Artist Spotlight: Kyle Dion

 


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It’s rare that you listen to such a sultry crooner that’s so inviting as Kyle Dion. This Florida native, L.A. based artist emits an aura that is both warm and energetic on-and-off stage. Three months ago, Kyle released his sophomore project, Painting Soundsan eclectic collection of iconic sounds that is sure to fit your every mood. Needless to say, when I heard his new song “Cool Side Of The Pillow,” I was intrigued.

As the smooth ergomatic vocals intertwine over the well produced track, it’s hard not to be captivated by the melody of Cool Side Of The Pillow. Starting the track with these honing guitar chords, you can draw into his somber lyrics of the emotional toll of an on-and-off relations. But as the song breathes more life with the drums and leads, it’s complemented with Kyle’s voice showing his wickedly beautiful range and warm soulful vibe of this track. Within an interview with Freelancer Magazine, Kyle has definitely addressed his musical future, and has expressed working on his debut album. Likewise Kyle’s been dropping singles all summer and with this new track, it’s sure to leave you anticipating his next project!

Links too Cool Side Of The Pillow, Painting Sounds, and Freelancer Magazine are all in the article.

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“Peace to the planet, and live awesome!”

-Kelby

What’s REALLY Real?


The one thing that I love about being black is the culture of language, and how we express ourselves. It’s not that other cultures don’t have their ways either, because globally we’re built on these phrases and words that connects people at so many levels. Within that black community we could use words like “bitch” or “hoe,” and through tone and cadence… could break into myriads of emotional descriptors. Phrases that makes up the epitaph of the black experience that defines us as the growing force that fuels everything within style, media, and culture.

So where am I going with this? Well nigga let me tell you! See what had happen was… I came to this grand conclusion, that “we don’t want real“. To give a better understanding, we have these invisible rules of what “real” is, and being real is the black experience. Real is not being a sucka. Real is doing real nigga shit. Real is being woke. Real is living your truth. Yet the one thing that I’ve notice is that, “we only want real, when real works in our favor“. Lets that sit for a moment (because I had too), but we’re in the shit now. I used to be apart of the dating website Okcupid.com, and like any matchmaking data infused numbers dating site…. It had various ethnicities of beautiful women from everywhere across the world. Yet the one common thread that I’ve noticed with these women’s profiles, is that a good 84% had the phrase “No games, and be real!,” which (some) men guys can be on some bullshit (hell I be on some bullshit, but I digress), so I understand. Yet with MY experience of women I’ve dated, I love hearing their phrases of honesty like “if you don’t want to date me, just let me go” or “I only want serious commitment,”  only to just fade away after a few conversations… which those things have probably happened to them. (some) Men have been “smash & dashing” since what feels like the dawn of man,” and it can leave the hearts of women pretty jaded. But the point that i’m trying to make is that we’re both not without fault, and if we can’t live our own words…. what can we at least do to change it?

Honestly, be real with yourself. I feel you have to be 100% to get 100%, because that’s the bases of a good foundation for anything. Yet we have all these factors that affects the judgement of our own happiness, like society deems women that’s 30 and above need to married at that age. Men are molded to go to college, have a family with kids, and live this pressurized dream that this is success. A woman’s importance isn’t based off of marriage, and men aren’t based off of their material value. Your happiness and building solid relationships are the most important thing that you can do for yourself, but with romantic relationships it can be hard and a lot of trial and error. Just work at it, keep working at it and stick with it, but I understand sometimes you gotta fall back in order to progress forward. I’m not the prime example of what to do or how to do it, but I can show you on what not to do.

In conclusion does “real” exist? Yes, but only when you stop letting the pressures cloud what make you happy and you start doing things your way. Y’all quit being fake with living to these standards that don’t make you happy, because whats living if you’re not happy? Be an adult as stop giving a fuck (to a certain degree), and just live. Also learn to communicate, it will save your fucking life!

 

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Not that I’m stupid, we’re just deeply rooted.”

-Kelby

 

 

Just “Face” It.

I was asked by a friend:

Why do guys like to cum (ejaculate) on womens faces?

Well to my lovely dismay it was an interesting question, because I’ve never done it and I never had the urge to do it. Honestly I didn’t know that this happened outside of porn, and that it’s a thing that some women & men want. I found it funny, because in my own dating experience it’s been hard trying to bargain with some of my ex’s over little things… I couldn’t even fathom asking them to catch my “seed” on their face, and now that I think abo- let’s not judge.

