*Featured image courtesy of keepin’ it real*

Miles’ Pick

If you happened to log onto Twitter at all yesterday, than chances are you saw tweets concerning the online feud between artists Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa.

With what started from Wiz Khalifa talking about his marijuana strain named “KK”, Kanye West attacked him through a series of tweets all because he believed Khalifa was mentioning his wife, Kim Kardashian.

Among the many tweets Kanye directed towards Wiz, one in particular caught my eye:


Personally, I have no input on this twitter argument, nor the opinion that Wiz Khalifa got his style from Kid Cudi. I believe this whole situation was very distasteful and stupid, but I did walk away from it with one thing in mind.

What Kanye was referencing was the fact that when Kid Cudi was his protege as new artist, his sound was very unique and practically unheard of. His ability to incorporate hip-hop and psychedelic sounds mixed in with his own singing was something that inspired a lot of artists. This unique sound set a trend in hip-hop and is responsible for a lot of music we hear today in the genre.

Since Kid Cudi’s start, he has released five solo albums. Of these five, his most successful was his first, Man On the Moon: The End of Day. Released in 2009, this album is a classic. With features including Kanye West, Common, MGMT, Ratatat, Chip Tha Ripper, and Wale, this album was one of a kind.

My favorite song off this album is Hyyer feat. Chip Tha Ripper. Every time I listen to this song, it feels like the first time I heard it. The instrumental features a soulful Early Morning Love by Lou Rawls sample that sets the overall mood. With Chip Tha Ripper and Cudi exchanging verses over this mesmerizing beat, you could not ask for more. This song will make you feel like going for a nice Sunday drive in a car you probably cannot afford, but it is for that reason why it is my Throwback Thursday choice. Below, you can check this song out for yourself and hopefully, feel the same way I do about it.

Zach’s Pick 

I love Phish. Surprised? You probably shouldn’t be. Especially if you have come in contact with me in any setting for more than 5 minutes. I love them. They’re fun, they jam, and their concerts are a spectacle within themselves. Every time.

This Throwback Thursday, I’m sending it back to last summer at the Mann Center from night one 8/11/15. El Pescado threw a wonderful two-night run in our city, and this jam tops the list.

While the whole night was filled with amazing live jams – like an unbelievable Fuego and a sick Bowie – this sequence really stood out for various reasons. Another great thing about this night at the Mann was that the first song was teased for the entire night.

Well, I won’t bore you with more reminiscing on Phish shows. Enjoy this MONSTER of a sandwich! Martian Monster > Axilla I > Skin It Back > Martian Monster

(Video shot by LazyLightning55a)


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