Myself along with the mass of my generation have an addiction. We are addicted to technology but more specifically social media. As great as social media can be and all the good things it is used for there is always the other negative side. For most people its that social media lets others portray their life at unrealistic standards but increasingly more and more people are using SOCIAL media a source and sometimes the only source to receive news about world events and other topic. This is a worry to me because often I find the things I learn aren’t always the truth or only portray one aspect of the truth. Beyond that even the so called “Real” news sources are getting harder and harder to believe. You can’t watch Fox because “they are too conservative and aren’t factual” but at the same time a large majority of people say you can’t watch CNN because “they are scripted and are fake news,” I mean even our president said it, like jeeez. What are our other options out there? That being said even proven reputable sources aren’t necessarily being shown the truth for their articles. It seems like the world is stuck in a perpetual state of corruption and we are stuck in the middle. History shows that the world has always been corrupt, it might be that I’m just living in this generation so I’m biased, but it seems like with more and more technology, the deeper we become consumerist and just numbers in the system. All the most powerful organizations in the world are exposing the people, people are cattle now, we are just money in the eyes of companies being lied to constantly. These masked products and companies are sold to us as luxury and leisure items but in reality we are just becoming all the same. A father working for a family of 5 could support the whole family 40 years ago, but now even both parents working have struggles paying bills. (There’s endless examples). The American Dream is being sold (shoved down our throats) to us but little do we know is that it is unachievable. People brag about how the economy is getting better since Trump has been elected but I’ve talked to my parents and they said they aren’t anymore better off from it. Prices of everything are raising with the bettering economy. It really just seems like we are screwed and can’t trust anything. I suppose our only chance is leadership from the youth. The youth always wins because they understand the new ways the world works, the older generation still lives like they did in the past. After all, in all dystopian novels it is always the youth versus they system and the youth wins out. Im glad we are taught what good leaders are and what good journalism is because it gives me some hope for the future that we can make a difference. Through my own growth throughout the year I understand how an issue like this can’t ever fully be solved but as long as we are being taught what is right we can only hope the future will be bright. (and that the education system isn’t corrupt too). Maybe the world had always be corrupted but technology just made it more evident. Back in the day might of been better, after all, ignorance is bliss. I started writing this with no idea where I was going so I apologize if its incoherent at some parts (haha). Regardless, I’ve enjoyed my year of journalism and doing this blog. I hope all my classmates remember what they were taught and will be become beacons of leadership as they progressing life ( I hope I do too). Thanks. The end – THE BLOG GOD.
I discovered 03 Greedo a few months ago off his song Never Bend.
Sonically I enjoyed his music a lot after delving into his music for a little but what was the most surprising was that he makes his own beats, produces and makes his track all on his own. I remember reading a tweet on how amazed people were that he would record almost 18 songs a night, most of them freestyle. Coming out of Los Angeles, Greedo has been on the come up for a while but jail time has taken a toll on his career. At 30 years old, he has a contract with Alamo Records and was in the running for XXL freshman of 2018. He also recently was receiving attention for his song “Fortnite.”
Last week, 03 tweeted out “Pray for me at court this week” later posting and deleting “These racist judges aint playing fair.” Ultimately sending fans into a frenzy when he tweeted out “Sorry i let my fans down. At least we got some great music before i left yall. I wish i coulda stayed with my family but life isnt fair to some of us. Plenty music will be released while im gone. Promise me you will love me forever.”
Not much other information has been released on his trial or on his sentence but rumors of a life sentence have been circling the internet. Is he really going to be in jail forever ending his music career or is it an elaborate publicity stunt by Alamo Records? Only time will tell but check out his music in the mean time.
For more music check out my Spotify playlist:
Often in the music industry, producers never get the credit they deserve and get very little attention compared to the artists. Producers usually are the ones who made the beat, mixed and mastered the track and oversees/arranges the tracks composition. I thought it would be interesting to make a list of my top 5 favorite producers of 2017/18.
