Next up is John Lubeen Hamilton, who you’ve probably watched perform at some point or other. (And if you haven’t, you’ve missed out). Congratulations Lubeen!
Name, Hometown, School: John Lubeen Hamilton, Lubeen, Lube, or any derivation of the aforementioned product
Born and raised in Queens, Ny – Saint Albans to be exact. CC student – Shout out to the Psych department for allowing me to take some dope classes and graduate w/o having to write a thesis!
Claim to fame? Rising from the darkness of my tiny Wallach single like Plato, I’ve become one of the more visible members of CUSH – the Columbia University Society of Hip-Hop. I’ve gotten the chance to perform my music & freestyle (quiet literally) almost everywhere on campus, including on the Bacchanal stage w/ my homies opening for Snoop Dogg two years ago. I’m also a pretty nice guy who’s always down to talk to anyone for a bit as long as I’m not writing music or playing Age of Empires.
Where are you going? Literally? I’m moving back home to Queens. I’ll be setting up a semi-permanent recording studio in my basement, so if you ever want to make some music and don’t mind public transportation, come through! But in the more existential, “where is your life going?” sense, I really have no clue right now. But that’s cool.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
Back in my day… Ferris had bomb ass burgers w/ brioche buns, Wiz Khalifa and Ghostface Killah made me believe that Bacchanal was the mother of all college concerts, and CUSH cyphers consisted of about 10 folks in a room rapping over laptop speakers.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer:
I succeed at my own pace while you fools [are] racin’,
Idolizing idiots, while I’m my only motivation.
Just in case you forgot, I’m DOPE:
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Yas, Lord knows how the hell we made it this far, but I really do shudder to think where I’d be if we didn’t.
One thing to do before graduating: Other than go to as many CUSH events as possible? Break your routine. Often. Go out and do something unexpected and fun. Have friends over and play board games. Relax. And not in the “I just finished this problem set, so I’m gonna watch an episode of Game of Thrones before I start my other one” sense, but in the “I’m not trying to do shit but sleep, eat and kick it today” sense. Despite what your GPA is telling you, you really do deserve the time to yourself.
Any regrets? I regret not learning these lessons early enough to apply them to my own college career. Oh, and I regret spending so much damn money using campus foods every time the temperature fell below 74.9 degrees and I deemed it too cold to walk over to the dining hall.
Much Love, and feel free to keep in touch