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.

Listen: You are Luhh (cover) by Frank Ocean

Enjoying the full moon vibes right now. Fixing up interview questions for upcoming articles, waiting for my room mate to arrive with pizza, re-packing for my trip this month, setting new goals and intentions for the week.

Everything feels perfect with Frank Ocean in the background. Are you Luhh?

Watch: Jhené Aiko | Behind The Seen Documentary

It’s no secret I’ve been obsessed with Jhené Aiko this past week. I haven’t listened to an artist that wrote real lyrics in a long time. Now here’s an artist with real honesty and a deep yearning for expression and connection.

Because 99% of what we hear right now goes to the “ratchet playlist” (OK-ain’t nothing wrong with that either! Sometimes I just need to not think and zone out.) However, at times when I am searching for something meaningful in music, I’m glad to find out like an artist like Jhené exists. Watch her story in the documentary above.