May 262011
 

Interview conducted by Ayman El-Sayed.

 

What up Stic, thank you for the interview, how are things going?

 

THINGS ARE AWESOME,  I’M IN THE FLOW, BEING PRODUCTIVE, APPLYING A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO MY LIFE AND ENDEAVORS AS BEST I CAN IN THIS MOMENT. NEW MUSIC IS OUT, TRAVELING, MY FAMILY IS WELL AND I’M THANKFUL TO BE IN THE GOOD FIGHT AND WINNING VICTORIES ALONG THE WAY.

 

You released your second solo album “The Workout” this year, how has the reception been to it?

 

TRULY IT HAS BEEN WELL RECEIVED! “THE WORKOUT” HAS BEEN ON THE TOP OF THE TOP 100 ITUNES FITNESS CHARTS SINCE IT DEBUTED AT #1 THE WEEK OF APRIL 12TH 2011 AND WE HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP 20 EVER SINCE.

 

BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT HAS BEEN THE NUMEROUS EMAILS, TEXTS, POSTS, AND CALLS I HAVE RECEIVED FROM ALL TYPES OF FOLKS WHO HAVE GOTTEN BACK ON THEIR EXERCISE AND TRAINING REGIMENS, OR STARTED FOR THE FIRST TIME OR STOPPED SMOKING CIGARETTES, WHO HAVE BECOME VEGETARIANS, WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR MARATHONS, WHO HAVE JUST MADE GREAT STRIDES IN THEIR COMMITMENTS TO BEING HEALTHIER AND TAKING CARE OF THEM SELVES AND THEIR CONFIDENCE IS UP, THANKING ME FOR THE MOTIVATION AND EXAMPLE.

 

MANY PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED THAT THEY FEEL THE ALBUM IS A CLASSIC, THAT IT’S INSPIRING BEYOND JUST WORKING OUT BUT FOR LIFE IN GENERAL. THE FACT THAT IT HAS NO CURSE WORDS OR N WORDS HAS BEEN A REAL PLUS IN PEOPLE’S FEEDBACK AS WELL.  CHURCH FOLK, KIDS, WHITE, BLACK, ASIAN, ATHLETES AND FOLKS WHO WEREN’T EVEN INTO FITNESS ALL HAVE BEN IN SUPPORT AND UNANIMOUS APPROVAL HAS BEEN THE COMMON SENTIMENT I HAVE RECEIVED.  OUR RBG FIT CLUB NETWORK IS GROWING RAPIDLY.

 

I’VE BEEN CONTACTED BY PERSONAL TRAINERS IN THE US AND INTERNATIONALLY WHO SAY THE ALBUM IS HAVING A GREAT EFFECT ON THEIR CLIENTS’ MOTIVATION.  WE ARE SELLING MORE OF THESE CD’S THAN ANY OF OUR PREVIOUS INDEPENDENT RELEASES SO FAR.  WORD OF MOUTH IS SPREADING. IT’S SO MUCH POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

 

I HAVE BEEN STRENGTHENED EVEN MORE IN MY OWN PERSONAL DEDICATION BY LISTENING TO THE ALBUM WHEN I TRAIN.  SO IT HAS TRULY BEEN A PHENOMENAL FIRST MONTH OUT!!

 

 

I see that your two solo albums have been based on themes, the first one being Manhood and this one about Workout, is there a reason you choose to make thematic albums?

 

THIS BRINGS TO MIND A QUOTE FROM 2PAC THAT HAS INSPIRED ME A LOT THROUGH THE YEARS.  HE SAID IN REFERENCE TO THE MENTAL STATE OF OUR COMMUNITIES ”A DEAD PEOPLE NEED A LIFESTYLE”, SOMETHING TO IDENTIFY WITH, SOMETHING THAT REFLECTS THE FAMILIARITIES OF LIFE BUT ALSO, MOST IMPORTANTLY A VISION OF SOMETHING TO BECOME, SO HE HAD THE THEME OF “THUG LIFE”.

