And all of a sudden, this summer just got longer and hotter…
Now some say that Samsung paid $5 per copy for 1,000,000 copies of the album to distribute to their subscribers. Some have said they paid $20,000,000 in total. Either way, the album is certified platinum before it even leaked, never mind hitting the (virtual) shelves.
Add to that, J.Cole and Kanye are releasing albums and what people seem to miss is that Roc Nation just BLEW the hell UP. Tic – Tac – Toe, and Checkmate.
Oh, and add on a Jay-Z twelve city tour (YYZ, NY, Chi, SF, Pasadena, YVR, Hershey, Detroit, BMore, Boston, Philly, and Miami) with Justin Timberlake just days after this Magna Carta album is released on July 4th, and this Legends of the Summer tour just became the hottest ticket in town. I won’t even get into the debate about Jay undercutting Kanye and the philosophy behind the “big brother” moves, but wow. WOW! (Kanye’s Yeezus is experimental, Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is mastery.)
I think I just became the happiest STAN in the world.
Song of the Day: Open Letter – Jay-Z
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Definitely NOT the Father’s Day I would have planned for, but then again I didn’t do any planning for today. Makes me think that I should plan for this day next year, among all the other things that I have to plan for around these parts.
Song of the Day: Rest of Mine – Cory Lee
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So, Father’s Day…
My third year of celebrating my very own “day” as a Father.
I can’t say that they’ve treated me any better than a Homeemas day, but then again, the kids are still so young. I can’t complain really, others have it much worse.
But, being that Homeemas is still 4 long months away, I can still work on a wishlist, right?
– 47″ LG LED TV
– Tesla Model S 4-door sedan. (no biggie, right?)
I’m pretty sure that I’m getting a handprint fingerpainted, and some sort of photo in a frame. That’ll do just as well.
I still miss you too Pops.
Song of the Day: Papa Was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
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I know, right?
You were worried for awhile there?
Well, I’ve finally settled on a format and idea that works for both you, me, and whatever free time I have to put stuff up on here.
Let’s see, we have to catch you up on so much… we’ve been to San Fran and San Jose with the kids, we’ve hired yet some more people at work, and summer is finally here in Vancouver.
It sucks that I’m out of virtual webspace (weird, right?) to post our vacation pics on here, but you’ll have to get to Facebook to find those now.
What’s to come? A whole wahckload of summer shows and concerts. Brooklyn’s first REALLY REAL, REAL DEAL adult concert, and a whole other world of summer adventures around the city!
I had to say goodbye to a dear, dear friend of mine. It made me question myself again, “would you rather have a chance to say goodbye to someone before they pass away, or would you rather not be there for that and make your peace afterwards? Sometimes we are not always given such a choice.
I would always choose to say goodbye beforehand.
Song of the Day: I Will Remember You – Amy Grant
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Tell me how some people walk in the sun
While others just walk in the dark
Lookin’ at the world through the barrel of a gun
Hands behind their back and a parked car
America you might fare better
London your sure to be toast
You’ll always get the dream that you deserve
From what you value the most
You need to fix your life up
Fix your life up
Fix it up
Go with the guitar is twelve times better than another crazy … voice
Trying to be a star
When you’re just another brick in a misogynistic world, the noise
When the leaders learn how to follow
And then all the people lead
Instead of everybody getting what they want
They can get what they need
You need to fix your life up
Fix your life up
Fix your life up
Don’t worry about what the crowd does
Just worry about being good at what you love
Don’t make this comṗlicated
You know it’s true
Don’t make us put somebody else in for you
Song of the Day: Fix Ur Life – 3rd Eye Girl ft Prince
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I swear if I win the Lotto jackpot, I’m going to open up a business that offers deeply discounted house keeping and grocery delivery service for all new parents.
Song of the Day: You Won’t See Me Tonight – Nas ft Aaliyah
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I wish for my girls the entire world.
The courage, the strength, the wisdom, the knowledge, the common sense, the streetsmarts, the booksmarts, sassiness, sincerity, determination, and wonderment.
I want for them to have role models, even though lately it’s been terribly difficult to find a role model that will last. Brooklyn has found a few musical models that she has taken a liking to, but she will be exposed to the full array of good music out there, as much as her ears can take in.
A lot of people that I’ve talked to say, “Don’t worry, they’re in good hands. We know you’ll teach them. We know they’ll be smarter than even you are!”
But sometimes, I just don’t know.
I mean, the gene pool suggests that it’s likely they will be smarter than me, but there are moments where I just don’t know.
What if I’m not there to teach them? What if there’s a genetic blip? What if they have a really bad teacher? There I go again with the ‘what ifs’.
Being a parent has got to be the most unnerving, ungrounding experience in your entire life. Just when you think you know, or when you think you have a handle on things, you DON’T even really even know. Parenting has to be one of the most frightening experiences in the world (esp if you actually care about your children). Everything you know, knew, or thought you knew gets thrown out the window, your patience gets tested, your are mentally and physically exhausted, and then you have to be on your toes and still thinking about the next 3, 5, and 10 years.
Sure, I will have my wits about me, and there are even times that I have to check myself. Let me tell you, it always scares the bejeezus out of me, the thought of and the sheer possibility of failure.
Song of the Day: Turn the Page – Aaliyah
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