By Associated Press, Pusha T proves he is one of hip-hops most skillful lyricists on his debut album, My Name Is My Name. The rapper is hardly new. He rose to prominence as half of the grimy rap sibling duo the Clipse, whose music played out like the soundtrack to The Wire. On My Name is My Name, Pusha T once again mines his past in the dope trade for material. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Rapping about slinging drugs is hardly a new topic, and some would say its a tired one. But Pusha Ts storytelling, imagery, and superb rap skills make it worth hearing from his vantage point. Unfortunately, Pusha Ts lyrical brilliance gets dragged down by the extraneous elements of the My Name is My Name. The 12-track album features appearances from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Future, Young Jeezy and Kelly Rowland, but suffers from unimpressive production. Kanye West and Swizz Beatz fail to pull the life out of Browns voice on the mediocre track, Sweet Serenade. S.N.I.T.C.H. is a compelling story about a friend looking to rat on someone, hoping to be freed from jail, but the music on the Pharrell Williams-produced track doesnt hold up. There are some bright spots. On Nosetalgia, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar take turns recounting life before stardom, while the impressive Ross-assisted Hold On, features West harmonizing. Who I Am with 2 Chainz and Big Sean, and the Pharrell-produced Suicide featuring Ab-Liva are also enjoyable listens. In all, Pusha T puts on a strong performance. But the patchy production is what prevents My Name from being considered as one of the top hip-hop albums of the year. ___ Follow Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31 Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
IFEEL: Music for the mind, clean fuel for the body, and action for the soul
Surely, if Alfred Nobel recognized the importance and influence of the literary arts, one would think that music would also be regarded as a highly influential creative strategy for the benefit of mankind. Think of it, a music award bestowed to a person whose efforts in the field of music produced an outstanding work in a quintessential direction for consistent community outreach, ethical living, and compassionate change. There are a number of music artists whose life works have been dedicated to this mass appealing art and they occasionally make headlines speaking out against the many injustices around the world. We applaud these figures for lending their clout and bringing issues to the attention of the media and the public, however, their music does not consistently reflect the causes they support. If such a music prize existed and was given to an artist whose music and efforts represented the greatest benefit to mankind and cultural advancement, it would certainly be awarded to Croatian hip-hop artist IFEEL. IFEELs music emphasizes the inextricable connection between human animals and non-human animals. His original lyrics remind us that humans are both the cause of animal suffering and the answer to ending animal suffering. Music for the Mind During the Veganmania tour, IFEEL performed in Winterthur, Klagenfurt, Vienna, and Zagreb. Clad in a t-shirt and jeans, there is IFEEL, his voice, and a cage. Violently grabbed by two agressive men and forced into a pig gestation crate at center stage, the song CALL 911 begins. The song tells the stories of three kidnapped and abused animals, Duck Mullard, Monkey Macaque, and dog APBT, IFEEL explains.
While Sangeetha chose to communicate her ordeal to her therapist through her childish sketches, scores of patients with mental disabilities struggle to find a medium to express their thoughts, making treatment a lot more arduous. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, a group of psychiatrists in the city advocated the need to incorporate other forms of therapy like art and music to the regular clinical mode of treatment. While organizations like Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu have incorporated recreational activities, including painting and music, as part of their treatment, many others are yet to follow suit. “Many patients find it easier to communicate through art and music. Unfortunately, awareness on psychiatry as a mode of treatment for mental illness itself is low. So, ancillary methods of prognosis and treatment like art and music therapy is even rarer here,” said Dr R Thara of SCARF. Besides being a tool of communication, art helps patients improve their cognitive and motor skills. “Psychiatrists often think their duty is done once they prescribe medicines. While they are a necessity for certain conditions, it is only a primary form of treatment,” said Dr Thara. “Even if the infrastructure is not available, the least psychiatrists can do besides prescribing medicines is to draw up a schedule for their patients, which should include a creative activity through which they can express themselves,” said psychotherapist Vijay Nagaswami. He said a multi-disciplinary approach would help explore the patients’ minds and understand their condition better. “But art and music therapy is still at its nascent stage in India.