Damn it Feels Good to be Hootless – by Sling Ping Melendez

What does it mean to give zero hoots?

Be yourself, son. Don’t pay attention to the trouts, son. The first time I heard 3Pac was when I got home after giving too many hoots at work. I walked upstairs and found my best friend, Goose, lying on the floor watching the YouTube video “AINT STOPPIN (BEAST MODE ACTIVATED). He says, “Dude, you gotta see this.” 90 seconds into the song and I was free of all hoots — I was healed son.

I’d like to preface the rest of this story with my initial concern — was I out of the ZHG for not knowing 3Pac before he passed? As you could imagine, I felt that there would be some resistance from those who knew 3. I told Willie J about this concern. I was stoked when he supported my vision of being an advocate for future hootless warriors who embody 3Pac’s mantra.

Before I got blessed by the Ancient Silverback on Youtube, I was beatsquat. I’d wake up at 4am for work feeling sorry for myself, giving a hoot everyday, letting the little things get to me; all while losing touch with friends, loved ones, and myself. This included poor health and wanting to be alone all the time. The new role I settled in demanded a lot from me — both physically and mentally. I was struggling with rigorous east-coast hours and a lack of any work-life balance. I very easily lost sight of what mattered — living your life by your own standards, not anyone else’s.

For example — there was a day I remember being especially beat. I was living in a world where I thought my place of work owed me more recognition for the work I was doing. In my eyes, I was sacrificing more than anyone. I had a certain account I was chasing forever. I was going to extremes getting in at 4am for months trying to connect with a President of this company. I realized I called this guy more times this year than I did my mother, father, sister, and best friends COMBINED. I became too busy for those closest to me.

Before seeing 3Pac on Youtube, I would come home from work and sit on the couch not saying shit to anyone, living in a negative silence. No energy. No motivation to do anything. Watching everyone else living their lives on social media. What I failed to realize at the time was this: if you put zero in, you get zero out. This is especially true in your personal life.

Fast forward to the day I come home from work, hearing Goose cracking up by himself upstairs. We spent the next hour enjoying watching 3Pac give zero hoots in his music videos. We couldn’t get enough of it. That afternoon was different for once; yet very familiar. We were back to our normal selves, making fun of everything, having a good time, appreciating life again. We realized how lucky we were to live at Pico, in Santa Barbara, with loving families, loyal friends, our health, and a little chedda son. It’s funny how a couple good laughs cured us of our hoots. We spent the rest of the afternoon laughing at how beat we have been for the last few months.

One video in particular stood out to me: “DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE 3PAC”. I rewatched this again and again before I went to sleep; laughing watching 3Pac having fun, tearing up Chuck E. Cheese, rolling around in the grass, being himself. I saw a lot of myself in this video; and I think that’s what 3Pac does best. He’s a reflection of everyone’s hootless self. A kid at heart, but a beast in the booth son.

“Damn it feels good to be 3Pac,

All of my dreams came true,

Haters said I wouldn’t make it,

Now they’re really upset”

– 3Pac

Since being exposed to 3Pac and the ZHG, I’ve been happier, healthier, and hoot-free. I’ve learned that we were put on this Earth to act out of love, not hate. Whenever I feel myself giving a hoot, I think about my favorite 3Pac videos and feel better.

I cannot imagine how much happiness he brought his family, friends, teammates, chedda mommas, etc. Furthermore, how much sadness was felt when he left us. But, what I can speak to is the positive effect Ryan’s had on people after his passing — even those who didn’t know him. Like Willie J said, it’s up to us to send hootless energy into the universe to keep the legend alive.

“Maybe one day they’ll understand why I be doin all this,

But for now they don’t, but that’s okay

Cuz Im’a keep doin me

The voice of a new generation,

The youth is in my hands

Make the world a better place

With this music that I make,

Damn it feels good to be 3Pac”

– 3Pac

We’re all one under the sun, son,

Christian

Here’s the original video Damn it Feels Good to be 3pac

P.S. I’d like to thank Willie J and the rest of the ZHG for your support. Please share your stories of 3Pac so we can all enjoy them too.

What’s a Trout?

“No trout, ballin out” – 3pac

The ZHG feels bad for trouts. They did not want to become trouts but societal pressures have forced them to live a life they do not want to live, swimming the wrong way up the stream and not going with the flow.

Don’t get me wrong, the ZHG still loves trouts, it is our responsibility to help them. The ZHG hopes to save the trouts and make sure, one day, they can come out of the stream and enjoy the beautiful nature of life.

Trouts might be negative, they might have a hard time being themselves, and they might have had a hard time with people accepting them for who they are. It’s normally not the trouts fault. They might have grown up around other trouts who taught them how to be a trout.

Please, do not act negative or mean to a trout. You have to understand they are who they are and part of giving zero hoots is accepting people who have a different opinion than your own. The best way to ward off a trout is to educate them on what it means to give zero hoots. If they do not want to hear it, give the trout their space. The goal of the ZHG is harmony for all humans.