Music Video Writing

EMPT Classic: Kanye West – Welcome To Heartbreak ft. Kid Cudi

We posted this track a while back, like way back, normally we would post the original and write something above it, but we are in the future now and I am doing things a little differently with this  EMPT Classic because I really dig the video which we never featured.  The title of the original post was “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.”  Funny enough I am in Los Angeles for a day and a night with my Little Bear and all I want to do is say goodbye.  Don’t get me wrong I am not hating on LA, but this place has too many memories that are still so fresh in my brain that bring me right back every time I am here and I don’t want to think about those memories.  LA and the memories are like a wound that has healed but now I am waiting for the scar to go away too, and as we know, scars don’t always heal.

Thankfully I am staying on the beach in Malibu and I don’t have to be in the heart of Hollywood where most of the ghosts of memories past still lurk.  It’s a beautiful view where I am at and the ocean is right in my ears so I need to go soak it all in before I have to jet in the morning.  Press play on this oldie but goodie.


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 its very important to fully understand what you’re dealing with. There’s nothing wrong with playing the game but if you don’t know how things truly work you will inevitably fail or even worse succeed and be destroyed in damaging ways.

If success took a shot at you, what are you gonna do now? How you gonna kill it, you gonna be unsuccessful?”

Anyways, it reminded me of an old post I wrote back in the early days of EMPT that I felt like sharing again, enjoy.

Originally posted January 29th, 2010


Apologies to all our readers, I’ve been out in LA this week and haven’t had the time to post. You can’t blame me, it’s hard to think about blogging while driving down Pacific highway or walking around Venice beach, it’s just not gonna happen. Nevertheless, I woke up early because I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. I did a post back in our early days about the complex nature of fame and success, given that SoCal is probably the pinnacle of this I thought it would be cool to bring that back, enjoy.

I saw a recent interview with Kanye in which he was justifying his narcissism by proposing that he is two people, Kanye West the product and Kanye West the person.

I have the right to talk in third person because I’m me as a person, but also I’m a walking brand.”

Interesting. Everyone see’s Kanye West as arrogant and self-righteous, I see him as someone coping with some very important issues we all have to deal with. I think Mr. West is developing into a master of consumerism, a master or a victim – it’s a very thin line. Either way, the one song from 808’s & Heartbreak that I’ve actually willingly listened to is Welcome to Heartbreak, a very authentic song which truly captures the bittersweet aspects of his recent success.

Dad cracked a joke, all the kids laughed,
But I couldn’t here him all the way in first-class.
Chased the good-life, all my life long,
Look back on my life, all my life gone,
Where did I go wrong?”

Kanye West – Welcome To Hearbreak (Featuring Kid Cudi)

This song falls in the same realm of Eminem’s Say Goodbye to Hollywood, Lily Allen’s The Fear, Hector Lavoe’s La Fama, Jay-Z’s Success, The Beatles’ Drive My Car and countless others.

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore. I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore.”

Lily Allen – The Fear

The consistent theme in all of these songs is the juxtaposition between success in the public eye and the abandonment of self through extreme levels of sacrifice.

I don’t wanna quit, but shit, I feel like this is it
For me to have this much appeal like this is sick
This is not a game, this fame, in real life this is sick
Publicity stunt my ass, consume my fuckin’ dick
I love my fans but no one ever puts a grasp on the fact i’ve sacrificed everything I have
I never dreamt i’d get to the level that i’m at, this is whack
This is more than I ever could of asked
Everywhere I go, a hat, a sweater hood, or mask
What about math, how come I wasn’t ever good at that
It’s like the boy in the bubble, who never could adapt, i’m trapped
If I could go back, I never woulda rapped
I sold my soul to the devil, i’ll never get it back
I just wanna leave this game with level head intact
Imagine goin’ from bein’ a no one to seein’,
everything blow up and all you did was just grow up emceeing
It’s fuckin’ crazy
Cause all I wanted was to give Hailie the life I never had
But instead I forced us to live alienated, so i’m sayin’…

Eminem – Say Goodbye To Hollywood

I never went to my econ class in college so I don’t remember much but the one thing I did pick up was that the real cost of something is what you have to give up to get it. A concept I’ve really have to come to grips with lately, because even when you win big in this world you’re still losing something. That said, ambition is a complicated subject, one needs to be fully aware of who one is and what one wants before devoting to a particular end. The way to do that is by being brutally honest with yourself, a task not many are willing to undertake. In the words of Hector Lavoe:

Porque yo soy La Fama, soy aquel que la gente reclama pero nadie puede compreder… 

Anyways, this is way too complicated for my hungover state right now. Just what I was feeling at the time, enjoy.

