massappeal:

Flooded with reviews ranging from Rolling Stone to The New York Times, it’s unlikely not to come across someone talking about Brooklyn rap legend Jay-Z’s latest album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail, yet few address Jay directly.  A stream are floating around on the album, Mass Appeal contributor, Gyasi Williams-Kirtley has one of her own. Here is her “Open Letter” to Jay-Z:

Dear Mr. Carter,

Long gone are the days of “standing on the corner boppin.” 15 years to be exact. It’s a challenge breaking free from Brooklyn, let alone any hood, but it is possible. You’ve proved that tenfold. For that, I respect you. Most of us common folk won’t be able to hang “Basquiat’s in the lobby of [our] spot,” but we comfortably live our posh fantasies through you Mr. Carter, with no complaints until now.

Whenever my mother asked me if I’d jump off a bridge if my friends told me to, I’d quickly defend myself with a stern “No.” Speaking hypothetically, let’s say my friend was you Mr. Carter. I might take that plunge out of loyalty, despite my mother’s disapproval. I might cop an album, out of loyalty to the Brooklyn concrete that raised us both.  I might cop an album off the strength of the one that changed my entire life. We all might cop an album or two…off the strength. I, on the other hand, can’t fix myself to make the purchase or even download, Magna Carta Holy Grail for free.

Production wise, MCHG is immaculate. With your access I wouldn’t expect any less. My beef and disappointment comes in once each verse starts. This is not the legendary Jay-Z. This is a mogul, drained of his lyrical wit. This is Jordan trying to play baseball after retirement. No one will ever step to your face about the issue. Who has the balls to tell a king he’s nothing but a man?

Jay-Z Marcy Projects Open letter to Jay

You don’t have to do anything else. You’ve paved our way and installed streetlights so we don’t get lost in the dark. No one will ever deny the “Jiggy Jigga looking gully in the joint,” but I can’t take the Jigga behind “Tom Ford” seriously (no matter how hard the baseline goes).

“Hands down got the best flow/ Sound I’m so special/ Sound boy burial/ This my Wanye Perry flow/ Y’all know nothing about Wanye Perry though/ District of Columbia/ Gun on your Tumblrs.” –   Tom Ford,

MCHG A large percentage of the album sounds just like this. Filled with lines that demand the respect that you already have. Quotes that fight so hard for relevance that they drown in the complex beats. MCHG is the dumbing down of true lyricism for the sake of radio play.

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August 1, 2013 | via Mass Appeal | 46 notes
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thebeatandpulse:

Listen Up

Track: Vapour

Artist: Vancouver Sleep Clinic 

You guys press play and for the next four minutes just chill

July 31, 2013 | via The Beat and Pulse | 96 notes
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autoreverse:

Low, “Stay” (Rihanna cover, live) @ Pitchfork Music Festival, 7/20/13 (by Showlist DC)

This song really is beautiful.

July 31, 2013 | via AUTOREVERSE | 17 notes
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seastacks:

Well, last week was fun!

Those of you with your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter pages will have noticed we took a trip to BBC6 music to record a live session for Tom Robinson. We did three tracks, which will go on air along with an interview with Davy on 3rd Aug. 

And on Saturday saw us head to Hertfordshire for FARR Festival. 

Our next gigs are both on 3rd Aug:

in the afternoon we are at Fieldview Festival: www.fieldviewfestival.co.uk

and in the evening we’re in Oxford for Irregular Folk: www.irregularfolk.co.uk

Tickets are available for both of those gigs via the websites.

July 30, 2013 | via Sea Stacks Blog | 11 notes
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kenami:

Award shows tend to be very hit or miss for people and I can’t really blame anyone for that being the case. I’ve definitely done my fair share of award show bashing throughout the years and even now I still find it difficult to be fully behind all the stuff that comes from Award shows. However I also cannot deny that winning an award can be great for a career and also an impeccable means of helping the award winner gain recognition for their work; and in the end how can that be a bad thing?

Twenty One Pilots are a band that has impressed me this year and I’m happy to state that as of now they have been nominated for an Artist To Watch award for their music video, Holding On To You. If you like Twenty One Pilots please take two seconds to vote and if you’re scratching your head wondering ‘who the hell is Twenty One Pilots?’ than please check this video out and then decide if you’d like. I think the art direction for this is brilliant and you can see the hard work that went into it as the track progresses, if you enjoy cinematography than this is a video for you. If you don’t like this track/video then take a look at the other acts nominated and maybe give them a vote as well. We can all say bad things about MTV for minutes, hours even; but I highly doubt there won’t be a video on that list of nominees that won’t blow you away in some way shape or form. Help artists get the recognition they deserve; seriously, how can doing that be a bad thing?

You can vote for the Artist To Watch category HERE.

Also be sure to check out the photographs I took of Twenty One Pilots a couple months back over HERE.

