As I grow older, the thing I appreciate most about maturity is that it provides perspective.
Man, so it was a matter of time before I had to punch in on one of these , so without further adieu , I present to you #FeelsLikeFriday Vol. 2. So to my understanding, these things are designed to musically describe your week, so let’s talk about it. This week for me was a share of ups, downs and a whole lot of chilling. I managed to secure another major interview bag, I made a lil bread this week, flirted with my fiancé all week, had an IDGAF moment with Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and in light of Trump’s sorry ass White House spread I thought back to my favorite president. It’s safe to say my week was a whirlwind of craziness, but no matter how crazy and/or chill your week is, never forget to call your mothers, especially if her name is Rosalind Reeves, because she will definitely let you know about your bitchassness. TGIF!
Friday. Freedom. Fun. Money. Music. To some degree, we can associate the GOOD day with one of these things, the things that sustain us. Friday is about letting the past go and embracing the positive promise of what lies ahead. I wanted to connect with our readers and listeners in a simple way as we celebrate the weekend so I’m introducing the “Feels Like Friday” series. Feels Like Friday is going to be a quick recap of the week through music but no matter what challenges I’ve had to overcome, my joy isn’t stolen. I hope you all enjoy and welcome your comments, critiques, suggestions and stories.
1. Higher (King Pt. 6) – Big K.R.I.T. – TDT
2. Championships – Meek Mill – Championships
3. Malcolm X.X.X. – Kodak Black – Dying To Live
4. M.F.T.R. – Pusha T, The Dream – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
5. Smile – Jay-Z – 4:44
6. Alexys – Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
If you don't like Brazilian music, it's probably because you haven't heard it before. Just like the culture, it's vibrant, it's creative, it's Black AF.
I haven’t been able to listen to the opening line of my favorite Prince song the same way since he passed on. I guess I should’ve known, by the way you parked your car sideways, that it wouldn’t last . . .
Whether your introduction to Black music was Andre Crouch on the way to church on Sundays, your grandmother’s Etta James record collection, or learning to play the bassline of Mr. Pookie’s Crook for Life on the piano of your elementary school music room, celebrate #BlackMusicMonth with us. For the Culture.
The SOULcase isn’t just another showcase. It’s an intimate listening session that doesn’t put on any airs or pretend to be anything except a good time, with good drinks, and good people. It’s a space for the urban sophisticate whose musical palette is sultry enough to pair musical vibes with something brown and on the rocks. The easy-going music connoisseur moved more by quality sounds and ambiance than they are by smoke and mirrors.
It’s a chance for music lovers to connect to artists in ways that have yet to be seen in Dallas.
Hey, Mr. Carter
by Aaron Colen
Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, 4:44, is groundbreaking. It’s a game-changing project from an artist who many questioned whether he should still be in the game at all.
Art imitates life in all aspects and on all accounts. There has been recent talk of the dilution of good, creative, thought provoking hip hop. Whether Little Yachty or young artists that sing “I spy with my little eye” are to blame for the possibility of hip hop and rap eroding, we can all agree black culture music has fluctuated into another vain. It’s easy to hold mumble rap responsible for the current climate or "quote...unquote" greats choosing not to indulge in the foundations of hip hop and/or battle rap. However, I tend to think beyond the surface, and I believe some responsibly falls on the consumer, the fan, the music heads, us.
Music apps like Tidal and Apple Music are more convenient but there is something about holding a CD, vinyl or even cassette in your hand. Getting up after waiting for months and going to a music store, scrolling through various rappers and singers to find the artist you were initially looking for should still mean something if you're a true fan of an artist's music. This also opens the opportunity to run across a new artist’s project that you wouldn’t have if predictably searching on iTunes for the piece you wanted. The actual music stores also have a vibe that can inspire and allow you to meet new people with your same musical taste. Constantly only utilizing streaming is limiting, it leaves us ignorant to the complete concept of the creator.
When I was younger, going through the little book of cover art in CDs was part of enjoying the music. I loved it so much I’d use it as a poster on my wall. Obtaining something physical for the art we revel in so much makes history. It reminds us later what part of our lives we were experiencing during such a simplistic purchase. The cloud will not always be there for us and iPhones will not be forever. When’s the last time you’ve taken a day to listen to a project as a complete body of work; as opposed to only listening to the tracks you see people you don’t even know tweeting about with flame emojis. Listening, no REALLY, listening to a project as the artist formatted it is essential to the feeling of the sound in its entirety. Music is the only art form that is continuously shorted. We don’t look at the only parts of a movie we heard was good or only subject ourselves to the corners of a painting. An appreciation is obviously needed for music to evolve and avoid digression. Our society has somehow began to treat music as if it’s disposable, if it doesn’t play on the radio or isn’t the first week of release, the majority does not talk about it let alone listen. Our attention spans have been reduced to the margins of snap chat posts.
