Posts tagged Kanye West
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.

Hip Open Mind-Open Ears Hop

It was hard for me to stand anything with DJ Khaled, didn't understand Future, have trouble attempting to listen anything Soulja Boy or Gucci Mane... didn't know what a Desiigner was and always tried to pay more attention to lyrical emcees over anything. That part.

Something's changed. 

No matter how basic or unnecessarily convoluted that emcees flow is, it has a persona and even if you don't understand them it doesn't mean that you can't feel anything when you listen to a song. Some tracks and artists are solely here to get you amped up, inspire you and even make you feel invincible, does that negate their effect or contribution to Hip-Hop? Don't think so. Step off that real Hip-Hop soapbox bullshit and open your ears up, what you like today wouldn't have happened if folks discriminated (hated) the beginnings of this genre.

Would I write off Nas for a dope beat? Never BUT they have their place and mood which emanates, don't neglect it because you just might have some fun (shocking I know) with it. I've been enjoying Future, Lil Uzi Vert and even that new DJ Khaled Major Key album is getting plays. What if Jonzun Crew, The Egyptian Lover, Cold Crush Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, Rammellzee, Love bug Starski and Warp 9 never happened because no one gave them a chance and weren't considered? Think about that while you also ponder why it's wack to be happy or positive in a damn song.

Oh... that ScHoolboy Q video up there? Let it play and soak it up 'cause you need this.

Prime Yeezus Re-Do's

KWY_RDWith Yeezus setting some sites in a fiery fervor or immense boredom, this might be the album that has the most controversy so far in 2013. Kanye obviously knows what he's doing regardless of how focused/unfocused you think Yeezus is but take a listen to some of these dope remixes floating around Soundcloud now.

My verdict of Yeezus: An acquired taste for sure and not everyone will appreciate it. I enjoyed it mostly.

The Beginning And End Of A 'Cruel Summer'

So let me get this out before anything... I'm a big fan of the music that Kanye West releases, obviously I'm not talking nor will I about his baby moments in the public eye. Now having said that, I don't care for this whole "God" look that certain Hip-Hop artists (Kanye) now give off and yeah I get where it's coming from but I just don't dig. If you're on top of the world you don't have to keep reminding everyone "Hey look where I am!", it just feels like you're trying to force perception of yourself on me. On to the music. This album has a good amount of guilty pleasures but mainly due to its sound and has nothing at all to do with what's being said which isn't much at least to me. Kanye has moments of brilliance but then there are times where it's ok and catchy but ultimately doesn't do much. I feel I need to be a bit more critical due to this not being a free compilation/mixtape and something they want money for. For his past 2 productions I've had to sit on the albums for a few and warm up to them which end up cementing once again that he's a great talent IMO. Not sure if that's going to happen this time around, I'm not digging this whole "God Flow" higher than thou stuff. Did I enjoy "Cruel Summer"? I sure did. Was it because it broke new ground or made me have an epiphany? Nope, it's just enjoyable Hip-Hop with guilty pleasures here and there. I think it might even be a little much asking folks to shell out cash for a welcoming party from your label. My favorites are To The World, Mercy.1, The Morning and Higher, everything else especially 'Don't Like.1' can go fly south for a loooong winter. It was enjoyable yes but I find myself wondering if it's worth a purchase or do I feel confident enough recommending it for purchase and I can't... stream (MOG, Spotify etc.) it. You can preview the album below courtesy of Universal Music Backstage Germany.

Dice Beats Remix's Kanye's Mercy

The homie Dice took Kanye's Mercy track and Juked it out with some bass to get ya jumping. The song really shines when it kicks the slow tempo bouncy tropic feel. I don't usually post remixes (2 posts today alone haha) but when it reinvents the song it's worth it especially if it sounds like this. I just whipped up a quick cover for the track too... enjoy.