Music

Rod Wave Therapy

Healing through hip-hop

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Every single one of us takes music for granted. A lot of people do not understand the importance of what music can offer other people. I want to take a brief minute to address Rod Wave’s music and the impact it has had on my life.

Value

I have been listening to Rod Wave’s Ghetto Gospel album on repeat for the past few days, and it has hit me in so many different ways. Of course, the first few times listening through the album, it is enjoyable to listen to just based on the music alone. However, as I continued to listen more in-depth to it, a lot of the lyrics began to take hold.

The reason he is so important is for quite a few different reasons. For me, one of the main reasons is that he openly explores his only emotions and experiences without holding back. He demonstrates this rawness and genuineness with no shame. He speaks of his experiences growing up, the highs and lows, the grit, the strength, the mistakes, his abandonment issues, his passion for love in his life, and what he enjoys doing in life in general.

His music allows men like me to understand that it’s ok to learn how to open up about all different areas of life. It helps me feel more comfortable understanding that it is ok to share my most important times, the lowest times, and the most painful times. Growing up with very few true genuine attachments, my own abandonment issues, being misunderstood, tumultuous love experiences, anger, rage, deep emotional pain, and mental health issues left me very alone. I had to learn how to be tough at a very young age.

Impact

I remember being in 1st grade and, for the first time, feeling that no one gave a shit about me. I literally stood up in the middle of class and screamed out that no one cared about me in front of my teacher and other classmates. Though I am sure it was a cognitive distortion, it became a truth for me. It is a truth that I continue to struggle with to this day, but it is one that I am learning to let go of slowly but surely.

While my initial reactions to these feelings at a younger age were anger and rage, I had to learn how to adjust as time progressed. I learned how to fit into any group I was around in order to protect myself. To this day, I am still able to maneuver many different social situations because of this. That survival technique helped me get to where I am today, but I have been deconstructing all of that in the name of becoming genuine over the past year and a half.

I am allowing this piece to flow with my stream of consciousness instead of going back and trying to piece it together perfectly. I am listening to this album again as I write this, and I am allowing my feelings and thoughts to flow accordingly. This is important for me as I tend to overanalyze everything and try to make sense of everything.

Music helps to free the mind and it allows for safe self-exploration without fear of judgment.

Supernatural

The power of music transcends melodies, instruments, notes, song composition, voices, shows, popularity, and it lands in the realm of spirituality. The Ghetto Gospel album has allowed me to address my own thoughts, struggles, needs, pain, and past issues, all within the safety of my home. Music is subconsciously therapeutic beyond what we can comprehend. It provides a different element of lifeblood that I cannot find in anything else.

Music exists above different societal constructs and cultural boundaries. It provides opportunities for all of us to grow collectively and individually as well. Different artists that are able to feel that power, understand it and handle it purposefully and delicately provide us with experiences that help us begin to heal.

Rod Wave’s music is just as important as any other musician that people try to put on a pedestal above the rap/hip-hop genre. Correct people when they say that hip-hop/rap is a shit genre with no substance. Just because other people may not rock with the genre, it doesn’t make the substance of that genre any less impactful.

The healing I experience through music will never be based on other people’s opinions of what they believe to be the correct and most appropriate expression of self.

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Therapist/Client | Social Justice | Activism | Mental Health | Self-Discovery | Poetry | Editor of Authentic Diamonds.

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