Growing up as a kid I went through a somewhat of an identity crisis. I didn't feel at home in NZ and when I went back to Pakistan or talked to my British cousins I couldn't relate to the culture anymore or see their side of things. Back in NZ I got called names, got heckled on the way to class, got pushed into a bush in the rain and all them usual schoolboy antics lol so I rejected this culture too. After school I took to playing ball by myself until there wasn't any light bc I didn't wanna tell nobody. I felt so aggressive and angry all the time lol but ya boy kept it to himself bc I ain't like to burden no body. Music and ball were the only things on my mind ever growing up. I used the Internet to learn. I saw African Americans who were being oppressed make something from absolutely nothing. I saw them prove to their oppressors that they didn't need validation from them. I saw basketball and music fuse into ONE THING and I couldn't help but attach myself to it. I watched LeBron ballout since I was a kid + I blasted Chingy and Bow Wow on my stereo WHILE playing ball. It was only natural for me to dress in basketball clothes and want Jordans. As my mind developed and grew I learnt to accept and learn about both my Pakistani/British heritage. I'm human. My black friends know what I'm bout, just like my Pakistani, Chinese, Samoan, Tongan and European friends know what I'm bout. Yo I'm sharing this bc kids will look up to me... I know it, I'm doing this for posterity. Look up the stats and read up on the increasing rate of mental health issues immigrant kids are going through. All them events I went through were building character. I only realised that now. Im hella proud to say I don't need to rely on nobody to do what I want now. Kids, I cried real tears bruh, I've felt mad alone and I've felt like I couldn't relate to anybody. Take one day at a time, its gonna be okay. Keep ur head up. Theres a lot of brazy stuff going on in the world but we dont have to focus on that. Instead let's focus on building you and me up, together. Let's vibe on the higher frequencies together. Let's do this together! Kids first!