 

I RESEARCHED HIS BACKGROUND AS AN ACTOR AND HIS TRAINING IN PLAYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.  I SAW HOW THE ART OF “STORYTELLING WHETHER IN RAP FORM OR PLAYS OR SONGS OR EVEN PARABLES IN RELIGIOUS TEXTS ARE ALWAYS “THEMATIC”.  IT’S WHAT CONNECTS PEOPLE FROM THE SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF YOUR “STORY” TO THE UNIVERSALITY.

 

IN SHORT IT MAKES IT RELEVANT TO A WIDE RANGE OF FOLKS WHEN THERE IS A “CLEAR THEME” PRESENT.  SO THIS HAS EVOLVED AS MY OWN WAY OF CREATING MY SOLO ALBUMS AND HAS EVEN INFLUENCED WHAT I DO WITH DEAD PREZ AS WELL.  I CAN FREESTYLE AND I CAME UP IN MY EARLIER DAYS PERFECTING THAT ASPECT OF MY SKILL SET AS AN EMCEE BUT TODAY I’D HAVE TO SAY IT DOESN’T REALLY INSPIRE ME LIKE BUILDING ON A THEME OR CONCEPT DOES..

 

BUT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, LIFE IS THEMATIC IN MY ASSESSMENT. CONCEPTS GIVE A SENSE OF RELEVANCE AND PRACTICALITY.  IT GIVES PURPOSE AND IT GIVES MY CREATIVITY A FOCUS THAT I FEEL HAS A FUNCTIONAL ROLE AS ART. WHEN I CHOOSE THEMES THERE IS A BUILT IN AUDIENCE.  AT LEAS THEORETICALLY, WHEN I’M ABLE TO DELIVER A BODY OF WORK THAT SPEAKS TO THAT INTEREST.

 

I LOVE THE CHALLENGE OF GOING BEYOND “FREE-STYLING A GROUP OF RANDOM SONGS TOGETHER”.  THAT BORES ME AND LACKS THE KIND OF COHESIVENESS THAT MAKES A BODY OF WORK TIMELESS.  MANHOOD IS A TIMELESS THEME, UNIVERSALLY RELEVANT.  HEALTH AND FITNESS IS A TIMELESS THEME, UNIVERSALLY RELEVANT.  THIS IS A PART OF MY WAY OF BEING CREATIVE AND STAYING INSPIRED.  TAPPING INTO TIMELESS THEMES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO WHERE I AM IN MY LIFE. IT HELPS ME EXPRESS MY TRUTH IN A WAY THAT IS USEFUL TO ME AND OTHERS.

 

I AM ALWAYS WORKING TOWARDS THOSE MOMENTS OF INSPIRATION WHERE A CONCEPT CAPTIVATES ME. IT USES ME LIKE A PAINTBRUSH AND DOESN’T LET ME GO UNTIL I GET EVERY DROP INTO THE BODY OF WORK I’M INTO AT THAT TIME.

 

I’VE BEEN IN AN 18 YEAR HAPPY AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY WIFE AND I THINK I’M ALMOST AT THAT CREATIVE SPARK TO DELVE INTO AN ALBUM THEMED AROUND “THE IN’S AND OUT’S OF MAINTAINING HAPPY HEALTHY REALISTIC RELATIONSHIPS”.

 

I LIVE FOR THOSE MOMENTS OF INSPIRATION THAT SEND ME TO THE PAD TO WRITE OR TO MY KEYBOARD TO PRODUCE. IT’S A POWER THAT CONSUMES ME AND IT FEELS LIKE I’M AT MY TRUEST PLACE OF CONNECTION WITH SELF AND THE UNIVERSE IN THOSE MOMENTS.

 

You have been rapping about being healthy since Dead Prez’s first album with the track “be healthy” and throughout your other Dead Prez albums and now with your new solo album, why is discussing health so important in your music?

