how great of a time they had this weekend”.

And no one can take that away from them. Or me. Inspiration. That half hour spent in a slimy, stinky hot tub with no one in the world worried or caring about anything I had going on, yet I was exactly where I wanted and needed to be in life. Inspiration right there. Inspiration to be the best dad I can be for the rest of my life.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs

Hog Blog- Jan. 2, 2016

I wanna talk about the time spent pursuing and chasing and working toward a goal. The Rezhogs, the rap label or group of artists, I feel have tremendous talent. I don’t say that to be arrogant or conceited, I honestly feel like we have the talent to be a mainstream success. From N8 Winishut to Sean One to Crispy to myself. Even more affiliated artists from Big B to Nate Vicious, we have some artists in our camp I know could be on TV screens and known on a national level.

 

So why aren’t we?? I’m not exactly sure. If I knew, shit, I’d do what I needed to not be out of the national spotlight. I’m really intrigued by a Native artist named Frank Waln. The way he’s found national success and acclaim amazes me. First off, all respect to the man. As a man and artist. I haven’t really had the opportunity to hear and study his work. I know he works to present himself as a Native artist who can bring who we as Native people are to the masses and show our pride and intelligence in a positive way. And I’m all for that. He’s created a buzz the Rezhogs have never been able to gain. And I give the man his props! So.. with that said, I don’t feel like he’s any better than the Rezhogs. I don’t feel like the Rezhogs are any better than him either. I guess I see us as equals. But for whatever reason he’s caught on and gained a large following that may see him blow up on a national level. And why him and not other artists is what I’m wondering out loud? Why do certain artists somehow find ways to appeal and reach millions while others just as, if not more talented, only reach a fraction of the audience?

 

I don’t expect anyone to know the exact answer. I’m not even sure if I want one. You know what I just got done doing? Putting Drano in the clogged tub drain and cleaning out the tub with an SOS pad after that. It took me about a good half hour. It was somewhat disgusting and humbling all at the same time. What does this matter to anyone? Well, I’ll tell you. If that day ever comes that Ryan Craig, or any Rezhog can blow up on a national or worldwide level for that matter, I’m gonna remember the struggle. The days spent with no vehicle, the days spent fearing I’d overdrawn on my checking account with 3 days to go until pay day or precapitas come out. I’ll remember the hard times. The times I doubted myself, then a day later received some form of inspiration from an old class mate quoting a rhyme I thought no one had ever taken the time to hear and dissect. I’ll remember the nights in my 30’s spent on couches wishing for a bed of my own.

I’ll remember…

I still believe the Rezhogs have what it takes, and I know one day we’ll get “there”. But no matter where “there” may be, or how great it’s going to feel, I’ll never forget how it felt working to get there.

 

Always,

Ryan Craig

Rezhogs


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