Jam of the Week #24: Get On Up

Get On Up by Dudley Perkins from the 2006 monster LP Expressions (2012 A.U.) 

No big story this time. I just love this song and always thought it was a rad Friday night party starter when I’d play it out. Dudley is an inspiring artist with a deep catalog who most-definitely does whatever he wants with his art. ♡

Jam of the Week #23: Yeah Bud

Yeah Bud by Motëm (2017)

This track was released in the same year my Rap Van crew and I was lucky enough to hang with Motëm in Hamilton, Ontario at the Gebbz Steelo Research Centre (where arts research is conducted). He took us on a nice tour of the city which included a few of the places this video was shot.

It wasn’t an easy trip. A show we booked was canceled last minute and we had artists from neighboring cities in town to perform in the van.

This is where Motëm’s kindness, leadership, and maximum chill took over. He brought us past all the negative energy that was hanging around and took us out to his favorite local dive bar. He never gave any play to the bad vibes from the canceled gig, only focussing on fun stories and cool future ideas. The next morning he gave us a tour of Hamilton including the first Tim Hortons. It sounds simple now, but at the time it was EPIC.

Motëm straight up changed my life this trip

Now about 90% of my bike rides are spent repeating lines from Yeah Bud. ‘Ya bud you know I like to keep it positive / Ya bud you know, I can live and you can live.’ He reps for the fun and weird, and anyone breezing past negative energy.  ❤

Check out the full Jam of the Week playlist on Spotify YouTube

Self awareness > judgment

Doing you. Sometimes it can come off as not doing something someone else is doing, so feeling like a judgment.

This can be so powerful it has the ability to actually change our course to appease (usually oblivious) people! I don’t want to be rude, so I’ll accept this food, or drink this drink, or chill on talking about this…

Being polite is awesome! Being mindful with people is even more awesome! But don’t let it get in the way of doing you!

Self awareness > judgment. Brought to you by a weaving and uplifting convo on a phone call with my friend The Captain 🙂


Jam of the Week #22: It Didn’t Have 2 End This Way

Dâm-Funk’s It Didn’t Have 2 End This Way off his 2015 LP Invite The Light

It’s a bit of a stretch for the Jam of the Week in some ways… beautifully somber. I wondered why I woke up with this track in my head and how it was hyping me up on a Saturday morning. I started thinking about Dâm-Funk’s uplifting vibe, and how he might interpret the track.

It Didn’t Have 2 End This Way is hype, here’s how: it gives you the chance to make something awesome out of something that didn’t finish right. Taken in that way, I’m thinking about this track for future situations too, realizing the end isn’t always the end, and never has to be. Doing what you feel you need to do to make things feel right.


Check out the full Jam of the Week playlist on Spotify YouTube