Spotlight Saturday: ‘Dopamine’ by Don D

19 Apr

Chicago Loud 9′s singer, Don D, is celebrating 4/20 with a brand new hip hop mixtape.

‘Dopamine’ examines the highs & lows of the dope game from a Chi-town perspective.  It’s a world most of us know about mainly through music lyrics.  At least…for me.  Doesn’t make the best judge of what I’m listening to.  Don D or Pro Blak does a fantastic job capturing the mysterious dangerous world of hustlers & dealers and the effects it has on those involved.  It has a definitive storyline coursing through each track.  Interludes.  Outros.  You’re in for a ride.

My favorite track is “American Love Story (Could It Be)”.  Like listening to a old school Common / Talib Kweli hip hop love song.  Would it be cliche to say it is…”Dope”?

I can’t help but recommend this soulful hip hop album from an emerging artist with a story to tell.  Sit back.  For these are the tales of the dope game from Don D.  Be sure to pick it!

Album of the Week: ‘PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ by Pharoahe Monch

19 Apr

Awesome album cover.  Did you give it a glance?  Would you?  For me.  Maybe it’s me.  Inside you’ll find a powerful sequel to Pharoahe Monch’s 2011 — ‘W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)’.  That was an album with a definitive voice.  Loved it.  PSTD continues the story on a much dark note.  Very personal.  More mental.  Corrosive lyrics & beats that just tears away at your musical soul.  It’s mostly just Monch…spewing fire.  He was fighting a fit of depression & it shows.  Struggling to fight his way back into the light.  Talib Kweli & Black Thought bring their ‘A’ game assisting on two of the albums hallmark tracks: “DREAM” & “Rapid Eye Movement”.

Wikipedia sums PSTD best:

“The concept album follows a veteran through combat experience, his return home, relationship dissolution, drug addiction, painful depression, and, finally, a triumphant but realistically rendered decision to keep living and struggling.”

So, Pharoahe is not Pharoahe & yet totally Pharoahe.  Can you dig it?

Watch: “Sleepwalking” by The Chain Gang of 1974

17 Apr

Grand Theft Auto V’s iconic track, “Sleepwalking”, now has a hauntingly cool visuals. Intercuts of wild…passionate…love at night.  Fantastic video that reminds me of ‘Drive’.  This is a single that deserves a buy.

1st Song of the Day: “Stay” by Sugarland

17 Apr

After bumping NaS all morning, just before I left my room for the door; one thought came to my head…Today needs some Sugarland.  To kick it off.  Probably played this song before.  That’s okay.  Amazing track that deserves multiple of replays.  The first time I heard the heartbreaking lyrics was in a Maryland bar during Karaoke.  A friend of a friend, who eventually became my friend, sang it.  Her vocal performance was amateurish at best & nothing that compares to Jennifer Nettles…however, got the feeling she had sang it multiple times before by herself…in her room / car.  You could feel the deep wound she carried.  Just wonderful.

I’ve been in a blue mood for the past couple of days.  Should be happy.  Today is technically work Friday.  We have to wrap three shows in 10 hours.  Won’t be getting out till late.  Then Wing Night.  And ETC.  I’m on call tomorrow too.  So, the grind don’t stop.  Here’s some country sadness to kick off the Easter weekend.  Be safe.  Have fun.

1st Song of the Day: “Life’s A Bitch” by NaS (feat. A.Z.)

16 Apr

It is.  It truly is.  Day three of another crappy work day.  This new reigme is tasking.  Nothing else to say.  Hopefully, some music will follow.

1st Song of the Day: “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson

15 Apr

It all is going to be okay.  Be ok.  Yesterday, our office went through a new regime change.  Game of Thrones style.  The queen is dead.  Long live the King.  The king had some issues with me with a handful of confusing aspects.  Which didn’t set a good foot in the right way with the office’s ruling princess.  It gonna be a challenging week.  But after 2 years…the office is finally united.  No more civil wars.

Anyway, Ingrid dropped her new album today.  On tax day.  Haven’t listened to it yet.  Planning on.  Might keep my mind off of the tragic day we’re about to cover.

Romantic love song / cover coming at you.

Stream: “Turn Blue” by The Black Keys

14 Apr

New one from The Black Keys.  The title track from the Keys’ upcoming 2014 venture is very mellow indeed.  Guess, “turning blue” is a easy one.  We all make the transformation on May 13th.

Watch: “Sweatpants” by Childish Gambino (feat. Problem)

14 Apr

Gambino didn’t like how the video was publicized.  I’m okay with it.  Still apart of the bizzare ‘Because The Internet’.  Great song.  Even better visuals…the footage is shot extremely well; boarding on beautiful.

1st Song of the Day: “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls

14 Apr

I survived Vegas.  What happens there.  Stays there.  So, no spoilers from me.  Had a blast.  Left with little money that were traded for lasting memories.  Really needed the mind break.  Nothing like getting swindled by clever formulas & sexy bitches.  #goodtimes  Today’s song spawned from a song that my buddy Ross had on his many music mixtapes that mostly featured songs from movies / trailers.  “Long Way Down” by Goo Goo Dolls was featured on the Twister SDTK.  Which made me focus on ‘A Boy Named Goo’.  Then stumbled across this classic, “Name”.

Big thanks to the Vim Dicta for sponsoring our decent showcase review as much as they did.  Can’t wait to see them in a few weeks!

Loved having Mad Men back.  Last night’s episode was fantastic.  Welcome to Easter Monday.  Two more pretapes to go & a regime change born.

1st Song of the Day: “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley

11 Apr

Went with the classic.  The theme song for generations of party animals.  Should I say ‘Mad Men’ even?  We made it.  Another day.  Another life.  Just gotta make it 9+ hrs then adventure awaits.  Back to the sin.  A city that feels like my second home.  The…’Viva Las Vegas’.  Hope you enjoyed the Vegas week.  Been fun.  Been so tempted to change the music preferences in spotify that Vegas themed tracks were what I was all about the week of April 4th.  Might have one more in me on Monday.  I’ll keep y’all wondering…if I come back. hehe

No Spotlight Saturday.  We did post another showcase review last night.  Have you read about the Vim Dicta yet???  Truly recommend them.  The pictures were okay.  When I come back gonna try to hustle like Picksysticks.  He be busy!  Feel like Sam Smith is in my future.  Just maybe.

We made it.  Have a fantastic weekend readers.  I’m off!


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