Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on what we are really thankful for. This year I am extremely thankful for my family, my wonderful girlfriend and my friends. We don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything but they are always there through everything. We fight and butt heads but I’m glad with all the people on my life.
We are at a point today in hip-hop music where club records will get more attention and plays than a great lyrical song. It is our fault that great music goes unheard. Unless an artist is at the top of the charts, their non-singles won’t be heard by the masses. Take Lupe Fiasco for example. When he came out with “The Show Goes On”, it became a huge hit. Other songs of his, which are on a superior level lyrically, will never get played because they aren’t pop-like or highly commercialized. We, as music fans, need to dig deeper and hear the quality music that is being put out by very lyrical artists. I mean of course club records make people want to dance and serve their own purpose but shouldn’t be put in the same conversation as songs have serious content in them. The image above is the “hip-hip tree”. These are the artists who helped shape the music we grew up listening to. It’s perplexing to think that their level of lyricism is a reflection of what we hear today.
Noisey music channel/website does a web series called “Back and Forth” in which they have musicians sit with each other and shoot the shit. They can be friends or artists who have never met before. They talk about a range of things, from favorite food, to favorite athlete, to inspiration, to smoking weed. They cover a lot of topics which helps us, the music lovers, see more of the person rather than the superstar. It is cool to get to know the artist. It helps us connect more with their music and see the personality that sits down to write the rhymes. Great job, Noisey.
“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And, I was really… I was alive”
Breaking Bad has finally come to an end. The finale was, well let’s just say amazing to say the least. The whole episode really showed exactly who Walt really was through the entire series. He was thorough. Extremely thorough down to the most minute details. He was brilliant and always had all of his bases covered. He always got his way eventually. The way he tied up any and every loose end is just perfect. He forced Gretchen and Elliot to give Walt Jr. the money when he’s old enough. He killed Lydia with his homemade poison. He took out Tom’s and his uncles gang. The final scene when he lets Jessie go and they acknowledge each other, they know in that moment that it’s really over. All of their history had led up to that point and it was for real over. Then Walt is able to go and admire the machinery which had made him into the person he was for the past couple years. The quote at the beginning of this article says it all. Walt went out on his own terms and was finally happy. Rip Heisenberg. Thanks for being arguably the best tv show character ever. Thanks to Breaking Bad being the best tv show ever.
Beat your hangover. Don’t let your hangover beat you.
On top of a cruise ship feeling on top of the world. The view was the literal meaning of awesome. Being from the Midwest and never seeing anything like this, what a treat. The people, the buildings. The combination of the two made it seem like the city was moving. It’s like the city had a mind of its own. Miami is a hell of a sight.