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Lost Boy Crow – Thursday

While lost deep in the zone of this throwback indie-soul slow burner, I realized something about it’s title “Thursday” – it’s without a doubt the best day of the week. Friday is a sell-out, way too basic. Saturday is too crowded, filled with amateurs. Sunday is just a countdown to Monday. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are basically a wash for all intents and purposes. But Thursday…Thursday is the piece that holds the whole damn thing together. You know why? Because Thursday is filled with potential and invites promise. It’s a window to “freedom” – everything is laid out in front of you on Thursday. People are happier because they’ve made it to the other side of the hump. Plans start to materialize. A full slate of games is on Sunday and you can start talking shit. It’s having all of these things in front of you that’s exciting. It’s the gift of having something to look forward to.

See, that’s the whole key to life – having something to look forward to. Think about it. Boredom stems from not having anything to look forward to. Depressions stems from not having anything to look forward to. There’s no reason to feel anxious when you have something to look forward to. When you’re lazy and apathetic it’s because you don’t have anything pulling you out of bed, begging you to contribute to humanity that day. You gotta have that thing on your mind that you’re excited to get closer to, whether it’s a party on Friday night or a brunch with buddies on Sunday. Or a vacation. Or that business venture you’re working to close out. Or that movie you’ve been writing. Or…or… or…

You see where we’re headed here? It’s not only about the small things like looking forward to dinner and a movie on Saturday night. It’s about the big picture. Do you have something to look forward to in general? Is there some end goal you’re working towards? Cause if there was, you’d be hopping out of bed, ready to crush the day, looking forward to doing all of the little things keep you moving towards your goal. That’s when you’re in the flow, and it’s impossible to be bored, helpless, or hopeless. Every single moment of the day feels like Thursday. Lost Boy Crow knows what I’m talking about now we’ve got a theme song for the best day of the week.


EMPT Radio: Beats Lounge

Slowly growing EMPT Radio list but one of my favorites with some brand new exclusives. Vibes.


2Pac – Dear Mama (Boehm Remix)

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Becoming a Mother has shown me that everyday should be for the Mama’s.  Bringing a child into the world isn’t easy but it’s also the most beautiful and rewarding gift that truly only a mother can understand.  I have spent the past 5 months raising my little girl on my own.  I have discovered a hundred different new emotions that I had no idea existed.  I give more credit to my own mother who played the roll of Mom and Dad while I was growing up, always laughing, always there for me, and I honestly don’t know how I could ever thank her enough for the most amazing, beautiful, alive and loving woman that she is.  I hope one day my daughter looks up to me the way I look up to my Mother.

To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did
And all my childhood memories
Are full of all the sweet things you did for me
And even though I act craaazy
I gotta thank the Lord that you made me
There are no words that can express how I feel
You never kept a secret, always stayed real
And I appreciate, how you raised me
And all the extra love that you gave me.” -2Pac

Shout out to all the Mama’s out there, for all you do and all that you are.  It is a true gift and a true honor to finally be a part of this day with you all!

Much love and much respect…


Morgan Page – Safe Till Tomorrow (Feat. Angelika Vee) (Bee’s Knees Remix)

This is one of those rare songs that simply sounds like a bunch of shit i’ve loved throughout the years. It’s a beautiful collection of sounds and vibes that have resonated with me in the past, and certainly speaks loudly and clearly to my soul at this very moment. I get this strange sensation when one of these songs comes my way – it feels like it fits into a certain part of my life, even though the song wasn’t around then. It feels like it was the soundtrack to a treasured old memory, feels like it had already been my favorite song before. It happened with Foals “My Number.” For some reason whenever I hear that song, I feel like I’m in Paris hanging out at a bar at like 3am, when all the true party people have finally settled in. I can almost remember a moment hearing it at a certain Parisian spot, even though the song came out a year after I moved back home from France and i haven’t been back since.

The second I heard “Safe Till Tomorrow” I felt like it had been my favorite song for years. It fits into memories of driving around at night smoking blunts with friends, vibing to the music and feeling as free as I ever had. It feels like the soundtrack to every single time I ever stepped into a night club, already tipsy, knowing I was going to meet up with a girl I liked, the bartender already pouring my drink. Absolutely on top of the world, as confident as I ever had felt, soaking in all the beauty and energy. It feels like the favorite song I would have played for my high school friends over and over again till they too admitted it was their favorite song. It’s the song I’d play for a girl i liked to show her that my taste in music is more sophisticated and classy than her current loser boyfriend.

