New music from the hip-hop newcomer, Falz Profit titled “Scratch Thru Em”, produced by the soul sampling producer, Nfinit3. Falz Profit’s album, The Last Shall Be The First I, will be released later this year.
I’m not one to speculate or jump to conclusions, but this short documentary is enough to make any grown man (or woman) want to cry. This footage is from the areas allegedly struck with chemical weapons on August 21st. These are the words, sounds and images from the people who went through it.
How often do we as humans not appreciate what we have, deny or push away what we need in an attempt to possess what it is we think we want? Often times this leads to regret of not accepting what is/was best, realizing what we wanted actually wasn’t what we needed and having to start the cycle all over again. You don’t need an umbrella when the sky rains blessings. Soak that in.
Many of life’s blessings don’t come to us in a way, shape or form that we desire it to. Often times the things that we truly seek have already come and may still be there and available to us now. People get so stuck in their own ways of thinking, living, only believing in their own logic and ideology. There is no harm in being confident in your own beliefs but be mindful of others. We’re all individual, independent humans who have been given our own free will and opinions. There won’t always be agreement but there always exists the chance to compromise. Sometimes what’s best is already there but to the ‘never satisfied’ eye, there is a fixation that there is bigger, better, more. No one is telling you to settle or to strictly be content but sometimes the peace and happiness you think you want is and has been right there all along. So wake up, open your eyes and your hearts and appreciate the blessings in and around your life. Be thankful, humble. Don’t place blame on others if you aren’t willing to accept your own mistakes and errors. It’s not about who’s better than who, it’s about living and becoming better as a people.
Check out this new vido the beautiful, talented Toronto femcee, Eternia. Be sure to listen to, share, recommend and retweet!!!
My favorite track from Wale’s The Gifted. Thats all that needs to be said. Just listen.
I’m not big on reviews but, I’ll indulge in a brief synopsis and offer my 2 cents on MCHG. Jay-Z’s 12th studio album isn’t his best, but it isn’t his worst either. Surrounded by an incredible advertising campaign and backed by the likes of Samsung, Magna Carta had no choice but to be a huge business success. The marketing campaign alone screams out platinum status. It doen’st hurt to have Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Pharrell and Swizz Beatz along for the ride either. It could not have been delivered any better.
Enough of the small talk, lets discuss the actual body of work. The production on MCHG is superb, which is to be expected from that team of super producers. Jay-Z made a sincere effort at trying to upgrade his style to a more recent and relevant “swag” but as talented and as great as he may be, he failed to deliver in his typical fashion. The songs are catchy, his lyrics are good, but there was no emphasis on wowing listeners as he has in the past. There are moments when Jay struggles to keep up with the instrumentals, and other times he sounds no different than the artist currently clogging up the airwaves with subpar attempts at hip hop. The production rescues Jay from this being considered a flop and based on “sales”, the album is indeed a success. This project will likely go down as the album of the year.
In conclusion, I’ve come to expect more from Jay but I will not scratch this up as a loss. Dope beats with average lyrics place this album above most of what we’ve heard in the last 7 months, which isn’t saying much for the game. I’d recommend you go out and cop this album. If you’re skeptical, there’s always pirating. It’s definitely gotten more than one listen from me thus far. This is definitely my favorite album of the year so far with Wale’s “The Gifted” not too far behind it. So go take a listen to Magna Carta and let me know what you think.
An excerpt from my book, Its Human Nature (its lengthy so bear with me):
Things I’ve Learned About Love and Relationships
Before even getting involved in a relationship it must be acknowledged that 1. a relationship takes hard work and dedication, 2. no one person is perfect and 3. the 2 people involved are separate individuals. The realization that you and your partner are not the same person is a key element in being able to accept one another’s impressive qualities as well as his/her flaws. Recognizing that your partner has their own problems allows you the opportunity to understand them better over time, if they were perfect then this process would not be necessary. Without hard work or dedication to anything, whether its a job, a hobby, a sport or a relationship, it is bound to fail and fail it shall.
