The Underachievers has had a big impact on me this school year. I still remember when I first listened to their songs, Devin sent me a link of their fire album when I was walking out the door on a rainy day to go to tryouts for hockey. The Underachievers is a rap group that started in Flatbush, Brooklyn. They make songs that have a beat that is always top notch. This can be shown in their song T.A.D.E.D. The Underachievers have a very fire album called Indigoism, it is the best album that I have ever heard. This album is the main thing that got me through this tough year. It might not appeal to most people because it is rap and it is a very controversial genre of music, but I am a huge fan of it. The best songs in this album is Gold Soul Theory, Herb Shuttles, and Land of Lords. The album is great to listen to whenever I need to. Every song as a very nice beat to it so when you focus you can just listen to it and focus on your work. In my house there is never quiet, somebody is always talking and since my house is very open you can hear it wherever you are. Since these songs have good background beats it helps drown out the noise. Also, when I am in a very depressed or saddened mood I listen to this album, specifically Gold Soul Theory. In the song they, The Underachievers, rap about how they used to have a very hard life and now it life is great. To me this shows how it always gets better if you try. This year I have set many goals for myself, for example learn how to code an app since I am very interested in code. This song shows me how you can achieve your dreams as long as you work for it. Also, it is great to motivate you. Whenever I am at the gym I listen to this album to pump me up. This album has helped me in every way this year. I hope The Underachievers make another album just like this in the near future. I could have never found this with the recommendation from Devin.
I have always listened to Kendrick Lamar. I would estimate that I first started listening to him in about seventh grade. His song levitate and M.A.A.D. City were the greatest back then, but I cannot lie his songs were getting old. While many others were releasing songs he was not doing anything, no albums or singles were released in what seemed like forever. Then the unthinkable happened about four to five weeks ago. He released a song from his album that was coming out soon, Humble. When Humble came out it was the only thing I listened to for about three days. The album came out about a week later, it was the best album this year. D.N.A., Humble, and Element were the best songs in his album DAMN. When I got over the fact he actually released an album I realized that his song Element was more than just a fire song, it had deeper meaning. Kendrick was rapping about how he feels like he his by himself, he feels like he is separate from everybody else. I can personally connect to this song because I feel the same way. I feel like that I am different from everybody else I am better off being by myself. Since nobody in our school plays hockey and my teammates live in Suffolk or the South Shore I cannot really connect to anybody in my area in my sport. Also, nobody really has the pason to code that I am friends with. This causes to to be independent from most other kids. Don’t get me wrong I have friends in this school, but it is not a very strong bind. I feel like I can connect to Kendrick’s new songs and that is what I love about them.
Logic is definitely the rapper than I needed the most this year. There have been a lot of stress from fights, bad grades, and overall stupidity this year. This year he produced a song called 1-800-273-8255. This is the suicide hotline number. He created this song to show how much how much life means and the amazing gifts of life. It is basically a conversion between a caller and the worker at the hotline discussing why he caller should not kill himself. At the end the caller realizes how much life actually is, it is not one wrong turn. No I am not suicidal, but this song can still change your life. It showed me how one bad event should not bring you down. Life is the greatest gift that you could ever get, so why should one bad grade or bully bring you down? I remember when I was in the library listening to this song on loop because I received a 65% on a math test the period before. I was trying to realize that it is fine I flopped a test. It turned out to be fine because I still got an A for the quarter. This song has also gotten me through missing the state hockey tournament, which was the biggest disappointment because we missed it by one point in the standings. He also raps about how he is different from everybody else and he is not ashamed of it, the main song where he does this is in Black Spiderman. I feel like I am different, but I do not want to stand out. He has helped me be myself more than I have in previous years. Logic has been an inspiration this year.
