Negativity and selfishness gets great publicity in our social networking, indirect-contact society. You’d be led to believe the world’s running low on good people and that no one cares for or respects one another anymore. Their only concerns are themselves; and when they’re in need, no one is willing to lend them a hand without reward.
This is not the case. Kind, caring, selflessly-generous people still exist. Ko-D is a shining example.
Throughout the history of hip-hop its culture and music have been handled by artists who are focused, serious, and not impressed by nonsense. Ko-D falls into that category. On half of duo Sick Daze, the demeanor of this Kalamazoo, MI native reminds of such stern rap legends as Kool G. Rap, Large Professor, and Scarface.
Like his predecessors Ko-D gets down to business, and he adroitly showcases his complex thoughts and firm perspectives throughout their LP Chasing Stars. While good at what he does, he’s also a good person and one who believes in helping others.
I asked Ko-D to tell me about a time when he did something nice for someone he didn’t know. Here’s what he shared.
“If it's something nice I do for a stranger those people usually become my friend. So it becomes doing a solid for a friend.
I've done the usual - spare change to a homeless guy, gave them a meal from Buffalo Wild Wings, and I even gave one guy a pair of shoes. Poor guy walked around barefoot. I know that had to suck. The ground was hot, it was southern California. I wouldn't want to be like that.
Recently I gave a guy some money to grab the bus. He said he locked his keys in his car with his wallet and walked here from across town. I thought it was just a clever approach. But right afterwards I saw him chasing down and boarding the bus across the street. He then waved at me through the window. I still don't know if he ever got his keys or not.
An act of kindness that’s stuck with me my whole life was when I was a kid my shoelace got caught in my bike chain while I was riding in the street after my mother told me not to. A car was coming toward me and I thought for sure I was gonna get hit.
Except the stranger stopped his car, got out and untangled my laces, tied them and sent me on my way.
Nice things for strangers... The world definitely needs more of that. And maybe instead of them being strangers it will become doing solids for a friend.”