Spaceman Da General is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, MI. I had the pleasure of attending The Detroit School of Arts with him and I was able to see his artistry flourish over the years. He has the ability to play the piano, drums, and the talkbox. He recently dropped his mixtape, Black Rose, which is a collection of mono-tone, chord heavy tracks that details the in’s and out’s of his love life while providing a unique sonic back-drop. He has a particular sound that’s unlike anything out there right now. Check him out.
It’s a beautiful, blue day in the spring of Detroit as a young me pushes open the screen door and steps onto the porch, inhaling scenery and fresh air and the energy he needed for a typical 10-year-old outside adventure . It’s the weekend so I catch my dad sitting on the porch, waving at a burgundy corvette that just pulled across the gravel that was our driveway. Young me had just exited a private, no people allowed, video game session and was raring to go outside and play around the block. So much so, that I barely noticed the car until it was halfway through driveway. Inside was a friend of my Dads, an Indian fellow whose name i can’t remember but car and gift I for sure would not forget. My dad greets him and introduces me and that’s when I see a blue and white CD disk that, unbeknownst to me, would change my fuckin life.
This god-sent disc with just the letters SNES on it contained damn near every Nes, Snes, Sega, and NEGEO game that had been released in EVERY major country. JAPANESE and all, this disk introduced me to games that I wouldn’t have experienceduntil well into my more explorative days with emulators and ROMS. Some of the titles stuck out to me, the Final Fantasies, Marios, Castelvanias (and a TON of Dragonball Z games!) being the more obvious ones but one really caught my eye after weeks of going through and playing shitloads of titles. Enters Secret Of Mana 2, or what its known as in Japan, Seiken Densetsu 3. My first real RPG game, it introduced me to the more conventional style of RPGS that were already a staple in gaming. With characters ranging from brawlers to thief’s to magicians, this game introduced me to those subclasses, stories, and settings that litter the RPG world and delivered them with a uniqueness that captured me at such a young age.
Beyoncé is one of the most powerful stars in the world and she is using her music, her videos, and her performances to bring light to issues Black America is facing like police brutality, inequality, and insecurity.
She randomly slayed us once again with her new video for her song “Formation“, a song with a strong message and even stronger images in the video. With lines like “I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils” and “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros” she addresses criticism of her husband’s and daughter’s black features. Often times black people are shamed for features like wide noses and kinky hair, but lines like this urge people to put that shaming to a rest and accept it for the beauty that it is.
Images in her video from post-Katrina New Orleans and police with their hands up are startling, but are directly reflective of issues plaguing the black community. From the constant killing of unarmed black citizens by the police and the government often leaving black people to suffer in times of crisis, Beyoncé addresses those issues with her ar
Luckily jjaahz released some fire just when I was missing her tone of voice and transitions. Something we can all feel. Shit, more money ain’t enough, but this is more than just a single, this is a way for her to speak what she wants into existence. “I was thinking of a way to channel my energy towards financial abundance”, jjaahz explains. She also expressed that simple words and prayers are a key to creating an abundance in whatever you seek. I firmly believe this which draws me to this track even more. It’s a tease compared to the soon-to-come EP compiled of unreleased music from 3 years ago until now.
As for the artwork (above) you can follow her on instagram for more beautiful pieces and if you’re in Philly be on the lookout for an upcoming art show sometime in March.
During the early stages of my childhood, I was surrounded by older individuals who had an unlimited supply of wealth and knowledge to share every single chance they got. It didn’t matter if it was a man, or woman who was supplying the knowledge, either way I was intrigued beyond belief from start to finish.
One topic that I found curious then and still to this day I find to be a vast topic is dating. Dating is supposed to be the first stage for the eventual maturation process for a relationship, yet today people have taken dating and threw it out of the window of hope into a sea of uncertainty and despair.
In the past, dating used to be something that people actually took seriously. If two people were in an exclusive dating situation, then those same two people would do everything to respect one another, and cherish the time that they spent together, sort of like a gardener maintaining a bed of roses. But now in present times, it isn’t cool to date, AT ALL. Compliments are now viewed as thirst attempts, chivalry is looked upon as one trying too hard, and showing effort means that either one has A. Done something wrong. B. Done something wrong, or C. All of the above.
Last summer I was on the search for a clay mask for sensitive skin but while browsing through Lola & Doe’s organic goods I’ve stumbled upon something that I quickly grew an interest for. Before I get into this review, Lola & Doe has been around for almost a full year dishing out homemade remedies for your mental and physical health. From body butters to scrubs, the combination of natural ingredients are both creative and it makes sweet passionate love to your skin.
From what my mother told me (and from research) activated charcoal was/is used primarily for cleansing out any toxins in your body. You might of seen them in capsule form at your local market. I would’ve never thought that it could be used for so many other things such a facial mask, make-up and what I use it for, teeth whitening. Now activated charcoal isn’t what you may think; no you cannot go to your garage and rub charcoal on your teeth and call it a day. It’s a process much more difficult to explain. Huge reason as to why I’d rather buy it.