Posts Tagged ‘God’

ON HEAVY ROTATION: PLUMB – ‘DON’T DESERVE YOU’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You’re the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You’re the reason that I’m alive
You’re what I can’t live without
You’re what I can’t live without

You never give up
When I’m falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you’re quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

You’re the light inside my eyes
You give me a reason to keep trying
You give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you’ve chosen to love
I still can’t believe that you’re right next to me
After all that I’ve done

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

I don’t deserve a chance like this
I don’t deserve a love that gives me everything
You’re everything I want

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you
And I don’t deserve you

[Related Post: Plumbness]

ON HEAVY ROTATION: MACKLEMORE – ‘STARTING OVER’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This song changed my life. Thank you, Macklemore.

//
And every kid that came up to me
And said I was the music they listened to when they first got clean
Now look at me – a couple days sober, I’m fighting demons
Back of that meeting on the East Side, shakin’ tweakin’
Hope that they don’t see it, hope that no one is lookin’
That no one recognizes that failure under that hoodie
Just posted in the back with my hands crossed, shook-en
If they call on me I’m passin’ it, they talk to me I’m bookin’
Out that door, but before, I can make it
Somebody stops me and says “Are you Macklemore?
“Maybe this isn’t the place or time, I just wanted to say that…
If it wasn’t for ‘Otherside’ I wouldn’t have made it…”
I just looked down at the ground and say “Thank you.”
She tells me she has 9 months and that she’s so grateful
Tears in her eyes lookin’ like she’s gonna cry, fuck
I barely got forty-eight hours, treated like I’m some wise monk
I want to tell her I relapsed, but I can’t
I just shake her hand and tell her “Congrats”
Get back to my car, and I think I’m trippin’, yeah
Cause God wrote ‘Otherside’, that pen was in my hand
I’m just a flawed man – Man, I fucked up…
Like so many others, I just never thought I would
I never thought I would, didn’t pick up the book
Doin’ it by myself didn’t turn out that good
//

UNCLE TIM

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Uncle Tim is a crisp R&B artist from Cameroon, delicately blending Gospel, Rap, and spiritual energy. Not Alone, his first available track, is soothing and lush with a soft-pop groove. Though he treads lightly in beat and verse, the message is strong.

I love seeing musicians weave positivity into their work. In an industry that often focuses on the negative (or even worse, the self-involved), hearing someone sing encouragement through my speakers makes me surge with gratitude.

Maybe it’ll do the same for you?

ON HEAVY ROTATION: GROUP 1 CREW – ‘DANGEROUS’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


If you took a bite of hip hop/urban pop and placed it in a blender with the Bible, you’d get Group 1 Crew. I recently discovered the single Dangerous and fell head over heels. Yes, the production is a bit safe for the current mainstream market, but in the Christian world, this is downright edgy. It’s a fun track that pierces deep with rich vocals and meaningful rhymes.

I’ve actually become a little obsessed with this song! My only beef is that there’s no video treatment to the track. So dear Group 1 Crew, if you’re reading this: MAKE A VIDEO! This song specifically could reach people that normally wouldn’t give Christian music a chance, and with a powerful visual to back it up, this song could really change perceptions and minds.

Listen to the highly-infectious Dangerous below + video introduction to the Group 1 Crew movement following. #JesusSwag

TAMELA MANN WILL TAKE YOU TO CHURCH

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I recently discovered gospel singer Tamela Mann. In a search for that life-changing song, her single Take Me To The King somehow found its way through my headphones; Mann’s rich pipes touching heart, soul and bone in this raw, heavy-hitting release.

(That’s the beauty of music, isn’t it? How it seems to find us when we need it the most.)

This woman is fabulous and her talent is undeniable.

Watch a live performance of the track below.

Hello, goosebumps!

