Sometimes we work so hard that we forget how to vacation. And there's a lot of people who don't have that same dedication, they'll hate from a distance and talk about how "you've changed" even when you make it. Theres a point in a person's life where they realize what they're put on this planet to do, and this album perpetuates that message to the listener and allows them to follow this artist's life journey to the point he is at and where he wants to be.
December 9, 2016
Austin Richard Post is a 21 year old artist who was born in Syracuse, New York and goes by the stage name of Post Malone. His story is one of interest and definitely a story of everything happens for a reason. He was raised in Texas, where his dad was a manager for the Dallas Cowboys concession crew, and he would get free food and tickets to the games on occasion. He auditioned for a popular alternative rock group Crown the Empire in 2010, but his guitar strings broke and he didn't get the gig. But luckily for us he didn't just become another guitar player, who claims his interest came from playing the video game Guitar Hero as a kid. He taught himself how to make beats with FL Studio, like a lot of people who are out there working in their garage trying to find that nostalgic sound.
The singer/song-writer/producer/hip-hop artist found the sound that best represents what he can bring to the table with his debut album Stoney. His incredible use of vocals along with that Texas sound allows the listener to hear and feel the emotions of a young man who has big dreams and aspirations. Most people know him for his major radio hit "White Iverson" which led to a record deal and allowed him to work with people such as 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West. The basketball-inspired anthem is a look into the dreams of a kid who wants to ball just like the NBA greats we grew up watching, but in his own unique way.
Fuck practice, this shit just happens, know y'all can't stand it
I have it, I never pass it, I work my magic
High average, ball on these bastards, it makes me happy
It's tragic, I make it happen, and all y'all Shaqtin'
There are heavy tones of that slowed-up poured-up sound that allow you to vibe to something thats not too crazy, that can help you get in the right state of mind even at 5 am. Theres a lot of good tracks on this album such as "I Fall Apart," "Patient," "Congratulations," and "Big Lie." But one song that hits home with anyone who feels like their dreams are never going to become reality is "Go Flex." This track shows us that failure comes before success both in the dictionary and in life.
They tell me to quit, don't listen what I'm told
Help me forget that this world is so cold
I don't even know what I'm chasin' no more
Tell me 'What I want?', just keep searchin' on
It's never enough, cup after cup
Blunt after blunt
I wouldn't give one if I could find a fuck
You may never hear him on the radio again after his hit "Deja Vu" that featured one of his best friends Justin Bieber, but radio hits don't make the success story of any artist in today's music. It's about the following the artist is able to gain and the message they share with those people who feel where he is coming from. Post Malone isn't the most lyrical artist you'll ever hear, but the words he shares and the emotions he uses behind the lyrics reach the audience that has dreams of becoming something in their time on this planet. Being able to share his feelings and true emotions through music is what makes him so unique.
Here's a video of the kid with the gold teeth just talking to anyone who will listen
As someone who has watched way too many episodes of The X-Files and has questioned everything in the existence of our solar system, I have been convinced for my entire life that there is life outside of our Earth and outside of our universe. And with the new discovery by a group of astronomers, who were working with NASA using their high powered telescope, the theory of life existing outside of this universe is now more prominent than ever. Whether they're aliens like the Ayy LMAO alien, or they're beings like the civilization in the movie Avatar, I'm sure they are as curious as we are to know what else is out there.
By looking at this map of the known galaxies, it is easy to comprehend that there is life existing outside of our nearby universe. The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 (The name given to the exoplanet system recently discovered) will help us move forward in our acceptance of what else is out there. The astronomers say that it is more than possible that water can be found on a few of the seven planets they discovered, and where there is water, there is life. Next year, NASA plans to send a telescope into space that will be able to detect the chemical fingerprints of water, methane, and oxygen of the potential atmospheres.
If you care about space and the discoveries of other universes too, that's dope. But if you don't, then I don't blame you for not having an interest in something that probably won't effect you directly. We all got busy lives, and unless you are going to be an astronomer then all of this information might not matter to you. You can think the Earth is a sphere, a triangle, a hexagon, flat, it really doesn't bother me what you think of it, because everything in life is all about perception. But this discovery can effect your way of thinking. Look at that map again, and look at how small the Milky Way Galaxy is. And then think about how small the Earth is in comparison to that, and then how small our country is, an then your state, and then your house, and then how small you are.
