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Kurtis Blow – The Breaks

Ah yes, The Breaks, one of my favorite joints of all time and a song that has recently had me pondering the current state of music, and more specifically, the current state and nature of hip-hop music. With so much materialistic rap out there these days it’s important for me as a fan to go back and look at where it all started. Artists today focus so much of there energy on being “real”, taking it to a competitive level of “realness” with other artists, when in reality they are simply masking their true identities behind designer clothing and expensive bottles of liquor. When hip-hop was first birthed, the music was about having fun but also about delivering a message to the audience about the everyday struggles experienced by people of all walks of life. Many artists continue to consciously discuss the struggles and hardships they experience, but these musicians are relegated to the underground, and most of their tracks never hit the the mainstream listener. Today, the music has become egomaniacal, artists are so caught up with their appearance and image that they lose sight of the fact that the music is supposed to be fun first and foremost. Granted, rap has always been braggadocios, since the dawn of the genre, rappers have always made it a point to claim they are the best at everything, whether it be sleeping with beautiful women, driving the most expensive car, or having the biggest chain on the block. Many artists continue to deliver these braggadocios rhymes, but it’s tough to swallow when you constantly hear about liquor you’ll never be able to afford, clubs you will never party in, and cars you will never drive in every verse. We understand you guys are rich as hell and living the great life, but what about the average, broke listener?

The Breaks is backed by one of the dopest live instrumentations I have ever heard- a refreshing change from the manufactured sounds of today’s pop music- and I have always loved the lyrics in the song, because everybody experiences good and bad breaks throughout their lives. One of the all time great party songs by a legendary artist who doesn’t always get the respect or notoriety he deserves for always delivering the realness.

Kurtis Blow – The Breaks

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Frank Ocean – Novacane

If you don’t know by now…

Frank Ocean – Novacane

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Theophilus London – I Stand Alone (Official Video)

Are you into me?!
You never talk anymore! All you do is sing!!!”

My anthem right now…

Theophilus London – I Stand Alone

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Get Out There…

Excuse the lack of post this week, I was stuck in the Dominican Republic since Sunday because of Irene so now I’m back in the city playing catchup with my bizz. Anyways, I kept it under wraps but some of yall might have noticed that EMPT was shut down for a good 12 hours last week. Basically, we maxed out our traffic and bandwith limits, again! So once more, I was introduced to some seriously nerdy server system that we have to upgrade to in order to keep this shit afloat. That said, congrats for consuming so much damn music, it cost us a boatload but it makes me extremely happy to see that people are seriously tuning in.

I’ve been out and about more than ever in the last few months and it’s changed my whole outlook on things. Basically, life happens out there, so get out there. The internet makes everything so easy, you don’t have to go to the movie theatre to catch a flick, you don’t have to go outside to catch up with your friends and you can order food while doing that so you don’t have to interrupt your lounging. That’s all fine and dandy but as with all things balance is key so don’t spend your time imitating a life that’s right outside of your door. Technology is amazing but pale in comparison to nature and that mind blowing creations that we are.

Long story short stop looking at this screen and GO OUTSIDE! I’ll leave you with a playlist compliments of the good folks at ShaveUrLegs.com, it’s perfect for this Friday afternoon, enjoy.

Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix) – Alex Winston

Set Sail (Worship Remix) – LexiconDon

Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) – Hot Chip

All Of This – Naked And The Famous

Yellow Missing Signs – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The Place Where You Belong – Lemonade

Slow Death – The Denzels

Ring My Bell (DJ Hotsauce Remix) – Donnis ft. Dev

Swimsuits Ft. Mayer Hawthorne – The Cool Kids

Singin’ – Cosmonaut Grechko

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Moments With Aloe Blacc – Billie Jean

And mother always told me, be careful who you love
And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth…”

R.I.P. MJ

 

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Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Well, the first week of classes came and went with happy vibes and happy music, despite the weather last weekend. I’ve been staying at a dear friend’s place for the past week since I’m moving into my new apartment today. Needless to say, we’ve been having dance parties every morning as we get ready for our days. This week has been beautiful not only because we had the chance to see everyone at school again after a tan and warm summer, but because we’ve started each and every day (or close to every day) with a really happy playlist. I will try my best to share exactly which songs were on that playlist, because I think you guys could use a little love on this beautiful Friday. The first song that really inspired me to write this post was Michael Jackson’s, “You Rock My World” a tune everyone is familiar with, especially since his birthday was just a couple of days ago.

