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life rewind 2014: music

01/05/15 1 Comment

my 2014 playlist.  share some of your personal favorite songs from the past year in the comments.

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lupe fiasco f/ jennifer hudson & common “remission”

as a follow-up to the motivational single “mission”lupe fiasco enlists grammy award winners jennifer hudson & common on his new track “remission”.  like the original song, “remission” was inspired by the fight against cancer.  proceeds from both songs go to the charity stand up to cancer, which raises funds “to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.”  you can download “remission” heredonate directly to the cause here.  also, check out the su2c fundraising telecast (tonight @ 8pm est) to see the trio perform the song.

update: video of the aforementioned performance here.

related: jesús faces death with faith and bravadoremaking my voice

09/05/14 1 Comment

lupe fiasco “bitch bad”

maybe the biggest criticism against hip hop is the mainstream disrespect of women found in some raunchy videos and misogynistic lyrics too often laced with “bitches” and “hoes.”  lupe fiasco addresses the issue in his latest single “bitch bad.”  the song talks about how the images shown to children by music and adults can affect boys’ perceptions of women and girls’ perceptions of themselves.

the onus on cleaning things up isn’t just on the music industry (who at times chooses to promote trashy things), but also on parents and mentors (who at times choose to consume/support trashy things).  whether it’s with music or in general, it’s important that we give our youth a consistent and proper example of how to respect themselves and others.

you can check out the song lyrics below via rapgenius (click on the words for explanations from the site).  also, be on the lookout for lupe’s next album, which is scheduled to drop on september 25th:

[Intro]

Yeah, I say
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
Hey, hey
Hey, hey

[Verse 1]
Now imagine there’s a shorty, maybe five maybe four
Ridin’ ’round with his mama listening to the radio
And a song comes on and a not far off from being born
Doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong

Now I ain’t trying to make it too complex
But let’s just say shorty has an undeveloped context
About the perception of women these days
His mama sings along and this what she says

“Niggas, I’m a bad bitch, and I’m that bitch
Something that’s far above average”

And maybe other rhyming words like cabbage and savage
And baby carriage and other things that match it

Couple of things are happenin’ here
First he’s relatin’ the word “bitch” with his mama – comma
And because she’s relatin’ to herself, his most important source of help
And mental health,
 he may skew respect for dishonor

[Hook]
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood

(I’m killin’ these bitches)
Uh, tell ’em
Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood
They misunderstood

[Verse 2]
Yeah, now imagine a group of little girls nine through twelve
On the internet watchin’ videos listenin’ to songs by themselves

It doesn’t really matter if they have parental clearance
They understand the internet better than their parents
Now being the internet, the content’s probably uncensored
They’re young, so they’re malleable and probably unmentored
A complicated combination, maybe with no relevance
Until that intelligence meets their favorite singer’s preference
“Bad bitches, bad bitches, bad bitches
That’s all I want and all I like in life is bad bitches, bad bitches”

Now let’s say that they less concerned with him
And more with the video girl acquiescent to his whims

Ah, the plot thickens
High heels, long hair, fat booty, slim
Reality check, I’m not trippin’
They don’t see a paid actress, just what makes a bad bitch

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
Disclaimer: this rhymer, Lupe, is not usin’ “bitch” as a lesson
But as a psychological weapon
To set in your mind and really mess with your conceptions

Discretions, reflections, it’s clever misdirection
Cause, while I was rappin’ they was growin’ up fast
Nobody stepped in to ever slow ’em up, gasp
Sure enough, in this little world
The little boy meets one of those little girls
And he thinks she a bad bitch and she thinks she a bad bitch

He thinks disrespectfully, she thinks of that sexually
She got the wrong idea, he don’t wanna fuck her
He think she’s bad at bein’ a bitch, like his mother
Momma never dressed like that, come out the house hot mess like that
Ass, titties, breasts like that, all out to impress like that
Just like that, you see the fruit of the confusion
He caught in a reality, she caught in an illusion

Bad mean good to her, she really nice and smart
But bad mean bad to him, bitch don’t play your part

But bitch still bad to her if you say it the wrong way
But she think she a bitch, what a double entendre

[Hook]

[Outro: MDMA]
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
They misunderstood
You’re misunderstood (I’m killin’ these bitches)
Bitch bad, woman good, lady better
Greatest mother hoood (I’m killin’ these bitches)

06/28/12 3 Comments

lupe fiasco “double burger with cheese”

some new lupe to go with your turkey, family and football. on “double burger,” he reflects on some classic black movies that “helped raise a generation.” see how many references you can catch (cheat sheet here). the song is on his new “friend of the people” mixtape.

update: here’s the video.

11/24/11

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