Sunday, December 18, 2016
NICE AS F*CK! : The Albums, 2016.
15/childish gambino/"awaken, my love!"
In '92 his father told him "Keep all your dreams, keep standing tall. If you are strong you can not fall. There is a voice inside us all, so smile.
When you can."
So when it came time to produce a new record at this stage, at this moment in his life, as a young Black man not too far removed from those whose lives he sees get shut down on the internet or TV, he went back to what his father said.
Stand tall. Stay strong. Speak Up. Do You.
And most importantly, smile.
Do those things that make you smile. Revel in those things that keep you going & motivate you. The culture, your history, and the unlimited possibilities that await you and your culture, your people, if you just power up and believe in yourself, and stand tall. Just like your ancestors and those that came before you did.
Be ambitious like they were in the 60s & 70s. So proud and uplifting, free. Channel your inner Hendrix. Go back and nod to Parliament. Tap into the inner reaches of your carnal urges a la Prince.
Be inspired and do you.
Cause it makes you happy.
Cause it makes you smile.
Cause it's a feeling like no other when you speak up and stand tall.
"This. This is how we do it", I imagine Donald saying as it all came together.
And he did that.
For the people. For his own sanity. And for the culture.
KEY TRACKS: Me and Your Mama/Boogieman/Zombies
17/parquet courts/human performance
19/devendra banhart/ape in pink marble
21/the julie ruin/hit reset
22/jessy lanza/oh no
23/junior boys/big black coat
24/majid jordan/majid jordan