Here’s the playlist to the best of my knowledge, or as close as I’ll be able to get it. It’s not necessarily new funky fresh music, but I think we can all agree that it’s just fun feeling.

-Ashley

Michael Jackson – You Rock My World

Eels – That’s Not Really Funny

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Got Myself A Good Man

Gladys Knight & The Pips – I’ve Got To Use My Imagination

Notorious B.I.G. – Respect

The Zombies – Time of the Season

Dusty Springfield – Spooky

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Big K.R.I.T. – The Vent

Most people stop for signs I just drive through it, if it don’t touch my soul then I don’t listen to it.

The radio don’t play the shit I use to love, or maybe I’m just growing up…”

Big K.R.I.T. – The Vent

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EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b by Ryan Radler

So I’ve been stuck in the Dominican Republic since my gig on Saturday thanks to the ultra hyped junior hurricane Irene. The irony of being stuck in the Caribbean because of a hurricane in New York of all places is pretty funny but it’s beautiful down here so I’m not complaining. Saturday at Praia down here was sick, the ShaveUrLegz.com did it up with the promotion and the place was packed and bumpin’ all night. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these guys are doing something fantastic for Dominican culture and I couldn’t feel more privileged be a part of it. There will be a lot more going on between us so stay tuned for the exciting future developments.

In case you didn’t notice, I didn’t get around to posting much this weekend, the island sun was calling me and I had no choice but to listen. However, the show much go on and today we have yet another exclusive release from the main man Ryan Radler. I’ve been partying nonstop since I got here and now I’m finally poolside in my hotel with this tape in the background and the vibe is sublime. As you can see from this website, I’m not into musical monogamy, I listen to EVERYTHING, including country and that’s one of the reasons I love these tapes so much. Ryan wonderfully balances the chilled out summer theme but is never restricted to any particular style of genre. For the musically promiscuous like myself a wonderful treat. Anyways, you guys already know this by now so I’m going to go continue enjoying DR, won’t be back for at least another two weeks so I have to make it last. Enjoy.

S U M M E R : anti-winter 2b

1. Bury Us Alive – STARF*CKER
2. For Paulina – TEEN DAZE
3. Before – WASHED OUT
4. All Around and Away – WIN SISTER (TEEN DAZE REMIX)
5. Rio – ADVENTURE
6. Mr. Lucky (Goes Latin) – HENRY MANCINI
7. Chinatown – DESTROYER
9. Coconut Milk – CHOONGUM
10. The Echo – VOXHAUL BROADCAST
11. Fairlight – COM TRUISE
12. Money – THE DRUMS (CRAFT SPELLS REMIX)
13. Kelly Watch The Hole – CCC (FEAT. BEATLES)
14. Nordic Monster – TIMMY CURRANe Go – TW
15. Joanna – LITTLE COMETS (AMTRACK REMIX)
16. Little White Doves – DIRTY VEGAS
17. Everybody – PNAU
18. Midnight City – M83
19. Something Stupid – FRANK & NANCY SINATRA

EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 b by Ryan Radler by Et Musique Pour Tous

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Et Musique Pour Tous @ Praia (Dominican Republic)

Sup fools, this weekend Kevin and I aka Casey Mendoza are headed down to the Dominican Republic to spin at a one of the islands top joints called Praia. Our host is the ShaveUrLegz.com crew aka the Dominican trailblazers that have made it their mission to bring some new culture to the wonderful island. I spun in DR last month compliments of these guys and it was nothing short of amazing, I couldn’t be more excited for this go around. If you’re on island hit us up, we both land today we’ll be rocking quite hard. Below is one of the many awesome playlists offered by the Space Age crew, their style is right up our alley so make sure to visit the site on a daily, enjoy.

The Same Thing – Cass McCombs

Balance – Future Islands

I Do This Everyday – Crystal Fighters

Hanging On – Active Child

Rolling Stone (Grandtheft Extended Dub) – The Weeknd

When Am I Going To Make A Living (Poolside’s Tons of Drums Edit) – Sade

Undertow (Keljet Remix) – Beta Wolf

A Long Time (Chromeo Remix) – Mayer Hawthorne

Double or Nothing (Louis La Roche Remix) – The Swiss

Spellwork (MNDR Nighttime Remix) – Austra

Mill Theme (Robotaki Remix) – Ryuichi Sakamoto

Also, be sure to join our new BBM group to stay hip to all our movements, we’ll be uploading pics, videos and all sorts of other goodies while in DR. Peace.

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Love What You Do: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I’ve been inspired by this guy since I was little. this is why.

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