FY Friday: Travis Scott – “Pick Up The Phone” (Ft. Young Thug, Quavo)

Le Flame is back from the Rodeo with a lot brighter spirits and sounds for the summer! This is will be breath of fresh air with his usual HoustonLanta mates Young Thug, and Quavo (of the Migos) for fans. Together with a “Whole Lotta Lovin” your playlist for a G.O.O.D. Friday with better company is lit… they just better PICK UP THE PHONE 😉



Friday Feels: Young Thug – “King Troup”

I HOP OUT I’M DABBIN… is what this smooth tune should be called by how it feels.
That said, leave it to the Thugga Thugga to dedicate a tune to his dead homie, his locked up homie, and call for an end to street violence in this AMAZING VIBE! That’s IF you listen to the words. Even then, between the 4-6 flow switch-ups you maybe too distracted without looking up the lyrics. Just dab out till then for KING TROUP.

Turnip Tuesday: Young Thug – “Best Friend”

“I want tacos that are Meagan Good”

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Young Thug is terrific. Young Thug is eccentric. Young Thug is from another world (LITERALLY).  Today, we turn up with Young Thug’s best friend – which is apparently… Young Thug! FUGGIN AMAZING. As we mentioned earlier, Missy and Busta Buss are his music video forefathers. Checkout my “Best Friend”

Why Young Thug Is Like Bob Marley; Kanye Is The Greatest Living Rock Star

This is not my original idea, but one from today’s self-proclaimed “GREATEST LIVING ROCK STAR ON THE PLANET“.  If that self-affirmation, and this post’s headline made you cringe or cock your metaphorical gun while searching for my metaphorical address, joke’s on YOU – I’m literally homeless. You are also missing the point, entirely. For one, you’re a little late to the party. This isn’t the first time he made that EXACT statement. See 2013 on BBC Radio [CLICK HERE for Full Thesis Interview] :

So when he closed his 2015 Glastonbury Festival set with the bold statement:

kanye greatest living rockstar benandsiyablog

… and that got your knickers in a bunch so you had to go off lookin like an old square stuck in the land of literal interpretation of artist’s rant, you lost by even responding or taking that personally at all.

In kindergarten (or preschool – for you blokes) school, everybody had access to the same crayons, paper, and space. Some winced looking to color inside the lines better than anyone, some were looking to finger-paint the best stick-man the classroom floor had ever seen, and some naughty nitwits were just content jumpin around in the mud outside all day. But, OTHERS were busy drawing their bicycles with wings. After all if planes can fly, and they can bicycle real fast, whats a couple thousand feet of lift and jet fuel? They were outfitting their families’ heads with fire-breathing dragon heads. So what if that’s a constant fire hazard? They were focused on getting their play-family to fly with them by any means necessary and available to them at that point! End of Story, enjoy your rules!

These OTHERS grew to create timeless pieces like “One Love” (singin: lets get together and feel alright), and “I Shot The Sheriff” (actual lyrical reasoning: Sheriff had it comin for killin my vegetation but, HEY at least I didn’t shoot the deputy!) in the one breath with the exact same intensity and integrity.  If we try to  follow them from one point to the next with iron-clad 1+1=2 logic we will never spot these mythical beings dancin around among us “sane” people. To them – the messages in BOTH “One Love”, and “I Shot The Sheriff” are equally valid and deeply true to the very same world they occupy and observe – despite the varying levels of literalism.

bob marley lion benandsiyablog

So if you’re like Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, you’re not just wrong – but, your well thought out logic on Kanye West’s self-opinion is baseless and has no effect on the validity of that very statement. Best of luck arguing against somebody who believes in:

saying $hit that sounds wrong… we have the right to be wrong sometimes

The Who’s Pete Townshend may never come to the opinion of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher (who was outspoken against Kanye’s big-brother headlining the traditionally Rock festival a few years back)

“it was as fuckin good as it gets”

For now, we’ll consider all opinions on that performance and the not-so-absurd statement he had repeated plenty of times as valid as judgement on who had the “best” idea in that pre-school/kindergarten classroom.

