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Though We’re Never Gonna Survive, Unless We Get a Little Crazy

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Twenty-Four years ago this very day, the greatest grunge song of all time was released. As iconic as Smells Like Teen Spirit is, it was nominated for a Grammy only to LOSE to “GIve It Away” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Yes, as controversial as the Grammy loss/win was or still is, I’ve made it very clear that I live for both songs and with that said I don’t really mind which one of the two won the Grammy. Which brings me to the most important part of Kanye West’s speech at this year’s VMAs. Well, we all know he wants to run for president in 2020, I’m very happy for him and stuff, and yes it served as a very dramatic ending to his speech but I don’t think that was the most important part.

If you haven’t realized it by now, I had two huge artists in mind when I was putting together this Blog… The 1st of course being Kurt Cobain and the rest of Nirvana and the 2nd being Kanye West… don’t believe me? Check out my header. Yeap, the prophecy has been fulfilled. They say history repeats itself and from where I’m standing, that’s exactly what happened at this year’s VMAs… Wait, LISTEN TO THE KIDS BRO… Well, I’m one person and I’m not really a kid, but hear me out…

Before Kanye West, Kurt Cobain is the only other artist that had balls big enough to give MTV the middle finger. You may or may not know this but when Nirvana had “Rape Me” as their latest single, MTV asked them not to perform it on their VMA stage but to perform “LIthium” instead… MTV practically forced them to perform a song they weren’t planning to perform… Nonetheless, once on stage Nirvana started performing “Rape Me”, (MTV) in panic and about to switch to a commercial break, Nirvana switched it up and only then started performing Lithium.

This year something of that proportion happened. Kanye basically said he doesn’t understand the whole thing of award shows ON AN AWARD SHOW STAGE. He also went on to point out MTVs obvious attempts to increase their ratings. Though the attempts are or were obvious, no one else would’ve mentioned it on their stage.

In terms of music, the most important thing Kanye West said is that he doesn’t understand why after doing so well and being loved by millions all over the would a song must then be put against 4 other songs, each great in their own rights but now given a chance to LOSE.

Yes ladies and gents, this is the very meaning behind Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. We as humans are our own worst enemies, likewise we are our biggest competitors… Yes, it’s so cliché, and I’m about to punch myself in the face for writing it, but we can’t take away it’s truth, it’s not always about being better than everyone else but it’s about being the best you can be. Your God-given gift is not to be compared but to be sharpened in your own betterment, to be appreciated, to be used in its entirety.

“I’m worse at what I do best

And for this gift I feel blessed

A little group, has always been

and always will

Until the end”

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT!!!!

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Rock Stars Hate Cop Cars

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The last time we saw Kanye collaborate with Rihanna on a single, the song came with a video where we saw Kanye mathematically align his words with good rhythm, with good timing wrapping our minds around this idea he was conveying, rhyming, rapping  on top of a cop car, This time he and the songstress are accompanied by one of the biggest rock stars alive, Of course the “odd” grouping meant fans who only listen to good music would listen to a song with an artist(s) who doesn’t do their kind of “good music”, yeap, in this number we get to see two worlds collide.

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Musically, it’s a sight to see, socially divided they be. You know what they say, you can’t please everyone, It’s best to look at the good side, we’ve all heard about the glass being half full, saying we got 3 more days ’til Friday? Now that’s seeing the glass as a third full. It’s something unheard of, yet the sentiment is alive, it lives within all of us. “Rockstar” by the world’s most favourite rock band Nickelback (Yes, I’m being sarcastic) talks about how we all want to be rock stars, have fifteen cars, live by the hill, have a drug dealer on speed dial and all that good stuff, but do we all share the same idea of what a “rock star” is? Well, The Great Kanye West (I’m most probably being sarcastic here too) once said Rap is the new Rock & Roll, that rappers are the rock stars and he’s the biggest of them all. Not to take away anything from The Gad, The Great Nelson Mandela once mentioned how love is the most natural feeling us humans have. This is why we all hate self-righteous humans who feel sorry for us for hating the world because these know-it-all humans know that we weren’t always like this, that something bad must’ve happened to us to be the way we are.

