Drake’s “All Me” is the ultimate theme music to walk into work to

I live my life with music. I have a theme song for everything, and those theme songs often change depending on what type of mood I am in. One theme song that has remained a constant since I first heard it is Drake’s “All Me.” From his album Nothing Was The Same, the song features 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and it is a banger.

This is one of those songs I play when I want to get hyped for the day. It gets me pumped and motivated to do good work, just like a theme song should do.

Blondie’s Deborah Harry turns 69 today. Happy Birthday, Debbie!

If you are a child of the 80s, then Blondie is part of your era of music. Deborah Harry’s easily recognizable blonde locks and signature vocal stylings were hard to miss in the early part of that decade. From “Call Me” to “The Tide Is High” to “One Way Or Another,” she rocked us through our preteen years and into adolescence all while never changing her style up.

In celebration of Debbie’s birthday, here are some Blondie favorites for your listening and YouTube viewing pleasure.


“Natural High” by Bloodstone seeds today’s mood enhancing playlist

At 12:15 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon it is already 85 degrees outside, and I haven’t even begun to do my hair. It’s going to be another scorcher in Los Angeles, and all I can focus on is finding a way to keep cool.

Perhaps a chilled mind will lead to a chilled body (ha), so with that in mind, I seed today’s Google Play Music radio station on Bloodstone’s “Natural High.”

Happy Saturday.


“Backseat Freestyle” by Kendrick Lamar is today’s theme song

Martin had a dream; Martin had a dream; Kendrick have a dream; All my life I want money and power; respect my mind or die from lead shower; I pray my dick get big as The Eiffel Tower; so I can fuck the world for 72 hours…

From those opening lines all the way until the end of the song I am dancing in my seat and ready to hit replay at least ten more times when this song comes on my playlist. This is my Happy. It doesn’t hurt that the video has Sherane shaking that ass like a salt shaker in front of a Lincoln while Kendrick does his thing. Get some.



Are you able to read with music playing in the background?

I’ve recently discovered that I am unable to have any music playing when I’m attempting to read something for understanding.

I was trying to read something for MCO 435, and my concentration kept being broken by the music playing in my background.

I can have all kinds of music playing when I’m writing. In fact, I have to have music playing when I’m writing.

Attempting to have music playing while reading something has me going back over what I just read several times.

Is it just me, or do other people suffer from this affliction as well?

Let me know in the comments. I need someone to cosign this so that I don’t think I’m crazy.


You can almost always get me to listen to your track if it contains a sample from Faze-O’s “Riding High”

In case you are unaware or unsure of the original track, here it is:

According to Wikipedia, Faze-O was a “late 1970s funk band based in Chicago, Illinois and produced by Clarence Satchell of the Ohio Players. ”

According to whosampled.com, “Riding High” has been sampled in 78 songs.

I was reminded of how much I like this song and the various interpolations of it living in hip hop when Ice Cube’s “Record Company Pimpin'” came on my Google Play Music radio station today. I’d never heard Cube’s take on it before (I admittedly have faded in and out on Ice Cube ever since the Lethal Injection album).

There are of course other takes on it that are equally good, if not better.

For example, a discussion on this golden hip hop sample would be totally incomplete without mentioning EPMD’s contribution “Please Listen To My Demo.”

Additionally, there is Kriss Kross’ “Tonite’s tha Night.” I remember especially liking the video for this one when it came out.

Other notable mentions include:

Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Masta Killa with “Killa Lipstick”

Black Moon’s “Shit Iz Real” (although the sample used here is not as evident as the other uses across hip hop; the production uses the high strings rather than the entire melody)

Rodney O and Joe Cooley “Rollin in My Ride”

I love playing “Guess The Sample” while listening to hip hop. Although sampling has had its battles in the past, I think as long as the original artists are respected and credited for their work, this is a good way to keep their music alive.

Are there any good samples of “Riding High” that I missed? Let me know in the comments.