Start Something Sunday returns with a legend in Gangsta Rap. With all the recent tragedies we as a nation and as humans in the planet have witnessed, we tend to ask why? Those in politics seem to always point the finger at violent movies and rap music. Ice Cube a few years back decided to throw back a finger at the critics and respond on his album Raw Footage. Here’s Ice Cube - Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.
Took a little break from posting since the New Year, but I’m back and we’re kicking it off with Start Something Sunday. Due to our socially media it seems like more and more individuals have a outlet for the emotions and feelings online and sadly there’s a lot of people that are unhappy. Last year they really started to gain traction on this Anti-bullying movement, it only takes a goggle search to realize that bullying has taken a really dark and sometimes twisted turn for the worse. Back in middle school I use to be a bully, I look back now and see the stupidity of my actions. I’m one the lucky ones, I got a chance to know the people I picked on and ended up becoming great friends with those individuals. I hear these stories of what victims/students have to go through now and its disturbing. K-12 should be the time we all should be empowered with Hope and that we can achieve anything, no student should be made out to feel that there is no Hope and be made to feel like there’s no way out and consider suicide. Sorry for the rant but it leads into today’s song, Third Eye Blind - Jumper off their self-titled, Third Eye Blind.
Start Something Sunday is coming all the way out from left field, might get shit for this record but its dope regardless of dudes past boy band history. Here’s Justin Timberlake - Losing My Way off his album FutureSex/LoveSounds. Dude got some heavy hitters for this album, production from Timbaland, the legendary Rick Rubin, and T.I. on a record. This song is paints a picture that too many folks are living.
Start Something Sunday I woke up with a massive hangover, two days of drinking tough. Some of you might know those types of Hangovers, “I’m not drinking for a while” keeps repeating over. A good friend of mine will try a year without drinking, after this last weekend I’m tempted to join her. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis created an amazing song about recovery and addiction on The Heist.Here’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ben Bridwell - Starting Over.
Start Something Sunday brings you one of the more recent Tupac tracks to make it out of being previously unreleased. Here’s 2pac - Dopefiend’s Diner, off the double album Best Of 2pac, Part 2: Life. After the fights, we went to a few bars around Seattle and our DD was playing some obscure Tupac songs between each bar, this track was one of them. Maybe it was me being faded but I felt like I had the Holy Shit moment every Tupac fan has when they meet a person that’s a way bigger fan than they are. Like I’m a big Tupac fan but homie was on some next level shit. Homie was so die hard, he was one of those thats still holding a beef towards Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, Puffy, and the FUGEES! Man by the end of the night I told my buddy, Holy Shit! I never thought I would have to say chill on the Tupac stuff, but dude came close to making me. It had us laughing today just thinking, Dude really loved Tupac. Anyways its a different 2pac song but it has a vivid story.
Start Something Sunday brings you one of the many great songs from the debut studio album of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist. Great production and honest lyrics on this track featuring Evan Roman. Here’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Evan Roman - A Wake. He makes a great point on the Rodney King line, what happened with Rodney King shocked the nation. Has Youtube and the Media numbed us with exposing us to numerous police brutality videos throughout the years? To the point where something has to be extraordinarily brutal to captivate us, like a guy eating a dudes face. We remember or know who Rodney King is but how many of us know or remember the name Kelly Thomas.
Like Wyclef I be Gone Till November, had to take a break from the blog, travel a little, experience new things, and get introduced to some new music. So now I’m reloaded and ready to share some of that music with yall. Lets kick the week off with Start Something Sunday and Sol. Here’s Sol - Old Him, great track and cool story behind it.
Here is “Old Him”, a song produced by my Zillas (Elan Wright & Nima Skeemz) 8,000 miles away back home in Seattle, written while on the night train to Bangalore, India, and recorded in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, while severely sick from food poisoning (caused two months into my trip, after being convinced by my Indian friends to try KFC for the ﬁrst time in my life).
Start Something Sunday switches it up from Lupe Fiasco to some Town folk. 5 Good Reasons EP has been on lock down in the car since it came out, peep it if you haven’t yet. Here’s Sam Lahow & Raz - The Introduction, both keep it real, raw, and honest on the track.