To The Friend We Lost Too Soon

To The Friend We Lost Too Soon

Gone, but never forgotten.

Staring down at our phones reading the news that you are no longer with us was one of the most painful things anyone has ever felt. The feeling that we will never see your smile, hear your laugh, or hang out with you on the weekends is so overwhelming, it hurts our chests.

We think it cannot happen here, that it is just a misunderstanding, and you are going to jump out and say "got you!" with that goofy smile on your face. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

We want you to know you are forever with us. Even though we will not feel your arms around us in a hug or have you to goof around with, you are here.

You exist in our memories. We are all clinging to the good times we had with you, thinking about the last time we saw you or talked to you. Our favorite memories will forever keep you alive in our hearts.

You have to realize the impact you had on all of us. Your passing has brought all of us together, and although we really need you, we have each other to lean on for support and for help to try and figure out why you are gone.

The amount of people you touched in your time with us in incredible. So many people are hurt and in pain over losing you. We know you would want us to be strong, so we will try our best together.

Putting our feelings into words is hard to do. Describing our pain is nearly impossible. We are angry and hurt at the same time, and we cannot understand how to cope with all of it at once.

No one can understand why we had to lose someone who meant the world to us. You were the light in the dark to most of us, and we will forever be touched by you. You made our bad days good and our good days better than we could have ever imagined. We are sorry that we had to lose you, but we will never forget you.

Rest in Peace friend, we will see you soon.

JD 11/3/97-10/17/17 <3

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How SoundCloud Is Changing The Music Industry

Many of the most popular artists in the music industry all got their start on SoundCloud.

It’s no secret that the term “SoundCloud rapper” has changed in recent years. Due to the number of popular artists that originated from SoundCloud, aspiring artists are posting their music there in hopes of becoming famous now more than ever. This phenomenon has helped crank out some of the hottest artists in the music industry right now, and there are more artists blowing up every month.

Soundcloud has changed the game in the hip-hop scene. It was first founded in June of 2007 in Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss and was launched in October of 2008. It was originally intended to allow musicians to collaborate by facilitating the sharing and discussion of recorded audio but quickly became a music distribution tool. It offers a platform for artists to build a profile of their music and gain a following.

With the amount of music and so-called “SoundCloud rappers” on the site, the industry is flooding with more and more talent. Some of your favorite artists who are topping the Billboard Top 100 charts right now originated from Soundcloud, and you might not even know it.

Recent notable artists that got their start on SoundCloud include XXXTentacion, Post Malone, Lil Pump, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty, and even Lil Uzi Vert. They first started posting their music on Soundcloud and quickly built significant followings. Not only have they not been known for more than a couple years, but some of them have made timeless classics that you’ll be hearing for many years to come.

Post Malone’s first studio album, “Stoney [Deluxe Version],” released on December 6th, 2016, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and was on the Billboard Top 100 for seventeen straight weeks. His album went platinum less than six months after being released. That album then reached double-platinum about six and a half months later.

His most popular song on that album, “Congratulations,” went platinum in about three and a half months after its release and has since gone 7x Platinum (selling seven million units) a little over a year and three months after its release according to the RIAA.

Another prime example of a popular SoundCloud originating artist is Lil Pump, who was one of the fastest growing artists in 2017 and 2018. He released his first album ever, "Lil Pump," on October 6th of 2017. On that album was his song, “Gucci Gang,” which went platinum a little after four months from its original release on September 1st of 2017.

For a SoundCloud artist who first started making music in late 2016 and putting up big numbers on SoundCloud with songs like "Boss," which went RIAA certified gold, and "Drose" in 2017, he's a prime example of an artist that originated from SoundCloud and became one of the biggest names in hip-hop in just under a year.

These hip-hop artists, along with many others, that originated from Soundcloud have made big marks on the music industry by making multiple platinum and triple platinum hits on multiple songs and albums, as well as some making songs that each top the Billboard Top 100 Charts consistently for multiple weeks in a row.

These facts not only describe the artists themselves, but it also paints a picture of how Soundcloud and the internet are shaping the music industry and making music more successful and accessible than ever. Soundcloud is one of the primary drivers of bringing up new artists and making networking easier than it ever has by allowing music to flourish and reach more people.

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When you don't have a clue what to watch, try these.

Everyone goes through the "I don't know what to watch on Netflix" phase, and I'm here to tell you exactly what you should watch at least once.

1. "The Lovely Bones"

"After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal."

This movie is actually my personal favorite movie. The film adaptation is spot on with the book, only missing minor details. It's an emotional movie though, so ready the tissues and ice cream.

2. "Charlie St. Cloud"

"Adored by his single mother and his little brother Sam, Charlie St. Cloud is an accomplished sailor and college-bound senior with a bright future ahead of him. When Sam dies in a terrible accident, Charlie's dreams die with him. But, so strong is the brothers' bond that, in the hour before each sunset, Charlie and Sam meet to play catch. The return of a former classmate leads Charlie to a difficult choice: remain stuck in the past, or let love lead him to the future."

"Charlie St. Cloud" is a movie that I watch at least three times a year. Zac Efron (swoon) performs flawlessly as his character and makes you feel as though what he's going through is real. This movie is truly moving and touches my heart. I highly recommend this movie, especially if you're looking to have a good cry.

3. "Cruel Intentions"

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Okay so I actually just watched this one last week for the first time, and it is absolutely hilarious. There wasn't a moment I didn't laugh, sometimes I even cried a little. I highly recommend this movie if you and your friends are just hanging out and wanting to have a good laugh.

Warning: There's A LOT of nudity in this.

5. "When We First Met"

"After spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the opportunity to travel through time and alter that night over and over again until he gets everything perfect."

To be honest, I usually don't like Netflix originals (other than Stranger Things), but this one was actually really good. I watched this one day with my friends while we were all just hanging out and honestly, I was surprised with how much I liked it. It's really funny, and has some touching scenes as well. I highly recommend checking it out

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