How Big Sean’s ‘I Decided’ is helping me through my Mid-Life Crisis

Artwork from Big Sean’s project “I Decided”


Big Sean just released his latest project “I Decided” and it’s easily his most mature and compelling work to date. The concept of the album is Sean as an older man lamenting on his life and everything he did wrong and he has been given an opportunity to come back and get everything right. The intro starts with an older gentleman presumably Sean speaking to God “God I’ve been doing the same thing at the same place working the same job for 45 years, you know that. Shit just flew by, what am I really even doing. God I know we rarely talk, but every day I wake up I feel like I blew it, with my family, with her. These kids of mine don’t have no one to look up to. Should have been me. This job aint me man, this aint what I’m supposed to be doing in my life man.” Traffic zooms by as his voice gets louder. The intro is followed by the first song “Light” feat Jeremih and it’s the perfect way to start as the chorus plays “No matter how much they gone shade you they can’t stop the shine.” We all want to shine no matter what our situation.

I’m a man of a certain age pursuing a litany of dreams that all seem to be held at bay. I’ve been through a divorce and seeing my children every day to seeing them every other weekend. I’ve had a few relationships since and they haven’t materialized into much, mostly because I’m so suspicious of everyone’s intentions and its hard to be vulnerable again. Sean says “Last night took an L but tonight I bounced back, I’ve been broke as hell cashed a check and bounced back …If you a real one then you know how to bounce back” Word! It’s about being able to have so much resolve that you can take that blow to your life and get right back up and keep pushing. If you a real one you know that. 

 
In the song “Jump out the Window” Sean’s older self is speaking to him letting him know that the woman he is so excited about may not be the one. I’ve had this conversation with myself a few times and I’ve taken a leap at least twice with nothing to stop my fall. It’s real out here. We don’t want to be afraid to love and we don’t want to give our love to someone who doesn’t want it. We can’t be petrified “Sometimes I wonder if you even know how much you worth, I got to know.” I find myself in a place now where I’m willing to love and I’m giving everybody the side eye at the same time.
It’s refreshing to see such a young man so in touch with his surrounding and who is willing to look inside of himself and share his experience. As Black men this can be challenging considering we are targets from every angle of the spectrum. Any sign of weakness can lead to our demise, but we need to be allowed to examine ourselves critically to truly know who we are. Big Sean’s project “I Decided” is an example of a Black man opening up and being honest with who he is and what he is looking to accomplish. It’s a project that reminds us that we are not perfect and we may come up short some times, but as long as we “Stick to the plan” we will succeed. So, as I continue to live I’m adding this to my life’s soundtrack as a reminder that I have to stay focused “Make sure all my interactions end with actions.” “Voices In My Head” know we can do better. “Focus on the inner me never on the enemy.” Great project Big Sean. Thanks bro.

-Precise
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President Obama says farewell – A tear is shed

President Barak Obama – (Photo Credit – Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The energy was frantic, joyous and anticipatory. Eight years have flown by. Our first Black President along with his family demonstrated a class and resilience that embodies the spirit of Black people.

As our 44th president was introduced to the stage and the crowd of ten thousand plus roared for him you could sense a guarded relief from our Commander and Chief. He was there to get through his speech and say his final goodbye with as least amount of fanfare as possible. His deliverance was tempered. There was a surgical precision to how he made sure to touch base with almost every aspect of American life. The reality of what is upon us all came when he acknowledged the First Lady. President Obama knows he could not have done this with out his wife. This woman from the South-Side of Chicago was his rock and represented the country in a way that will not be rivaled for years to come. Michelle is strength, poise, elegance and power.

