Came across this really good article on drugs and mental health looking at it from the standpoint of rap music. It goes through the history of drugs and alcohol through the last few decades. Well worth the read.
In a 2013 interview with The Arsenio Hall Show, Kendrick Lamar said in reference to molly and its popularity in rap music, “You have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle and then it gives off the wrong thing.”
In 2017, Beeson and a team of researchers at Northwestern University conducted an analysis of the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts from 2007 to 2016 to determine the frequency of alcohol-related terms in popular music.
His team found that about 33.7 percent of rap songs on the Billboard charts contained at least one reference to alcohol. The rappers with the most alcohol mentions in their Billboard Hot 100 music during that time period were Flo Rida, Drake and Lil Wayne. Beeson said alcohol mentions are not necessarily an endorsement of drinking. While some rap artists examined in the analysis promoted alcohol use, others stressed the dangers of heavy drinking. “The music does not cause teens to drink, but it can influence them to do so,” said Beeson. “There is research suggesting that a correlation exists between mentions of alcohol and drug use and teen substance use.
“I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody: ‘It does get better.’” EMINEM
“My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it.” KID CUDI
This is Part 4 of a 5 part video blog (vlog) series where we will be looking at trying to change the narrative of how we speak to our kids about technology. We will look at current ways parents talk to teens about tech and then look at a new narrative that teens will respond to better. We need to move from telling to teaching. Today we look at a new way to talk to our kids around the conversations on Music in our Christian world today.
If I had to be honest NF’s music has been some of my favourite over the past few years. New song came out this week. If you watch his older videos you will notice all of his past videos are in this new video. Check it out. Make sure you check out the 3rd video which walks through his new video.
So you want to see his lyrics. Such a powerful lyricist.
When I was a teenager I made mixed tapes. I had them numbered and categorized and people would often have me copy my mixed tapes for them. 30+ years later I find playlists are the new mixtapes. So each day for the next 5 days I am going to post one of my favourite playlists. These playlists are my iTunes playlists using Apple Music. You should be able to click the link and save the playlists to your iTunes library. If you have Apple Music you will be able to play everything.
I will add the links to the playlists on each of the dates below:
Thursday Dec 1 – Christmas Playlist – Click Here for the Mix (410 Christmas songs)
Friday Dec 2 – Deep House – Click Here for this mix. This is my current favourite genre of music. Turn it up and enjoy (82 songs)
Monday Dec 5 – My Ultimate Party mix –Click Here for this mix. These are my favourite songs throughout all my life. (472 songs)
Tuesday Dec 6 – Favourite 80’s Mix
Wednesday Dec 7 – Church: Praise and Worship Mix
Please feel free to post any songs I am missing so I can add them to my list.
We seem to have lost any internal critical reflection in our society. We seem to blindly accept everything without giving it a second thought.
Some really great thoughts in this article on Beyonce and her new album. (note: lyrics are extremely sexual)
But, as I said, I could lob that criticism at most of what we consume in this culture. So much of it is bland, superficial, repetitious, existing for its own sake. Devoured quickly, with little intellectual effort, leaving you still hungry and slightly nauseated. I find it therefore annoying and confusing when people speak of Beyonce’s alleged genius, but the unwarranted intellectualization of vapid, empty nonsense is not the most troubling aspect of all of the Beyonce adulation in this culture. The most troubling aspect is that her music is called ”empowering.”
Never mind that “Beyonce” is more a brand than a person. The lady herself is a person, but what’s presented to the world is a carefully constructed and marketed product. It’s a narrative, a story, a walking and talking fantasy novel for girls. I don’t know how much of the final manuscript is Beyonce’s brainchild and how much comes from the team of people around her, but rest assured that everything we see is manufactured. This, after all, is a woman who hired a “visual director” to follow her around and document and stylize her every move.
I have had a few people email me and ask what are some of my favourite albums. Thought this would be a fun blog topic. I went on iTunes and below are the albums I have been listening to as I work over the past month. I copied the iTunes links so you could check them all out.