1st Sep 2014

My Everything, Overly Dedicated, Discovery, Four Seasons, Stankonia (9.1.14)

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.

26th Aug 2014

Mali Is…, Zion (Deluxe), MCHG, No Genre 2, I Am Mountain (8.26.14)

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.

26th Aug 2014

I entered a contest hosted by Jin, AMP, Gowe, Mickey Cho, and NAK. The top 5 most viewed videos advance to the final round. The above artists choose the winner from the top 5.

Please view my video and reblog and rewatch!

7th Aug 2014
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy."
Source: Proverbs 27:6 (via amartyrschallenge)
30th Jul 2014

musiqchild007:

If you think getting a bf or a gf is gonna solve your loneliness…
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30th Jul 2014

10 days till Athens… soon I will be free

16th Jul 2014

I just released my newest music video. I talk about honesty. Check it out.

And reblog!

9th Jul 2014
"Your emptiness is the preparation for your being filled, your casting down is the making ready for your lifting up."
Source: Spurgeon (via michiwu)
24th Jun 2014
"Please hear me, Girl: The world has enough women who know how to do their hair. It needs women who know how to do hard and holy things."
Source: Ann Voskamp  (via jasminecrystal)

(Source: thedelightedpeople)

16th Jun 2014

I just released my latest music video: Timeless. I talk about time. Check it out and reblog!

3rd Jun 2014
freedying:

zoomine:

Solar Eclipse and Milky Way seen from ISS (International Space Station) 

LIFE IS TRULY AMAZING

freedying:

zoomine:

Solar Eclipse and Milky Way seen from ISS (International Space Station) 

LIFE IS TRULY AMAZING

30th May 2014

I made a gofundme

hislivingpoetry:

joythedaughter:

Please consider donating and signal boosting…I have less than 2000 in my account now and that is enough to get Xan and I through this next month. We also need to save up money for our lease break payment (1058) and a deposit/ first month’s rent on a new place. My job and child support bring in about 1500 a month AFTER taxes and I’ve been having kind of a panic attack on how I am going to do all this…especially if the child support stuff doesn’t get worked out soon.

Please consider helping support this sweet sister and her son. Every little bit counts<3

If you’re willing, give!

29th May 2014

Kaptivated - The Season's Changing | Rapzilla

After 15 rejected submissions, Rapzilla finally accepted my latest music video and posted it on their website! Check it and reblog!

24th May 2014
"Sleep is a parable that God is God and we are mere men. God handles the world quite nicely while a hemisphere sleeps. Sleep is like a broken record that comes around with the same message every day: Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Don’t let the lesson be lost on you. God wants to be trusted as the great worker who never tires and never sleeps. He is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps."
Source: John Piper (via swallowedupbylife)
23rd May 2014
"Do not tell me that there is no rest for us till we get to heaven. We who have believed in Jesus enter into rest even now. Why should we not do so? Our salvation is complete. The robe of righteousness in which we are clad is finished. The atonement for our sins is fully made. We are reconciled to God, beloved of the Father, preserved by his grace, and supplied by his providence with all that we need. We carry all our burdens to him and leave them at his feet. We spend our lives in his service, and we find his ways to be ways of pleasantness, and his paths to be paths of peace. Oh, yes, we have found rest unto our souls! I recollect the first day that I ever rested in Christ, and I did rest that day. And so will all of you who trust in Jesus as I trusted in him."
Source: Charles Spurgeon (via swallowedupbylife)