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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.


Leopard – 3 A.M. [EMPT YOUTUBE PREMIERE]

I know a lot of the EMPT faithful has wondered where in the world I’ve been. The answer is on a journey to this exact place. Talking about the past is against law but all you need to know is I’m still here, still rockin’…

Still up in the ends, man still see me,
Trapping ain’t dead, my connect’s still breathing… – Section Boyz

On that note, I’m re-launching the YouTube channel with a bang. We’re doing it with an exclusive from a bass loving crew from Montreal called Leopard. Top of class up and coming talent you never heard of? I was just having a laugh fam, I never left.

We’re still here, it’s just that we’re out of sight…” – Barry Manilow

You might not know them yet but a look through their Soundcloud will show these ain’t no rookies. Spend some time listening and you’ll hear the technique doesn’t get more official. Don’t expect them to fly under the radar for much longer. From low key jams, to go nuts big festival bangers (all my HARD fest people listen to American P.O.V.).  Leopard is 360 degrees of style. Remember the name, you’ll be hearing it again.

Their EP is dropping on Sunday for the free, that’s right, free.99, you cheap bastards. Go checkout their pages, show Leopard love. Bump this fly instrumental as you torture yourself at work waiting for the weekend.

Subscribe to the EMPT YouTube channel below, we’ll be flooding that with music since it doesn’t need all this damn writing. Enjoy.


Foreign Air – In The Shadows

Yesterday I ended up in a YouTube wormhole that led to a compilation of Trump’s funniest moments. In-between the hilarity was a pretty profound statement made by the Donald. When asked if he’s ever asked God for forgiveness…

I am not sure I have, I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

I love that attitude man. I think it’s exactly how you can stay in the present and moving forward. The ego and pride are the haters of progress. They’re what get in the way of recognizing your actions. They make you care about things that just don’t matter and look outside of yourself. Usually the best thing to do in all situations is to take yourself out of the equation. To put your energy toward solutions. That’s impossible to do if you think the world revolves around you. You don’t need God to help, you don’t need the world to understand your struggle, it’s not that deep.

But there’s a million reasons to romanticize the past and they all start with the ego. Good or bad, sad or happy, memories make for good movies in the minds eye. So good you’ll watch them over and over, all the while ignoring the life unfolding in front of you.

I lose my mind, I lose my mind to forget you…”

That’s exactly what happens. Why? Because it’s not real man. Like I said a couple of days ago, once something happens it goes from realty to virtual reality. You might as well put on an Oculus Rift and go indulge in your memories. There’s nothing wrong with that, just be mindful, know you’re in the shadows.

I related to this song once upon a time, so much so that I would dive into music like this. I can still do it, especially when it sounds this good but now I know I’m watching a movie. It’s just not real anymore. I’m where Foreign Air is, I took back my Halo, reclaimed my mind and got back to living. Don’t victimize yourself, don’t blame others. Agree with his politics or not, the Toupee speaks truth, you just have to do what’s right. For yourself, and everyone else. Enjoy.