Life is Good and Channel Orange

July 17 is going to be a GREAT day in music. Both Frank Ocean and Nas’s albums shall be dropping on that day and guess which music enthusiast shall be picking them up ASAPity….THIS GUY! Here’s the cover art and track listing for both albums. SN: That’s definitely Kelis’s (Nas’s former wife) wedding dress sitting on Nas’s lap in the cover art.

Life is Good Tracklist:

1. No Introduction (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
2. Loco-Motive feat. Large Professor (Produced by No I.D.)
3. A Queens Story (Produced by Salaam Remi)
4. Accident Murderers feat. Rick Ross (Produced by No I.D.)
5. Daughters (Produced by No I.D.)
6. Reach Out feat. Mary J. Blige (Produced by Salaam Remi, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Hot Day & Nas)
7. World’s An Addiction feat. Anthony Hamilton (Produced by Salaam Remi)
8. Summer On Smash feat. Miguel & Swizz Beatz (Produced by Swizz Beatz)
9. You Wouldn’t Understand feat. Victoria Monet (Produced by Buckwild)
10. Back When (Produced by No I.D.)
11. The Don (Produced by Salaam Remi, Heavy D & Da Internz)
12. Stay (Produced by No I.D.)
13. Cherry Wine feat. Amy Winehouse (Produced by Salaam Remi)
14. Bye Baby (Produced by Salaam Remi & 40)

Bonus Tracks for Deluxe Edition:

15. Nasty (Produced by Salaam Remi)
16. The Black Bond (Produced by Salaam Remi)
17. Roses (Produced by Al Shux)
18. Where’s The Love feat. Cocaine 80s (Produced by No I.D.)
19. Trust (Produced by Boi 1da) (iTunes Bonus Track)
20. The Don (Don Dada Remix) (Produced by Salaam Remi & Heavy D) (Japan Bonus Track)

In Your Arms by Kina

Forget the song. I don’t even care about the song. It’s the video I’m impressed with. It’s so innovative. This 3 minute 25 second video took and entire year to make. The work on it was so meticulous it’s damn near ridiculous. I’m impressed. Watch the video below. Then watch the making of the video. Now tell me, would your really be able to put that much time and energy into one music video?

The making of video

F*ck I Look Like?

This poem by Kai Davis is THE TRUTH! I love it. Completely understand the struggle relayed in her words.

SN: Bogans and Angeli might be the only ones to get this reference but this poem reminded me of a quote in Wyatt Cenac’s stand-up when he was talking about how a viewer on youtube called a cat jumping in and out of a box a “nigger cat.”

“This box represents the duality between trying to live in a homogenized society while at the same time struggling to hold on to your fragmented cultural identity. Because those two worlds are constantly in conflict, you must jump between them like a nigger cat.”