Boogie

Boogie shines a light on the various pieces that make up his life.

On time, he sings about the way his love looks like. He’s not perfect, you can probably pinpoint what to change, but that’s not the point, this is what this piece of his life sounds like. It’s a laid back, playful vibe, and Boogie flows quickly over the beat. As of now, Boogie wants his cake and to eat it too, and we can all be guilty of that.

On Skydive, the tone switches to a pensive, almost brooding one. It’s a simple loop, plucked on a Spanish guitar, but it’s haunting. Your mind fills the vacuous spaces between notes with every scenario that would make you feel this way. You come to learn that it’s not a scenario the song captures, but the feeling of commitment. Boogie feels it’s the same as jumping out of a plane, it’s too late to do anything else but build your wings on the way down.

On Everything’s For Sale, Boogie paints scenes and tells stories. He says what a gritty mentality thinks, and tells us how a gritty mind searches for peace. In this album, Boogie shows us pieces of his life, and in doing so, helps us balance ours.

Spirits

An astute reader gets the sense that Huskii Boi is always measuring experiences against an ideal. I suppose it’s enough to say Huskii Boi is idealistic.

“What’s the best way this could be? This should be? This project- what’s perfect look like for it? Myself- what’s the best life I can live?”

I, however, live in a world of history, pragmatism, and chaos. What I want is almost always never attainable, but I am at least ensured to look up while others are looking around.

This cosmic loneliness is not true, as real as it may seem, and music is the reason why. These songs that I’ve gathered say what I say to express feelings I feel. They make the music I would make right now if I could make music.

To see myself in others this way shows me that I am not alone. More practically, this is music that I can keep around me all the time.

Chronixx is my empathy

Koffee is my ambition

The Dream is my id

All of these songs together help me balance the outside with the inside. While I somehow manage to keep the plates spinning in the background, gon head and press play.

Thoughts on the go

Quick fact: in 2018 I listened to 100 albums. All of them were released that year. Now, I wanted to release a “Best of…” list, but decided against it.

The point of me, Huskii Boi, is to bring you music 1) that you haven’t heard before, and 2) that is made for the people by the people, and not radio friendly, industry songs.

I felt releasing a “Best of…” list becomes another meaningless article in the sea of “twitter blogs” which release a new post every hour. How would my humble list ever attract attention? Especially since 99% of the albums I listened to were from established artists. Unfortunately, most of us who source music look a lot like.

That’s where, what I call “the second best music blog in the world” comes in, (huskiiboi.com is the best music blog in the world, btw). PassionWeiss created a list of the best songs or albums of 2018, and purposely only listed small acts.

Not only did it introduce me to new artists, it inspired me to follow their lead, and leave the security of promised clicks brought by writing about established artists, and to create a culture by writing about grassroots phenomena. “Homegrown from the greatest grain, full flavor in the native strain,” is the vibe.

Since then I’ve been scrounging Twitter for anyone talking about a new project they’re dropping: from DIY to those with studio time, I’m listening to everything from those still working to earn fans, and bringing it home, to huskiiboi.com.

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The dedicated readers of this blog have endured some trials. I haven’t posted since after my summer trip to Switzerland. I apologize for your dry feed. Chin up, however- though I wasn’t posting, I never stopped the music.

I’m continuing my trend of giving priority to albums from the current year, and have already stumbled upon impressive work from Boogie. I’m also spending more time sourcing international sounds, and finding fresh artists like Zlatan and Koffee. Lovers of nostalgia can still find their place here, too. As I blast off into the future, I sometimes find myself dwelling on records from the past. These meditations, on artists like Hak Baker, provide a look at projects that have aged well, and are probably personally important to me (if you’re into that stuff.)

All in all, Huskii Boi spent the winter getting fat on rhythms, and I’ve tasted a lot of flavors I want to share.

Grab a plate, and find a seat.

Switzerland

Will this playlist change your life? Well, it’s music, and music holds strange powers over us. So..it might.

Some of these songs were simply the soundtrack to this life changing trip I had to Switzerland over the summer; some of these songs rang so true to me they gave me the push I needed to change my life.

That’s one reason asking if this playlist will change your life isn’t as silly it appears- these songs changed mine. I’d love to tell you about it sometime. In the meanwhile, hit Play.

