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CHARLES versus HOTLINE BLING

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Ok. Ok. Ok. I like this song. I like the video. I appreciate Drake’s consistency with “Feel Sympathy for My Hubris” demeanor on all his songs and features. I also like the fact women sympathize for him while men try to empathize with him about his hubris. It is definitely a vicious cycle. Drake suffers from Affluenza- a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. In layman terms, doing dumb sh!t because I’m rich and can’t help it. #RichBoyProblems  Continue reading CHARLES versus HOTLINE BLING

CHARLES versus 2014 HEAVY ROTATION

My mobile music device contains a broad variety of music. 2014 was not a strong year in music; however, there were some very standout albums that I played throughout the year. I listed those records below for your listening pleasure. I could take the time to explain why I like all these albums, but I don’t want to color your opinion on them.

Below are some of my favorite albums that were in heavy rotation for 2014:

CHARLES versus BUSY EARNIN’

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We all have songs that speak to us and move us. Sometimes, songs represent us and express our current situation in life. Recently, as I wake up from a usually restless slumber, I have one song triumphantly trumpeting through my 7.1 sound system in full concert mode to reaffirm my purpose. This song is Jungle’s Busy Earnin’. 

In actuality, this song with its simple lyrics and extravagant and exciting instrumentation accurately represents my life from the moment I chose to be a self-determined human being. Many people call this hero them music or a champion’s song. I plainly call it- Soul music. Songs that speak to your soul creates a very personal relationship between you and the musicians. So, I must say thank you to Jungle for making my song.

I have attached the video for your viewing and listening pleasure. I also pasted Busy Earnin’s lyrics below the video. What song moves you or represents you? I want to know leave your song in the comments.

Jungle – Busy Earnin’  (Here is Jungle – Jungle album on iTunes)


Lyrics:
So you come a long way
But you’ll never have me
Never have things for a normal life
It’s time too busy earnin’
You can’t get enough

This BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
Too BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

And I get always
But I bet it won’t change, no
Damn, that’s a boring life
It’s quite busy earnin’
You can’t get enough

This BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
Too BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

Just busy earnin’

You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
Too BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

You think that all your time is used
Too BUSY EARNIN’
You can’t get enough

Just busy earnin’
You can’t get enough, no
Just busy earnin’

 

CHARLES versus CASUAL RAP LISTENERS

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As I stare into the speakers projecting some of the most prolific wordplay from The Almighty, I wonder who values a deep conversation about the wordsmiths hammering the words together over a bass-laden anvil. My conclusion is as follows…

I will no longer entertain the casual Rap music listeners opinionated debates/disputes with me on “what constitutes great rap music or great rappers or dope producers.” If you have not put in a minimum of 10,000 hours of active, critically analytical listening of a variety of rappers (nationally distributed and independent) and have not studied the history of lyrical and Hip-Hop production development and revolution/evolution since Rap’s creation, then you are only speaking from a casual and limited knowledge base on the Art. I do have a very opinionated and invested understanding of Rap. I will try my best to address the casual listener’s arguments and opinions.

However, casual listener’s opinions are valuable from an appeal and emotional standpoint. Nonetheless, that opinion is not critical enough to fully understand the argument that I or my cohort would present about the topics on Rap. We look for challenge to our opinions to be solidly based and backed by “opinionated” facts. The casual listener’s perspective on rap lyrics and art of rapping usually plateaus on words on top of a rhythmic beat to make a song about any number of topics. However, the scholar or practitioner of Rap music sees lyrics as mathematical equation or science in developing musical composition to manipulate the psychology and mental constructs of the listener. I reiterate, I rather debate my opinions with (a) trained and expert rappers and producers (people that have proactively studied and practiced the art for 10,000 hours or more) and (b) people that have studied and invested in Rap like they were writing a dissertation on the Art and Science behind it.

I now view the casual Rap music lover’s opinion similar to a person that loves watching Grey’s Anatomy, The Mob Doctor, Childrens Hospital or any documentary style medical show on TLC/Discovery Channels’ opinion (majority of the population) while the expert Rap music lover is similar to a PhD/MD that continually studies, evolves, and contributes to the Art and Science of Medicine and Biology.

Both, casual listeners and experts, can have respected opinions, be lovers and haters of it, even share in loving and hating some aspects. But, their overall opinions on Rap will usually be from different perspectives and knowledge bases.

Kid Cudi – Day N Nite


Kid Cudi’s story is proof that there’s just no denying a good song. “Day N Nite” was written years ago, but the instantly likable stoners anthem with it’s hypnotizing melody and lyrics of escapism caught the ears of the likes of DJ A-trak and Kanye West and landed him a spot on the GOOD Records roster. In no time Cudi went from an employee at the Bape store to an artist on the cusp of super stardom. Fast forward almost three years later, after several remixes and constant radio rotation, the “Day N Nite” track finally gets the visual treatment it deserves by Ed Banger representative and video director So_Me. The half animated video continues with the surreal hazy drugged out feel of the track.

An Artist in the Making – Kid Cudi


Hustler Watch: Kid Cudi from Eighty81 on Vimeo.

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