Favorite Hip-Hop Albums of 2015

2015 has been a great year for music in general. I can’t recall a project I’ve downloaded or bought that I’ve been flat out disappointed with. I also noticed that this year I’ve downloaded the least amount of music than any other year, maybe there’s some type of correlation there. Ha.

I noticed a few things while doing this list:

  1. I realized that most of the music I enjoyed this year wasn’t hip-hop so doing this list was a little harder than I thought it would be.
  2. I think I’m falling out of love with most hip-hop. To me it seems that most hip-hop created nowadays is “here today, gone tomorrow”. Matter of fact, the only way I download a “hot” rapper’s mixtape is if people are still talking about it a month or two later. More often than not, most projects don’t last longer than 2 months on most people’s phones. You could always argue that this isn’t because of the quality of music, but because we’re oversaturated with music in general so it’s hard to keep listening to the same music over and over again.

Anyways, without further adieu, my favorite hip-hop albums of 2015 are (in no particular order):

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Road Trip 2015: Washington, D.C.

The next place we went to was our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. We arrived there in the early afternoon so we decided to get lunch at Good Stuff Eatery. I couldn’t decide on what to eat so I ate the Prez Obama Burger. The burger was satisfactory, & Good Stuff Eatery has these crazy unique sauces that taste great. Afterwards we walked down Pennsylvania Ave and the first thing I noticed was:

  1. DC is lively, and jubilant. It’s refreshing to be around those kind of people.
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Road Trip 2015: Philadelphia

I just came back from a road trip a few days ago. It was me and two of friends, we decided on 3 people because we figured if two people annoyed each other, the 3rd person could serve as a buffer between them. Admittedly, I thought very highly of myself & thought I’d serve as the buffer person for most of the trip. Turns out I underestimated how much all 3 of us would get on each other’s nerves and overestimated my level of patience. From the long car rides, to disagreements about where we would be sleeping, to the severe lack of planning, to just needing our own space, 3 grown men tend to bump heads after some time.

With all that said and done, to say I just had a great time would be an understatement. I can also say that I’m now closer with my two friends than before and that’s all because of this trip. From taking in shared experiences that no one else participated in, to the great conversations, and the scenic views, it’s an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. Over the coming weeks, I will be describing all the stops we made and the activities that we did, and the food that we ate. Hope you enjoy.

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Learning From Animals

Learning from animals

The other day I was looking at fish swim around in a tank, and the man that was feeding them said, “I have to be careful with how much I feed them because they don’t know when to stop eating. They’ll eat themselves to death if you don’t watch them.”

My first thought was “Wow, what incredibly stupid animals.” Then I thought to myself, “Isn’t that how I am?” I may not overindulge on food for the body, but how often do I get greedy with food for my mind & spirit? How often do I turn on Netflix in the afternoon only to realize it’s now nighttime and I’ve wasted a day? Or succumb to lust? When I have sex not because it’s an intimate act, but because I can?

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A Journey With Religion

My journey with Religion has been interesting. I was born and raised by my mom who is a devout Christian. I went to Church every Sunday, and was affectionately, raised in Church. As a child, I  accepted Religion, but I can’t honestly say that I believed in Religion or Christianity the way my mom and family members believed in it. I went to Church because I had to, and on those rare occasions we didn’t have to attend Church, best believe I was celebrating! – Sorry to say.

The other kids and I would go to Sunday School, but we would never pay attention. Immediately after Sunday School, we would have to go to regular service, and I would just be bored senseless for the next 2 – 3 hours. Often times, I’d pretend to go to the bathroom and I would just sneak out to the parking lot to play with the other heathens children who sneaked out as well. I just didn’t understand why I had to pretend to pray, half-heartedly sing, or wash other people’s feet. All the members of the Church who were extremely to devout to God sincerely frightened me (“Let me introduce you to my friend Jesus…”). Church bored me and I only prayed to God before I was about to get disciplined by my mother.

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Book Review: The Mystery Method – How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed

Today’s book review is about The Mystery Method: How To Get Beautiful Women Into Bed, written by Mystery (yeah, that’s really his name). This is a captivating book, and also beneficial for reasons that many people may not suspect. Ultimately, it seems like a book that men who have trouble getting laid interacting with women should read. In part, the book may aid you with that. However, my perception of the book lead me to believe that it was deeper than meets the eye. Continue reading

Book Review: How to Win Friends & Influence People

Dale Carnegie’s Great work

I have been told to read this book several times by several different people. This book has always been put off because I thought that this would be another book on networking. And Lord knows I’ve read so many networking books, and have been to so many conferences where they suggest all these “great” ways to selfishly use people for your own wants and desires network. I foolishly lumped this book into that category, and after reading it I know that this wasn’t (completely) true.

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