Friday, January 7, 2011

Dallas Hip Hop | Sore Losers - Free Loaders Mixtape

Fresh Hip Hop out of D-Town
This aint no Stanky Leg

Straight out of Dallas, Texas - The hip hop duo, Sore Losers, released a free mixtape and a breath of fresh air.

With punch lines like:

"Spread the word,  the dopest you done heard, from a nerd out the  burbs, I'm doper than the herb being served on the curb"

"In fact, this is your swagger on drugs, so stupid fresh I over dosed in the club"

You can't help but smile and listen close for the next line.

I came across these guys on the Dallas Observer's Top 20 Dallas Albums of 2010 and here is what they had to say about a recent live show: Dallas Observer Article

This was something new. Something different. Sore Losers' two energetic performers were riding on a different vibe, backed by a full (and, for once, competent) backing band. And it just felt right—so much so that no one even batted an eye when, as Brown and Blue walked off stage, their backing band launched into a cover of Coldplay's "Clocks."

The mixtape is unique blend of the D-Town Boogie sound, old school hip hop, and indie rock. I would put these guys in the same category as Chiddy Bang and The Cool Kids - Just download the damn thing and let me know what you think!

Click Here To Download the Mixtape

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If you like it make sure you check out Dallas native and Texas A&M Student Caleb Mak... Another innovative alt hip hop artist who should be making a big splash in the underground hip hop scene.

Download the LOVE Mixtape Here

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Christian’s Confusion: Where Does Morality Originate

At one time I was a Christian… Very much a Christian and I wondered how I would behave if I weren't a "believer". Would I have sex with everything that walked? Would I do every drug? Would I only be about making money and material success? Would I even be nice to other people?

As a Christian, I was taught that Christianity/Bible was the foundation of "morality". To me the bible was everything and I believed that I based all of my actions on Jesus... or God... or are they the same thing?... I digress – I thought I acted morally because I was following the teaching of the bible.

Now that I am no longer a Christian – I am asked the same question over and over: "How do you determine what is right and wrong?"

In my head I am thinking 3 things:
  1. Do you really think that because you are a Christian - you do what is right?
  2. And… since all of you have different versions of what is right… Why is this question even relevant?
  3. Do you really think you have to be a Christian to do right?
Now – I was in their place once, so I understand where they are coming from. BUT now I see the  condescension in this question.

See, from my understanding, there are 3 Christian authors that many evangelical Christians (whether they are aware or not) are influenced by concerning the morality discussion. They fall under the category of apologists.
  1. C.S. Lewis – the most intelligent of the three
    1. Book: Mere Christianity
  2. Josh McDowell – The least intelligent of the three
    1. Book: Evidence that Demands a Verdict
  3. Lee Strobel – Somewhere in between the two
    1. Book: The Case for Christ (also see: Case For Faith)
The argument goes:
  1. All cultures at all times believe in right and wrong
  2. All beliefs about right and wrong can be boiled down to the "Ten Commandments"
  3. The "Ten Commandments" are ordained by God in the bible
  4. All culture's concept of right and wrong is inherent because it is ordained by God
  5. Jesus/God/Bible are real because everyone believe in a moral code
Because the bible is obviously true – we can work backwards
  1. The bible is true and is the basis of morality
  2. You don't believe in the bible
  3. You have no reason to be moral
Anyone who is not a Christian can see the flaw in the line of reasoning. Philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists have found many reasons why people behave morally. Sociologists highlight the way in which Christian morals are actually cultural norms that are given spiritual meaning. Giving spiritual meaning to profane ideas, people, and things provide significant importance to peoples' lives. The religious man needs concrete answers about life. If he can't explain it, his fall back answer is "it is because god said it is."

Religious man thinks profane things are spiritual

Non-religious man thinks spiritual things are profane.

In the end – morality is predetermined by society and circumstance.

I don't sleep with every girl because:
  1. Not every girl will sleep with me
  2. I might catch a filthy disease
  3. It is emotionally draining
I cannot drink all the time and do every drug because:
  1. I would die
  2. It cost too much
  3. I would lose my job
  4. I would go to jail
  5. I would feel like shit
I try to be nice to people because:
  1. Being nice is nice
  2. Being nice feels better than not being nice
  3. I like having friends
I think you get the point… You don't have to believe in Jesus to be moral.

Book suggestion:

The Sacred and the Profane