"Satisfied" by J-Live on his 2003 album All of the Above
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I never really got immersed in hip-hop culture until college. I mean, sure, growing up in New York on Hot 97, KISS-FM, and Z100 in the 90s meant I knew the mainstream stuff, and I certainly had access to that mixtape/non-mainstrean life. But when I went to college and got introduced to artists like Company Flow, Aesop Rock, or Blackalicious or Jedi Mind Tricks, that's when I realized there were artists, rappers, who were talking intelligently about things that no one else had the cojones to talk about openly.
And when I heard this album? To hear someone who genuinely respected the craft of lyricism, someone who honored the calling of "griot", it was amazing! This album is one of the first I ever outright purchased - and gladly. I've been playing this album a lot over the past few weeks. Part of that is the nostalgia and fond memories I have of that period in my life. But part of that is also how applicable the song "Satisfied" is in these times? The song is at least 14 years old but, if you swap out a particular name in Verse 2 for its more contemporary replacement, you see how little has changed... both a testament to the talent/gift of @realjlive as well as how much tricknology we've accepted all along... give a listen and enjoy... #hiphop #keepitreal #jlive #satisfied #zoelifeornolife #griot #lyricist #lyricism #lyrics #alloftheabove #allmusic #2002 #teacher #philly #brooklyn #staywoke #throwupafist #backpackers #jedimindtricks #aesoprock #conscioushiphop #stayblessed