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Special Education with Shaggy

(@SpecialSays @DiRealShaggy)
How have you been enjoying the Special Education episodes that I’ve been sharing lately? I think we’re caught up now, because this episode was released last week. Featuring reggae-fusion singer Shaggy as the musical guest, Special battles him with his discography. I think it’s funny that he assumes she won’t know much about his work, until after the first question when he’s pleasantly surprised.

Special Education with Joey Bada$$

(@SpecialSays @JoeyBADASS)
Back with another one. Our friend Special sat down with Joey Bada$$ to play her Special Education game show, where tries to see how well she knows their music. We find out that “Survival Tactics” was the most fun to make, which song was the hardest to write, his favorite song to perform live, his favorite artist to work with, and more. This is one of the shorter episodes, and it premiered last month. Did Special win or lose in this one? Find out by watching the episode below.

Special Education with SZA

(@SpecialSays @sza)
Special gets with singer-songwriter SZA to battle it out on her Special Education game show, to see how well she knows her music. They get right into it, where Special asks SZA a tough question of if she were to have a documentary, what would it be called. SZA also goes into length about why “Babylon” was her favorite music video to create, “Aftermath” being the hardest song to write, the feeling of freedom being what she hopes to evoke through her music, and “HiiiJack” being her favorite song to perform. Although Special only got 1 point, which was a bonus, this episode was fun and we got some inside scoop to some songs. Watch it now.

Special Education with The Alchemist

(@SpecialSays @Alchemist)
This is the first Special Education episode where Special battles a producer in her game show series, and it came out in June. Sitting with producer/rapper The Alchemist, we learn that Snoop Dogg is his favorite person to work with, the toughest project to make, the longest project to create, he names Rare Chandeliers as the most fun (while also giving bonus points to Special for bringing up Lord Steppington, since he’s known Evidence for most of his life), and we get the drop that Alchemist ghost wrote a particular line for Planet Asia. Catch it all and more in this episode.

CB Question of the Week: Is imitation flattery?

We’re all familiar with the saying “Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” but is that really so? Sure, as kids we learn by imitating those around us but now, as adults, is it acceptable — especially in the world of Art? That was our question this week, and we invited all to drop their two cents on the topic. For the most part, everyone who gave their point of view could see how it could be beneficial but agreed that there is a limit. Keep reading to see what they said.

Special Education with Action Bronson

(@SpecialSays @ActionBronson)
Hey, everyone. I’m back with another Special Education episode by Special. This time, she sits with rapper Action Bronson, who takes the game show into an unexpected direction, especially when he names his mom as being his favorite person to work with and bake cakes with (side note: Special was talking about musical involvement), “supplement” being his favorite word, staring in an adult film, and more. Haha! At one point, the tallying of points gets confusing, and Special’s point system becomes words and she has “a bunch”. This episode came out in June, but you can watch it now.

Special Education with G-Eazy

(@SpecialSays @g_eazy)
Like I said in this post, I’m playing catch-up with Special’s Special Education episodes over these next few days. Although some are a little old (several months), they’re still enjoyable to watch, full of inside information, and… it’s a game show! What’s not to like? In the episode released in May, our friend Special asks Bay Area rapper and producer G-Eazy a variety of questions to see how well she knows him. This is the first episode where she called up fans from the audience, where they would get to attend the G-Eazy show that night if they guessed correctly.

Special Education with Talib Kweli

(@SpecialSays @TalibKweli)
Since I’ve missed out on several Special Education videos since the one with Fashawn, I’m going to make each one have its own post, because they deserve such. So, allow me to play catch up, okay? If you don’t remember, or if you’re not already watching these, Special sits down with a musical guest of honor to play her unique game show. She asks the artist questions, and they’re tasked with having to pick a song or album from their own discography as their answer. Special writes down what she thinks the artist will choose, and if she guesses correctly, she gets a point (the artists can also give her points, just because, haha). It’s fun and we sometimes learn some backstory to songs.

Phoebe Ryan – “Mine” lyric video

Pop singer Phoebe Ryan (@ph0eberyan) dropped a special lyric video a couple of weeks ago for her song “Mine”. Although the song already has a music video (see here), this visual has a retro camcorder style, complete with lyrics, that follows Phoebe on stage, backstage, behind the scenes, and on the road. We see Phoebe being herself, as a silly and fun girl, and I like it! Coupled with her sweet, soft vocals and lyrics that tell a story of a healing heart and finding inner strength, this is a great song. And, if co-signs are your thing, this song got one from Taylor Swift (on Instagram), citing it as a “new song that will make your life more awesome.”

Shot by Kimi Selfridge, of Tan Camera, watch the video below and then grab her Mine EP from iTunes.

Stillborn Identity – “Slow and Steady” album

(@codyjonesstlbrn #hiphop)
Earlier last month, Pittsburgh-based rapper Stillborn Identity dropped a brand new album, called Slow and Steady. This album follows up his Aim High, Fall Hard album, released in 2013. In regards to the differences between the two, he said, “I guess I see Slow and Steady as my ‘blue collar’ release, where before I was writing a lot of stuff just about failed relationships, borderline substance (pretty much just booze) abuse, and stuff like that. Aim High, Fall Hard was kind of the segway album between those phases.” When talking about the title of the track, he said that it’s a reference to how long it takes him to make an EP.