Jam of the Week #57: Shut Up

Shut Up by Stormzy

One of the ultimate crew jams right here. Stormzy is essentially just spitting killer brag raps the whole time, hyping himself up (in the literal sense of the lyrics). But we feel a crew anthem. The video takes this way over the top but even listening to the cut without visuals – you can feel it is more than a self-indulgent brag fest.

He’s giving anyone down, anyone crew – from his buds in the video to some little London kiddo to (maybe even) me jamming this about 2 million times in Tucson, Arizona – the chance to feel this good. He’s passing his confidence on through song and empowering you to step up, shut the bull shit up, and do you 100%.

And this is really hard to do! How many raps songs have you heard where a dude is talking about how great he is? And how many of them fall totally flat on that and feel like someone who is completing faking the cool routine and unfortunately totally showing it?

Maybe Stomzy is providing some killer Hip-Hop in the most classic sense. Early rap songs where super braggadocio – and they gave the community something to vibe on. This HAS to be the goal of a good MC, unless you’re someone like Percee P who just slays the mic so hard you get blown away just listening. Anyone else. Any rapper or artist of any type (and to be straight Percee P KILLS this vibe too) – MUST focus on the communal vibe if they want more listens/shares/views/praise than their immediate fam/friends. If they want their art to matter, they’ll take the time to give you these feelings. If not, it’s sometimes fun to listen to people brag over nice beats but it doesn’t last.

100% love vibe you me we  🧡💙

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Jam of the Week #56: Audio Champion (and the power of radio!)

This might be a bit on the mellow/trippy side but hearing it gave me some of the coolest feelings of my week.

Audio Champion by Isotope 217 from the 1999 Utonian_Automatic LP

I heard Audio Champion while listening to KMHD Jazz Radio a couple days ago. Such a great station btw, way beyond standards, tons of hype tunes and great DJs. Anyways it completely blew my mind open/apart. Here’s why: I’ve listened to Audio Champion on a cassette I dubbed of a trip-hop show from a college radio station in St Cloud, MN (KVSC) thousands of times!! It was right where the tape flipped and restarted so I never knew who made the track.

So the other night it honestly felt like they were playing my dubbed tape on the radio! The one I made by stringing speaker cords for antennas down the side of my house to get good enough reception to make!

19 years later I’m on my couch and Tucson and it comes on… this time including an interview with the artist. Randomly or just because this track SLAYS, Audio Champion is what they lead into the interview with. If they hadn’t played it I still wouldn’t know.

This the power of radio. Showing you anything is possible. Another means to the hype. Radio gets me hyped because I get to share the hype from DJs worldwide. The vibes they put into their show get transmitted to me and even when its an internet stream VS terrestrial radio (am/fm)… that hype bliss comes out every time. 

Hope you dig!

Here are the links to the Jam of the Week archived playlists on Spotify & YouTube

And here’s list of radio shows and stations I love to get you started with some radio hype. Please send your fav radio shows my way too. 🧡💙

chanceswithwolves.com

xray.fm

kmhd.org

https://xray.fm/shows/the-impact-sound

https://xray.fm/shows/galaxy-my-dear

https://xray.fm/shows/optic-echo-presents

https://xray.fm/shows/nightschool

https://xray.fm/shows/searchingforthesound

Jam of the Week #55: Aint No Half-Steppin’

Can’t believe it took 55 weeks to get to this super jam of feeling great and conquering any and all BS!

^This is the un-cut album version which has one more verse than the vid… 

Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin’  off the 1988 Long Live The Kane

I’m down to say you can do anything while pumping this song and feel amazing. He made a soundtrack for us by hyping up himself! Legit. We’ve all heard bragging-ass rappers brag and it sound so tired and lame. This track is 100% Kane repping his greatness, but in such an honest and proven way it brings in the listener to his hype vibes. Like a confident painter sharing their work, he broke through this invisible space by creating timeless art that looses zero effectiveness with every listen – and trust me I’ve put this track on repeat!!

