Monthly Archives: July 2017

For The Day: Portishead “Cowboys” Live

Over the weekend, I played Schoolboy Q’s “Raymond 1969” for my younger cousin. I decided to go a bit deeper and educate him to where the sample came from. “Cowboys” by Portishead is a menacing trip-hop cut that’s as great as it was as when it was released it in 1997. Some music doesn’t age well but fortunately for Portishead, they are exempt from such a fate. And the lyrics were just as ominous as the production: Did you feed us tales of deceit/Conceal the tongues who need to speak/Subtle lies and a soiled coin/The truth is sold, the deal is done. I wish that I could’ve been there see Portishead perform this live. Maybe one day.

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7.30.17 Thoughts…

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Photo courtesy of RNC

1. I spent most of yesterday afternoon with my younger cousin. He’s 19 years old and currently attends an arts college in California’s Bay Area. To say that I’m proud of him is an understatement; I watched him grow into a talented young man and he has the potential to be a strong creative force. What struck me the most during our conversations is how similar we are in nature and which caused me to rethink how I am with others. I tend to be an enigma of sorts which is why I’m hardly ever seen at parties or events. And at times, I only communicate via likes on Instagram photos just to let them know that I’m still around but that’s not enough. If you have cool individuals in your life that you truly care for, reach out and say something; let them know that you appreciate them or just say hello. A kind word goes a long way and so does an open unbiased ear that listens. Continue reading

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One Shot: Freeway (2006)

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If I’m not mistaken this may have been after the Roots Game Theory concert in August of 2006. The concert took place at the TLA on the day of the album’s release and Freeway and Peedi Peedi performed “Flipside” from Freeway’s debut album, Philadelphia Freeway. It was a live show. I knew most of the words to the songs because of an advance copy of the album that I received a week or so before the official release.

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“Atomic Blonde” is GREAT!!!

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What an awesome action thriller! I went into the theater prepared for something wild and that’s exactly what I received; Atomic Blonde is the battle royale of the summer. Atomic Blonde is based on the 2012 graphic novel titled The Coldest City by Antony Johnston And Sam Hart. Shameless plug but shout out to my favorite comic book store Brave New Worlds in Old City for ordering me a copy of the Coldest City but I digress. Atomic Blonde is set in 1989 Berlin around the time of the Berlin Wall’s collapse and the film superbly captured the bleakness and political dissension. Charlize Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI-6 spy that’s thrown into a perilous mission in a city where no one can be trusted. Her encounters with Berlin station chief David Percival, played by James McAvoy, and the beautiful undercover french agent Delphine Lasalle (Sofia Boutella) makes this tale of entrapment so complex that you can’t blinking because you may miss out on a double cross or two. Atomic Blonde is THAT good. Continue reading

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For the Night: Kendrick Lamar “LOYALTY. “

Kendrick and these damn dope ass videos. Dave Meyers & the little homies, who were responsible for the HUMBLE visuals, return with a tale about love featuring Rihanna as the apple of Kung Fu Kenny’s eye. I love how vivid and lively these visuals are and I’ve come to expect nothing less from the Compton rapper and his faction.

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For Kelis…. An Appreciation

00/00/0000. Kelis, American singer.

When I hear the phrase “Black Girls Rock”, Kelis is the first woman that I think of. I had never seen anyone like her before and her music, especially in 1999, was purely an anomaly. The radio, especially urban formats, was nothing but your standard mainstream Hip-Hop and R&B. There weren’t any real exciting artists; No one seemed to care for being outside of the box. Kelis backed by the crazy production provided by The Neptunes tore into radio playlists with “Caught Out There”, a hard edged track about a cheating ex that’s caught in his lies and that hook?! “I hate you so much right now….AAAAAAAHH!” became the phrase that so many of us loved to scream. In that same year, she could be heard on Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s comeback(?) single “Got Your Money”. I was an instant fan of her’s and she was the primary reason why I became a supporter of the Neptunes (Ma$e’s “Looking At Me” and N.O.R.E.’s “Superthug” helped too). Continue reading

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Love The Visuals!! Danny Brown “Lost”

First, the director of Danny’s latest video, Matilda Finn made an amazing video. I love Black and White videos and it flawlessly matches the vibe and energy of the song. If I ever get back into creating concepts for albums, this will be used as a reference. If you haven’t heard Danny’s 2016 album Atrocity Exhibition, then you are SLACKIN’ ON YOUR MACKIN’!!!

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7.27.17 Thoughts: “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”

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Her tattoo, New Orleans, 2013

1. Change. The world and all of it’s inhabitants aren’t immune to life’s waving of the evolutionary wand. Some are very reluctant to open their minds to new experiences and whether they want to admit it or not, there’s always some form of suffering that follows. My view of manhood and how men should function in society was once skewed but my environment and peers. I wouldn’t say that I was homophobic but amongst the homies and other guys that I encountered in barbershops and in the street, you’d think that being gay was the worst thing since Blade: Trinity (that movie was super duper whack!). It wasn’t until I started to have friends from the LGBTQ community that I truly understood the need for solidarity. And around that time, I started to get in touch who I was as a person which led to discovering that masculinity wasn’t what I perceived it to be; Masculinity is way more complex than the propagated images of macho gun toting dudes that scream and enforce the lie that crying is for “pussies”. Being a man in 2017 requires respect and responsibility and that was instilled in me very early by my father and late grandfather. I hope to build upon lessons taught and be lifetime student of myself and my gender. Continue reading

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For The Day: 88 Keys x Kanye West “Stay Up (Viagra)”

“Try imagining something passionate
Between you Cassie and Kim Kardashian
Maybe that’ll work when you get to hit that ass again”Kanye West

In Spring/Summer of 2007, Kanye West dropped his Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ mixtape which featured a one minute and 50 second snippet of the 88 Keys and Kanye West collaboration “Stay Up (Viagra)”. I had to wait an entire year for 88 Keys to release it as a single.The flip of Imagination’s “All Night Loving” and of course anything from post Late Registration – pre Graduation ‘Ye were nothing less than dope.  Continue reading

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LISTEN! The Sexually Liberated Woman: Ep. 23: Men Need Sexual Liberation, Too

A lady friend of mine sent me the link to this podcast during my very slow workday. With nothing to do, I hit play and this proved to be just what the doctor ordered. For the 23rd episode of The Sexually Liberated Woman, host Ev’Yan Whitney interviews artist Expressions Untold and their discussion covered a lot of material. Sexual repression in men, the negative effects that toxic masculinity, the need for sexual liberation in both genders, body positivity for men, and tons more.

Check out the Expressions Untold tumblr for more information on the artist.

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