Dave Burd has been such an inspiration to me this year. I found his music this year when I was at the gym with a friend. We were just talking about music that we were listening to recently when he brought up Dave Burd. He was very shocked when I did not ever hear about Dave Burd. He played one of his songs and I was instantly hooked. Dave Burd is a very different rapper. Most rappers rap about how they are so good, but he is like a comedy rapper. He will rap about anything and make it extremely funny, like if Will Ferrell Kevin Hart was a rapper. My view on him completely changed when I heard his song professional rapper. It is a song where he talks about his background, like an interview to become a professional rapper, the interviewer is Snoop Dogg. It really hit me when he came to the part where he was talking about not being satisfied where he is. He grew up outside of Philadelphia where there was no struggle for money, but not an excess amount. He then went to graduate from Richmond and work in marketing in San Francisco. He was just did not like where he was. He always liked to rap as a hobby so he then tried to become a rapper. This song showed me how you do not need to fall into the flow of life like everybody else, you should pave your own path. I always just wanted to go with flow of life, get good grades, attend a good college, and get a job. He showed me that you should do what you want not what others tell you to. Since I was always told by my parents to study hard to get good grades to get into a good college. Why not be your own boss? Why do you have to work for somebody else pursuing their dreams? He opened me up to an alternate path nobody takes. While Dave is a very funny rapper he has inspired me to do my own thing.
This group of rappers have a very unique style of rap. They have a very unique style of rap that is very indescribable. They rap very playfully and it is very present. There is one very distinct rapper in this group, Meechy Darko. He has a very deep and raspy voice. He is a distinct way that this group has set themselves apart from everybody else. Flatbush Zombies like to rap about how society is messed up. This is definitely present in their song Blacktivist. In blacktivist they rap about how african americans have been treated very badly along with other minorities. They point out how the treatment of african americans have been bad and it has not been getting better. I can connect to their songs because I feel like society pins you down to things you are acceptable to do. I feel this in my hockey team especially. I feel like I cannot talk about my hobby to learn and write code because it is not “acceptable” to do as a hockey player. Society thinks that hockey players are tough, missing teeth, and stupid. I am the opposite of these stereotypes. Their best song in my opinion is definitely Did U Ever Think? This songs has a very nice beat in the background. The songs is about how things are not always how they are. This can be shown by their hook, they repeat "Did you ever think that real?". The Flatbush Zombies produce music that is great to listen to if you just want to escape reality for a little while. I have listen to this group on mainly on the bus back home or when I walk home. I feel like I can escape the stresses of school whenever I listen to Flatbush Zombies.
When the hockey season was coming to an end I found Xavier Wulf. After I heard his first few songs I felt pumped up. Instantly I realized that these songs need to enter my very selective pregame ritual. I am a very selective person when it come to game day for me because I feel like hockey is a very mental game, a lot of how well you play comes from your mental state. I always have the same things for breakfast, scrambled eggs, an apple, and a banana yogurt. I then do my things that I need to achieve that day whether it is doing my homework or running errands for my mom. I then leave for the game getting to the rink 1 hour and 15 minutes before the game, 15 minutes before it is mandatory we get there. usually I am a very social person in the locker room, but not on game day. I am quiet and to myself. After we warm up and get suited up for the game I listen to my pregame playlist. Usually it is just random songs on my phone. Wulf's songs got me very pumped up so I decided to just listen to his best three songs, Thunder man, Psycho Pass, and Tortuga. These songs get me pumped up for the game, which is very important because being pumped up allows for you to put forward you best. I personally feel like I played my best at the end of the season, I scored twelve goals in the last eight games. This could just be a coincidence, but that is when I found Xavier Wulf. These songs will forever be in my pregame ritual, or as long as I am playing hockey.
This artist has greatly impacted me this year even though he has not produced an album in about ten years. I have recently gotten into his and older rappers songs. I feel like the older songs are easier to actually listen to what they are saying. The rap slower and more clearly than today's rappers. I cannot really connect to of his songs, but they always have a nice beat to it and words are meaningful. This is definitely present in his song What’s the Difference. In this song he talks about him and Eminem have been portrayed to hate each other, but in actuality they are very close. There is also a cool beat that sounds like some trombones. It is very upbeat and meaningful. Usually when I run to get in shape I listen to his songs because they are very deep and when you are running you can really pay attention to detail. Dr. Dre’s songs are very upbeat and just great to vibe out into.