Don’t Let Musicians Raise You

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, as a musician myself, this entire post may be hypocritical as fuck, man. In addition, I can think of numerous examples that go against what I’m about to say. Regardless, Juice WRLD‘s death highlighted something that I’ve felt for a long time, fam. All in all, we need to stop letting musicians raise us, bruh. Meaning, we have to quit letting the words/actions of our favorite artists influence the way we live, brethren.

Ok, before I continue, let me make something clear, son. Now, despite what the above picture may suggest, I do not exactly blame Future for Juice WRLD’s death. Yes, Future may have influenced Juice to try drugs that he had no business doing, but Juice was still his own man. The fact is, Juice was on the hook for his personal decisions, man. With all of that being said, artists still need to take some responsibility for the messages they’re putting out there, fam.

Keeping it a buck, I had a crisis of conscience while listening to Future’s DS2 yesterday. On one hand, I fucking LOVE that album, bruh. I mean, on more than one occasion, I’ve joked about being the Treasurer of the FutureHive, son. Seriously, just type “FutureHive” in the search bar, man. All jokes aside, like five posts will pop up, fam. Anyway, while I thoroughly enjoy homie’s music, the songs don’t influence me to do anything, bruh. Like, I have NO intention of trying any of the substances that Future croons about, folks. The problem is, impressionable kids like Juice WRLD did and still do, people.

Now, after my initial thought, I remembered a lot of the music that I grew up on. The truth is, I started smoking weed because of Rap songs. I wanted to “fuck bitches” because of Rap songs. Then, I wanted to “make love all night” instead because of R&B songs. Frankly, before I truly learned who I was, I based a lot of my personality on what my favorite musicians said/did, son. All I can say is, that’s a very dangerous way to live, man. For every J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar or Common, there are countless artists who are inspiring kids to do the wrong shit, fam. The way I see it, the visible adults in these kids’ lives need to do more to shape these malleable souls.

In the end, I’ve officially become my mother, bruh. Ultimately, I used to HATE it when she criticized the music that I loved. But, I absolutely get it now, son. By and by, it’s easy for me to say that the adults need to do more. It’s easy for me to say that the previous generation needs to advise the youth better. Shit, when I was a teenager, I wasn’t trying to listen to SHIT that my mother told me, man. However, her messages actually seeped in, fam. At the end of the day, I might not have understood it at the moment, but her wisdom didn’t go unnoticed, bruh. All I can say is, I hope these young cats have at least ONE person who can give them some knowledge. Otherwise, some of these artists may be leading them down a path of total destruction, brethren. That is all. LC out.

This Future ‘HNDRXX’ Album Is Flames!

So, anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I’m a huge Future fan. It should also be known that I’m currently the treasurer of #FutureHive. To be real, he and I normally get into arguments about his lean budget, but that’s neither here nor there. In any case, when he dropped his FUTURE album two weeks ago, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t see any evolution in the music. The album sounded like it could’ve been just a random mixtape. Little did we know, he was about to release an atom bomb the next week. Ultimately, if DS2 is the pinnacle of rapping Future, then HNDRXX is the pinnacle of singing Future.

Now, before I continue, let me make a few things clear. No, Future doesn’t reeeeeally sing. I mean, we can all hear the saturation of Auto-Tune on his voice. However; even when an artist can’t sing, finely-tuned ears can hear when they have a knack for melody. Plainly put, Future makes catchy shit, son. It takes talent to routinely make songs that stick in people’s heads. So, no, he’s not a rapper or singer in the purest sense. But, I always find myself vibing to his jams.

With all of that being said, this HNDRXX album has some of his best written songs. Look, son, if anyone can’t jam to “Use Me,” “Incredible,” “Fresh Air” or “Neva Missa Lost,” I’m going to judge their ability to feel. That’s right, I said it, son. Big whoop, wanna fight about it? Anyway, the melodies on these tracks are strong as shit, man. “Neva Missa Lost” is getting the most rotation right now because he successfully repurposed a melody from Jodeci‘s “My Heart Belongs to U.” This type of shit matters to me because Jodeci is my favorite R&B group of all-time. Since Future was able to interpolate that song without making me hate him, I have to give him his props.

Ok, my Stan-ning is over for today, son. All I’m saying is, give the album a chance. Look, LC would never steer anybody wrong, bro. Well, unless if I’m being asked whether or not it’s a good idea to play Flip Cup with 151. Of course it is, man! Good day.