Music can send you down a trip on memory lane, it’ll make you remember a loved one or a fun time in your life or maybe even that one night with that special someone… you know what i’m talking about. We at 1833 are no different and want to celebrate the past with our weekly segment THROWBACK THURSDAY’S; check below to see what era our contributors are stuck in this week and come back every thursday to find out what songs you forgot you missed.
Nothing ever enters my mind
Everyone make sure to tell their mama they love them this weekend (Especially Mama Sims!). Taking her out to brunch doesn’t hurt either…
I didn’t want to make this some Mothers Day forum but come on, is it really cliche when your talking about mom? yes, but theres just some people in life you have to be corny for.
I had just gotten interested in what was happening with Chicago hip hop and listened to Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out after reading in Pitchfork that it was their No. 1 or 2 mixtape of the year thus far. And it was a big year in Chicago, Acid Rap came out around that time too. Jayson Greene described Tree’s mixtape on Pitchfork: ” Sunday School II is the self-described “soul-trap” artist’s high-water mark so far, as musical and accomplished a rap mixtape as has been released this year. Tree is an incredible producer, adept at warping recognizable samples into unfamiliar, startling shapes– hear what he does to Elvis’s “Can’t Help Fallin In Love” on Sunday School II ‘s “King” and marvel at it– and at manipulating tension with unpredictable drum-pad rhythms. His voice has a ragged edge and a hint of a wry smile in it, which softens his harder lyrics and deepens his thoughtful ones. Calling him “soulful” feels pat, but there’s no other word for music this sincere and personal.” Tree ended up performing that summer at Pitchfork and killed it. I’ve been listening to a lot of Tree’s music lately thanks to his incredible output including TREEstyles, Mishka’s excellent release TREEstrumentals and I think one of the best projects of the year Trap Genius. He also featured on a song that came out this week called “Feel The Wave” with Chicago legend Twista, Supa Bwe and MarVo which will be on Sunny Woodz’s project Sunny Side Up EP.
The first Tree song that got me hooked and is actually one of my favorite hip hop songs by anyone is “Busters.” It comes at you hard, Frank Dukes’ production is off the charts and and I don’t know who can’t relate to exactly what Tree is saying in this track. For me the song is a classic and the perfect listen for when the bastards are trying to bring you down.
“Kiss my ass, my realest homies know me
If I got it then you got it, you ain’t even gotta ask
Fuck you, too, talking like you hung around
And did something special, but it benefited you”
In the early 2000’s a small post-hardcore band came together and called themselves La Dispute (one of my all time favorites). It was something about the lead vocalist, Jordan Dreyer that caught everybody’s attention. It wasn’t just his poetic verses or a delicate voice ranging from quiet and shy to full anger, it was the real life experiences the voices could tell.
On their second full length album, *Wildlife* they dig deeper into the life of others. Some of you may even have heard or known about the situation or person(s).
During King Park we’re told a story narrated by Jordan of a gang related drive-by shooting that left an innocent 16-year-old boy dead from getting hit with a stray bullet in 2008. The incident happened in their hometown, Grand Rapids, MI. Jordan has this ability to open us into the mind of the shooter and the families around it. Throughout the song he follows the shooter into the hotel room, locking himself inside but not knowing what’s next. He’s scared and wondering if killing himself is the answer for what’s he’s done, but he’s not sure as he screams “can I still get into heaven if I kill myself?”