Hey there, beautiful souls! It's Tasha here, and I'm about to hit a milestone – turning 51 on September 24. Can you believe me and hip-hop are the same age?! 🎛️🎧
As I stand at this crossroads of life, I can't help but reflect on the deep love I've cultivated over the years for good music, especially hip-hop. Why, you ask? Well, 2023 is extra special because it marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, and it and I have been one incredible journey.
You may know me as the co-founder of Kobi Co., the mother-daughter-owned candle and wellness brand based right here in Minneapolis. Our mission is to create the ultimate intersection of scent, sound, and self-care. And speaking of self-care, hip-hop has been an integral part of that journey.
This year, 2023, has been an absolute whirlwind of musical magic ✨🪄. I've had the privilege of attending some mind-blowing concerts, and each experience has been a tonic for my soul. Let me go ahead share some of my dopest moments with you.
Hiatus Kyote at First Avenue with Kobi (our first Mother/Daughter concert ❤️): There's something truly magical about sharing music with your loved ones, but sharing it with your mini-me who obviously has the same taste in music is an entirely different level! Kobi and I were transported to another realm by Hiatus Kyote's enchanting melodies. It was a moment of pure connection.
Killer Mike at First Avenue: The energy in that room was electrifying. Killer Mike's passion for change and his powerful infusion of gospel and hip-hop left an indelible mark on my heart.
The Roots Festival in Philly: Now, this was one I checked off my bucket list . Being soooo close to some of my favorite performera like the Isley Brothers and Lucky Day, feeling the rhythm in our bones, and actually meeting legends like ?uestlove and Black Thought – it felt like a celestial ✨🎁.
Ari Lennox at the Filmore in Minneapolis: Ari's voice is a healing balm. Her little sass is intoxicating! Her down to earth performance was a soul-stirring experience, and the Filmore was filled with ladies singing along to every song.
Terrace Martin at the Dakota: Jazz and hip-hop intertwining in perfect harmony – Terrace Martin's show was a testament to the diversity of this genre and his pure genius. It was an intimate, musical journey that tickled my ears and spoke to my soul.
Kamasi Washington: A virtuoso in his own right, Kamasi's performance was like a spiritual awakening. His saxophone breathed electric life into every corner of the venue ⭐.
Lauren Hill at Mystic Lake Casino: Witnessing a living legend like Lauren Hill twice this year was nothing short of awe-inspiring... maybe it was because she showed actually showed up at the Roots Picnic and with the Fugees at that👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿?!Her timeless classics still resonate with the soul even though they've been remixed beyond recognition.
And the journey doesn't stop here. I'm counting down the days until I see the Wu Tang Clan in October - this one's especially for my Mr. (who hails from NYC and grew up with them), and I couldn't be more hyped about celebrating my actual birthday 🎉 🎂 with Musiq Soulchild's sexy, swoonful-soulful melodies at the Dakota.
In a world that sometimes feels chaotic, hip-hop has been my sanctuary. It's been a source of self-care, a reminder of the power of art and unity, and a testament to the enduring legacy of a genre that has changed lives for half a century.
As I embark on this new chapter, I carry the music, the memories, and the love for hip-hop with me. Here's to the next 50 years of groovy beats and soulful vibes, and to Kobi Co. continuing to create scents that resonate with your soul.
Stay tuned for more adventures, more self-care, and more soul-soothing sounds. The journey continues, my friends.