RIP Bill Withers

Look, man. 2020 needs to chill, son. I mean, how many more things can go drastically wrong, fam? At this point, we’ve all been so consumed with the coronavirus that some of us have forgotten that other things are also happening out here. With that being said, I want to say rest in peace to Bill Withers. All I know is, he was responsible for some of the most poignant lyrics ever committed to tape.

Ok, for those who are unaware, the legendary Bill Withers died on Monday from heart complications. Now, even though I’m in my mid-30s, as a songwriter, I used to study the hell out of this man. Like, he always did a great job of writing records that spoke to real human experiences. Shit, as proud of a Black man as he was, his songs could be universally appreciated by everyone. The truth is, that’s a talent that the vast majority of songwriters will never have. So, we need to acknowledge our outliers while they roam the Earth, bruh.

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I just want to thank Bill Withers for everything he’s accomplished. By and by, I’m sure that most of us are familiar with his biggest songs. However, I’m going to post all of them anyway, man. At the end of the day, Bill Withers is a cotdamn GOAT, fam. Let’s all celebrate him and his work. 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.