6.22.2010

Taxi Cab Confessions

With The Roots' How I Got Over hitting store shelves (I still by CDs) and online retailers this morning; it's only right that I show love to the second single, and my new anthem, Dear God 2.0.

Typically, during this time of the year, the majority of music that is released is upbeat, fun and heavily influenced by the warm weather and endless sunshine that evades a majority of the country during the winter. However, that kind of "happy, go lucky" mindset isn't the space that makes The Roots such a special group of artists. While others are attempting to boost their self esteem through their "Pretty Boy Swag," the Philly natives continue their quest to put megaphones and magnifying glasses in front of people society seems blissful in ignoring more often than not.

The thing about Dear God 2.0 that speaks so clearly to me is that the same conversation Black Thought is having with the man upstairs is the same one I've had on a few occasions myself. And outside of the familiarity of the song, it also highlights the commitment to allow listeners inside the mind and heart of a relatively private artist. How many artists are really doing that these days? Peep the science:

It's still me, one of your biggest fans
I get off work
right back to work again
I probably need to go ahead and have my head exam'd
Look how they got me on the Def Jam payment plan
Well I'm in the world of entertainment and
Trying to keep a singing man sane for the paying fans
If I don't make it through the night
Slight change of plans
Heart strings, angel wings and praying hands

Check out the Jason Goldwatch directed video:


In case you're like me and wondered about the "2.0" piece to the title, check out the original version by Monsters of Folk.

Bonus:

Before heading over to iTunes, Amazon or your favorite record store, you can preview the album right here:

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