I use to give a fuck, now I give a fuck less. What do I think of suc-cess? It sucks, too much stress…”

Jay-Z – Success

Music Remixes

The Soundmen – Funny Feeling (Panic City Remix)

There ain’t many intricacies to this one. It’s a big room progressive house remix. Since the original is a pop song we might as well not delve into the meaning of it. Let’s stop at how its catchiness is good enough for us to sing it behind closed doors. But, you see, it’s The Soundmen’s ability to give us these feel-good moments that keeps us coming back to their stuff with its bright synths and signature bounce. The track features the woozy vocals of The Glass front-man Dominique Keegan, also known as All Dom Wrong and I think this addition is one of the things we like the most.

There’s a drop around the 1:30 mark and after that, it’s a hands-in-the-air moment until the next break. And again and again until you find yourself dancing in quasi control of your limbs. To blame for this is Panic City. That’s their 2 cents on this track.

If you’re new to Scott Durday or The Soundmen, I invite you to to listen to 2010’s Johnny Polygon’s Riot Song ft. Kid Cudi (The Soundmen Remix). Quite possibly one of my favourite remixes of that year. It’s a gem in its nature.

That funny feeling of a first encounter that they chant so much in this song, I believe is what you will feel upon hitting play on the link below.

The Soundmen – Funny Feeling (Panic City Remix)


Kid Cudi – Falling Star (R3K Remix)

Not only am I a huge Kid Cudi fan but this remix is F*&ing Filthy, and again for all of you that don’t know that term it means too great for words..I’ll be using this word a lot when I think something is amazing! So now that we have that clear lets move on to what makes this track crack…I love remixes and the beat of this track caught my attention immediately upon the first 2 seconds.  Not only that but the title caught my attention as well, and I know this might seem a little corny but I actually saw a falling star for the first time in years last night and it made me catch my breath because I know for my own self I am going to own 2012!

A falling star fell from your heart
And landed in my eyes
I scream for love
As it tore through them
And now it’s left me blind

I have been building a lot of perspective lately and I think our dreams and wishes are built from the love that we have for ourselves, its so important to have love for ourselves and remember to catch our breath every now and then…I don’t want to go to deep because I really could right now so press play and rock out to this one, its killer!


Kid Cudi – Falling Star (R3K Remix)



Kid CuDi – CuDi Zone (KillaGraham Remix)

CuDi Zone is hands down my favorite song from Man on The Moon. CuDi has a very clever way of blending concepts of ambition and dreams with his love for smoking Mary Jane. However, if you manage to listen through the fog you’ll find endless gems and insight worthy of some serious rumination. The original Cudi Zone is about Scotts struggle to find himself in the face of disbelievers and his non traditional ambition.

So my advice is when the lights start flashin
‘N’ I’ll be zonin’ all alone n’,in the place where my mind is goin’,
Filled with songs and no-ones knowin’
And the devil in a hopping dress tryin’ ask me for one dance.
He think he slick but my guardians protects me from his wrath,
So in my place no hate shall enter, livin’ I’m up there up there
Copin’, Copin’, Floatin’, I will find peace somewhere…”

One of the reasons I’m big on Cudi is because I share his passion for individuality. Some people associate that with the clothes they wear and all sorts of material things but for me it’s a uniqueness of thought, freedom of personal perspective and ideas.

