For those that don’t know the people I am talking about in this blog: please google them or none of this will make sense to you because I probably won’t go into too much detail. I’m writing a blog, not a biography.
Russell Brand released a Stand-Up special a couple years ago called “Messiah Complex”. The main highlight of the show was where he went into depth of 4 historical figures he identified with as his heroes. Those heroes included: Malcolm X, Ghandi, Che Guevara, and Jesus Christ (because “[he] kind of look[s] like him”). He ended the show by saying we should all find a hero (or heroes) to identify with because that is what would make us give us a life worth living (or something profound like that, it’s been a while since I watched it and this is a blog I’ve been meaning to write for a long time so forgive me if I paraphrase).
Nevertheless, what I took from all this was that it was important to have people in our lives that inspire us because we learn that we are not alone in our own thoughts or make us want to be better people. For some people it could be a cliché when they talk about people they look up to. For example, their parent, of course you’d identify your parent or any family member as your hero but for the sake of this blog, we’re not going to include them because it’s a given.
*Side Note: I love my family*
As for my heroes go, this may seem coincidental or me just trying to kiss ass but believe it or not, I do regard Russell Brand as one of my heroes. It all started around 2011 when I first saw him in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, and a line he said made me laugh and want to know who this guy was. The line was he was in bed with significant other and they were essentially getting into an argument because she was trying to make her ex-boyfriend (in the room next to them who finally was getting over her) jealous and she started talking shit about his appearance and Russell Brand’s character had the final word by saying, “Yeah well, I fucked the housekeeper yesterday”. I didn’t watch the entire movie until a few months later but I didn’t care for the movie as much as I cared for wanting to learn more on Russell.
I wound up watching him do stand-up on YouTube and this was before he started dating Katy Perry but after being a host on the MTV-VMA Awards.The jokes he did were not only funny but were told in such an eloquent way, not just because of his accent, but by the words he used so carefully to show that he worked really hard when getting the act together for the show. A lot of his jokes were, to use his words, [a series of embarrassing incidents [about his life] strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents”, which makes Russell Brand, at least in my book, human and at the same time strong because he can poke fun at himself. However he is quite aware of his emotional vulnerability and one of the reasons why I identify with him is because I myself, am emotionally vulnerable and aware of my emotions and can make fun of myself for thinking the way I do.
Another reason I believe I admire Russell Brand is because we both have the same view on love. We both feel that the love from another human being is what will truly bring one salvation and peace within one’s self. However, his approach is that the best way to find love is through sexual intercourse. I on the other hand, firmly believe in that classic tale of the old couple sitting on a porch holding hands as my view of love. It took him a while to find that love that he thought was true and it resulted in him getting married to her and dedicating his second autobiography to her. Of course I am talking about Katy Perry, whom he divorced after 2 years of marriage. Unfortunately for them two, (mainly Russell cause I don’t really much care for Katy Perry) this wasn’t true love or maybe it was, I don’t know and we may never know. I myself, can say that I have found someone to bring me salvation and inner peace and in return, I hope I am giving her the same so we do not suffer the same fate.
There is more to why I identify with Russell Brand but I have to segue to the next person I identify with but I will try to transition it perfectly by briefly going back to an earlier mention of Russell and myself being emotionally vulnerable. Because of this instability within our minds, we (yes, “we”) often felt as if we were silenced and not able to be heard despite us having our minds constantly racing and wanting to tell the world about what we think, but because we are silenced, we have to find a way to be heard. One way, (in Russell’s case) would be to act out. Meaning, turn to drugs, getting into trouble with the law because you caused a ruckus somewhere. Fortunately for me, I was wise enough to not act out, out of fear of getting in trouble. Another way, which is the route Russell Brand and I took, was to write. Writing has helped me express myself in a way that nothing else can and the more I write, the more I can feel my emotion and heart being poured out into every word, every sentence that comes from my mind. And all it is, is me simply typing on a keyboard. Russell Brand, wanted to be heard and felt the best way to do it, was to be funny, which he did so brilliantly. And another hero of mine wanted to be heard but instead of trying to be funny, used rhymes and threats. This person I am talking about, is the infamous, Tupac Shakur.
The first time I heard Tupac rap, it was from the song “California Love” with Dr. Dre. I remember at first just being entertained by the chorus of the song but after hearing Tupac’s entrancing voice, every time I heard that song on my mp3 player, I skip every part just to hear Tupac’s verse. To this day, even with other songs that Tupac is featured on, I always skip the other person’s part cause I just wanna hear Tupac. Like Russell Brand and myself, Tupac shouted his beliefs in a way that caught the listener’s attention because one could feel the emotion in his voice and the anger that came from his verses were meant not to be feared (maybe for his enemies) but rather, empathy. He was aware of the struggle that was going on in the world and despite him working hard and getting away from “the streets” and obtaining lots of wealth, he wanted to spread the message to others saying that “I did it. Why don’t you do it too?” Notice, it’s why “Don’t” you do it, and not “Can’t’ because he believes that nothing should be able to stop you from being successful and following your dreams. He expresses this kindly, in one of his songs, “Young Niggaz” he talks about how it is important to work hard and to quit thinking that you have to be doing wrong simply because of your surroundings and/or upbringing.
There are other songs he made that I won’t go into too much detail but a few in particular like “Starin’ Through My Rearview” where he talks about how the world around him is still out of control but at least his life is getting better but wishes things for others were still different. Some of his most famous songs consist of this, where he talks about his life, his struggle and his disdain for certain aspects of society. This is something a lot of rappers, even today try to emulate but unfortunately fail to do so (at least in my opinion). A famous poet, Jonathan Swift once said, “When a true genius appears, you will know him by this sign, that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.” Tupac had many enemies that were out to hurt him and despite valiant efforts on instilling fears in his adversaries, it inevitably lead to an untimely death at a young age.
Tupac never claimed he would change the world but definitely wanted to go down in history as someone who tried his very hardest to do so or at least inspire someone else to do so and the same can be said about Russell Brand which is why he titled his last special as “Messiah Complex”. Certainly these two figures have a Messiah complex of some sort and while they aren’t regarded as heroic to most people, they’ve definitely inspired my writing and inspired me to become better and better at everything I do and I would love to do the same for others. I guess you could say I have a little Messiah complex in myself as well.
Written on the 17th of September, 2015 at 2:42 P.M.