Daley – Alone Together (Acoustic)

I may be extremely late with posting this one seeing that it was released to YouTube back in April of 2013, but since it’s still some great singing from an artist with a gifted voice I’m sure you’ll love it just the same. The original is a classic song with its music video garnering over 2 million views. That version features the talented Marsha Ambrosius, and if you’ve never heard it I’ve included it below. Once you hear the original, I think you can appreciate the range Daley has with his vocal styling. You may also get a better sense of what the song means if you pay attention to the acoustic version. Either way, enjoy the talent that is Daley and thanks for stopping by 3GW.

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Worth 1000

Well it’s Monday again. That means it’s time for the latest installment of Worth 1000. So take a look at this weeks collection and if you’re inspired by any of them feel free to comment with 1, 1000, or just 3 good words that come to your mind when you look at them. Also, you can click the individual photos to see some of the words that come to mind from some of us at 3GW.

– Supreme Soul

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DJ Supreme Soul – Loose Cannon Part 2

I bring to you the 2nd edition of the Loose Cannon series featuring hip hop and R&B music both new and old. It has songs from hip hop gurus Nas, J. Cole, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, and Kanye West, while also bringing some R&B feel to it with Jonell, Chris Brown, and Total. Altogether, about 25 minutes of good music to help you get through whatever task you’re tackling at the time. Click the link below to listen to the mix and if you enjoy it enough there is also a place where you can download it after clicking the link. Thanks for checking us out at 3GW and happy listening.

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Click here to listen to and download DJ Supreme Soul’s Loose Cannon Part 2

Fruitvale Station

If you are living in the U.S. and you don’t know the name Trayvon Martin by now then I would be quite shocked considering all the media attention that his case has garnered since the trial ended with the bombshell decision. Yet, If you are living and the U.S. and don’t know the name Oscar Grant III, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit seeing that before I came across this movie trailer I didn’t know who he was either. To read and see what happened to Mr. Grant in 2008 was more shocking to me than what happened to Trayvon Martin. At the same time, it was definitely a reaffirmation that the world of today hasn’t changed much from the times of decades ago where race dictated a vast amount of what did and did not happen. Being a black man, I feel connected to these two stories, to these two young men, and to these two situations.

I was Trayvon Martin when I was 17 years old. I wore that same style of hoodie. I ate that same candy. I had that same mindset that if someone was following me that you had to fight your way out of it, and not run because if you did then you would be running for the rest of your life.

I was Oscar Grant III when I was 22 years old. I have been accused of wrongdoing because I was in a group with other black men. I have been spoken to as if I had committed a crime when I had done nothing of the sort. It sad to say that this is a regular occurrence, and I’m truly not surprised that much has not changed in all this time.

I’m not surprised by the recent events and their outcomes. Whether it be a reduced sentence in one trial to no conviction in the other, the things that have transpired are indeed eye-opening to how bad things truly are for minorities. The idea of sitting by silently and sulking about things was not something I was comfortable with, so I decided to pass on the news of the amazing film about the last day of Oscar Grant III’s life.

Fruitvale Station received the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it won the award for Best First Film. It stars Michael B. Jordan (as Oscar Grant III) and looks to give a fresh perspective of the tragic events that occurred on New Year’s Day 2009.

I definitely plan to see this movie and I recommend it to all those that have thoughts of how the recent events spark sadness, but has yet to inspire action. Perhaps this film can invoke in you a sense of purpose to spread the word that things that have recently transpired are not just in any sense. Even if it’s just to one single person.

Supreme Soul

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Thoughts From A Doctor: Does Mental Illness Cause Tax Fraud?

I first came across the story of a 27-year-old Rashia Wilson who received a 21 year prison sentence for tax fraud and thought “that’s a damn shame”. Why? Well as the beginning of the story goes, Rashia constantly posted about her ability to get over on the IRS via Facebook. This was made evident during her recent trial in Tampa as the U. S. attorneys read excerpts from Wilson’s page.

I’m Rashia, the queen of IRS tax fraud

I’m a millionaire for the record, so if U think indicting me will B easy it won’t, I promise you! U need more than black and white to hold me down N that’s to da rat who went N told, as if 1st lady don’t have da TPD under her spell. I run Tampa right now.

The judge over her trial states she stole over $3 million, which is a big part of why she received the harshest penalty yet in the Tampa Bay area for charges relating to stolen identity and refund fraud.

Now I will admit that reading posts like those immediately caused me to make a snap decision. “She’s guilty, and she deserves to serve time for the crime she committed.”  I mean how could someone who’s doing something like that be so brash to go on one of the most public forums in the world and continuously flaunt their criminal activities? Most people would chalk it up to there being a lack of intellect on her part, much like I assumed after reading the beginning of the story. Yet, the more I read the more the entire picture started to come into focus.

