“How do I feel about performing at Forecastle? It’s about time! It's crazy to see us still celebrating the "first" to do things but there has to be a first. I look forward to the impact of our participation and how it affects the Forecastles that follow.
When people walk in their purpose, all that other stuff comes with it. I try to inspire other people. But then again, people don’t be knowing their purpose, so they’re out here lost.
I couldn't ride a beat, when I was younger. So, when rapping and stuff, I couldn’t ride a beat. I didn’t like it. Instead, I started writing poetry. I used to get made fun of in middle school for speaking properly. They used to call me ‘white boy’ and stuff like that. I wrote a diss poem about my bullies and during lunch or at a talent show, I would spit the whole poem. I would go in on my bullies. I would say something like, ‘because I play soccer and speak proper, well every duck don’t go quack’. I was going in, bruh. From that point on, in middle school, people left me alone. They knew I could spit. I was 12 years old.
When I was 13 years old I was trying to make change, political change. I was speaking words that would get me assassinated. Now, at 30 years old, I’m more concerned about teaching other people the craft and then teaching the young adults how to teach the craft. I need the pipeline.
I didn’t have any mentors. It was me, by myself. As I got older, I realized that the outlet needs to be there and accessible to everyone. I’ve been going to these big ass assemblies, talking about all of these literary devices that people can use to express themselves. At the same time, I want people to do some type of good for the community. Now that I’m older, I’m just worried about leaving it for somebody else.
I’ve lived in a lot of places in Louisvile. I lived in Newburg, Shively, and the East End. When I got older, I realized that the West End has real people. I wanted to live around my people and people who were humble. I use it in an economic and personality sense. I’m humble as well, economically. I don’t have a lot of money and I’m still out here. It feels good. It keeps me humble.
The West End needs financial infrastructure. When I say financial infrastructure, that means that we need jobs that can be stipend for living in the West End. If the city said, ‘Hey, West End residents, you’ve been impoverished and we kept you under and put these plants in your space. We want to give you clean air and pay for your rent for a month or two’, that would be beneficial to the city. The West needs some type of economic restitution on behalf of the city.
The West End also needs leisure activities. There’s no reason why I have to drive 10-15 miles to go to a movie theater, and I’m talking about Baxter. There’s no reason why I should have to go all the way out Dixie to go to a paintball range. There’s all of these abandoned lots, all of these abandoned places. Give us a paintball place. You’re upset about kids shooting? Give them something to shoot at a paintball range. Hell, give us a gun range. Why not? We got permits out here.
Lastly, we need good, safe, healthy food options. Stores are far. I know that the city is trying to add stores and stuff. We don’t need nothing new. We just need an update on what we already got. Man, 28th doesn’t have bad vegetables because it’s on 28th. They have bad vegetables because Kroger doesn’t give a fuck about the people that go to the 28th store. If they did, we would have better choices. It’s not about expanding, but perfecting and maintaining the the quality of service. We need good food, good jobs, and good play.
Spread love. Honestly, it’s a choice. If somebody cuts you off in traffic, it’s a choice to beep your horn. It’s a choice to be mad about it. It’s a choice to give them that power to make you mad. Spread love from the smallest, most humble person with nothing to the biggest CEO or President. If we are not going to deal in the value of humanity and love for humanity, then we are dealing with everything that goes against humanity and everything that goes again our survival and coordination as human beings. Yeah, spread love and make the right choice.” - Lance, Chickasaw
Catch his performance during the West Louisville Showcase, this Saturday, at Forecastle!