The Beyond LP
by The Leaders of Vibrational Enlightenment aka The LOVE Band
Hitting Digital Retailers 9/27/17
The Beyond LP
by The Leaders of Vibrational Enlightenment aka The LOVE Band
Hitting Digital Retailers 9/27/17
Our online store is officially up!
Huge thanks to Through The Noise for helping us take these awesome photos of our new product line as well as to all the models that came and looked so good in our stuff. Yall the real MVP's.
We will be performing at some festivals in August and September!
This weekend, (7/27/17) we will be traveling back to Harmony Park for Camp Fire 2017 to spin, run merrily through the woods, and perform a very special Saturday night set in the Harmonium.
The weekend following, (8/3-8/6) we are heading up north to Vital Vibrations to play with Phutureprimitive and Zebbler Encanti. Get your tickets now while there are still some left!
We will be back in MPLS after that on Aug. 17th (8/7/17) To play with our homies Space Monster at the Uptown VFW! Space Monster - Lifted Mindz Uptown Invasion
And the cherry on top of a Lifted Mindz Festival season would be incomplete without Shangri-La
Look out for Optimystic in the Harmonium with Sammy Strings and a full LMZ set in the Ohm Dome!
I am imperfect. Often unhappy. Many times depressed. Rarely confident. Perpetually aware of my shortcomings. I am anxiety-ridden, addiction prone, neurotic, monkey minded, social outlier.
What do I do with all that?
I love. I say thank you. I seek people who bring out the best in me. I support the things I believe in. I battle the demons that seek to take me down. I am a warrior. I work to forgive myself. I have no choice to but forgive others. I look for the best in every situation. I show up for the people I care about. I listen to opinions and stories different than mine. I read motherfucking books.
I sit in the woods. I sit with my thoughts. I sit with god inside of both those things.
I wage war on the things that killed who and what I love. Suicide, drug addiction, modern warfare. I ride into the darkness searching for a better world.
And I will be damned if we don't reach it.
Lifted Mindz is introducing a new hip-hop album review series! Whether it be local or global, we all know every hip-hopper has their own (frequently expressed) opinion about the latest release of the year, month, or week. The LMZ tribe all have their own particular views to express on the topic and I, Logoz the Kritick, am here to live up to the critical nature of my name by giving you my own review series from what I think are legendary projects within the vast realm of hip-hop.
The first edition I give you is from someone who, like a great few, lives up to the honor of being from the top 5 in my book of legends - none other than the Lupe Fiasco, with DRAGAS Light.
I grew up listening to Lupe; like many of us I first heard Kick, Push and discovered Food and Liquor. That being said I will admit I fall into the group of cats who don't dig Lasers as much as the rest of his discography because of its pop feel. Still dig it. Just not as much. But, it is a great addition because the positive aspects are felt within DRAGAS Light. So, following Lasers is Tetsuo and Youth which is, in my opinion, much closer to Lupe's roots (Food & Liquor, The Cool). The great thing about DRAGAS Light is that I feel like I hear Lupe find a firm-footed balance between the two albums, hanging on to his conscious beginnings while remaining one of the most respected artists in hip-hop, or even in general within the music industry as a whole.
Okay, get to the point, I know. DRAGAS Light, ladies and gentlemen, is a fine piece of work by a well-weathered master in the high art of hip-hop. Off the bat - the first track, "Dopamine Lit," is an intro that blows many emcees' whole discographies out the discussion. Following that is a very well-blended adventure through life in Lupe's eyes. "Promise" is another track that stands out to me. At first I didn't even know it was Lupe's voice. He pulls out his dangerous, almost parody-like, but boldly genuine style. And, indeed, I do believe he does keep it honest.. No joke - it's a disclaimer: he's back, he's making a point. All throughout the album this seems to be a prevalent theme. The next point that really hits is all the great features. "Tranquillo" has wonderfully-timed guest verses by Big KRIT and Rick Ross which, in my opinion, are a combination that also represents Lupe's dynamic between mainstream and the underground. The mix between sounding pop and staying real is prevalent on the hook in this song.
A few other songs that stick out to me are "It's Not Design," and "Wild Child." I really, really like the experimental vocal effects that Lupe uses in the back half of "It's Not Design." It brings a space-like vibe that actually makes you feel like a part of the story in the song - one of Lupe's best abilities. Then, back to back, we have "Wild Child." Definitely one of the more pop-driven tracks on the project - which usually steers me away. Not this time though. Lupe's lyrical content is par-none and the chorus has a happy, almost nostalgic vibe. The album wraps up with, "More Than My Heart," an awesome tribute to the moms in all our lives. Leave it Lupe to pick any topic and make a banger track every time.
