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.

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

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

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

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

Jhenè Aiko Trip

Jhenè Aiko : Trip

Written by Delmar Napue

No matter the gender or ethnicity one of the most common things humans do, is somehow manage to relate everything we come across in this world back to ourselves. It’s natural, this is one of the best tools we use to help us process and understand information. In my case, running through Jhenè Aiko’s album “Trip” time and time again has reinforced that, I am no different from anyone else. In this album JhenèContinue reading