Nostalgic Monday

Eminem – Guilty Conscience (Feat. Dr. Dre)

It’s Monday and that means I’m getting all nostalgic. The post today features one of the first rappers I ever listened to and what a legendary one!

Eminem has had a really long career and I would still argue that he is one of the best technical rappers there has ever been in the game. His ability to act out stories in his songs while using convoluted and complex rhyme schemes is one of the most admirable skills he has and I don’t believe anyone else has even come close to this (Earl Sweatshirt has this ability as well, so he is arguably the closest one).

This song is one of the first I ever heard from Eminem (together with My Name Is) and I still remember watching the music video. The whole concept is as awesome as it gets. It’s a rap battle on morals as the two sides go against each other with Eminem (Slim Shady) acting as the evil side and Dr. Dre being the good one.

My favorite part is the third verse where Eminem just snaps and brings Dr. Dre down with him:

“You gonna take advice
From somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?
(What you say?) What’s wrong? Didn’t think I’d remember?
(I’ma kill you, mothafucka!) Uhh-ahh, temper, temper
Mr. Dre, Mr. N.W.A, Mr. AK
Coming straight outta Compton, y’all better make way” – (Lyrics from Genius)

The way he flows here is the reason he is one of the best in my opinion!

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Enter Shikari – Gap In The Fence

And I am back with another nostalgic monday post! This time it is featured one of my favorite bands called Enter Shikari. I started listening to them around 2008 when they were recommend to me by a friend.

Even though I liked their debut album Take To The Skies from 2007, they really cemented themselves as my favorite band with the release of Common Dreads in 2009. While Take To The Skies had a raw sound, Common Dreads incorporated a more electronic approach to the songs that I was a big fan of.

One of my favorite things about the album was how seamless the transitions were between the songs and I remember listening to it the whole summer 2009. That was litterally the only album I listened to that summer – it was just so good! I have to point out the genre mixing in this album as it featured the standard electronic hardcore that Enter Shikari was known for, but there were different elements of drum n’ bass, dubstep as well as trance mixed in and it blew my mind at the time that it was possible to mix so many different genres.

This so is one of my favorite song of all time by Enter Shikari. It’s a bit more chill compared to their other songs, but I hope you will like it as much as I do –  definitely give the whole album a chance if you do!

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Funeral For A Friend – Escape Artists Never Die

Welcome to another post on this fine monday where I will take you back to some of my favorite music from back in the days!

It’s my all-time favorite song by Funeral For A Friend and it really takes me back to the days when MSN Messenger was a thing. I always had to have some profound lyrics as my statement next to my name and it usually had something to do with love – which a lot of the songs from Funeral For A Friend are about.

The whole song is pretty great, but it really goes to another level from 2:07 where there is a break and it slowly builds up to the greatest outro (4:12) in a song! The structure of the song has always been one of my favorite things about it and I believe that’s why it’s one of my favorites.

Even though my general music taste has moved a bit away from this type of music, I can go back to it at anytime and enjoy it as much as I did back then! Give this song a listen and if you like it, try listening to some of their other great tracks as well – StreetcarRoses For The DeadHospitality.

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The Game – Cali Sunshine

It’s Monday again and that means I have looked deep down in my archives and found a song that I listened to back in the days. This monday is featuring The Game!

Everyone in Denmark is enjoying the great weather right now, and whenever the sun begins to shine, I just have to listen to Cali Sunshine!

“God damn, it’s hot out this motherfucker” must be one of the greatest lines to begin a song with and it really sets the mood for the rest of the track.

I hope everyone is enjoying their monday as much as I am. If not, just put this song on and drink a glass of rosé wine!

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Akon – Don’t Matter

Today I want to share a song that was really popular when it was released. It’s by everyone’s favorite forgotten artist, Akon!

He had a good run at some point and you literally couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing an Akon song. It was hard to choose between all his different hits – Who doesn’t remember: Locked Up, Lonely, Smack That, I Wanna Love You, Sorry Blame It On Me, Right Now (Na Na Na), Beautiful and I could keep on going..

