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the ground in general. It truly was like empty, but like filled with the empty, a heavy kind of empty. You’ll never know that feeling until you seen that kind of destruction. Seeing cars of top of houses, houses to the ground. . . So it was doing everything that we needed to do to lift the heart of the city up and lift our hearts as well. Which including continuing to create art. NYEUSI: I guess I would be an irresponsible journalist if I didn’t ask about 2 Chainz (Sunni has made a guest appearance on two albums from platinum rapper 2 Chainz. How did you connect with him? SUNNI: We met in college in Alabama. Just been cool and tight ever since. Been making music since then. From his days in Playaz Circle in the late ‘90s to the album that just came out. They’ve tried to sign me to the label but I have to tell them if my name was Lil Young Sunni things would be moving differently around here. But thanks be to God I am who I am and things move as they should for all the right reasons…I appreciate the beauty of witnessing his process in the studio. He doesn’t overthink, he doesn’t even like to hear the beat before he goes in the booth. He just turns on the beat and starts saying whatever comes to mind, being free. So I was telling that to my brother, like, there is thing of being free in those moments that don’t always happen in certain conscious communities. We can speak freely but when it comes down to artistry a lot of times it is focused more on being smart or righteous instead of just being creative. Meanwhile this thing of freedom is happening on this other end. So I get that from him. I appreciate his business savvy. He’s a hard worker. He’s a beautiful father. And he always looking out for me. It’s some stuff that’s coming out soon that he has a big hand in with helping me get it out on another scale. NYEUSI: What’s next for you as an artist? SUNNI: I’m a resident artist for the city of New Orleans with the Claiborne Cultural Innovation District. I’m also a resident artist for a theatre company here called Junebug Productions which housed the production that I did called Gomela. We do a bunch of work centered around displacement and homecoming, being able to come back to New Orleans, the Right of Return. I’m a spiritual cheerleader and coach for people with whatever it is that I do. The art is what opens the door for me to be able to do the real work of upliftment and loving on our people. So that’s the path. Using this art as a channel. If that’s what has to get me in then, perfect – because who else is gonna do it? It’s only the artist that can truly speak to the pulse of the people. And allowing my children to see a life well lived. And be able to see that you can still be cool or whatever and uplift. It’s not a lame thing to do. It’s beautiful to uplift.

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By Any Means Necessary  

Congratulations on reading the first edition of the BAMN News Journal (volumes 1 and 2). This journal will be delivered to you each quarter...

By Any Means Necessary  

Congratulations on reading the first edition of the BAMN News Journal (volumes 1 and 2). This journal will be delivered to you each quarter...

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