Another edition of #OldSchoolSundays is inspired by Chi-Town legend Twista putting out some new music this month, along with some reminsicing back to high school when "Hope" featuring Faith Evans was a springtime staple in my stereo in 2005. It was then that I saw Coach Carter — the Samuel L. Jackson, based on a true story, movie where he stars as a high school basketball coach that bans his team from playing after not fulfilling his academics requirement.
"Hope" served as the film's fitting theme song while Twista also pays homage to famous muscians, those lost on 9/11, and conveys his view on the war on terrorism. The music video features additional cameos from SLJ and the entire cast (including a young Channing Tatum, ladies) while Twista and Faith deliver the uplifting and analytical messages. The original version was on Twista's Kamikaze album in 2004 with Cee-Lo, but it's Faith Evans on the hook that takes this song to another level.
Her soulful flavor, the theme of her chorus, the song's simple melody, the repetitive "I wish!" from the choir, and of course: Twista's chill, yet fast-paced flow and lyricism are all simply top notch. This was an instant *TIBS FAV. back then and a powerful motivator still today. I know this isn't a rarity (the song peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100), but I share to see who wants to join me in using "Hope" to start our week off, whether today or if you're reading this on Monday, to help propel us to rise above, be grateful, and yes: hopeful for today, tomorrow, and beyond!
Alas, here's one of the film's enduring quotes:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Jeremih adds his stylings to a Chicago collab from Twista & R. Kelly "Throwin My Money". Even though I don't completely resonate with the subject matter, I do think this sounds good. More collabs from these three please.
Chicago's very own Jeremih and Twista collaborate and gives us a new track just in time for the spring. The track is called Bump That Bazz and it's produced by Vinylz. This song will be featured on Funk Flex's new mixtape Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
Bless the internet gods. The Dream previously released a version of his album title track IV Play. Not to be confused with a remix, this is the orignal version of the song. Apparently, The Dream recruited Twista to do this verse initially and decided to take it off of the single release. I personally think that Twista's verse adds to the song. I'd reccomend you do your ears a favor and judge for yourself. #IVPlay #TheDream #Twista
When I first pressed play on this song I almost immediately started nodding my head. This track is perfect riding music, and from the screen shots that I saw for the video it’s going to be just as epic as the song.
Joe Budden in my opinion is one of the most underappreciated artists in hip-hop. He has consistently delivered on all of his albums and mixtapes since he came into the game. His new album “No Love Lost” drops February 5th.