“Meal Ticket” by Masoniq Recalls Tasteful Mid-2000s Hyphy Movement

The Hyphy Movement is far from dead. Reason being is that the Bay Area rap artists continue to evolve and pursue a sound antonymous to their trademark “go dumb” music, but still carry on its legacy through vernacular and personal stories from their home turf. But then again, it’s nice to hear the once uber-popular sound make it’s way to present day streams. “Meal Ticket” by Masoniq is a perfect example.

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The San Francisco prodigy recalls Hyphy Movement originators Mistah F.A.B. and Keak da Sneak on “Meal Ticket” – a song that dictates the grind Bay Area artists have promoted for themselves.

Though, I’ll admit only a handful of artists from the Bay Area have achieved worldwide attention – E-40, G-Eazy, Bobby Brackins, and Kehlani to name a few – the culture is filled with money-making mindset individuals who know nothing other than the effort to pursue their dreams and helping others along the way.

For example, the Ambassador of the Bay, E-40, has established himself as an entrepreneur in the liquor business by formulating a malt liquor, wine, and cocktail mix. He’s also transformed that money into $25,000 worth of backpacks for students of his alma mater, Franklin Elementary School.

Mistah F.A.B. also finds himself transforming his grind into backpacks for the youth, as reported by NBC Bay Area.

This “Meal Ticket” doesn’t only translate as a voucher for food; it’s a representation of the possibilities one can do when there’s enough money on the table. Of course we need food to survive, but children also need backpacks, educators, and most importantly something to look forward to. They also need iconic figures that stay on their grind to help keep them focused. It’s not about how much money you make, but what you do with it that counts.

Founder of The Lunch Table. Writer, DJ and Master of Ceremonies.

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