Tuesday, March 17, 2009

(let the) Goood Times Roll

De@dr!nger [Samples]

People have been asking for this for a while. Hopefully it doesn't get taken down again.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I Fux With...Conscious Dancehall

Busy Signal - Loaded

Calling Busy a "conscious" musician is somewhat disingenuous. He does the slack stuff as well as anybody and, much like his friend Mavado, he knows how to rack up a musical body-count. But, unlike almost any popular (male) Dancehall deejay, his makes an effort to educate as well as entertain . This album is widely acclaimed as the best Reggae/Dancehall album that came out last year (I would personally go with Serani's). It has my favorite song of last year, "Jail", and quite possibly the most absurd concept song ever, "Unknown Number". His flow on "Knocking at your door" is just insane, and "Real Jamaican" makes my African ass wanna be Jamaican for 3 munites 22 seconds. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bobbie Ray

New video from Andre 5000

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Fux With...Emo-Dancehall

Serani - The Future

Autotune is the worst thing to happen to R&B in the last decade. On the other hand, it is the best thing to happen to Dancehall (well, other than the Gully god) in the last few years. Unlike in R&B, where autotune is seemingly used as a gratuitious way to hide bad singing, In dancehall, it is used by cats like Serani and Demarco to add Queen-like operatic emotional sensationalism to their singing (think good Emo)...Or maybe I'm just deluded. Either way, Serani's album is straight bananas. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Poll: Career Suicide

I haven't posted on the whole Chris Brown-Rihanna thing for 2 reasons. The first is that I can name a total of 3 songs between the two of them, and 2 of them have Umbrella in the title (counting the sick reggae remix), so it would have been kind of disingenuous to jump on the bandwagon. The other is that I am lazy. So, rather than think of something intelligent to write, I'm going to do a post instead. The question is simple: Does Cris Brown still have a music career?
Yes, No, or Chris Who?!?! Leave explanations in the comments.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Voodoo Children

D'Angelo - Voodoo [The Samples]

I Haven't done a set in a while So I decided to do one before I started working tomorrow. I've kinda run out of albums to do sample sets for. Between this blog, HipHopisRead, and ThisisHipHop, pretty much every worthwhile sample-based album has been "setted". If anyone has any suggestions, hit me up in the comments or by email.

Players Ballin' ["Playa Playa"] 4:27 Ohio Players
Success ["Devil's Pie"] 4:14 Fat Joe
Fakin Jax' ["Devil's Pie"] 5:42 INI & Pete Rock
And If I Had ["Devil's Pie"] 4:27 Teddy Pendergrass
Big Daddy Anthem ["Devil's Pie"] 6:21 Shabazz the Disciple & Natruel
Jericho Jerk ["Devil's Pie"] 2:35 Pierre Henry
Sea of Tranquility ["Send it On"] 3:33 Kool & The Gang
I Wonder U ["Africa"] 1:40 Pr!n@e

This Is Lovers Rock

Sade - Lovers Rock (courtesy of Nevertraveled)

"Sade is Venus with a record deal" - The Chairman

This is a belated Valentines day post. As anyone who knows me knows, I love Sade. Her voice isn't that great technically, but, damn, does it get you in the mood.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Underated Hip-Hop Classics: There's Something About Remy

Remy Ma: There's Something About Remy

I remember bumping the hell out of this album when it first came out. I was completely shocked by how talented Remy turned out to be (having only known about her from Lean Back and the Ante Up remix). I had forgotten about it in the interim, but my cousin asked me about it yesterday, and it brought back memories. Listening to it now, I clearly see the flaws in it, but they still can't overshadow the raw awesomeness of it. She manages to easily ride, subvert, invert, conform to, personalize all of the tropes of "female" rap. Thus, while not breaking any new ground, she fertilizes the used and sometimes abused ground and makes it bear sweet fruit again. Bon Apetit.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I fux with....Movie Soundtracks

Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack

This movie is by far the best movie I've seen this year. It's damn near ready to knock Spike Lee's masterpiece, 25th Hour, out of my all-time top 3. The soundtrack is just as awesome. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I fux with....Country Music

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

....And an Electric New Year

Monday, December 22, 2008

Have a Tronic Christmas...

(Hint, Click the cover, Hint. Hint)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Life After The Singularity

The Wright Album Samples (Compiled by Kasper of Rap1masse)

As far as I know this is a first, a sample set for a remix album. The remix album was made by Kasper/

Monday, December 15, 2008

A young Thomas Stearns E.

I've been meaning to post one of my poems for a while, but ennui always kicks in. I wrote this one for my sis on her birthday.

She came out the womb a flaming leaf
Velocity in her veins
A burning bubble ricocheting against earth and cloud,
For 19 years the girl has been a miracle of nature
A leaf, like any other
Well...not like any other
A bit thinner than the rest, but woven of steel thread
She bends with whipping wind and blends with waving light,
Through blighted storms that twig redwoods and dismember the most tightly held branches
She dances, unhurried
Bending with or without
Stilling when she pleases
A smile that bears no creases
A heart that never ceases
My only shot a having nieces
(ok, threw that in there just to keep the rhyme going, but it's still true to the smallest pieces),
She effortlessly bears our father in her unwavering eyes
She effortlessly bears our mother in her impeccable wit
She effortlessly bears me in how effortlessly effortless her efforts are,
A simple leaf, yes
But the very reason for which the seeds were sown
For which the roots took hold
For which the stem broke ground
For which the sun was born
For which her rays shoot off at the speed of light bound for an unknown planet
For which they break atmosphere
For which which they feed that young tree
For which branches sprout
All so one day she would unfurl from her cocoon
A miracle, yes

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Emovalanche Pt. 2

Emovalanche (Kwabena Mintah Stylee)

As promised, this is my "emo" mixtape. It's mostly electronica/instrumental hip-hop: Rjd2, Dj Shadow etc.

(BTW, I don't post tracklists anymore because the Blogger people are a bunch of underhanded snitches. They've taken down some of my posts without so much as a heads up, so I'm trying to avoid that happening again)