Quitting is about wanting something MORE. For yourself, from others, for others and from yourself. This latest banger from Flying Lotus and Anderson .Paak takes us on a musical ride like only they can. In particular, Flying Lotus (born Steven Ellison) is uncategorized as a producer extraordinaire. Jazz, electronica, hip-hop, horror soundtracks, Flying Lotus does all of it while doing none of it exclusively. Which makes him a sought after collaborator with artists like Anderson .Paak, who like to push the boundaries of the genres.
This ethereal track starts out with the realization of being in a stalled relationship:
“I finally understood that I was spinnin’ my hoop / Rather spinnin’ my wheels, getting’ up in my years”
The time taken away from achieving more. The chorus shifts to a more introspective approach:
“There’s gotta be more to life than myself”
This theme leads into the second verse, where Anderson details the pitfalls of procrastination:
“And if you would’ve showed me more than one time / It wouldn’t have been clear, I would’ve just played it off like / Alright, I’ll deal with it when it gets here”
The track ends in a daze, lyrically and musically:
“Kinda like a dream the way it all happened”
Sobering and uplifting, this is the song to listen to when you’re ready to quit and move on. When it’s time for more. Anderson .Paak is on a creative roll so far in 2019, and this collaboration with Flying Lotus is just another example. When he closes out the song with “I wanna get further”, I don’t know how much more out there he and Flying Lotus can get. I’m excited to listen to what it will sound like. Give me MORE.
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About the Curator - Ben Young:
Ben Young lives a life of polarity. He has split his life between the coasts: half his life on the West (California) and half on the East (Georgia and Virginia). He has pursued careers in the art world (film school graduate) and the corporate world (executive with Fortune 500 companies). And he is Biracial, the personification of being two things at once.
Ben’s musical influences were formed by music loving parents, raised in a world of John Coltrane and John Lennon, James Taylor and James Ingram, Huey Lewis and the News and Prince and the Revolution. Saxophones, electric guitars, synthesizers, and breakbeats filled the air Ben breathed from birth. And being born one year after the birth of Hip Hop, Ben has been joined at the hip with the genre his entire life.
Check out Ben’s blog where you can get more recommendations on great music, presented from a Biracial point of view: www.khameleonkurator.com.