A psychologist testified that Rashia Wilson suffers from bipolar disorder first diagnosed at age 14. For those that may not know the disease by that name it’s also sometimes called manic-depressive disorder. A brief explanation of what this entails is as follows:

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression. It can lead to risky behavior, damaged relationships and careers, and even suicidal tendencies if it’s not treated.

Most people have an idea of what depression entails so I won’t go into that branch of the disorder here. However, very few people I have talked to have an understanding of what mania means and encompasses. So for the sake of clarity, I found this definition for mania to be simple and explanatory for this post:

Mania is a state of abnormally elevated or irritable mood, arousal, and/or energy levels. Mania symptoms may include excessive happiness, excitement, irritability, restlessness, increased energy, less need for sleep, racing thoughts, high sex drive, and a tendency to make grand and unattainable plans.

The very last part about a tendency to make grand and unattainable plans is why I said the picture came into focus. People who are affected by bipolar disorder who experience mania can have some of the above symptoms, but those that have the grandiose thinking are often those that have issues with various aspects of life, especially dealing with money. These people can have a tendency to show poor judgment, such as impulsively deciding to quit a job. They also can have inflated self-esteem leading to unrealistic beliefs in one’s ability, intelligence, and powers. This grandiose sense can also lead to increased reckless behaviors, such as lavish spending sprees, impulsive sexual indiscretions, abuse of alcohol or drugs, or ill-advised business decisions.

The point I’m trying to get at is that if Rashia Wilson was in a manic phase during her rants on social media, there is some explanation as to why she would continuously rave about being untouchable by law enforcement. Now, I’m not going as far as to say she deserves a pass for what she did. But, I will say that people who are untreated for their bipolar disorder can literally go to the extremes with impulsive behavior and reckless decision-making. I’ve personally had patients come and tell me that they spent all of their savings in one weekend just because they felt like they could, there was no reason not to, and they felt invincible. Yes, invincible. It’s quite a sight to see, and if you know what it looks like you definitely won’t forget it.

It is because of this concept I was reminded that you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover. As cliché as that saying is, it still holds true in many instances and different facets of health care. Before you look down on someone for their decisions I recommend you get to know the true nature of that person. You may find that  there is more going on with them than meets the eye, and their seemingly ridiculous actions and thoughts originate from something other than a wanting to disregard common conventions.

You can choose to do this or not. In the end you have to make your own decisions and live with them. After all, these are just thoughts from a doctor…

– Supreme Soul

3GW’s Top Albums of 1st Half of 2013

The following will be what I consider to be the top albums of 2013 thru the first 6 months or so. We all may have different reasons behind why we listen to certain albums, and there may be some overlap between our individual lists. Regardless of that, you will still be able to find some recommendations that may not have been on your radar and discover your new favorite artist all at the same time.

– Supreme Soul

Criteria:

My criteria for “must have albums” are simple: 1) have amazing music, 2) the album must be able to played in its entirety with little to no skipping of tracks, 3) you should be able to name at least 2 or 3 tracks from it without having to be reminded or hear them, and 4) when in doubt, see numbers 1 thru 3.

Picks:

Unknown1) J. Cole Born Sinner: I wasn’t surprised that this album was good, but to see it was on the level it has been on since being released was quite surprising to me. I’m a fan of J. Cole and if you read some of our earlier posts you can tell I appreciate his lyricism. On this album he teams that lyricism with amazing production which I believe took him to another level. In the production of this album he uses quite a bit of samples, and I think he uses them well enough to keep the flow of the album from track to track consistent yet, not too overpowering. He keeps his tracks free from being overly commercialized and stays true to things that seem very close to his current state. I always appreciate hip hop that is not about being overly flashy or extremely ignorant so for that I can definitely listen to each song on repeat without feeling like my brain cells have been decimated. Some of my favorite tracks from the album are Let Nas Down, Power Trip, and Forbidden Fruit (which features a sample by one of my all time favorite hip hop groups).

the-dream-iv-play2) The-Dream IV Play: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of The-Dream. I’ve rarely listened to his music except for the singles on the radio and a few other songs on his album here and there. I mention this because I’m almost sure that most of this album has similarities to his other albums, but for some reason I was drawn to this one more than his earlier music. The majority of his songs are for adult audiences only if you catch my drift. If this doesn’t bother you and you also don’t mind vulgarity being sung in a very blunt manner then you can listen in past the first few tracks and be entertained thoroughly. I will say that despite the above being a regular occurrence on multiple tracks, he has some songs that come from a genuine place that apparently is filled with pain and other emotions from relationship issues. This is what actually drew me to this album. More specifically, his live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon which I featured in an earlier post. If interested, you should check that one out here, otherwise tracks I suggest are Turnt, Equestrian, IV Play, Too Early, and Michael.

