Here’s a kinda loose but fun daily check-in. I like how it’s hard to put some things in just one category, which is totally ok because it also doesn’t matter! Fuck you unhelpful rules! Oh and he mentioned its even ok to improve .01% on any of these because that’s still improving!

Heard this guy James Altucher on the 10% happier podcast. Sometimes the podcast is a little bro-y… but its goal is spreading good vibes widely so that’s ultimately awesome. And they have bigger guests since they have a nice budget.

James is similar. Is he just a rich white dude who gets to have fun? Idk. Never googled him but I feel like he’s white and he has admittedly been wealthy multiple times. But he’s also really inspiring and has cool ideas.

Both make me check myself, thank myself for being critical, acknowledge being too critical and hopefully see the positives they provide to people they interact with, and since they’re both kinda famous that list is big.

💯❤

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 #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.

∞♥

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Official hype chart 1.0

I know this isn’t a totally new idea and probably has a name but it came to me during DO(OM) YOGA this 12/31 – And I have no problem with ‘corny’ New Year New You plans. Why diss any idea working to do you better? 

Here’s what I think this it’s saying in case you want to try it:

  • Purple – some things that rep you the most (or you want to rep you the most)
  • Green – Expand the circle of those purple things
  • Blue, orange, light green – Hype ideas your circles make you think of in the moment

*Don’t worry if you miss something,  I know I did (sorry LUG and V). Mine definitely changed from my head at yoga → frantic credit card envelope chicken scratch → Xandu whiteboard.

It seems like you can continue these circles forever, but my favorite part of doing this was realizing it’s enough and so much of what we do is inherent based on our core (whether or not we acknowledge it).

It points to who you are and recognizes the years of experience of your badassedness. Rad vibe to take to the next job interview, walk around the block,  or art project – realizing you already have it dialed, just jump in and crush!

Did you try this or have a different way to rep yourself via Expo marker? Let me know bud!🤗

Jam of Week #18: New Edition Karaoke

New Edition Karaoke by Count Bass D off the 2005 LP BEGBORROWSTEEL

This track reps the Church of Hype vibe to the fullest. It came into life when the whole idea of this lifestyle presented itself to our crew, and it’s hype, weird, and ultra-upbeat on the borderline too positive tip.

Its the type of song we DJ and the crew goes off while the rest of the world either stares a little intrigued and weirded-out – ‘what are these hype vibes I’m feeling’ – or dives into the fun.

It brings me back to a couple magical times in life. Driving through a snowstorm to see Count and Tableek in Salt Lake City back in 2006. And Count performing at the crew venue Think Tank in Tucson. He shouted out my wife and I by name during a song and we lost our shit (permanently, luckily).

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100% ❤ 

Jam of the Week #13: Gang Nativity

Super excited for the first extra-special guest edition of the Jam of the Week, chosen by my most hype, ultra-inspiring, and forever dope friend Christian!

Full disclosure – she chose my group’s song Gang Nativity, from our release on Hit+Run earlier this year 😊

The great Motëm once asked me if I was Grand Cooley. In that moment I realized that, without even noticing it, I had become a part of the most unfuckwithable crew!

I’m incredibly grateful to have such a strong, supportive community of people who are so full of love and positivity. Gang Nativity has served as a continual reminder of this from two of my all time favs and is one of my ultimate hype jams for this week and on! – Christian

🧡Dang thanks Christian! You’re why the gang is unfuckwithable! 💙

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CREW!