Chaotic Reads | The Power Playbook

I told myself at the top of 2016 that I would attempt to read a book a month. Yeah, things that didn’t happen. I did make it through the first book I set out to read for the year, The Power Playbook: Rules for Independence, Money, and Successby La La Anthony. Quick details:

  • 245 pages
  • 18 Chapters + Intro
  • Quotes at beginning of each chapter
  • Personal experiences discussed.
  • Tips for being a power player.

I purchased this book sometime last year and I was interested in her first title, The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness, but this one I knew I couldn’t pass up. It takes me a while to get into books if I’m not feeling it. I took my time reading this one, but it definitely pulled me out of my slump of not knowing what I wanted to do career wise. To read this at the top of the year really put life into perspective for me. I decided to pull a few quotes that spoke to me along with my sharing my overall take on the book.

My passion helps me execute my purpose.

I’m passionate about writing and sharing what I love. You can feel in someones writing when they’re passionate about a subject. For me at one point it was music. That’s what I began blogging about. Then it evolved to finding my own fashion sense and trying out beauty products to be more “girly.”

While I love writing about that and sharing how I’m evolving as an adult, I’m really into organizing and planning and just being creative. That’s what Chaotic Critic has become. A platform to share how the evolution as a young adult and projects that I create and trying to stay organized and motivated. It’s an array of material, but I’m passionate about it. Taking my passion turns into my purpose of spreading that energy to others and helping them find systems that work for them. It’s actually something I’ve been doing for quite awhile.

Kill them with kindness.

This portion was early on in the book. There’s so many people that you’ll come across in life that take joy in bringing you down. Like they really get a kick out of getting under you skin. I have had to learn to let things go and stop giving people that power over me. I can’t continuously let someone get under my skin and irritate me over small things. The best way to crush them as they’re trying to crush you is to just smile it off. Let’s say it’s a work in progress for me, but I’m so over people trying to bring me down just to bring themselves up.

When I think back, most of my successes have come on the heels of being afraid to do something and then talking myself into doing it anyway.

The great thing about this book aside from La La’s personal experiences and begin able to relate to what she expressed was just how versatile she is. She started out doing radio and went about the norm route of going to college, but it wasn’t what she wanted to do. She went back to radio her opportunities kept surfacing from there. She was smart, witty, and not afraid to try something new.

I will never reach my full potential if I keep living in fear of the unknown. If I continuously dwell on the opportunity failing before it even happens, I’m hurting myself. To fully achieve all that I want, I have to step out and act on what it is that I want. If opportunities come to me along the way that’s a bonus, but I have to first start by creating my own.

There are two ways to choose your career path; Follow other’s expectations and examples of follow your own interests, talents, and passion.

I wrote an entire post on finding your lane and this book will forever be a reference for me to continuously move forward. I don’t have to live up to what others want or expect of me. I can only be me and there are people that will accept it and for those that don’t, I’m not changing for them. You have one life, live it the way you want to. Be humble, gracious, and your power will show itself.

There’s so many GEMS in this book that I will be sharing them in my Motivational Monday series for sure. The purpose of the Chaotic Reads series is to highlight books that I can relate to and spark the creativity within.

Until next time…

NEW MUSIC — French Montana x Remy Ma, ‘MEGADEATH’

remy-frenchKhlaed might’ve been the first one to get Remy on a track since her release from prison, but she’s back with another We The Best member as she teams with French Montana. The track ‘MEGADEATH features Remy, French, Jadakiss and production by Swizz Beatz. I could definitely hear this being a radio smash and I really like it.

Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/djrellyrell/french-montana-feat-remy-ma

EP Review: A Place Like This

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Canadian duo, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ulllman, and OVO artist better known as Majid Jordan have released their EP,  A Place Like ThisThis is not the first EP the duo have released as a pair, but it is the first under Majid Jordan. Their first EP, Afterhours, was released on Soundcloud under the name Good People.

