Meet Paul, a 29-year-old music lover from Compton, CA.
“So I made this playlist in honor of Black Panther but also in honor of Black music in general, and overall the goal was to put songs together that would make you feel powerful, regal and motivated. Obviously, I had to include the actual Black Panther soundtrack since Kendrick did a great job with that project, but I wanted everything on this playlist to keep the momentum going and still give you real, authentic music.”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
I have a really eclectic set of interests but I have a real deep love for thematic music so it would probably be one of the Star Wars soundtracks, probably Episode 1 or 3. If we're taking lyrical content though? Good Kid, MAAD City. Hands down.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
I can't think of one at the moment because if I don't really vibe with a song I skip or change channels asap. I Took a Pill in Ibiza is kinda on my skip list though.
What’s more important to you? Music; or lyrics? Why?
The composition is important because it's the bones that hold up the lyrics but you're talking to a guy who considers slam poets to be some of the greatest artists of my lifetime so without good content, a song is just a good beat and some decent melodies. The best songs balance instruments and the voice of the person behind the mic.
It's a toss-up between Stevie Wonder, Prince and Quincy. All of them changed the face of music and how we understand what's good and timeless vs what's a fad and will be forgotten. If I gotta put one above the others though? Prince. Because some people play music, some people just create music, but he embodied everything from lyrics to what he played and ultimately he was the message he was putting out
If you had the chance to interview any artist, who would it be? (dead or alive)
It would probably be Michael Jackson. Controversy or not, I'd love to pick dude's brain about what he wanted to be remembered for and what really inspired his music.
Last concert you went to?
Mick Jenkins and Kari Faux. Word to FreeNation. Those are my people from college and I love seeing them do their thing and tell their stories on a worldwide scale. It's real exciting.