Recorded 11/13/04… My brother did his thing… Still one of my fav mixes… #tbt #music #houseshoes #mgcplx #detroit #diggin #mymusic

Recorded 11/13/04… My brother did his thing… Still one of my fav mixes… #tbt #music #houseshoes #mgcplx #detroit #diggin #mymusic

#Chiquita #banana #brand #label #fruit #organic #ecuador #macro #olloclip #pop #art

#Chiquita #banana #brand #label #fruit #organic #ecuador #macro #olloclip #pop #art

Some of you know this story… For those of you that don’t here we go… Bilal’s 2nd album “Love For Sale” was shelved by Universal Records… Never came out for whatever reason…  This was  after they had sent out a few promo copies of the album out to people in 2003 though… The album goes on to leak to the web… i got it in the Late Spring/early Summer of 2006… And for the next 3-4 years, it ruled me… That period was a period of so much transition in my life… Lot’s of highs & lows… It represents so much for me… Me embracing my two passions… Photography & DJing… The close of my CD Game Exchange days… The start of my VZW career… Dopest Ethiopians… The death of Dilla… Instinctive Movement… The illness & subsequent death of one of my best friends… The beginning of a relationship with the woman who would become my wife… Her leaving & returning to Detroit… So many memories with my friends are associated with this album… It resonates with me… And not just me apparently… The album took on it’s on life one the internet got a hold of it… To the point that most Bilal fans cherish the album… Bilal would tour performing songs from this album and the times I have had the privilege of seeing him perform, it was pretty special to see that other fans knew, sung, and felt connected to those songs the same way I was… I was lucky enough to meet him while he was on tour supporting his next album Airtight’s Revenge which came out in late 2010… I purchased a hard copy of his new album and he signed a copy of that album for me… When I gave him the money for the it, I gave him an extra $15 and he said to me I gave him too much… I said to him, that extra was for “Love For Sale” and he was blown away…  Because of the way I feel about that album, that promo vinyl had become a holy grail of sorts for me… I finally manged to track down one… Prob paid a little too much, but I don’t even care… It came in the mail today… #vinyl #lp #classic #Bilal #music #soul #LoveForSale #mgcplx #vscocam #inspiration

Some of you know this story… For those of you that don’t here we go… Bilal’s 2nd album “Love For Sale” was shelved by Universal Records… Never came out for whatever reason… This was after they had sent out a few promo copies of the album out to people in 2003 though… The album goes on to leak to the web… i got it in the Late Spring/early Summer of 2006… And for the next 3-4 years, it ruled me… That period was a period of so much transition in my life… Lot’s of highs & lows… It represents so much for me… Me embracing my two passions… Photography & DJing… The close of my CD Game Exchange days… The start of my VZW career… Dopest Ethiopians… The death of Dilla… Instinctive Movement… The illness & subsequent death of one of my best friends… The beginning of a relationship with the woman who would become my wife… Her leaving & returning to Detroit… So many memories with my friends are associated with this album… It resonates with me… And not just me apparently… The album took on it’s on life one the internet got a hold of it… To the point that most Bilal fans cherish the album… Bilal would tour performing songs from this album and the times I have had the privilege of seeing him perform, it was pretty special to see that other fans knew, sung, and felt connected to those songs the same way I was… I was lucky enough to meet him while he was on tour supporting his next album Airtight’s Revenge which came out in late 2010… I purchased a hard copy of his new album and he signed a copy of that album for me… When I gave him the money for the it, I gave him an extra $15 and he said to me I gave him too much… I said to him, that extra was for “Love For Sale” and he was blown away… Because of the way I feel about that album, that promo vinyl had become a holy grail of sorts for me… I finally manged to track down one… Prob paid a little too much, but I don’t even care… It came in the mail today… #vinyl #lp #classic #Bilal #music #soul #LoveForSale #mgcplx #vscocam #inspiration

As nice as my sneaker game is… I have had the same dress shoes just under 7 years… Been though a lot with those shoes… Growth in my career… Weddings… Funerals… They have been repaired twice… But they finally gave out on me last week…  I thought it was interesting that in the middle of a major period of change for me they passed on… It’s kinda poetic… Like they had done their job and couldn’t go any further with me… So I am celebrating them… Thankful that they carried me all the miles they did… And now I look to today and the future… Decided to treat myself to some wingtips… New pair came today… And it had this message in them… I forgot I had sent this to myself when I ordered them… And I needed this reminder today… #mgcplx #shoes #inspiration #vscocam