Kamasi Washington – Street Fighter Mas

I’ve never been more excited for an album than I am for Kamasi’s upcoming release. Today he shared the newest single from the project, and it’s so, so good.

The bass guitar sound has been modified to create a funk vibe. One thing to remember is Kamasi is a jazz artist, and while the two genres are similar, they are different in some aspects. Street Fighter Mas combines two of the music genres most likely to make you feel like an old school, cool-type brotha.

Strings and vocals are used in conjunction with each other, rising and descending in scales together, creating a haunting scene. It’s reminiscent of being on the last lap of a race, and all your energy is spent. Victory is possible, but you’re going to have to bleed to do it; this song sounds like what the rest of that closing lap feels like.

Not only does the music inspire you to sport your swagger, it touches your heart and soul. There’s an area, deep within my heart that contains my hope, my authenticity, and my kernel of spirit that separates me from you. Street Fighter Mas hits me right there.

We all learn the basics of how our world works, and we differ in how we express our knowledge. That knowledge can be expressed in music, in poetry, in literature, in dance and many other countless ways. Something genuine is at the heart of this song, and truly, in all of Kamasi’s songs. Street Fighter Mas is a testament that knowledge, explicit or implicit, can be shared through music.

Pusha T – The Story of Adidon

It’s been a long time since hip-hop heavyweights have engaged in lyrical beef.

Pusha T vs Drake

This is the latest installment of the feud, and Pusha T has the upper hand.

Update:

When this dropped, I was too hype to write anything about it. Not since 50 Cent vs Ja Rule have two mainstream artists beefed with each other. The result of that beef was Ja Rule’s career was ended.

Pusha T & Drake’s beef is now real, but it didn’t start between them. Various rap blogs say the original beef was between Lil Wayne and Clipse. Back in the day, they both wore Bape, and the animosity began once fans started saying one artist copied the other. That’s it.

Time passed, and Drake is now a rapper signed to a record deal under Lil Wayne. Drake took it upon himself to inherit Lil Wayne’s beef, and started sending shots at Pusha T.

Most recently, Pusha T released a new album, DAYTONA, and on it he disses Drake. Within twenty four hours, Drake responded with a track of his own. Things then settled down, and no one heard anything new from Pusha T or his crew. Four days later, Pusha T released The Story of Adidon. One of the most scathing diss tracks released in this decade.

Specifically, the tracks that have set off current events are: Infrared, Duppy Freestyle, and The Story of Adidon. The explanations of the disses can be found on Genius.

Tee Grizzley – “Activated”

Tee Grizzley’s debut album “Activated” is a near perfect, lifestyle album. Over the course of an hour, divided into 18 tracks, Grizzley provides a well-crafted album of G shit. He celebrates his newfound riches, reflects on his life before the success, and displays the pure ambition of an up and comer carving out a space for himself. For those not familiar with his sound, Tee is known for Midwestern/Southern drum kits, resounding bass kicks and piano key melodies, arranged together into hard hitting, bounce tracks or smooth, walking pace songs. Tee Grizzley makes “Activated” shine by taking this regional sound and applying universal appeal to it.

The appeal is Tee’s story, Grizzley himself. “Activated” listens like the story from a guest speaker, as well as one of his journal entries. Songs like I remember and Time are the obvious journal entries, reliving and processing a past life of poverty and incarceration. Bag is when Tee becomes a public speaker, telling the listener to continue their grind because victory is sweeter after struggle.

While the troubled part of his history makes appearances, it is balanced by the other lighthearted tracks. 2 Vaults and Jettski Grizzley are two of my favorite bangers. The first is a dark ode to being player, and the second is a vibrant ode to being player. When he doesn’t include features, Tee carries songs with his own flow, using quick, aggressive delivery for verses and autotune for choruses. On “Activated,” Tee shows true talent: making diverse solo tracks and standing on his own with features.

“Activated” is a regional-sounding album through and through, but his lyrics and production elevate it to nationwide appeal. The effect is an album that’s simultaneously personal and expositional, familiar and novel. “Activated” is one of the best albums of its sound, so it may not be everyone’s taste, but it’s a great kickoff for his album discography, and a great introduction to Tee Grizzley.