We get so wrapped up in the concept of life and how everything around us can drive our state of mind into many different emotions that we may or may not want to feel or experience. People complain about their jobs or their financial status or their relationship status or how they feel like everything bad in life is happening to them. When we get caught up in the moment, we tend to forget how lucky and just how fascinating it is for us to even be existing on this planet and in this universe. You are so significant to the universe and you don't even realize it because you're too worried about how you're going to pay your bills or how you're going to get through the work day without ten cups of coffee or how some girl or guy won't text you back after a bad date. You are an incredible piece of life in this small galaxy and you can't take that for granted.
So next time you are ever feeling like life is tough or you are hit with some kind of setback, just remember that in the grand scheme of things nothing is really all that bad when you remind yourself that life is an incredible gift in and of itself.
Here's a trippy video that will definitely make you say "Holy shit"
It's coming down hard out there, and we've got to get our shit together. We've gotta get it together, come on lets make something happen. Our beautiful country is in an interesting point in it's history and this could be a huge turning point in time that either moves us forward as a whole, or it could divide us more than we have ever been. We can all do our part in any way that we can, and we are lucky to have Hip-Hop here to save us when we need it most. In remembrance of the late great Phife Dawg, known as Malik Izaak Taylor, this collective was able to create the most socially, politically, and emotionally relevant album that represents the current state of our country.
A Tribe Called Quest
We Got it From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
November 11, 2016
Unfortunately for me, I never listened to ATCQ religiously throughout my life. I probably would have learned a lot about not only their lives, but everything I needed to know about what is going on in the world outside what the media wants us to see and hear. I knew they were one of the greatest hip-hop collectives to ever be formed and that they paved the way for many artists of yesterday and today, but with this album they proved they can still pave the way for the future. Their last album "The Love Movement" was released in 1998, and it was said for a long time that it was the end for them, until they recorded this album in secrecy. That underground sound can be felt in sequence as each song passes, as they were able to encapsulate the music they created in the past while fusing it with lyrics that are so true to our culture.
They were able to record more than half of the songs while Phife Dawg was still alive and well, and his influence and love for music can be heard through his production and lyrics. Joining them on the album as well were some greats in their own right with Busta Rhymes, Andre 3000, Consequence, Elton John, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak. The album is split up into two "Sides," giving it that feel of a vinyl record of the past. (FYi you can still buy vinyl records)
Every single song brings a different and important message that can only be fully understood through listening at high volume and an in tune mind, or as the kids say "Woke." On Side A, there is heavy influences of peace and love that spread from your ears to your heart and soul. Q-Tip went above and beyond, and took it upon himself to represent an entire group of people that want to make the world a better place. He takes on the role of American citizens who have expressed hate in their heart, not only in the past, but now more than ever.
All you Black folks, you must go
All you Mexicans, you must go
All you poor folks, you must go
Muslims and gays, boy we hate ya ways
Said all you bad folks, you must go
That sounds like something out of a twisted and sadistic poetry journal from the 1930's, but the sad thing is that those words represent the feelings of about half of our country right now. Now Side B is more about taking action, and using a more aggressive approach towards moving our country forward. Phife Dawg did his part while he was here to share with us a little bit of his feelings towards what is going on in our country. Even in death, his words from "Conrad Tokyo" are still going strong.
Rather watch the Nixon shit than politicians politic
CNN and all this shit, gwaan yo, move with the fuckery
Trump and the SNL hilarity
Troublesome times kid, no times for comedy
Blood clot, you doing, bullshit you spewing
As if this country ain't already ruined
This album didn't go number one on any charts, it wasn't up for any awards, it probably wasn't even heavily talked about on your Twitter feed. But that is what made this album so incredible. The fact that it was formed in secrecy just before the death of Phife Dawg makes it all the more unbelievably powerful. Their message to the world was displayed when they performed at the Grammys, a message so powerful that even the leader of the free world could hear them.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.