falloutboy3) Fall Out BoySave Rock and Roll: I’m behind on being a fan of Fall Out Boy. So much that I didn’t even know they had a new album out, but was glad to see they didn’t miss a beat on this album. They have great song writing and a wide range of styles from track to track. I was not bored one bit when listening to the album and was even impressed at how they used features from a few artists on this album. They are a favorite band of mine and I would recommend you check out the album if you’re trying to get into some type of rock and roll, but don’t know where to start. I’m not a guru of rock music at all, and would never claim to be. Yet, this group has done well in my book and could easily be liked for those of us that are not the biggest fans of rock and roll. Either way, some songs from the album I thought were worthy to mention were The Phoenix, The Mighty Fall, and My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark.

Talib-Kweli-Prisoner-Of-Conscious4) Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious: Kweli albums may come a bit sporadically, but they are usually filled with supreme lyricism and masterful storytelling. The only thing that sometimes doesn’t hit the mark is the production that comes along with these other strengths. Well this time, it was spot on. From the beginning to the end, production compliments style and delivery. In fact, the style and production went so well I bet even those that aren’t die-hard Kweli fans could enjoy this album and all it encompasses. He also brings in some very soulful R&B artists (Miguel and Melanie Fiona) for features on select songs which further elevated the albums appeal to me. For fear of sounding like a broken record I will stop there with the praises for this album. Some songs that speak to what I was saying include Turnt Up, Come Here, Push Thru, and Ready Set Go.

Fantasia-Side-Effects-of-You-2013-Album-Tracklist5) Fantasia Side Effects of You: I was told about this album initially by a coworker, and me being a person that has never listened to any full Fantasia album I didn’t think much of it. Yet, as I checked my Instagram account on several occasions in the following days and weeks I kept seeing people talking about how good it was. So I finally took a listen for myself and could easily see why they were making these comments. She captured a lot of emotion in this album and found a unique and appealing way to deliver that emotion to the listener. She has songs that are relate-able on many levels, from the songs about love and admiration to songs about resentment and disgust for a former flame. I think it is an album that won’t lose its place with listeners regardless of time, which is quite difficult to do when it comes to R&B music these days. Songs I recommend to listeners are Supernatural Love, If I Was A Bird, Change Your Mind, and End of Me.

jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grail16) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail: I’m sure by now most have formed some opinion of this album for one reason or another. Perhaps on the way it was introduced to the general public. The way it was marketed to a select group of smart phone users. The title of it or the musical heavyweights used for its production. Whatever the reason, Jay-Z keeps finding new ways to stay on top of the hip hop game. I happen to think he could have done that by just releasing the album in traditional fashion simply because the music on this album is just that good. It also has a wide variety of songs and features which makes it different from some artists in the hip hop world that seemingly have their tracks on repeat since each song is damn near a mirror image of its counterparts. Jay-Z brought his A game with the lyrics more than likely creating new phrases that will undoubtedly become social media hash tags and catch phrases. Add that to the seemingly endless features with just about all the big names of R&B and hip hop, including wife Beyonce, and you have yet another classic album from Mr. Sean Carter. Love it or hate it, Jay-Z is an icon in the hip hop world, and I think that this album just adds to that legacy. Some songs that stood out to me were Holy Grail, Tom Ford, F.U.T.W., Somewhere In America, and Part II (On The Run).

justin-timberlake-20-20-experience-first-listen7) Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience: I could say a lot about this album, but I think I will go with the less is more approach for this joint. So to put it plainly, an amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing album. The hiatus that was taken to release his 3rd studio album can definitely be forgiven in my book since it was just that damn good. 2 songs in 1, pretty much creating an instant remix within the album is something he brought to the last album, but this one takes that concept to another level. I’ll leave it at that, but know that it’s another classic album from JT. Songs I would check out are Don’t Hold The Wall, Body Count, Suit and Tie, Mirrors, and Tunnel Vision.

There are a few other albums that could make my list, but I will say that those aren’t as good as the ones I just mentioned. That doesn’t mean that they are not a top album. Just means that I’ll save those for another time seeing that there are 7 albums above that will keep your ears busy for some time. Thanks for reading along and keep reading for some more top albums from the rest of the 3GW crew.

Well that’s it for this post. Thanks for stopping by and reading along with all of us here at 3GW. If we missed any albums or there are any recommendations for us to check out please let us know in the comment section.