Derik's Corner

This has nothing to do with lashing at all. The fact that you found this is weird actually, since it’s not really on the website. Which means you’re especially cool.


This page is simply my random thoughts about random shit. I’m not a blogger, don’t want to be, but I was thinking: “I’ve got a website, why not put some random shit there?”


I'm just going to randomly put shit here from time to time, so if you're bored you can see the random thoughts of me.



First off, let me talk about J.I.D. This dude is a beast. I listened to his first album about 4 times straight through from beginning to end. I think it was on a flight to Darwin to do some training. It’s a 4-5 hour flight so it was perfect to get a decent album listen. By the end of the 4th time, I still didn’t fully understand his album. Sure, I liked his songs, I understood each track, but the project as a whole? I was left needing to keep listening. In my opinion, that’s true artistry. Each track is so complex. His messages sometimes contradict each other, but he’s always got a message. He’s from Atlanta, so his dirty south roots are showing, but his obvious intelligence shines through as a highlight.


He’s rapping fast, he’s singing, he’s rapping slow, he just does it all. I felt like he’s taking me on a ride somewhere in his mind and his desire for the future. When was the last time a rapper actually made you think beyond “Ooooh that was a dope line!”?


I watched his clip for “Never”. Now this song caught me by surprise. There’s a dramatic beat change halfway through the song, and it’s fucking dope. But the film clip is him running from the police. It’s all black and white. He ends up running home and having dinner, then it’s in colour. But like really warm colours. The imagery was something next level. Like family is beautiful and the cops in America are dicks. That’s another discussion for later.


K, so his next album came out Dicaprio 2. Holy fuck. He took everything that made The Never Story great and doubled it. Starts off strong and ends even stronger. J Cole on “Off Deez”… god damn. Both his albums have been on heavy rotation for months now and it doesn’t get old. Anyway, not sure if you guys are into hip hop, but this isn’t some Migos shit talking about skrrrt, lambo, drip. It’s real lyricism and art that has a steep learning curve…

I'll tell anyone who will listen about this guy, cuz he's going to be sitting next to the greats like Kendrick, Pac, Cole, KRS, Mos Def, Em. I'm waiting to see where he goes next. His next project can't come soon enough.


Childhood memories

So a while back I decided to do something really, really stupid: I watched one of my favourite TV shows from when I was little. Might be one of the most idiotic things I've ever done. For all you younger cats you might not have had the pleasure(?) of watching the smurfs. I'm talking old school Smurfs with Papa, Brainy, Smurfette and Gargamel. Not that new shit they made a movie about. Didn't watch it. I'm talking the original with drama, suspense, life lessons and morals being portrayed in life-like brilliance and funny, often satirical views of modern life. Or so I remembered.


That shit was straight trash.


WTF was I thinking as a kid? It was soooo good! I watched it as an adult and I was cringing the whole time. I was fearful for my sanity. The cheesiest, most trite show ever created. It completely ruined whatever good memories I had from my early life. 


To whoever is actually reading this, a word of advice: Leave the past in the past. Be happy with the memory and don't go back there unless absolutely necessary. Your past joys could be your present misery. And slightly unrelated: your actually cringeworthy moments aren't as bad as you think they were. Most people probably didn't even notice that one time your skirt was tucked into your undies for the 30 seconds it took you to notice. Hell, your crush Carlos was probably thinking about it late at night anyway, so win-win.

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