Monday, April 30, 2007

Still one of my favorite songs of the year

This song is the reason I want to hear 50's new album, it's short, sweet, mindless thug banter. He didnt even personally come at Cam that hard, but 50 is the king of entertaining dis records. Make sure to look out for Yayo dancing on the motorcycle like it's jihad with the scarf around his face.

Friday, April 27, 2007

I'm A Get A Bitch Number Tonight

Long story short: I make these compilations that tell the true story of some point in my life, I give them out to my friends who usually appreciate my song selection etc. I'll expound more in the coming weeks as the hype builds for Soundtrack To A Summer Fling , but this was the unofficial prequel because I never knew at the time that I would do STSF.

It was around Fall of 2005 that I decided to compile hip-hop classics about pulling women, since I was getting back in player mode and the radio just wasnt doing it for me. The title comes from a moment of swaggered up brilliance uttered by the homey Donwill before he starts his verse on Tanya Morgan's "We Be". Since it was his phrase I asked him to host it, basically starting the whole thing off with an intro. After that Labor Day weekend he humbly sent me back a whole intricate story like "let me know what you think" and history was made.

Me on the song selection/sequencing. Don on the skits (I didnt write a word or give any ideas, that's all him) guest appearances by Ilyas, Von Pea, possibly a few Tanya Morgan lady affiliates and Jaye Swigga with the diva in charge-esque freestyle. It's a universally revered project with good times and good music for all.

Enjoy and feel free to leave commentary:

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Large Professor Instrumentals b/w Count Bass D - 2006 Some Music Pt. 2

Large Professor hearkens back to the era where (like Posdnuos said on "Rock Co.Kane Flow") the producer's name didnt need to be said on the track. "It Aint Hard To Tell" is a classic and 8 out of 10 people that go crazy when this song drops dont know who made the beat. Why? Because Large Professor never had a trademark or a signature sound, he just stayed humble and hit you over the head all through the 90's without getting the props garnered to Pete Rock and DJ Premier. He was the only guest producer on a Tribe album ("Keep It Rollin'" from Midnight Marauders) before they bought Dilla into the fray with the formation of The Ummah. If you've never heard Main Source's Breakin' Atoms, I feel sorry for your soul. He's been fresh on the beats and rhymes since a youngin (reportedly maybe even producing a majority of Eric B & Rakim's early masterpieces). Anyone trying their hands at making a difference behind the beats and rhymes simulteaneously owes a world of homage to this man.

Large Professor Instrumentals -

Count Bass D has never neglected to mention the influence that the Extra P has had on his career as a MC/producer. A close friend of MF Doom, Count is one of the most talented yet least recognized producers doing it. I wont start controversy, but the way Madlib's biggest followers are about him is how I am about this man. This was a Japanese import project released over a year ago that most of the world hasnt been blessed enough to hear.

2006 Some Music Pt. 2

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The top 5 reasons you should have downloaded Che Grand's Fixtape by now

5) You've never heard someone narrate their own project with this much charisma.

4) He's developed from a hardcore rapper into the full package in a few short years: Humor, instrospection, flow, raps for women, battling, etc.

3) His appreciation for music extends far past rhyming over whatever the hottest Hip-Hop instrumental of the moment is. He'll spit over 80's classics, disco, house, jazz, whatever you give him and make the track all his. It's one of the most unique aspects of his artistry.

2) He singlehandedly caused a shift in my project "Soundtrack to a Summer Fling" (coming 5/22, shameless plug). "Trainspottin" was originally on there, but it's been replaced by something on here

1) The Lessondary is the future, and you already know I dont big up anything that isnt hitting.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The only reason I believe Hip-Hop Is Dead*

Albums like this wont get 5 mics in the Source or a XXL, let alone a review (magazinesneedmetoletthemknowwhatsgoodvertisement)

I'll keep it brief, but Blu will make any MC who considers themselves "nice" want to step their game up. Mos Def needs to hear this album and go back to trying to be one of the best. The scary part is Blu is in his early 20's with skill that says he's been here before. Oh yeah, his partner Exile blessed the hell out of him with the beats too.

The artist is Blu, the album is Below The Heavens. If you've ever called yourself a fan of classic Hip-Hop and want an experience that moves you, dont wind up sleeping.This is my favorite part of being a diehard fan of this, once or twice a year someone puts me on to something that blows me away (shoutout to the homie Von Pea).The sad part is maybe 5,000 people will wind up hearing this when 5 million need to.

*I generally hate this term more than any pop cultured cliche reference that's floating around. The man who made the album with this title still wound up suffering from part of what's wrong with the game: He didnt set out to make a classic, he just kind of winged it and wound up with a few bangers on an overall decent effort. That was just a marketing scheme on his part (albeit a successful one), now everyone has run amuck proclaiming "HHID" (I cant even stomach to type out that acronym aside from the title of this entry). It's alive and thriving so long as I'm listening to greatness and I have people to put me on, so that I can put others on which hopefully allows the cycle to continue.

Dont allow yourself to be distracted by that last paragraph, you need Blu in your life.