Listen: Love Game by Eminem

What? When did this drop and where was I??? As I was casually streaming through Spotify’s hip-hop radio this morning, this started blasting. I checked to see the artist because I loved how the beat started and freaked when I found out it was Eminem and Kendrick.

I. didn’t. see. this. coming.

Sometimes just because a song didn’t hit mass appeal doesn’t mean its not a good song. I’m gonna keep my ear to the ground more often…

Watch: Kendrick Lamar MTV Interview

I spent a good few hours replaying this because first off, I haven’t really heard an interview from MTV like this in a while. I had the impression that they mostly showed reality shows and seeing this on YouTube blew my mind! (+ points for modern media.)

Secondly, I always knew that Kendrick was a profound rapper, but to hear some of his insights on life in this interview really bumped him up my favorites list. When I hear artists in hip-hop speak vulnerably about what they’ve been through, I think, “Now he’s doin something special there.”

In a humble and reflective way, they use their experience to create something beautiful and honest. It’s something that disregards differences and makes you relate on a human level. That makes artists real artists for me, not some marketed product from a company.

Check out his interview here and I posted the rest of the videos after the jump…

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Watch: Lauryn Hill Droppin Truth

Lauryn Hill is one of my favorite singers up to this day. I haven’t really found an artist like her for my generation. Actually, it’s hard to find soulful artists these days that come out with music with substance (except for Kendrick!) so I jump to my older siblings generation to take what inspired them.

I really loved this video of Lauryn Hill that was set 15 years ago! It reminded me that as artists, sometimes it’s not really about us. It’s not about the art you paint, write, sing, or dance; but more of you being a channel for something greater to express itself though you.

Sometimes it feels like everyone wants to do something to be famous by putting out crap that’s “hot” or “on trend” so it’s rare to find people who want to put in quality messages into their work. In reality, we are just a medium, and once we push our ego aside, we can focus on creating something really beautiful and of impact. Listen to more words of wisdom in the video above.