What does music mean to you?

When I think about a constant in my life I always return back to music.

Music really is life. Tones are vibrations. Our world consists of vibrations. Each song has its own unique vibrational pattern and every moment in our life does too.

When we think back to different moments and times in our lives we also think back to specific songs and sounds that we connect with them.

Sometimes we hear a song and it makes us think back to a specific moment or a specific time or event in our lives. It either makes us happy or sad. When we’re sad we can turn to sad music to embrace our feeling or we can choose to turn to happy music so that it can lift up our mood. There are also certain songs that no matter how sad we are when we hear them we can’t help but smile.

Sometimes I wake up with a song stuck in my head and I am certain that it is because that song is related to what I’ve just been dreaming about, even though I might not remember what it was.

When you remember specific lines from a song it is because your brain has just recalled a memory that is connected to those lyrics and their meaning.

Music is so powerful that when you are dealing with something and a song comes on and its lyrics match your situation it can help you overcome whatever you’ve been faced with. But even the most shallow song, no matter how unspecific and seemingly empty the lyrics, can contain a world full of meaning when connected to something meaningful in our lives.

What makes music special is not the music itself but our relationship with it. That is why everyone loves music but not everyone likes the same type of music or the same songs. The same way everyone likes colour but not everyone likes the same colours. Everyone wants to live but not everyone has the same idea of what that means.

But life without music and music without life would be an empty state of mere existence. That’s why I want to wish each one of you a life filled with music because that is a rich life. And I will continue to provide you with it here on my blog and through my playlists on Spotify.

Why 2 Chainz, YG and Offset are just trying to make their momma’s PROUD

So the video for 2 Chainz’ single “PROUD” featuring YG and Offset, from his latest EP “The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It”, is hilarious, no question! The rappers’ mothers dressed up as their sons, lip-syncing their verses is probably the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. But besides being funny as hell, the 2 Chainz-directed video has a really strong message and underlying significance that most probably don’t really acknowledge. Each of the three artists has been going through their own struggles with money, drugs, the law…but they all have one thing in common – a Supermom, acting as mother and father figure at the same damn time.

2 Chainz, born Tauheed Epps, was arrested for the first time for posession of cocaine when he was only 15 years old. Since his father was in and out of prison, he was raised by his mother who went through the struggle of drug dealing and money issues with him. As he raps in the song “Me and momma used to trap out the same house, used to eat and go to sleep on the same couch, me and momma got busted at the same time, went to court and told judge the damn same lies”. 2 Chainz’ relationship with his father grew closer over the years but he passed away in 2012.

YG, born Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, equally gave his mother a hard time. While his father was in jail, his mother took over and tried to support him in any way she could. However, this didn’t prevent him from getting arrested as well. Luckily, his sentence for residential burglery got shortened from 2 years to only 3 months, which allowed him to keep focusing on his music and finally getting signed to Def Jam Records. YG first openly showed his appreciation for his mother on his song “Sorry Momma” from his first album “My Krazy Life” where he apologizes for the hard times he has put her through. In his verse on “PROUD” he raps “‘Cause I know you wanna see me come home proper, soon as I get right I said I gotcha then I gotcha”.

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus was raised by his aunt (Quavo’s mom) and his mother, together with his cousins Quavious Keyate Marshall aka Quavo and Kirshnik Khari Ball aka Takeoff. Yeah I know right? Pretty complex names. Also pretty complex family situation! Took me a while to figure it out to be honest. But returning to the point I’m trying to make here. Offset’s and Takeoffs father’s left when they were still young and Quavo’s father passed away when he was only four years old. So clearly another Supermom situation! Also Offset isn’t just trying to make his momma proud he is also trying to make his grandmomma proud!! She suffered a premature death due to cancer and so Offset went and raised $500,000 for the American Cancer Society. Yeah I’m sure she’s hella PROUD!

But now, knowing these little background stories, watch the video! And if you’ve seen it already, watch it again! I think you’ll appreciate it even more now.

5 Reasons why H.E.R. is the future of RnB

  1. SHE IS A REVOLUTIONARY! Gabi Wilson releases her music under the acronym H.E.R. which stands for “Having Everything Revealed”. Contrary to her name, she’s always wearing sunglasses, not revealing her face because she wants people to focus on her music, not her looks. I think I don’t have to mention how revolutionary this is in today’s Instagram society!!
  2. SHE EMPOWERS WOMEN! She is that much needed, super real, female RnB artist that empowers women by being an example for embracing vulnerability and real emotions. Perfect < Real
  3. SHE IS MAD TALENTED! She performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys on America’s Got Talent when she was only 10 years old, playing the piano and singing as if she hadn’t done anything else since the day she was born. Watch the video and tell me she wasn’t put on this planet to do this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnOjwFWkFFA
  4. SHE IS A BORN POET! She started writing poetry when she was 5 years old, so basically as soon as she knew how to write and you can tell how gifted she is by the way she takes real, honest emotions and transforms them into beautiful poetic song lyrics.
  5. RIHANNA LOVES HER! I mean come on that basically says it all. When RiRi posted a a video of herself on Instagram with “Focus” playing in the background everyone was dying to know who the artist behind this magical song was. She also got major celebrity support from artists like Usher, Alicia Keys, Tyrese, Pusha T, Wyclef Jean and of course Bryson Tiller who she supported on his “Set It Off” Tour.

I know I said “5 Reasons” but I gotta add that her live performances are magical! I am very grateful that I’ve been at her very first concert in Germany and I am telling you this girl has a stage presence like no other. She switches so effortlessly between playing the guitar, the keyboard and the electric guitar while filling the room with her love radiating soulful voice. No shiny outfit, flashing lights or backup dancers needed.