In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It,” where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“rockin’, rollin’” — Mickey Woods Jr
How We Found It
23-year-old-rapper, Mickey Woods Jr, loves the slow and sometimes repetitive journey, dropping “rockin’, rollin” in our SubmitHub inbox. The Port Arthur, TX native has named his genre of music as “groove.” Mixing his wordplay with jazz-inspired melodies, Woods believes he can set himself apart. This latest single brings a message that I personally needed to hear.
Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Woods wants to fully immerse himself into creativity. When asked about his message for this song he said, “I want to motivate my listeners to embrace the highs and lows of life. And to know that you can literally accomplish anything you want BUT ONLY if you’re willing to stick it out and persevere when things don’t look so good.” The listener will move like a rolling stone but at the pace that suits them best.
Why We Like It
When I was in Michael’s the other day, I saw a cheesy yet poignant poster. It’s one of those posters you see in someone’s room when they’re living that Eat, Pray, Love lifestyle and probably do yoga in the park. While at first I cringed a bit, I ended up taking a picture of it. It read with the quote “Life is like a camera. Focus on what is important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And if things don’t work out, take another shot.” Yeah, it’s cheesy — sure, the pun works with the camera quote — but I appreciated it. Especially when I heard this song.
Mickey Woods Jr doesn’t spit, he recites. The song “rockin’, rollin’” isn’t quite a vibe because it’s a state of mind rather than a feeling. The instrumental begins a little woozy as if you’re just waking up and yawning away the rest of your sleepy mode. The drowsy nature of the production takes a sip of OJ and delightfully begins its day as Woods starts repeating the name of the song. In no rush to get his words out, he repeats it until more voices join him in a union of almost tangible love and appreciation for life. Once he starts his verse, his flow is relaxed and deliberate as it fits the nature of the song. The grand but short metaphor the song gets its name from is felt in each verse and delivery of the chorus.
I feel like people think that artists just sit down for a few minutes with a beat on a loop and come up with a song right then and there with heartfelt lyrics that perfectly explain how they were feeling in that moment.” – Mickey Woods Jr for CentralSauce
Sentiments in the song shared in the lyrics are of reminiscence and being thankful. Each action taken is a new experience. “Welcome to the land of the land of the blind mice” stood out because it shows that no one really knows what they’re doing. The same experience can be shared by different people and it will yield contrasting results. In memory, in presence, in feeling, nothing will be the same. That’s a beautiful thing. Something may not work out the first time and you’ll maybe run into a wall. That’s okay but it will eventually be okay if you keep going for it.
Life’s all about pushes and pulls, highs and lows, rockin’ & rollin’.” – Mickey Woods Jr for CentralSauce
When Woods harmonizes with the singers for that last melody, the ups and downs will come and go. Life isn’t a constant high. You’ll have to fall but that’s okay. Ultimately, everything is a process. It’s okay to walk because when you run, you’ve missed all the things you could’ve taken if you took your time. Keep on keeping on, you’re rockin’ and you’ll start rollin’ eventually.
From Mickey Woods Jr.
Mickey Woods Jr.: Sometimes I’ll take months piecing together one verse. It’s almost like I’m just living life waiting for pieces of the puzzle to make sense. That was definitely the case with ‘rockin’, rollin’. I wanted to give people more insight into my life outside of being an artist so I wrote down a list of a few things that most people don’t know about me and revisited the list every day until I was able to find creative ways to tie them into the song.
The melody at the end is one of my favorite parts of the song. ‘We all need somebody to lean on, let the chips fall where they may. Even your best friend or your lover, it’s a seesaw every day.’
I wrote this as a reminder to myself to understand that I’m not the only person going through the things that I go through and to give my friends and family the same grace and empathy that I would want them to extend to me.
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