Sunday Scaries Vol. 2 (September 24)
1. We (feat. CeeLo Green) - Mac Miller
Mac dropped his album "The Divine Feminine" Last September, and along with Isaiah Rashad's "The Sun's Tirade," which was released in the same month, I thought it was one of the best albums of the year. What I love so much about Mac Miller is his versatility. He'll make a beautiful love song like "We," but also has the capability of producing something like "Grandpa Used to Carry a Flask" under the names Delusional Thomas and Larry Fisherman in a completely shifted vocal sound. I've always thought Mac was the absolute truth for working under several different names. It's like he's got multiple personalities, and you can hear them shift in the music as he goes from Mac Miller to Larry Fisherman to Delusional Thomas.
My Junior year I was introduced to a kid named Max by my buddy Corbs. I thought he was the weirdest, quirkiest, coolest dude I'd ever met. Fast forward a year later and I find out Max got into Harvard because he absolutely rips the sax and is nationally acclaimed for his ability to write full pieces for entire orchestras. Least surprising news I'd ever heard. Anyway, this past weekend Max had a performance lined up, and asked Corbs if he could play some guitar in it, so I got to go check out their rehearsal. Max had an extremely talented female singer with him, and they played their full set for us. It was truly like nothing I'd ever heard before. The whole thing sounded like the very beginning of Pink Floyd's "Childhood's End," where it starts so low you can hardly hear it, but slowly increases to the point where it's a minute in and suddenly you're swimming in sound. It was so loud I could feel the vibrations. He was yelling things like "Do you think this'll fill the space??" while the girl in charge was trying the best she could to hint at the likelihood of a noise complaint. It was unbelievable. Friday night I ran into Max after his show and asked him how it went. He looked at me and said, "Transformative," and then hurried inside. It's legitimately the only time I've ever heard the word transformative used in a sentence. Awesome stuff.
So if you're one of those people who likes to change songs before the first one is finished, please don't do that with "We." CeeLo's part at the end can be pretty transformative.
2. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
You really forget how good CeeLo Green is. That is until you're surrounded by people who are really trying to dance and someone plays "Crazy." Do yourself a favor and give it a try.
3. Shakedown 99 - Vic Mensa
One of my favorites from Vic Mensa. Produced by the duo Blended Babies who also made some great tracks like "Smoke Again" by Chance off Acid Rap, and "These Days" by Ab-Soul.
4. Childhood's End - Pink Floyd
This past summer I was on a long road trip, and while on the way I was trying to think of some albums I should dive into. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is typically a go-to for me, but G had recently shown me "Fearless" off their old album "Meddle" and I figured they must have some other great stuff in their depths. So I listened to their album "Obscured by Clouds" 'cuz of the name and cover-art. Childhood's End is the 7th track. I heard it and immediately fell in love. Besides Zeppelin's "No Quarter" I don't think theres a better road trip song out there. I spent the rest of the summer pitching it to people who I thought would really appreciate it, highlighted especially by Doc Hatton and the "Moonies," who told stories about when they listened to their first Pink Floyd record. Doc Hatton had dubbed T-Hat and the rest of his family "Moonies" because of their obsession with all things moon, and I thought it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard.
5. Zion - Nico Segal feat. Chance the Rapper
This is an awesome tune. Nico Segal is an incredible musician who goes by the stage name "Donnie Trumpet" and works in SaveMoney with Chance and Vic Mensa. They said they made it in response to Lauryn Hill's "To Zion," which I'll put in here as well. Donnie Trumpet crushes the intro, which is followed by a really cool verse from Chance about his Mom and Grandfather. She sang me fables when she used to wrap me dreads.
6. Get Down - Nas
G showed me this one as well. I've been a huge fan of Nas ever since I heard "Affirmative Action" and was made aware of his lyrical prowess. "illmatic" was the first record I ever bought for my vinyl back home. Get Down is from Nas' 2002 album "God's Son," which was released 8 years after illmatic went platinum. The beat changes up several times in the song, and Nas shows his storytelling capability throughout.
7. Hey Hey What Can I Do - Led Zeppelin
Someone recently asked which band I would choose if I was only allowed to listen to one for the rest of my life. For me it's honestly not even a hard decision: Led Zeppelin. My love for music started in car rides with my dad and brothers. Bri would throw on 95.9 The Fox and we'd try and guess the band that was playing on the radio. I would guess Led Zeppelin like 95% of the time because it was the only band I knew. That game instilled in me an unwavering passion for Classic Rock that I am greatly appreciate of. I'll probably try and include at least one Led Zeppelin song every week. What's funny is that I've been listening to Zeppelin religiously for nearly half my life, yet still I am able to find and fall in love with songs I'd never heard from them before. "Hey Hey What Can I Do" is one of my favorites.
In the evening when the sun is sinkin' low,
Everybody's with the one they love.
I walk the town, keep a-searchin' all around,
Lookin' for my street-corner girl.
8. Child's Play - SZA feat. Chance the Rapper
Along with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, Lance Skiiiwalker, and SiR, SZA is signed to Top Dawg Entertainment. She just recently released her album "Ctrl" that had upwards of 50 million streams in the first week. "Drew Barrymore" is my favorite off that album. SZA just has such a unique sound that I think is especially highlighted in "Child's Play" with Chance the Rapper. Gotta love the Street Fighter reference.
Thanks for reading. I hope your week is transformative.