The lyrics Wiz puts out on this track touch so many points about his life, where he’s been in the past, present, and where he’ll be in the future. I hear this unraveling as I listen to Verse 1, 2, and 3 – the past, present, and future.
Like most, I’ve always been a Wiz fan. Even long long ago before I lived in Pittsburgh. But I have to admit that when I saw him at Thrival Festival in 2017 @ Carrie Furnace in Pittsburgh, my eyes were opened to the true talent he is. At this point in my life I had seen some big names in the game like Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick to name a few. It was clear since the first song at the show that Wiz had it all – stage presence, rapping, but most pleasantly, a singing voice that was the real deal. It put Wiz over the top for me to know first hand that he could literally do it all, singing included.
The beat in this joint is simple and smooth. The piano adds the right amount of touch and emotion. Wiz brings it home throughout.
Rolling Papers 2 is a motivating song about going through the ups and downs. Wiz speaks to recognizing where one is at in their life. He challenges us to always do our best, make decisions and learn from mistakes, and follow one’s heart when it tells you to make that change.
“When it’s time to make a change, I ain’t gon’ fight it, fight it”
This song as well as the album seemed to go slightly under the radar…or maybe that’s just me? What do you think?
My favorite non-Pittsburgh artist of 2018 was…you guessed it Miguel. My favorite fashion brand of 2018…Pleasures. This song has an unbelievable sound lyrically and musically. The wavy vibe of Miguel’s voice plus the Tame Impala feeling of the song just brings the whole piece together so smoothly. Add in the fact that Miguel did a collab. with the trend setting street-wear brand Pleasures, and I’ve been hooked since day one.
The song showed up on my top 5 songs of 2018 from Spotify…no surprise here. I have played it consistently in my cycle classes that I teach at 6ycle (shout out), and it’s been a staple for me since December 1st when Miguel released War & Leisure (underrated album fr.) If you haven’t listened to this song, well sheeeet just go listen to it !!
Miguel reppin’ that fire ‘Born x Raised’ long sleeve T – another shout out to Threads On Carson in Pittsburgh for reppin’ Born x Raised!
What’s up Pittsburgh, the rest of the world? It’s been about 2 years, but I’m getting back to writing about A BEAT A DAY, so I’m going to keep this “Simple” and break down the vibes on this track by Mars Jackson ft. Benji.
The beat starts off catchy and transitions into a wavy, electric-sounding organ over top to start the chorus off just right.
In verse 1 Mars spits seemingly nonchalant, flowin’ rhymes from start to end about the girl he is trying to get to know and ultimately woo over.
In the 2nd verse, Benji. begins by singing clever lyrics on wanting to get to know a girl on another level – “Do you really like the things you like or you just like it how they gave it to you? Lift the package and it’s the product, and shawty they ain’t really bangin’ with you. I just wanna see what you’re all about…”
It’s like he’s talking about the layers that make up a person, a girl in this case, and appreciating her for those layers that get peeled back as you get to know someone more and more.
Lyrics are always up for interpretation and to me both Mars and Benji. are talking about getting to know a girl on a real, meaningful level and doing exactly that can be Simple.
This is a ‘True fuckin’ playa credential’ song right here.
Anderson Pakk recently dropped his project “Malibu”, a soulful look into the talented rapper/producer/vocalists life. On this album the song “The Waters” is a game changer. Its the kind of track that Kanye would turn his head for… the kind of song that makes an artist stand out among the crowd. Be on the lookout for big things from this man.
Lewis Del Mar
Thanks to our man on the streets Thomas “The Stud” Miles we were introduced to Lewis Del Mar before their blow up.. which is dope. Coming out with their EP “EP” consisting of 4 tracks that fucking rock, the duo from Queens took the streaming world by storm and I could not be happier.
Ladies if you haven’t heard of Mr. Smooth yet Leon Bridges is going to sweep you off your feet. His voice is better than that dog instagram that you love, better than the Kanye vs Wiz Twitter battle, better than rushing Pike. His single “Coming Home” went viral and now the dude is touring around the world… Coming to Pittsburgh in a couple months and this guy will be there.
You all know Bleachers Aka Jack Antonoff, but how do you know him? Remember that band FUN!? He was a part of that… and now he is solo and killin the game. You might have heard this one before:
And now you’re going to be hearing a lot more of him just wait.
