This week I am listening to the song “Leviathan” by G-Eazy from his album, “The Beautiful & Damned.” I always skipped over this song on the album but it randomly came on and it slaps very hard. The beat in the back is really catchy with the lyrics providing double meanings of what it’s like to have a dark personality. The definition of Leviathan is something that is strong and powerful, a sea monster that destroys everything around it which is the exact vibe that the song gives off.
Since it is a rap song, the dark subjects about nightlife, vices, and other “sins” that are discussed tie directly to the religious title. This represents double meaning of religion and the message that when you give in to your vices, it can become a powerful addiction that completely takes over you. I never thought that G-Eazy put references like that into his songs, so, I was surprised when I was able to put two and two together. I think it’s a great message for those who are a part of the party scene but besides that, it has been stuck in my head for the past few days. I’m such a huge G-Eazy fan so it is fitting that my favorite song at the moment is by him.
If you’re familiar with the Chicago artist movement, including Saba and Chance the Rapper, maybe you’ve heard the name Jamila Woods. If you haven’t of her, maybe you’ve unknowingly listened to her featured on such songs like “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment and “White Privilege II” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. She went to my high school (Saint Ignatius College Prep), and from there on, attended Brown University. Her song, “LSD,” has been something I’ve been listening to each day for the past year. For anybody who isn’t from Chicago, the title refers to Lake Shore Drive, an expressway which is considered a prominent landmark in Chicago.
It is understandable how the title could be confused with the popular drug from the 1960s though. The song describes the pride of being an African American from Chicago in the trippiest way possible. Chicago is a part of Jamila, as she uses the imagery of Lake Michigan frequently. Just like she was featured on “Sunday Candy,” Chance the Rapper’s verse appears in the middle of the song. The rap serves as a way to enhance Jamila’s point: Though Chicago is depicted as a terrible place by the media, that isn’t discouraging her from leaving even if she’s disappointed by the reality of gun violence. Ultimately, both Jamila and Chance are proud of where they’re from, and it’s impossible to love them without having an appreciation of the city as well.
I wouldn’t say I have seasonal depression, but the January-February slump is definitely real to me. I spend most of my time during these two months hulled up in my room or a Starbucks searching for music that can brighten my mood while I impatiently stare out the window waiting for the planet to warm up again. Thankfully Pharrell and the rest of N.E.R.D. pulled through with their self-titled album from 2017. Of all the songs off of this rich album (I mean literally all the songs on this album are a vibe), I would have to recommend “Deep Down Body Thurst.”
The song is upbeat but also mellow with a good emotional build that all together makes for a weapon that perfectly combats the negative emotions and feelings I have towards this time of year. The song’s lyrics also have a message of tolerance and respect towards minorities and immigrants and it speaks of the inevitability of people’s mistaken, intolerant views catching up with them, which I believe melds incredibly well with the effortlessness in Pharrell’s voice and in the sound of the synths and drums. I mean it’s also Pharrell and the man is a master at writing catchy, unique, and deep music, who doesn’t like Pharrell?
Another week and I have still found no new music to obsess over. Recently, my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify has really been letting me down which is a disappointment because that’s usually where I have the best finds. I don’t know if it is because I feel like lately I’ve been bored with my usual music taste or if it’s actually because all the music Spotify is recommending just sucks, but I used to think every week I found songs I absolutely loved on that playlist and now it’s bone dry.
When I have been listening to music this week, it’s mostly been throwbacks that I know I can always rely on. Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Beyoncé have all been go-tos of mine, specifically their older albums like “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry “Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded” by Rihanna and “I AM…SASHA FIERCE” by Beyoncé. The songs take me back to middle school when times were much simpler and these are always songs that I can jam out to no matter what type of mood I’m in or what time of day it is. With exams, projects, and the gloomy weather, I’ve been relying on classic pick me up songs to get me through the day, at least until I can find some new music that’s even worth mentioning.
This week I have been listening to a lot of throwbacks. I recently watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” and have been on a Queen kick. First of all, if you haven’t seen the movie, I would definitely suggest you see it. It was fantastic (in my opinion) and Rami Malek played a solid Freddie Mercury. I’ve always been a fan of the oldies and classic rock; however, watching that movie re-ignited that passion for me. I have been particularly enjoying Queen’s songs, “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Love Of My Life,” “Killer Queen,” and (no surprise here), “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Freddie Mercury is an absolute legend, gracing each of these tracks with his unbelievable voice. My terrible singing comes nowhere close to his mystifying and spectacular vocals, but that certainly doesn’t stop me from singing along.
Queen has been a great addition to my Spotify rotation. Any activity that I’m doing, I flip Queen on, and I instantly feel more badass. Ever listened to rock music while you’re doing the dishes? Makes it go by so much quicker and it can actually feel exciting. If you are unfamiliar with Queen and their music, I would suggest you give them a listen. They are rock legends and are a great addition to any playlist.