Posts in Category/Tag: Mindful

TiRon & Ayomari – Politicis as Usual

December 27th, 2016


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Summary: The crazy politics of 2016.
About Artist: I don’t know much about TiRon & Ayomari but I found them on Bandcamp years ago and they’ve been on a couple times in the last 7 years (one of their songs was one of the first 15 songs ever posted).
About Song: This song came out in 2016 and spoke to the dystopian feel the hungover the end of 2016. Watch the music video here
Favorite Part: This song helped me process Trump’s win and keep some perspective on how terrible and corrupt politics and presidents have always been. I like the montage of political speeches that run throughout the background, but I also really love the verses which are both pointed an beautiful.80
“Turn the wheel, turn the wheel
Don’t believe in Somethin real, somethin real
Plug in Sit back & relax Welcome to the trap” (2:21)
Politics As Usual Lyrics (via Bandcamp)

Kendrick Lamar – untitled 06 – 06.30.2014

April 11th, 2016


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Summary: CeeLo & K Dot
About Artist: Kendrick Lamar one of most influential hip hop artists today. CeeLo has been in the hip hop game for more than two decades now and a real one of a kind voice.

About Song: This song is one of the tracks that didn’t make the cut to get onto Kendrick’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly and is instead on an album called “untitled unmastered”. This song also features singer CeeLo Green.
Favorite Part:

Untitled Unmastered Wikipedia

Pharoahe Monch – Evolve (prod. by Exile)

April 1st, 2016


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Summary: Lyrical. Powerful.

About Artist: Pharohe Monch is most famous for his single “Simon Says” (1999) but is also a respected MC who has continued making revolutionary music. This track is produced by Exile who is a super talented producer and who began his early career in a duo group alongside Aloe Blacc.

About Song: This song came out on Pharoe Monch’s third album “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)” in March 2011. It was never a single but it did re-apper on Exile’s mixtape “Intro to the Outro” in September 2011.

This is the 2nd song from “Intro to the Outro”to be posted in gregshiphop. Check out “Wait For Me (ft. Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco)”

Favorite Part:
1. Listening to Pharoahe Monch speak truth
2. Pharoahe Monch’s pure lyricism
3. The jazzy gospel track

Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia
Exile WIkipedia
Evolve Lytics (RapGenius)

Lupe Fiasco – Dots & Lines

January 20th, 2015

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Summary: New Lupe. Nice and smooth.
About Artist: Lupe FIasco is well known hip hop artist from Chicago. He is know for his positive “conscious” messages and his unmatched lyricism. Lupe it definitely in conversations about best lyrical rapper and his debut album Food and Liquor is a certified classic album. While Lupe’s influence in hip hop has faded dramatically since 2006/2007, which saw the release of Food and Liquor and the critically acclaimed The Cool, he still holds a place among hip hop’s elite.
About Song: This song is off of Lupe’s 5th album Tetsuo and Youth, which dropped today. I haven’t fully deconstructed the song yet so I can’t really say what the song is about but it’s smooth one.
Favorite Part: It’s weird but I like the banjo/guitar intro and outro. I also really like the chorus. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a math nerd or something else but I like this idea of sacred geometry. I also really like the generel instrumentation in the song.
Lupe Fiasco Wikipedia
Dots & Lines Lyrics (via RapGenius)

J. Cole – Power Trip (ft. Miguel) #Summer2013

September 28th, 2013

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Summary: #Summer2013 is a recap of the songs that made the summer of 2013 one of the best ever. The lead single off of ‘Born Sinner’. Check out the other three Born Sinner songs Trouble, Niggaz Know, and Forbidden Fruit that I posted(sorry I didn’t like Crooked Smile enough to post).
About Artist: J. Cole was a freshman in the rap game not that many years ago but with his diehard following he continues to climb to new heights. J. Cole is known for his storytelling style. Miguel is a an R&B singer who also hit the stage in a big way this summer with songs like Beautiful, Come Here and How Many Drinks.
About Song: While this single was released in Febuary the Born Sinner album was released the same day as Kanye’s Yeezus on June 14th. This summer was really a summer of great albums and Born Sinner was one of them.

