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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, it is my esteemed privilege to welcome you to the newly remodeled JPLimeProductions.com. New features abound but before we get to that, the JPL team would also like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and great success in 2012. Yes, 2012 has finally arrived, that hyped and possibly ill-fated year, when the Mayan calendar supposedly ends and John Cusack is able to save no one. On a sidenote, as much as I like the guy and I love everything about High Fidelity (Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Moby’s in that, right?), if Cusack is the person left to save us when the world ends, you can mail me my ticket to the Promised Land now.
But that’s just it- the Mayan calendar doesn’t actually predict 2012 as the end of the world or destruction of any kind. What occurs on December 20, 2012 is the conclusion of the 13th b’ak’tun, and the beginning of the 14th, a new cycle of time and life but nothing to do with Armageddon-type imagery. According to the Popol Vuh, the book of the Mayan creation mythology, we are currently living in the fourth world created by the gods, and within that fourth world we are approaching the end of the 13th b’ak’tun. A b’ak’tun is roughly 394 years, which means it has taken nearly 5125 years to reach the 13th b’ak’tun, no small feat, and the one possible catch (and the piece of information that most likely begins much of the Armageddon speculation) is that the 3rd world ended at the dawn of the 14th b’ak’tun. And while that kind of significance is hard to overlook, the only actual prediction we have from the ancient Mayans is that we are approaching new cycle, a new season in Time, a brand new era.
The new era that is slowly rising within hiphop is something we at the Lime feel passionately optimistic about. It’s the move toward real lyricism, the desire to expand the genre, feeding the influence of its wide-reaching roots, constantly pushing for something different and new. Hiphop is alive and on top of the world; it is only waiting for we performers and poets to embrace its full potential.
For JP Lime, the dial is firmly set on growth in 2012, beginning with our new look here at JPLimeProductions.com, a bit sleeker and more plugged in to the individual pieces of the JP Lime experience. We proudly encourage you to become frequent readers of our newest feature, this, our blog, ‘Life of the Lime’, our home for commentary (musical, political and otherwise), poetry, lyrics, new releases, pictures, videos and whatever else strikes our fancy. This winter, JP Lime will finally be hitting the FM airwaves and we’ll be posting a list of the college and commercial stations where you can request Lime tunes. And all this Spring, keep your eyes open for special edition downloads as we prepare to unleash our collaboration with Dj LSP (tentatively titled JPLSP), slated for a June release. Check out our Flickr photostream, find us on all your favorite social media sites, as well as iTunes and Amazon, and most importantly, let us know what you think. Enjoy your JP Lime experience.