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Sylvan LaCue : Apologies In Advance

Sylvan LaCue : Apologies In Advance

Written by Delmar Napue

My happiness, self worth, and health are all dependent on how close I feel I am to my goals, a habit I pray I learn to break. I’m constantly stressing about the future while constantly being told that I’m only 20 and I have all the time in the world, but time isn’t enough for me, nothing seems to be enough for me. Every step I take in the name of progression leads me further down a rabbit hole filled cocktail of low confidence in my art, depression, and anxiety. I used to turn to different sources to help me find answers, after awhile I just wanted to find someone that understood.

Listening to Sylvan LaCue’s latest effort Apologies In Advance, I came away from the album feeling understood on multiple levels. Both the songs and the AA meeting styled skits provided me with a special sense of hope and motivation. Hearing youth echo the same thoughts and struggles I’ve had but also couple those issues with solutions let me know that I have the power to pull myself out of any cloud of confusion, and that’s a lesson that will remain true for the rest of my life.

What I feel Sylvan LaCue does best on this album is highlight the importance of community, communication, and vulnerability. The songs on this album are all introspective and relatable but the skits are a different animal altogether. Each skit highlights the system of reward in a community, a transaction of sorts. Having trust in your group leads to having the confidence to appear vulnerable, allowing for growth. Listening to each person share each insecurity or struggle after the next it’s clear that everyone is drawing power from the room as a whole.

In years to come I hope this album is recognized for being groundbreaking in terms of helping to further introduce the concept of therapy in Hip Hop. I myself have just come around to the idea of therapy in recent years but I know so many others still on the fence when they shouldn’t be. As a Black man, growing up around other black people, you were viewed as a crazy person if it was found that you go to therapy. As I get older I now understand that therapy is nothing more than maintenance for your brain and soul. Sylvan Lacue gave us an amazing album because it’s more than lyrical, it’s more than just great production, at the end of the day, the album is just a conversation many of us need.

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FORTY

FØRTY

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

FØRTY’s goth aesthetic has caught the eyes of the underground scene in Elizabeth, New Jersey and continues to blossom with every set. With her bubbly charisma, approachable personality, and natural talent, no wonder she’s got support from her city cheering on her progress! The up-and-coming DJ born and raised in Elizabeth is on a mission to put her city on and make a comfortable environment for the alternative crowd. With her original mixes full of versatile taste in tunes and podcast (https://soundcloud.com/hexgirlsworld) with her other half, Helen (https://www.instagram.com/helenmorenoo/), forming HEXGIRLS, there no sign of FØRTY slowing down.

So, what’s your goal as a DJ?Continue reading

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Mxrc Clxrk Good Vibes & Broken Hearts

“I hide my face because the flesh is flawed. But the mind of the man is beautiful. Seek my truth through my music and embrace me.” Mxrc Clxrk

Written by Jason Terrell

I’ve been sitting with MxrcClxrk for a few weeks, and throughout this time, I grew closer into his latest release “Good Vibes & Broken Hearts.” When I say I had to grow, I mean that “Good Vibes & Broken Hearts” is just that, it’s good vibes and broken hearts. Clxrk takes a melodic and trippy approach to address questions on relationships, love, and sex. That is the overall spirit that I suggest having before you walk into this project. If you are willing to be open, this project is going to place you in a self-reflecting journey.

Let’s break down the project into the themes of “Good Vibes & Broken Hearts”.Continue reading

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Joe Budden Some Love Lost

Joe Budden SOME LOVE LOST

Written by Delmar Napue

The third album in the “Love Lost” series is a series in which we see Joe dissect a bevy of issues taking place in his life. Issues like strained relationships, depression, drug use etc. These topics and more all overlap throughout the series but the album I feel most connected to is the “Some Love Lost” album, the second of the series. This album touches me so much because like him, and many others, I’m someone who’s had bouts with depression. Listening to this album is like having someone project and convey all the right tones and words to describe what I’m to scared to talk about, everything from self doubt, puzzling interactions, and conflicting thoughts you have when you’re under that dark cloud. Feelings that only a lyricist like Joe could describe are unraveled and analyzed through his clear but hazed eyes.Continue reading

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NIPSEY HUSSLE “Victory Lap”

VICTORY LAP

Written by Delmar Napue (Purpose Pieces)

As a 20 year old black American man, who do I look to in media to represent me and my ideals? Where are my role models? Where is my representation? Year after year a new movement arrives, a new slogan attached, a new code of ethics introduced. For a long time now I looked for someone to include me in the discussion. Nipsey came along and told me i didn’t need their discussion. Nipsey told me to make my own discussion and include my own people. Nipsey’s career has reminded and proved everything Jay Z told me, I see now that ownership of yourself and your work isn’t some fluke thing. Nipsey is one of the few to take control of his fate and that’s why he’s so important to the game. He’s a role model for all and his latest effort “Victory Lap” is one of the greatest examples why.Continue reading

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K.I Breaux’s “Too Close”

“Too Close”

K.I Breaux is an recording artist under “Live City Sound”. he is known for his popular series and mantra “ODOTGL” meaning “Over Dose on That Good Love”, part one was given in 2012 and he is currently prepping the release of the second installment. Late fall of 2016 we were gifted a 10 song R&B collaborative project by the name of “House of Dreams” with Montavious Zoid. Continue reading

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Sule -‘”Park Avenue”

Sule -’ “Park Avenue”

Written by Jason Terrell

Sule is a lyricist hailing from Englewood, NJ. Coming off of his latest project, “Park Avenue”, Sule releases an East Coast banger with consistent bars and flow. “Park Avenue” was an easy listen and an equally easy review. Put it on, relax, and listen to Sule’s flow.Continue reading

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Jay-Z: MaNyfaCedGod A Short Film

Jay Z : MaNyfaCedGod A Short Film

Written by Delmar Napue

I’m an analytical over thinker. Something I work desperately at to change but deep down I know I won’t. I never learned how to let things in life be, I always assumed there was a formula for every situation. I had faith that the puzzle I constantly stared at and was stumped by would eventually be solved. It wasn’t, nor will it ever be. I’m starting to realize that sometimes in order to truly close the door you have to leave it open. Because maybe it was never your door to close. Continue reading

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What ya’ll wearing?: 5 Online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Primer

What ya’ll wearing?: 5 online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Premiere

Written by Benjamin Unanaowo

Marvel shared their latest trailer for Black Panther after Kendrick Lamar’s College Football Playoff half-time performance.

With less than 40 days before the film debuts there’s one thing on many anticipated watchers mines:

WHAT Y’ALL WEARING

The threads in the Black Panther film will be a curated dream team mash up of two time Academy Award nominees costume designer  Ruth E. Carter and Nigerian designer Wake Oyejide whose behind the Ikiré Jones label which is a blend of traditional African prints and western attire. While it would be nice to stroll into the premier rocking something from Mr. Oyejide collection, I don’t know about ya’ll cousins but I don’t have vibranium coin money. No worries, here is a list of some nice alternatives.

Diyanu

https://www.diyanu.com/

Right now H&M is none too popular cousins. You will def get a side eye walking into the movies with their threads on. No problem, check out Diyanu they are basically the African H&M in terms of urban options and affordable pricing.Continue reading