"I come from a place where niggas my age ain't placed to see tomorrow, to each its own but each of them is known to steal and rob you..."
I never completely understood the whole concept of being a product of your environment. Listen, I'm from Hartford, CT, a place known for being one of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the country, why on earth would I consider myself a product of that? Being top 10 isn't something to glorify or anything I want to boast about, it is something I don’t want to be a part of…
This blog is to all the individuals who grew up in sub-par environments. Cities we weren't expected to make it out of...
If I was a product of my environment, I wouldn't be where I am. To be blunt & a little cliché, if I was a product of my environment I would either be dead or in jail. A wise man once said, "in my hood, you either sling rock or got a wicked jump shot." Albeit I am a little nice with the rock, but lack the size & athletic abilities to be signed to the Roc. Roc Nation Sports that is. I'm not one for slinging rock and killing my people to better myself. So with that said, my options seemed rather limited.
See, I say I'm not a product of my environment because I want my environment to be a product of me. I want myself & others to be able to look back on all I have done for my city. I once tweeted something like "before trying to save the world, try changing the community you live in" & I plan on standing behind those words.
What I want you to get from this is an understanding. An understanding that you don't have to let your environment depict what you make out of life. Break down barriers and overcome obstacles that your city may place in your way.
*Disclaimer*: I understand you can be a positive product of your environment. When I say I don't want to be a product of my environment, I am referring to the the negative presumptions that are placed upon my community.