Allow me to reintroduce myself *Hov voice*. I’m going to make this the least corny I can. Which might be tough, cause I’m a pretty corny mf. Bad start, I know. I’ll give yall a little back story, since I feel like no one really knows much about me. My name is Mikaela. I’m 20 years old. Everyone thinks I’m white (lol) – my mother is from Puerto Rico. My father is black. I’m from the dirty south. Born in New Orleans to be specific, however I grew up (all over Miami) and currently live in Miami Beach. Just in case anyone cares, lol… here goes. I had a pretty tough childhood. Essentially an emotional rollercoaster. As unoriginal as this sounds, the only thing that got me through the dips on that rollercoaster of events, was music. My dad was always involved in the music business. He was a tour manager for the RHCP, worked with Diddy, and many more. He opened the door to music for me in a huge way.
By the time I was 11 years old, my favorite artists were Ludacris, Eminem, & Nelly (LOL). By the time I was 13, I could name almost any Classic Soul, R&B, 70s classic rock, or even 80s pop – artist name, album name, and release year. I’d spend hours downloading and listening to music every day after school. I was raised listening to Earth Wind and Fire, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, etc. Thanks to my love for Classic Soul music, it’s not hard to tell how easily I fell in love with Kanye West. Hearing Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire” sampled on “Through the Wire”, Otis Redding’s “It’s Too Late” sampled on “Gone”. It was magical to hear so many songs I was raised to love, chopped up and spit on with straight bars (yall know, “chop-up-the-soul-Kanye“). I’vealways had a love for Hip-Hop, but that love turned into infatuation over this past year. My current favorite artists are Big K.R.I.T, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins, and Kendrick Lamar (along with all of TDE).
So fast forward 6 years, I graduated highschool at 17 years old. I applied to a Community College to study Social Work. I wanted to help people as much as I possibly could. I didn’t want anyone to go through the same shit I did. After Inmade it halfway through my 3rd semester of College, I got lucky and was asked to work as an assistant in a Real Estate Office thanks to a connection through my older sister. A few months in, I completely fell in love with the business. I had an epiphany. Why was I studying Social Work to get a Bachelors Degree, to probably punch a time clock and make $14 an hour? All I wanted to do was help people and families in need find a place to live and get back on their feet. So I dove in head first into Real Estate. I essentially felt like a Social Worker in a sense. I’d be helping people find a place to live, right? that’s rewarding. “Just because I’m 18 doesn’t mean I can’t do this” was my mindset. So I bought a scooter since I could not afford a car at the time. I was sleeping on a couch in a 1 bedroom apartment – with 4 other people. I wiped out my savings, and rented my first apartment. I worked my ass off without looking back.
Here I am, 2 years later, now a full-time Licensed Real Estate Agent; working 50 hours a week, car paid off, my own place, and damn good credit. Yes, I am a proud College Dropout. Word to Kanye. In my free-time, I like to go to concerts, listen to music, and book random cheap flights to Cities I’ve never been to. I’ve been actively discussing hip hop on twitter for about 6 months or so, and its absolutely wild to me how difficult it is for a woman’s opinion to be taken seriously. I’ve had people tell me to kill myself, “get back in the kitchen”, “stfu you stupid white bitch” and much more. But who gon stop me, huh? thanks to all the positive feedback I have received, Indecided to create a place that I can voice my opinions on all things Hip-Hop related.
Feel free to read. Feel free to not.