Posts in Hip-Hop
Curbside Jones Channeling JetLag

You know… I really like beats and albums that have a more personal and vivid personality over who’s in it or what equipment you used. Curbside Jones an emcee and producer that I can listen to forever and appreciate his sound for what it sounds and talks about in a natural setting besides writing about it. His upcoming project Another Sip consisting of 13 tracks which will be audio representations of his last trip to Japan, cool shit right? This is the first single and one more coming before he drops the Another Sip beat tape and a 100 page book titled the same, both tape and book will be dropping the same day (soon) and will be of limited run so keep your eyes open and vigilant.

Hard Boiled Rocca

With the highly anticipated release of Zilla Rocca’s Future Former Rapper on November 9th, let’s revisit his August 2018 EP release Hard Boiled. A 7 track starry night, wet streets boom bap gem, as usual oozing with feeling and those roll off the tongue quip rhymes Zilla’s known for. If you’ve followed WGM for quite some time, you’ll know how I feel about his solo work and how his rhymes paint vivid pictures for me. My favorites are Alive & Paid, Rabbit Will Run and Time Ran Out but ALL the tracks bump, play this EP with me below till the 9th and you’ll see why I’m excited for Future Former Rapper .

Oh Ye Can't Be Careless

There's one thing that has always personally bothered me, the ease in which we throw people away if they don't meet or disagree with our views and expectations. In this case I'm going to concentrate on mental health, Kanye's situation and his album, I do like the album and think there are messages within if you can just see beyond the flash. Life isn't fair, we all know this and know people will never be completely happy with you no matter how much they praise you, also if and when you do something that misaligns, be ready for it. As a creative you're constantly battling your talent, ego, people opinions, your wants, needs, expectations and what you're getting paid for, it's one hell of a ride and not many know it or aren't prepared to openly face and embrace it. This is also not a write-up to excuse the disgusting or horrific things some people might say when going thru issues as well, there is no easy way to tackle this so caution and care is needed.

As a Dominican-American husband, brother, son and father of 3 boys, in my personal experience one thing that is barely addressed in Latin culture and as a man is mental health. Any sort of emotional crack in a mans character or softness is seen as a flaw or as some like to brashly call it... being a pussy. I know there are many other cultures that do the same when it comes to men speaking how they feel because why the hell would you let someone know that shit is tough sometimes right? Well we should. If you create music, paint, design, or flat out going through tough times, you damn well know how close you can be pushed to tears then potentially scraping it all away and not feel like doing anything at all. Life isn't that simple and only a select few will understand, it can (not always) create a permanent in our work but some of us know just how to push past it. Doesn't mean it's easy tho.

We as a society and certain music fans specifically need to open up their mind to more than surface lyrics and a good beat. One reason why I personally think artists like Lil Uzi, Trippie Redd, Famous Dex and other younger rappers are growing in popularity is due to their emotional side that explodes with anger, fuck you attitude and want. Why? Because we aren't listening to the kids, we dismiss them as crazy, not normal and they found someone that understands or makes them feel like family. Sometimes the music flows perfectly with the emotions they give out, it's not just about lyrics and more about how you feel. Music can carry heavy emotion and not about just what type of medium you chose to create it in, not what brand of paint or which drum you chose, folks are having a hard time understanding that from what I've seen.

Now let's come back to Kanye.
He's said things that I completely disapprove of, are extremely hurtful and really feel he's gone through horrible mental battles which now includes him being bipolar and it needs to be addressed. I see his open-minded positive message clearly but what he sometime speaks on can disrupt the entire mission, not sure if it's just or a combo of mental health and speaking before thinking. He's dealing with these issues how he knows best, by making music and throwing his self into it. It's been met with tons criticism which should always be the case but people are not focusing on the message nor trying to understand what's going on inside a person. Dismissing albums at a surface level is one of the worst things you can do in Hip-Hop when soo much is dependent on lyrics, sound and feeling. We are not to play judge, god or that horrible thing called "tastemaker" yet we have a right to our opinion and have it respected no matter how positive or negative it may be. 

My problem with all this is that many aren't opening themselves up to what the world might be trying to show or give them, yet they heavily focus on canceling someone like an app instead of figuring out what the hell they are talking about or why. This goes beyond Kanye but he's the most recent example that has drastically divided the music community, I wish everyone the best and love for all yet can't stand to sit by and watch soo much divide us when it should be talked about and expressed without judgement. 

Someone didn't agree with you? Hurt you? Confused you? Angered you? Shocked you? Talk about it and stop thinking things revolve around what you think or are.

The world is vast and so are our troubles n' triumphs, everyone has a story and I hope you care enough to see what that is. Mental health is extremely important and please acknowledge the need to notice it or get help. Life is an amazing array of colors that make all of us into who we are, let's continue to shine together regardless of disagreements. I applaud folks like Kanye where they had to notice something is going on internally and are willing to share it while still not knowing how it'll end.

Peace.