Field Mobb- Blacker The Berry #alltimefav
"Having a dark pigmentation was hard to make friends"
One of the hardest realities to face as a African-American in the good ol’ “US of A”, is dealing with the negative images/myths/history that have been constructed around the darker complexion of your skin. It’s not something you can hide, you’re born with the skin you have, and with that comes a lot of negative perceptions, and condemnation from others and not even going to mention what you have to yourself. It’s so deeply rooted into the American fabric that you might not notice it without a deep introspection/reflection outside/in.
Back in 2006 I had been following the career of Smoke and Shaun J who combined to form the group Field Mobb pretty closely. After signing a deal with Ludacris label Disturbing The Peace they released a single from this album that featured Ciara on the hook, and kept me as well from listening to this album for a bit. When I finally did though, eight tracks in I was enthralled to hear the 2pac Keep Yo’ Head Up vocal sample flipped into this amazing gem.
The songs appeal goes beyond merely the fantastic production, and underrated lyricism of duo. The fact that they are able to tackle this subject from the point of view from the perspective of the every day person sentiment is what resonates, and makes this(in my opinion) one of my favorites from their impressive catalog. The examples given of not being accepted in this society due to ones skin pigmentation ring very familiar personally, as also are the positive affirmations, role models one comes to when learning how to appreciate that very skin you were born in. In a more perfect world where a’ b’ & c’ isn’t required to be heard by the masses, this message would’ve been a much welcome reminder too all of a darker complexion . Regardless of the lack of mass-recognition outside of their own followers though, this song to this day remains a powerful reminder that we are beautiful people.
I thought I re-blog this one. Especially during times like these when many choose to still see us with darker skin in this country through the muddy lenses that have long overstayed their welcome.
You see that black woman standing up there? I wonder if she was called to stand behind the governor because she’s black. I wonder if i’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men being all black and everything. I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there. If she was off the clock..then i wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times. What’s that guy’s name by the way?
“Don’t Wanna Dance” Featuring A$AP Ferg
The alternative to the what is the “turnup” is the picture which Elle Varner paints with her latest jawn. Inspired most likely by those famous nights when peer pressure gets the best of you and you are at some mediocre social gathering which folks would deem a “party” but really is an awkward mesh of lameness and annoyance. We’ve all been there, and Varner has now created our recovery anthem for this very instance.
Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady [Official Video]
You tell me anyone out there who is killin it like this lady? I’m waiting…
Yeah she’s out here doing it. This video is great. All the cameos as well, and TI out of nowhere? Can’t say enough about this terrific artist. Enjoy folks.
Marsha Ambrosius - Run
To this day I still say that Marsha Amrbrosius is one of the best in the game when it comes to songwriting and just pure voice range. Her voice and music is truly unique in a copy & paste industry and this is another song that showcases just that. I spent the majority of my free time today with her new album Lover’s and Friends, and it is at this point her best piece of collected work in the album format. I hope this song as well as the latest release is able to reach a little further outside of those the box of those who already know about her talents.
Ending white supremacy isn’t really in the American vocabulary. That is because ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects. Ending white supremacy requires the ability to do math—350 years of murderous plunder are not undone by 50 years of uneasy ceasefire.
I was a kid again today. Why was JT featured on this and not Usher tho? Did you see the U-S-H-E-R’s steps in this performance? JT could not grace that stage the same way by NO means.
Regardless I am loving this song as it’s MJ where he was at his finest.I might have replayed this song 20+ times today. Please enjoy and groove along to one of the best posthumous releases from MJ thus far in my opinion.
Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014 Premiere) (Video version with 320kbps audio)
The truth is this:
my love for you is the only empire
I will ever build.
When it falls,
as all empires do,
my career in empire building will be over.
Mayer Hawthorne- Her Favorite Song
While the rate of speed increases on which rate we consume music, a lot of my 2013 was spent listening to some standouts as the song above. The backing vocals by Jessie Ware just take this song to another level that is not on the realm which we exist. Where Does This Door Go is by far my favorite Mayer album that I have heard to date. Love everything about this and the video to Her Favorite Song is hilarious as well.