Jams of the Week 64 & 65 & 66: Frenz & Strangerz & Myrrh

Welcome to the happiest 4 seconds of music I can think of – on repeat. 

Ever since revisiting Friends by Whoodini all these cuts moved in my head (again).

First was DOOM’s Deep Fried Frenz off the MM..Food LP (just listened to this podcast w DOOM yesterday – so good, so inspiring!) – then after playing that and the inster for it (also included here) for days I got back into the og sample: Ronnie Laws Friends and Strangers.

I had a tape with a live version of the Ronnie Laws cut back in the day… It eventually died from overplaying. Second jam of the week from that tap actually – here’s the first. Not sure there’s a happier tune/loop and so nice to hear DOOM riff it.

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Orange heart/Blue heart

Maximizing post-travel inspiration

I’m just back from a trip where I spent time with my parents, a bunch of crew at our 17th annual yearly camp out, and my sister and her 3 awesome kiddos.

Here are 6 reasons I’m freshly hyped and how I’ll use these travel vibes to crush it.

1 – Coming home

Years of jobs, relationships, and everything life has thrown my way lead me to my current house in Tucson, living with my amazing wife and our dog and cat. As much as I love the vacay vibes – coming home is kinda the best. It represents returning to my intention – the space in the world I’ve worked hard to create.

Our place feels like vacation sometimes, from the homemade blue curtains my wife made out of fabric I thrifted in northern AZ flapping in the wind, to the outdoor cast iron tub in our backyard, to the shed my friends helped deliver, fix up, and paint into the trippiest/hypest creative space.  We laugh and remind ourselves “This is real life!”

Coming home is a reminder to maximize this inspiring place! Oh you have a rad recording studio? Use it! A dope bike – hop upon! An amazing parnter – hang out with them a ton!

2 – Unreal friend/family support 

Sharing space and time with a crew living vastly different but inspiring lives is like reading 2,000 self-help books at the same time while swimming in the coolest waterfall you found on a cross-country road trip with your dog.

It’s such a great challenge to do you to the utmost.  The crew isn’t going to check up on me when I get home – “Hey, Nick are you still feeling super inspired by your trip, I hope so!”  It’s more like – go forth and kill it – we believe in you, and that should propel dopeness until we hang again and re-up the hype.

A couple years ago at the same campout 2 of my main dudes took me aside and thanked me saying they might not be here if it wasn’t for me. Both are incredible artists, musicians, friends, and humans. Thinking about it still makes me shake a bit. When doubt comes up I go back to this memory and know if these 2 have my back this hard I’m 100% good.

3 – Kids

Kids are better at living in the moment then every adult who’s ever preached or read about it.  A couple years ago the first thing my then 6-year-old niece said to me after not seeing each other for more than a year was something like “If you close your eyes really hard it looks like a laser light show.” Hells ya it does!

Same kiddo this year was going super hard jumping off the dock and boat like it was no big deal. She didn’t brag about it – just wanted to do it over and over and over again! Reality is she humbly conquered a fear and it’s f’n incredible! Last year she was scared to do both. Now it’s second nature. Killing it ✓ moving forward ✓ and having fun ✓

4 – Sacrifice

Crew-ups like this get you thinking about people who couldn’t make it. As an avid hater of FOMO, I get inspired by the sacrifices they’re making to do what they need to do.

My brother is killing at work and couldn’t come. It would have been dope to hang but he needed to keep crushing it for his life and that’s exactly the choice he made. Same with my wife. I missed her a lot but what an amazing person she is to prioritize the incredible work she’s doing.

My sister had to take off to go run the summer reading program at the library she started – DOPE! My best bud had to roll early to get back to Detroit and prep for leaving to go cook on the Drake tour. Fun Professionally amazing!

5 – Passion

My 14-year-old nephew is so down for this new X-Box game its crazy. When I told him I didn’t know what it was he stared at me blankly for the weirdest 10 seconds we’ve probably ever had. Totally cracked me up and reminded me how down I used to be for stuff at his age!

I was into vids, basketball, Wu-Tang, and Tribe. I remember listening to every song on every CD I owned with a best friend – carefully deciding that Award Tour was the greatest song in the world. It was for sure the most important thing to do that afternoon – and we questioned it Ø!

6 – Parents

I’m incredibly lucky to get to learn from parents who’ve been married for 46 years. They’re so inherently down for each other at this point it’s one of the sweetest and inspiring things I witness.

They have a small sailboat and are the coolest team for getting it set up and out on the water. I got to be their boat hand which mostly meant watching them carefully rig the boat and make sure their partner stayed safe while hopping on and off during the process.