BEYONCE – ‘GOD MADE YOU BEAUTIFUL’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Beyonce shows her halo on new track God Made You Beautiful, an ode to her little one, Blue Ivy Carter. A sneak peek of the inspirational song first appeared in the trailer for her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, but the full-length version has now emerged with the release of the film’s DVD, which dropped over Thanksgiving.

Listen to the understated gem below.

#BEYourself #GodMadeYouBeautiful

KATY PERRY – ‘BY THE GRACE OF GOD’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Katy Perry recently premiered a track from her highly-anticipated Prism release, via live performance at the iTunes Festival in London, the incredibly beautiful By The Grace of God. Written about Perry’s suicidal lows after her split with Russell Brand, Perry clearly understands the landscape of heartbreak.

This is quite possibly the most honest song of her career.

Opening up to Billboard about the track, Perry stated: “That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, ‘Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'”

Perry’s new album, Prism, drops on October 22nd.

Listen to the stunning track below.

[Related Post: Katy Perry Returns w/ #ROAR Single]

JEWEL REALNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Throwback Thursday!

This is one of my favorite songs. And here’s why: Jewel wrote this song when she was 18 and homeless. She was in dire need of medical treatment (due to a kidney condition) and was turned down by the hospital because she had no money or health insurance. A doctor overheard her plea at reception and saw her waiting in the parking lot of the hospital crying. He treated her for free. She wrote this song shortly after in part to thank the doctor for his kindness.

I find so much beauty and hope in that story. Especially when I’m going through something dark in my own life.

“We are God’s eyes. God’s hands. God’s heart.”

ON HEAVY ROTATION: EVE FEAT. GABE SAPORTA – ‘MAKE IT OUT THIS TOWN’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


To anyone who’s ever felt trapped, this one’s for you.

[Intro hook: Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship]

When I close my eyes
I can see me fly in the hope
High above the clouds
Swear I won’t look back if I get chance
Oh – I won’t come back around

[Verse 1: Eve]

Yo, have you ever laid in bed and it’s late in the night
Staring at the ceiling talking to God about life?
Asking when it’s gonna happen, just maybe it might
Made a lot of life turns, some wrong and some right
Wanna know when it’s your second, your minute, your time
Sick of dreaming, wanna lay the pictures in your mind
Never been like all the others, you’re one of a kind
I know you’re feeling like you wanna break free, it’s a sign
Just wanna fly above it all, see where you can land
Know that you can do it on your own cause you can
Know that you can conquer all with a plan
Forget about the negatives buried in the sand
Yeah, never forget this is your life
Your path, your dream, this is your fight
Victory you’ll see, you’ll be alright
Get through the darkness, on the other end is pure light

[Hook]

When I close my eyes
I can see me fly in the hope
High above the clouds
Swear I won’t look back
If I get chance
I will come back around
If I make it out this time, yeah
I gotta make it out this time, yeah
I’m gonna make it out this time, yeah
I’m gonna roll the dice
And take a risk tonight
Gotta make it out this time

[Verse 2: Eve]

Have you ever felt alone like the whole world was missing?
And when you prayed it seemed like no one was listening
You try to keep the faith and keep on living
But when you struggling the future looks distant
All your hope seem to be just pipe dreams
And you really gotta wonder what your life means
That’s when you gotta pick yourself up out the dust
Make a change and find a place in your heart you trust
You ain’t always gotta take the first card your dealt
In this life only you can represent yourself
Never let your circumstances hold you back
You were born free, never gotta feel trapped
And on the pursuit to happiness you’re gonna feel pain
But the only way to win is to stay in the game
The naysayers they’re gonna try and embarrass ya
But I’ve learned that the struggle builds character

[Hook]

[Bridge: Eve]

Put your hands in the air now
If you feel it let me hear you loud
Put your hands in the air now
Yeah, ain’t nobody gonna hold you down
Yeah, come on, come on

[Hook]

Eve’s first studio album in ten years, Lip Lock, will drop on May 14th!

