ImanOmari

listen & love: energy

Energy
by Iman Omari
Energy EP

[Verse 1]
I only see one thing
In this world that I need
No war coming from me
Just want the love’s chemistry
Good vibes and energy
Is all that fills around me
If it’s not on your level
Then why don’t you just let me be

[Hook]
Said, all we really need
Is better energy (Yeah)
Said, all we really need
Is better energy

[Verse 1]

[Verse 2]
I got that energy, energy
Exactly what I need
If you feeling me, feeling me
Then we got some chemistry
I can only see one thing
That’s the energy in me
Even though I want you near me
Check me, I can make you leave
I can lead a horse to water
But I fail to make one drink
I’mma call you Sleeping Beauty
Cause you perfect, but you sleep
Granny told me love is fate
But for sure it’s nothing cheap
So for now, just keep assuming
Girl I dig your energy

(Source)

India Shawn

listen & love: all i have

All I Have
by India Shawn featuring Hit Boy and James Fauntleroy
Origins

Might not have much now
not having much is enough somehow
sometimes I don’t know how
so I look to the sky and I pray to the clouds
I’m just sitting here with my friends
wondering when the world’s gonna end
’cause I’ve been just in the sky for fame
and heaven ain’t got no baggage claim

All I have is all I need
All I have is all I need

Everybody talking bout cash and bitches
do something dishes go from rag to riches
’cause don’t nobody wanna be broke no more
and it seem like more than half the population poor
and I heard them say the dollar was the root of the evil
but the lack was really gotta hold the people
no job no degree but you can still get the lesson
if you ain’t counting paper, better count your blessings
you better count your blessings

All I have is all I need
All I have is all I need

Have you ever seen real love,
I mean real love
I mean you don’t know what see but you could feel love
this is chill love, colder in December
I mean the last time that I felt that I don’t remember
too much time thinking of what these others wanna see
when all that I have is right in front of me
I just smoke a blunt or three
hope the Lord to cover me
but my own mind covers me I want too much
i lust for for trust
then I lust for sluts
’cause having the world is not enough
but having a plug to get in the club
’cause you know promoters gets all in your focus
but I’m not here to judge I’m just here to love
if you don’t find within you’ll find it above
I find the love, I find the love
’cause it’s all about love

(Source)

john-mayer

listen & love: the heart of life

The Heart of Life
by John Mayer
Continuum

I hate to see you cry
Lying there in that position
There’s things you need to hear
So turn off your tears
And listen

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

You know, it’s nothing new
Bad news never had good timing
Then, circle of your friends
Will defend the silver lining

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good
I know it’s good

(Source)

sunflower_listenandlove

listen & love: my top 5 favorite ‘listen & love’ songs of 2013

sunflower_listenandloveToday is the 4th Anniversary of The Jolyn Project and I wish to celebrate by highlighting my personal top 5 favorite posts from each section. Third up–the ‘listen & love’ section!

My Top 5 Favorite ‘listen & love’ Songs of 2013

Honestly, I love all the songs in my listen and love section but if I had to pick my top 5, these tracks would be it for their lyrical content and their musical landscape whether it’s with some funk like Around The World by Nikka Costa or a raw acapella Talk To God with Dondada or a beautiful exploration of life and its funny ways in Cocaine 80s’ Lucid or the motivational Tupac-esque jam, Crooked Smile by J Cole or the otherworldly, dreamy Ice Moon by Sza. Below, I highlighted a lyric (or two) that really motivated me to post it on this site so without further adieu, please listen and love. :)

1. Around The World by Nikka Costa: “Love will always be your soldier” LISTEN HERE

2. Talk To God by Dondada: “How can I have faith in something I can’t see? / You can’t see oxygen but you believe you can breathe” LISTEN HERE

3. Lucid by Cocaine80s: “The demons that you’ve been dreaming up are angels under the pain” LISTEN HERE

4. Crooked Smile by J Cole: “No need to fix
what God already put his paint brush on” LISTEN HERE

5. Ice Moon by Sza: “I feel India in my bones/I can smell sunlight/I can feel the highline/Bless me/Gods bless me/Goddess of forbidden love/I am she”  LISTEN HERE

amel-larrieux-picture-2

listen & love: see where you are

See Where You Are
by Amel Larrieux
Ice Cream Everyday

It’s zippin by
Like speed of light
Or draggin painfully slow
It’s not enough
Or just too much
Either way it’s gonna go

What you wanted is what you have
Or isn’t it
What you are is out of your hands
Or isn’t it

Lay down your pencil
Computer off
Say not a word
Get out of your car
Step away from your desk
Don’t look at the clock
Stand there in silence

And see where you are
And see where you are
And see where you are
And do you wanna be where you are

It’s everything
A vivid dream
Or not worth talking about
The big idea
Until it’s here
And then they’re taking the house

What you wanted is what you have
Or isn’t it
What you are is out of your hands
Or isn’t it

Lay down your pencil
Computer off
Say not a word
Get out of your car
Step away from your desk
Don’t look at the clock
Stand there in silence

And see where you are
And see where you are
(Do you like it?)
And see where you are
And do you wanna be where you are?

