I’m a firm believer that music is powerful. It can reflect the times and it also provides therapy through the tough ones. Here are 3 albums you should re-visit today:
- Death Certificate – Ice Cube (1991)
This album was the the soundtrack to my stint in Indianapolis. I’ll never forget DJ Topspeed put it on my computer and I would listen to it riding around the city. In a weird way, Cube’s aggression on this album helped to calm mine. Maybe it will do the same for you.
If anything, how relative this album is to today’s society may certainly serve as therapy.
2. 4:44 – Jay Z (2017)
Jay-Z will forever be a North Star for us to follow. On this album he packed information, lyricism, and pain into a 10-track LP. If you’re courageous enough to take note of Jay’s lyrics and submerge yourself in the picture he was painting, you may find a game plan for the rest of life moving forward.
A road map to Black Excellence.
3. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar (2015)
This album had me in tears in my Buffalo apartment. My program director at the time, Chris Reynolds, send me the album when it first came out because he knew how much I loved K-Dot. Chris and I also share the same views for the world and he served as a mentor for my African American history studies and ironically, this album came out just in time.
I found purpose, value, and peace in Kendrick’s 2015 masterpiece. Hopefully you’ll find the same.