We live in the age of cultural contradiction. There are pop/punk bands. DJ’s in Burger King commercials. Graffiti on T-shirts. It seems as though everyone is trying to hold on to their “realness” while making as much money as possible off their own arts exploitation. How can one tell the difference between an artist trying to get rich and an artist trying to expand musical horizons? Evidence. Evidence of vision, dedication, persistence, creativity, honesty and fearlessness. While these MTV cats scream “Show me the money!” the conscious music community is in the back screaming “Show me the progress!” But we’re getting closer and closer to the front.