Travis Scott Live

A few weeks ago–April 19th to be specific–I went to Travis Scott’s Bird’s Eye View Tour with three friends. I’ve been a huge Travis Scott fan since he released Owl Pharaoh and I was aware of the energy he brings to concert. In the days leading up to the concert, I was online constantly watching videos of him performing live. Afterwards, I knew what to expect: mosh pits, bright lights, and overall, an ongoing party.

I got just that and then some.

Honestly, this was one of the craziest and most exciting nights of my life. I knew it’d be good, but I didn’t know it’d be that good. I’ll summarize the night as it went for me.

We wait in line. That’s nothing new if you’ve ever been to a concert; it’s standard procedure.

Next, we go inside and buy merchandise. I just bought one shirt because I wasn’t looking to spend a whole lot, but that being said, the tour shirts were nice.

Once we’re inside, I’d say we waited for about 45 minutes to an hour. After that, Travis’s DJ came on to open and just play some songs. It was hype for maybe 20 minutes, but he stayed on for an hour. Definitely overstayed his welcome.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Travis came on. It was electrifying. Once he stepped on stage, the mood shifted in a matter of seconds. Mosh pits formed within minutes. People were bouncing everywhere. Utter insanity.

He went through a great setlist which included the likes of Uber Everywhere, Antidote, 3500, goosebumps, pick up the phone, and there was even an unexpected guest.

Drake. Yes. I said Drake.

Overall, the concert was great. I’d highly recommend that you snag a ticket if he hasn’t came to your city yet. IMG_9431IMG_9387

Music Monday

I felt the need to write something today, but I wasn’t sure what to talk about. I forgot that Music Monday was a thing, though. So by default, this is what I’m writing about. I’m just going to jump into the three albums I’ve been listening to a lot this past week.

Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

This has been on repeat a lot this past week because I went to Travis Scott’s concert in Portland, Oregon on April 19th (which I might give my opinion on later). I’ve faded away from this album as it grows older, but as I revisited it in preparation for the concert, I remembered how great it was. Nearly every track is a high point for me. I’ll put the album on shuffle and just enjoy listening to it. Except for beibs in the trap, which is an awful song. I’m glad I revisited this album, nonetheless. There is a great variety of kinds of songs, and I think Travis did all of them exceptionally well.

Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street

I’ve been on this trek to find albums that my dad played in the car when I was a young child, and I finally stumbled onto this Grateful Dead album. Fire on the Mountain and I Need A Miracle brought back so many memories of myself in the backseat of my dad’s Ford Expedition, that it was impossible for me to dislike this album. Is this the best album ever made? Not even a debate that the answer is no, but that being said, I’m emotionally connected to this album. So this being on repeat somewhat brought me back to my early childhood, and I appreciate the fact that music can do that.

Tyler, The Creator – Goblin

Tyler’s feature on Frank Ocean’s single Biking made me want to go back and listen to Tyler, The Creator, so that’s what I did. I traveled into the past and listened to the first album I ever heard from Tyler: Goblin. I guess this fits into the same category as Shakedown Street because I’m somewhat emotionally connected to it. This isn’t a fantastic album; it’s probably not even the best album Tyler has ever made. Even still, I love Goblin.

Music Monday

I’ve been pretty busy this past week, and it doesn’t look like that’ll change in the foreseeable future. So I might as well find some different songs to listen to and share for Music Monday. I’m just going to jump into it real quick; there’s no need for a huge introduction. For this week, I’ll give you two songs and one album that I’ve been listening to a lot.

Playboi Carti – Carti Season

Playboi Carti’s debut album was a success in my eye. I’ve always been fond of his music for some reason, but I could easily see why he wouldn’t appeal to typical rap fans. That being said, I love the beats off of this album, and a few songs stick out to me as the best ones. wokeuplikethis, Half & Half, and New Choppa are definitely the ones I find myself coming back to. The A$AP Rocky feature on New Choppa is great; even better than Lil Uzi’s features which I enjoy. I would give this a listen if you’re a fan that likes the newer sound like Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty, or Migos even.

Warhol – Jugg Mane

I’ve been listening to Warhol for a while on Soundcloud, but for some reason I never came came across this song. The drop in the beginning is infectious and made me almost excited to hear the rest of the song. In my opinion, Warhol, unlike most Soundcloud rappers, can actually rap. I’d recommend this song if you like songs with a tough beat; this song is one to play loud in the car.

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Luther Vandross is on the other side of the spectrum music wise compared to Playboi Carti and Warhol. Already with a cemented status as a legend, Never Too Much sticks out of his discography to me. A great classic song with an overall great feeling. The singing is fantastic and it just feels good to listen to. I’d recommend this to anybody; it’s that great.

Music Monday (on a Late Tuesday)

I guess I should call this Music Tuesday, but to me, that doesn’t have the nice, pleasant ring to it. So because of that, I’m still calling it Music Monday.

