It’s hump day. Starting to put together my Xmas List possibles for the special people in my life. Hoping not to go overboard, but that’s asking a lot. Like to give. Too much. Gonna finalize everything Saturday & shop Sunday.
Wish I had more to write but life is quiet. Too quiet. And I’m healing. Getting there.
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2013 had almost every single one of my favorite rap artists duke-ing it out for the top spot. It was fantastic. Rap Gods and kings battling throughout middle earth. Spitting fire. Packing a wallop. Then Eminem brought us back to Marshall Mathers’ old home one last time. I’m still there. Despite it being in ashes. The rap Elvis is still making an impact, but almost instantly I fell in love with MMLP2. It was like the perfect bride: something new, old, and blue. All very Marshall. Showing us that even at 40…he’s still a dangerous behind the mic. Rick Rubin gave this a distinct voice, allowing himself to hit back at the heart of his twisted art. But I already spoke about that. Pick up the bonus tracks for the extra tracks with Sia, Jamie N Commons, and X Ambassadors. They make the album worth it.
What I am going to speak about is how this record gave me the strength to get back on my feet after saying farewell to a very special friend. Was knocked off my feet. Stumbling. Then I heard this record. And I felt way better. The more I listened, the more I felt like the old me. The one with the big heart. Everything was going to be fine. Made peace and looked forward to the future. It’s really hard to focus with my over thought out head constantly working at a crazy pace. Take these lyrics for example:
“As time passes, things change every day. But wounds, wounds heal, but scars still remaining the same. But tomorrow today’s going down in flames. Throw the match, set the past a blaze. So feel the fire beneath your feet as you barely even perspire. From the heat, exhale deep and breathe a sigh of relief. And as you say goodbye to the grief. It’s like watching the walls melt in your prison cell. But you’ve extinguished this living hell. Still a little piece of you dies as you scream.”
Who says rap can’t be poetic?
One of my favorite moments happened about week after as my friends and I drove up the Cali coast bumping this record for the first time. ”Desperation”, one of the bonus tracks, was the anthem. We hit repeat. Over again. Jamie N Commons bringing that country folk twang with Marshall’s vicious rapping teeth sounded great on the highway. We were outlaws in a Prius. Dangerous stuff. We could all relate to the record.
MMLP2 is still being played unlike 90% of the albums in my car. Likely by 2014 it will rank higher in my life…but for right now it breaks the top 10. Rap God is not playing. This is the very personal Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Finally fixed my iPod Touch.
And so I am. Feeling better than I did yesterday/ Gotta get better before bowling night on Friday. Peak condition needed to whoop some coworker ass baby. If I just hit triple digits I’ll be happy. Last year got distracted by a girl I was seeing. Made for a great memory. This time I’m rolling with some old friends. It’s gonna be fun.
Another quiet day in my life. Work will be troublesome. Yesterday was full of major computer issues. Praying they fixed all the issues over night. Otherwise, more of the same.
But yeah, I really dig this record more than I ever had. Picked it up on vinyl a few weeks ago. Sounds brilliant echoing off my walls. One of the biggest issues with doing a top 25 best album of 2013 countdown is there was a handful of non-2013 albums that really stole my heart in the past 365 days. Delta Rae, The Game’s Jesus Piece, Tribe Called Quest, Maxwell, Best of Tupac, TQ, Continuum, etc. Bumping flashback tracks was one of my biggest trends of 13. You’ll find many of those tracks in my new spotify favorite songs in the toolbar section to your right. >>>>
There is even a One Direction track. Not ashamed. ”Story of my Life” doesn’t even sound like boy band stuff. Tried my best to grab my favorite track from many of the year’s LPs/EPs that weren’t featured in the 25. Spotify doesn’t have everything sorry to say. Again after I wrap up these blurbs expect a handful of honorable mentions to show up as we reach the 31st.
I’m working on getting better. That’s all. Here’s a song that kind of represents that.
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Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Only thing it was missing was 2 Chainz. That was joke. This record felt like Jay Z was having a good time trying to make a new blueprint for his art. No longer based in a ghetto sensibility of crack deals or dope dealing. This was high art with rich sensibilities revolving around King Jigga in his kingdom. All hail…Caesar’s home.
I got the sense this is the Jay Z that lives his life nowadays. Rocking Tom Ford, living a extravagant – Great Gatsby lifestyle with Queen & Princess B overseas. It’s the life we all middle class civilians wish for. And he’s talking about how great being materialistic is. Fuck With Me…you know I got it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Magna Carta. Lifestyle with new rules. One I’ll never achieve in this poor world.
