At the top of the month, John Legend released his new album, Love In The Future and one of the album's standout tracks "Dreams" was actually the first one that Legend had written for the album... and one whose original version is actually better than that on the album.
Above, #OldSchoolSundays takes an R&B turn with John Legend's first performance of "Dreams" back in 2010, which features two verses. Not only do they add more depth to the Love In The Future final version, the first few lyrics of both verses create instant imagery. I listened to the album version first, liked it, then was made aware of this version from my boy T.O. and now can't listen to the album version the same way. OG version >
So if you clicked the post for "Dreams", you're also likely interested in a one more John Legend tidbit: namely, getting married to Chrissy Teigen this weekend. Yup! The couple kept it a secret to the public and some news/photos leaked about the event. According to People, Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder (who performed), and Brooklyn Decker (the maid of honor) were all present. Plus, Legend performed his new single/Chrissy dedicated track "All Of Me" after the ceremony, which undoubtedly turned on the water works for those in attendance. Below are a couple of photos. Congrats to the Legend!
This is the third edition of the ThrowBack Thursdays 5abiomatic edition. In today's series I will be showcasing three conscious Hip-Hop gems and take you into thee different decades as a result of it. These three tracks also cover three different regions, East Coast, West Coast and the 3rd Coast (The South).
KRS-One "Sound Of Da Police" (Return of The Boom Bap-1993)
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Sound of Da Police is one of KRS' most conscious tracks. In the song KRS talks about police corruption as well as the oppression that people of the Black community have historically gone through in the hands of authorities. KRS even goes as far as connecting the role of police officers to those of overseers during slavery as they oppress marginalized communities and continue to keep these folks chained to misery. The Teacher drops some serious knowledge on this one.
Game "Dreams" (The Documentary-2005)
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In "Dreams" the LA rapper gives you a narrative of his life and thought process. He talks about his voyage through the music industry involving the politics behind the scenes as well as the people he's worked with. He talks about his visions and illustrates how difficult it is to survive in the music industry through his hook as well as the people he's seen falter on his way up in LA's Hip-Hop echelon. Dreams involves the unfulfilled prophecies of what could've been and even pays homage to those before him as well as those slain as a result of violence.
The King of the 3rd Coast and Meridian, Mississippi burst into the scene with his KRIT Wuz Here mixtape and never looked back. One of the standout tracks on that album is "2000 & Beyond", which is one of the most underrated tracks on the album. It also happens to be the most conscious track on the mixtape, which allowed KRIT to garner much attention and even get himself a top 10 listing for mixtape of the year in many magazines and websites. In the track KRIT discusses several topics including corruption, poverty, the effects of education amidst recession, as well as having to survive by any mean. Definitely my favorite track off the mixtape!
Teaser track to break ADII's (Andrew Davis II) silence since his last release "My Dream The Mixtape". Having just relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago, he looks to spark his buzz back up with a series of dope new tracks, starting with this one, "Chevy Dreams". This track was laced by Chicago producer Mr. Hyde and singer D. Train. Enjoy.