Goodbye 2008. Hello 2009. We’ll be back.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
Goodbye 2008. Hello 2009. We’ll be back.
Atmosphere will go down as one of the best Hip-Hop duo in history. They’ve garnered critical acclaims and a huge fanbase through lyrics that are different from what you usually hear in rap music. Slug has a way of penning down lyrics that are down-right relatable to the average man who’s unable to put feelings into words. To celebrate flaws as a perfection of sorts is a hard thing to do — and to do it with such consistency can be an overwhelming task — but Slug delivers with ease. As you go through their catalogue, you can see the man’s progressive evolution. The craziest thing to me is that I feel like I’m able to grow up with each album as I hear them. When I first picked up the “When Life Gives You Lemons…” album, I went through the entire album wondering where this new journey is going to take me, and what I’m left with is a feeling of awe. I can hear a whole new progression in Slug’s lyrics that I hadn’t heard in his other works. The blurred line between good and evil still exists, but he seems to be able to scrape every bit of joy from the beatings he’s dealt with. The other thing that makes this album my pick of the year is the storytelling. We’re taken on this dark and dreary road with each story which ends with a lesson we can all take to heart in our own lives. Packed with metaphors galore and a handful of ‘life’, I paint this album gold.
The stand-out track which solidifies this album for me is ‘Yesterday’ which is a conversation Slug has with his deceased father. In the song, he comes to peace with his father who he’s had a bitterness towards for a long time.
A whole house full of dreams and steps
I think you’d be impressed with the pieces I kept
You disappeared but the history is still here
It’s why I try not to cry over spilt beer
I can’t even get mad that you’re gone
Leavin’ me was probably the best thing you ever taught me
I can write chapters upon chapters about how much I love this album, but I think you should pick it up and enjoy it for your own self. You’ll find many hidden gems in this album. Oh! All this talk about Slug and his lyrical content, I have to add that Ant’s production is one of the best this year also. For the last few years, producers have shared as much — if not more — of the spotlight as the rappers, and Ant deserves to have his name plastered next to all the greatest producers. Both him and Slug compliment each other so well, it’s a musical marriage made in Hip-Hop heaven. ‘Nuff said.
Atmosphere –“When Life Gives You Lemons…”
Notable 2008 Mentions: Maria Mena – Cause & Effect; Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreaks; RZA as Bobby Digital – Digi Snacks; Lenny Kravitz – It Is Time For A Love Revolution; The Roots – Rising Down; Santogold – Santogold; Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It; Tracy Chapman – Our Bright Future; N.E.R.D. – Seeing Sounds; Q-Tip – The Renaissance; Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part 1 (4th World War); Common – Universal Mind Control
I apologize I couldn’t make out a ‘top-ten’ thingamajig because there were just too much good stuff I urge you all to give a chance to. I don’t think most of these albums were given the promotions they deserve — and I don’t think my blog would do much of a job either — but if I have one reader who becomes a fan to these albums, I did enough. Right?
Dave Kinsey just posted a new BLOG! which covers his recent trip to the FAME Festival in Belgium and his solo exhibition @ the ALICE gallery. His new works are incredible and the pieces hold a lot of weight, in terms of its messages. I only wish I could have seen these masterpieces in person because there’s something about the experience in observing good art that doesn’t translate well off of a computer screen.
This is one of my favorite new batch of art works he’s done. The piece is entitled ‘The Audacity of Hopelessness’ and was done using mixed mediums. What I see in this picture is a lost soul. The zebra, in this case, is headed in a million different directions and has no unison to its soul, therefore, it reaches an epiphany of hopelessness. This is a wall many people find themselves being engulfed in once the accomplishments have been accomplished. Mid-life crisis hits. An urging to do more. Be more. Never satisfied or content with one’s state. A million directions, and no unison. Always being too busy to be a human being.
Here’s a couple more of his newest works for you to gander at:
pictures via Fecal Face
what worth are your words
does it change when it hurts
when it aches
…do you word your words different
or are you willing to fight
…for the right to your rhythm
would you really work
…for the worth
or leave belief to wither in the wind
as soon as you hear another hymn
where is your religion?
are your facts your opinions
do you act towards your wisdom
or do you subtract your facts as half fictioned
…just to bask in the fact that you fit in
take a gander at what you’ve written
take a second just to listen
are you true
…are you false?
–poem by dinoxsketchpad
FALSE has always been one of my favorite brands in the international level — not only because of the effectiveness in their simplicity, but also because of the craftsmanship and the level of quality they put into each and every item they’ve produced. Now they’ve expanded the brand even further by offering up their first print-artzine, which has taken them two years to put together. With everything going digital nowadays, it’s an astounding feat to start publishing print media and spending so much time and effort (and money) on what some consider to be a dead art. Seeing as how they’ve ran things with the clothing brand manually, these print-zines were hand-bound, hand-numbered, and hand-signed. In an industry where most have went the route of machineries, it’s good to see some people still prefer to get their hands dirty. Grab a copy at their E-Store while you can as these prints are limited to only 100.
The FALSE brand also runs a host of other projects including, but not limited to, Fallacy Of Rome (F.O.R.) which is a collaborative brand they’ve created with Lupe Fiasco. I love the theme of their company — Everything is FALSE. We are FALSE. The underlying message behind the slogan rings true and is a bite back at its consumers who fall victim to the snare of materialism. Or at least that’s my take on it.
Another segment of what I’d like to call GOOD music to start your day off with. Daniel Merriweather featuring Wale in a song titled ‘Change‘. Vibe to it.
I just recently stumbled upon this video so I don’t know too much about the singer as of yet, but Wale’s been everywhere this year, including finding himself in The Roots’ ‘Rising Down’ LP on a song called ‘Rising Up’.
Daniel Merriweather ft. Wale — Change
The Roots ft. Chrisette Michele and Wale — Rising Up
Paid a visit to Kuizzy Effin’s new house late Saturday night and I must say, it’s one heck of an upgrade. I didn’t even take pictures of the whole house because it was dark already, but I’ll do another ‘MTV Cribs’ for you on the next visit. I pigged out on their overwhelming cabinet of snacks, had a beer, coconut drink, Vitasoy Chocolate Milk, a couple of 7-UPs and A&Ws, and topped it off with a Nesquik Strawberry Milk mix. Oh, and of course, the good ol’ Shrimp Fries. We played Scene-It, Buzz!, and since I was the odd man out, I watched them play Cranium while Myspacin’ and catching up on every other blog. We had a LOT done also business-wise and now you can purchase our shirts online — just click the SHOP button on the header of this blog. Thank you for your patience.