Monday, December 19, 2016

Music Monday: Imagine Dragons ft. Kendrick Lamar - Radioactive vs M.A.A.D. City (Grammy Awards 2014)

I know this performance is a couple years old, and may be old hat for some. For those not familiar, first you must immerse yourself in each separate piece: Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," and Kendrick Lamar's "M.A.A.D. City."

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons has become one of my all-time favorite songs. The song speaks about the evolution of a man...how you change, move on, become something more; sometimes at the expense of (or possibly, in spite of) everyone and everything around you. The meaning of this song affects me on a personal level, and that's something that doesn't happen often.

I'm not a fan of Kendrick Lamar. That's not to say that I don't like him or his art...to be honest, I'm not familiar with his music. Rap/hip hop just doesn't resonate with me, so I tend to not gravitate to the genre. I can't speak authoritatively to the meaning of the song, but I'll offer a quick opinion from listening a few times and researching the song. It seems like it's about a tough upbringing and confronting the evils life throws in your path. I'll withhold any further judgement or review...as someone who doesn't get the genre, I don't feel qualified to critique it.

However, having said all that...this performance is balls-out bad ass. Listen to the individual performances. Absorb both. Then, listen to this performance and marvel at how impeccably the pieces fuse together. The beat, the energy, the message. The artists knit together a piece which is solid on its own, but which also honors its constituent parts. Put simply, this is the art at its most pure. We should be so lucky as to see more collaborations like this.

Collaboration. That's a good word. One that should weave itself more thoroughly into our civilization. The spirit of this performance should be an anthem for humanity. Collaborate. Take a bunch of awesome things and build one giant, incomprehensibly awesome thing.

Enjoy your holidays and stay awesome, friends.

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