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)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Emovalanche Pt. 1

Emovalanche (Maggie Ahuofe Stylee)

This is a mixtape put together by a friend. The theme of the mixtape is "emo", but it runs a wide gamut of genres and styles. In a few days I'll post my response mixtape. My defination of "emo" pretty much means a lot of RJD2, Dj Shadow, Portishead, Blockhead, Prefuse, etc. So if you're a fan of that style, then check for it in a few days.

Known Issue: 2 of the songs in the mixtape can't be played.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

B.o.B spoofs 'Ye and Wayne

Hip-Hop needs more rappers with this kid's sense of humor.

The Bronx Still Run It, But...

Jay-Z on iLike - Get updates inside iTunes

Monday, November 10, 2008

Coming in From the Cold

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Wey shoddy dey mess with his heart na so"

The Poll was not even close. Love Lockdown swept into office with nearly 60% of the vote. Though I guess kanye shouldn't be too proud of the win...That said, the Video is BANANAS like Woody Allen.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

African Bwoy wit an Inglish accent

Sway - Saturday Night Hussle

Sway - This is my Demo

Monday, September 29, 2008

Easy as 3.14

Friday, September 26, 2008

Trapping Muzik

T.I. - Trap Muzik [The Samples]

The summer between Junior and Senior year in high school ('03) was the height of my anti(non-New York)-Mainstream Rap era. That was, until I saw the video for Be Easy on Rap City. Prima Facie, it wasn't anything special, but something about this young southern fried rapper I had never heard of before just blew me away. I copped Trap Muzik and jammed to it for the rest of the summer. In the fall, Rubberband Man and 24 were dropped as singles and the rest, as they say, is history...Actually, no, it isn't. I have been jamming to Paper Trail for about a week, and though it's a decent album, all it did was remind me of how awesome Trap Muzik (and to lesser degree Urban Legend) was. Even though he has grown into a huge superstar, his music has lost that amatuerish (in the best sense of the word) effervesence that it did from '02-'04. Just my 2 cents. As always, a shoutout to Kev and Thomas for their assists.

Somebody To Love ["Be Easy"] 1 Al Wilson Trap Muzik [The Samples]
Can't Find the Judge ["No More Talk"] 2 Gary Wright Trap Muzik [The Samples]
I'm Just Doing My Job ["Doin' My Job"] 3 Bloodstone Trap Muzik [The Samples]
Day Dreaming ["Let's Get Away"] 4 Aretha Franklin Trap Muzik [The Samples]
She's Only A Woman ["I Still Love You"] 5 The O'Jays Trap Muzik [The Samples]
I Want to Be Your Man ["Let Me Tell You Something"] 6 Zapp & Roger Troutman Trap Muzik [The Samples]

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Who are the five greatest rappers of all time? Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan... and Dylan

"Hurricane" - The Roots ft. Mos def, Common

"Hurricane" - Bob Dylan

Ivan from over at Hip Hop Is Read and I were having a conversation this afternoon about the pure awesomeness that is Bob Dylan when the question of Hip-Hop sampling of Dylan came up. He knocked me on to this track off the Soundtrack to the movie Hurricane (with Denzel). It's more or less, intentionally or unintentionally, a remake of Dylan's original. Considering that Dylan is the greatest songwriter to ever put pen to page, it is an unfair comparison, but Black Thought and co. (especially Mos) hold their own.

Bonus: Spot the Dylan Cameo in Clef's "Gone till November" Video
(It won't let me embed for some reason)

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Poll: Love Letdown

This is another poll inspired by a conversation I had with a friend. Basically, as a huge fan of both Jay-Z and Kanye, I'm very disappointing by the lead singles for their repsctive albums scheduled to drop this december. The problem is that I can't decide which is more dissapointing. Vote on the right and explain in the comments. Peace.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just Another Nigga From The Bronx

Fat Joe Da Gangsta - Represent

Another Collab with Kev & Thomas over at Thisishiphop. This album is Fat Joe's debut. Lyrically it was nothing special (this was before he had Pun to Ghost for him), but the beats were classic early 90's boom-bap. The sample set is suprisingly very Jazzy (and I mean Bop jazzy, not Funk jazzy). My fave track is the 30 minute-plus Miles Davis track "He Loved Him Madly". Enjoy.

