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You Say You Want A Revolution?

You are witnessing one of the most pivotal cross roads in history. Consider yourself lucky to play such an important role in it.

Man what a time to be alive
You and yours vs. me and mine – Drake

David Muir ask Tim Cook the same question ten damn times.  Every time Tim answers like a champion of the Space Age. I know it may be hard for some people to understand that this is about the future but it is. It doesn’t help that David, like any other great manipulator uses fear to appeal to peoples emotions and make it about now.

We are the Gods of technology. It will do what we say, thus some things we must never create. If you had the choice to create cancer would you?

You do not give up your liberty in the name of safety…

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin

That’s Benjamin mother fu%$ing Franklin talking! You selfie taking, reality tv show watching, scroll your life away, fast food eating, clown ass son. This is major! Close Tumblr for 2 seconds of your life and go get some reference points so they don’t use fear against you. Understand what this means so when it comes time to bring the noise, you’re ready.

Like I said, a pivotal time in history. Welcome to the Space Age.

EMPT Radio: February 2016

Too much music is not a problem. Having a small blog that’s fed just as much or more music as Pitchfork is.

In an effort to show love to as many upcoming artist as possible we’re launching EMPT Radio. Eventually it will be a real radio station. For now, it’s a Soundcloud playlist of all the things we post here AND all the other great submissions we get that we can’t get around to writing about. Follow it, share it, heart it. There will be exclusives and all sorts of jams in there. March coming soon.

P.S. EMPT Soundcloud will have many cool playlist popping up so just follow it and make your music life easy.

Couzare – Afraid of Heights (Feat. April Cheung)

Yesterday I watched that hilarious and sage-like video about the 110 year old legend Flossie Dickie. Watch it here. If you want to know what realness looks like, watch that video. When asked what her secret to immortality is she said what is without a doubt the most profound thing I’ve heard in a long time…

I don’t fight it, I live it.” – Flossie Dickie

Wiser words have rarely been spoken.

Running with that Flossie Dickie energy I started listening to this new Couzare jam Afraid of Heights. And what a perfect soundtrack to that live it, don’t fight it vibe it is. Few people bring together live instruments and electronic elements so gracefully. I’ve had this song on repeat all morning while getting the day going. Try it yourself. Nothing quite like music that let’s you zone out while in action.

Which bring me back to Flossie. I’m not going to pretend to have the wisdom of a 110 year old whisky shooting triple OG of a woman. But I get the feeling it’s about just doing what you have to do and always moving forward. Like or not, everything that happens to you is part of your life. That’s sounds overly simple and obvious I know, but many truths are. The problem is we like pretend like we can dictate everything that happens to us. Let me tell you something folk, that illusion is the source of so many problems. Why? Because you’re leaving no room for serendipity and grace in your life. Your job is to live and be grateful and make the most out of being lucky enough to live on earth.

The illusion of control makes you want to wait for that day when you’ll finally have things your way. Think about this for a second though. How many days of your life have you not enjoyed because you’re waiting for the day you have it your way? Be thankful now, live it now. I’m so thankful there’s music in this world that brings out these feelings. Cudos to Couzare. Enjoy.

VOKES – Cruel Game

I was destined to love VOKES, it was written a long long time ago, back when I was an impressionable kid. I was about 8 or 9 and my parents had recently gotten divorced. Living with mom was always great, she was amazing at making her boys feel like the center of the universe without spoiling us. But she also asked for a lot of love, attention and affection back. And sometimes my brother and I just didn’t feel like being “on” when we came home from school. At dad’s, we never had to be “on.” He was so easy-going, it felt like hanging out with another kid from school. We didn’t get the same love and affection, but it was just so…easy. I always looked forward to weekend mornings at my dad’s because he’d wake up early and play music. Remember – he was a fresh bachelor out on the scene and it was the mid-80’s, so naturally he was exposed to some fantastic music. Weekend mornings were the time when he played his favorite stuff, probably stuff he heard while out chillin with his yuppie friends acting all 80’s-ish and talking about 80’s stuff.

I’ll tell you half the story the rest you fill it in. – Jay-Z

For lack of better terms, it was the “yacht rock” stuff…the “white boy soul” stuff that stuck with me the most on those weekend mornings. There was something about Hall and Oats vibe. Christopher Cross’s voice, Donald Fagen’s weirdo lyrics, Michael McDonald’s black guy voice. They all sunk their roots deep into me, and it was a wrap. Although my musical obsession segued into underground hiphop during the heart of the golden years, the white boy soul stuff was always in the passenger seat, ready to soothe me with it’s smooth, easy-going, sorta-cool energy. A friend sent me this picture of Cross performing live sometime in the early-mid 80’s, wearing an Earl Campbell Houston Oilers jersey. I mean, that’s a good 15 years before the jersey trend. But I still can’t tell if wearing that jersey then makes him the coolest or nerdiest guy on the planet.

I doubt i’ll see VOKES on-stage wearing a football jersey of a now-defunct team, but in my world he’s the newest torch bearer of that smooth, easy-going, sorta-cool music. That stuff is woven deeply into my DNA, can’t wait to hear more from him.

Ember Island – Need You (Mysto & Pizzi Remix) [PREMIERE]

Ember Island

First of, this track is a banger. Second off, you ain’t never heard it cause we’re premiering it today. Two in one day snitches…

Everyday I’m hustlin,’ everyday I’m hustling.’ – Rick Ross

When I got out of college I used to be in Roc The Mic day in and day out. Sleeping on couches, making beats, eating chinese food, rolling around with OG Juan. You know the “struggling artist” life. On that producer circuit you know everybody and one the names I remember from that time was Mysto & Pizzi.

What your name be like?” – Baby (Grindin’ Remix)

It’s one thing to have your name ring, it’s another to be about it. Let me say something, every time I’ve heard the name Myst & Pizzi, I’ve never been let down. They’ve had that sound since I can remember. So when I heard this Ember Island remix, well, here we are. The track is a roller coaster of feelings, styles and general purpose swag. The production is sophisticated and tasteful. It’s your choice to get up and dance, or lay down, light a zoot and vibe. It takes skill to do that, to give everything and nothing all at once. Your experience is your choice, I like that.

Ember Island made a beautiful song, if you don’t know make sure to check it out. It’s a heartfelt song about remembering what someone met to you…

Love, say you still need me, cause I still need you.”

These days my views on the topic are a little different. I’m so thankful for the people in my life, they mean the world to me but I realized the person I needed the most was me…

The one you are looking for is you.” – Osho

Life, culture or whatever you want to call it has this way of making you think that what you seek is external. Be it love, happiness or success, we see these as things we need to find on the outside. But we’re born fully equipped man. You are everything you want to be, you’ve always been that. All we need to do is realize it. Looking for validation on the outside makes us forget who we are. Let’s be real bruv, sometimes the person you need to love the most is yourself. If that’s not in place you’re gonna have a hard time with everything else,

Oh yeah, this is another free one you cheap bastards! Enjoy.