Music On The Brain

Music has a powerful effect that can change the world. As humans, we use music for many different purposes. We seek entertainment by going to concerts. Find joy in listening to a song or album that we particularly like. Music can also help us in ways we need. Who hasn’t cried to a good break-up song when you feel as if your heart has been ripped out of your chest?

Music helps get us through all of our problems and helps make life a little more tolerable.

Studying With Music

As a college student I find myself constantly listening to softer music when I am studying. It helps me put away the distractions. All over campus you will see students with headphones on, listening to music, trying their best to concentrate.

Have you ever noticed listening to music will help you relax and reduce stress? This can be a big plus when studying for a test, or finishing some big project that’s coming up.

The Mozart Effect

The Mozart Effect is a popular theory, that suggests that music can enhance your cognitive abilities. The effects can change depending on the person and type of music they are listening to. For many people listening to heavy metal won’t be ideal when studying but others enjoy loud and noisy music to help them concentrate.

I suggest more indie or classical musical. It relaxes you and can really get you in the zone for some studying.

The Brain and Music

In your brain you have your cerebellum. This is considered the mini brain because it breaks down the initial sensory stimulus. The stimuli then goes to the thalamus which interrogates the signals for any signs of danger. It does this by communicating with the hippocampus, the brain’s memory center, for stored historical sound/danger associations. The thalamus links to the amygdala to initiate an emotional response, e.g. fear if a danger signal is detected or tranquility if the signal is familiar. The amygdala works out how one feels about the sight of someone brandishing a knife compared to the sight of puppies. It is through this same interaction between the low-level and high-level processing units that the brain categorizes sound into music. 

Playlists for Studying

Here are some tunes on Spotify that might help you get that A.

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Slim Shady’s Comeback: Kamikaze

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

Back in the late 90’s Eminem (Slim Shady/Marshall Mathers) made his debut. Eminem began working with Dr. Dre, which he clearly states in his song “Mockingbird,” about his daughter Hailie. “And that’s when Daddy went to California with his CD And met Dr. Dre and flew you and Momma out to see me But Daddy had to work, you and Momma had to leave me”

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Eminem always wrote music about his life. Back in the 90’s he mainly wrote about his daughter and his past. Hitting the 2000’s he released the Marshall Mathers LP which was the fastest selling album in rap history. The following year he released Devils Night which featured the songs “Mockingbird” and “Toy Soldiers.”

Downslope In Career

Over the next few years, he slowed down making music due to his toxic relationship with Kim Mathers. After a long going custody fight over their daughter, Mathers got into drugs and nearly died of an overdose. In 2010, he began his comeback and started to make music again with the likes of Rihanna, Drake and others.

In 2018 Slim Shady stood up once again

Without any notice, Mathers released the album Kamikaze which shocked everyone. He dissed on several rappers and even the President. On the album, he disses Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Joe Budden, Ja Rule, and most prominently Machine Gun Kelly.

Kamikaze

Kamikaze really gets Em’s message across which is “f*ck you new rappers, I am the OG.” The album kicks off with “The Ringer” which sounds distinctly new, yet still the classic Eminem we all know. His flow throughout the album was insane, and I personally am liking it.

My second favorite song in the album had to be “Lucky You” ft Joyner Lucas. This song really spoke out to me especially the lines where Joyner & Eminem say, “Back on my hood shit, it’s back to the pushin’ These packs and I’m actually pumpin’ Can’t f*ck with you rappers, you practically suckin’ You mighta went platinum, but that don’t mean nothin’ I’m actually buzzin’ this time.” Shady is saying who cares if you’ve won something? I am the old rap, the good rap.

Multiple rappers responded to Eminem’s disses and some even took jabs at his daughter. Ja Rule spoke out stating, “Guess that Hailie line must be starting to hit home.”

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Following Ja Rule the most controversial diss was directed at MGK, who released a diss track in responseEminem’s main call out was this: “Now you wanna come and f*ck with me, huh?/This little cock-sucker, he must be feeling himself/He wants to keep up His tough demeanor, so he does a feature/Decides to team up with Nina/But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne if you wanna come at me with a sub-machine gun/And I’m talking to you but you already know who the f*ck you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims and sure as f*ck don’t sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie.” MGK responded calling Eminem “sober and bored”

Shady definitely made a comeback and who knows what he will do next. Kamikaze called people out and shocked the world a little bit in classic Eminem style. His candor “f*ck you” attitude really conveys his message, but hey Slim Shady has never been one to mince words. Overall this album was a good mix of his old stuff and his newer albums like Revival. I enjoyed the straight fire roast to all these new millennial rappers.  Very good job indeed Slim Shady.

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Truly an Endless Summer

Summer is all about letting loose and having fun. This year G-EazyLil Uzi Vert, Ty Dolla $ign, Murda Beatz, YBN Nahmir, and P-Lo joined up for the Endless Summer Tour. Named after G-Eazy’s mixtape Endless Summer (2011), the concert took place at USANA Amphitheatre on July 26th, 2018. Having this many performers created the perfect summer concert. Each performer had their part in making the endless summer tour come to life. 

A Dance To Start The Show

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The Endless Summer Tour kicked off with P-Lo. I hadn’t really heard of him, until that day. I only knew a few of his songs like “Feel Good” ft. G-Eazy, so I wasn’t too hyped on his performance. Still, he did a good job of getting people ready for the show. He had some pretty sick dance moves and everyone kept yelling “Go P-Lo Go Go P-Lo Go…” as he danced.

Shaggy-Haired Skater Turned Big-Time Producer 

Following P-Lo was Murda Beatz. Mostly famous for producing songs by Drake, Migos, Travis Scott, and many other, his part of the concert was showing off the hits. Everyone turned up for “Nice For What” which was produced chilling in Drake’s apartment one night.

The one thing that shocked me about Murda was how he looked. He didn’t look like a big-time music producer. His shaggy hair and normal appearance didn’t flaunt his fame. He kinda just blended in. Little did we know he has been behind the scenes for many songs. 

YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir definitely got my interest. I hardly knew about him prior to the show, but he really knew how to get the crowd going. He is a younger artist but showed off his true summer vibe. A few popular songs are “Rubbin Off The Paint” and “Bounce Out With That”. He is also featured on G-Eazy’s “1942”.

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Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign drew in the ladies of the crowd. He knew how to sing and rap and boy did that get the ladies in their summer vibe. The crowd loosened up, getting a little wild and free in prep for the rest of the concert.

He played a lot of music but the ones that stuck out to me were “Or Nah”, “Sucker for Pain”, and “Love U Better”.

Lil Uzi Vert

The hype god, Lil Uzi Vert, was up next. There were skulls, upside-down crosses, and coffins on top of all the speakers. This goes along with his whole lucifer persona. Lil Uzi started the show with a bang and got the crowd on their feet.

Lil Uzi crowd surfed which got everyone to turn up even more. During “XO TOUR Llif3”, the audience started going crazy. Lil Uzi Vert had the place hyped up, as everyone was dancing and singing.  He looked insane, but in a fitting manner that worked for this .

Endless Eazy

Saving the best for last: G-Eazy. He has had my heart for a long time with his classy vibe that you will never miss. G-Eazy is known for taking samples from old 50’s songs as you can hear in his mixtape Endless Summer.

Eazy performed a ton of songs my favorites being “Say Less” and “1942” ft. YBN Nahmir. He had a nice flow of songs during his performance and brought a Mustang up on stage which added to the classy feel.

G-Eazy gave me a concert of a lifetime that I will never forget it. I believe that’s the impact he wanted his tour to have. To create an endless summer. At least the memory of one.