Hip-Hop

Oh Ye Can't Be Careless by Randy Ortiz

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.

Venomous x Trilian: Sounds of the Great Ones 2 by Randy Ortiz

Venomous has been an emcee that I've always admired since I've met him and heard his music, a highly talented emcee from Jersey that's educated, lyrically powerful and whoever he makes music with, I fully trust I'll hear an amazing finished product. He's teamed up with Trilian again for Sounds of the Great Ones 2 and the track featured below is "I Ain't Particular ft. DJ TMB" a hard hitting beat with those good vibes that we all love, hear it below!
To complete this project they are trying to get the vinyl pressed via Diggers Factory a la Kickstarter style and their goal is near, they are over 70% (100 vinyl minimum) and have 22 days left to meet it! Support a positive, amazing emcee and giant fam along with knowing you continued to help someones dream be realized. See below for more information on the album, it's expected release date is June 26, 2018 and the amazing folks they got featured in it. 
Support fam and let's get this album pressed so we get to hold another great piece of Hip-Hop art.
Album Support Page

"We are excited to announce that the new album, ‘Sounds of the Great Ones 2’, will be released on June 26, 2018. The album is a collaboration between Venomous2000 and Trilian, a follow up of their 2017 release, Sounds of the Great Ones. Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Diggers Factory has posted the first song from the album, a raw, high impact, boom bap anthem featuring DJ TMB,  ‘I Ain't Particular’, for your listening pleasure. Enjoy it and thank you for your continued support!

On another note, Sounds of the Great Ones 2 is currently in the first stage of its campaign for a limited edition vinyl run.  100 minimum copies are required for the album to reach production! We're asking all supporters of vinyl to pick up a pre-order NOW!  The more pre-orders that are put in within the next 30 days, the sooner the vinyl can be delivered! You do not want to miss out on this exclusive RED EDITION VINYL RELEASE!  If you were able to experience the first project, trust and believe, part 2 is guaranteed to deliver just the same! Pre-order your copy of Sounds of the Great Ones 2 now on Diggers Factory.

The album feature appearances by Phonetic, R.A.P., Shinobi (One Blood Universal), Sticman (Dead Prez), Ned Schimmelfinney, Masai Bey, Fes Taylor, ID4Windz (Scienz of Life), King RA, Supreme Sol, Skrewtape, Recognize Ali, Godilla, Napoleon Da Legend, and DJ TMB. All production by Trilian!"

Curbside Jones Wolves' Clothing 100% Sheepreme Cotton by Randy Ortiz

Curbside Jones 80 hit combo with the mental floorbreak!
Will the sheep makes the clothes or with the clothes make the sheep... damn.
Curbside comes through with an EP that open the discussion of the sheep and wolf, a tale of adapting to them and rising as you. He touches on death, parenthood effects and what's expected of your masculinity while traveling thru sound bites and conversations with electric and soulful beats that bump, a very real and honest talk with his audience. Short n' sweet Wolves' Clothing makes you think, what if you acted like the wolf to in turn come out and evolve what a wolf is or perhaps redefine what it is to be a wolf? At least that's what I got from it and it sounds great. Props to Curbside for the honesty and the window into his mind. Peep the EP below and the animated video for Been Wolf.

Uncommon Nasa's Written at Night by Randy Ortiz

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy zoning out, it's midnight tho.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy listening to Uncommon Nasa's wordplay and clever mainframe.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy letting my mind go when creating while people sleep.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy looping Compass, Small Change and The Patient to focus.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy vibing out to the beats and feels, making my brain waves pulsate.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy lost in the way this album feels, making me check my watch and rub my eyes.

I should probably write a review for this...
Too busy telling you to buy this now and thank me later.

You will.