I do this because I need a break.
- Name: Edward
- Nickname: Ed or KAPTIVATED
- Birthday: 9/19/94
- Gender: M
- Sexuality: Straight
- Height: 6’1”
- Time zone: EST
- What time and date is it there: September 11, 2014 7:11 PM
- Average hours of sleep I get each night: 8 hrs, 11 mins
- OTPs: EdLisa
- The last thing I Googled was: target anomaly lecrae
- First word that comes to mind: rewind
- What I last said to a family member: the 17th at my apartment
- One place that makes me happy and why: my bed because sleep feels good
- How many blankets I sleep under: 1
- Favourite beverage: MILK
- The last movie I watched in the cinema: Grand Budapest Hotel
- Something I plan on learning: Piano
- A piece of advice for all my followers: consider others more significant than yourself
- You have to listen to this song: “Homecoming" by Derek Minor
- My blog(s): ed-ification
I tag bygrace-imsaved.
I am so overdue. This is what I listened to between the time of my last post and now.
1. Taylor Swift - Red
I was surprised at how well Taylor Swift writes some of her songs. The most popular songs of hers are definitely the most un-lyrically written, but the title track of this album was written super well, I think. I really enjoyed this album, and I think it’s sad that some people disqualify her for the content of her most popular songs. I love the sound of pop, so I loved how this album sounded. I could definitely hear several elements of country in her less popular songs, which was also cool. I LIKE THIS ALBUM.
2. QuESt - Searching Sylvan
This album was very relatable on many levels. One level was being a son who’s supposed to be getting ready to live his own life and start providing for himself. Another level was being an artist who doesn’t want to do anything except music but hasn’t found much success. Another was failing to meet the expectations of the people you want to impress. And yet another was feeling guilty about almost every aspect of your lifestyle.
I think QuESt did really well, and I really love the sound of the CD. He definitely shows his talent by weaving a story in the entire album, and he expresses feelings in a powerful and moving way. I’d especially recommend artists listen to this album.
3. Lecrae - Anomaly
Christian Hip Hop has this recycled sound that has gotten progressively more boring as more people copy it. I would always realize that a lot of the sound of Hip Hop that I love is missing from all Christian rap artists. But Anomaly is different, more mature, and it brings a greater variety of sound into the subgenre that I think it needs. It’s refreshing to hear. Lecrae’s content is also great, and this album is probably his most transparent album. He talks about a lot of things about his own life that I was shocked – and encouraged – to hear.
4. Artifex - NAK & Nicholas Cheung are ARTIFEX
NAK hasn’t journeyed too far from his Nujabes-esque sound on this album. Nicholas Cheung brings a lot of elements of that smooth, jazzy hip hop sound I love, but he mixes it with some new school elements, and I think he does it well. The entire album is produced very well, and I have absolutely no complaints about how any of the songs sound.
NAK has stopped yelling on every song, which is refreshing to hear. His strong lyricism is still there, and the features on the album are all fitting. They add to all of the songs on the album, rather than take away… unlike some hip hop albums I’ve been hearing about lately. I really like this album.
Yes, I’m slacking… 2 weeks and only 4 albums. BUT I’m still making progress like that little tortoise from that old story we all know. I’ve got a bunch more albums lined up that I’ve got to go through. KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR THEM
So I posted this post on Facebook, but since a lot of the support I received was also on Tumblr, I’ll copy/paste it here. IT STILL HOLDS JUST AS MUCH MEANING TO ME AS WHEN I POSTED IT ON FB!!!
I did not make the top 5 most-viewed videos for the Good Fruit contest.
But because you guys have been so supportive, I want to share this with you. I am not upset about the fact that I did not win. Here’s why:
1) The competitors and I are on the same team. They’re all people who are using their gifts to spread hope through truth. That’s what I try to do too. If I don’t want people with the same mission as me to be greater than me, am I really doing music for the right reason?
2) I need to learn to be content with what has already been given to me. You guys have been so overwhelmingly supportive during this entire competition (and the last Sam Ock contest too), and it’s extremely encouraging. Even the fact that I was CLOSE to being 5th place means a whole lot. How can I only focus on my loss when I have 600+ people here who got my back!? That’d be so incredibly selfish.
3) A friend told me that everybody wants to be successful, but nobody wants to go through the trials it takes to get there. It’s through struggling as a rapper, fighting writer’s block night after night, being rejected from every publication, and losing several contests that I’ll get to become the artist I want to be. This will only make me better. Plus, it’ll make me more like Christ (Rom 8:28).
So really, I’m pretty thankful and glad about it all.
This week, I listened to five albums:
1. Ariana Grande - My Everything (Target Deluxe)
I really liked her first album Yours Truly because it brought back a lot of old R&B elements that I really like. This album is a totally different project. I wouldn’t say I dislike this one, but I definitely prefer her first project.
But I like the sound of pop (which is what this album leans towards), so I do like a lot of the songs on this album because of their jam-worthy soundz. I am disappointed in Childish Gambino’s verse on “Break Your Heart Right Back.” I am really impressed with Jessie J’s performance on “Bang Bang.”
