“"As a repeated guest on my program, I have always enjoyed e dono’s lyricism and comedic, serious, and sometimes spiritual message. His simultaneous dedication to lyrics and beats resonated with me and his music shares influence from multiple styles of sound." -DJ Darkflow (Author of 'Adrift Signals' Magazine; WPKN 89.5 FM radio host for 'Adrift in the Airwaves w/ DJ Dark Flow')” - Stefan Walczak
The Gaijin Mask (w/ analogies)
The Gaijin's Mask has a message and symbolizes many things. Originally, the word gaijin is a Japanese term used to describe "non-Japanese" citizen or "outsider". However, he takes the 'outsider' aspect of the word and uses that name to explain being a stranger living in a land that is not his. In a broader scope, we are all outcasts in some way, shape or form. Anyone can wear it. The Gaijin mask he wears is a also a reflection of his experiences in life. Anyone from all walks of life can be a 'gaijin'; the masks' design varies according to the life experiences of the one who wears it. for example:
- The entertainer has a “mask” on. It is a manifestation of the heart projected to the eyes of the public. Everyone beholds the entertainers stage presence and gets what they see on their videos confused with the entertainers’ reality. The entertainer is loved, yet misunderstood. A stranger. The entertainer is a ‘foreigner’ to the environment around him or her.
- We place a mask on our faces the minute we walk out of the door. The expressions on our faces on the outside aren’t necessarily how we truly feel inside. We place these masks on us because we are insecure with showing our true feeling on public. We fear being judged, misunderstood and distant from friends, family, co workers or around strangers.
- Many ethnicities/categories of people have been oppressed because of our way of life. They have been casted out (gaijin) in some way, shape, or form. As the oppressed, these people have been casted from their country,or society as a whole. Though freedom is achieved.
- There are people who wear the mask to be something they are not. These are the most dangerous of the gaijin. For they are outcasts of the world because of their deception, lies and skill at utilizing many personalities. Darkness dwells on all walks of life, so they are many. They are your friends, family members and anyone amongst who we don’t know. They are like scorpions who sting turtles after riding its back to cross a pond.
- People fear who/what they do not understand because the misunderstood individual (or thing) reveals the peoples insecurities. That person has to go and the masses try to eliminate them. In their hearts, they label the individual as a threat to everything they stand for. Dried rivers of love breed only valleys of hell. Being socially an outcast make one feel as if the heart of the one alienated within is of another world.
e dono: the Gaijin
A past radio cohort on the "Adrift In The Airwaves" radio run, e dono The Gaijin, is a producer and rapper, originally from the Bronx. His past cuts included guest features from members of his Woof Crew and Tyrant Lyfe members on his Error of Judgement 2 album.
"As a repeated guest on my program, I have always enjoyed e dono’s lyricism and comedic, serious, and sometimes spiritual message. His simultaneous dedication to lyrics and beats resonated with me and his music shares influence from multiple styles of sound." -DJ Darkflow (WPKN 89.5 FM radio host for Adrift in the Airwaves)