So WHY is YOUNG THUG LIKE BOB MARLEY? Because, that weirdo who colored the wings on his bike pink, and infused mythological creature heads with human anatomy has SO FEW PEERS in the adult world outside of that childhood stage. When he recognizes a kindred spirit, it is his duty to not only embrace them – but to encourage them to draw the biggest fuggin flame he can on his dragon! HELL – add some dinosaurs while you’re at it!  That is why Kanye’s encounter with Young Thug went a little something like this:

“[Kanye] didn’t have a phone for like 3 or 4 years, When I first met him, he was like ‘We gotta keep in touch; here’s my email.’ But he called me Bob Marley. He had a Beats Pill and was like, ‘I wanna hear all of your music in the world that’s not out.’ So I was letting him hear all the music. Then he said I was like Bob Marley and he wanted to do an album with me. I was like, ‘Let’s roll!’ He’s a fan (and) fans are the main reason you stay motivated and become who you want to be. Kanye is like my brother, but he’s a real fan. He bought me some Yeezys (Kanye’s perpetually sold-out shoe line) and went on eBay to get them for me. That’s motivation”

To quote an exceptionally well put review of Thugger Thugger‘s controversially released “Barter 6” offering: “Young Thug is not into literalism. He thrives in gray areas, animated by the electricity generated by the tension of his own contradictions, and he never, ever offers a straightforward explanation

How Kanye makes the Bob Marley leap is as wild as the dragon heads in that kindergarten room, or as ridiculous as promoting love and making violence sound sweet in the same tune. Don’t worry bout it. It is valid with or without your approval because, it has now been put forth into existence with or without your permission.  If his last album – Yeezus – is any indication he is not afraid to artistically work towards Rock proficiency after perfecting rap with the critically acclaimed “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album.  This mantra and self-affirmation will continue to exist in that ether until he makes it an undeniable reality, or tragically and thoroughly fails in front of all of us all like a kid learning to ride a bike, tittering and crashing into bushes that don’t care about black people, and getting bruised for our entertainment.

If nothing else, isn’t that what “the greatest living rock star” is supposed to be doing? Or, is that title reserved for those that accomplished great things in the past, but rarely push the boundaries of expectations and artistry moving forward – as they coast to Hall of Fame inductions?

Open Letter: Dear Bootleggers, MP3 Is Dead. PLEASE BURY IT!

Downloading music was cool – till it was “not so cool” to download music and they arrested people to make examples of them. We started on Napster, when that was a free thing. Then they got busted, and spiderman’s brother – Sean Parker moved along amicably. So did we, to Kazaa (or Bearshare, or whatever P2P sharing system got those viruses on your parents’ computers, but you denied it like the stone-cold vigilante you were).  All along, the bit-rate (basically how good the code makes the music file sound based on how its compressed If I lost ya already, its okay to move along and skip through) was confined to the bit-rate of around 128 kbps governed by the widely accepted “.mp3 standard”.

That was a mistake we made. All of us: the music industry that allowed that to be how music was digitally distributed, the hardware makers of “.mp3 players” (remember those?), and artists for allowing their hours of laborious art-work to go down the digital drain never to be appreciated again. That is bad!

How bad? That is the audio equivalent of watching the 3-D movie Avatar on that black and white T.V. with a big butt that your grandmother refused to let you connect your Nintendo to.  That is like viewing a Picasso painting or Basquiat for you new-age hippies through an Instagram-filtered photo taken from your friend’s iPhone 4 on that Euro-trip they took with their family.
So here we are today. Streaming is the water all levels of listeners and audiophiles sip from.  The convenience of poppin open your Youtube (variable), Spotify (320 kbps), or – as of today – Apple Music app (256kbps) and hearing your jam instantly is unbeatable. That’s fair. However some of us dinosaurs still have the iPod Classic with a click-wheel (its 160 Gigs in the palm of my hand. Stream THAT).  We also load individual files to our iFuns (Pandora, and iTunes haven’t quite kept up with extensive catalogues of Young Thug, and Gucci Mane).  Whether it’s that, or putting together a dj set – the difference is definitely notable when your earphones or speakers puke out an .mp3 version of a mastered instrumentally dynamic album by D’Angelo, Kendrick Lamar, or Muse.  While streaming is still in its infancy (though growing fast), this is one of the main issues it is supposed to fix – raise music appreciation by fixing the audio quality for listeners.  We ALL LOVE the music. Whether we buy, stream, or steal illegally download it, that love remains steadfast. It’s how we treat and value it that is inexcusable today. So bloggers, new musicians, and online bootleggers – STOP POSTING MP3s for download! DEAD THAT.  Unless it’s the aforementioned thugger-thugger leak that will never land on iTunes or be worthy of higher mastering, consider it like the Zune laid to rest in the image above – DEAD.

Yours Musically,

-Audio African