5. Danny Wolf
Danny Wolf has been on the come up since he started working with Atlanta powerhouse- HoodRich Entertainment and this year he has received a lot of attention from the tracks he’s produced. He’s worked with HoodRich Pablo Juan, Lil Pump, Tay-K and many more, not to mention the project with Lil Uzi Vert he has been teasing for most of the year. At only 20 years old, Im looking forward to him putting out more work through his career.
16yrold, an Ohio native, has become a go to producer for up and comers in the rap game. He’s produced songs for Famous Dex, Killy, Thouxanbanfauni, Desiigner, Ski Mask The Slump God, Smokepurpp and many more. One of my favorite songs by him is No Romance with Killy. Definitely keep an eye open for him in 2018.
Bighead was definitely one of the biggest producers of 2017 and most likely will be for 2018 too. He’s worked a lot with the newer wave rapper such as Uno The Activist, Yung Gleesh, Lil Tracy and the late Lil Peep. Oh and he produced the song Gucci Gang if you ever heard of it and many other Lil Pump tracks. He’s also received a lot of media attention and not doubt will have a big year in 2018.
2. Ronny J
Ronny J has big one of the biggest pioneers of the new bass-distorted, lo-fi beats that have been insanely successful this year. He’s worked with many of the up and coming Florida Soundcloud artists like Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, xxxtentacion, Bhad Bhabie, Denzel Curry, Ski Mask the Slump God and Rich Brian. You’ve probably heard works of his such as Audi by Smokepurpp, Ultimate by Denzel Curry (the water bottle flipping song) or Gospel by Rich Brian.
1. Murda Beatz
Definitely my favorite producer of 2017 and so far 2018. Murda Beatz or “Chef Murda” has been producing hit after hit for artists like 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Migos, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Smokepurpp, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert. He has a collaborative tape dropping later this month with Smokepurpp called Bless Yo Trap and I’m sure its going to be insane. Some songs by him include Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott, 4am and Its a vibe by 2 Chainz, Motorsport, Pipe it up, Get right witcha and many others with the Migos, Portland and a ton of other tracks with Drake and countless others. Watch out for him in 2018.
Im not really sure what to write about so here are my top 5 favorite video games.
5. Modern Warfare 3
- Infected at Terminal was the best, especially if you could get on top of the jet before you were infected. Great Maps and multiplayer too.
4. Black Ops 2
- Might be a controversial pick but I would say Blops 2 was better than the first, this was the first game I prestiged on and will always have a place in my heart.
3. Modern Warfare 2
- Meet me on Rust if you want that smoke. OG game. I heard its getting remastered too but with no multiplayer which sucks.
This was going to be first but I think it comes just short. Im addicted to this game rn. Peep some of my clips here. !!!!!
1. GTA V
- Best game overall undeniably, many hours wasted on this game with my friends.
Thanks for reading. Shells and Husks.
There’s been a lot of new music coming out recently and I’ve been listening to a lot of new artist so I figured I would share them on here.
LIL BOAT 2
- Last night at midnight, Lil Yachty dropped his lil Boat 2 album. Unlike the Yachty from the first Lil Boat tape that caused him to blow up in 2016, Boat did what no one expected him to do in this new album. Trading his bubble-gum trap melodies for hard hitting lyric focused bars with numerous rap star features such as Quavo, Tee Grizzley, Offset, Trippie Redd, Lil Pump and more. I wasn’t sure how I really felt about this new style he’s been going for but its evident now that he definitely deserves more respect in the game. The album was essentially a statement of him not conforming for the industry and being the artist he wants to be which I think is pretty cool. Knowing that I do hope Yachty drops some more early boat type tunes but until then I’ll enjoy Lil Boat 2. Overall, 7/10.
SURRENDER YOUR SOUL
A few days ago one of my favorite Toronto artists, KILLY, Dropped his first project, Surrender Your Soul. Before I talk anything about the music I think I should mention thats Killy is an independent artist, no co-sign, no record deal, no distribution deal, he doing this all on his own. That being said the day after it dropped it achieved number one album on Apple Music which is impressive. I loved the tape, his lyrics, I would say, are unmatched in the game right now and all the songs were bangers. It’s a 10/10 project, here are some of my favorite songs from it.
