Lorenzo "Renz Julian" King is a Bay Area (Oakland/Antioch, Ca) hip hop artist, founder of the record label Field Of Dreamz Ent., & radio station 510radio.com. He's a former Pro and NCAA football player turned entrepreneur, and father of 2.
Renz Julian "CK7"
At this point it seems Colin Kaepernick will not be signed to an NFL team. I’ve been a 49er fan my entire life and I saw his rise from Alex Smith’s backup to Super Bowl starter in 2012. He threw for over 300 yards and almost lead them to a comeback victory. The week before he rushed for 181 yards (still an NFL QB single game rushing record), and threw for 263 and 2 touchdowns. If you look at the stats comparison between Kaep & Steve Young for the first three years, the numbers are almost identical. Kaep was 21-8, 6261 passing yards, 41 tds to 15 picks, and 1004 rushing yards. Young went 19-10, 6113 passing yards, 43 tds with 15 picks, and 1223 rushing yards. His stats are right on par with Steve Young the hall of famer. For all those who say he’s not in the league because he sucks need to look at the truth. They also may need to look deep within themselves and admit they may be part of the problem. This country has a history of racism and cruelty towards black people and it hasn’t gone away. A black man took a stand for social justice. There is an obvious problem with police brutality in this country and all he did was take a knee to bring awareness to it.
BLACK FLAG : AMERICA FORCED TO CHANGE
Being followed around my East Bay neighborhood, questioned if I live here, and getting the dirty looks from the entitled oppressors has become my new norm. I bought a brand new home in this nice area and to raise a family and start a new life yet still can never feel too comfortable with all that’s going on in the world today. As I do my morning jog I look over my shoulder and see a cop car slowly trailing me and looking at me like I don’t belong in this rich white neighborhood. Is it because of my hoodie and beanie? Or is it the mask (bandana) I now wear due to the Covid-19 requirements making me look like a burglar or gangbanger? I don’t really care what I look like to them, one should never judge a book by its cover. So after all the black men killed by police in America, whether jogging while black (Ahmed Arbery), or simply walking with a hoodie on (Trayvonn Martin), when will America stop hiring these fearful racist officers, that use aggressive force towards blacks they automatically think are criminals? When will these fearful entitled stop stereotyping us as being up to no good crooks that don’t belong in their neighborhood? Now I don’t want to generalize all of one race, I friends and loved one of all races, but this racism against blacks that still exists in 2020 is unbelievable. This latest George Floyd incident got my blood boiling yet it gives me a feeling of deja vu, like this is the norm when I know it shouldn’t be. So what can we do to force change? I put together my 5 steps to get us on the right course. Now these are my opinions and I am up to debate and take constructive criticism, but we all should at least agree that something needs to be done to create change.
2020 Hip Hop Survival Kit (COVID-19 ERA)
The weather is good around the Bay lately and I’ve been itching to get back to my routine making my rounds. However these are dark days we are experiencing currently with this Covid-19 pandemic and there is no question that all industries are affected. That includes the rap game and so I’ve been thinking about the things I did to get in the game, and how now I can’t even do some of those things. Now it is more evident then ever that times have changed, and we all need to re-evaluate our game. Right now I can’t hit up the club with my squad and get my singles played, can’t even hit the mall to promote and sell cd’s in the parking lot. I was working on touring this Spring and now thats all off the table. After a recent meeting with 106.1 KMEL about my single getting aired, and talks with BET about getting the video in rotation, things have stalled. I’ve been getting the run around about how this virus has shut down a lot of offices, and pushed back certain things. So now I’m looking at 2020 like, how can switch up the plan and still thrive in this downward spiral we’re going through. So I put together this 2020 Rapper Survival Kit to use as a guideline, and help other artists who may need direction.
Renz Julian : Thug Scholarship - Athlete Or Rapper?
The next Lebron James or the next Jay-Z? What are the chances? A dream killer is the worst kind of person in the world, but a mentor can be the best. Growing up in the East Bay Area, of California as a minority in a broken home, during the crack epidemic can be a difficult task. However, I thought being blessed with athletic and musical talent would make things easier. As the EBAL 100 meter dash champion, all league football player, and college football scholarship recipient, the path to a success story was clear. Life however isn’t all that simple. Its full of twists and turns, crashes and burns. The key to survival for me has always been after the fall, how fast will I bounce back. Now looking back I realize the lack of a trusted mentor had its negative effects on me, and I want to share my experience with the youth, hoping I can help them persevere through similar adversities.