Next, there may be required sacrifices in order to make things come together more smoothly. There may be alterations in routines you once had, there may be goals or plans that may now include 1 or more people and there may be a slight cut in the social life and environment you were once accustomed to, but fear not, for if this relationship is built around love, the slight changes will be well worth it. Alone time is now filled with quality time and even when your to-do list is overflowing, you have something amazingly wonderful to look forward to when it’s done.
As beautiful as this relationship appears to be, there will be tests, roadblocks and challenges. Nothing is life is good all/every time. There are going to be disagreements, arguments, some that may lead to lonely, tearful nights, but this too is normal. Look at it like this, the times when things are down leave room for improvement and make ups. Now if the good times are drowned out by the negative then there may be a need for reassessment, but experience teaches that love is powerful, understanding and forgiving…make sure it is in place. A helpful tip (now this is opinion but) is to spend more time dwelling on the positive happenings going on in and around the relationship, learn to build upon those. If you dwell on the negative then it tends to leave lasting negativity, like eating a pickle and having a sour taste remain in your mouth once its been consumed. The goal here is to eliminate that sour taste from the relationship and continually fill the mouth with the sweet taste of positivity.
Now once you’ve chosen to move forward with this relationship, make sure its for the long haul. Love is a serious entity and hearts are not toys to be played with. If you choose to get involved then do what is necessary to keep things fresh, positive and intact. If the balance gets off centered, then collectively find a way(s) to correct it. The key word is collectively, a relationship takes 2 to balance out properly. Never be afraid to talk to one another or talk to close friends or family about things. Experience is the greatest teacher and there is always someone who has more than you. Allow them to offer their opinions, but remember that the decisions within the relationship are YOURS to make.
Never lose sight of the consequences that lie ahead for general actions/decisions. Although you are very much focused on your own happiness and well-being, you must look out for your partner’s feelings as well as those who have become, by nature, involved within the relationship (ie- kids, family, friends etc.,) There are some actions that in most cases should result in a relationship’s termination: If there is cheating going on, then obviously the guilty party was not prepared for the situation he/she decided to be in. If there is abuse, the abusee is definitely not deserving of such treatment, no one is, ever! If quality time is not invested in by either of the involved parties then there is no room for advancement or progression. Lastly, if one or both parties just isn’t truly interested in the other then there is no point in continuing to waste one another’s precious time. The clock of life is slowly ticking for each and every one of us, with a mystery stop date unknown to all.
What it boils down to is this. The past is indeed history but still remains what brought you to today. You take and learn from it, you build upon it. Do not repeat the same mistakes you’ve already made. Pleasure comes with a little pain, we will all have to endure a time or two. If love is what you seek and you find it, fight for it, it is worth having and keeping. Work and play aside, your partner needs you just as much as you need them, day in and day out. Even when you’re hurt by or upset with them, support them, ride for them, be by their side. Hopefully they will return the favor because thats what love does. Like a snake shedding old skin, love takes the relationship and sheds off the negative to renew and restore the beauty of positivity. There will be things that are said and done that he/she doesn’t mean, again fear not for it is normal. Don’t be afraid to apologize, don’t be afraid to admit when you are/were in the wrong. You’re more lovable and appreciated when you accept your own faults. Most importantly, remember that love is the presence of God and without him nothing will succeed. With God as your guide, enjoy the amazing ride known as love, enjoy the good and bad that comes along with it, take that foundation and build an unbreakable structure/bond and give it your all….in the end its truly all we desire and need. Love.
Not so much of a surprise but Jay-Z has announced his next album, Magna Carta: Holy Grail, set to drop on July 4th. Teamed up with a host of top named producers and backed by Samsung, this project has taken over the interest of social networks worldwide. Peep the video that aired during halftime of the NBA Finals and if you’re a qualifying owner of a Samsung device, prepare yourself for a free download of the album (if you’re among the first 1 million downloaders).
Show my music big brother some love and support this project.