I swear by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” – John Galt

There are so many social customs that have been around for so long, we learn them from an early age and never even think to question their validity. Meanwhile we’re making countless life decisions and question our human instincts because of concepts and ideals that could be easily outdated and make no sense in the modern lifestyle. Anyways, Cudi Zone is a track you listen to for lyrics but today I’m posting more dance floor friendly version by Orlando based producer/DJ KillaGraham. Listen to Cudi Zone at home and listen to this remix on the road, it still has the energy and emotion of the original but gives you some free space to indulge in your own thoughts, enjoy.

I’m my zone,
I’m feeling alright, I’m feeling alright
When I’m zoned,
I’m feeling alright, I’m feeling alright
I forget about it all… “

Kid CuDi – CuDi Zone (KillaGraham Remix)


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EMPT & Present: Gold For Breakfast Vol. 1 by Casey Mendoza

I hope ya’ll are in a party mood because today EMPT & announce the first mixtape from new DJ/production group Casey Mendoza, aka myself and Kevin Casey. If you’ve been to one of our Noctambule parties the energy in this tape will bring you back to the debauchery and possibly make you start jumping so be ready to move when you’re listening. Ideal playing time for this tape is no earlier than 11:20 PM or in the gym. If that Rex Ryan / Justice intro doesn’t get you going then you must be a Patriots fan but it’s ok Tom Brady lovers can enjoy the gold too…

Last year, hey we we’re under the radar that’s a good place to be F&^K THAT! The best place to be is when expectations are high, get use to it, it’s always gonna be that way…
We don’t give a shit if you give us your best game, we’re gonna give you our best game and we’re gonna beat the f*#k out of you. How’s that? Lets go get it!

If you’ve been here before you know how serious I take entertainment and that intro is exactly how I feel about what Casey Mendoza represents – showtime. We’re here to put on a show no one has seen before, we don’t care if other DJ’s are selling you short cause we’re coming strong. There’s all sorts of blends, mash-ups, mixes happening here with 3 or 4 songs playing simultaneously at times! It’s hard to tell where a song starts and another begins but here’s the tracklist for the curious ones…

Et Musique Pour Tous & BROBIBLE Present: Gold For Breakfast Vol. 1 by caseymendoza



1. Intro:
Rex Ryan – Hard Knocks Speech / Justice – Genesis / Bill Conti – Going The Distance vs. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones (Casey Mendoza Blend)
2. Fedde Le Grand – Back & Forth (Feat Mr. V) / Steve Aoki – I’m In The House (Feat. Zuper Blahq)
3. Bombs Away – Big Booty Bitches / Kid Cudi – Embrace The Martian (Round Table Knights Remix) / Pursuit of Happiness (Them Jeans Remix)
4. Tiga – Beep Beep Beep (Crookers Remix) / Richard Vission & Static Revenger starring Luciana – I Like That (Original Mix)
5. Llyod Banks – Beamer, Benz, or Bentley (Scene Uptempo Remix) / Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock B-More Version)
6. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock (Original) / Fat Joe – Slow Down (Ha Ha) / Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
7. Slick Rick – La Di Da Di / Red Cafe – Hottest In The Hood
8. Jay-Z – 99 Problems / Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Can’t Hot
9. Kanye West – Christian Dior Denim Flow
10. Estelle – I Can Be A Freak / Chemical Brothers – Do It Again / Hyper Crush – Ayo ( Prod. By Diplo ) / Katie Perry – California Gurls [Inner Party System Remix Edit]
11. Stromae – Alors On Danse (Kanye West Remix) / Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix) / Drake – Over
12. Drake – Forever / Tweet – Oops (Oh My) (feat. Milly Elliot) / Kanye West – Power
13. Outro:
Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy vs. DJ Quicksilva (Casey Mendoza Blend) / Vato – Speaking In Tounges / Red Cafe – I’m Ill / J.R. Writer – Go Cinderella / 9 (Elijah Wood) – “What Happens Next?”