I still listen to Supa Dupa Fly with no skips. The same goes for Solange's A Seat at the Table and J. Cole's Born Sinner. People who swear they love Drake or Migos only listen to their most recently pushed singles. Can any of us recall the last time we’ve listened to Take Care from “Over my Dead Body” to “Hate Sleeping Alone”? Wasting gas, riding around embedded in the production and samples of songs that make us want to be gangsters or call our exes use to make us feel good and replenish the music as well, where did we get away from this mutual interaction? My mother use to record Luther from the radio to cassette even when CDs had come into effect because of the feeling of it all, the energy. She would even accidentallly record herself in complete bliss and admiration singing and screaming “Oh!” to cuts like “Superstar” and “Bad Boy (Having A Party)”. There’s still an overwhelming amount of good music but we as listeners in my opinion have neglected our music; we have become captives of our present environment instead of thriving in the alternative realities music invites us to.
If you missed the award show or didn’t join the #BlackTwitter family reunion you missed a helluvah show! Not only did BET give us a show but they gave us lots – LOTS to talk about! BET did a lot of promoting and of course we didn’t expect it to be much but they proved a lot of us (including myself) wrong. A lot happened at this year’s BET Awards and you can catch up on your Twitter timeline because I’m only giving you…
Tay’s Top 5 moments of the 2016 BET Awards
5 - MUSIC MATTERS ARTIST
I can’t say that this has been my favorite part of the awards in the past but for this year’s, two artist stood out to me and made me hop on Apple Music to download some stuff! Chloe & Halle, I remembered them from YouTube and doing covers now they are Beyonce’s artist and on her label - Parkwood! Good stuff ladies! I look forward to hearing great music from you two – they are definitely in FORMATION. Also, Anderson Paak!!! He killed his performance (& he was JUST in the D!), I’ve been a little behind and can’t say I was too familiar with him but I’m definitely about to be!
4 - NEW EDITION – 3 NIGHT MINISERIES EVENT
Was I the only one excited about this?! Not only is BET giving us this incredible story of the men behind songs like Mr. Telephone Man, Candy Girl, & Can you Stand the Rain but they’re giving it to us with some (this is the part where you remember this is Tay writing and not T. Lee or Kenny) HOT EYE CANDY!!!! Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Algee Smith, Keith Powers and Woody McClain need I say more?? Ladies if you’re not familiar look em up!
3 - BEYONCE & KENDRICK LAMAR
If you know me you know I was, is, and forever will be a part of the BeyHive! I had no idea that Beyonce was performing and not only did she bring the Hive, and all of the ladies in Formation plus the water from the Formation World Tour but she brought K. DOT!!!! I was hereeee for that and from what I can tell and what I’m hearing it was one of EVERYONE’S favorite moments.
2 - PRINCE CELEBRATION
Honeeyyyy!!! Out of all the artist that were influence by Prince 9 took on the challenge and paid tribute to him in a HUGE way! The Roots, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Tori Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Janelle Monae and Shelia E. gave us the tribute we were waiting for! But in my opinion one artist who stole the #PrinceCelebration was J. Hud with Purple Rain! The entire audience was captivated and singing every lyric. Thank you to everyone! Thank you.
1 - THIS YEAR’S HUMANITARIAN JESSE WILLIAMS
Deemed as this generation’s Harry Belafonte, Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award with words that stung wayyyy after he left the stage. Jesse Williams better known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is a Chicago born history teacher turned actor who is very conscience and known for his Twitter rants on injustice. His speech touched me and I don’t think I can go on thinking the same… With words like “We prayed for those brands off our body, now we pray for those brands on our body” and “If you have a critique for the resistance, you better have a long history of critiquing the oppressor.” I think my favorite part of the speech was the last 45 seconds where he speaks on how they (those not of color) want to be us but don’t want to go through what we go through, ending with “Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real!” I’m sure it made some people uncomfortable but nonetheless we (Americans, ALL Americans) needed to hear it!
If you caught it… Hit me up on Twitter @MsTaylorAlexis and Let me know your favorite moments from this year’s BET Awards.
Ya did good BET! Ya did goodt!
HAPPY G-DAY HOV
Today, Sean Carter celebrates his 46th birthday. We celebrate the success and longevity of a music mogul, a business mogul and a model for black excellence. In our society and culture, we often take for granted or even downright hate on success on people who come from the same places we come from, share the same stories we live and suffer the same struggles we endure. Today let's choose to highlight what making it out looks like. Just because we don't own The 40/40 Club doesn't mean we neglect the black man who does. Here's to a hundred more, Hov. #TidalForAll
RIP PIMP C
As we celebrate birth, we also honor those no longer with us. Today marks nine years since the death of Chad Lamont Butler. The unmistakable presence of the Houston rapper will forever live on in the rap game and not only Texas but the entire South. Pimp C was more than a rapper, singer, hustler or producer. The Pimp was a symbol. His life embodied TRILL and for some his wisdom was words to keep striving for better and to keep encouraging one another. Sometimes a troubled and controversial figure, you could never make the mistake of saying he was fake. A legacy that will live on forever. #RIP2ThaPimp #PopItForPimp