Alright let’s break this shit down, get it figured out, and I’ll give the best answer possible. So why is this a thing? Well it’s an act glorified through porn. If you watch a lot of porn, it could feed into the “three L’s,” of sexual desires, lust, love, and like. To further explain we may like a sexual act from a visual or experienced standpoint, we could also lust for a sexaul act to be done to us, or want to fulfill our desires with someone. Also the person considering either taking or giving, could see that performing this act is a labor of love (I know some labor, right?). Anyhow emotions + sexual desires = freaky shit, and if done  with the wrong person, those three L’s can turn into losses.

So is the labor REALLY worth it? That’s up to you! I mean porn is a billion dollar industry with a myriad of hours dedicated to the many genres and subgenres, which means it’s a lot of cum just free flowing (OMG). Yet it’s not about the money, because it’s about finding that one man or woman that you can do nasty shit with on a regular basis. IF you find that person who’s down for all the nasty shit, you better “shoot your shot!” But whether it’s your thing or not, please practice safe sex. Also make sure y’all both clean (outside and inside). Eat food. Sleep. Have nasty sex. Love.

 

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“peace to the planet, and live awesome!”

-Kelby

I’ve Been Lying

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I’ve been lying. I thought that I could keep this blog about all these nerdy things going, just to be like all the various other nerd blogs. Though nerdy shit interests me a lot, I’ve realized that it doesn’t make me an honest writer. I want this as an outlet for my brutally honest answers to all these questions that keeps me awake at night, and I want you (the reader) to feel we’re on this journey together. So where  do we go from here?

Admitting to YOU that I’ve been lying.

I want you to understand it’s going to get dark (not all the time), but it will get dark. I have questions, and will ask questions that we’ll tackle together (or read about me tackling). These ways that might not be suitable for all, and I might even make some enemies (which I don’t give a fuck). Because my goal is to deliver deep experiences of personal perspectives and narratives that we’ve had at times, and I’m going to have to get graphic in order for you to feel my stories. I want to mention that this is new territory, and I won’t just be saying things to say them…. but where “fuck” is needed, I will say “fuck“.  As growth and discovery happens for myself, I want more about black culture, the rules of gender, and these invisible boxes that makes up our society. I’m not “reinventing the wheel,” but I do want to understand why the wheel is a wheel, why it rolls, and why we need it to roll.

Besides my rambling about about the “wheel” and “lying,” I am gonna get shit crackin on these posts a lot more! I’ve had some interestingly weird ass question asked, and plus some horribly great stories. Beside that I might occasionally write about some shit that shows “professionalism,” or just write shit in a professional manner….meh.

 

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“peace to the planet, and live awesome.”

-Kelby

Album Spotlight: Telefone

With the hip-hop landscape on a changing plateau of male dominance, and the talent pool of female MC’s is either growing or growing endangered (depending on where you look). Yet with her poetic sounds and relatability Noname has dialed in her spot as an up and coming rapper, will you answer the call?  ba99f8be65245a0069e98ca94acf3000

With her debut album Telefone, the 25 year-old Chicago native rapper has worked with the likes of artist such as Chance the rapper, Mick Jenkins, Ravyn Lenae and a song featured on the Netflix series Dear White People.  Showcasing her wordplay skills and witty delivery on topics of social economics, black america and politics, Noname has been climbing up the ranks of rap popularity. Telefone paints a sunny dispositions of vulnerability mixed with melodic bombastic sounds, and her life of growing up in Chicago Illinois.

Boasting ten tracks, Noname takes you on a journey of many different sounds and self reflections of her life in the “Windy City”. From the upbeat inspirational kickoff track of “Yesterday” to the reason she dropped “gypsy” from her rapper name in the ending track “Shadow Man,” she tackles many relatable topics in the 33 minute run time with nothing feeling out of place or rushed. Though praiseworthy Telefone it does have a drastic change in tone half way into the album, (too me it doesn’t throw off the overall theme) but it may sounds like two different albums in one. Personally I feel it artistically adds to the contrast of area she grew up in.

Overall this is a solid album that sports a lot of real life scenarios in a way that doesn’t come off as preachy or head bashing, and though the tone change can make it seem like it breaks the theme… it’s not a big issue. This album I do recommend for the music listener that likes a more jazz or boom bap sound that delivers good vibes.

