While I'm sure many of us were out enjoying a summertime Saturday night (guilty), others were in the lab workin'. Namely NBA Celebrity All-Star Game adversariesCommon & Trey Songz with Swizz Beatz behind the boards. Swizz posted this photo to Instagram with the caption, "Yep studio vibe! @monsterproducts". And I say NBA Celebrity All-Star Game adversaries because the past two years, Common & Trey Songz have participated in the fun, midseason event and while watching the game, I have tweeted something along the lines of: Man, it'd be dope if @Common & @TreySongz would collab together. I stand by that today and everyday as one of my favorite emcees and one of my favorite singers looks to have made that happen tonite. With Swizzy behind the boards too, this has all the makings of an instant *Tibs Fav.
Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs "Be A Father To Your Child" [Music Video] (1991)
It's Sunday, it's Father's Day, which means... you guessed it! #OldSchoolSundays: Father's Day Edition!
Going to keep it to two classic, throwback selections, first going back over 20 years to 1991 when Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs released a slick video for "Be A Father To Your Child" to drive home their message to deadbeat dads. This one's not so much a tribute track, but just a great overall message to have a foundation and be responsible for your children. One gem of an example: "It's not the presents, it's your presence and the essence.. of being there!" Sit back and appreciate the audio and visual experience, which is vintage 1991 all the way around.
And how else can we conclude this post? In the same fashion Common closes albums. Here's "Pop's Rap 2" off One Day It'll All Make Sense as Lonnie Lynn Sr. shares some words of advice or experiences as part of the series — all set to a chill, jazzy instrumental. Gotta love the "Pops Raps" series!
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Common "Pop's Rap Pt. 2: Fatherhood" f/ Lonnie Lynn Sr. (1997)
Lastly: Happy Father's Day to all! If you're with your pops today, or he's out there somewhere or up above, cherish that communication and/or special moment(s)! Also gotta send a special shoutout to my own Papa Tibs — GWHH's #1 Fan! Hope you enjoy your burned copy of Yeezus today! (haha, jokes jokes...)
Late last night, Cocaine 80s released their new EP, The Flower Of Life and I'd be remiss not to put the spotlight on them even more after their group's strongest release to date.
The No I.D.-led collective first came together last year and, without warning to this date, released new music and EPs for free. James Fauntleroy, a singer/songwriter I've been following for years, is the primary vocalist on the soothing, soulful records that fans of the group from the start are now accustomed to. Common is a part of the collective as well, not holding back on some superb verses along the way. Together, and with various guest stars along the way (like Nas, and most recently Jhene Aiko), Cocaine 80s is creating their own lane of urban music.
How, you may ask? By mixing soulful R&B with throwback hip hop beats, acoustic chords, and most of all some intelligent and spiritual lyricism. The Flower Of Life most directly exhibits the latter, with songs like "Lucid" and "Higher Self" - to go along with the whole aesthetics of the cover. It really resonates with us on the spiritual end as well; after all, Maks G coincidentally designed a "Flower Of Life" sweater for Limited G.
In addition to downloading The Flower Of Life, Cocaine 80s made their whole library available for download too. Find out what I mean with the unique sound and lyricism and hit this link here to download the new The Flower Of Life EP, the collective's first EP, The Pursuit, as well as Ghost Lady, and Express OG. You can stream The Flower Of Life off GWHH here. It's a great fit for your late night playlist, early morning playlist... and really, any time of the day playlist.
2013 is already a great year with this news. In fact, we previously posted Common's appearance on Carson Daly where he revealed an upcoming EP and mixtape, but in tonight's interview on Jimmy Fallon, in addition to promoting his upcoming movie LUV, the actor/rapper put some dates to those two upcoming projects of that latter occupation... AND the date for his next album.
NEW EP: this month.
NEW (and first ever) Mixtape: April
NEW album: September
I think this GIF (the first of 3 I got for you tonight, so scroll below) sums up my, and your, thoughts exactly.