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Dougie F – Billions

My life is nothing short of a dream. So much so that even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty damn good. I grew up in the projects of Uptown NYC, 135th and Broadway. Outside, all day and everyday there were drug dealers, hustlers, addicts, families, kids. The full spectrum. I would go from that world to performing with Paul McCartney. From Harlem to churches in Haarlem. That back and forth from one world to world is the biggest blessings of my life. My perspective when it comes to culture is completely molded by it. My appreciation for where I’m at, my gratefulness is at an all time high simply because of where I come from.

I don’t wanna talk hell naw fuck ya’ll feelings, I’m just tryina make sure my squad in the building…”

The one thing I don’t like about my past and present is that it’s usually just me. I don’t get to share this magical life with my family. When I’m at a Cathedral in Haarlem, they’re not with me. When I shook hands with Mandela they weren’t there. When I’m off in Cuixmala partying with David Grutman they’re not in the building. My life has been a series of exponential leaps and I finally realize why – necessity. Leaps are the only way to escape the trap. Now I’m realizing that to get my family in the building I’m going to have to make an even greater leap…

I don’t wanna talk hell naw fuck ya’ll feelings, I’m just tryina make sure my squad in the building…”

Those lyrics replay in my head day and day out. My pride and ego have disappeared. I mean they still creep in here and there but trust me daddy, killing OZA is happening everyday. The only thing that matters is moving forward. Anything that stops progress is a waste of time. A total disrespect to the limited time we have on earth.

Dougie F’s Block Party mixtape/album came out 7 months ago but remains one of my favorite hip hop projects. We posted another highlight from the album back then, peep here. I held out on Billions because I needed the message to sink in…

Money is a complete illusion. It’s literally a piece of paper whose value is totally dependent on our faith. In other words, it’s totally worthless. I say that for all the people who don’t appreciate metaphor. This song is not about money, it’s about doing what you have to do for your family.

I’m running like a million miles per hour…

What are willing to do for that? Enjoy.

LABS – Down

The feedback for the new EMPT Radio list has been awesome. Good looks to everyone whose checking it out, there will be new music added to that daily so stay with it.

One of my favorite jams in the current mix is a track by a band called LABS. They’re awesome guy. The track is a minimalist piece of art. It has this driving bass/synth thing that’s way too loud, so in your face but in the boldest most beautiful way. It reminds me of how MGMT approached the mixes and sound of Oracle Spectacular. I like when not playing it safe works out, in music and everything else.

I get this feeling that I’m sinking like a stone, in the pit of my stomach like I’m being thrown overboard.

Some say it happens when your heart gets so full from the heaviness weighing on the freedom of your soul.”

Speaking about heavy, damn it man those are some lyrics if I ever heard ’em. I think every single freedom reducing decision I ever made flashed before my eyes the first time I heard Lindsay sing that. Everybody’s been there, to the point of no return. This song is romantic realism, it recognizes a moment most of us aren’t willing to face. The hardest thing to do when you’re in a bad situation is to step away and fully understand just how bad things are.

Down, straight to the bottom it goes down. I try to stop it, it goes down. Before I know it it’s gone.

I like how this is an anthem for reality. Contrary to popular opinion humans are pretty optimistic. We can romanticize just about anything, especially things not good for us. Of course love comes first and you should always try to see the positive. But sometimes you have to recognize when things are on their way out. Letting it go, letting it fall is what needs to happen and trying to stop it will only make it worse. Sometimes things need to transform from one thing to the other. You might be surprised that the outcome is better than whatever you we’re foolishly trying to control. You gotta leave room for magic. Sometimes the way that happens is by letting things go… Down. Enjoy.

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.