Changing World ["Livin' Fat"] 1 George Benson 4:56 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Let Your Hair Down ["Bad Bad Man"] 2 Yvonne Fair 4:09 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Lover & a Friend [''Watch The Sound''] 3 Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham 2:35 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Ring the Alarm [''Watch The Sound''] 4 Tenor Saw 5:14 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Get Out of My Life Woman ["Flow Joe"] 5 Lee Dorsey 2:33 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
The Long Wait ["Flow Joe"] 6 Morton Stevens 2:26 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Pride and Vanity [''Da Fat Gangsta''] 7 Ohio Players 4:26 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Please Sunrise, Please [''Shorty Gotta Fat Ass''] 8 Young-Holt Unlimited 2:52 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Ridin' High [''The Shit Is Real''] 9 Faze-O 5:20 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Fakin the Funk [''The Shit Is Real''] 10 Main Source 3:40 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
He Loved Him Madly [''You Must Be Out Of Your Fuckin' Mind''] 11 Miles Davis 32:20 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Blacks & Blues [''Another Wild Nigger From The Bronx''] 12 Bobbi Humphrey 4:39 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Hand On The Pump [''Another Wild Nigger From The Bronx''] 13 Cypress Hill 4:03 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]
Hey Wado [''I'm A Hit That''] 14 Eddie Harris 5:56 160 kbps Represent [The Samples]

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Extra Classic

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bon Apetit

The Wu Tang Clan - The W [The Samples]

This is another collabo with Kev and Thomas over at This Is Hip-Hop. The W is my favorite Wu group album (I now I'm in a minority), probably because it was the first one to come out while I was "conscious" of hip hop and was the one that got me into the Wu as a whole. As with any RZA produced album, some of the samples here are just delicious (Choice cut: Syl Johnson's "Is it because I'm black"). Bon Apetit.

Funky Way ["Careful (Click, Click)"] 1 Rufus Thomas The W [The Samples]
Is It Because I'm Black ["Hollow Bones"] 2 Syl Johnson The W [The Samples]
Diamond Fortress ["Redbull"] 3 Roy Budd The W [The Samples]
Corn Bread and Beans ["Redbull"] 4 Hugh Brodie The W [The Samples]
One Blood ["One Blood Under W"] 5 Junior Reid The W [The Samples]
Main Theme (Diamonds) ["Conditioner"] 6 Roy Budd The W [The Samples]
Tramp ["Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"] 7 Lowell Fulsom The W [The Samples]
The Grunt ["Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"] 8 The J.B.'s The W [The Samples]
Oh, Pretty Woman ["Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"] 9 Albert King The W [The Samples]
Cold Feet ["Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)"] 10 Albert King The W [The Samples]
Sing A Simple Song "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)" 11 Sly And The Family Stone The W [The Samples]
The Thief ["Let My Niggas Live"] 12 Roy Budd The W [The Samples]
Thief on the Prowl ["Let My Niggas Live"] 13 Roy Budd The W [The Samples]
Walk On By ["I Can't Go To Sleep" ] 14 Isaac Hayes The W [The Samples]
Hang On Sloopy (Long Version) ["Do You Really? (Thang, Thang)"] 15 David Porter The W [The Samples]
General Confessional ["The Monument"] 16 The Electric Prunes The W [The Samples]
The Jungle ["The Monument"] 17 Black Heat The W [The Samples]
Back And Forth ["Gravel Pit"] 18 Cameo The W [The Samples]
Belphégor (Theme) ["Gravel Pit"] 19 Antoine Duhamel The W [The Samples]
You're Gonna Need Me ["Clap"] 20 Dionne Warwick The W [The Samples]

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Fux with...Hiplife (part 2 of 2 (or maybe 3))

Obrafour Mixtape (download)



Who Born You By Mistake?