 

IT’S A UNIVERSAL PATTERN THAT HAS BEEN RECURRENT IN MY PERSONAL LIFE SO IT NATURALLY FINDS ITS WAY IN MY FLOWS AND VERSES AND THEMES. I’VE DEALT WITH GOUT, I’VE BEEN A VEGAN MANY YEARS, MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY AND ME DEALING WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

 

MANY YEARS OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING, HAVING MY SON AT HOME NATURALLY WITHOUT DOCTORS AND MEDICINE, HELPING MY MOM GET OFF INSULIN AS A DIABETIC, MY FATHER HAVING 2 HEART ATTACKS, ETC.

 

SO MANY FACTORS IN MY LIFE HAVE KEPT HEALTH AT THE FOREFRONT OF MY CONSCIOUSNESS AND I FEEL I HAVE A CALLING TO MAKE A LOVING IMPACT IN THIS AREA THROUGH MY MUSIC AND OTHER INITIATIVES I AM A PART OF.

 

I THINK THROUGH HEALTH AND FITNESS LIFESTYLE WE CAN ADDRESS MANY OTHER ISSUES AND OFFER HEALING. CONFIDENCE, DISEASES AND ILLNESSES, RESISTANCE TO DRUGS AND ADDICTION, SELF DEFENSE SO MUCH POSITIVE AND GOOD COMES OUT OF HEALTH AND FITNESS LIFESTYLE.

 

AND WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT ON ARMAGEDDON OR JESUS OR THE REVOLUTION OR ANYTHING ELSE (LOL) TO JUMP RIGHT IN AND GET THE BENEFITS. WE JUST NEED THE MOTIVATION AND DISCIPLINE TO CLAIM THE VICTORY, THAT IS LOVING OURSELVES ENOUGH TO LIVE LIKE WE DO.

 

What is your philosophy in regards to food and nutrition, for example are you a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc.?

 

I’M BASICALLY A VEGAN BUT I HAVE ADDED CERTAIN FISH TO MY DIET ON OCCASION. I DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL OR SMOKE ANYTHING, WEED CIGARETTES ETC. NO SODAS, NO PROCESSED WHITE OR BROWN SUGAR, NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS OR PRESERVATIVES, JUST NATURAL WHOLE FOOD AND ORGANIC WHERE IT’S AVAILABLE.

 

I ALWAYS LIKE TO TEST MY OWN THEORIES AND NOT GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN LABELS AND TITLES.  BUT MAKE SURE I’M FEELING MY BEST AND GETTING THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS I NEED TO REACH MY FITNESS GOALS.

 

 

I THINK GOOD LITERATURE TO FURTHER YOUR STUDIES ARE “THE CHINA STUDY” BY T.COLIN CAMPBELL AND “THE VEGAN SOULFOOD GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.”

 

I THINK THAT THE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN LIFESTYLE IS THE MOST ETHICAL, MOST ECONOMICAL AND MOST WISE LIFESTYLE BASED OFF MY RESEARCH.  PEOPLE SHOULD BE INFORMED AND DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES.  I FEEL NUTRITION IS ABOUT BALANCE; NOT EXTREMISM.

 

In your opinion is it essential to remove meat from your diet in order to be healthy, is there an alternative for those who want to continue eating meat but be healthy at the same time?

 

MEAT CONSUMPTION, SPECIFICALLY RED MEAT, CHICKEN ETC. HAS BEEN INDICATED IN THE INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF CANCER IN THE BODY. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT THE ANIMAL PROTEIN THAT WE CONSUME IS THE CATALYST FOR CANCER CELLS TO FLOURISH IN OUR BODIES.

 

I WOULD AGAIN STRESS GETTING THE BOOK “THE CHINA STUDY” AND IF YOU STILL WANNA EAT MEAT, THEN U CAN’T SAY U AIN’T BEEN WARNED.

 

THE MEAT INDUSTRY HAS PAID FOR ITS PLACE ON THE FDA’S RECOMMENDED FOODS LIST.  IT HAS BOUGHT ITS WAY INTO THE SCHOOLS AS PART OF A BALANCED DIET AND PAID THE GOVERNMENT OFF.

