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Tag Archives: Jay-Z

Rodriguez – Sugar Man (The Goldfish Remix)

Often we become so comfortable with our opinions and cognitive biases that our thoughts become escape and coping mechanisms for our weaknesses. Through these mechanisms we become addicted to defining things that happen in our lives and consequently create a world in which those definitions become horse blinders for our perception of life and it’s […]

La Roux – Let Me Down Gently (Playless Club Mix)

As we sit here letting the matrix manipulate us into giving up our freedoms for the illusion of security we foolishly tell our selves we’re celebrating our independence. Yet how many of us know what July 4th, 1776 was really about? I’m not going to sit here retelling the great American story or preaching to you about […]

Rainbow Arabia – Without You

Man I tell you, once you find yourself you realize there’s no going back things get weird… Odd times took your mind And I’m still here by your side…” The crazy thing about it, the thing that all your friends, loved ones and family will have a hard time dealing with is letting go of who […]

EMPT Classics: Say Goodbye to Hollywood

No I’m not leaving LA but I was curating the music for a latin restaurant called Paladar Latin Kitchen this morning and I came across one of my al time favorite songs – La Fama by Hector Lavoe. The song is about Fame and all it’s complexities, a salsa classic. In this world, when you chase something […]

RRod – With The Suit & Tie On (Marvin Gaye vs. Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z)

Here’s the thing. Both Marvin Gaye and Justin Timberlake are two of my favorite musicians in the whole world. I stand by that statement for. Ever. JT’s debut album was one of the first CDs I owned. It wasn’t the first one, okay? Shakira holds that spot, but only because I found that CD first. I’m an honest and loyal supporter of Mr. […]

Jay-Z — Open Letter

The game controls you. Every choice you make, every corner you try to hide in, and every possible outcome of your life, but not in the way you think. High level control is deep rooted, it comes in the form of values, norms, culture, institution and the perception of need. It takes hundreds of years to fully […]

Treat My First Like My Last & My Last Like My First

I’m just, tryin to stay above water y’know Just stay busy, stay workin Puff told me like, the key to this joint The key to staying on top of things is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I’m saying? Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern Like, that’s […]

Sample Saturday – Isaac Hayes et Jay-Z: Can I Live?

We invite you to, somethin epic y’all know? Where we hustle out of a sense of hopelessness Sort of a desperation Through that desperation, we ‘come addicted Sorta like the fiends we accustomed to servin But we feel we have nothin to lose (everything to gain) So we offer you, well, we offer our lives […]

Ghostface Killah: “Watch The Throne” (Album Review)

With the exception of the Q-Tip produced That’s My Bitch we posted a while back, you may be wondering why we haven’t even mentioned Kanye & Jay-Z’s self-proclaimed “sophisticated ignorance,” and well the reasons are just to vast to get into. However, my boy Nate sent me an hilarious/amazing review by one of “Wu-Tangs elite” […]

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes et Jay-Z

One of my good friends Pete Walsh, who has assisted me in many-a-Sample-Saturdays, hit me up late Thursday night with this entire entry written out in a BBM msg.  One of me and Pete’s all-time favorite verses, Scarface/3rd verse/”This Can’t Be Life”, was the perfect representation to real life for him, so this week is […]