Welcome back to “Friday Night Rhyme Time” with Righteous Reasons! Here, we get in the booth with one of the Mile High City’s most talented artists, and spit rhymes about our favorite nerd fandoms. Before we jump right into the rhymes, let’s learn more about this MC:
Hush Comics: What is Righteous Reasons’ secret identity?
Righteous Reasons: When Righteous isn’t recording or writing music, he is simply Evan Lowe. Just a normal everyday kid who grew up in Aurora, Colorado. I worked very hard to get to where I am at; I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and my whole goal with my profession and my music is to help people. I was very blessed growing up. I had both my mother and father at home, a brother who supported me unconditionally, I had a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in, and I always had enough money to get my stomach fed. We never had enough to buy crazy expensive things or go to fancy restaurants, but it was more than most of my friends and peers had growing up, and I was extremely grateful for that. So seeing that I had all of that, I felt it was my duty, responsibly, and pleasure to attempt to bring that back to my community and be a part of people’s lives in the most positive way I could think of.
HC: Was there a pivotal moment when you consciously decided to start writing music/poetry?
RR: There was! It actually happened at different points in my life for poetry and then music respectfully. I started writing poetry in the 6th grade. I remember one of the English sections we were covering in class was poetry, and it instantly resonated with me. For some reason growing up, I was an angry kid. Not really sure why that was but I wasn’t the happiest child. So when I started writing poetry, it helped me a lot to write about my emotions, thoughts, and feelings because I always thought those were things I should hide and not tell people. So poetry was my true first way of allowing myself to vent and recognize in full effect what was going on in my mind, heart, and soul. For music and hip hop specifically, I really started to make that transition my freshman year in college. I went to a predominantly white college, and as a black student, really for the first time in my life I felt like I was on the outside of everything. No one looked like me, no one talked like me, and no one thought like me. Due to this, I felt very alone, and one way I’ve always coped was by listening to hip-hop. It got to a point where I was listening to hip-hop all day everyday. During my walks to class, while studying, eating meals, playing video games, it always seemed like I had an ear bud in. So one day in the back of my class, I made the conscious decision to start writing my own music. Poetry was still good for me, but I wanted to try something more raw, something that in a sense “felt” better. Still though, after writing poetry and music for a combined 10 years, no one even knew I did this besides one or two random people. It got to a point where I wanted to start sharing. So I showed my parents some of my poetry and music. My mom was a total mom and loved it, but the whole time my dad was pretty stone faced. I couldn’t read his reaction. With no emotion he asked me three questions, “Did you write this?” “Who knows about this?” and “Where do you have this written down?” I thought he hated it. Once I answered the questions, “Yes.” “No one really” and “My notebooks.” He looked at me and said, “Do not let this die in your notebook, people need to hear this, they need to hear you.” From that point on, I only move forward.
HC: Which character do you identify most with in The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul?
RR: For The Walking Dead, I think I identified the most with Tyreese. I always saw Tyreese as a kind gentle person. It was obvious how much he cared about the people he loved, and what he was willing to do for them. And when the time called for it, he was willing to get savage. And I appreciated this view of him because, in media today, a big black man is not viewed as kind and gentle. So I think it helped me out a lot because, well, I am a big black man. So knowing that someone who looks like me, can act in such a way; a way I have always tried to act, meant a lot for me. For Better Call Saul, this is a tough one, because there aren’t that many characters yet, but I’d have to say Jimmy McGill AKA “Saul Goodman.” And this is because Jimmy is a pitbull. He is relentless in what he wants to do. Even though life has granted him a thousand and one reasons to stop practicing law, he continues on because it is what he likes to do. So in this case, I am trying to build myself up to a level where I start thinking about music in the same way.
HC: Thanks for chatting with us! Let’s get into the cypher.
This week’s topic: AMC Sunday nights (Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead).
Better Call Saul is the prequel series to the critically-acclaimed and Hush Comics favorite TV show Breaking Bad. It’s full of Easter Eggs, and Vince Gilligan is one of those creators that places hidden meaning in every little thing within the shot, and it makes the show more enjoyable to pick apart. Season 1 saw shyster “Slippin'” Jimmy McGill turn himself into a legitimate lawyer over a Rico case with the nursing home, but some cowardly back-stabbing by his own brother and loss of a close friend from his past may have finally brought out the Saul Goodman in him. In true comic book spirit, AMC has released a digital comic book of “Saul Goodman and The Justice Consortium” on their website here.
The Walking Dead has been around, in some capacity or another, for over a decade. While the show has borrowed content fairly liberally from the comic book, this next season will be when everything changes. It feels like AMC has been stockpiling characters just to lead them to slaughter when Negan comes into the picture. It’s one aspect of the show I’m certainly afraid for. This show has had its ruts, but don’t fool yourself into thinking Season 6B will be anything but ugly cryface.
Credit for the music goes to Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def for “Respiration,” (Better Call Saul verse) and Lupe Fiasco for “The Die” (The Walking Dead verses).