I wanted to do a series for awhile called #oldmusicnewplaces after seeing that on a tweet and I believe my boy Kaleb also inspired me by suggesting I should do it more often on my blog. Well it usually takes a bunch of things to click in my head for me to finally act on an idea and now today is the day for the new series #oldmusicnewplaces.
If you think you are going to be hearing rap songs from the 80’s or early 90’s, it’s very unlikely. The majority of the songs that will be highlighted in this series will be from 2000 to 2017. Songs that I think didn’t get enough attention or I think might have missed your radar and seeing as how it’s father’s day the first edition is going to be that theme.
I didn’t even intend on writing this article today or any piece about fathers day. But I just got back home for a break from driving uber / lyft and earlier I had been listening to a song that said something very beautiful and it’s been on my mind all day and I thought it would be cool to write about it. However I then realized I knew a couple other great songs dealing with fatherhood and you can hear them and find out about them below. It’s only 3 songs and I hope you enjoy. I also have this as a playlist on the YouTube Channel.
Artist: Just Jack Song: Alchemist
Released in 2016, Just Jack makes a powerful song detailing his personal experiences and personal battles as a father. Whether you are a father or not, we all battle with ourselves internally but as Just Jack puts it, “its a fight worth having lose or win”. That’s just one of the poignant and lyrical gems in this smooth sing songy- to the point that its on the fringes-rap. At one point in the chorus later on in the song, Jack, says a lyric that I hope stays with me throughout life, “we should try to make different mistakes from the ones our fathers made”.
Somehow this video is at only 14k views. SMH. If only people knew how gifted Jack was.
2. Artist: Atmosphere Song: Little Man
Slug (of Atmosphere) has always been one to more than just “pepper” his lyrics with details of his personal life, hell that’s what the whole damn sauce is made of. Slug is 45 now and at this point he’s even dubbed a new sub genre of rap, called “Dad Rap”. His last two albums with Ant, have been heavily themed around fatherhood. Hell, even before that I can think of a good half dozen other songs dealing with fatherhood. I could probably write another article called “10 songs about Fatherhood from rap group Atmosphere”, but that’s for another time.
Right now I want to focus on “Little Man” , which was released in 2005, and is one of my favorite tracks by Atmosphere of all time. If you have a little brother, son, or you didn’t have the greatest relationship with your dad, you can relate to this song. I personally relate to it on several ways and why I have found myself listening to it for about 9 years now.
The song is basically an open letter to three people, his son, his dad, and himself. Even though I don’t have a son myself, I connect with the first verse heavy and I always find myself thinking about my little brother. This first verse is from the perspective of Slug talking to his son, how he’s ashamed and it hurts him that he’s not able to be around for his son as much as he wants to. The second verse is him talking to his dad about how they both aren’t in each other’s life as much as they should be now, how he resents him for growing up in a broken home, and how he thinks his dad is the cause for how he is now. However, the fact that he doesn’t want to be like his dad, is why he loves him. Eventually we get to third verse which is an open letter to himself but if you listen closely you will hear, or at least I do, that it’s him being a father figure to himself. When you grow up without a dad really in your life or just not in your life at all, you have to do that sometimes.
3. Artist: Macklemore Song: Stay At Home Dad
In 1983, Michael Keaton starred in a movie called Mr. Mom, about a dad who gets laid off and whose wife goes to work, so he has to raise the kids, i.e. they “switch roles”. It’s a hilarious classic that I remember watching fondly as a kid and apparently Macklemore did as well. This song was released in 2011, way before Macklemore had a daughter, so it isn’t 100% based off of his own personal experiences. Though I have to assume all the lyrics about being at home, bored, trying to get signed to Kanye, might be of a time earlier in his relation with his now wife (They met in 2006).
Whether this song is based off his own experiences or an homage to Mr. Mom or both, Macklemore makes a great song that is an up beat banger for fathers day.