Music is EVERYTHING to me and it is a big part of my life. From the moment I wake up in the morning, to right before I go to bed at night… I’m listening to music. Which is why I started sharing my monthly playlists online.
It amazes me sometimes, how one song expresses and inspires a multitude of emotions. Think about it, a million people can hear one song, with the same lyrics and each one of those people can take something completely different away from it. That’s the power of music. The right tracks can make you feel understood. Comfort you in your time of need. Music can speak words where normally only silence could verbalize. It can make you laugh and or cry. Music also has the ability to spark an interest in you. I could go on and on but I think by now, you all get the point. I love music! If you follow me on any social media platform, then you already know that.
Let’s talk… Joyner January
If I had to describe Joyner Lucas, in one long run-on sentence; it would probably would go something like this.
In a world… full of copy and paste, where we’re conditioned to idolize those who promote destructive hobbies, and follow exactly what Simon says without skipping a beat or stepping out of line; I welcome his sound with open ears because his music truly is a breath of fresh air.
This month I have to — and I do mean HAVE TO mention Joyner Lucas. I stumbled across his music in 2016. I was instantly intrigued. I wanted to see more. In mid 2017 I shared his Just Like You video on Instagram. The feedback and comments were very positive. Then in November I shared his visual for I’m Not Racist. That track and visual hit a raw nerve with so many people.
The thing is, those two videos aren’t the only ones in his “arsenal”. Watch I’m Sorry and Happy Birthday. When I watched those videos the first time I dropped a few tears. The emotions conveyed in all of those videos were so on point. These kind of topics and visuals don’t make it to the mainstream music realm.
So I take my hat off to anyone who can prove that yes, anyone may be able to rap… but not everyone can make a song that needs to be made. It’s easy to make the same music that everyone else is making. I’ll let y’all think about that.
I haven’t cried watching a music video since I was a kid. I’ll never forget Bone Thugs and Harmony’s video Crossroads. Of course watching it as an adult is so different from watching it as small child, nevertheless it was and still is a power message in that music video also.
So yeah, Joyner’s music has been in heavy rotation. From his version of Panda, to Mask Off, to DNA, to Gucci Gang and Bank Account. I love it when worthy opponents pop up in the rap/hiphop genre. Competition makes for great music when someone NEW comes out with such a loud message that you simply cannot ignore.
Some artists act like they have no accountability for the things they say or do. Offering only a cynical rebuttal, such as, “I didn’t ask to be or I’m not a role model.”. Yet your target audience and age demographic ranges show exactly what age is interested in you and supporting your brand. So if the youth is listening to this shit, what do you think they are emulating and aspiring to be like? You (you as in the artist who glorify destructive hobbies)! If you’re comfortable making music about things you don’t do or you’ve never done, or you know can be harmful, while you live a lavish lifestyle and some of your fans are ruining their lives because they hang onto your every word. It’s wrong. It might not be fair to put all the blame on the artist but those artists are equally responsible.
People are out here HURTING. We need to find a solution and stop pacifying the issues with drugs. I’m tired of this current wave of rap music. I think that comes with age. Hey I’m growing and getting older.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this month’s playlist or more so my recommendation. It’s meant to inspire you to look for different music. There’s so many talented individuals making music. Turn off the radio and stop supporting the dumb shit and they’ll be forced to stop making it.
Joyner Lucas – (508)-507-2209 || Listen to it if you haven’t already…||
What songs/music have you been listening to recently? Feel free to send me music, that is the easiest way for us to become friends. Okay peace…
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
Love before anything
Real before everything
Home before anyplace
Truth before anything
Style and state radiate
Love power slay the hate