Tag Archives: 2018

“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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God’s Plan is TOP of the BILLBOARD HOT 100

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God’s plan makes it to the top of the HOT Billboard 100. Way to Go, Drake! I believe this song has earned its place in the bill. The concept of the song itself and the video is different and breaks stereotypes and like that Grape Juice article rightly said, the video tosses the rule book out of the window for a hit single.

Drake has proved that it is not all about the flashy cars, women, million dollar mansions, “ill” effects, that make a video popular but you can gain popularity or be appreciated through simplicity, and these elements are seen in the God’s Plan video. He gives away all of the $996,631.90, which was the budget for the video.

He made everyone a part of the production. The focus was on the community for a change and various people who needed some financial support, and not all about the artist. Through this Hit Single, he definitely touched lived. Drake definitely drove this a different direction.

So inspiring!!!

No More Jimmy, Will Bulls Still Get Buckets?

 

The Chicago Bulls are coming off an offseason where they not only let go of Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, but they also traded their star player in Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s safe to say this officially starts the rebuild that most of the fans have wanted since last year. That being said, who’s going to play where? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to make up the bench mob? Here’s how I think the rotation should be (before Zach Lavine comes back from his knee injury):

PG: Dunn/Grant 

SG: Zipser/Holliday

SF: Valentine/Mirotic

PF: Markkanen/Portis/Mirotic 

  C: Lopez/Felicio 

Coach Hoiberg has already worked with Kris Dunn on his jumper, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll truly add a spark to the first unit with his already top tier defensive and passing skills. Jerian Grant can provide some decent-to-good shooting off the bench. 

Paul Zipser has come out of nowhere with a jump in his development after being the 46th pick in the draft pick last year. His 3-point prowess and athleticism on both sides of the ball should prove effective going forward. As far as Justin Holliday, he should be getting a bit of a bigger role with the Bulls after averaging 7.7 PPG with the Knicks last year. As long as he works on creating his own shot, he should be good to go. 

I see Denzel Valentine potentially having a breakout season after suffering a few injuries and playing limited action behind Butler and Wade. If he can be as effective offensively as he is defensively, he may very well be a sleeper player to watch on the new look team. As for Nikola Mirotic, I see him playing both the three and the four. I can only hope that he can have a more consistent shot and be more helpful defensively. I don’t have much faith in him to be honest. 

Provided Lauri Markkanen has no setbacks with his back injury, I expect him to be in the starting lineup. He has everything you look for normally in a big man and he has a silky smooth three ball. Plus with the agility for his size to go with it, expect the poor man’s Kristaps Porzingis to make an immediate impact on both the team and the fans. 

For the center position, expect Robin Lopez to be, well, Robin Lopez. While not much of a scorer, he can protect the paint and rebound with the best of them. Unless you’re a do-it-all like Karl Anthony Towns, Robin Lopez does exceptionally well in his role and will continue to the fan favorite that he was last year. As for Cristiano Felicio, who knows what role he’ll play? Will he be used as a scorer? Defender? Maybe both? Either way I hope he can make major improvements to his game as a whole to prove he belongs.

Here’s to a hopefully good season.

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