[Related Post: New Eve Featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship]

NEW EVE FEATURING GABE SAPORTA OF COBRA STARSHIP!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Grammy Award-winning artist Eve is back and werkin’ for a cause! Her brand new single, Make It Out This Town (featuring Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta), first premiered last month as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ National Mentoring Month conference in Washington, D.C. The track is a radio-friendly pop gem, an inspiring and uplifting ‘overcoming the odds’ type of anthem.

Eve was recently named a National Celebrity Ambassador for the charity.

Says Eve: “I am releasing Make It Out This Town as my first single from Lip Lock because I wanted to share the positive place I have come into. I went through obstacles to get my music and message out and nothing embodies this more than this song, which also mirrors my recent honor and connection that comes with my role as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters. The song is dedicated to them.”

Make It Out This Town is the official single released from Eve’s long-awaited, much-anticipated album, Lip Lock, due out May 14th.

Can’t get enuff! Such a feel-good jam!

THE FAGGOTRY OF HIP HOP

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“It started as just common place; it was just part of the language. I think the overtones that it creates, is not what really exists. I don’t think if you are gay and you go to a hip hop club that you’ll get beat up for being gay. That’s not what is going to happen. I think words are the way that people express themselves—just like if you say ‘bitch’ on a rap record for a long time, you can rally thousands of women that will say that’s incorrect. You can’t focus on one single thing or bad aspect of what happens in hip hop and try to blanket it. That’s not the root of the problem. It exists, I think it’s how you portray it, and it’s how you use it. You gotta paint with a broad brush when you talk about homophobia, because it’s a lot of things that exist in hip hop that aren’t exactly right, but it’s part of the landscape.”

-Xzibit

Last year, the suicides of gay teens splattered across headlines in what felt like a bloodshed massacre brought on by violence and brutally ugly words. These words — spit like bullets — packed a deadly punch.

If there’s anyone who knows how to throw an uppercut with word venom, it’s a hot-mouthed rapper.

In the bling and booty-drenched culture that is hip hop, often these overly excessive and flashy accessories distract from some of the same brutally ugly words that still shoot from rappers’ tongues. In the game of hip hop, the mouth is a gun. The in-the-ear and out-the-other mentality clearly doesn’t hold true in regards to certain stars who many urban youth idolize.

If you read this blog regularly, you would know that I support hip hop. Besides the love given to underground/indie artists, I’ve been known to drool over Drake, and I also truly connect and relate to Eminem’s story and lyrics. My post on Eminem’s sobriety + sponsorship with Elton John went viral and landed on the front page of Reddit, leaving a few wondering how I (someone who falls under the LGBTQ umbrella) could support Eminem when his earlier work was covered in homophobic themes. My response has always been the same: I respect the art form, not always what lies underneath. Truth be told, I think music and the art of rhyme can be a cathartic strand of therapy for these men, even when that strand becomes tangled with homophobia.

The questions remain:

Should hip hop be held responsible? My answer is no.

Should the form be watered down? My answer is no.

Confused? Let me explain. As much as I know that these rappers have influenced a generation, the problem is much bigger than pointing fingers. I do not support hate, but I do support art and creative expression. I know from personal experience that creative outlets can help to shape, to understand, to relate, to retaliate, to vent, but most importantly it can be a vehicle, one that gets the poison out of the system in a way that isn’t entirely toxic. I can’t speak for all, but this is what I think (certain) rappers do. Granted, there are some rappers who seem clueless to their behavior and words, and for these individuals I think it’s more a statement of character versus the state of the hip hop art form.

A prime example would be 50 Cent, when he sparked controversy by tweeting (excuse his poor grammar): “If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.”

Clearly, this isn’t a part of any artistic creation except ignorance and hatred, the exact opposite message that I hope bleeds through this post.