All in all, Drogas Light is a fantastic ride through the masterful combination of grade-A hip-hop and catchy pop hooks. I highly encourage a front-to-back listening to grasp the whole image Lupe is trying to paint. As always it a beautiful scene - full of both beautiful and harsh truth. Throw it on and strap up your boot laces.
Thanks for tuning in. Catch you on the next review! Peace.
-Logoz the Kritick
Calling all producers and creators,
We are proud to participate in a weekly Production drop called #beatdroptuesday where everyone is invited to drop beats and use the hashtag to peep the game of other producers as well as for MC's to network and find collaborators. So far the submissions have been fire from some of the Twin Cities best producers but lets get this thing going international!
Drop a beat on a tuesday
Use the hashtag #beatdroptuesday and search out other producers
If your an MC, use the hashtag to find Producers to work with and collaborate with.
I'm sick of hearing people using youtube beats! In this interconnected world we have no need for such foolishness lets build together my people.
Next one is coming up on 2/21/17
Also that night, If your in the Twin Cities, come out to Honey MPLS in NE cuz we goin be slaying the stage that night with Ancient Moon, Deeply Rooted Tribe, Apparition + More at Dream: A New Paradigm
Now check out the latest #beatdroptuesday submissions from the LMZ Family:
New isshhh from the Kritick Mastermind
We are playing "Dream: A New Paradigm" with a great group of artists. This coming Tuesday, 2/21/17 will be a party of epic proportions at everyone's favorite NE MPLS Basement, Honey.
Come out and rage as we party with a purpose, raise money for charity and celebrate Optimystic's Birthday!
Shit will be bananaz.
Get more info here!
Check out Butterfly Effect here:
This is one of my favorite tracks off of the Mt. Ida mixtape and I got to work with one of my favorite producers in the game, Origamik.
My sister took a picture of my holding a butterfly so I figured I'd make some cover art for the track.
Yo wassup family
So we are happy to be performing at Lynlake Brewery this Friday to celebrate the release of Neon Giant's new EP. These guys are full force badass. Live jam/Hip Hop vibes without tons of passion and energy. This is their debut EP and we are happy to back up our homies. Definitely come out and hang with us if your in the Twin Cities. Lynlake Brewery is a really great venue with dank beer too so everybody wins. It'll be a bonanza.
Get a taste of the new EP here and get more info about the event on the FB page
Today we are heading off to Eau Claire, WI to play a glow party with our friends No Good Neighbors and a final goodbye show from American Zero. It is gonna be so fucking stellar.
Check out the FB event page here:
Happy birthday to Jess and shout outs to Dandee for putting this all together.
Also, Optimystic posted up a new instrumental today as part of Decembers onslaught of new music. He is dropping new articles, songs, beats, and more every other day for the rest of the month.
December always welcomes an onslaught of new music and we are happy to contribute to the avalanche. So far, 3 of the LMZ boys have released new singles in December.
Logoz the Kritick dropped a self produced psychedelic, boom bap, trip through time featuring introspective lyrics about our chronological movements. Dig "Hourglass Illusions" here:
eLoda brings us through a jazzy montage of melancholy madness, love, depression and our everyday demons, dreams and dreariness. Check out "Coke, Mimosas: Unemployment"
Optimystic has been climbing to the towards the mountaintop and wants to show everyone the peak. He has been slowly leaking his bedroom collection "Mt. Ida: View from the Peak" on soundcloud featuring production from Xela, Devaloop, Petrolane, Rene Schier and more
Eclectic Alii is an amazing artist who did one of our logos as well as work for Terrible Clothing and many others, now including Chaim Om Yoga. In this time-lapse video, she uses our song "Vibrate" (Optimystic + Devaloop featuring eLoda and Cappie)
A new release from eLoda
Well, I hope that this gets heard, I hope you know that you are not alone and that you are loved and that you are surrounded by warriors who are going through similar struggles. We are not alone, we are not even outnumbered. The overwhelming majority of human beings would like to see a world where we can all flourish, would like to be compassionate towards one another and grow together.
In times like these, it is easy to point the finger and blame the “other”. I instead would like to encourage you to take a journey towards understanding. I am currently seeing much of my social media world ablaze and many are saying they do not understand the other side, friendships are hitting frays, and almost everyone is apalled at the other half of the America that they thought they knew.