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Kanye West – Good Friday (feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)

I’ve been holding back on the Good Friday songs simply because everyone’s been posting them so what’s the point. However, when I heard Kanye’s verse on the B.E.T. awards freestyle I had to show some love. The lyrics aren’t up anywhere and the other verses might have made you turn it off before hearing Kanye’s so here’s the edited clip with just his verse and the lyrics, church…

The plan was to drink it till the pains over but what’s worse the pain or the hangover?
Fresh air, rolling down a window, too many Urkles on your team that’s why your wins low.
I sold my soul to the devil that’s a crappy deal, least it came with a few toys like a happy meal.
This game you can never win, cause they love then they hate you then they love you again.
Get away from me lonliness, get away from me misery,
Get away from me fake bitches I can’t take the phoniness,
Get away from me wack tracks I can only make only hits,
I’m an only child lost in the world where do the lonely kids go when the bell ring.
It feeling like hell rings bringing me back down, checking my background, ? was happening
Imagine if I didnt have the ends, I wouldn’t have so many imaginary friends
I’m spaced out dog, I be on that moon talk, wonder if god asked Mike how to moon walk
I swear to mama wished me and father talked more, thats how I visit him around the time I was a sophmore
I guess everything I hate about me I see in him
And I ain’t fen to change so we’ll never agree again
Just a few things pouring out of my soul, Rosewood we could see ya’ll with our eyes closed…”

Kanye West – G.O.O.D. Music Cypher Freestyle

This is my favorite from the Friday releases. Not big and the Pusha verse but
Kid Cudi
, Kanye and Charlie Wilson rip it up, enjoy.

Kanye West – Good Friday (feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)

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Kid CuDi – REVOFEV (New Single)

I’m your big brother!”

CuDi was arrested last Friday and charged with felony criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance after the cops were called to respond to a disturbance. Basically, he was wasted and went to a girls apartment but she wouldn’t let him in, so he knocked down her door and then smashed her cell phone. I wonder if it was the same brunette he was with at our Eldridge Noctambule party, hmm?  A week later his new single REVOFEV or Revolution of Evolution is released and in this song KiD CuDi talks to the kids, calling himself their “Big Brother,” go figure.

Wake things might get ruff, no need to stress, keeps you down too much.”

I like CuDi, so this whole thing is more comical than anything. REVOFEV was produced by Plain Pat and though very interesting I’m looking forward to barrage of remixes that are soon to come, the vocals sound like a great palate for some insane dance remixes, enjoy.



KiD CuDi

CuDi was at our last Noctambule party which I haven’t really gotten a chance to talk about with all the bizz going on. The party was a success, the place was packed but the damn AC blew out at The Eldridge which made it hard to stay inside for too long. Thanks to everyone that stopped by, we’ll be doing it again soon so stay tuned.

I’ve been somewhat neglecting the martian lately so I thought this would be a good opportunity to catch up. I can’t listen to it all the time because I’m a strong believer in only focusing on positive thoughts but CuDi’s melancholic somewhat depressing never fails to entertain and get the thoughts flowing. Here are two of my favorites that were released in the last couple of months, as much as I’d love to chat about it I have to run so kick back, listen to the lyrics and embrace the martian.

KiD CuDi – Cudderisback (Feat. Vampire Weekend)

KiD CuDi – The Prayer


KiD CuDi Ft. MGMT – Pursuit Of Happiness (Slink’s Hangover Remix)

As melancholic as it is KiD CuDi’s music is, it’s a nice break from dance mania that’s taken over music. Man on The Moon didn’t get the commercial recognition it deserved but it was without a doubt one of last years best albums. The official video for Soundtrack To My Life was released last week and it’s quite fresh.

I’ve got some issues that nobody can see
And all of these emotions are pourin’ outta me
I bring them to the light for you
It’s only right
This is the soundtrack to my life

It seems like these days it’s not ok to be human anymore and talking about inner issues is more a buzz kill than something productive. I agree, nobody want’s to be around a buzz killington that ruins a good moment with some selfish sadness. It’s a double edged sword because it’s important to address certain issues but wallowing and embracing sorrow is a waste a time and usually works against you anyway so it’s always best to take a look on the bright side and just rock on. Thankfully KiD CuDi doesn’t care what people think and seems to use his music for his own therapy. Anyways, check out the video and here’s a sick dub step remix of another great song from the album, enjoy.

KiD CuDi Ft. MGMT – Pursuit Of Happiness (Slink’s Hangover Remix)