THE WORLD IS YOURS
- This hasn’t dropped yet but I figured I would throw in that Rich The Kid is dropping his debut album, The World Is Yours, on March 30th.
New Songs I’ve Been Listening To
Thats it, thanks for reading!
The long awaited Migos album, Culture II, dropped on January 26 and many mixed reviews have been given. Let me preface this post by saying, Im a big Migos fan but upon first listen I thought the album was trash. Since then my opinion has changed and I’ll explain why.
First off, Takeoff made the album. Every single one of his verses were we’ll written and SLAPPED. In Too Much Jewelry, possibly the best song on the 24 song album, Takeoff really hit his stride on the insane beat produced by Zaytoven. I would definitely recommend taking a listen. Offset and Quavo also were fire but I think Takeoff really stood out compared to them.
Some of the other songs off the album I really enjoyed were:
and of course the big hits like Stir Fry and Motorsport.
I actually didn’t go too deep into the other songs in the album because a lot of new music is being released right now but I think a lot of people were to quick to dismiss Culture II as a flop, I would recommend checking out some of the songs above if you did think it was trash.
Another thing I thought I would add is the fact that, reportedly, the Migos didn’t spend more than 45 minutes on any single song on the album which is pretty impressive. I wish they made it a bit shorter as some off the songs really didn’t stand out and were generic Migos sounds, an 11 or 12 track album would’ve been fantastic and probably would’ve of done more sales. Regardless, still a decent album and overall I would give it a 6.5/10.
P.S. – LIL BOAT 2 DROPS MARCH 9
For those that don’t know, the XXL Freshman class is a group of 10 new, up and coming rappers that comes out each year. Created by the rap and hip-hop media company XXL, being chosen for this practically guarantees at least some commercial success and a lot of exposure. As the months countdown to the 2018 list release, a lot of buzz has been generated about who will be in this year’s freshman group. Here are my predictions!
1. YoungBoy Never Broke Again
- Red Rum
- Outside Today
2. Rich The Kid
* He just dropped his new song Plug Walk, go listen!!!
- New Freezer
- Soak It Up
- Early Morning Trappin feat. Trippie Redd
3. YBN Nahmir
- Rubbin Off The Paint
- Bounce Out With that
- Fingers Blue – He just posted the visual to youtube go check it out
- Ski Mask
5. 03 Greedo
- Never Bend
6. Yung Pinch
- Rock With Us
- When I was Yung
7. Ski Mask The Slump God
- Catch Me Outside
8. Tekashi 6ix9ine
9. HoodRich Pablo Juan
- We Don’t Luv Em
10. Trippie Redd
- Early Morning Trappin’
Yung Pinch is a newer artist coming out of Huntington Beach, California, who recently he has been amassing millions of plays on his songs and videos. Pinch has been working with big names in the industry such as Zaytoven and more. He also opened for Young Thug, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla $ign, Nate Dogg, Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. He also did a No Jumper interview that was very successful in bringing him more attention. His signature sound really brings a new perspective to common trap beats with his mix of melodic vocals and rapping and his many beach references.
Here are some of my favorite works by him:
When I was Yung:
Rock With Us:
Heat ft. Zaytoven
Here’s his No Jumper Interview:
I would definitely recommend to look out for him in the future and I hoped you enjoyed the article. Thanks.
Here are some of the coolest cars that I want.
- Rolls Royce Wraith
One of my favorite cars, a Rolls Royce Wraith, on top of looking dope af, the interior is incredibly luxurious. Can’t wait to get one of these when I’m older lol.
2. Forgiato Stingray Corvette
A bit of a step down from the Rolls Royce, the Forgiato Corvette is crazy. It also can rip up a track at insane speeds.
3. Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing (1954)
This classic Mercedes is amazing.
4. Tesla Semi Truck
Imagine driving this around Mariemont. Insane!!
Lastly, Idk what car this is but its incredible…