Other than the pillow-soft vocals, it must be that bassline. That disco bassline is like “good time insurance” – for me, it’s absolutely impossible to not vibe with a song that rock this kind of flowing, rich, syrupy bass line. It’s a mark of timelessness, and must be the reason why this song feels like it would be relevant at any point over the past few decades. That and a million other gorgeous things about it, but that bassline is definitely the T & A of this sexy baby.


EMPT Classic: The New York Groove Mix by Barry Poppins & Falcon Punch

I’ve been in the concrete jungle for a few weeks now with an entire month to go. The weather has been a fart sound. The people are on permanent red alert, darting up and down the street going nowhere fast. The trains are packed like sardines. What is it about this place that’s awesome again? I kid, I love visiting NYC, key word visiting. It’s one of a kind, vibrant with endless possibilities. It’s home but the truth is this city has changed so much it’s only a shell of its former self. The days of Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Downtown 81, Zoo York and the energy that made Hip Hop are long gone. NYC is due for a new renaissance and when that happens, truss me daddi I’ll be the first one here.

In the meantime, I’m reposting one my favorite EMPT Exclusives by former EMPT writer Barry Poppins as an ode to the beautiful city that once was.


Originally Published April 1, 2014

I’m not guilty
You’re the one who’s guilty
The lawmakers and politicians
The Colombian druglords
All you who lobby against making drugs legal
Just like you did with alcohol during the prohibition
You’re the one who’s guilty 
-Nino Brown, New Jack City (1991)

There are several things that I realize and think about every day. They’re all mostly spurred by the fact that I reside in and remain prideful of New York City, but they have to do with all facets of life. Today, I thought for a long time about the history of Ancient Egyptians. Many find the idea of Ancient Egypt extremely fascinating. It’s not even just Ancient Egyptians that have a rich history, but any culture that dates back to ancient times. When we really think about it, any culture that exists successfully today, is because of a struggle in the past. And while that is true for many, only some rise above to further expand on that name that their ancestors fought for.

When I think of societies that have conquered all to rise above, I can’t help but think of New York City. I could say that I’m biased, but even if I didn’t live here and even if I wasn’t such a proud born and practically raised New Yorker, I would still look at this city in awe as so many people do from other parts of the country and world. The city itself is built on precarious grounds, both physically and metaphorically. Everything about its history is evident in the way it carries itself every single day. No matter how many skyscrapers go up, no matter how many condos replace artist lofts, and no matter how many expensive urban organic markets try to weasel their way into my food loving heart, there’s always that organic flavor that seeps up through the cracks of the slightly slanted sidewalks, that remind us that we are walking on greatness. Every single day that I walk out of my apartment and onto my charming little block in Brooklyn, into the subway and onto the island of Manhattan, I remember that this city is also inevitably going to sink. And that makes me feel very real. Because that sinking, the fact that the end is always in sight even if it’s not exactly clear when, is a constant reality check. Maybe that’s just one reason for why we are such a rare and strange breed of human, here in New York.

This exclusive mix from our friends over at Weedmaps, speaks to all of these special little quirks that I’ve highlighted. It’s a beautifully real combination of human beings doing incredible things, and a classic style that is what so many have come to think of when they think of New York’s scene. It’s a unique and emotional roller coaster of the struggles, the joys, the beauty, and the ugliness, all at once. And those qualities, too, are what make this city so difficult and yet, so right, for so many people. Nearly every single one of us who lives here can emotionally relate to the fact that there ain’t no love in the heart of the city, and that it ain’t all good, and that’s the truth. 

You can stream below if you’re at work, or save it for later if you want to dance and love on this for the rest of your days.

Tracklist:

1. Woody Allen – Manhattan
2. Gil Scott Heron – New York City
3. Roy Ayres – We Live In Brooklyn Baby
4. Walt Clyde Frazier – Acrobatic
5. Odyssey – Hang Together
6. Rayko – Broadway
7. Nino Brown – Aint No Uzis Made in Harlem
8. Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
9. Digable Planets – Graffiti
10. NAS – NY State of Mind
11. De La Soul – All Good
12. Bobby ‘Blue’Band – Ain’t No Love (RollerRadio Edit)
13. Susanne Vega – Tom’s Diner
14. Boney M – New York City
15. Bill Withers – Harlem
16. Lou Reed – Take a Walk on the Wild Side
17. Stevie Wonder – Living for the City
18. Kiss – Back in the New York Groove