Music is Life. My life is filled with music. I ALWAYS listen to music when I create. It’s as necessary as any other tool. I thought I’d share these with you to give you an insight as to what goes on in my studio/workflow. (The downloadable file is a .zip file in Dropbox)
You’ll notice a varied mix of tunes and a strong Hip Hop presence. Why so much Hip-Hop Kenji? Because I LOVE HIP-HOP!
In fact, come take a lap with me on the Hip-Hop track.
This is where I let my creativity run wild.
Here, each beat is a step. Good rhythm? Then no one’s trippin.
I’m not a poet I just pun a lot. Basically, I’m trying to say that very often my creative process matches music in the same manner two runners periodically match steps. The music becomes my pace-keeper making it easier for me to take steps forward in my creative process (video editing, drawing, painting). I KNOW you know what I mean, right?! And for me, Hip-Hop music is so intuitively easy to keep up with.
Although many Hip-Hop artist promote the idea that money is power, compared to the power of art – a person expressing imagination and skill often to the point of engaging another persons emotions – the power of money falls by the wayside.
Hmm? How so?
A young poor kid sees rich Hip Hop artist and decides to be just like them. Now this kid is an adult making way on the Hip-Hop artists glamorous road to fame, using skill and imagination to get lots and lots of money to have lots and lots of stuff, all by making music.
Yet, it’s interesting how the real value of this process can’t be heard.
Wow, that’s deep Kenji!
Music, no matter the genre, has the power to drive people. The destinations are as varied as there are drivers. Who am I to decide what destination is right for another person? I can barely decide where I want to go!
So, I focus on my destination. I listen to others who have ‘made it’ to their destinations.
Who cares if we march to a different drum, as long as we keep marching on!
1. Chronique – Sabzi Parthenia
2. The Recipe – Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Dr. Dre) m.A.A.d City
3. Daughters – Nas Life Is Good
4. FromdaTomb$ – Joey BADA$$ (Ft. Chuck Strangers) 1999
5. Friends – Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told
6. Life Is Better – Q-Tip (Ft. Norah Jones) The Renaissance
7. Bang Bang – REKS (Ft. J Nics) Rebelutionary
8. Clique – Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean Cruel Summer G.O.O.D Music
9. Silvia – Miike Snow Miike Snow
10. Good Girls – Cris Cab Foreword
11. Minha Vida (In My Life) – Rita Lee Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar
12. To Be Young, Gifted And Black – Nina Simone Anthology [Disc 2]
13. Grits – Rza Birth Of A Prince
14. Fly Away – Jacob Miller Im Just A Dread
15. (If you know PLEASE let me know!)
16. Keep On Loving Me – Onra
17. The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids Celebration Rock
18. Why I Gotta Wait?? – Flynt Flossy (Ft. Yung Humma) Turquoise Jeep Records
19. Kool On – The Roots (Ft. Greg Porn & Truck North) Undun
20. Wellstone – Soul Khan (Ft. Akie Bermiss) Wellstone
21. Real Women – DJ Quik (Ft. Jon B) The Book of David
22. Gettin Up – Q-Tip The Renaissance
23. A Gathering Place – Justin White Hi Hopes
24. New God Flow.1 – Kanye West, Pusha T & Ghostface Killah Cruel Summer G.O.O.D Music
25. Self Titled (Bonus) – REKS Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
26. Late For The Sky – Evidence (Ft. Slug, Aesop Rock) Cats & Dogs
27. Le’ Star (Instrumental)- SHAFIQ HUSAYN Shafiq En’A-Free-Ka – Instrumental
28. Snakes – Joey BADA$$ (Ft. T’nah Apex) 1999
29. Bliss – John Legend & Teyana Taylor Cruel Summer G.O.O.D Music
30. Watchu Want from Me – Homeboy Sandman First of a Living Breed