9 out of/10

Notable Tracks:

  • Reality Check
  • Sunny Duet
  • Forever
  • All I Need

Live awesome, and peace to the planet

-Kelby

Netflix: Dear White People

If you haven’t read my article “Netflix & Binge,” I showcased some shows that were worthy of binge watch title, and I hoped to drop another gem. Like a rare bird that only shows itself once a year, as can only hope to see it…. this is that show. Majestic as f**k.

Dear White People is an original Netflix series, based on the Movie and Book of the same name. Writer/Director Justin Simien brings you an interwoven story that focuses on the racial perspective of 6 student at the prestigious “Whinchester University,” as they battle topics of race, self identity, colorisum, and more.

Someone once told me that Winchester was like jazz. Now I don’t know much about jazz, but from what I can tell, when your solo is up, you better blow.”

-Lionel Higgins

If you’ve never seen the film (seriously go see the film), but fear not because the show uses the film plot too kick things off, all while seemingly expanding on it. It’s “A Different World” for a new generation, and I couldn’t be more happier with it’s 10 episodes run.

From the Black Student Union’s fredom fighter Sam (Logan Browning) and her friends Joelle & Rggie (Ashley Blaine & Marque Richardson), to the power of the legacy kid Troy (Brandon Bell) and his Uncle Tom-esque group, It’s a groundbreaking series that covers these socially volatile issues in a way thats not “beating a dead horse,” as its easy to get swept up in the students of Armstrong Parker Hall.

Boasting a beautiful soundtrack, and brimming with beautifully set camera shots, it’s a controversial comedy that challenges you to think. It won’t hold your hand or spoon feed you, and will gladly rate you as “woke” or nah.

Dear White People deserve to be binged watched, and it’s wickedly easy to slip into the series and see it’s joys. If you have to question if this show is for you, it’s not… it’s for us. Its proud to say the word “nigga,” and give no f***ks too the European standards of beauty or societies pressures on being black.

“Peace to the planet, and live awsome.”

-Kelby

Festival of Free

In all my time spent dedicated to working, it’s nice to breath in fresh air and walk around the city. I’ve always loved walking in downtown Fort Worth it has this smooth vibe to it, and you never know what you’re going to get into. Most people on the weekends run to the borders of Dallas like it’s “God touched promised land,” yet Fort Worth always captures my eyes. Leave it to me to stumble into the Main Street Festival, plus when you say the word “blog,” free stuff just pours out.

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Like most adventures it starts with a random “I want to go somewhere,” and then off you go. I would love to say that I have some elaborate method I follow, but it’s honestly just that simple. I have a love of food and specifically fair food, and this festival had all the fair food you could want.

The first place that caught my eye was “Dolly’s,” Forth Worth based BBQ joint that’s been on the festival circuit since 1994, and has even been spotted on the show “Man vs. Food“.  Dolly’s is home to the “Bahama momma,” a well seasoned kielbasa complimented with a sweet pineapple fused krout on a toasted bun. It was a free “Bahama Momma,” just for the fact I said “blog“.

It’s nice to know that despite standing for hours on end, dealing with crazy Texas weather, and customers… Nothing says “turnt up” like a free corn dog, it justs tastes better than the one you pay for, and the guy’s made this blogger’s night.

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I promise not ALL of my time at the festival was spent eating, but a majority of it was. Though I was dropping the word “blog” as much as possible to get free Sh**T, I did spend money. I’m a firm believer in “if you spend money, spend it on what you want and never settle“. I saw a sign that said “Ribs: All you can eat,” and I did my best to eat as much as possible.

Risky’s ribs, welcome to Texas! (had fries, but I ate them before the pic)

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I also got a chance to see some well done metal work, I hate that at this time it looked like it was starting to rain. Yet it was really well done work, and it was something about this flamingo that I couldn’t resist taking a picture. The amount of detail that went into was amazing, plus I got a chance to catch the main act playing. I couldn’t find a set list to tell you who they were, but there were a lot of stages set up on all of Main Street and the pavilion. It’s safe to assume they were a “main act,” or at least paid enough to be on the big stage.

I also got into a fight with a bird…. (no questions please)

Other highlights included my Uber driver getting lost and having to help him navigate the city! He wanted me to give him a rating right on the spot, he dead ass watched me give him my rating. So for fear of my life or bringing dishonor to his household (you choose), I gave him the rating he so desired and went on my merry way, ending a beautiful night of free food & entertainment.

Peace to the planet, and live awesome“.

-Kelby