Some of his songs do sound a bit dated in my opinion, but nostalgia is doing its thing and making it an enjoyable listen anyways, especially my favorite – Don’t Matter.

Enjoy your Akon monday like I’m enjoying mine!

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50 Cent – 21 Questions (Feat. Nate Dogg)

Back in 2003 when Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released, it became an instant classic. The sound was so fresh and 50 ended up having a good run with his own sound as well as with G-Unit.

There were so many good tracks on Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – In Da Club, P.I.M.P., If I Can’t, Many Men (Wish Death), Patiently Waiting. Some of the songs have aged better than others, but my number one favorite is still 21 Questions. Nate Dogg just had the perfect voice for hooks (RIP) and he does a good job on this track as is expected.

I can’t believe that it has been almost 14 years since I heard the song for the first time. Unfortunately, I don’t think 50 Cent ever made an album that came close to this, but it’s pretty hard to come up with a follow-up when you made a debut album this good!

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System Of A Down – Aerials

I have always listened to a lot of different music. I still remember one of my first encounters with System of a Down. A bit after they had released the video to Chop Suey, I got a hold of their second album Toxicity and that’s when the fandom slowly became a thing.

I must have been 9 or 10 years old at the time and I had never heard anything like it. In the beginning, I only liked two song – Chop Suey (cause I had already heard that one on TV) and Aerials. Damn.. I listened to Aerials so many times, I think my parents still remember the lyrics (not voluntarily).

The real beauty of the psychical album version was at the end of Aerials. There was a bonus song called Arto – it finished the album in the best way possible. The Spotify version has the two songs separated, but when it came it on in the psychical version it was such a weird and pleasant surprise. I loved it!

I soon learned to appreciate all songs on the album and they are still my favorite band. I can’t imagine that changing anytime soon.

If you haven’t checked System of a Down (besides the popular songs), you will do yourself a service by doing it now. They released a double-album back in 2005 called Mezmerize-Hypnotize that isn’t as hard as Toxicity, so check out that first if you are not usually into Alternative Metal.

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Nas – N.I.*.*.E.R.

Nas has released one of my most listened to album of all time. And no, it’s not Illmatic even though it’s arguably the best rap album of all time (I don’t agree).

Back in 2008 Nas released an album that ended up being called Untitled (apparently it is self-titled on every streaming service) because he was not allowed to call it Nigger. As you can guess, the title definitely indicates what themes the album touches upon and I love how Nas is able to paint a picture of some of the struggle that Afro-Americans go through in modern America.

Check out the album when you have some time to digest it from start to finish (For the full experience, read the lyrics while you listen). If you are unsure if it’s something for you, just listen to the song in this post. It’s a good preview of what the whole album sounds like!

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Lil Wayne – Dr. Carter

Lil Wayne has been one of my favorite artist ever since I heard of him. At the time, I was mainly listening to G-Unit, Kanye West and Eminem, so when I first heard of Lil Wayne I didn’t like him at all.

But the more I listened to him, the more I started to like it. His flow was so different to anything I had ever heard before, but it was intriguing that I couldn’t stop listening. It all peaked when he released The Carter III. The album just has everything to make it one of the best albums of all time!

The song Dr. Carter is such a cool concept where Lil Wayne raps as a doctor trying to save hip hop. Give the song a listen, but do if you want to do yourself a favor, just listen to the whole album from start to finish!

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DMX – The Rain

Back in the day (every Monday-post is gonna start out like this), I was a great fan of DMX and the album Grand Champ. He had everything you wanted from a rapper at that point: An aggressive voice, crazy flow, hard-hitting beats – what more could you want?

Well, there was actually a song that stood out to me on the album that wasn’t typical of DMX. It quickly became my favorite song and thank god for that repeat button!

I remember it as one of the first songs that spoke to me on a different level. Until that point in my life, I saw music as entertainment but this was one of the songs that changed my view on music completely – it could be used as a way to channel emotions as well, wow!