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Over the past 10 days, the American sports arena has been littered with social issues. From cases involving domestic violence and child abuse in the NFL, to additional cases involving racism and prejudice in the NBA. The offenders in these instances have been both players and management, black and white, young and old. But despite diversity within these issues, society decides to use a microscopic lens to focus on sports, most specifically and recently the NFL, essentially giving it the responsibility of setting the standard for the ways in which these issues should be resolved and I ponder why.
Sports are a reflection of our world, not the other way around, but for years we have turned athletes into the role models for our society and in some cases, stand-in parents. We’ve absolved ourselves of culpability on pertinent matters, and projected it onto superstar athletes to teach valuable lessons in our absence. Unfortunately this is leading to a rather skewed perspective on the athletes themselves when they make mistakes. Rather than taking responsibility for not starting a discourse on important issues, we blame it on the people in our society who we believe have a bigger platform than we do.
Domestic violence didn’t start with Ray Rice; Adrian Peterson isn’t the first person to abuse his child; and Donald Sterling wasn’t the first person to display racism in his everyday actions. Yet as a society, we have especially scrutinized this sector for its mishandling of century-old problems.

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As a huge fan for years, I can only elate in the magic that is Jhene Aiko’s debut album Souled Out, released yesterday 9/9/2014. Her sound, her style, her message are all things I think are important and excessively relevant in today’s day and age. She’s done an incredible job staying true to her own sense of self through her lyrics while attempting to inspire others to do the same. This song, W.A.Y.S., an acronym for Why Aren’t You Smiling (something her brother, who passed away, used to ask people constantly) is probably one of my favorites on the album.

Listen for yourself:

My favorite part of the album is the Thank You section, here:

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Hopefully I’ve convinced you to buy the album. You can do it here. 

 

Article written by guest blogger,  Josh Engel

No one really knows what to expect out of the Tennessee Titans as a team this upcoming year. They are in a bit of limbo at this point in time, trying to rebuild while still staying competitive to a degree. While there might be a lot of question marks around the field for them in general, one guy who has turned into a star in the making is wide receiver Justin Hunter.

People in fantasy football have already fallen in love with the wide receiver after an outstanding preseason. He has the size and athleticism to be a star, and he seems to be putting it all together now that he has his feet wet in the NFL.

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While Gutta Gabe is currently spending time in Rome. The rapper who is part of the duo Status Gang dropped the visuals to his track, Sweet Lady off of his mixtape Appreciated, which was released earlier this year.

The sample from the song comes from Tyrese’s Sweet Lady. The video was also co-directed by Gutta Gabe and features lead lady ig: Tailhani_Alexis

Dope song and dope visuals, enjoy below.

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Artwork by Gian Cefaliello

 

The first instrumental tape from producers The Elevators was released earlier this week. The tape features 12 instrumentals that each have their own unique sound for a variety of artist to enjoy.

All tracks were mixed by J’Le Mastermind at 432Hz Recording Suite.

Check out the full tape below, and look out for more instrumentals from The Elevators coming soon.

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