I tried to listen to this album as if there was a progression and a storyline…but after track 9 (of 17), it was a stretch. This album is just a compilation of songs with an emphasis on relationships typical of R&B. The recycled subjects got boring, but I do like how this album sounds. I only listened to this album once to understand it.
2. Kendrick Lamar - Overly Dedicated
This album was great. A lot of the album was painfully honest and really relatable. Kendrick delivered everything skillfully and with strong lyricism. The last 2 songs are extremely impressive. Basically, going 2 albums into the past didn’t make it obvious how he’s improved in the past 4 years. He’s been making great music for a while now. I listened to this album 3 times.
3. Daft Punk - Discovery
The first four tracks were pretty interesting. I really liked “Aerodynamic” and “Harder Better Faster Stronger.” Tracks 5 through 14 were very boring and pointlessly repetitive. I was very disappointed in the songs after the first 4, especially since I’ve heard so many great things about this album and how it’s supposedly the best album Daft Punk has ever created.
But I do understand that, at the time of its release, Discovery was a huge deal and might’ve affected electronic music in ways that I totally don’t understand. It’s just that, when I listen to it now in 2014, I find it mostly unbearable to listen to and extremely uninteresting. I listened to this album once.
Edit: But honestly, this album is great vibe music. Great music to listen to in the background.
4. John Givez - Four Seasons
This album was incredible! John Givez delivers a bunch of powerful lyricism, and he does it all in a way that sounds great. I used to not really prefer this kind of sound, but I’ve grown to like it. The features on this album all seem to fit really well, and the artists don’t disappoint. John Givez also sings a lot on this album, and (unlike some rappers) his singing doesn’t ruin the project. It really adds to it. I listened to this album like… at least 5 times just because I enjoyed it so much.
5. Outkast - Stankonia
I am actually really unfamiliar with Outkast. So I decided to listen to one of their albums for the first time this past week. Firstly, this album is very long (24 songs), but it didn’t feel as long as it is. I can tell why they were so huge and why so many of these songs were hits. The only thing that bothered me on a lot of these songs is how one of the two rapped. I’m not familiar enough yet with Andre or Big Boi’s voices to say which one it was. Otherwise, the project was well done. I listened to this once.
This week, I think I’ll listen to albums from Taylor Swift and Ab-Soul, among others.
I have decided to start expanding my range of music taste. This means I will be listening to a great variety of music to familiarize myself with more artists and records. This Tumblr will be where I keep track of what I’ve listened to and how I’ve felt about everything.
This past week, I listened to five albums.
1. Mali Music - Mali Is…
I have really never heard anything like Mali Music’s sound before. This album was definitely encouraging to listen to, mainly because the things he talked about were meaningful (from a Christian worldview) and delivered in a way that sounded pretty good. I had to listen to the album twice to understand and familiarize myself with it.
2. Hillsong United - Zion (Deluxe Edition)
There were a few songs on this album that were just so typically Hillsong that I was bored. “Up in Arms” is what I would’ve expected from a typical album from them; vague general lines with unclear meanings. I guess they leave room for their listeners to apply the vague words to whatever situation they’re specifically found in. I don’t mind this kind of writing at all… unless it’s being used in corporate praise. But that’s a different convo.
I really liked “Scandal of Grace,” “Oceans,” “Mercy Mercy,” “Nothing Like Your Love,” and “Mercy Mercy (Reloaded).” Everything else was kind of tiring to listen to because I’m pretty familiar with Hillsong’s sound already. I did appreciate the reloaded tracks because they offered a new sound. I had to listen to the album two and a half times to understand and be familiar with it.
3. Jay-Z - Magna Carta… Holy Grail
I liked this album. The beats weren’t too typical of everything else in new school hip hop that I’m used to hearing; they weren’t tiring or boring to listen to. Jay-Z is definitely a strong lyricist, and I think this project definitely reiterates that he isn’t bad at what he does. I noticed that even when he talks about the same recycled topics (money, girls, etc.), he does it with wit and pretty strong lyricism. I had to listen to this album three times to understand and be familiar with it.
4. B.o.B. - No Genre 2
I listened to this mixtape right after I listened to Jay-Z’s album, so I saw pretty clearly that B.o.B. is in several leagues underneath Jay-Z. B.o.B. is pretty recycled and boring to listen to lyrically. Musically, he doesn’t go anywhere that I haven’t heard him go before. But he still delivers some good-sounding songs on the mixtape. It’s just disappointing that all of his lyrics are predictable and not novel. I only had to listen to this mixtape once to understand and be familiar with it.
5. Gungor - I Am Mountain
Gungor’s album was surprisingly awesome. There is pretty impressive storytelling, and on several songs they send messages in an unusual and creative way. Definitely not a boring album to listen to (as opposed to B.o.B.’s mixtape…). This album was different from what I’ve heard from their past albums too – in a good way. I was thoroughly impressed, especially because the entire project not only had great content – it also sounded amazing. I listened to this album at least 4 times before I understood and became familiar with it.
This week, I’m going to listen to albums from Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar, among others.
If you think getting a bf or a gf is gonna solve your loneliness…
10 days till Athens… soon I will be free