#Cypher: Bridgeside Cypher #5 (Aaron King, Borderline, Stress Prince, and Ju$t Jill)

Shit, I thought I was already awake on this Sunday morning (PT). So, I was reading an e-mail (which I don’t selectively indulge in all the time these days, as the music gotta call my name) from “producer, engineer, songwriter, and artist” Terry Borderline – viewing his pic, scanning his bio, etc., etc., and also embracing my initial, but not concrete, thoughts of “oh he might be a soul, neo-soul D’Angelo type artist”. Yep, for a minute I was hella guilty of “genre profiling” just from looking at the aesthetics of the e-mail. I never consciously heard of Terry Borderline or heard his music before. So, I also clicked on this link Terry Borderline included in his e-mail that said “Watch Borderline obliterate the Bridgeside Cypher”. With my “genre profiling” still dominating my thoughts I was thinking “Ok, I’m about to watch a soul singer cypher” – enter the prelude to the yeah, right moment. Dammit, this effin’ cypher actually started off with none other than Aaron King goin’ in on a sick symphonic beat – (“Look at this crowd/They don’t know what’s in store for them”). Yep, he captured my surprised thoughts perfectly – so enter my WTF moment. And then, Aaron passed the baton on to Terry Borderline – enter that time Nipsey Hussle slapped the soul out of somebody outside of the BET Awards moment. The assumptive “genre profiling” lesson was learned – Terry Borderline got bars. And, the lyrical barrage did not end there either, as the cypher also includes Stress Prince and Jus$t Jill. Yep, I had to wake up, “tighten the fuck up”, adjust my posture as the introduction to Terry Borderline and the whole episode of opening my e-mail/listening experience inspired me to write this post. I didn’t even have an angle either, just organic thoughts – good shit is good shit. But, now you know how it is on the days when I do open my e-mail, and “something” makes me linger in that e-mail space, and eventually the music or vibes just call my name. I’m awake. Y’all enjoy…

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