Electrofunk phenom GRiZ continues to turn heads with his energetic blend of saxophone and production, and today he’s returned with a brand new track. The new offering sees GRiZ partner with soul singer and pianist Leo Napier, who wrote the new original tune “Before I Go.” Though the song deals with the heavy subject of addiction, its an infectious groove that showcases the stripped down style of Napier with the hyped-up energy that only GRiZ can bring to the table.GRiZ describes the track in his social media post, saying: “This song is about addiction and letting go. Leo did an amazing job writing and I’m happy I was able to bring this to life. It really hits home to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as it has helped me.”Listen to the new jam below.
He went on: “In football, it is finished when it is finished, the last minute of the last game. If we arrive at four games to go with United 12 points ahead, it is finished but I think our job is to continue to work.” Having been outplayed for the first half, Chelsea could have gone ahead in the 51st minute after Joe Hart brought down Demba Ba. Lampard had scored his previous 10 spot-kicks but Hart redeemed himself to save superbly and deny his England colleague his 200th Chelsea goal. Mancini, who criticised Hart this week in light of recent mistakes, said: “I say to him everything when he did a fault. I think we can’t concede a penalty like this with a kick (long ball) from 45 metres – he and Kolo (Toure) both did a mistake. “But after, it was fantastic. I think it was important. Maybe the game could have changed, but also if they scored, we would have had another 40 minutes. We were playing really well and we could have a chance to score other goals.” Chelsea’s loss saw the pressure increase on interim manager Rafael Benitez, who was once again the target for abuse from supporters. The Blues now trail City by seven points and Benitez accepted it was a damaging result. He said: “Always when you lose, you have to be disappointed. This game was important for us, so I am more disappointed. We could have been closer (to City). We have to carry on to try to win our games and fight for the top four. “I haven’t seen the replay (of the penalty), but at least yellow card. You can argue he is going in this direction but it is still a clear chance. I think it was a turning point. We didn’t do well in the first half but we went to half-time at 0-0. We were talking about keeping the ball, doing better and showing more character. Then we had the penalty. It was a crucial moment in the game.” Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini told his players to ignore the table after beating Chelsea to keep their faint Barclays Premier League title hopes alive. Press Association City took advantage of a rare missed penalty from Frank Lampard to claim a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium and reduce Manchester United’s lead at the top to 12 points. Superb goals from Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez in the last half-hour also strengthened City’s grip on second place ahead of the third-placed Londoners. Mancini said: “I think for us now it is not important to look at the table. Only to continue to work like today, to play well, to improve and to look at the table in one month, 40 days.”
Students, faculty members and The Office fans flooded the three floors of Bovard Auditorium Thursday night to see actor and businessman Rainn Wilson speak about the interplay of creativity, activism, education and spirituality through his acting and his digital media company SoulPancake, which was founded in 2008 to “chew on life’s big questions.” “[Coming here,] I feel like the Beatles and the Pope all rolled into one,” Wilson said. “It fulfills the worst parts of me. The worst parts of me are my ego, my entitlement and my narcissism … It’s been an incredible spiritual challenge.” But when Wilson found himself gaining popularity in his 40s, he said he experienced a clash between achieving his celebrity status and prioritizing his spirituality. According to Wilson, becoming an actor can come from a deep-seeded insecurity of wanting to be noticed and liked. And since Wilson said his spiritual path is rooted in humility, service and gratitude, he has had to turn to prayer, meditation and therapy to find his place as a spiritual being. Wilson, who is best known for playing the eccentric salesman Dwight Schrute, said that while he loved acting, at the start of his career, he felt disconnected and unsatisfied because he felt “something big was missing.” Wilson turned to his own spiritual journey, rediscovering his Bahá’í Faith — which is centered on the unity of God, religion and humanity — after rejecting it when he moved to New York City to pursue acting. At the event, Wilson shared one story that was distributed through SoulPancake. Late teen singer Zach Sobiech, who garnered viral attention for his song “Clouds” in 2013, shared his experiences living his remaining days to the fullest after he found that his osteosarcoma was too advanced for treatment. Once the workplace sitcom The Office grew in popularity in its second season in 2006, Wilson met with his friends, all members of the Bahá’í Faith, to found a grassroots movement that, according to Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, “stimulates the brain and sparks the soul.” And thus, SoulPancake was born. “My parents had a house filled with ripe ideas,” Wilson said. “We had books on Buddhism, Hinduism … We had Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on the door. My parents would invite them in and discuss the Bible with them and feed them pancakes. Rich ideas, really a great place to live.” “One of life’s largest questions is around the universal fear we all share that we will die,” Wilson said. “And as Zach Sobiech said, ‘You don’t have to find out that you’re dying to start living.’ So it’s just one of life’s big questions that we got to explore at SoulPancake.” Wilson then sat down with Soni, who moderated the second half of the event. Soni asked about Wilson’s experiences on The Office and beyond. When he played Dwight, Wilson said he originally did not expect for the sitcom to take off in popularity as it did. However, he said that the show has embraced the “timeless quality” of family. Montana Denton, a freshman majoring in public relations, said that while she did not expect Wilson to delve into his spiritual journey, she was able to learn more about Wilson as a person, not as the characters he played on the screen. Delving into the universal struggle of self-consciousness, Soni addressed the rise of the social media landscape. According to Soni, social media acts as a double-edged sword, creating a sense of loneliness and disconnection among users, a belief that Wilson supported. However, noting the “dark side” of social media, Wilson said he has used his platform as an actor to instill important movements that can reach wide audiences. “I think it was really cool how he used Dwight as a platform to talk about greater issues and all of the things he has accomplished since then that people do not normally recognize him for,” Denton said. “People have come up to me and said, ‘You’ve inspired me so much. I want to work in an office just like you,’ and it’s just like, oh God, you are kidding me!” Wilson said. “But I think every great TV show is about one thing — it’s about family. The Office created one of the quirkiest and most original but one of the most loving families out there.” “I’m whoring myself as Dwight to talk about some deep issues … and life’s biggest questions and what it means to be a human being and the spiritual energy that connects all of us,” Wilson said. The event was coordinated by the USC Speakers Committee, the Academic Culture Assembly, Service Student Assembly, the Office of Religious Life and the School of Cinematic Arts. Rainn Wilson, most famous for playing Dwight Schrute on The Office, spoke to an audience of hundreds at Bovard Auditorium. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan)