Medicine is defined as the practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health.
Monster is a word deriving from the Latin monstrum. It means an abnormal occurrence has taken place as a sign that something is wrong within a natural order. Monster is usually applied to a person with similar characteristics; like a greedy person or someone who does horrible things.
Sunday, June 5th, 2016 artist Cal Mobley released his latest EP entitled “Medicine for Monsters.” You may recall Cal from the 717 KINGS. He lit the flames of hip hop around the Gettysburg, PA area last month as a way to motivate and challenge other local artists. The challenge started with a remixed track of J. Cole’s “Fire Squad.” Cal’s message was one of motivation that ended by stating, “hip hop is not dead, I’m just surrounded by beginners.” The tracks of “Medicine for Monsters,” state something a little different: a message of morals.
Hip hop is a subculture within itself that came out of the 70’s in New York City. Hip hop started out as a free form of expression; depicting the struggles and highlights of current events, and African American life. Just as any other form of music, hip hop was used as the greatest coping strategy. When all hope seemed to be lost, you could turn up a boom box and feel a bass line resonate. Between the hi-hats and lyrics brought a sense of comfort; letting you know that no matter what was going on around you, your world would be alright. From then until now hip hop has evolved just like the practices of medicine. Though now it’s mainstream focus seems to be zoned in on increasing sales, rather than increasing intelligence. Today hip hop’s messages say, “get drunk, have sex, and make money;” when yesterday’s hip hop said, “I know I can be what I want to be if I work hard at it.”
“Medicine for Monsters” brings back yesterday’s message. Within this EP Cal restores the poetry back to his subculture; giving his listeners light at the end of the tunnel. We all have monsters inside of us created by a significant experience. Through all the trauma of life, no medicine restores the mind, body, and soul like music can. Thank you Cal for putting the message back in the music. “Medicine for Monsters” shortens the shadows of all of us. You definitely “touched the Northern Lights” with this one.
If you haven’t already, listen to “Medicine for Monsters” on Belle’s Bleues’ Songs of the Day playlist at the bottom of this page. Once the playlist changes, you can find the EP on SoundCloud.