I think many of us wanted that moment where President Obama throws caution to the wind and says what he really feels. We wanted him to hold the United States fully accountable for the atrocities of slavery. We wanted him to speak directly to the communities of Chicago that have been victims of rampant gun violence and the scourge of death that seems unending. We wanted him to say something that had to do with us. It didn’t happen and we understand why. Obama has truly been a president for all people.
President Obama has accomplished many things in his eight years. He lifted the United States out of a depression. The largest percentage of the country to ever have health insurance is a result of his administration’s hard work. If he were to be remembered for just those two accomplishments it would be fitting. However, the two most impactful accomplishments of President Obama was being a Black face holding the highest position in the land and being able to survive 8 years and not being harmed.
President Obama’s speech was exactly what it should have been, but the tear he shed for his wife when he said her name showed us what it really is, he sacrificed his family in the attempt to unify a nation. We honor him for that.

-Precise

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Chicago teens stream kidnapping and torture on Facebook live

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Victim bound and gagged – Screenshot from youtube

Four people are now in custody for an alleged kidnapping that was broadcast on Facebook live. The brazen act took place in Tuesday on the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side of Chicago. The victim of the assault was tied up, beaten, his clothes were cut, his hair was cut until his scalp started to bleed. The also used his head as an ashtray. Brittany Hearing is one of the individuals who has been arrested and she is seen holding the phone and communicating with those who are watching the stream. Her facebook page has been shared on YouTube.

The kidnapping has been hash tagged on Twitter as #BLMKidnapping. The suspects are heard in the background of the video screaming F– Trump and F–White people. However; it has not been stated that they have any affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Supt. Johnson said in the press conference that he thinks those comments are stupidity and people ranting about something that they think might make a headline.

At some point the victim was released and was found by the Chicago police wandering the street. The police then responded to a battery call at a residence close to where the victim was found. Once the police saw the video it was determined that the man in the video and the man they found was the same person.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said “It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop or 28 years, and I’ve seen things that you shouldn’t see in a lifetime and it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t.

Commander Kevin Duffin mentioned in the press conference that the victim was an acquaintance of one of the subjects. The victim is reportedly from a Chicago suburb and was recently reported missing by his parents. Duffin also stated a van was stolen from that suburb.

“If you commit an act of violence in the city of Chicago you will experience the full weight of the Chicago Police Department. Tonight four individuals have felt the consequences of their actions” said Supt. Johnson

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-Precise

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Soulja Boy a victim of perspective – plus he needs to go sit down

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Soulja Boy has been all over the Internet the last few days. It hasn’t been for greatness either. There has been a challenge named after him because of some Vlad Tv footage of him describing a burglary and shooting. He is currently beefing with Chris Brown, over Karrueche..I think. While this is going on he goes to the streets to show how welcome he is amongst his bloods.

So it looks like one thing happened

Too many artist be trying to be something they not ….smh DONT PLAY YOURSELF

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But this is what really happened

The internet is an interesting place. The world flooded the timelines with one video saying he got whopped and that’s not what happened at all. Can’t believe everything you think you see. And, Soulja needs to go sit down somewhere and relax.

-Precise

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Troy Ave films porno and music video AT THE SAME DAMN TIME!! NSFW

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Look this video is NSFW, hell its not safe for most things. Anyway, looks like Troy Ave who is currently home from jail and who just got shot in the head a few days ago decided he wanted to step it up a few notches.

So…he filmed a porn and added his song to it.

I want to say I’m surprised but the lack of talent that permeates this industry is being covered up with stunts like this. Let’s see where this takes his career.

-Precise

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Former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam found dead at 42

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Rashaan Salaam – Photo Source: Screenshot Twitter: @Broncos

Former NFL running back Rashaan Salaam was found dead at a park in Boulder Colorado. He was 42.  Salaam won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1994. He was a first round draft pick in 1995. Salaam was the 21st pick overall by the Bears. In his rookie year, Salaam rushed for 1,074 yards, becoming the youngest player in league history to rush for over 1,000 yards.

A police spokeswoman said the cause of death is still under investigation. Police have mentioned that there is no indication of foul play. Salaams mother Khalada told USA Today sports that they suspected suicide.