But why did I like it? Fucking Jay Z. Need I say more? Remember laying on my couch on Fourth of July (the day it dropped) and couldn’t stop hitting repeat on Holy Grail. Was going through some stuff at the time & the confidence hitting on each track helped me get out of my slump. Because rapping about the beach because the beach is better turned out to be quite fun. Rick Ross-Timberlake-Frank Ocean hooks, a producer mashup on “BBC” with Timbaland, Swizz, Nas, Dr. Dre, and Rick Rubin, Jay Z talking about Miley Cyrus twerking, and high production all make Magna Carta a purchase.
This is a fun record that doesn’t take itself seriously. He’s having fun doing what he loves to do. Like Michael Jordan in his last year with the Chicago Bulls. So this Jay Z, after the Throne, building some new rules in a rap evolving rap world. Here’s to the start of a new world. Prepare yourself for Magna Carta…Holy Grail.
Go back in time with Avicii in his new visuals for the bluegrass EDM ‘True‘ cut — “Hey Brother”. The production value continues to be high with a fantastic homage to our american soldiers through young Timmy’s eyes. This is a very personal video. Might warm your heart.
Young The Giant kicks off 2014 with a brand new record – ’Mind Over Matter’ — and this is the new single!
Even after all this time, still love Norah Jones’ smooth voice. Can you believe this song is 11 years old? That’s older than my little cousins! Crazy. I’m actually able to write this blurb from my main computer hub seeing how all my machines are locked in some form or fashion. They did computer maintenance over the weekend which usually breaks everything. Now gotta wait for IT to get in. Bleh. Ms. Jones’ voice always calms me.
Weekend has pleasant. Saw Inside Llewyn Davis. Took a lot of pondering after to discover what the true meaning of the film was. The hint is the time of the film. Folk music before Dylan blew up. Then went to Amoeba. Bought some cheap vinyl. Made my collection a bit lumpier.
We do have a showcase coming up this Saturday. The Blank Tapes at the Echo. Should be fun. It’s an early show. That means I’ll be able to head home & relax after. That’s all I have planned until 2014. I spend these months hibernating. Away from the bright lights of crummy venues & streetlamps. Plus, I haven’t felt well for the most part. Lingering cough with head colds really annoy me. Just let me get better. Please. Mr. Flu. All purpose to keep me indoors.
We’re back for a few more days. Here’s your Monday kicker. ”Lonestar” by Ms. Norah Jones
No seriously. The problem never worked itself out on paper. Because I was able to put both Pusha T’s ‘My Name Is My Name’ & Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Too Weird…’ on the same disc. They were fantastic together. Played them all over the valley for the past couple months. Kind of symbolizes my musical taste. To have two genre extremes, on the same disc, and never got bored. Started hard with some drums, ended with one silent voice drawing off. You get Pusha T raw, Kanye West produced, ghetto anthems on the other side was the dark turn Panic! took with mysterious pop tracks.
One featured hip hop superstars…Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Chris Brown, 2 Chaniz!, Big Sean, etc. King Push lives up to the name with hell of a record. Like it was the missing pieces of Yeezus. In or bad way. The guests & beats really make this record shine. Made for radio plays. Pusha had great guidance & direction on how to sell this piece of art. Yeezy taught you well.
The second was far more intimate. Just Panic being Panic. On the same level of production value as Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’. Pop Punk that showed glimmers of their debut. Couldn’t get over how catchy both albums were.
Whether on I was on my Tom Ford-Ric Flair shit or dancing in the gospel lights in vegas. It had everything I wanted from a record. Sometimes you don’t get what you hope for. You get more. The pleasure of making mixes & burnt discs. The thing is this musical chef cooked up one hell of a dish that destroyed all genre. but more so cause I was lazy.
Pusha with a side dish of Panic! available for pick up below! Tell me how it tastes. Dope?
Probably my favorite Christmas album of all time is my choice for our holiday music selection. Got in the mood for it while spending too much time at work yesterday. We did finish 2 pretapes & one weekend show. That wrapped up the entire Christmas week shows. Impressed we’ve stayed on track. Will allow us to chill despite having to come in. But enough about work.
This album is a definite classic for so many music listeners that it’s shocking more people don’t add it to the best albums of all time. Cause it really is one of the best soundtracks ever assembled. Iconic melodies like “Linus & Lucy”, “Christmas Time is Here”, “O Tannenbaum”, all come included. On the bonus rendition below they include the other holiday tracks making this Soundtrack the essential Charlie Brown album.
More the reason why I’m featuring it as we all continue to get in the holiday mood. Don’t forget about the meaning of the season.