Braille Talks About The Release of Native Lungs // @braillehiphop

You can now download Native Lungs anywhere where music is sold or download it for free at either NativeLungs.com or HumbleBeast.com. This album is already a classic and it’s sure to appease the folks who keep whining about how nobody makes real Hip-hop anymore. Braille has definitely put that complaint to bed with this album. He’s back to the sound of the old Braille we’re all used to with a brand of humility we have never seen on him before. I’m really excited for what God is going to do with this album, which is sure to reach a wide variety of people on some level. Be sure to go ahead and cop that if you haven’t already. Enjoy! G+P

Editorial: More Than a Woman? Remembering Aaliyah (1/16/79 – 8/25/01)

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the passing of one of my childhood idols, Aaliyah Haughton. She was only 22 years old when she was in a tragic plane crash, killing her along with several of her personal friends and team members. It was like a bad dream that we all wished would end. Yet another young, prominent artist from the 90’s had left us; and unbeknownst to us, it would soon be followed by the passing of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez a few months later.

When it first happened, I couldn’t wrap my mind around why such a beautiful, talented, and loved person had to die in a horrific manner. She had so much potential and had only begun to walk into it. She was the one who inspired me to sing and dance, not to mention, she didn’t try as hard as some women to bring attention to her looks. In my view, she was everything that a superstar should be and I was going to tell her one day just how much all of this meant to me. Then, early one Sunday morning at a church picnic, I learned that one day would never come.

To this day, Aaliyah remains one of the few artists whose songs I can sing straight through without missing a single word or note. I just did a rough count, and there are about 10 songs I could think of off the top of my head which I knew completely. While I still do appreciate her contributions to the world of music, particularly R&B, I no longer idolize her like I once did. Contrary to what many say, she wasn’t perfect neither was she an angel. She had flaws like every other human being, because she was a human being.

It’s easy to idolize people when all we’re allowed to see of them are their positive attributes. However, no one besides Jesus has ever achieved perfection. On the 10 year anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, let’s remember her not as some super human but as a human being who might’ve made different choices had she known what was going to happen. Perhaps, if she had known “Rock the Boat” and Queen of the Damned were the last images we’d see of her, she would’ve been filming something else. None of us know when or where our last moment on earth will be. What guarantee do we have that we will have a chance to get things right tomorrow? Therefore, let’s make the most of the time we have today. Grace & Peace!

J.R. – “Love” Music Video // @Jrinstereo

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It’s been so long since I saw the teaser that I completely forgot about this video. “Love” is one of the ballads off of J.R.’s latest project, Murray’s Grammar, which was released back in March. You can download Murray’s Grammar for free, by visiting High Society’s website. Enjoy! G&P