 

WE CAN GET ALL OUR PROTEIN NEEDS FROM VEGETABLE SOURCESEVEN B12 FROM CHIA SEEDS AND SEAWEEDS ETC. BUT THE MEAT INDUSTRY HAS FUNDED ITS OWN TRICKNOLOGY MARKETING AND BIASED RESEARCH TO VALIDATE FALSE CLAIMS OF THE AMOUNT OF PROTEIN WE NEED DAILY FROM ANIMAL SOURCES TO FATTEN UP ITS POCKETS.

 

BUT AS YOU SEE THE OBESITY RATES AND HEART DISEASE IN THE WORLD, THE U.S. IN PARTICULAR, IT NOT ONLY FATTENS UP ITS POCKETS BUT ALSO THE NATION.  AND PEOPLE ARE SICKER THAN EVER BECAUSE OF IT.  MCDONALDS IS CRACK DONALDS AND BURGER KING IS MURDER KING, LOL.

 

Describe a typical breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Stic.man household?

 

BREAKFAST

WATER

FRESH SPINACH APPLE JUICE IN THE BLENDER,

BAKED TATER TOTS

OR YELLOW CORN GRITS

OR FRUIT SMOOTHIE OR ORGANIC GLUTEN FREE GRANOLA WITH ALMOND MILK,

OR A TOSS SALAD

OR APPLE WITH ALMOND BUTTER.OR THINGS LIKE THAT..IT VARIES.OH AND VITAMINS

 

LUNCH

SALAD WRAP

SEASONAL FRUIT

SPROUTED TOFU BURGER WITH GLUTEN FREE WRAP NOT WHEAT

ETHIOPIAN VEGETABLE COMBO

YAMS

CHICK PEAS

SMOOTHIES

BAKED FRIES

IT ALWAYS VARIES

 

DINNER

KALE GREENS

BROWN RICE COUSCOUS

YAMS

BAKED POTATOES

COCONUT VEGGIE INDIAN INSPIRED CUISINE

TACOS WITH HOME MADE GUACAMOLE AND VEG PROTEIN AND SOY FREE (FOR MY SON WHO IS ALLERGIC)

CHICK PEAS

BEANS

 

SNACKS

POPCORN

FRUIT

NUTS

RAISINS

BLUE CORN CHIPS

VEGAN DESSERTS

 

HERBAL TEAS

 

REALLY DEPENDS ON OUR SCHEDULE, AND MY GOALS AS FAR AS FITNESS, WEIGHT ETC. PLAY A BIG ROLE AS WELL.

BUT THAT’S SOME STUFF OF THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

 

 

 

The two videos you released for this album are about hitting the gym and running, what is your daily workout regimen and how important is physical activity in maintaining a healthy body?

 

THIS IS TYPICAL FOR ME BUT I OFTEN CHANGE MY ROUTINE TO NOT GET BORED.

I MEDITATE AS SOON AS I WAKE UP, EVERY OTHER DAY I RUN (AT THIS POINT I’M UP TO 6-7 MILES EVERY OTHER DAY). DO YOGA, STRETCHING AND BREATHING ON NON-RUNNING DAYS, AS WELL AS ALTERNATING CALISTHENICS AND LIGHT WEIGHTS. PULL UPS, PUSH UPS, SQUATS AND MEGA AB WORK, LIFTS, CRUNCHES OBLIQUES, ETC.) AND I USE DUMBBELLS AND BARBELLS FOR TONING.

 

I ALSO DO BOXING WITH MY SON AT THE GYM TWICE A WEEK, SPEED BAG, HEAVY BAG, JUMP ROPE, PADS, SIT UPS, FOOTWORK DRILLS, STANDARD BOXING STUFF.

I SPAR WHEN THERE’S A PARTNER AVAILABLE AND I PRACTICE VARIOUS MARTIAL TECHNIQUES IVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS.

