- James Zhang
- Frisco, TX
- United States
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How I joined Ted and why other newcomers are AWESOME
How did you guys join Ted?
I'll start off. Here's my story.
During my internship over last summer, I actually had a lot of free time, probably because my manager wasn't quite sure how I can fit myself into most of the projects going on. They were either too advanced or too easy.
So I had time to ponder. And consume. And a lot of each.
I started getting more into hip hop and some music and watched a crap ton of Michio Kaku videos. But then, I stumbled upon Tupac Shakur, and I was actually listening to the lyrics he sang for the first time. But what REALLY hit me hard was this song:
It was a brilliant mash-up between two of the most influential names in hip hop and producing, Tupac and Nujabes. I started to realize, "What the heck, this isn't the crap I see on MTV," and then I realized many things, such as hip hop is a great form of expression, it can be very beautiful, cool, and I always find myself bobbing my head when I listen to good beats and great rapping. But those are other stories for another time ;)
Anyways, I delved deeper. I watched a bunch of interview videos of Tupac, listened to a few more songs, even watched Juice, the first movie he was in, which was about street crime and gang violence.
So after a while of more Kaku and Tupac, I started asking why?
Why was all this happening? Why was Tupac doing what he did? Why was there poverty? Why was their suffering? Why didn't the government understand?
That's when I understood Tupac.
And I couldn't stop my tears...
I understood his frustrations. He was an incredibly intelligent person coming from the ghetto, and all he did was rap songs of inspiration and addressing urban youth issues because:
That was the only thing he could do. The government and others didn't listen to him.
That's when I realized, I can do more. Kaku taught me thought. Tupac taught me compassion. And I have both deeply ingrained in my soul.
That is how I joined Ted.