I can’t believe I made it to 3 months of Silas Sundays either. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are. Thank you all for support to this weekly series and for all the love shown to the website in general. Volume 12 is the truest definition of a mixtape; a varying assortment of great songs have been compiled by myself from the World of SoundCloud, for your convenience. There are some selections from this 11 track playlist that may test your boundaries of sound, but they would not be on here if they were good. Take a chance and play the entire set without hitting skip once.
As always, the standout songs are highlighted in bold on the list of tracks below. There’s no payola involved in the selection process. I genuinely believe in the high-quality music produced in each and every audio file included on not just this Volume, but in the Volumes that precede this playlist, and the Volumes that will succeed this playlist. Stream below and let me know what you think of this set! I’m always around for a virtual discussion with strangers on Twitter.
- A$AP Rocky – Celebration
- Rad Horror – Take Me Back to Your House
- Curren$y – Full Metal (prod. The Alchemist)
- Lunice – Look Like
- Child Rebel Solider (Kanye x Lupe Fiasco x Pharrell) – Don’t Stop!
- Tame Impala – Mind Mischief
- Evidence ft. Fashawn – Think’n Bout Thinking
- Christian Rich ft. GoldLink, Sinead Harnett & Secaina Hudson – Compromise
- Ta-Ku x Jaden Smith – Beast Mode
- Pac Div ft. Blu & Kendrick Lamar – Cross Trainers (prod. Swiff D)
- Jai Paul – Jasmine
But PLEASE stay out of my mentions in regards to the inspiration to the cover photo for this week. I’m not here for textual arguments about your political affiliation or the opinions of the man. These are my thoughts that I’d like to share. The lasting legacy and importance of the 44th President of the United States cannot be understated. Yes, imperfections and blemishes can be scrutinized under a magnifying glass or with 20/20 vision. Culturally, for African-Americans and for all minorities alike, the man had such a tremendously positive impact on the next generation of aspiring individuals. He directly, and indirectly, influenced the next wave of decision makers that will shape the course of discussion in the United States for years to come.
@Toure I’m going to miss having a President who’s mentally stable.
— Lainey (@Lainey02) January 11, 2017
During his 8 years in office, Barack Obama stayed afloat amid currents of turmoil after inheriting an Economy at one of the lowest points in the history of the United States. One could judge him off his high approval rating leaving office, some could praise him for the steps taken in Social and Criminal Justice reform measures. Others could belabor his failed enterprises and the failed promises made en-route to his victories in 2008 and 2012. In my opinion, all are beside the point and minuscule in comparison to the real importance of his 8-year term.
What I will take away from his two-term Presidency is this: he held the highest office in the Land as an African-American man. Against all odds, he prevailed (twice!) in a country that was only 6 decades removed from Segregation at the time of his first victory. I did not agree with all of his policies and the decision made whilst in the Oval Office. But as a Black man, Obama made me extremely hopeful that I can achieve whatever it is that I can put my mind to. I know that I’m not alone in this sentiment. Black, Hispanic, Muslim, Asian, hell even White people can draw inspiration from his decorated past and incredible accomplishments along the way. Without losing touch of his native roots and unabashedly sprinkling in parts of the culture, he held a position that was never meant for us. That has to count for something.
He proved that impossible is nothing. Thank you for your service, Barry O.
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