July 15th, 2014
nakhiphop

I re-watched Howl’s Moving castle yesterday.  There are a lot of profound elements that I had previously overlooked.

Oh, I wrote a song that samples the main theme a few years ago.  Check it out.

"Sunrise" by NAK x Wy-I

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July 13th, 2014
nakhiphop
Going back home to LA to visit this week.  Let me know if you want to chill!  Here are some songs that remind me of home:1. Coconut Records - “West Coast”2. Delta Spirit - “California”3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - “Home”4. Beach House- “Myth”LINK: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYXFZhkXH3n3uWWBTVy6rpQ0sHiFq4w3H

Going back home to LA to visit this week.  Let me know if you want to chill!  Here are some songs that remind me of home:

1. Coconut Records - “West Coast”
2. Delta Spirit - “California”
3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - “Home”
4. Beach House- “Myth”

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYXFZhkXH3n3uWWBTVy6rpQ0sHiFq4w3H

July 12th, 2014
nakhiphop

Grass and Trees

"They said they can’t cure me.”

All I could think to do is pray.  With hands laid, I cried initially out of hope, then out of spite; I cried because in that moment, I was angry.  He cried because he still believed. 

Swallowing his denial, he wanted to spend his last days in a room with a view of the grass and the trees.  The simple beauty and adoration of God sustained his dying body.  It’s unthinkable how sometimes the things so overlooked, so unimportant, and so seemingly irrelevant is truly all we have left in the end.  In the end, it is only God, it has only been God, and it will always be God.  It hasn’t hit me yet, either.  But if I could be honest, this lesson I truly fear.  Because I am beginning to understand the cost.

nak.

July 12th, 2014
nakhiphop

Just a reminder! AMP Movement, Gowe (Gifted On West East), MICKEY CHO, MC Jin and my unworthy self will be going on tour! Hosted by the brothers at Good Fruit, if you’re near any of the areas listed during these times, keep these dates on lock!

The contest is still on! For those of you who missed the update, we are hosting a contest in which the winner will be able to perform on stage with us on stage during the ‪#‎FEARLESSTOUR‬. Get your entries in now!

nak.

July 9th, 2014
nakhiphop

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

AMP MovementGowe (Gifted On West East)MICKEY CHOMC Jin and my unworthy self will be going on tour! Hosted by the brothers at Good Fruit, if you’re near any of the areas listed during these times, keep these dates on lock! 

Want to rock the stage with us? Here’s your chance! We are hosting a talent competition in which the winner will win $500 and a spot to perform on stage with us during the tour! For more details, tune in to this video and visit the official Good Fruit website: 
http://youtu.be/z3F8LZF-L4g
http://goodfruitco.com/fearlesstour/

Spread the word! 
#FEARLESSTOUR

July 9th, 2014
nakhiphop

UPDATES: First and foremost, the ARTIFEX album is very, very near. The post-production phase has been taking a lot longer than expected, but I am confident to say that we’re about to wrap it up soon. In the meantime, be sure you stay up to date with things you might have missed:

- LATEST BLOG POST - “Pious Bias”:http://nakhiphop.com/post/90988886421/pious-bias

- NAK’S WEEKLY PLAYLIST - “A Sudden Twist”: 
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYXFZhkXH3n1j3n3NehnV8Y8ok9-uB9qL

LASTLY, be prepared for a HUGE announcement later today, as well as have an opportunity to participate in this evening’s tentative livestreaming event (www.twitch.tv/nakhiphop). 
This update is huge. You do not want to miss it.

nak.

July 6th, 2014
nakhiphop

On this week’s edition of "NAK’s Weekly Playlist," expect a very sudden twist.  Or don’t expect it.  

1. Janis Joplin - Little Girl Blue
2. Janis Joplin - Kozmic Blues
3. King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
4. The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
5. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
6. The Word Alive - Epiphany

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYXFZhkXH3n1j3n3NehnV8Y8ok9-uB9qL

July 6th, 2014
nakhiphop

Pious Bias

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Ah, Mission’s Week. The celebration of selflessness and character. A time of testimony, recap videos, and the momentary period of time in which the participating youth and children join in with the ‘big church’ to join the pastor on stage for a round of heartfelt applause. Oh this is more than just a round of pats on the back. No, no, this is the thrilling and unanimous feeling of knowing that God is proud of us as a church and is happy that we were able to give our oh so abundant blessings to those who have little or none… right?

