Napoleon Da Legend – “Napoleonic Language”

DMV rapper Napoleon Da Legend has been making major (possibly legendary) moves lately, especially following the success of his track “Oxygen” with Raekwon. You can expect to see a video for the song hopefully within the next few weeks, but for now lets divert some attention to NDL’s new track “Napoleonic Language.”

The track is a freshly pressed song that allows Napoleon Da Legend to engage in some methodical wordplay, resulting in a track that is composed of “Napoleonic Language.” He doesn’t speak ebonics, he speaks “napoleonics.” I could easily sit here and try to break down every single lyric in the track, but I think it’s best if you head over to his bandcamp & give the track a listen for yourself.

Click here to go listen to the track. If it’s any indication the direction his upcoming project Symphonies of a Lost Soul will take, then I’m loving what I’m hearing so far!

Follow him on Twitter @Napoleondaleg

If you still haven’t checked out “Oxygen” featuring Raekwon, then peep the track below.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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Deep Tech House | Hanna feat. Ajazmir – Sometimes (Karol XVII & MB Valence Loco Remix)

Now that the weekday is here, I can finally get back into the groove of schoolwork, blogging, and house music. I hadn’t listened to SS Radio UK in a few days. I figured I was missing out on a lot of good music, but I had no idea that Blockhead Recordings had released a remix of Hanna’s “Sometimes.” I’m not quite familiar with the original track, but the lyrics are enough to catch my attention. I wished I would have heard the song earlier in the weekend, but I’m glad I can chill out to it now.

Basically, I spent a majority of my weekend helping my friend produce this amazing cover of Donell Jones “Where I Wanna Be.” He has this killer vocals and I have the ability to do the actual audio engineering( mixing, layer, etc,) so together we make a pretty solid team.

Even though I’m helping him record & produce R&B/Soul/Gospel tracks, I’ve still got a huge heart for house. He isn’t much a househead, but it’s nice turning him onto the tracks. He’s got the perfect vocals for a soulful deep house song, and maybe he could even hop on a track that has that tech house vibe. But for now we will finalize this cover song & hopefully upload it tomorrow.

I’m anxious to start producing, writing, and maybe recording ( I play flute & learning harmonica) again. I try to listen to a much music as I can so I can be versatile when it comes to production, yet I do wish I could make some nice deep house tracks. Listening to the Karol XVII & MB Valence Loco remix of Hanna’s “Sometimes” just reminds me of how you can take simple phrases & ideas, and turn them into a nice deep tech house track.

I think later this week I’m going to try to start producing some house tracks, but for now I’m going to finalize this “Where I’m Gonna Be” cover & then begin preparing for the next cover song. Ah, it’s so much fun making music!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

♥ | Najee ft. Phil Perry – “Just To Fall in Love”

As of late, I find myself daydreaming and drifting away in a cloud. Perhaps it’s because I find myself intoxicated with the thoughts of this charming guy I’ve been spending time with, or maybe I’m just drifting away to the sounds of music. Eh, whatever the case may be, I know that lately I’ve been feeling very emotional, passionate, and oh so creative.

It’s nice to spend time with a man that actually praises & inspires my creativity. We write songs together (he’s an amazing singer,) we discuss my paintings, and we even have time to play Mortal Kombat (he always kicks my butt when he plays as Noob Saibot, but I’m nice with Kratos.) It’s just a lot of fun getting to know one person and not having to stress out about dating around, guys not calling me back, and having to impress a bunch of people; I only have to focus on impressing one guy.

I’m not really worried about where this could lead or not, I’m just taking it one day at a time. Yet I do find myself listening to a lot of romantic & soulful songs lately, probably because he does sing R&B and gospel. So we always discuss music, melodies, and the direction his album will take. But one thing that we both have in common is a love for that soulful/jazzy sound, and Najee’s song “Just To Fall in Love” is a track that I think he will love.

I’m a huge fan of Najee, and his new album The Other Side of Soul will be officially released 3 days. I can’t wait to get a copy from iTunes, and I’m anxious to fall in love with more soulful-jazzy tracks. The best part of his single “Just To Fall In Love” is the amazing flute player. I played flute for 7 years and was playing it the other day, so I’m a huge fan of a beautiful flute on a smooth jazz track. It just takes over and sends you into a dreamlike state; a place where true love is possible & happiness is always just right around the corner.

If you’re looking for a great track with that romantic vibe, then check out “Just To Fall In Love.” It’s smooth-romantic-jazz that can speak to your soul, and perhaps be a soundtrack for those out there in “young love.” You know, the type of love that is fresh & still unexplored. But yet it feels right “just to fall in love,” even if you don’t know where you’re heading or what will happen next. The uncertainty is what makes it so exciting!

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

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One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a huge fan of the Rugrats, and grew up watching every single episode. Even when it comes on now I still make sure to catch the old episodes. Growing up I was a hardcore fan of the Rugrats, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I even watched the movies and was addicted to playing the game on Playstation; what more can I say, the Rugrats are awesome!

I haven’t really seen a lot of comedy spoofs or parodies of the Rugrats, but I have to say the latest video by Funny or Die is perhaps the most disturbing, yet amazing parody of the Rugrats.

Honestly, I’m speechless. It’s so funny, yet disturbing. Phil is on drugs, Angelica is psychotic, Chuckie cusses, and Tommy aims his baby bottle like he is shooting bullets. LOL….it’s a hot mess! But I could totally watch it over & over again. It’s awesomesauce!!!!

Check it out below. But I warn you, it might taint your childhood memories of the Rugrats.

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Indie Game | Behind the Scenes of Making Indie Games

With so many big name developers and videogame franchises appeasing us gamers worldwide, it’s easy to forget about the rookies & those indie connoisseurs who might not ever have their games hitting the shelves of your local game store.

I’ve met a few videogame developers & aspiring designers in my past, but I’ve never really payed attention to the industry. As long as I can get my hands on a good game that will keep my interest, then I don’t really care whether it’s by an indie company or not. Yet Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 Sundance selection that has been reminding us that indie game developers & designers do exist, they just might not be known worldwide.

Apparently the documentary has been creating quite the buzz in the gaming industry, and HBO actually is turning the movie into a regular series. I’m all for it. It would be kind of cool to have a behind the scenes look at game designers & these developers, and how they try to break into the big leagues (or make a name for themselves in the indie circuit.)

Unless your on the panel of Sundance or some heavyweight in the film industry, then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to view the film right now. Yet on the website you can preorder a digital copy or DVD. But I’m not quite sure when it will actually be released, but I do know that the trailer is enough to catch my interest. I enjoy a good documentary, so I’m looking forward to hopefully finding out more about Indie Game: The Movie and the tough journey that designers & developers must face in the indie game market.

For more information, visit the official film site. http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

Relativity | Lemâitre’s Short Narrative

I’ve been playing the hell out of Lemâitre’s EP Relativity. The tracks have been added to my favorite playlist, as well as being apart of my workout playlist (I use them for cooling down.)

The EP is pretty awesome, and I’m glad that Lemâitre has decided to release videos for each track. These aren’t the usual music videos you’d picture for such amazing tracks. Instead of telling an individual story, each video is connected; a piece of the short narrative is revealed in every video.

So far  a video for “Appreciate” and “Coffee Table” have been released. Apparently there are two more videos to come in the series, so stay tuned. Once they release the other two videos, I promise I will come back and update this post. :)

Appreciate

Coffee Table

I really like this track!

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