MAGNETIC recently announced the release of Tony Ozier’s powerful new album AutoTone, seven fresh songs about relating to the world today. His first single off the album, “Wake Up,” achieved critical acclaim by scholar L Michael Gipson who likened the production to the Black Arts Movement and notable director Spike Lee. More than just another hot track, “Wake Up” is also a glimpse inside the mind of Portland rising star Rasheed Jamal, a talented lyricist and MC. Together, Ozier and Jamal provide an aspirational anthem for navigating today’s distracting, divisive socio-political landscape.
When we heard Jamal’s incredible verse, we took notice:
Wrote a letter to the president / He tweeted a response / Forget about your residence / Your daddy and your moms / Sitting in a synagogue or burning a quran / Another psychedelic no another Vietnam / I’m thinking I don't want to get another job / And I don't want to get another boss / And we don't want take another loss / Everybody want to floss / They don't want to pay the cost / Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up…
Then, we asked Jamal to curate this week’s Weedsday Playlist for your next sesh.
It’s a good one.
“See What I Can Pull” by Devin The Dude
This was my go to album back when I was 17. Around that time, it was a common situation to get lit. The whole project, The Dude, is a classic when it comes to smoking or kickin’ it with friends and family. This song in particular stood out to me because of the bass line. It just sounds like a hot summer night down South in the parking lot of a club that’s full of women inside and outside. A player’s paradise of sorts. Trill shit.
“Scarface” by Mary Jane
Classic Scarface! One of my favorite songs from the Untouchable album, simply based off the emotion he put into it. You can hear how much of his sanity relied on being able to smoke something before he blew up on somebody or himself. Even more than that, he delivers facts: “When the world starts to stress you out-what you do? Put a cancer stick up in your mouth-or grab a brew / Sold in stores but the fact remains is-they the blame / And the government's been taxin' that ( )-- gettin’ paid / If it's taxable it's cool to smoke--kill or not / And the alcohol is killin' folks - true or not…” Love this one. First time I hit a dab, I played this song for like two hours straight.
“The Ins And Outs Of The Female Reproductive System” by Cloudy October
This one is a personal favorites from one of my best friends. His album The Metal Jerk is a dope listening experience. The first time I heard it, I snuck and listened to it on his iTunes playlist while he wasn’t at home, lit as hell with headphones on, zoned out. It blew my mind out at the time to hear how much he had grown as an artist, and it definitely inspired me for years to come.
“Cure” by Moonchild
Moonchild’s Voyager album is a recent addition to my catalogue of “go-to” joints for vibes. Amber Navran has an incredible voice and the guys in the band lay a beautiful combination of melodies and treatments for her. The final song actually brought me to tears at one point (I wasn’t high at the time). I’ve since had some delocalized moments with it and it hasn’t taken away from the work at all. It's only enhanced how angelic and inviting the woman’s voice is.
“Crave You ft. Giselle” by Flight Facilities
I had to throw some house music in here as a curveball. I came across this song back in 2014 in the mall shopping. This is another feel good joint that just makes me wanna smile and flirt with random girls. Even if it's only in my head. The song is from the standpoint of a beautiful woman who has men checking her out all day, except the one she actually wants to be looking at her. Dope! I enjoy the insight from it.
Other honorable mentions are Future’s “DS2,” Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” Citizen Cope's “Clarence Greenwood Project,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” and D’Angelo’s “Voodoo.”