Music, Review

Nolan The Ninja | 40 acres ft. Noveliss

June 21, 2016 • By

So much newness is coming from Nolan the Ninja! There’s a great amount of anticipation that’s brewing for his project he[art] which will be available early next month. With this follow-up track he called up Clear Soul Forces’ own Noveliss, who recently released his own EP entitled MIC SWORDZ, and NY-based producer Def-Dee to help deliver 40 acres. In Nolan’s own way he stress the importance of being able to overcome life’s annoying but necessary obstacles.

Entertainment, Music

Danny Brown | When It Rain [Official Video]

June 15, 2016 • By

Even though I love to revisit The Hybrid and Old from time to time I’m more than excited to know that Danny Brown is releasing new music. Watching the single When It Rains (produced by Paul White and directed by Mimi Cave) helps me reflect on the darkness that can take place in the city but the visual makes me proud to be from here; Channeling the culture and the realness. I guess you’d have to be from here to understand. Nonetheless, as a super fan, I’m elated and is looking forward to more. The world may never know when the album is coming but I’m ready for it.

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discussion, everyday thoughts, Submission

The Origins Of The #BecomeInspired Hash-Tag

June 15, 2016 • By

 

So for the past few months now people have inquired, and asked about my hashtag #BecomeInspired. People have asked me about the origins of it, what inspired me to use this particular hash-tag, and so on and so forth. Well there’s a little bit of an interesting back-story as to how I started to not only use the hash-tag but internalize it.

In October of 2015, I was experiencing a lot of unpleasant things in my life, and one major issue was the fact that creatively, I didn’t know what my next move would be. I had just came back from Atlanta two months prior to finish my degree at EMU, and I wanted to do something in the midst of me obtaining my degree so I started my blog again. One day while I was curating a piece for my blog a voice told me to put something memorable under the story, like a hash-tag or a quote because while people may forget the content of the story, the hash-tag or quote will always live on. This is where the #BecomeInspired hash-tag came from.

#BecomeInspired means no matter what you’ve been through, no matter what has happened, or no matter how things are in the present, everything is going to work out the way it’s supposed to. It’s not just a hash-tag, it’s a lifestyle.

#BecomeInspired

#BecomeInspired

Music, Review

John’s Top 16 Projects of ’16 (So Far)

June 14, 2016 • By

I’m sure I missed something (nor is it really in any order,) but these are hands down the best projects I thoroughly enjoyed and would suggest a listen to anyone this first half of the year.

  1. Kanye West The Life of Pablo
  2.  James Blake The Colour In Anything
  3.  Death Grips Bottomless Pit
  4.  L E X I H A Z E L
  5.  Anderson .Paak Malibu
  6.  Porches Pool
  7.  Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
  8.  Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
  9.  Joey Purp iiiDrops
  10.  Lil Yachty Lil Boat
  11.  ANOHNI Helplessness
  12.  Julianna Barwick Will
  13.  Young Thug I’m Up/Slime Season 3
  14.  21 Savage The Slaughter Tape
  15.  LUCKI Syrup Talk
  16.  Beyoncé Lemonade

*Bonus*

Moodymann DJ-Kicks
IGLOOGHOST Little Grids
Cousin Mouth Demo Tape
Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
Kendrick Lamar untitled.unmastered
L E X I ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿ ✿
Skepta Konichiwa
Tim Hecker Love Streams
Teen Suicide It’s the Big, Joyus Celebration, Lets Stir the Honeypot
Ivan Ave Helping Hands

Check ’em out if you haven’t peeped any of them! Might be your shit, might not. But we can all agree that there’s been some amazing music this year. Keeping hopes high for what the rest of 2016 has to offer.

Entertainment, Music

10 Must Play Twerk Songs at Any Function

June 6, 2016 • By

The summer is here and it’s time to party! Day party, pool party, beach party, or whatever you know you’re going to be twerking or getting twerked on. Here are the songs you need to make sure you play:

1oSalt Shaker – Ying Yang Twins feat. Lil Jon

This song is a sure-fire way to get those asses shaking. With lines like, “…skeet so much they call her Billy Ocean”, it will get lit.

9. Ms. New Booty – Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Twins

As soon as you hear, “…booty, booty, booty, booty, rocking everywhere”, all the big booty girls are running to the dance floor.

8. Look Back At It –Trina feat. Killer Mike

Every woman at the function knows the lyrics to this song and is going to rap it like she’s Trina herself. This song might be nasty, but in a way it’s empowering, putting the power of sex in the women’s hands and giving her a reason to twerk.

7. Bandz Ah Make Her Dance – Juicy J feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne

Even if you’ve never had money thrown at you while you threw it back this song will make you feel like stripping is your occupation.

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Art, Music, Review

Revisiting an Icon: Minnie Riperton

May 23, 2016 • By

2016 has been full of amazing music from artists like Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Chance The Rapper, Drake, and more. Yes this year has blessed our ears, but we’re not talking about 2016 right now, we are taking it back to someone your momma and your granny used to sing in the kitchen together. The high-pitched legend Minnie Riperton! Minnie Riperton’s high falsetto has inspired many of your favorites like Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande so let’s get in that Soul Train themed time machine and see what she blessed the world with.

Most famous for her song “Loving You” where we all have tried to hit that note “la la la la la la la la do do do AHHHHHHH”. Born in 1947 in Chicago, IL no one knew she would change the sound of soul music by meeting the deeper gospel-esque voices like Aretha Franklin, with her angelic tone. Her most renowned works Perfect Angel and Adventures in Paradise claimed top spots on the R&B charts and solidified her spot as an icon in music.