As a matter of fact, I would like to say that these rappers aren’t afraid or repulsed by us. No, not at all. After researching hints of homophobia in rap lyrics, I wouldn’t say they’re purely homophobic either. I would say they’re a bit obsessed with us. Besides the fact that many of these alpha males create rap about bitches and Bacardi, a style/mindset was also created for the masses by these same men, one that we all know all too well: The Baggy Pants Syndrome. If rappers were indeed afraid to taste the rainbow, I can’t imagine how one could tread the pavement with his boxers hanging out, exposing the top half of his basketball-shaped derriere.

All playfulness aside, it’s now a matter of expressing what lies outside the harmful language, what lies outside the three minute song that our generation has on repeat. Who are these arrogantly confident rappers when the lights go down?

I do not think the hip hop community (or any entertainer) for that matter is solely responsible for any child’s moral code (this is where parenting comes in), but I do think (in a perfect world) this should be a concern in their hearts. Yes, vent. Spill your guts. Ruffle feathers. That’s what artists do. But also, use your platform to never justify hate and to speak out against the victimized and abused. This is a genre formed on the freedom to be heard and the freedom to bring about change, and yet it’s sprouted legs that seem to be walking in a totally different direction. It’s glorifying drugs. It’s picking on queers. It’s belittling women.

And as much as I’m against censorship, I’m also an extremist for positive change. And if that requires a little editing, so be it. Because besides being lame, homophobic lyrics are played out and lack originality, thought, and spark.

Metaphorically speaking, perhaps it’s time for those in the rap game to pull their pants up.

[Related Post: Macklemore Breaks Ground]

MACKLEMORE BREAKS GROUND

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This song/video makes me cry like a baby. Absolutely beautiful.

That is all.

[Related Post: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Takeover]

PLUMBNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Two things we all have in common: Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has a wound to be healed.

A beautiful truth found in the new single from Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known as Plumb. Need You Now (How Many Times) showcases Plumb’s soulful vocals poured over her always sincere/always heartfelt lyrics.

Plumb’s new album, Faster Than A Bullet, will be released in early 2013.

Listen to the gorgeous new single below.

PATTERSON HOOD

By: Natalie Yarden
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


There’s a new thing that I like to do, where I make myself discover new music every few weeks. It’s a great way to listen to music you would have probably never known existed. I do this with the help of Rolling Stone and NME. My theory is that the best musicians are the undiscovered ones.

This week I discovered Patterson Hood.

I usually don’t listen to country music, but when it’s this amazing I just can’t help myself! It’s not your typical country music; it has more of an edge to it. Nevertheless, I love it!

Hailing from Alabama, Patterson began writing songs in the 3rd grade, later playing guitar in a local band by the age of 14. He was formerly in the band Drive-By Truckers, before pursuing a career as a solo artist.

His lyrics and melody are what makes his songs utterly unique. His songs have a country base with a pinch of indie and good old fashioned rock. His lyrics are sometimes hard to digest, talking about his past and small stories about people in the South.

He has released three solo albums:
Killers and Stars (2004)
Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) (2009)
-And most recently; Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (2012)

My favorite song of his is Back of a Bible, which appears on his sophomore release. This song literally gave me the shivers when I first heard it.

VIDEO PREMIERE: THE ROCKET SUMMER 200,000

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


The Rocket Summer has just released the music video for new single 200,000 and it’s pretty rad. The clip, directed by Marshall Burnette, features Bryce Avary trekking through some sticky situations: smoking cars, desolate woods, and gangsta kiddies! All for the sake of delivering a song to his soulmate (played by his real-life wife, Tara Avary). Too sweet!

[Sidenote: Loving the subtle explosion at the end of the vid. Nice touch!]

The song is taken from TRS’ latest effort, Life Will Write The Words, which dropped earlier this year via Bryce’s label, Aviate Records.

This album, like all of Bryce’s previous work, is heartfelt and piercing.

The new clip + watch former So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer move to one of my favorite tracks from the album, the goosebump-worthy Scrapbook below.