Hope this hypes you up for the week, the year, the infinity.

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Jam of the Week #52: 17 Days

Woke up with this in my head the other day and been having the best days from it! I think it’s from listening to my dub of the Rev Shines & All Night Tong Prince tribute show they did on XRAY.fm…

Digging into the lyrics at first glance feels pretty heavy and sad – going through a breakup and being lonely. But it starts to feel more like a vibe of acceptance. Bring on these feelings. Meet them head on and go through it, not hiding or being afraid to walk into some pain, knowing there’s some light ahead.

Crazy this is #52! A full year of Jams of the Week are avail on Spotify & YouTube

Massive hearts and hype to anybody jamming and sharing the vibes 🧡💙

Everything

Everything – the good and bad – is all part of the world around us and makes us who we are. Internal good and bad – external good and bad. This morning thinking about this helped me be less hard on myself for something I did over the last week that I kept thinking was in the ‘bad’ category. And maybe it is – but the balance of realizing its all a part of a much larger whole helped me sit with this in a new way. From stuff we did way in the past to stuff we’ll do or witness in the future, maybe this is a perspective that can help us dip through it. 🚢

Mind your intake: What if art is the news?

We’re a blank slate in the morning, and it’s our choice what starts shaping our day…

I woke up at about my usual time today, always shooting for 5:30 telling myself ‘discipline is a muscle’ and actually getting up around 6.

Most mornings I get my tumeric/honey/lemon drink steeping and head out to my lil shtudio (aka og brown shack aka Xanadu) for about 15 minutes of yoga and then a 15 minutes meditation – capping it off with walking my dog who depending on the day is either losing his shit or asleep on the couch.

I kept reading about how having a solid morning routine is huge for setting the day off right so I slowly worked my way into this version and it’s been a pretty badass way to slide in and set myself in the right direction for the day. *I also totally acknowledge being lucky as hell for not having to jet out for work this early – shoutout: my brother*

Today was a bit different as we didn’t have any water at the house and live in Tucson which is home to not the best drinking water. So I grabbed a 5-gallon jug and started the day with a water mission.

Lots (and maybe most) of my drive time is reserved for blasting Joshua Johnson or other journalists I dig. So I got in the van thinking I’d get some early morning NPR time but stopped short of that and put in the new Busdriver instead. 

My day was totally open. 100% free from any sources beyond my fam. To add anything but raw art to that felt wrong.

Plus Busdriver’s new album is news.  It’s only a couple months old (which I’m old enough to consider new) and consists of track after track of dope vibes and stories reflecting everything happening in our world.

Getting water was so damn fun! I let it bump with the doors open while I filled the jug in the empty liquor store parking lot where our fav water dispenser sits – feeling honored to hear this music and let it meld my morning.

I went into the day knowing I could do or make whatever I want. The things I was about to do felt creatively charged and less like work.

Same goes for our bodies. I’ve been trying something for a little while where if I’m pretty hungry (and still in control of my actions so not hangry) I’ll shoot for some fruit or something small first to subside – instead of smashing right into that sammy.

In the same way my day was wide open this morning, I feel like my hungry self is open for whatever and loves it when I drop some good things inside first.

Is that a stretch? What’s your morning routine? Ever try jumping into some 6am ‘Driver? 

Holler if you want and thanks for peeping ♥

Jam of the Week #45: Everyday Is Like A Holiday

🎶…For a fun professional…🎶

Even a rough day can be a holiday of learning to get through some stuff and coming out on the other side. Big shout out to The Grand Yoni at XRAY.fm for playing this on his DOPE Sunday morning reggae show The IMPACT! Sound Highly recommended… such a killer show, peep the archives!

The Sensations – Everyday Is Like  A Holiday

The soundtrack to your 365 holidays a year is right here on Spotify YouTube 🧡💙