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 his…

Amidst the everyday hustle and grind of life it can sometimes become easy to forget what’s truly important and what really matters. We are all guilty of becoming consumed by work, social events, and the desire to reach the top…so much so that we sometimes lose focus on what makes life so great. This week a close friend of mine tragically lost his brother. Upon hearing the news, I was instantly grounded and everything else I had going on suddenly became so infinitesimal.  I reached out to my brothers (both biological and adopted) and let them know that I loved them and would always be there for them. I can’t even fathom the pain and hurt that the family is feeling now, but I hope that my friend can find some comfort in the fact that he has so many people in his corner looking out for him and praying for him.

I couldn’t help but go home and throw on “This Can’t Be Life” after hearing the news. I have always loved Scarface’s verse in this song, and on this particular listen the lyrics hit so close to home that I was overcome with emotion. The combination of ‘Faces raw emotion mixed with Kanye’s soulful production make this one of the most sentimental verses in hip-hop history. I encourage everyone to take a minute out of their hectic lives and reach out to the ones they cherish and let them know you love them.

Amen.  This IS life.  Peep 0:17 in “I Miss You”.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes – I Miss You

Jay-Z ft. Beanie Sigel, Scarface – This Can’t Be Life

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