Founded in 2013, Triumph Over Poverty (T.O.P.) is a lifestyle brand and the stage name for Hip Hop artist Demetrius Profic.
The T.O.P. philosophy states that any obstacle or negative influence can be considered a form of ‘poverty’. The purpose and mission of the T.O.P. brand is to inspire people to do what they love for a living, while using their passions and talents to pursue their dreams, and ultimately ‘Triumph Over Poverty’. With the brand, T.O.P. aims to give back to the youth and his community by helping others who grew up in a similar environment as his.
IT RAINED ALL AROUND THE WORLD 3/31/19
A spontaneous moment to hit the beach for a day of sunshine and relaxation. All went well until I walked into a pizza shop to get food and I got a dm notification that read: “its messed up how they did him, heard he caught a head shot too”. I write back: “who?”, thinking it's another unfortunate loss from my city. I checked my instagram timeline while a waited for a reply. That’s when I saw that Nipsey Hussle had been shot 6 times in front of his place of business. I thought, “Hopefully he will survive”. Then boom just before I left the pizza shop, the title “Nipsey Has Passed” appeared in my search for an update. I want to cry right there, I’m empty I just want to get away from all these people. I make it to the car and try to eat and smother my emotions but I put my hoodie on and cry. I’m fuckin frustrated, angry, confused,scared all at once. One who was fighting the good fight not only for himself but others as well has been taken away way too soon. He looks like me and unfortunately so does the one who pulled the trigger. I’m an artist who has always given back and love to put my community at the top of my priorities. I’m a black man who tries to improve as and individual and uplift those around me. I do have a past in the streets as many of us do growing up in the inner city. If you asked me if my city loves me the 1st thing that comes to mind is yes. There are also ones who don't just to be honest. Do you see where the paranoia might come in? We witness these traumatic situations way too often and keep it pushing and don't have dialogue about it.
There are many layers we must peel back to get to the root of our issues but one that stands out to me is, how does my fellow brother view me when we cross paths? Does he view me as a friend, a foe, a threat and why so? How deeply has this been embedded in our mental process and how do we go about changing that? I have a few ideas and I’m sure you do to as well. We must get together and at least start the conversation. It's going to take some sacrificial and selfless people similar to our brother nipsey to get these things accomplished. I was off the last couple of days and sometimes still feel discouraged but yesterday 4/4/19 I was invited to a college in FL where a meeting took place with the black student union where one of the topics was about the loss of Nipsey. I wanted to hear the views of the young adults who are absorbing all of this during a developing stage in their life. I also went to perform that same day. As I got dressed one pant leg at a time I felt like I was dressing up for battle. The battle within myself not to give up or in. I felt alive, I took my power back. I’m called to attend multiple events and charities in my city this month and God willing I’ll be there and I hope you will too (wherever your community is). Feel free to pull me to the side and share any ideas you may have. Continue to put your pants on one leg at a time to overcome the battle within. together ….. The Marathon continues. #RIPNIPSEYTHEGREAT
Demetrius Profic “T.O.P.”
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