Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Armond talks wrasslin on "Pancakes & Powerslams"

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I was invited by my good friend Chris Featherstone to come on his radio show "Pancakes & Powerslams" to talk wrasslin.  If you didn't know, I am a HUGE wrestling fan & have been for most of my life, so anytime I get to nerd out about it is a +1.  Especially on the biggest weekend of the year, Wrestlemania. 

We talked about the big news of the event, being Brock Lesnar ending the Undertaker's Wrestlemania winning streak at 21-1 (I was the only one on the panel who loved the idea).  Also midway through the show, word broke that the Ultimate Warrior had unexpectedly passed away, which was incredible because we had JUST saw him on TV the night before.  If you didn't know, the Ultimate Warrior & WWE had a huge falling out that extended 20 years.  For the two sides to reconcile, only for the Warrior to pass away the night after being honored by WWE is mind-blowing.

Listen to the show below...




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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kurt Cobain & Kairos

 


So 20 years ago today, Kurt Cobain took his own life.  And I wanna talk about how his life inspired an album that has inspired many of you, Kairos.  He is a great example of one of my favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 1:20.

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall
 she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
 


Japhia Life suggested I watch a documentary on Nirvana's 1st album "Nevermind".  I remember when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was EVERYWHERE.  However I was ignorant of what was going on for a few reasons.
  1. I was young
  2. I was black, & anything outside of hip hop & r&b was frowned upon in my house
 
The "Grunge" movement of the early 90s represented, among many things, a new standard.  An opportunity for many who considered themselves to be "outcasts" to represent freedom outside of what "normality" & "comfort" requires.  It was dirty, it was ugly, it was imperfect, & initially it could not be contained, identified, labeled or controlled.  The documentary tells the story of how belches, laughs, & off key pitches were left in the mixes.  Plenty of things that most artists would immediately delete without a second thought.  It gave the album character, weight, honesty. 
 
As for Kurt, you can ask me how God used an Agnostic to speak to me?  Simple.  We're all imperfect.  And many Christians believe God but live as if he doesn't exist.  A level of atheism, if you will.  That's why I love that scripture, as well as 1 Corinthians 10:26, because it confirms that God can use anything & anyone for anything He pleases.  When we complain that God isn't speaking, its really an example of us not being open enough to see the infinite amount of ways God can say the same thing. "I Am that I Am..." 
 
For me, I struggled heavy with what I wanted Kairos to be, what people wanted Kairos to be, & what God wanted Kairos to be.  I understand that what I have been given confronts the mindset of the world, AND the church.  Who likes to be the "bad guy"?  Who wants to dig the trail?  Most of our heroes weren't heroic until they died.  Look at any person in the Bible & the primary thing that was consistent for them was opposition.  From the leaders of the day, to their own friends, even their own thoughts, feelings & fears opposed God's plan & purpose.  & you can apply that to anybody. 
 
We all want to post the perfect picture on Instagram, always have the right thing to say.  But often, that's not us.  We wanna be perfect, but what is perfect?  Perfection is Christ & since we can't be Him, where does that leave us?  Full of belches, laughs & off key pitches that God left in the mix.  But even with those things, we have the ability to change the world. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Weather Your Kairos" - Ca$h Hollistah


(Ca$h Hollistah pictured with his youngest daughter Jazmine)


Today we begin a series "Weather Your Kairos".  Kairos is not just an album, rather a mindset.  A culture.  We want to showcase how everyday people are allowing God to apply Kairos in their lives & how they're weathering it.  To share your story, send an email to armondwakeup@gmail.com & attach a picture of you wearing any Kairos merch you've purchased from thisiskairos.com


One of my Kairos moments occurred actually pretty recently. I was trying to find myself as an artist. It's tricky because I find myself being pretty much an outsider in the Christian Hip-Hop world (which I grew up in and have played a part in for the majority of my adult life). Knowing that I need to be around but not caring for it too much. During this tug-of-war, I started investing my time into the community. Hosting hip-hop & poetry events, joining the Arts & Humanities commission in my city, bridging the gap between the arts & church. Those happening, coupled with having conversations with not only God, but with friends and family, helped me realized that my city and my community needs me MUCH MORE than the CHH world does.


How did it affect you?

It caused me to look at my neighboorhood, even my old neighborhood, and realize that those people don't care about a rapper on a blog, they care about how they're gonna eat that night. And that me tweeting & posting about my songs isn't really gonna help a lot.