During this time, I encourage you to reach across the aisle and have difficult conversations. Ones that happen face to face with loved ones and strangers. Meet them with empathy and understanding, especially when it is most difficult to do so. Many people tell me it is difficult or useless or annoying to talk about hard issues such as politics. Sometimes, all of those things may be true. But, there is also nothing more necessary for the progression of our society and the evolution of our species than to engage in the difficult dialogue that will ultimately make us all more informed, compassionate, and bring about the ideas that will mold the future.
First off, lets make one point clear. Trump did not receive the popular vote. In fact, he received just about 59 million votes. With about 325 million people in America, that is about 18%. Hillary Clinton received a touch above that, but lost the electoral college.
Hillary Clinton is not the first presidential candidate to win the popular vote yet still lose the election. The same thing happened in 2000 during Bush vs. Gore (but it was the first time in 112 years). George Bush was the son of a President who was the son of an oil tycoon. Gore was a proponent of renewable energy and divesting from the old wealth (though his father too was a senator and career politician), and his loss hinged on a decleration made by Jeb Bush (Dubya's brotha, Prescott Bush's Grandson, H.W Bush's son and governer of Florida).
The Bush family was heavily embedded in the old money oligarchy and we all witnessed this play out during eight years of Dubya. During this time, we eroded the rights of domestic civillians, dissolving all privacy the people had from the gov, (NSA). We re-engaged Desert Storm (which was initiated by Papa Bush)esque operations by invading Iraq, Afghanistan and many other territories, overthrowing governments under false pretenses, opening up military and political vantage points and destablilizing the area. This is a direct proponent to the destabilization of Syria and an intentional military strategy. Something must be understood about the middle east, I wanted to address this more specifically but the amount of information is simply too vast for me to draw broadstroke conclusions so I will give a small tidbit and encourage you to do research for yourselves:
In 1916 there was a secret agreement among the western powers known as Sikes-Picot which split up the Middle East between France, Britain and Russia. The knowledge of this agreement was released to the public following the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in order to embarrass the western nations.
Make no mistake, this is not a conspiracy theory. This is written history. Since that agreement one of the greatest empires in our written history, the Ottoman empire, fell to European powers (WWI) and the area known as the cradle of civilization has been infested with proxy wars and battles over resources to this day. Please research Sykes-Picot (also known as the Asia-minor agreement) as well as the history of these nations (especially Palestine) in order to form your own educated perspective on what is currently going on in the Middle East and the battles we so eagerly blame on the “evils of the Muslim religion” and “terrorism”.
I have no idea if Donald Trump is aware of the history of this area, but I do know that his islamaphobic rhetoric fuels the military industrial complex, pumping OUR tax dollars into a war machine that is fighting for interests that are not only foreign to you, but ones that our history books and media outlets have conveniently ignored. Any amount of research will allow you to see that the narative we have been sold is one that is at the very least highly skewed and at the most intentionally deceptive.
This is money coming out of your pocket. This is blood of American soldiers being shed. This is the turning wheel of imperialism. Most of all, this has been written into the power struggles of human history. It is business as usual. Yes, it's 2016 and we have been well dressed monkeys for a couple thousand years now but we still need to address the intentions and objectives of our governing bodies and learn from the history of the fallen empires if we want a chance of survival.
With Donald Trump vowing to put more funding into our already oversized millitary (OVER HALF OF OUR TAX DOLLARS GO TO THIS ALREADY: $600,000,000,000!!!) lift all restrictions on extracting nonrenewable energy from the ground and banning Muslim immigration while simoultaneusly degrading the Muslim communities already in America, we can see that whatever his intentions are his actions will lead to to the furthering of the millitary industrial complex, the shrinking of a truly free market and free ideas, enhanced eurocentrism and xenophobia, and a furthering of a narrative that is not only entirely false, but damaging to almost every human being on planet earth.
Heres the millitary budget Trump plans to EXPAND:
Why Would The American People Agree to this?
“Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence...
Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.” - Gillens and Page of Princeton University, 2014
Thanks, Princeton University. That starts to clear some headway for thinking about these things. America is a functioning plutocracy, one in which the average person has very limited impact on the state of affairs domestically and especially globally. This is exactly what Trump ran on! He told people they were being exploited by their government and they had no problem believing him because it was true. Now it is becoming more clear on how these internal American empires are functioning. Fred Trump, "The Donald's" father is worth between $200-$300 million dollars. Trump often alludes to having recieved a "small $1 million loan" from his father. Make no mistake, he is not intending to sound ironic or satirical, the amount of money and power these people hold is absolutely unimaginable by the average American, 45 million of whom are under the poverty line. Fred Trump, just like the Don, was investigated by the justice department, civil rights committees, and was arrested by New York Police as a Klansman (yes, KKK. Though, ironically enough this happened during a riot against fascists whose principles his son would later embody). I am making these points to signify that whether you're talking about Bush's, Clinton's, Trump's Koch's or any of the lesser known old wealth families, we are talking about a controlling class of people who indoctrinate large sections of the American public through misuninformation* while completely taking control of energy, housing, and economic policies.
Now, it is also true that his policies will directly support the further exploitation of the American public, but that is beside the point for anyone who voted for him. Why?
This is the new age of free flowing media, with even Google tailoring itself to support your opinion as opposed to shedding light on new ones. Our news sources, also funded by special interest groups and political powers, are shaped to deliver a narrative, not truth. With the rampant rise of clickbait, who has time to sift through countless polarized opinion pieces that rarely add up? The ineffective beauracracy of local government makes it an easy target for people's anger and it doesn't take more than a minute or two on social media to find an article that supports ones' own opinons and claims. Why would these new media sources stop printing these incredibly shallow clickbait articles when they are generating the most ad revenue? The pillars of print media have fallen and even those businesses are adjusting themselves in order to survive in a new economic .
Frankly, any information that you want to be true can be found to be supported online. In fact, I am almost certainly subject to this myself.
The common person does not have time to sift through all the bullshit. Even people with degrees in journalism and political science have a hard time making sense of all of the chaos. The fact that a person would form an opinion so different and unsympathetic to yours is now simply a matter of the times we find ourselves in. We can not let this break us.
What does this mean?
We have been led astray. So many people were surprised, even outraged by Hillary Clinton using a charity in order to profit, getting donations from Wall Street and keeping certain emails private. Of course, we don't want our elected officials to do these things. Unfortunately, THIS IS WHAT POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN DOING FOREVER!
The American government has a system called lobbying, the definition of which is basically legalized corruption. After the Koch Brothers passed Citizens United against Hillary Clinton back in 2012, allowing corporations to make unlimited donations to politicians, any checks and balances on this system have rolled back 100% and our government, certainly including Donald Trump is almost completely composed of corrupt practices on a federal level. Donald Trump himself makes an example of how his manipulation (rather his accountants') of the flimsy tax code that serves corporations and the wealthy elite is a sign of the corruption of the government. The thing is, he is correct, he has never paid taxes, and now he is WIDENING the loopholes that allow these corporations to profit engaging in the same practices of trickle down economics that have failed the AMERICAN PEOPLE for generations.
I've been trying to make my point with examples, but let me just say it straight up: Donald Trump's TACTICS were to manipulate the American public through ways they felt were true in order to further his STRATEGY which is to continue the exploitation of American people, our tax dollars, the middle east, and basically every human being that does not have the last name Rockefeller or Rothschild. His tactics WORKED because of the degredation of our media, because we have grown apathetic as a society. These are direct results of the things that have been done to us.
BUT, my closing point is all of this is based on illusions. We still hold more power than these strange reptillians. Their greatest tools are our silence and the manipulation of public opinion through the spreading of misinformation. I'm going to sound cliche quite willfully when I shout these universal truths:
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
OUR PEOPLE ARE POWER
Certain things are clear
This is the time we must band together. This is the time we must become more empathetic and more honest and more trustworthy. We must accept new ideas and new people into our lives. We must travel. We must listen and understand. We must have hard discussions. We must overturn the current political processes that do not serve us. We must invest in the things that we want to be sustained, especiallly if we are in a financially stable position to do so. If you want the Donald, Rupert Murdoch, the Koch Brothers and Monsanto to control everythig that you consume from your food to your energy to your entertainment, then the powers that be WILL have their way with the world, for good or for bad.
But, if we want to be a truly progressive and enlightened society, we must engage with eachother, we must move forward with intention, awareness and acceptance. We must accept the responsibility that we are our own leaders unless we stand by and do nothing. Our silence is their greatest tool. The largest branch of their army is made up of the complacent civilians that clock into work everyday and funnel their tax dollars to further the agenda of insane imperialism.
Alright America I'm signing off now I love you