Ah yes
Feeling the implications
Of somebody else’s
Expectations
You could elope if you wanted to

Lay down your pencil
Computer off
Say not a word
Get out of your car
Step away from your desk
Don’t look at the clock
Stand there in silence

[x2]
And see where you are
And see where you are
(Do you like it?)
And see where you are
And do you wanna be where you are?

And see where you are
And see where you are
(Do you like it?)

(Source)

nikkacosta

listen & love: around the world

Around The World
by Nikka Costa
can’tneverdidnothin’

Everyone around the world
Will find themselves about to fall
In my case I’ve gotten down, gotten up
Laid back down, filled my cup and had to crawl
But it’s clear that it’s my time to be here
And I’m gonna make it clear to you all

We spend our lives trying to get over
On this roller coaster that we’re traveling on
And everyday we ride the elevator
No matter where it takes ya
Up or down

Don’t let it get you down
Love will always be your soldier
Wiping every tear you cry
Yours for always and forever
Yours until the end of time

Everyone around the world
Will find themselves with the chance to fly
In that second we decide if we ride
Or if we’d be satisfied to pass it by
But it’s clear that it’s our time to be here
And we’ve gotta make it clear all our lives

We spend our lives trying to get over
On this roller coaster that we’re traveling on
And everyday we ride the elevator
No matter where it takes ya
Up or down

Don’t let it get you down
Love will always be your soldier
Wiping every tear you cry
Yours for always and forever
Yours until the end of time

When ain’t nothin’ goin’ right
Love will be your soldier
When all you can do is cry
Love will be your soldier
When nobody is around
Love will be your soldier
When your world is tumbling down
Love will be your soldier

(Source)

Tamar+Braxton

listen & love: thank you lord

Thank You Lord
by Tamar Braxton
Love and War

I gave my hearts many times before
I’ve been used, and right too
I thought it’d never change
Till I got on my knees and I prayed
Crying please take this pain away
Oh lord I need you in my life
You came and made everything right

And I think where would I be if I didn’t have you by my side
I’m so blessed
And all I can say is thank you lord
Thank you lord thank you lord

Today shines, sadness I’ve been through it all
I’ve lost my friends, thinking they would always be here when I call
So I get on my knees and I prayed
Crying please take this pain away
Cause lord I need you in my life
You came and you made everything right

And I say where would I be if I didn’t have you by my side
I’m so blessed
And all I can say is thank you for all of your blessings
You keeping me safe on your arms
Even with I know I don’t deserve it
You’re always there to catch me when I fall

Where would I be if I didn’t have you by my side
I’m so blessed
And all I can say is thank you lord
And all I can say is thank you lord

(Source)

jcole

listen & love: crooked smile

Crooked Smile
by J Cole featuring TLC
Born Sinner

[TLC:]
Even though…

[Chorus 1: TLC]
I’m on my way, on my way, on my way down
I’m on my way, on my way, on my way down
You’re the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, all you know if I’m on my way down

[J. Cole:]
Look, they tell me I should fix my grill cause I got money now
I ain’t gon’ sit around and front like I ain’t thought about it
A perfect smile is more appealing but it’s funny how
My shit is crooked look at how far I done got without it
I keep my twisted grill, just to show them kids it’s real
We ain’t picture perfect but we worth the picture still
I got smart, I got rich, and I got bitches still
And they all look my eyebrows: thick as hell
Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Oh, you a woman? I don’t know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels; I feel for you
Killing yourself to find a man that’ll kill for you
You wake up, put makeup on, stare in the mirror
But it’s clear that you can’t face what’s wrong; no need to fix
What God already put his paint brush on; your roommate yelling
“Why you gotta take so long?” What it’s like to have a crooked smile
This crooked smile

[Chorus 1]

[J. Cole:]
To all the women with the flaws, know it’s hard my darling
You wonder why you’re lonely and your man’s not calling
You keep falling victim cause you’re insecure
And when I tell you that you’re beautiful you can’t be sure
Cause you see that no one wants you back and it got you asking
So all you see is what you lacking, not what you packing
Take it from a man that loves what you got
And baby you’re a star, don’t let ‘em tell you you’re not
Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair
Is it real? if it’s not, girl you don’t care
Cause what’s real is something that the eyes can’t see
That the hands can’t touch, that them broads can’t be, and that’s you
Never let ‘em see you frown
And if you need a friend to pick you up, I’ll be around
And we can ride with the windows down, the music loud
I can tell you ain’t laughed in a while, but I wanna see that crooked smile

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2: J. Cole (TLC)]
Crooked smile, we could style on ‘em (back ’round)
Crooked smile, we could style on ‘em
(You’re the one that was tryna keep me way down)
(But like the sun, I know you know I found my way back round…)

