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Music For Mike Brown

August 21, 2014

Michael Brown
This is a music blog. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about current events. Music was never just entertainment. Music has always tapped into the politics of the day. And there has been some incredible musical offerings in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. The upheaval in Ferguson has tapped into many deep emotions and has put a spotlight on society. At its center, we must remember this is about an eighteen year old, unarmed, boy, shot many times and killed. The protest in Ferguson is about this. But radiating out from this event is outrage that this situation happens again and again to the black community. Every 28 hours a security officer kills a black man. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The protest has been handled horribly by those in authority. It is an understatement to say that riot police using surplus military gear received from the Department of Defense have escalated tensions between community members and police. Incidents of police brutality multiply every night. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The riot police have teargased reporters, moved reporters into acceptable zones, threatened to kill reporters, arrested reporters, and blocked aerial reporting by turning Ferguson into a no fly zone, calling significant question about transparency and the freedom of the press, not to mention freedom of speech. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The KKK raise money to “reward” the officer who shot Mike Brown, news outlets slander Brown’s character to justify his execution, and people point to cases of looting to discredit the cogent complaints of the protesters. Racism is alive and well, in a society that denies its existence out of a fear of being personally called racist. We are all racist because we were raised in a racist society. Being called racist is not nearly as painful as experiencing racism. This conversation needs to happen.

Music is one place where this conversation happens. Music is not always serious and music is not always positive, but it is a reflection of life and truth. As Shaun King puts it:


There have been some beautiful, heart breaking, enraged, thoughtful, and intense musical offerings in the days following Mike Brown’s murder. Twitter directed me to many songs, some through articles from the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Public Radio, some from the artists, some from people such as Shaun King tweeting about the situation. I have compiled a few of them here. Please share any others in the comments. I do not have too much to add to these artists’ messages. Let their lyrics share their words, let their music share their emotion. Listen.

Here are Ms. Lauryn Hill‘s words and music. Listen.

An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.

Here are the words and music of Mvstermind in collaboration with Mir, Con and Ciej, who together form the St. Louis based collective MME. Listen.

It has started, play your part, assemble and create change for the better of humanity.
Cover the Perspectives.
Brutality breeds immorality.
#justiceforMikeBrown #DontShoot.

Here are B.o.B‘s words and music. Listen.

Here are the words and music of St. Louis based artist Hitman Holla. Listen.

Here are the words and lyricism of St. Louis based artist Prince Ea. Listen.

A poem about Michael Brown.


Here are J. Cole‘s words and music. Listen.


Don’t Shine – Raz Simone

January 30, 2014

Raz Simone
Sorry for the brief break in music, folks. My cat of sixteen years is dying and it’s bumming me out. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Raz Simone has made some pretty amazing music in the past, but this takes his craft to a new level. “Don’t Shine” is filled with the kind of lyrics we’ve come to expect from Simone, dark and gritty. But his pacing is based around a beat that has several movements, keeping things fresh. His rap sections have a conversational tone and his sung sections feature gorgeous harmonies. A dramatic drum section emphasizes the faster sections while a marimba or xylophone line emphasizes the mournful beauty of the song. This song is intense and in your face and intense and quiet by turns. It’s incredibly compelling. Give it a listen!

Don’t Shine – Raz Simone / Or from Raz Simone

BONUS: And here’s the video that goes with the song. I’m not really a video critic, but I think this is a good companion to the drama of the song. It does some interesting things with speed, making the world in slow or fast motion while Raz Simone’s lips still move to match the speed of the song. The only color in this predominately black and white video comes when the song moves faster and the frames get distorted. Check it out.


Where’d You Go (Feat. Lisa Bello) – J. Lye

November 26, 2013

J. Lye
J. Lye is back with a powerful song and a video to match. In “Where’d You Go”, J. Lye explores themes of love and loss in breakups and the pain and confusion that surrounds them. In this song, Lye continues to expand his sound by having guest vocalist Lisa Bello perform a sweet hook. The instrumental is mournful with muted synths and drums emphasizing the crispness of Lye’s vocals. If you haven’t heard J. Lye already, this is a good place to start; if you are already a fan then this should be a welcome addition to your library.

Where’d You Go (Feat. Lisa Bello) – J. Lye / Or from SoundCloud

BONUS: J. Lye actually won this music video from KarmaloopTV. Their team put together a music video that emphasizes nostalgia and everything that one misses from the past in a relationship. By using a skin for some of the footage that gave it a date and sense of being home video, the relationship seems very real and poignant. Enjoy the video.


If We Really Try [Video] – Ashley Sofia & J. Lye

July 23, 2013

We at PaperMash are staunch supporters of J. Lye. So it’s good news to hear that he’s released a new song. “If We Really Try” is a collaboration with folk artist Ashley Sofia. Opening with summer-y guitar riffs and sweet vocals from Ashley Sofia, this song builds into a sweet love song between J. Lye and Ashley Sofia. The lyrics are adorable and earnest. The music video expands upon the story and features some great smiles. The song is available for purchase on iTunes. Now we look forward to hearing J. Lye’s new mixtape, “Behind The Lyes” and Ashley Sofia’s as yet unnamed album. Enjoy!


Candles – Jez Dior

October 24, 2012

Well. It’s been a while folks. I apologize for that, but I can’t promise I won’t do it again. Let’s try to make up for it shall we? I have a stock of songs that are blog-worthy and more. Let’s start with Jez Dior. This is the first track and single off of his hop-hop album, “Scarlett Sage.” For a first song this track is amazing, and as a song it’s addictive and beautiful. But Jez Dior has much experience in the music scene, as his father was punk rocker Steve Dior, whose biography makes for fascinating reading, and Jez has been making music since 13. Enjoy this stellar track.

Candles – Jez Dior / Or from SoundCloud

BONUS: And here’s the accompanying music video.


Summer’s a Ghost [Video] – Laura and Will

August 6, 2012

Do you remember Laura and Will? They came out with the beautiful song “Pick Up My Heart” for free a year or so ago. Well they’re back with a short album for sale. It’s as beautiful as ever. “Summer’s a Ghost” is definitely my favorite of the new songs, hence the video. They also have a rebooted version of “Pick Up My Heart” with drums and electric guitar to back the acoustic offering. It’s quite good. The album is available on Amazon and iTunes. Check it out!


The Human Condition – Jhameel

May 3, 2012

I feel bad at how spotty my blogging has been lately. I’m afraid the next few weeks are going to be similarly spotty. Sorry. That’s life. That’s the tail end of the semester. Since I really haven’t been listening to new music I thought I’d throw an old track at you. Jhameel is one of my favorite artists out there. His music is unbelievably unique and yet fits into a pop categorization without much effort. His voice is just as unique and amazingly addictive. When I hear one of his songs, I just have to listen to another. This track is funkier than some and less funky than others, but wow is it powerful. Jhameel is due to start another five song release any time now and I’m having trouble waiting. In the meantime, we can enjoy this year old track. Give it a listen!

The Human Condition – Jhameel / Or from SoundCloud

BONUS: Here’s what inspired this post. Jhameel just dropped a video for his excellent song, “White Lie“. Enjoy!