July 29, 2013 | via Kenami | 35 notes
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oddfuture:

New video! Mike G Featuring Left Brain & The Internet: Lincoln

July 28, 2013 | via OFWGKTA | 1,180 notes
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rollingstone:

Paul McCartney, U2 and Bruce Springsteen are among dozens of artists who have signed an open letter with Amnesty International calling for Pussy Riot’s release. More than 100 musicians have joined the cause, which also includes Adele, Radiohead, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Sting and Ke$ha.

rollingstone:

Paul McCartney, U2 and Bruce Springsteen are among dozens of artists who have signed an open letter with Amnesty International calling for Pussy Riot’s release. More than 100 musicians have joined the cause, which also includes Adele, Radiohead, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Sting and Ke$ha.

July 27, 2013 | via Rolling Stone | 186 notes
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Imagine this; You come home from school one day. You’ve had yet another horrible day. You’re just ready to give up. So you go to your room, close the door, and take out that suicide note you’ve written and rewritten over and over and over You take out those razor blades, and cut for the very last time. You grab that bottle of pills and take them all. Laying down, holding the letter to your chest, you close your eyes for the very last time.

A few hours later, your little brother knocks on your door to come tell you dinners ready. You don’t answer, so he walks in. All he sees is you laying on your bed, so he thinks you’re asleep. He tells your mom this. Your mom goes to your room to wake you up. She notices something is odd. She grabs the paper in your hand and reads it. Sobbing, she tries to wake you up. She’s screaming your name. Your brother, so confused, runs to go tell Dad that “Mommy is crying and sissy won’t wake up.” Your dad runs to your room. He looks at your mom, crying, holding the letter to her chest, sitting next to your lifeless body. It hits him, what’s going on, and he screams. He screams and throws something at the wall. And then, falling to his knees, he starts to cry. Your mom crawls over to him, and they sit there, holding each other, crying.

The next day at school, there’s an announcement. The principal tells everyone about your suicide. It takes a few seconds for it to sink in, and once it does, everyone goes silent. Everyone blames themselves. Your teachers think they were too hard on you. Those mean popular girls, they think of all the things they’ve said to you. That boy that used to tease you and call you names, he can’t help but hate himself for never telling you how beautiful you really are. Your ex boyfriend, the one that you told everything to, that broke up with you.. He can’t handle it. He breaks down and starts crying, and runs out of the school.

Your friends? They’re sobbing too, wondering how they could never see that anything was wrong, wishing they could have helped you before it was too late. And your best friend? She’s in shock. She can’t believe it. She knew what you were going through, but she never thought it would get that bad… Bad enough for you to end it. She can’t cry, she can’t feel anything. She stands up, walks out of the classroom, and just sinks to the floor. Shaking, screaming, but no tears coming out.

It’s a few days later, at your funeral. The whole town came. Everyone knew you, that girl with the bright smile and bubbly personality. The one that was always there for them, the shoulder to cry on. Lots of people talk about all the good memories they had with you, there were a lot. Everyone’s crying, your little brother still doesn’t know you killed yourself, he’s too young. Your parents just said you died. It hurts him, a lot. You were his big sister, you were supposed to always be there for him. Your best friend, she stays strong through the entire service, but as soon as they start lowering your casket into the ground, she just loses it. She cries and cries and doesn’t stop for days.

It’s two years later. The whole school talks to a counselor/therapist at least once a week. Your teachers all quit their job. Those mean girls have eating disorders now. That boy that used to tease you cuts himself. Your ex boyfriend doesn’t know how to love anymore and just sleeps around with girls. Your friends all go into depression. Your best friend? She tried to kill herself. She didn’t succeed like you did, but she tried…your brother? He finally found out the truth about your death. He self harms, he cries at night, he does exactly what you did for years leading up to your suicide. Your parents? Their marriage fell apart. Your dad became a workaholic to distract himself from your death. Your mom got diagnosed with depression and just lays in bed all day. People care. You may not think so, but they do. Your choices don’t just effect you. They effect everyone.

Don’t end your life, you have so much to live for.

Things can’t get better if you give up.

July 27, 2013 | | 4 notes
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under-radar-mag:

When Palma Violets go on tour they make a point to engage in as many extracurricular gigs as they can, arranging regular house party performances with their burgeoning collection of fans in whatever city they find themselves. “We do bar mitzvahs and weddings too,” says the U.K. band’s bassist and co-frontman Chilli Jesson with a laugh

under-radar-mag:

When Palma Violets go on tour they make a point to engage in as many extracurricular gigs as they can, arranging regular house party performances with their burgeoning collection of fans in whatever city they find themselves. “We do bar mitzvahs and weddings too,” says the U.K. band’s bassist and co-frontman Chilli Jesson with a laugh

July 26, 2013 | via Under the Radar Magazine | 68 notes
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