Wrong.

As was so adamantly stated in today’s painfully truthful sermon, we are wrong in believing that we- as missionaries and ambassadors- have ‘more.’ As if with Christ, we are somehow ‘better.’ As if through our works we are responsible for the task of ‘saving’ anyone in general, no. We are wrong in allowing this sense of subconscious pride to blind our perspective and perception of those we wish to share God’s love with. The fact is, we stand equally sinful (and equally saved) in the midst of a perfect God, and by no means are Christians entitled to boasting of some dominance in some ominous spiritual hierarchy.

How then shall we approach the mission’s field and fulfilling the great commission if not in the idea of solely giving to and serving the ‘less fortunate’ in an effort to reveal Christ’s love? The answer lies within the example of Jesus’ humility, how He viewed people and how the Gospel should direct the way we view people too. The apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Roman church that he is a ‘bondservant’ and is ‘obligated’ to his fellow man: Greeks and ‘barbarians,’ the rich and poor, the educated and primitive. A man at the service of all people completely and totally impartial to bias. As Christians, we need to adhere to this example as a means to be effective in spreading the news of redemption. Not only in the field of mission work, but as Christians in every environment, if we want to truly show God’s love to our fellow man, we need to allow the Gospel to change the way we view our fellow man.  A view untainted by the stains of bias, personal preference, and even defensive retaliation: the view of a valued person in which Jesus loves and died for.

I lately have been discovering some very dangerous biases in my own life. In my line of work, I develop tons of professional relationships with a vast assortment of different people on a weekly basis. I subconsciously collect information based on my different experiences to identify patterns, and frequently conjure assumptions of people based on past experiences with people of similar background (which are oftentimes correct). My small collection of experiences have enabled me to develop blaring generalizations of individuals who even slightly match certain criteria and thus effects my behavior toward them in very different ways. Just being honest. I’ve realized that any sort of inconsistency of attitude and behavior towards anyone due to personal bias makes me completely hypocritical and ultimately ineffective as a Christian. At which case, any ‘love’ manifested towards people as a representation of God’s would be ‘conditional,’ and thus… well, not God’s.

As I reflect upon the life of Jesus and how He spent much of his ministry in building relationships with socially disreputable people, my twisted humanity makes me honestly wonder, “is Jesus faking His attitude of love toward them? He obviously has the absolute authority and right to be offended by these people.” …Yeaaaah, it’s pretty dumb of me to verbalize those thoughts out loud, but the answer is obviously “no.” Jesus’ perfect example of love towards others is legit, despite Him being God in the flesh in the midst of human losers (such as myself. And there’s my bias coming out again). If you need proof of His genuine love, look to the cross. You can’t fake dying for someone. Heh…  Well…

Bias people such as myself are able to recognize bias in others (which is also very lame of me).  Bear with me. By analyzing my own life, I’ve realized that many believers are plagued with my own pious bias and inaccurate assumptions of others as well. Nay, I feel we all to some extent have contorted perceptions of people in general that results in tons of problems; nobody’s perfect. How then does this benefit the Christian in sharing the Gospel when we approach others with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude? How are we able to sincerely build intentional relationships with people when we don’t even see them on the ‘same level’ as us? How do we love people when we view them as repulsive? When we approach with reproach? Honestly, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of viewing people as they truly are in Christ. I’d be safe to assume there are people who are dying for their person-hood and their very existence to be just… acknowledged, much lest viewed equal to anyone else. I know there’s people in this world who believe that they are worthless.

So let’s put it in perspective… if it’s hard for us to imagine how powerful and amazing it would be for a world to know the love of Christ, let’s start small and imagine how powerful it would be if we viewed people- or that one person- as Jesus views them: valuable… masterpieces… and worth dying for.

Let’s ask God to create in us eyes that view people as He does.
Let’s get eye transplants.

nak.

July 4th, 2014
nakhiphop
your internet fast post really inspired me to fast from internet myself. it's been a large stumbling block in my life and I really want to do something about it but I don't have the strength to do it sometimes. but realizing how fruitful and beneficial it could be after reading your experience really makes me want to put away the internet for a while. thankyou NAK! :)

Praise God!  Do what you must to keep Him centered.  :D

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