“Woke up an optimist, sun was shining I’m positive
Then I heard you was talkin’ trash
Hold me back I’m bout’ to spaz”- Kany West in “Four Five Seconds”

Just to indulge myself on this post, Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers is in no way the greatest singer in the world, yet he’s been making it work, hell, he’s been making it work longer than I’ve been alive, singing and rapping as the frontman of one of the greatest rock bands of our time. That’s it, How I see it, that’s exactly what being a “rock star” is all about, it’s about taking whatever you have and making it work, it’s about making a single third of water count. Kanye and them other rappers would never win any singing contest, they’re rappers, yet they don’t hesitate to use every fibre of their voices for all it’s worth, hey, I’ve never been a fan of autotune but… they make it work.

“I think I’ve had enough, I might get a little drunk
I say what’s on my mind, I might do a little time
Cause all of my kindness, is taken for weakness”- Rihanna in “Four Five Seconds”

We started this post with a picture of a rap… excuse me, a rock star rapping on top of a cop car, it may seem ground breaking to younger fellows, not only that, some may argue it’s the greatest act of being “bad ass”. It’s amazing how bad ass is the new cool, it’s a rule we’re too cool not to follow, it’s a tool we us to façade our “weakness” with a darkness, a shadow, too strong to swallow the truth, shallow we bury our kindness.

Sad world. Good music.

 


The Mad Adventures Of Super Girl

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As a kid I remember a time in my life when I was so overwhelmed by all the great music being released at the time, part of me started fearing the possibility of artists running out of new good beats , new tunes, new melodies, new music. I couldn’t imagine anything ever possibly topping what was then currently on the radio.

I’m Alright In Bed But I’m Better With A Pen couldn’t have featured a better artist to convey the message I was trying to convey in it, that artist of course being the arguably most underrated artist of our time, Cyndi Lauper.

Back in ’06 The Soul Candy crew released “Time After Time”, to my young ears, it sounded so fresh, no, it sounded genius, it was magic to my ears… ’til my mother heard me play it, that’s when she broke it down to me. Originally done by Cyndi Lauper, “Time After Time” wasn’t as fresh as I thought it was, at least the melody and the words weren’t, and that ladies and gentlemen was when I really started understanding the whole concept of reworking and “sampling” songs. Of course we will get “new” music but there’s a million classic songs that can still be reworked and tweaked to don the sound of the season, to be relevant to the buying generation… some bands have made a career of this… reworking songs, Westlife being obvious suspects, One Direction is also bordering on that direction, and if you’re a fan, you’re probably mad at me for saying that, you’re also probably 12 years old and of course wouldn’t know which classics they’ve reworked.

With this new year we’re in, we can expect tons of new music, and with that, we’ll probably get an okay amount of “covers”. Covers can go either way, they can be better than the original, like when rock band Seether decided to do “Careless Whisper” by George Michaels/WHAM or when Florence + The Machine did “You’ve Got The Love”, When Marilyn Manson did “Tainted Love”, when The Fray did Kanye West’s “Heartless”… I could go on and on. On the other hand, one can easily hate an artist for screwing up with a great song, like when Miley Cyrus attempted singing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana…

Just looking at our itunes local charts, focusing on some of the top ten numbers, at number 7 we have the song that took us to 2015, “Koze Kuse” by DJ Merlon ft Mondli Ngcobo, a song about getting down til’ dawn, yet with a decent amount of attention, one can understand that it’s less about the current but more about party vibes that have already been experienced and being able to live off those high times. At number 3 we have the spanking new Kanye West ft Paul McCartney release titled “Only One”, a song Kanye feels was sung to him and through him by his late mother Dr Donda West to his daughter North West as in the early development of the song whilst listening to the recording, Kanye couldn’t recall actually singing the words “(Hello my) only one” which happens to be the meaning behind “Kanye”, a name his mother picked for him. At number 1… well, you won’t believe this, but at number 1 we have a cover song, Ben Haenow’s rendition of One Republic’s “Something I Need”, I can’t say if it’s better than the original but it definitely has South Africa and the rest of the world buying. Let’s see who’s at the top next time. Cheers.