“They said they found a note and would share that with is when we get there.” Said Salaams mother.

Salaam was well loved in Colorado. Matt Russell who is currently the director of personnel for the Denver Broncos and a former teammate of Salaam at The University Of Colorado shared some of his thoughts.

“Rashaan was as dynamic off the field as he was on the field as a player. He was a fiercely loyal friend, someone who was always in your corner and had your back. He was the ultimate teammate and supportive of everyone in his locker room. If there was ever a guy who was going to get a personal foul for protecting someone on his team, Rashaan was that guy.

“Rashaan was the ultimate Buffalo and was so proud to be called a ‘Colorado Buffalo.’ We were part of the same recruiting class, what we called ‘nine deuce,’ the Class of 1992. On the field, Rashaan was the definition of a winner. It was important to him. He practiced hard, he played hard and he made our teams better. Rashaan and I laughed a lot after practices because we had so many battles and fights. Even when we last saw each other a few years ago at the CU Hall of Fame induction, we still shared those great memories and had a lot of laughs from our time together at Colorado.

“My heart goes out to Rashaan’s mother and his family. They have a lot to be proud of with the person that Rashaan was, the way he treated people and the friend he was to everyone he came across. He will be missed by so many, and I extend my deepest sympathies to Rashaan’s many friends and family.”

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Kanye West hospitalized in L.A.

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Kanye West – Photo Credit: Instagram @kanyewestdaily

Kanye West has been hospitalized in L. A. following a series of incidents, that lead to him cancelling his Saint Pablo Tour.

TMZ provided more information below.

Kanye West has been taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.

According to law enforcement sources … cops responded to a call for a welfare check on Kanye around 1:20 PM PT. He wasn’t at his home at the time. We’re told paramedics also responded and ended up transporting Kanye to the hospital by ambulance.

Sources connected to Kanye tell us he was getting checked out by one of his doctors for severe sleep deprivation when someone — possibly the physician — decided he needed to be admitted.

Law enforcement sources tell us Kanye did not want to go, and was restrained when he was transported.”

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Watch A Tribe Called Quest perform “Space Program” on SNL

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A Tribe Called Quest performed their song “Space Program” on SNL. This is one of my favorite songs off the album We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your ServiceBusta Rhymes and Consequence rush the stage at the end of the performance for and epic moment.

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Common’s ‘Black America Again’ is Unapologetic Rap

Common at AAHH! Fest – (Photo Credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Common has created yet another masterpiece with “Black America Again” The project starts off with a rousing introduction on the song “Joy and Peace “. It sounds like an opening prayer as Bilal’s layered vocals fill the track towards the end. There is a strong political message throughout the project speaking to politicians and citizens to take responsibility for the change that is necessary. Common has not veered away from what has kept him relevant in the industry for over 2 decades. He is a lyricist with a conscious who uses his platform for change.

The song “Black America Again” is an impassioned poem/song that pays respect to Trayvon Martin and any and every injustice that continues to be an issue in the Black community. The song points a finger but it doesn’t absolve anyone of their actions. “We hold these truths to be self evident all men and women are created equal including Black Americans” Stevie Wonders blends in toward of the latter part of the track singing “We are re-writing the Black American story.”

“Love Star” (feat Marsha Ambrosious and PJ) along with “Red Wine” (feat Syd and Elena) give the ladies what they expect from Common. Both songs convey that smooth Chicago vibe that is ever present in his work. “Pyramids” is the song for the emcees, and a few of the verses and acrobatics that you hear in this joint can explain why Common is in many Top 5 discussions. In one verse he spits “Shift the paradigm with a pair a rhymes” That lyric in itself speaks volumes to who Common understands himself to be and what he is here to do.

There is an honesty and authenticity that lives in this project. It’s fluid. Every lyric, drum, horn and interlude is purposeful. It manages to deliver a well needed message without sounding like a sermon. “Black America Again” is Unapologetically Black and undeniably hip hop.

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