MixDown: It’s Been A Long Time Mix

Check out the new mix from resident cross-fader rider DJ A-See.

Yeah it HAS been along time since the last time. BUT, absence makes the the heart grow fonder. So without further adeiu, we present (drum roll please) THE MIX..

1. I Get Around – Tupac
2. Bomat Break – INST
3. Cha Cha Cha – MC Lyte
4. Beat C – INST
5. Blue Collar Worker – Blu
6. Beat D – INST
7. TV Show – Abstract Rude
8. Beat H – INST
9. Most Beatifulist Thing – Keith Murray
10. Get Lifted – Keith Murray
11. Sunny CA – Fashawn
12. Keep Rising…- INST
13. Sambo Song – Raydar Ellis
14. B.O.B – Outkast
15. I Go To Work – Kool Moe Dee
16. It Takes 2 – INST
17. Forgot Abour Dre – Dr. Dre
18. Slow Joint – INST
19. That’s What I’m Looking For – Da Brat

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Do You Give Your Passion the Time of Day?

The theme that I’ve been ruminating on lately and want to devote a series to is Value.

I’ve been thinking about the ways we value our time, our relationships and our money, and I’m seeing our values as a source of discontent that bears examination. Shifting our priorities would lead to happier and more satisfied lives. Thankfully, this series of value checks are easy to implement. Ready for a more purposeful life? Let’s get it.

Defining Values

You can value things, people, concepts, emotions. A lot of times what we actually value doesn’t align with what we purport to value. We make time for what we value, and we demonstrate our values with the amount of time we spend on them.

I’m generalizing, but men value their cars, their timepieces, guy time activities such as watching sports. Women value their shoes, outward accoutrements like hairstyles and makeup and spending girl time chatting and shopping with friends.

The man who values the above things will be found getting his car washed, carefully placing his watch in a special case so it doesn’t get scratched up, and at the sports bar watching the game and at home watching the recaps, highlights and analysis. That woman will spend time shopping for shoes in person and online and buying shoe racks so they don’t get messed up; she spends untold hours at the beauty shop getting her hair done and wrapping it at night; she spends time on the phone and at ladies night with her friends. 

The Values Check

This is all well and good, nothing unusual here! The problem enters when how we spend our time conflicts with what we say we value—our priorities.  We say we value our health, but we don’t make time to go to the gym, prepare healthy meals, set and keep doctor’s appointments. We say we value our family, but we don’t spend time calling relatives, having the difficult conversations to mend past hurts, attending the events that are special to them.

The best way to check what you TRULY value is to look at how you spend your time. I say I value friendship, family, my health and prosperity. My TIME says I value solitude, overindulging in food and wine, and compulsively absorbing information without acting on it.  It also says I value being a listening ear and encouraging others, supporting people in their business endeavors and spending time learning about and worshipping God.

Is the payoff on your priorities worth it? Are you spending too much time on things that you didn’t even KNOW you valued? Until we meet again, I’m going to be examining which things I want to continue to value through the use of my time and which things need to be shifted lower on the totem pole.

In the next post of the series, I’ll discuss valuing people….

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Audio Session: Lupe Fiasco – The New Stuff

Lupe is dropping a new song each week until the release of his new album Lasers.  Check these out

This is supposed to be the lead single featuring John Legend “Never Forget You”

This next one All Black Everything has been making the rounds all over the web

“All Black Everything”

This next song IS NOT on the album. I don’t know how we missed this is Lupe’s take on Rick Ross’s hit BMF. Yeah the beat was hype but I alway felt like why Rick gotta be big uppin all these fellas who have really done some damage to the black community. I always thought why can’t he be Nat Turner or Malcolm X or something. Well Lupe must have read my mind cause he dropped this.

BMF (Building Minds Faster)

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Hip Hop Affirmations: Let’s Get Together

“You ain’t havin it, good, me either.
Let’s get together and make this whole
world believe us.”

Can’t Knock the Hustle

on Reasonable Doubt

Are you a solo artist? It can be pretty lonely trying to accomplish your goals on your own. Are there opportunities for you to partner with folks who have the same work ethic and are on the same page as you?

Affirmation of the Day:
I find individuals who are just as dedicated and hungry as I am to be part of my team

Question of the Day:
Who needs to be part of your team?

Action of the Day:
Create a document listing where you could benefit from a partner.

Run the Point; from where you are, with what you have!

Your Ambassador,
Mike Bruny

This is just a weekly taste of Hip Hop Affirmations.If you want a daily dose visit Hip Hop Affermations.com and get each and every day started right.

Mike Bruny is a certified professional life coach and author, working with ambitious professionals across the country. He helps them to rediscover their values, gain clarity for life/career decisions and live more fulfilling lives. If you want to know more, reach him at: bruny@hiphopaffirmations.com.

His book “Move the Crowd: 30 Days of Hip Hop Affirmations to Change Your Life.” is availible now on amazon.com

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Audio Session – I Do – Todd Uno Dos featuring Andre 300

For those that might have missed this, I Do got a little buzz a few months back but never really blew up. There was no big push, no video, no single , nothin. But since Valentine’s Day was last week, we thought it might be a nice boost for those still lingering in the love hangover. Oh by the way, even though it’s his single, Todd Uno barely gets 40 seconds on the track. I guess when your guest rapper is Andre 3000, you gotta let him shine. But talk about getting overshadowed…

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Waka Flocka’s On the Tupac Path to Fame

Waka Flocka Flame is one of four people being questioned by police after a shooting in east Charlotte outside of a car stereo shop. He is not considered a suspect, but police are looking for two cars driven away from the crime scene. More than 5 shots were fired. Didn’t he just get shot at last year in Georgia, and again at another concert in Charlotte before this? 

Is he on the Tupac Plan for Success? It pays off in record sales but you can’t exactly enjoy it. Our advice: He gots to CHIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!

See video here:


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GrownHead Check: 115-120 (Valentine’s Edition)

Maybe you rocked dookie braids and leather Africa medallions, Lees and Adidas, Cross Colours or dunks. But that is not the measure of a grownhead. While we don’t condone discrimination against young bucks, old heads or the other man, you can only truly call yourself a grownhead on Valentine’s Day IF…

115) You ever stayed up late taping chocolate hearts to cards, one for everybody in your class (thanks to peanut allergy kids, this can get you expelled now)

116) You ever sent or received a note saying: Do you like me? Yes [] No []

117) You remember when dances began with all the boys posted up on the opposite wall from the girls.

118) You waited hours with your tape deck on pause to craft the perfect mixtape for your boyfriend or girlfriend

119) Said mixtape contained any of the following artists: Jodeci, The Boyz, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown or Freddie Jackson

120) You were sad when you threw out the mixtape, either because it melted or you realized the public library is the only place with equipment old enough to play a cassette tape

Got more Grownhead ID checks? Post them below!

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