Rappers Ain’t Rich! We Take the Bus, Too


I was on the bus the other day, coming from getting some seafood because I was headed to Europe for some Tanya Morgan shows in London and Barcelona the next day. I figured I wasn’t going to be eat much over there so I better get my grub on now. A girl coming from school sees me and after telling me she likes our music, she says, “Why you on the bus, though? You be on VH1!”

I didn’t have an answer.

I mean, I could’ve at least been in a cab, right? The truth is I was on the bus because I took the train to the seafood spot and I was getting my transfer on instead of spending another $2.25 to get back on the train. Yeah, dropping an underground classic album doesn’t pay!

Only in underground hip-hop can you rock a show in another country with 10 dollars in your pocket. It’s not always like that, though. Sometimes, you’re in a baller ass hotel with free clothes on and a fat check from some company. Sometimes, you’re in some small town flirting with some chick only so you can try and sleep on her couch. With 60 bucks off of the door and the same shirt you had on yesterday and Tuesday, too.

It happens!

Maybe I just kept it too real, I’m sure I’ll hear from some colleagues about that last one. Haha… But that’s what it is; ups and downs. Listen to the many songs about it! “Show Business” by A Tribe Called Quest is a good one. It’s like a love song that sounds totally different once you’ve experienced love and heartbreak.

Some of the songs about the music business sound like audio mirrors once you’re in it. I wouldn’t trade my life for a more traditional one at all, though. I’m just a kid from the ’hood that made some music and it’s taken me places I would’ve never seen. I’m living for my family and friends that haven’t seen these places and done these things. That makes me more proud than owning any car could.

But I gotta get paid so I can make that girl on the bus proud. Haha…

  • yo

    Word! Big ups Von Pea, keep it up. Underground hip hop is the real shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bkattmuzik Bumpy Genitalia

    Dang bro why you let them people jerk you like that?

  • BeerGangsta

    You need to get a better Producer!! Get your Legal Hustle on. Make a song with a Platium Artist!! Then go on Tour!! There you go no more Ression!! Being Poe is only Temporary for Hustlers!!

  • http://www.thisisthedream.com Rahim The Dream

    you keep it so f*cking real. i haven’t even heard your music before, but after reading your last two blogs, I’m going to go listen your typing game might have just earned you a fan…and some posts on my site.

  • Face Phoenix

    Glad to see someone tell the truth about the music business. It’s not always as it seems. Financial stability isn’t always an option in the entertainment biz but I respect anyone who continues to do what they love. Grind on playa, I feel ya.

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    “Sometimes, you’re in a baller ass hotel with free clothes on and a fat check from some company. Sometimes, you’re in some small town flirting with some chick only so you can try and sleep on her couch. With 60 bucks off of the door and the same shirt you had on yesterday and Tuesday, too.”

    ^ truth.com!!!

    And don’t order drinks! That cuts into your $60…

  • grizzly benguin

    ‘won’t see Pea up in a brand new Jag, I’m tryin get out the hood still run tell that’.

  • Anonymous

    broke ass nigga u a hoe

    if u aint gettin munny u aint shit fuckboi