As nice as my sneaker game is… I have had the same dress shoes just under 7 years… Been though a lot with those shoes… Growth in my career… Weddings… Funerals… They have been repaired twice… But they finally gave out on me last week… I thought it was interesting that in the middle of a major period of change for me they passed on… It’s kinda poetic… Like they had done their job and couldn’t go any further with me… So I am celebrating them… Thankful that they carried me all the miles they did… And now I look to today and the future… Decided to treat myself to some wingtips… New pair came today… And it had this message in them… I forgot I had sent this to myself when I ordered them… And I needed this reminder today… #mgcplx #shoes #inspiration #vscocam

About the music of 2013…

2013 was wonderful… I found myself immersed in several opportunities to share music with old friends & new… So it’s with great pleasure I get the chance to present the 2nd edition of The MGCPLX List… This is the list of albums that made my year go by faster… Got me through good times & bad times…  I also am extremely proud that work by a few friends of mine made this list… I tend to take them for granted musically, but this year they did their thing… Making music that I generally love… And so I give them props… Again, this list is not in any order… I’m sure my list is different from many other year-end lists you will come across… No Jose James, Toro Y Moi, Danny Brown or Kanye…. I heard those albums too… Really like some of them even… But at the end of the day, these are the albums I loved this year… If you missed them, start your 2014 off right by checking them out…  And I am sure there are some great joints I didn’t hear… So if you have a suggestion for me to check out, feel free to hit me up… So without further ado…

MyGodComPlex’s Fav Albums or 2013 (Released Dec. 1st 2012 – Nov. 30th 2013)

Solange – True

Cocaine 80’s – The Flower Of Life EP

Bilal – A Love Surreal

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (Part. 1)

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

James Blake – Overgrown

Blackreign & Ohkang – Detroit Volumes

Byron The Aquarius – Luxury Life LP

Quadron – Avalanche

J. Cole – Born Sinner

Zo! – ManMade

Wale – The Gifted

Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go

Chrisette Michele – Better

Big Sean – Hall of Fame

Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady

14KT – Nickel & Dimed

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

Drake – Nothing Was The Same

The Foreign Exchange – Love In Flying Colors

Oddisee – The Beauty In All/Tangible Dream

Pusha T – My Name is My Name

Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise

Salaam Remi – One In The Chamber

Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

AB & 14KT – Saturn Return

Jhené Aiko – Sail Out

Sampha – Dual EP

Thundercat – Apocalypse

Five More… (Honorable Mention)

Empire of The Sun – Ice On The Dunes

The Funtouchables – Part Duex

Freddie Gibbs – ESGN: Evil Seeds Grow Naturally

Quelle Chris – Ghost At The Finish Line

M.I.A. – Matangi

 

Extra stuff…

Song Of The Year

J. Cole - Crooked Smile - I seriously can’t believe how much I love this song… 7 months since I first heard it, and I still think it’s fresh… I hear it in my head all the time… I find myself putting it on repeat if it plays… Never expected this out of him… Congrats sir…

Artist Of The Year

14KT - He killed his offering to House Shoe’s Biggie Remix project… Nickel & Dimed is amazing… And ended the year with the stellar album Saturn Return with AB, and a nice contribution to Jamal Bufford’s “Victim Of A Modern Age”, my man KT did his thing in 2013…

Label Of The Year

Mello Music Group - With top notch albums from 14KT, Oddisee, Quelle Chris, & Jamal Bufford, Mello Music Group take the top spot this year… Foreign Exchange Music comes in a close 2nd with new classics from Zo!, The Foreign Exchange, and by starting the year off with a wonderful remix comp…

Album Of The Year

Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go - This album kinda blew me away out of no where… While I like the first two MH albums, this one blew me away… It’s my go to album for everything… Work… Driving… Chillin… Whatever… This is the album that dominated most of my year…

TBT… Pharrell… The Neptunes… Just flashed back to this… Enjoy..

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70 - “Why Black Man Dey Suffer”

(Source: danndesigns, via odinsblog)

This is dope…

Pusha x Kendrick - Nosetalgia

Le Fabolous…