They eat together, volunteer together, and talk about the future together. They live each other’s dreams realizing how much one partner benefits from the other’s – whether it’s living on a lake in a small town, or traveling to a specific place to escape the cold Minnesota winter. It’s a version of compromise that isn’t really compromise at all, but being down for your partner and knowing them being happy will make you happy too.

What motivates you post-travel? How do you use it to do more of what you love? Comment or send that hype my way!  nick@hype.church 

Jam of the Week #37: I’m Alive

As literal as it is I love this song – especially this cover by The Clique. Original is off the 1969 LP Crimson & Clover from Tommy James and the Shondells

I was lucky enough to find this 45 at a Salvation Army in Yakima, WA – sleeveless and in a stack of random records. I remember putting it on in my hotel room and losing my shit, thinking this is incredible and it must be worth so much $$!!… Or you can get it on Discogs for under $5 (reality ✔)

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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.  ❤

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Jam of the Week #14: Blah Blah Cafe

So hyped for the first instrumental Jam of the Week! Jean-Michel Jarre’s Blah Blah Cafe from his 1984 album Zoolook

^incredible fan vid!

I always considered this the most futuristic rap beat never intended to be a rap beat (tho 1984 could mean he was being influenced by rap). It’s almost too hype! My crew and I tried to sample it so many times and couldn’t ever do it justice. Pretty sure eventually Paul White will crush it.

It became the anthem of a house I lived in with the crew! All of us kept scoring the vinyl at Goodwill and playing it out all over town.

Hope this reminds you to bump some Jean! Oh and here’s a really rad talk he and Laurie Anderson gave at Red Bull. He talks about mono being the truth, and they touch on how being truly you is the only way your art can successfully exist! It’s rad. I listened to it on the train to NYC and instantly exploded a notebook with the hypest barely-legible scribbles.

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Shoutout to Crescendo. HPR. And partial shoutout to Chap Ma. 

Jam(s) of the Week #7: gospel mix for Colin

I’ve owed my friend Colin this mix for a couple years. Way back I put a few of these tracks on a tape and shared it around. Kinda recently (past couple years) he asked for another copy. I’m not really sure where the OG tape went so I finally put down a proper mix for my dude.

Listen on Mixcloud / Download link

Nothing fancy, just letting these beautiful tracks speak for themselves. All vinyl. All thrifted. Most from one magic night at the Goodwill super store off MLK in Portland back in 2003.

I’m not traditionally religious. At the Church of Hype love is everything and we lounge for the light. Thanks to these musicians for pouring their hearts into these songs.

Teddy Grover & Joy – We Need Love on I Am Determined (Greentree)
Serenity – Serenity on …Like It Is! (Deep Roots)
The East St. Louis Gospelettes – Have Mercy On Me on Love Is The Key (Birthright)
Voices of Watts – Changed My Way on God Is What You Need (Birthright)
Myrna Summers and the Myrna Summers Singers – Tell Me on self-titled (Savoy)
Rev. Milton Brunson And The Thompson Community Singers ‎- Fill My Cup on Give Me A Clean Heart (Scepter)
Arvis Strickling Jones – All The Way on “LIVE” in Concert (Sound of Gospel / Secret)
Donell Hickman and The San Francisco Inspirational Choir – Keep A Light In My Window on Live! (Unity)

“All religion can be distilled down to the search for answers to the following questions: Is this all there is? Is this all I am?” – Patrick Rhone

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Jam of the Week #6: It’s Your World

The 6th Jam of the Week is probably the most verbatim, spot-on Church of Hype anthem we got gang.

We should do a parade with it on repeat, or have a kind of positive zenned-out hour-long listen at a crew up sometime and see how soon we all take the fuck over afterwords 🌝

Talking about Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson’s It’s Your World from the 1976 album by the same name.

I send this track to people on their bday (what up Dad!) or if I just want them to feel awesome, and it turned into a bit of a soundtrack for a dear friend I used to help navigate the city of Portland, OR on daily adventures.

My history with the song goes back to around 2003 when my dude Underfed hit me up and basically said get over here now!

Apparently a roommate had done a bad job roommating and skipped town. His friend took it as an invite to sell his stuff including a couple nice crates of rap, reggae, and some sparse jazz and funk, which I bought in a parking lot from the trunk of a car (life goals ✔️)!

I still wonder if dude was ok with letting the wax go but it’s most definitely found it’s way into lots of ears and now is the reason it’s landing here today. Thank you mystery DJ 🙏🏼

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*And since this song isn’t on Spotify (💻🔥) I’m starting a YouTube playlist with all the jams of all the weeks you can check out right here ✌🏽