[J. Cole:]
We only fronting like the people on the screen
You know them movie stars, picture perfect beauty queens
But we got dreams and we got the right to chase ‘em
Look at the nation, that’s a crooked smile braces couldn’t even straighten
Seem like half the race is either on probation
Or in jail; wonder why we inhale
Cause we in hell already – I asked if my skin pale
Would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?
Yo one more time for the ‘Ville
And fuck all of that beef shit, nigga let’s make a mil’
Hey officer man, we don’t want nobody getting killed
Just open up that cell, let my brother out of jail
I got money for the bail now, well now
If you asking will I tell now? Hell naw – I ain’t snitching cause
Man, they get them niggas stitches now
If you was around, then you wouldn’t need a witness now
How you like this crooked smile?
… That crooked smile

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2]

[Outro: Choir]
Ohhhhhhhhhhohoh [x4]
La-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la [x4]
I’m on my way, on my way, on my way down
I’m on my way, on my way, on my way down
You’re the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, all you know if I’m on my way back ’round
Back ’round… you’re the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, all you know if I’m on my way back ’round
Back ’round… you’re the one that was tryna keep me way down
But like the sun, all you know if I’m on my way back ’round

(Source)

SZA

listen & love: ice moon

Ice Moon
by SZA
S EP

Summertime sadness
I feel India in my bones
I can smell sunlight
I can feel the highline
Bless me
Gods bless me
Goddess of forbidden love
I am she
I keep one white candle
Maintain
Purity… purity

Show me the way to your hiding place
I think I wanna go go there
Hooo hoo
Show me the way to your hiding place
I think I wanna go go go go there
…Go to church if you scared

I lay formless
Hands tied in my sheets
Star signs say I’m rare
Chosen
By who
I-I-I-I-I
I wonder who’s watchin’
Who’s wing I’m under
Sweep me up and I’ll go
No questions take me
I’ll go!

Show me the way to your hiding place
I think I wanna go go go go there
…Go to church if you scared

Yea yea yea
Yea yea yea
Yea yea yea

100…

(Source)

JanellemonaeandErykahBadu

listen & love: q.u.e.e.n.


Q.U.E.E.N.
by Janelle Monae featuring Erykah Badu
Electric Lady

I can’t believe I love the things they say about me
Walk in the room they throwing shade left to right
They be like ooh, she’s serving face
And I just tell em, cut me up, and get down
They call us dirty ‘cuz we break all your rules down
And we just came to act a fool, is that all right (Girl, that’s alright)
They be like Ooh, let them eat cake
But we eat wings and throw them bones on the ground

Am I a freak for dancing around? (queen)
Am I a freak for getting down? (queen)
I’m cutting up, don’t cut me down
Yeah I wanna be, wanna be

Is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror?
And am I weird to dance alone late at night?
And is it true we’re all insane?
And I just tell ‘em No we ain’t” and get down
I heard this life is just a play with no rehearsal
I wonder will this be my final act tonight
And tell me what’s the price of fame?
Am I a sinner with my skirt on the ground?

Am I a freak for dancing around?
Am I a freak for getting down?
I’m coming up, don’t cut me down
Yeah I wanna be

Hey brother can you save my soul from the devil?
Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?
And is it rude to wear my shades?
Am I a freak because I love watching Mary? (Maybe)
Hey sister am I good enough for your heaven?
Say will your God accept me in my black and white?
Will he approve the way I’m made?
Or should I reprogram the programming and get down?

Even if it makes others uncomfortable
I will love who I am
Even if it makes other uncomfortable
I will love who I am

Dance ’til the break of dawn
Don’t mean a thing, so duh
I can’t take it no more
Baby, we in tuxedo groove
Monae and E. Badu
Crazy in the black and white
We got the drums so tight
Baby, here comes the freedom song
Too strong we moving on
Baby there’s melody
Show you another way
This joints for fight unknown
Come home and sing your song
But you gotta testify
Because the booty don’t lie
No, no, the booty don’t lie
Oh no, the booty don’t lie

Yeah
Yo, Let’s flip it
I don’t think they understand what I’m trying to say

I asked a question like this
“Are we a lost generation of our people?
Add us to equations but they’ll never make us equal.
She who writes the movie owns the script and the sequel.
So why ain’t the stealing of my rights made illegal?
They keep us underground working hard for the greedy,
But when it’s time pay they turn around and call us needy.
My crown too heavy like the Queen Nefertiti
Gimme back my pyramid, I’m trying to free Kansas City.
Mixing masterminds like your name Bernie Grundman.
Well I’m gonna keep leading like a young Harriet Tubman
You can take my wings but I’m still goin’ fly
And even when you edit me the booty don’t lie
Yeah, keep singing and I’mma keep writing songs
I’m tired of Marvin asking me, “What’s Going On?
March to the streets ‘cuz I’m willing and I’m able
Categorize me, I defy every label
And while you’re selling dope, we’re gonna keep selling hope
We rising up now, you gotta deal you gotta cope
Will you be electric sheep?
Electric ladies, will you sleep?
Or will you preach?”

(Source)