May 18, 2013 Comments Off
My mom has always told me, “God put you in a position to give back.” From trying to get to LA this past Thursday to see my mom and dad after missing Mother’s Day (even though Mother’s Day in my house is everyday), but staying in Boston an extra day to give back, to when I was younger, acting as the glue between two of my best friends who – up until 10 years ago – would have stopped talking or strangled each other were it not for me, to now giving back through what I love to do, mom’s words have always rung true.
I told my mom I was going to come home for a real short trip Thursday night to Monday, and of course she started counting down the days. A few days after that, I got a call from my boss, Dylan, “hey Pup my good friend Brad is doing a fundraiser for Boston, I don’t know many details but he asked who would be good for this & of course you’re the only one I thought of.” Immediately I told my boss, “I already promised my mom I’m coming home.” Family man that he is, he got it right away. That night I talked to my mom and of course she knew exactly how many days were left, yet she felt something and said, “if you have things to do, just rest and come another time.” I told her, “naw, I’m coming! I got called for a fundraiser but I told them no.” Without hesitation she said, “Puppu, come Friday or just another time, people call you for a reason.”
So, needless to say I listened to mom. I had no clue what this fundraiser was about, but I do about 30-50 fundraisers a year and thought skipping one wouldn’t be a big deal. The next day I told Dylan: set it up, I’ll stay. I got on the phone with Brad a few hours later and he told me it was for a friend that survived the bombing and there were some really important people who had his back, plus Wyclef would be coming down to donate his time too.
The whole thing sounded great and I asked how I could help, “just do what you do with turntables and entertain the rooftop crowd.” My response: “Cool, I got you. Whatever you need.” Fast forward to Thursday night; I’ve know Clef for almost 10 years now, and I always get this crazy feeling every time I see him or even have a quick talk with him… “Is this real? Am I really on the phone talking to a musical genius?!” Well, when he got to Boston, he first came into the studio for about 3 hours, in that time I of course did my interview and drops (the usual), which took about 40 minutes, but the rest of the time he was just seeing how I’ve been, asking my next step in life and going through some amazing new music off his project. He also took the time to listen to some of my music that I want to put out early next year (don’t worry – I’m not rapping or singing – it’s going to be a compilation album with some very talented artists).
Anyway, I get to the rooftop and see colleagues of mine along with a few listeners, hang out for a sec and then jump on the turntables. About 10 minutes into it the neighbors start to complain that it’s too loud, which for the record, it wasn’t… At one point my phone speakers would have been louder. No joke! Lol
So, I thought I was just going to play music until Clef came out, but his manager came over to me before that and said, “Clef wants to see you.” I went to his room and he started talking set list, and that we’re just going to go out there and have fun, (now mind you, I’ve dj’ed for artists before but this is Wyclef, the guy responsible for Destiny’s Child, the guy who’s given hits to countless artists) my response? “Um, ok cool, I got you!” His first song was an acoustic version of “Gone ‘til November” – just him and his guitar. Then he did “911.” Then he brought out his new artist from Stamford, CT: Angelica Salem (who is soooooooooo talented) and she did an a capella version of a Whitney Houston song (written by Clef of course); you have to have real big cojones to do that. And she nailed it. After that, I came into play, “yo Pup lets turn this into a party!” So I start banging Fugee records, Wyclef classics, songs featuring Wyclef and he just starts performing, switching words of his songs to “Boston Strong” and throwing my name, “Dj Pup Dawg” into his songs! I got into the zone and so did he. The crowd was dancing with Wyclef (not from a distance but actually dancing with him) and then, the cops came and shut us down!
It’s crazy; my mom has always told me: “do good out of the goodness of your heart and not for press or perks and the return will be the best feeling in life.” This has never been truer! I’ve been blessed with the most amazing family; I wouldn’t be where I am without their love & support from day one. And, to my amazing friends; earlier I mentioned 2 best friends, but I’m actually blessed with like 10 best friends! We don’t talk everyday because we’re all busy but knowing they are all there is a great feeling.
Sitting here now on the flight to see my mom, thinking about what a rewarding experience this was and the ever-present message of my mom’s reminder to do good, I wanted to share with you all my feelings. Go out and do good! Like mom says, “…the return will be the best feeling in life.” And she’s right.
Thanks for reading! And Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!
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Here’s my REGGAE Dancehall show from The Joint Channel 42 on Sirius XM & a Few Tribute Mixes
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I usually dont put up my daily mixes (Just dont have that much time to do it, BUT the homie Rachel on Twitter really wanted it. THANKS RACH for the love!! Click Here To Download 05-07-13 Dj Pup Dawg COMMERCIAL FREE Traffic Jam Link Good for One Week