 

 

Many people complain of lack of motivation, what motivates you to workout and eat healthy?

 

IT’S FUN. I SEE MYSELF AS A WARRIOR. IT’S THE WAY I STAY READY. I’M THE MAN OF MY HOUSE. I SEE IT AS PART OF MY DUTIES AS A PERSON, AS A FATHER, AND AS A MAN. I KNOW I HAVE TO BE AN EXAMPLE WHEN THERE IS NO MOTIVATION. MY FAMILY NEEDS IT. I KNOW I MUST BREAK THE CYCLE.

 

THE ENDORPHINS MOTIVATE ME. SEEING A GUT DEVELOP MOTIVATES ME, LOL, MY PRIDE IN MYSELF. IT DEFEATS STRESS. IT GIVES ME AN EXHILARATING FEELING OF SELF RESPECT AND ACCOMPLISHMENT. IT KEEPS ME FROM RELAPSING BACK TO BEING A WEED HEAD, LOL.

 

I FEEL GOOD WHEN I DO WORKOUT AND EAT RIGHT. I FEEL LAZY AND I HAVE HEALTH ISSUES WHEN I SLACK. SO IT’S JUST MY LIFESTYLE AT THIS POINT. TO NOT TRAIN FOR ME IS LIKE ME NOT MAKING MUSIC, NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO DO IT, LOL.

 

 

 

Do you feel that detox diets such as the master cleanse are safe, the reason I ask is because many people have done it to lose weight in a short period of time, is that the proper way to lose weight?

 

I SAY IF YOU HAVE A BALANCE ACTIVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CENTERED IN WHOLEFOOD NUTRITION, YOU WILL FIND YOUR BODY’S NATURAL HEALTHY WEIGHT.

 

DON’T SWEAT THE SCALE; SWEAT IN THE WORKOUT. DON’T JUST DIE-IT, LIVE IT. IT HAS TO BE A LIFESTYLE TO BE SUSTAINABLE. THEM FAD DIETS GET SLIM QUICK TRICKS DON’T LAST.

 

A BALANCED LIFESTYLE THAT YOU ENJOY WILL KEEP U CONSISTENT AND THIS IS WHAT’S BEST IN THE LONG RUN. YOU HAVE TO FIND THE ACTIVITIES THAT BUILD YOUR STRENGTH FLEXIBILITY AND ENDURANCE THAT ARE FUN FOR YOU AND JOYFUL. SURE THERE IS EFFORT INVOLVED AND YOU MAY HAVE TO OVERCOME A BIT OF LAZINESS OR MENTAL BLOCKS BUT ONCE YOU ARE CONSISTENT THEM ENDORPHINS WILL KEEP YOU COMING BACK.

 

ALSO REMEMBER, IF YOU BECOME INACTIVE OVER PERIODS OF TIME AS YOU AGE IT WILL BE THAT MUCH HARDER TO MAINTAIN YOUR STRENGTH FLEXIBILITY AND ENDURANCE. OLD AGE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE RIDDLED WITH POOR HEALTH IF WE LIVE NOW WITH THE END IN MIND.

 

What is the most challenging aspect of leading this lifestyle?  What are some hardships you have faced?  Do you get cravings for things you have given up and how do you deal with it?

 

YOU HAVE TO FACE YOUR SELF AND BE DETERMINED. THIS IS THE SECRET TO LIFE. YOUR GREATEST ENEMY IS YOUR OWN MIND UNTIL YOU KNOW YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL. OUR DOUBT, OUR MEDIOCRITY, OUR FEAR OF FAILURE, OF PAIN, OF THE UNKNOWN. THIS IS WHAT GETS IN OUR WAY.

