ARTIST (Atiim Chenzira) STATEMENT: This album project began with the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, which inspired two poems I wrote and published on Instagram. On June 3rd I published one titled Too Two on and the other titled The Sky Has Fallen on June 5th. I later published these two poems on my personal poetry blog (see below). In August Maine based Indigo Arts Alliance Co-Founder Marcia Minter invited me to represent Maine as part of the Washington, D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Social Impact Initiatives, Arts Across America. It’s a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country.
Life ain’t a game when I wake up in the morning time.
Is it morning time?
Did we mourn his mind? Or his body, what he left behind?
I’m dotting mine and I’m crossing mine.
Make the sign of the time if I fall behind…
Get up off my knees I can’t press rewind.
Fast forward ain’t an option so I mind my rhymes.
Put it all together. Simple. It ain’t hard to find.
Just a can of wormz baby and I’m back on the grind.
I’ve lost my money and I’ve lost my mind.
But my heart still ticks and it’s you I find?
Damn girl you’re fine, and you’re right on time.
Life ain’t a barrel of monkeys, but if it were…
It’d be the see none, speak none, hear none,
Be none of the above…
Cause life ain’t a game girl it’s all about love.
If Life ain’t livin'
Then love ain’t lovin
Your friends ain’t friendly
And bloods and cousins...