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“Pray For Me” – Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd

The song “Pray For Me” from the Black Panther soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd really has you thinking about the lyrics. It’s one of those songs that makes you look at the bigger picture and feel a deeper feeling then you were expecting. The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar’s collaboration for this song is fantastic. It really couldn’t be any more perfect. Once you listen to the whole song through it makes you think, wow, I need to hear that again.

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The Weeknd

The song begins with The Weeknd straight up sharing some true feelings. He starts off, “I’m always ready for a war again. Go down that road again. It’s all the same. I’m always ready to take a life again. You know I’ll ride again. It’s all the same.” Then he gets real and starts sharing some true feelings, “Who gon’ pray for me? Take my pain for me? Save my soul for me?” After these few versus it starts to make the listener think, feel and connect to the song on a different level.

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Kendrick Lamar

It gets even better when Kendrick Lamar pipes in. He goes, “I fight the world, I fight you, I fight myself. I fight God, just tell me how many burdens left. I fight pain and hurricanes, today I wept. I’m tryna fight back tears, flood on my doorsteps. Life a livin’ hell, puddles of blood in the streets.” He doesn’t go full blast here but you can feel the sharp anger in his lyrics. I find that to be pretty powerful!

“Pray For Me” is pretty intense and continues to escalate as the song goes on. It’s powerful words and deeper meaning bring out the best in the lyrics and really make you think. After I heard it for the first time I just sat there and thought about it for a minute. I kept listening to it and would pull out different emotions each time. Such a good song! If you haven’t heard it yet definitely check it out. Get ready to feel some feels!

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Lil Yachty says “Lil Boat 2” is in the Works!

Lil Yachty’s first release that propelled him from McDonald’s line cook, to platinum selling artist was his song “One Night.” The song was featured in a meme video that then went viral, sending Yachty on the path to stardom. He then built an entire mixtape around the song to hit the demand of his newly gained fan base. This album was called, “Lil Boat.”

The tape went crazy within the hip-hop, and even the pop communities, selling crazy numbers, with his follow up album, “Teenage Emotions,” tanking in comparison. His fans wanted the old, fun Lil Yachty back.

Yesterday, the rapper went to social media with some good news for these fans,

We don’t exactly know what we can expect from the rapper on this album, but if he plans on following trend, then we might be getting the soundtrack to our 2018 summer!

 

 

Kuumba Lynx: A Movement

by Da’Nelle Grier

Founded in 1996 by three women, Jaquanda Villeges, Leida Garcia-Mukwacha, and Jacinda Bullie, Kuumba Lynx is an urban arts organization that seeks to develop the youth through Hip-Hop. Many of Chicago’s talented artists, educators, activists, and youth communities come together every year to contribute to the young minds of Kuumba Lynx, and inspire them to strive for success through art.

Kuumba Lynx organizes various events throughout each year, such as performances, film screenings, art-making workshops, and more. These open-to-the-public events create opportunities for an estimated 1,000 members and 1,500 non-members, further spreading their influential urban artistry and activism to all who will receive it.

Although their events mostly occur in the Uptown, Little Village, and Austin neighborhoods, Kuumba Lynx’s participants are very diverse. Collectively, they represent over 27 Chicago communities, various ethnic backgrounds, and ages 8 – 25.

To learn more about Kuumba Lynx and their volunteer opportunities, visit their website here.