What did it lead you to do & how did you/are you making it work for you?

I've continued on my path of being a part of the community. Not just in the church, but extending outside of those walls and being the hands & feet that Christ told us believers to be. Still doing music, but not following the current trends and patterns that most of industry tells us independent artists to copy.


Anything you've got going on that you'd like to share?

I'm in the middle of hosting a breakdance academy in my city, where we introduce the element of b-boying to middle school & high schoolers. I teach in schools across the state of Kansas, doing a class called "Poetry In Hip-Hop" which compares and contrasts the poets of yesterday (Shakespeare, Frost, Hughes) with the modern day "poets" (Jay-Z, Mos Def, Eminem). On top of all of that, I have a remix project of one of my singles, called "goRilla. - the remixes.", one of which features Mr. WakeUp himself. Connect with me on imabouttogoRilla.com. If not, I hope you got something out of my story.



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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

*NOW AVAILABLE* Armond WakeUp x Fashion Under 50 Limited Edition Kairos Beanie "Love Is"



With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, the 3rd installment of the Armond WakeUp/Fashion Under 50 collaboration delves into a topic addressed on Armond's album Kairos..."somebody tell me what love is?" For some, love is an experience, its a person, an action, an emotion, its a word, its God.

You can Weather Your Kairos & exude love in this limited edition red on red Kairos beanie.

Product description:
All hats are 100% hypo-allergenic acrylic. Super dense knit. Embroidered logo. Handwash only.

Please remember, these are limited edition hats so once the run is over, it's over.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

*AVAILABLE NOW* Armond WakeUp x Fashion Under 50 Limited Edition Kairos Beanie "Hometown Heroes"



While this polar vortex continues to create ample opportunity to "Weather Our Kairos", this beanie pays tribute to the places around the country that contributed to create Kairos to become what it is today.

Walks of life from New York, Colorado, St. Louis, Ohio & Connecticut came together to achieve one common goal; to present Kairos as an album, body of work & ideology to the world. It shows that preferences aside, we are not at all different & that we need each other to complete the goals that God sets in front of us.

So Armond WakeUp continues its partnership with Fashion Under 50 to honor them with this limited edition beanie.

Product description:
All hats are 100% hypo-allergenic acrylic. Super dense knit. Embroidered logo. Handwash only.

Please remember, these are limited edition hats so once the run is over, it's over.

Price - $15 + $4.95 S&H

View additional pictures of beanies below


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Armond LIVE On theAntidoteTV

So I was asked by the great ppl over at theAntidote TV (what up Tyler!!!) to be a guest on their show back in the Fall. Just to give some background, theAntidote is a TV show in the Florida area who's mission is to engage young adults with relevant, tangible conversation. & praise God they thought enough of me to share their platform with them. On the show we talk about Preachers of LA, what is the Will of God, the grace of God & of course Kairos. It's a great show, (I'm sure you'll be screaming at your TV, Clock Radio Speakers style) check it out.

theAntidote: Armond from DMeNetwork on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

*AVAILABLE NOW* Armond WakeUp x Fashion Under Fifty Limited Edition Beanie




As quickly as the polar vortex came and went leaving us shocked and forever changed, we've learned that Kairos moments can do the same.

How many Kairos moments have altered your way of life?
 

How are YOU weathering YOUR Kairos?
 

Armond WakeUp has teamed up with Fashion Under 50 to come out with a LIMITED EDITION  run of Kairos beanies to help you weather the rest of your winter and the surprises it may bring.
 




Product description:
All hats are 100% hypo-allergenic acrylic. Super dense knit. Embroidered logo. Handwash only.

Beanie comes in the following limited colorways:


Artamentous Black with White Logo Stitching (Kairos) BACK IN STOCK!!!
Heather Gray with Navy Logo Stitching (Condiments)
Heather Gray with Maroon Logo Stitching (Ketchup)
Heather Gray with Orange Logo Stitching (Dreaming Out Loud)
Heather Gray with Chartreuse Logo Stitching (Highlight*) 
(*Fashion Under Fifty Exclusive Design)
 

Please remember, these are limited edition hats so once the run is over, it's over.

Beanies will be available exclusively at:
thisiskairos.com/merch
armondwakeup.com
Pricing: $15.00 (plus $4.95 s/h)