Mind, Body, and Soul

Greetings Good People,

I’ve recently made the conscious decision to no longer listen to the radio and be more selective with which artists I choose to support. Not only is the majority of mainstream music terrible, but I always feel like my IQ drops by the time a song is over. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and my tolerance for ignorance has decreased, but this new era of music has left me with a random yet serious question. Is music used as a form of PSYOPS?

  • PSYOPS (Psychological Operations): Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.

This information led me to question urban music, for example, and its motive. If a young boy—who happens to be undisciplined—listens to aggressive, “bust a nigga’s head open” type music, what’s the probability of him acting out because of that? If a young girl—who doesn’t get much attention—listens to sexually explicit, SlutWalk style music, will she subscribe to the messages in the song? If those negative lyrics—which perpetuate the genocide of a particular community—were replaced with positive lyrics about mental and spiritual uplift, what would happen to that community?

In a previous post, I expressed how much I miss R&B music and its impact on men and women. But there’s another genre within the realm of R&B that knew how to commensurate love, empowerment, and intellect; traits that I wouldn’t mind seeing take control over this new sound. And that’s Neo Soul.

An article in About Entertainment defined Neo Soul as modern-day soul music with a contemporary attitude and sensibility that had a much deeper message and meaning than R&B. The term underrated would be minuscule when describing the poets who made music that would have you think just as much as you would feel—their art was that powerful. And I wonder what would happen if this current generation, who happens to be easily influenced, could revert back to supporting substance just as much as we support mediocrity.

Maybe one day the machine (music industry) will at least embrace the influence that it has on society because the vibration between words and sound isn’t something that should be taken likely. But in the meantime, let’s vibe to some real music that will surely enrich your mind, body, and soul.

Until Next Time…






Edward, M. (n.d.). What is Neo-Soul? Retrieved November 19, 2016, from http://randb.about.com/od/rb12/p/NeoSoul.htm

PSYOPS: Definition. (n.d.). Retrieved November 19, 2016, from http://www.military.com/ContentFiles/techtv_update_PSYOPS.htm

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Theodore robbins says:

    I have been a Sirius subscriber since ’03 only because I can transport back to the style of music that I’m accustomed to. I am so stuck in the 70s music whether it is r&b, rock & roll it really doesn’t matter because it didn’t offend or degrade.

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    1. I have Al Green on my Pandora, Unc. You can’t tell me nothing when I’m headed to work.


  2. Music is “suggestive” but not necessarily a behavioral determinant. There is also the school of thought that people seek out music that articulates their mood, which begs a question about the psyche of the individual, as you alluded to with your own choices. Thus it becomes the classic chicken or the egg paradigm. The macro level ideology here though is that mainstream media “controls” what music is played on the rotation, who receives a record deal and which songs will be recorded and receive budgetary support as a single. Having said that, someone that is not a member of communities of color dictates what is seen and heard BY communities of color, thereby defining the reflective self where minds in developmental stages seek their identity. Black people do NOT own BET for example. The last issue is the market internalizes the message and then rejects the type of music you offer here. As a young man was overheard to say…”don’t nobody wanna hear that slow sh*t”. I wonder why he feels that way….or who taught him to feel that way.

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    1. I think music is a behavioral determinant, boss. I grew up in an era of ignorant tunes, but I had a strong foundation (parents) that separated the fantasy from reality. It’s all propaganda; the powers own the distribution outlets that cater to Black America and substance is not an option.


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