Instagram was ablaze with the hashtag “#Hustleman.” A name I have heard of before but nothing like swiping through my feed and seeing on viral mode. So, when my friend and fellow New Orleans HipHop Blogger NYTE LYFE Lexx’s latest article popped up in my inbox, I knew it had to be something hot and popping on the Urban NOLA scene.
The fire source was New Orleans Natives and entrepreneurs Alvin “Hustleman” Alvarez and BNC_P90, and they were fanning the flame of their new collaboration. The two paired up to create a form of “Street Fighting” entitled “Trench Boxing LLC” which seems to have all the basic rules of Street Fighting. If you were a fan of the 1999 movie Fight Club with Brad Pitt, you should remember the Fight Club Rules:
- 1st: You do not talk about Fight Club.
- 2nd: You do not talk about Fight Club.
- 3rd: Someone yells “Stop!”, goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.
- 4th: Only two guys to a fight.
But you know we Nawlin’s, baby, and we do not follow by any set of rules. We make our own. So, Im not surprised that they broke the first rule straight out the gate. Everyone was able to keep one of the most sacred rules out of social media circulation, and that was the location. Now let me add that all the talk was good talk; from words of encouragement, inspiration, and congratulations filled the post comments.
I’m breaking the rule myself by writing about the event, but I couldn’t myself. I grew up in the center of the boxing world. My uncle was a professional boxer who won several belts before his final defeat to Héctor Luís Camacho. Back in those days, people resolved their beef with their hands, but today, a simple exchange of words can sadly end in murder. I believe that Trench Boxing may decrease violence by encouraging New Orleanians to settle disputes in the ring, Guns Down, Gloves Up. Once again, going back to how it was back in the day. The dispute can be settled in the ring with a referee while providing live entertainment for the crowd. I know it’s a long shot, but it’s worth sprinkling on the minds of those who are trigger happy.
We have to admit that out of all the sports, fighting is a form of athleticism that we all have in us. We all have been in that circle on the school playground, huddled over two kids fighting. And we weren’t breaking them up; we were cheering—even the teachers who looked on a little too long before breaking up the fight seemed to take pleasure in the fight. In fact, the researcher says, humans seem to crave violence just like they do sex, food, or drugs. Fighting releases that feel good called dopamine, and there’s no high like it.
Now more than ever, we need something and anything that will prevent violence, and it seems to be Trench Boxing for New Orleans. Hustleman and BNC_P90 found a way to tap into some of the hardest of souls’ hearts and minds. And it looks as if the partners thought of it all well in advance. Knowing that there is a need in the community for coming together in business and in our communities. Do not believe for one moment that Trench Boxing was founded to glorify violence, but to serve as an outlet for the Urban Communities in New Orleans. When you hear these two talk about sharing with the community as in the old way of “It takes a village” and to see their followers thank them and feel included is something that gives peace to our ancestor’s souls.
It often takes someone who has walked a path to lead others away from that path.
Rapper BNC_P90, who is known as a loving father and is motivated by inspiring other people told @NolaCulture504 during an interview that:
“We don’t tote no guns, we’ll give you a hug if we have a problem” @bnc_p90
“I remember being blind too it till the day I put mind too it.”💰💰💰
It’s possible that Huslteman is the man who may be able to get the two to agree to fight before bullets start to fly. As a teen, Huslteman was arrested and charged for being the gunman that opened fire on teens after a basketball game in Algiers. Since then, Hustleman has successfully rehabilitated himself by finding his passions in entrepreneurship, auto mechanics, and mentoring others.
“Find your passion. I think I found my passion when I thought Fixing on cars was impossible, and a person like myself would never be able to do something like that! I locked in on myself and stayed focused throughout my whole process.”
His Instagram page is filled with words of old man wisdom. In his post, he can be seen proudly holding his certificates of businesses and education, but instead of boasting, he encouraged his followers to do the same. I immediately thought of his mother and felt so happy that her son could turn his life around. I pray that his new endeavor and charisma can save more sons so that their mothers can experience such a priceless gift.
“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness an still evolve into something beautiful….. BLACK BUTTERFLY.”
I know I may be a bit too optimistic about two people settling their ring issues at a Trench Boxing. The concept of putting your guns down and rating your gloves up seems simple enough, but it’s not that easy. When a bull sees red, there’s no stopping him to ask if he would schedule to releases his rage on a future date, and he must avoid all contact until then. But the truth is that most of the fighters have no idea who they’ll be fighting until they arrive at the club on fight night. I’m still hopeful, and just maybe an aggressor will find that fighting in the ring helps with the rage that lives inside. Trench Boxing just may be an outlet to stop violence if only by being in the same circle with these two positive men.
In the meantime, let’s congratulate Hustleman and BNC_P90 on their new business endeavor and wish them much success. Let me add that their first event went on without incident. There was no violence and No fighting except for the scheduled matches. Both male and female fighters entertained a jammed packed, lively crowd. Those in attendance should have worn masks at all times. Yall know our Mayor Cantrell will shut down the entry to heaven to keep her citizens safe. Please #MaskUpNOLA, #StaySafe, and #StopTheViolenceNOLA
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