Hip-hop and zen: Rap stars are embracing meditation to reduce stress, find inner peace

Rap stars are embracing meditation to reduce stress, find inner peace In the fast-paced, swag-filled world of hip-hop, slowing down the mind can seem as improbable as Tupac’s return from the grave. […] Devi Brown, a media and radio personality who has covered nearly every celebrity in the hip-hop arena, is seeing a change of mind, so to speak. Meditation, which is the practice of concentrated focus, is known to help reduce stress, improve concentration and even boost overall health. The Detroit native and Grammy-nominated rapper talks about balance on his latest effort, “I Decided,” and has said his 30-minute morning meditation helps get his started day “right.” Around the same time, she launched Karma Bliss (karmabliss.com), a company that provides meditation tools, resources and products such as journal, crystals, chairs and beads. Lamar, who dazzled the world with his Grammy performance in 2016 and took home four awards that year, has said he spends 30 minutes of almost every day in silence. Rick Rubin, co-founder of Def Jam Records and one of the most revered producers in hip-hop history, is also a meditation fan. […] in his 50s, Rubin started meditating at age 14 when a doctor urged him to try it to relieve stress pain in his neck. Each time a rapper or a hip-hop celebrity talks publicly about meditation, it helps to demystify the practice, Brown said. Last month, Brown led a free pop-up meditation at The League fitness studio in the Heights with some 50 people. […] I noticed after a few weeks of meditation, I’d be on (U.S.) 59 stuck in traffic and instead of cursing someone out and thinking they were bad people, I said to myself, ‘Oh gosh, they must be having a hard day.’  Houston rapper Slim Thug also chats about the benefits of stillness, though he’s hesitant to call what he does meditation.

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