 

IT’S BEEN MY CONSISTENCY THAT HAS BEEN MY GREATEST ASSET. I JUST KEEP AT IT. I VARY MY ROUTINE WHEN MY INTERESTS SHIFT, BUT I KEEP ACTIVE. I SURROUND MY SELF WITH INFORMATION AND THINGS THAT ARE INSPIRATIONAL. I STAY AWAY FROM NEGATIVE THINKERS AS BEST I CAN. I WATCH WHAT I INTAKE MENTALLY AND STRIVE TO FEED MY SELF POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT ALL DAY EVERYDAY.

 

I THINK OF WHAT I USED TO BE DOING AND FEELING AND I APPRECIATE MY LIFESTYLE TODAY EVEN MORE.  I THINK ABOUT MY BROTHER ON DRUGS AND MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES SO SICK THEY ARE ON MACHINES AND HEAVY MEDICATION AND I SAY I’M NOT GONNA LET THAT HAPPEN TO ME BECAUSE OF MY OWN NEGLIGENCE.  AND I’M INSPIRED TO KEEP GOING.  AND IT JUST FEELS GOOD TO FEEL GOOD YA DIG? LOL

 

What are the benefits of healthy living?  How have you benefited?

 

I’M HAPPIER, MORE AT PEACE, MORE IN TUNE WITH MY DIRECTION, MORE ATTENTIVE TO MY FAMILY, MORE ASSERTIVE IN MY BUSINESS, MORE PRODUCTIVE CREATIVELY, MORE ACCOUNTABLE TO MY VALUES, MORE USEFUL TO MY COMMUNITY, MORE STRONGER, MORE SEXIER AND MORE POWERFUL.

 

Who and what has influenced you to be healthy? What books or resources do you recommend to those who want to improve their health?

MY PARENTS ILL HEALTH, MY BROTHERS DRUG ABUSE, MY OWN HEALTH ISSUES WITH GOUT AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, MALCOLM X’S AUTO BIOGRAPHY, BRUCE LEE’S JKD WHICH I HAVE BEEN A STUDENT OF FOR MANY YEARS, QUEEN AFUA, MY WIFE WHO IS A HOLISTIC HEALTH COUNSELOR AND AUTHOR OF THE VEGAN SOULFOOD GUIDE TO THE GALAXY AND MUCH MORE CONTINUOUS LEARNING.

 

 

 

After reading this interview, what is the most important change or step a person can make or take today to begin a path of health and wellness?

 

REALIZING THAT EITHER WE GET ACTIVE NOW AND REAP THE BENEFITS LATER AS WE AGE OR WE DO NOTHING AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. IT’S POSSIBLE.  IT’S FUN. IT’S WORTH IT.  IT’S NOT A COMPETITION.  IT’S AN INVESTMENT IN THE QUALITY OF YOUR OWN LIFE AND THE COMMUNITY THAT YOU LOVE. OF COURSE EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN THE RBG FITC LUB AT WWW.STICRBG.COM, TOO…LOL SHAMELESS PLUG!!!! IT’S FREE AND WE WILL HELP TO KEEP EACH OTHER MOTIVATED.

 

DON’T WAIT ON NOBODY ELSE TO DO FOR YOU WHAT YOU MUST DO FOR YOURSELF. GET EXCITED ABOUT IT. IT’S A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF LIFE. WE ALL NEED INSPIRATION.  THIS WILL BE A RIVER OVERFLOWING.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET TO IT! PROCRASTINATION DESTROYS NATIONS.  SELF PRESERVATION IS A LAW OF NATURE!!! SELF-DETERMINATION IS OUR INNER POWER. LET’S GO!

 

Thank you Sticman for inspiring so many people to be aware about their health, you have definitely inspired me to be healthier and others that I know and I hope you continue to inspire moreWhere can people purchase the album and do you have any last words for our readers?

 

PLEASE STIC WITH ME AND HELP ME TO STAY FOCUSED AS WELL! GET THE ALBUM “THE WORKOUT” AT WWW.STICRBG.COM

RBG FIT CLUB TEE SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE AS WELL AS BOOKS AND MORE.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR PLATFORM WITH ME TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. STRENGTH AND LOVE! 100.

 

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