Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What Would You Change...

I just finished typing the lyrics to "What Would You Change" feat Root & Grip (from the Medicine album). One of our fans from Istanbul, Turkey really loved the song but couldn't understand the words. I listened carefully and typed them up, and I still don't understand all of them, see if you can take a whack at it...HA!

Oh, and FYI, the group that Grip is struggling to remember at the end of the song is The Doobie Brothers - so basically he is saying that I sound like Michael McDonald. Classic! One of my favorite outros of all time!

Scroll down for the lyrics.


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if you talk about or try to work it out in your soul,
in this world around you may feel like it's out of control,
what would you change if you could?
would it all be explained, now the world's rearranging?
what if you wanted could.

Bam: much times gone by, I wonder why
I'm still stuck in the same spot,
yo, I tried many times to escape,
but it seems that the gates locked,
I still fight to get away, everyday,
same story with the same plot,
now I start to feel hopeless,
mad at myself, 'cause I can't stop,
I'm barely makin' it through, the struggle's taking me down,
the pressure building in my head is insane,
I say that everything's cool, but still I'm stuck on the ground,
praying to God for someone to bring change,
how'd I get to this point, what am I gonna do now,
I seen it before but still it's so strange,
man, I'm lost in the mix, about ready to quit,
I don't think I have the strength to maintain,


Creep with me slow, see me swap lanes,
fire up the purp while I drop down the brain,
CE rockin' it so re-up your slang,
and we ain't stoppin' it until that girl sang,
I know I might sound strange,
but I can't help my lefts, that's how I do my thang,
and I ain't tryin' to explain,
"if you could change something, Grip,
man what would you change?"
If I could change this world, I'd change this thang,
I'd flame it up and recreate this thang,
I'd do my best to rearrange this game
when I introduce my country ass slang,
so move it over if you're lame,
if you ain't down with us then don't hop on this train,
I don't mean to sound vain,
but I'm just too slick for it and we goin' against the grain.


if you talk about or try to work it out in your soul,
in this world around you may feel like it's out of control,
what would you change if you could?
would it all be explained, now the world's rearranging?
what if you wanted to, you could.


That's right...if you wanted to, you could change your life,
you ain't gotta sit there with all that pain inside,
let your mind free and your body will follow,
live now, 'cause you ain't promised tomorrow,
every loss gets harder to swallow,
with every puff, every tip of the cup or the bottle,
enough of the hustle there must be a better way,
find something you trust that'll never stray.


Given a chance to change, I'ma stay the same,
lovin' the good times but I learn from the pain,
maintain while I'm pullin' the reigns,
lovin' the way the beat bangs when it's still in my brain,
keepin' a brother sane,
can't change your fate,
you gotta put it in place with all the moves that you make,
never negate the way the world works,
gotta set the pace and put your best foot first.


You see the world around,
don't let it hold you down,
you're still alive, and you will survive,
I see you broken now,
but I hope you found,
that you still can try,
what you feel inside.


Blast from the past...

One of my favorite groups from the 90s, doin' their thing on some Dilla beats. RIP to a legend, and much respect to a dope and innovative group.

See yall in April...

Kosmic vibes...

This guy Kosma, or Thomas Kretschmann, makes cool lounge beats, but I can't find much info about him, just a discography listing. The song I was actually looking for was called "Atlantis" - I heard it one day at work on LastFM and scribbled it down...but this one has some really tight drums, a little loungy, but cool.

Slow down...

"To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times."

-- Thomas Merton

"If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset."

-- Krishnamurti

Love Your Enemies...

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Legend of Zebda...

...a French group from the 90's "known for its political activism and its wide variety of musical styles." The group is truly the product of collective efforts, as it was "formed in 1985 when Magyd Cherfi, a community organizer at the time, organized a small group of his musician friends to shoot a video for a community organization for which he was working. More members joined the group later—several of the members met one another through involvement in community projects geared towards supporting arts and music involvement among Toulouse youth." Although they broke up after recording a live album in the early 2000s, "the individual members continued to be active in local politics and other activities for social advocacy." Their music is cool, but I really love their album covers.

Read more about Zebda on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ATL to Spain...

Just finished recording a couple of CE drops for SoulCall radio show in Spain. Jonay and Julio Perez host the show, and play some really dope hip-hop and soul music. We were honored when Jonay hit us up and asked for a drop. He told us they were playing Collective Efforts and their listeners were loving it! We sent him a couple drops and some CE tracks with SoulCall shouts at the beginning. We are sending out a package this week with stickers, the full catalog of music in mp3 form, and a copy of the new record. I can't express enough how much I would like to travel to Spain to rock a show, even if had to come out of this point, it would still be a dream come true just to be there. Anyway, enough rambling, I was checking out their last podcasts - available HERE - and noticed that in addition to non-stop dope music, all of the other drops were from artists I respect (and some that I know personally). I definitely recommend checking them out, as their podcast put me on to some shit I was sleeping on from last year, Jet Audio, and the track "Stand Alone" from the album Stand Alone Complex. Check it out below, and support the artists.

<a href="">Stand Alone (Feat. Curt@!n$, Mickey Factz, Danny! &amp; Outasight) by Jet.Audio</a>

I found the whole album HERE, haven't peeped it yet...plan to soon.

[Revision: I did get the chance to check the full album out, and although there are some good tracks on it, some of the MCs lyrics are little suspect to me (corny). That's just a personal taste issue, but on a purely sonic level it is overall a great project. There's a few skippers, but I'm feeling Che Grand's joint, "Bookmark the Style" and of course the title track.]

Once again, thanks to my homies Jonay and Julio Perez at SoulCall for supporting independent artists! Please support these brothers and click the logo below to check their podcasts. Peace and respect...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Warning clouds...

The following images are taken from this website and they are photos taken of the sky right before Katrina. Very intimidating and awe-inspiring, gives me chills just looking at are my favorites.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

No Idea's Original...

In keeping with the theme of the weekend, here's Nas and Barry White showing how people can take same basic idea and create completely different artistic expressions with them, each equally exquisite in their own right - and the Nas track is obviously apropos.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Be yourself...

Today, you will do something that only you can do. Speak with your own voice. If you can't find it on the surface, look deep inside and you will discover something special that only you can offer. Remember that you are unique and even in replicating another's thoughts or idea, you are still doing it like no other person can - YOUR WAY!!

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."

-- Oscar Wilde

How fitting.
Find out what motivates, captivates and rejuvenates me on my never-ending quest for knowledge and art.
Peace, fam, thanks for checkin' in...