I love the feel of this EP. It starts off on this high note an then it gets slower and slower. ‘Forever’ and ‘All I Do’ are the two upbeat tracks and then it gradually gets slower with ‘Her’, ‘U’, and ‘A Place Like This’. I compare this EP to  like running a race. You start off fast and then you slow down once you lose momentum. You don’t stop running everything around you is just like a blur. That’s what this EP reminds me off. When you’re off in a trance and you’re stuck and everything is moving, but you. ‘A Place Like This’ reminds me of elevator music. Actually if you take out the lyrics, instrumentally this whole EP could be elevator music. I really like it and I’m interested in hearing a full length album from this duo. With Drake working on his new album I wonder if there will be another Majid Jordan feature.

Out of the five tracks my top picks are ‘Forever’ and ‘A Place Like This’.

Check out the video for ‘A Place Like This’ below:

Stream the EP below (via Spotify):

Then & Now Thursday (V.7) — Pharrell

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There’s no denying that Pharrell’s 20+ year career has taken on a new life. This past summer, his hits ‘Get Lucky’ and ‘Blurred Lines’ took him to another level. His track ‘Happy’ from the Despicable Me 2 Soundtrack has taken on a new life as well nearly a year after its initial release. So much life that the track has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song and has become his first solo track to top Billboard‘s Hot 100. On top of that Pharrell has hit the covers of GQ, Billboard, and has performed ‘Happy’ just about everywhere. So it’s safe to say that an album would be in the works while he’s still hot, and he’s doing just that. His second sophomore album, G I R L, is set to be released March 3rd and Pharrell claims this is his best work yet.

It all started back in 1992 when Pharrel wrote a verse for Teddy Riley for Wreck-N-Effect’s, ‘Rump Shaker.’ Around that time he and friend Chad Hugo teamed up with two others and formed an R&B group, The Neptunes. In 1994 he and Hugo took the production route and remained under the same name. Throughout the 90s the duo helped produce for Blackstreet (‘Tonight’s The Night’), Mase (‘Lookin’ At Me’), and N.O.R.E. (‘Superthug). Throughout that decade they really honed in on what would become the ‘Neptune sound’ and their first full feature production was Kelis’ first album, Kaleidoscope.

The new millennium did not slow down The Neptunes as they continued to grind and add artists to their rolodex. They went on to produce for Britney Spears, Nelly, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, and dozens more.

The Clipse were the first artist signed to Star Trek Entertainment (Arista) and their debut album, Lord Willin, spawned hits ‘Grindin’ and ‘When The Last Time.’

During this time he did release an album overseas as part of N.E.R.D. and in 2003 released The Neptunes Presents…Clones which featured the hit, ‘Frontin” featuring Jay-Z.

That album coincided with his production on Jay-Z’s, The Black Album, having produced tracks ‘Change Clothes,’ and ‘Allure.’ His 2006 album, In My Mind spawned the hit ‘Number One’ featuring Kanye West. In his recent GQ interview he discussed his mindset at the time for the album and how it wasn’t his greatest work.

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I wrote those songs out of ego. Talking about the money I was making and the by-products of living that lifestyle. What was good about that? What’d you get out of it? There was no purpose. I was so under the wrong impression at that time.

Throughout his career Pharrell is best known for his music, but he’s also dibble dabbed in fashion with a clothing line of his own and recently has set a new trend with the Vivenne Westwood hat that has become his new trademark. He’s won 7 Grammys and with his new album G I R L he could add some more gold to his collection in 2015.

I instantly knew that the name of the albumwas called G I R L, and the reason why is because women and girls, for the most part, have just been so loyal to me and supported me. There is no breathing human being on this planet that did not benefit by a woman saying yes twice. Yes to make you, and yes to have you. Point-blank.

Enjoy the playlist below of Pharrell’s biggest hits.

Pharrell Announces New Album + Release Date

Pharrell Announces New Album + Release Date

Oscar-nominated and Grammy winner, Pharrell Williams, is already on a roll and his track ‘Happy’ along with his Robin Thicke/Daft Punk collabs has given him new life so the next practical thing would be to release an album. Pharrell is doing just that and this will be his second solo album since 2006s, In My Mind.

His new album, G I R L, will feature 10 tracks, one of which will be ‘Happy,’ and is available for order on iTunes with a release date of March 3, 2014.

I’m excited to hear new music from Pharrell and there is no track listing as of yet, but the release date will be here before we know it.

Aside from making music he teamed up with Mastercard for Mastercard’s “Priceless Surprises” to surprise one of his fans. Check out the vid below: