DJ Supreme Soul – Perseverance Mix

I made this mix of hip hop on the fly and saw an underlying theme when listening to the playback. To me it speaks of what I call “the will of a hustler” referring to the mindset of never letting failure beset you. Whether you’re putting on a smiling face in troubled times, believing that you’re going to the top against all odds, or simply having the feeling like you need to celebrate when all the hard work pays off, this mix features songs that expand on these thoughts and emotions. You just have to pay attention to the stories told by the lyrics to grasp the overall concept:

I shall succeed.

By any means necessary.

No excuses.

– Supreme Soul (aka DJ Supreme Soul)

Muhammad Ali v George Foreman

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J. Cole – Born Sinner

Since today is the official release day of the J. Cole album Born Sinner, and since it’s Political K‘s birthday and she’s a J. Cole fan as well, I figured it would be a good day to put up some interviews and performances of the young rapper relevant to the new album. It comes from a visit to Power 106‘s Big Boy’s Neighborhood and viewers got a chance to see a few different sides of Mr. Cole. In one segment of the interview he discusses his first job ever while in another segment he talks about what his rap name was before he became J. Cole. In all it’s cool to see an artist come to a show and be down to earth where the fans and listeners can relate to his stories. I think it sits well for those that happen to enjoy humility in an entertainer over arrogance. So check out the videos below and enjoy. Oh and Happy Birthday Political K!!!

– Supreme Soul

J. Cole - Born Sinner

Just because I like this song I decided to post even though it’s not on the new album.

J. Cole – N*ggaz Know

I haven’t had time to fully listen to it yet, but from what I can see and hear it sounds like another dope track from J. Cole. This track is the 3rd single from his upcoming album entitled Born Sinner, which is set to be released on June 18th. On the track he takes a moment to bask in his success and admits to being a changed man. Add the fact that he pays homage to the late great Notorious B.I.G. in several ways, and Mr. Cole just may have an eventual classic on his hands. Take a listen and enjoy.

– Supreme Soul

J. Cole - Niggaz-Know-Art

J. Cole – Can I Live

Needless to say, I’m a fan of J. Cole‘s music. I actually first heard about him from my older brother (what up G-4), and have been enjoying his lyricism ever since. I mention that because I’m a fan of music that tells a good story. I find very few songs in hip hop these days do just that unless it’s about them bragging on all they supposedly do and all they supposedly have. But I’ll save that post for another day.

Anyways, J. Cole has quite a few songs where he’s doing the aforementioned storytelling. Some of them are simple stories, while others are a bit more climatic. I find that to be the case with his song Can I Live from his mixtape entitled The Warm Up. Every time I get to the end of the song I find myself listening in-mesmerized at the picture he paints of a young man asking for more time in this world after seemingly fatal shots contact him in front of his friends. The song has no chorus throughout until the end of the verses he delivers, and I must say I don’t think any are needed until this point in the song. I say this because at that very point when you hear him utter the words “Can I live?” is when you realize why it received its title. I also believe that very same point is what makes me love this song, its symbolism, and overall delivery.

Hopefully I haven’t built it up too much to where the expectations are higher than they should be, but I’ll let you be the judge. Take a listen to the song and if you feel the same please share a comment. Thanks for reading and listening in here at 3GW.

Supreme Soul

thewarmup

J. Cole – Kenny Lofton feat. Young Jeezy

So I will admit that I missed this track when it first was mentioned to me. In fact I missed the entire mixtape when it was first mentioned to me. But luckily enough my friends are persistent in keeping me on what’s worth listening to on most days so I eventually got around to listening in. When I first took that listen to Kenny Lofton,  my attention was immediately grabbed by the beat behind the lyrics. In fact, I happen to enjoy that almost as much as I enjoyed the lyrical content of the song. The production for this track comes from Canei Finch, and he did an amazing job of sampling Hurt by The Manhattans. If you read my earlier piece on samples you will know that I’m big on their use, and if done properly they can even make an original song sound better. At least in my opinion. Either way, the set up for J. Cole and Young Jeezy was perfect for them to give us a joint that tells a story that is poetic and realistic for many people who’ve had the pleasure of it gracing their ears.

I won’t go on and on about it. I will just let you check it out for yourself. Listen to both the complete song and its instrumental below. If the song moves you to check out more, the mixtape which it belongs to is entitled Truly Yours 2. Thanks for stopping by 3GW.

Supreme Soul

J. Cole - Truly Yours 2