twenty-seven years invested.
categories: ike, music, weekend


john legend – evolver | release date: 10/28/08

i’m anticipating this release.  the leaks have been good.  now for the mastered tracks.

Paper Trail

t.i. – paper trail | release date 9/30/08

i was never really a fan of T.I.’s stuff until his latest soon-to-be-released album on 9/30/08.  top joints i fancied are the debut single, swagga like us, also porn star is a good track, but my favorite track is the one with john legend – slide show.  dead and gone with justin timberlake is alright but i’m sure it’ll hit the radio.  he’s smart on this album.  it’s not so gimmicky and more like he’s learning how to approach his tracks and learning from the best.

…looking from the surface,
it may seem that i got reason to be nervous,
then observe my work and see that my adversity was worth it.
verses autobiographical,
absolutely classical,
last thing im worried bout is what another rapper do.
aint nobody hot as me,
even if they rap they ass off, blast off and have outstanding qualities,
sell alotta records, i respect and salute that.
but spitting real life on hot beats – im the truth of that,
you kick it like me no exaggeration necessary,
living revolutionary,
nothing less than legendary…

that’s tiight.  haha

other mentionable future releases:
common – u.m.c. (universal mind control) | release date:  9/30/08

i’m hoping for some old common style music on this one.  announcement is a good chill club track and you can’t be disappointed if it’s a pharrell joint.  then again he is quoted…

“Common may be known for his stimulating lyrics, but for ‘Universal Mind Control,’ he shamelessly admits that ‘barbecues and strippers’ were some of his main inspirations. ‘This album isn’t super thought-provoking…it’s just on some fun shit.’” – Billboard

ryan leslie – self titled | release date:  10/21/08

he’s a genius already.  the fact that he puts it into music is another impressive thing.  i just appreciate his addict-like work ethic when he gets in the groove.

kanye west – 808′s and heartbreak:  mid-december

he’s a maniac when it comes to his music.  it’s apparently claimed by him that the album will be completed for mastering in the next 2 weeks.  love lockdown – i’m still trying to comprehend it.  it’s a simple concept of a track.  it’s melody and drums but has a contagious hook on it that stays in your head.  i know because i hear it in my head all day.   not to mention the bass beats in the beginning and the end also play in my head.  dum dum doooom….dum dum dooom.

it just seems like everyone is making G.O.O.D music again.  respect your art and people will respect you.  your money will mean so much more when you do that.

dot dot dot…

as for the hurricane, i took some pics from around the city when i drove around so i’ll hopefully get some of that up.  it’s an amazing spectacle to sort of picture what happened on a large scale.  what strikes me though are all the power people working around the clock to restore houston again.  people complain about not having power and i understand it because it’s frustrating when you see people across the street or next door and they have power.  trust me, i know the feeling.  but at the same time, i applaud the workers working around the clock to get the city back up.  whenever i see a cherry picker truck driving around, you know what they are doing.  they are basically the FDNY of 9/11 for ike’s restoration.  the fact they had people from 31 states volunteer their efforts to come and help get this city back on it’s feet.

also, you have to give it up to houston.  even though, i’m sick of this city and i complain about how there’s “nothing to do,” we always open the city up to everyone who comes in here.  taking in evacuees from rita, katrina, and now ike.  it sucks to know that “g-town brown” is not even there anymore.  or kemah.  or crystal beach.  man, i even saw pictures of sea wolf park.  that’s sad because that was a childhood place the family would have birthdays and go fishing.

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it’s gonna be a while til things return back to normal but you gotta keep living and keep moving forward.  sometimes it takes a hurricane to realize how fortunate our lives are and not to take the things you have for granted.  there’s a lot of other topics i want to blog about but i’ll leave for another day.  until then, keep the music lines open.