Favorite Part:
Nothin in particular stands out in this song. I do like Miguel’s “Would you believe me if I said I’m in love…”

Born Sinner Wikipedia
Miguel Wikipedia
J. Cole Wikipedia

K’naan – More Beautiful Than Silence

March 14th, 2012

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Summary: A softer song that anyone can enjoy. This is some international hip-hop as K’naan is a Somali-Canadian. I really like the musical elements in this song and fits K’naan’s style real well.
About Artist: K’naan comes from Somalia and after his song Wavin Flag became the official song of the 2010 World Cup we quickly became the most famous Somali artist. His fusion Hip-Hop is something a little different than what we normally got up here, a little more pop but you can’t deny this is a good song.
About Song: This is the title track off of K’naan’s Jan 31st EP More Beautiful Than Silence. The EP only has 5 songs, all pretty different from another, this one being my favorite.
Favorite Part: The track on this is just great got an awesome beat and some beautiful piano. Below is just the first part of the 1st verse.
“Ok, ain’t it funny how the talkers always talking?
Never firing, but always say they cocking
And they’re cocky until they end in parking lots
Suddenly they got Parkinson’s, they can hardly talk
No karate buddy, no pilates buddy
It’s a new game, no Atari buddy
Body chalk, well I’m used to bodies chopped
I’ve seen shit to give new meaning to the body shop”

More Beautiful Than Silence Wikipedia
K’naan Wikipedia
More Beautiful Than Silence Lyrics

Jay-Z Kanye West – Murder To Excellence

August 29th, 2011

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Summary: Real fans say this is the best song off Watch the Throne.
About Artist: Jay-Z and Kanye West. If you don’t know who they are I don’t know what to tell you. One thing you may not know if you’re not into Hip Hop though is that Kanye West got one of his first big breaks producing for Jay-Z’s classic Blueprint album. Jay-Z pretty much was the one that gave Kanye a chance and made him famous.
About Song: This song is a song (not yet a single) from Jay-Z and Kanye’s collaboration album Watch the Throne. While the album has recieve positive (but not stellar) reviews I think it really work as an album as a whole and is a rare true collaboration between two Hip Hop greats. Murder to Excellence has two distinct parts, the first produced by Swizz Beatz and the second by S1. The song talks about black on black crime and social mobility in the African American community. This song has more a message and conscious than other tracks on the album which is why is may have received such a positive response from fans (the song is also just a great song). I LOVE the beats to both parts of the song, especially the guitar, chorus and hook of the first part, and the lyrical compliment it very very well.
Favorite Part:
“No shop class but half the school got a tool” (1:02)
“Plus his little brother got shot reppin his avenue, it’s time for us to stop and redefine black power 41 souls murdered in 50 hours” (1:07)
“Is it genocide?
Cause I can still hear his mama cries
Know the family traumatized
Shots left holes in his face about piranha-sized
The old pastor closed the cold casket
And said the church ain’t got enough room for all the tombs
It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from
I feel the pain in my city wherever I go
314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago” (1:34-1:58)

The ooohs at 1:58 as Kanye ends and Jay-Z come in is so so good.

“I arrived on the day Fred Hampton died
Uh, real niggas just multiply
And they say by 21 I was supposed to die
So I’m out here celebrating my post-demise” (1:58-208)

Transition at 2:42 is great.

“Black excellence, opulence, decadence
Tuxes next to the president, I’m present
I dress in Dries and other boutique stores in Paris
In sheepskin coats, I silence the lambs
Do you know who I am, Clarice?
No cheap cologne whenever I “shh-shh”
Success never smelled so sweet
I stink of success, the new black elite
They say my Black Card bears the mark of the beast
I repeat: my religion is the beat
My verse is like church, my Jesus piece
Now please, domino, domino
Only spot a few blacks the higher I go
What’s up to Will? Shout out to O
That ain’t enough.. we gonna need a million more
“Kick in the door” Biggie flow
I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go” (2:52-3:42)

“In the past if you picture events like a black tie
What the last thing you expect to see, black guys?
What’s the life expectancy for black guys?
The system’s working effectively, that’s why!
I’ll be a real man and take care of your son
Every problem you had before this day is now done” (3:52-4:09)
Watch the Thone Wikipedia