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#newmusic - new year, same flavor: tracks from @therealkranium + @bigsean

#newmusic - new year, same flavor: tracks from @therealkranium + @bigsean

Every year, I get sucked into the New Year's resolution cult and commit to making a life change or goal in the hopes of improving myself.

Nah. No more of that.

The problem with New Years Resolutions is that they never feel fun.

#newmusic from @1future, @andersonpaak & more- Septem... hold up, my bad: OCTOBER playlist

I had two main reasons for creating this blog: a creative outlet, and as a way to become a more effective communicator.

The fun part of the process of is figuring out which creative stuff you and I agree on. 

Case and point: every month I put together a list of songs that got me through the month, and title the blog post: (Previous Month's) Playlist. 

Normally, by the time the post has been submitted to the site, its too late. The month has passed. Which has led to some confusion.

So. I'm switching it up. It's not a big change, but a change nonetheless: ya'll get my last month's music to vibe to for THIS month.

Just imagine I'm listening to 100's of songs for (future) you. 

Cause you da real MVP.

But seriously, I want this blog to kick-ass, so please keep providing me with feedback on ways to improve, things I should be listening to, or Feel Free to just connect. 


Septem...Wait, My Bad: October 2016 Playlist

What Can I Do (remix) feat Mack 10 (@officialmack10), Ice Cube's Greatest Hits, Ice Cube (@icecube)

Too Much Sauce feat Future and Lil Uzi Vert, DJ Esco (@EscoMoeCity), Project E.T. Esco Terrestrial

Suede, NxWorries (Knxwledge @knxwledge & Anderson.Paak @andersonpaak), Link Up & Suede

Come and Get Your Love, Redbone, Come and Get Your Love

Represent Dat G.C. feat.  Daz Dillinger (@DAZDILLINGER), Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg), Jayo Felony (@Jayo_Felony), Big Tray Deee (@BIGTRAYDEEE), Soopafly, Butch Cassidy (@ButchcassidyLBC), Kurupt (@kurupt_gotti), Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha

Blue Boss, Sampa the Great (@Sampa_The_Great), Blue Boss

I Want It All feat. Daz Dillinger (@DAZDILLINGER), Mack 10 (@officialmack10), Warren G (@regulator), I Want It All

Big Amount feat. Drake (@Drake), 2Chainz (@2chainz), Daniel Son, Necklace Don

Through the late night feat Kid Cudi (@KidCudi), Travi$ Scott (@trvisXX), Birds in the Trap Sing Brian McKnight

Black Beatles, Rae Sremmurd (@RaeSremmurd), SremmLife 2

Campaign feat. Future (@1future), Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign)

You Got Me feat Erykah Badu (@fatbellybella), The Roots (@theroots), Things Fall Apart



#blog sneak peek: how to plan goals w/non-negotiables

While picking up my cousin from the airport yesterday, I happened to come across a J. Cole commentary track where he talks about how classic of a song B.O.B. is, by Outkast. 

After the quick reminder of JUST HOW dope of a song it was, a quick Spotify search later, and I was hit with:

"1, 2, 1, 2, 3, Yeah! Inslumnational underground..."

I mostly bring Outkast and B.O.B. because I'm currently in the Lab, working on some things:

Outkast  provided some inspiration. 

My mission for yesterday was to figure out a way to finish 2016 strong while also planning out my goals for 2017.



During his verse, the under appreciated Big Boi dropped a nugget of knowledge I'm sure has influenced just how ambitious I'm going to be next year. 

Make a business for yourself, boy, set some goals
Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals

Big Boi brings up some excellent points: 

  1. Work for Yourself
  2. Have Goals
  3. Make the Best Out of Your Circumstances

In the spirit of Sir Lucious Left Foot, I thought I'd share how I'm using his knowledge and using that to provide a framework to help push me forward. 

Self-awareness is key to entrepreneurship.

My version of this is what I call Non-Negotiables.

(define): Non-Negotiable 

Something not open to discussion or modification

While planning my goals, I make sure that none of them conflict with my non-negotiables. 


While I'm busy writing my upcoming non-negotiables post, check out the video below to learn what each principle means to me.

If you like this post, please feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below!


#blog - addicted to achieving: what j. cole (@jcolenc) taught me about how to get what you want while being thankful for what you have

#blog - addicted to achieving: what j. cole (@jcolenc) taught me about how to get what you want while being thankful for what you have

J. Cole is one my hip-hop heroes. I've always been a fan of his story-telling abilities: songs like Light's Please, See World, and Let Nas Down tell complicated stories of love/sex/relationships, crime, adolescence, and how worshipping your hero's is a double-edged sword.