Marian Hill is a Philly Duo which makes them all time in my books already. Last year I saw them at Firefly and this year they are playing at Bonnaroo… so they are winning life right now. Their style is unreal and beyond unique and we have an exclusive loo in with them from a little while ago you can find here: Marian Hill
So this is going to become an installment on ABAD, late night with yours truly. Gonna give you all 4 songs… 1 Chill, 1 Turnip, 1 Delicious and 1 Old. Deal with it puds
As far as opening lines go this track by Zea & The Copper Children is top 5. Very smooth song to get you ready for bed time children.
Marshmello is taking the turnip house game by storm. The guy dropped his album “Joytime” a couple days ago and this track is a party starter. If you’re a lonely guy put this song on and 3 Tri Delts will appear at your door. Its like the movie Field of Dreams except this time “if you play it pud will come”. Try it out and let me know if it works
Danny Brown has that indescribable feature that makes him enjoyable to listen to. His voice is one for the ages and this song is a straight up delicious meal for the ears
If you don’t like queen you’re probably a New England Patriots fan. Fat Bottom Girls take me home tonight
It’s almost finals time and everyone is done with school being a thing. For those of you that physically and mentally can’t get out of bed to do anything we have you covered with these jams. Some of these songs are new and some are old, some you can sing as loud as you can and some you can just vibe to, either way enjoy and let’s have some fun. Stay under those covers and put your shitty iPhone headphones in and lets bump courtesy of these artists and bands.
First up is a producer that my boy Diabetic Dylan found and sent over my way. This song is straight Joe Dirt… house with hip-hop is a dangerous combination:
Next up is a very relaxed track that came out a few weeks ago. “All My Friends” features Chance The Rapper who touches a song and it turns to gold:
Anyone remember this one? Xaphoon Jones aka the second half of Chiddy Bang did this mashup like 8 years ago.
Another classic before either of these two blew up.. Big Sean and Chiddy Bang collab for my favorite Big Sean song
B.o.B used to be my man. I would listen to his mixtapes and rehearsed every word. This song is my teenage years right here. Shouts to Armen if you read this:
This track by The Dixie Chicks still gives me chills to this day. If you don’t know what the song is about look it up and re-listen. This right here is the power of music:
This one speaks for itself, just makes you feel good also 141 million views on YouTube…. unreal:
This last song is from “The Boss” and is my favorite Christmas Song hands down:
Mic Stew is coming to Pitt on Friday and you should go. Mic Stewart is an American rapper/recording artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In his early years he quickly became known as one of Philly’s premier freestylers by open mic’ing and cyphering all over the city’s dense musical landscape. By 2010 he had cultivated a buzz that landed him on stage with touring acts Big KRIT, Questlove, Black Thought, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and more. All of his groundwork as a local wordsmith culminated in him being selected for the national Red Bull Emsee freestyle competition in 2011–he bested MCs from Philly and went on to win the national Red Bull Emsee title in Atlanta in 2012, a victory that landed him in the studio with now-heavyweight producer duo THC (of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and A$AP Rocky fame). Get your ticket here, only $10 dollars: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-beat-a-day-presents-mic-stewart-tickets-19348960261
Sometimes after a tough weekend on the body all you need are some tunes to bring you back to life. This weekend was tough on all the Pittsburgh writers after we lost to Notre Dame, not because of the loss but because of the alcohol consumed in mass quantities. Sunday is the day of rest and the songs I will be posting in this blog will help everyone out today.. I promise.
First up is the Galantis song “Peanut Butter Jelly” which is very underrated in my opinion. This is a great music video and song and should be enjoyed by every college student who likes to be happy.
This next song is by Austin Basham who I am assuming no reader knows about. For all you indie lovers out there (Ali Fleming) this guy is my new favorite indie artist. He has an EP out on Spotify that is absolutely a must listen if you like this song. I hope to hear more of Austin’s music in the future.
Vince Staples has blown up the past year or so and his album “Summertime ’06” backs up his rise to fame. “Lemme Know” is my favorite track off of this album but there are way too many solid tunes on this album. When this song comes on our house turnips:
Last tune is our boy Mic Stewart who we are bringing to Pittsburgh Nov. 20th. Gonna be a great show and Mic shows his freestyle skills in this video
Logic is one of the nicest rappers in the game right now, and he dropped his third single “Fade Away” off his upcoming 2nd album, The Incredible True Story, which releases next Friday. This single gets me even more excited to listen to his new album. His flow is impeccable and the self-production on the beat is dope. Visionary Music Group is about to get real hot after Logic drops this album and Jon Bellion is set to release his new project any day now as well. What a time.