Again, Maggie Ahuofe:

Obrafour ("The Executioner") traditionally is the person who beheads people sentenced to death by a chief. He came onto the rap scene in the late 90s. He was one of the fist rappers to spit solely in Twi. (Reggie Rockstone, the self-proclaimed Godfather of hiplife (and I don't disgree :)) rapped in both twi and english). What sets him apart from other Hiplife artistes is his prolific use of traditional proverbs and folklore in his rhymes.

Obrafour's first album was "Pae Mu Ka" which literally means "Split it say it" (It makes much more sense in twi, but an english approximation would be: "Say what's on your mind") . This album is arguable one of the most socially conscious and lyrically masterful Hiplife albums ever made. Notable tracks on this album include "Kwame Nkrumah" - a tribute to the country's first president and "Ghanaman" which is basically an interpretation of the cliched phrase: "Ask not what your country can do for you…." and "Yaanom" which calls on the people to listen!

Other Obrafour classics include "Who Born You By Mistake?" (One of the best insults you can say to a Ghanaian), "Maame" a tribute to mothers, "Ntitie Pa" good upringing.

His most recent album, "Heavy", saw him make a dramatic shift from standard Hiplife to the more traditional highlife style (Think Usher suddenly deciding to do an album full of 70's Stax soul). An average Obrafour fan might not appreciate Heavy but it takes more listens to fully appreciate the intricacies of what he does on that album. The title track is ridiculous!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Mos Def

The Roots ft. Mos Def - Rising Down

I had heard of a guest stealing a song before, but this was the first time that a guest stole a whole album with one verse.

Every anywhere heights plains peaks or valleys
Entrances exits vestibules and alleys
Winding roads that test the firm nerve
Fortune or fatal behind the blind curve
The engine oil purr, lights flash to a blur
Speed work through the earth make your motor go scurrr
Tonight at noon watch a bad moon rising
Identities in crisis and conflict diamonds
Blinding staring at lights 'til they cryin'
Bone gristle popping from continuous grindin
Grapes of wrath in a shapely glass
Ingredients influential on your ways and acts
Zero tolerance to raise the tax
It don't matter how your gates is latched
You ain't safe from the danger jack
Made it way before they made the map
Or a GPS this is DEF leader

Monday, September 8, 2008

I Fux with...Hiplife (part 1 of 2 (or maybe 3))

Kwaadee Mixtape (Download)

Abrantie Mabre

Ka Wo Nan To So

P 1

For the longest time I detested Hiplife. I always judged it through a hip-hop lens and found it lacking in all of the things I loved in hip-hop. It was only recently that someone convinced me to give it a secnd chance and opened my eyes to the uniqueness of the genre. So when I decided to do a series of Hiplife posts I had no choice but to outsource it to her. So without further ado, Maggie Ahuofe on Kwaadee:

Okomfoo (Traditional priest) Kwaadee (which according to my mum is an abbreviation of "Kwame Adei" a common Ashanti name) burst onto the Hiplife scene in 2002/2003ish (ish because this is the first time I heard his music). He, like Obrafour, raps exclusively in Twi and what sets him apart from other rappers is his use of very authentic twi and intonations. The average Ghanaian that you'll meet speaks very "westernized" twi interspersed with numerous english word substitutes, but this guy...not so much. (ALEX: He also has by far the best sense of humor of any hiplife artist I know)

His debut album was "Okomfoo Se Koo" (which I cant translate directly because my twi is too westernized). The first single off this album, "Meyere ne Mempena" (My wife vs. My mistress), is a classic in its own right. Granted all men cheat (ahem) but you rarely hear a rapper openly debating the pros and cons between his gf & wife in trying to figure which one to stay with (This is very similar to the Chris Rock skit "Old pussy" vs. New pussy")(ALEX: It's more or less a Ghanaian version of Gregory Isaac's "Cool Down the Pace").

