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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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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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Night with Syd tha Kid

Night with Syd tha Kyd

Written by Bettina Mayberry

THE TIME: 8:17 pm.

THE LOCATION: Downtown Dallas

“Omg bruh. They deep as HELL out here!!! I mean I knew there was going to be a good turnout but like this though??! I hope I’m able to actually get in” I blurted aloud as I sat in the backseat of my UBER, twisting my hair anxiously as my driver pulled up to the venue on this clear, warm night.

The line wrapped around the building of the famous South Side Music Hall November 14 as an eclectic, beautiful mix of excited concert goers waited outside in palpable anticipation to see Syd as she stopped by for the Dallas leg of her Always Never Home Tour.   Continue reading

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Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

Meek Mill : Wins & Losses

Written by Delmar Napue

Earlier this year Meek Mill released his highly anticipated 3rd studio album, “Wins & Losses”. An album surrounded by much speculation because of the drama filled 2 Years Meek has gone through. Both his haters and supporters eager to see if he can bounce back from the perceived “L’s” he’d taken. Many wondered if his relationship and break up with pop star Nicki Minaj, rap beefs with Drake and numerous others, along with the social media backlash would finally put a chink in his armor, and with the title “Wins & Losses”, for many, that theory was all but confirmed. Continue reading

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Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

King Remembered in Time (K.R.I.T.)

Written by Jason Terrell

I met K.R.I.T. at a concert in Atlanta in 2009. At the time, he was early into his career, and the club was empty, so I had the opportunity to stand a couple of feet away as he flowed through “Children of the World.” Afterwards, I went to shake his hand and told him that I felt his song on a deep level and he told me to “stay up, more music was to come.” So I am pretty invested in K.R.I.T.’s music and honestly believe his name rings bells. “K.R.I.T. stands for King Remembered in Time, AKA- Although they don’t see me now, they will one day. Continue reading