Now that I cleared that up, I want to say why I’ve been listening to these three albums that I will soon list off. If you’re reading this and am unaware of who I am, I’m a senior in high school. A stressful time–college decisions, scholarship applications, and attempting to do the homework you already have. Oh yeah. Sports, too. While doing all this work, I don’t want to listen to obnoxious music because it’ll distract me. For this reason, the three albums that I listened to this past week are all ones that I think you can do homework to, or work in general.

Elton John – Yellow Brick Road 

Elton John’s best album. By miles. I really wouldn’t understand somebody saying that this is inferior to any other piece of work from Elton, but it’s all an opinion I guess. Regardless, in MY opinion, this album is as complete as an album can get. From top to bottom, this album is amazing. I wouldn’t argue if somebody said it’s perfect. I love this album that much. Starting out with Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (my favorite Elton John song), and going to Candle in the Wind and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and ending with songs like Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, it’s fantastic. I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys music because it’s impossible to dislike it. And if you’re studying, there are some great soothing tracks on the album.

Sampha – Process

I was skeptical when I listened to this album at first. I didn’t know who Sampha was, even though he sang a pretty good chorus on the track titled Saint Pablo from Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo. I’m definitely not discussing Kanye on a list about relaxing music to do work to, so getting back to Sampha, this album is great. I was really surprised when I heard Process, but pleasantly surprised. I’d say that my favorite tracks off of the album are (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano, Blood on Me, and Reverse Faults. That being said, that shouldn’t take away from every other tracks–they’re all good, quality songs. Being very smooth with a slow tempo for most of the album, it makes it easy to do work to. That’s why I would recommend it.

Roy Woods – Waking at Dawn

Roy Woods always seems to impress me, whether it’s singing over simple yet melodic beats, or rapping over a more uptempo beat. His rapping is the stereotypical rapping, though. It’s kind of like when Migos or Lil Uzi Vert attempts to sing/rap over more of a slow beat, except with Roy Woods, he can actually sing so his rap is still in a higher pitch. Odd to hear in a form of text, but listen for yourself and you’ll see what I’m saying in a very poor way is actually true.

These beats don’t contain much substance if I’m honest. Their aren’t any changes in tempo or any bridges to string a song along, but I think that’s what makes it easy to listen to. I often find myself repeating You Love It, Down Girl, Switch, and She Knows About Me. Four great songs that I would highly recommend putting on a homework playlist if you have one.

Music Monday

For those that don’t know me, I love music. I wouldn’t say I’ve invested my time into music, but if somebody said that, I wouldn’t argue with them. I don’t make music–I listen to it. A lot. Everywhere I go you can see me with a pair of Apple headphones in my ears. What I’m listening to day to day changes. That’s why every Monday I’ll review music. Three albums or songs that I’ve been listening to that previous week will be reviewed; essentially it’ll be me giving my opinion and whether or not it’s actually worth a listen, regardless of how much I like it.

For the first Music Monday, I’ll be reviewing three albums that I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past week.

Lianne La Havas – Blood

I became an instant fan of Lianne when I listened to her performance on an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. If you haven’t, I recommend you listen to that–you’ll become a fan, too. In simple terms, her music is soothing. It’s very easy to sit back and just listen to this album without thinking too much about it; the flow is smooth and just enjoyable to listen to. My favorite track on the album is Tokyo, but Green & Gold is an extremely close second. To be honest, it went back and forth from day to day. The one downfall to this album is the song Never Get Enough. I just thought it didn’t fit the mood to the rest of the album with it’s very upbeat and loud chorus. But I would highly recommend this album to any kind of listener.

Injury Reserve – Floss

This is one of my favorite albums. Ever. Injury Reserve really came through with this album from top to bottom. Oh Shit!!! is an amazing opening track that really got me interested. All This Money keeps the upbeat, club-banger feeling to the album. As the album progresses, the mood shifts from upbeat to more of a reflective and quiet kind. Everything about this album is good to me. Honestly, everything about it is great. One of the most complete albums I’ve heard, and in my opinion, one of the best album released in 2016. I would definitely recommend to a listener that enjoys club type music, or rap music in general.

Madvillain – Madvillainy

The collaboration between MC’s and producers MF DOOM and Madlib turned out better than I expected from listening to the rest of DOOM’s discography. Not to take anything from his fantastic music, but this is steps above anything else he wrote. The beats, samples, and lyrics flow so well and it sounds unique, but a good unique. My favorite tracks are Accordian, Figaro, Fancy Clown, and All Caps. All Caps is by far my favorite track due to the nice beat and flow, but there isn’t really a downside to the lyrical content anywhere on this album. One thing that I would want to see is longer songs. Pretty much every song is one minute to two and half minutes, but it’s so good you just want more. I love this album, but I’d really only recommend it to those that enjoy rap from the late 90’s or early 2000’s.