well, i guess it's time for my first post of 2011!!! this weekend has been great, what, with OU beating UCONN and then me getting two new tattoos. what you say??? YES!!! i got some new ink!!! i now have a total of six tats!!!
my arms aren't usually that dirty lookin'...
ok, so yeah, they might seem cheesy as all get out, but seriously, these two characters are the very first tats i ever wanted. i decided on these back when i was in high school. on my left arm is the bear logo from Radiohead and on my right is the White Pony symbol from the Deftones. these two bands changed my life and got me through some tough times, so i just wanted to show my love. heh heh, i'd forgotten how narly getting tattoos were...
movin' on, i have big plans already in mind for the start of 2011. first off, and most importantly, i want to get better. i've been sick since my last year of college and i'm very tired of it. i'm going to work extra hard on getting healthy and in shape and allowing myself to enjoy life more often. that includes going out, hanging with friends and possibly dating. (if i'm ever so lucky...)
another big plan, and one i've mentioned quite a few times here, is moving. i'm starting my application tomorrow and i'm a bit nervous, but i need to do this. i have to move out of here. i need my own life away from my family's close contact. not to say i'm moving to stay away forever, no. it's just that i need my freekin' space ya know??? shoot, i can't even blast my music here without someone having a conniption fit...
so anyways, here's to the new year and all the exciting things that might be happening!!! oh, and here's to The Roots, for being the music choice on today's post!!!
some might think i completely ignore the Hip-Hop/rap genre, and i can understand that. so far it's been slim pickin's on this here blog. so today i want to change that and post on my ultimate favorite Hip-Hop group, the roots. this crew started back in 1987 and has primarily consisted of founding members, tariq, "black thought" trotter and ahmir, "?uestlove" thompson. they hail from philadelphia, pennsylvania and are considered to be one of Hip-Hop's most cherished and acclaimed acts.
take note that this isn't the same kind of rap music like Lil' Wayne or Lil' Jon. (do those guys even make rap music???) this is straight up soul music. well, i consider it soul, or at least neo-soul. these cats mix in r&b/blues/folk and jazz. oh, and what made me like them in the first place is for the fact that they play their own instruments. yes, this was my first look at a live Hip-Hop group instead of some studio produced mc wannabe. the roots have awesome talent and it shows throughout their long recorded career. i got the chance to see them at Coachella 2007 and they rocked it. awesome set and awesome band. if you like artists such as Mos Deff, Talib kweli, Erika Badu, Maxwell, A Tribe Called Quest and Jill Scott, then you will surely like the roots.
like i said, they have a long recorded career, so i'm going to try my best to post their entire discography here. in first place is their self released debut full length, Organix!. after that came their first release on a major label, which was the ep, From The Ground Up. after that they released their critically acclaimed full length album on a major label called, Do You Want More?!!!??!. next came their second album, Illadelph Halflife, then their most cherished work, Things Fall Apart. (named after the novel of the same name by Chinua Achebe...) shortly after they released The Legendary ep, then their first live album simply called, The Roots Come Alive. (that was actually the first thing i ever listened to by them...) after that the band took some time off and then came back to start their musical takeover in the 2000's. so, first off in 2002, they released the album, Phrenology. following that is the album, The Tipping Point, then Game Theory. the final two albums to list are, Rising Down and How I Got Over and that's about it. oh, and i purposefully left out their live collaboration with Jay-Z and then their latest collaboration with John Legend because i just want the focus to be on them. so, with that i hope you like this and keep an open mind. ah, and be sure to catch them be the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. enjoy!!!
get some soul...