Basically his wife is old school and timid and the mistress is young, vibrant, wears "shiny shoes", parties like its going out of style and is a tantric fox in bed. He makes the "wise" choice in the end and sticks with his wife because he cannot keep up with the "new school". Notable tracks on subsequent albums include "Abrantie Mabre" (the eternally exhausted young man trying to make it the legitimate way) and "Efie Nipa" which laments the problems of society's impoverished population.

The main reason he is being featured on this blog is because of the track "K'a wo n'an to so" from his most recent album "Nsem Pii" (Numerous issues). Translated, it means "Close your legs". This is by far the funniest hiplife song ever (ALEX: I say funniest song ever, no matter the genre. I literally fell off my bed laughing the first time I heard this track). He discusses the anguish older men go through in efforts to remain faithful to their wives whilst younger women entice them. He encourages all women to have a sign on their privates with the labels "No trespassing" & "Private and individual property". This is infinitely funnier if you understand the lyrics. Until then, just take my word for it.

(ALEX: A couple of my other favorite Kwaadee tracks tracks are P 1, A funny track about his elementary school days, and Nkran Kwanso, a song about getting your freak on in public)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bolt Runs Away from the Competition...Yet Again

Bolt's 100m record run...redux

What was more mind-blowing

Bolt's 9.69 100m WR - 23 votes
Phelps' 8 Gold Medals - 10 votes

I was completely shocked by the resluts of the poll, though I completely concur with its results. Now back to more biased Gymnastics commentary from Bella Karoly...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I Fux with...Blues

Bobby "Blue" Bland - When You Come to The End of Your Road

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Dreamer

After seeing the number of people who downloaded the Johnny Cash upload, I decided to do another one of these. This time I'm doing the blues. Bobby Bland is my favorite Bluesman ever and this is my favorite blues album. The most famous song on the album is "Ain't no Love in the Heart of the City" but my favorite is the one embedded above, "When You Come to The End of Your Road". Check it out.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Constellation Funk

El-P - Fantastic Damage [The Samples]

This one is for my fellow Def Jukies out there. If I was to say that this sample set dropped into my lap from the moon, I wouldn't be far off from the truth. I've been looking for the samples to this album since the beginning of this blog and I had only managed to find 1 (the Bowie sample). Then, out of nowhere , an angel, by the name of Kasper Beckmann, dropped it into my inbox. Though it isn't complete, I don't foresee it becoming any "completer" any time soon, so here goes.

Raymond Scott - Cyclic Bit ['T.O.J'] - zshare

Equinoxe III ['Squeege Man Shooting'] 1 Jean Michel Jarre 5:10 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Water ['Deep Space 9mm'] 2 Silver Apples 4:19 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Holy Ghost ['Deep Space 9mm'] 3 The Bar-Kays 3:56 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Bass Folk Song ['Tuned Mass Dumper'] 4 Joe Farrell 9:47 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Part Two [Tuned Mass Dumper'] 5 Mike Oldfield 23:23 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Power Surge ['DeLorean'] 6 Chris Rae/Frank McDonald 1:19 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Live Wire ['Accidents Don't Happen'] 7 The Meters 2:38 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]
Soul Love ['Innocent Leader'] 8 David Bowie 3:34 Fantastic Damage [The Samples]

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Joell Ortiz

Joell Ortiz - Hip-Hop

I'm far from a hip-hop purist, but I still get a thrill down my leg ( (c) Chris Matthews) whenever this joint comes on. This is bar after bar of prison bar hard hip-hop at its finest.

Speaking of Ingenious, Original Videos...

This is Common's new video. It's unusual, but a good look.

Watch This...On Mute, If You Have To

This is one of the most original and ingenious hip-hop(ish) videos I've seen in a long time. I wouldn't have expected it from these two.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Jean Grae/Talib Kweli

Jean Grae ft. Talib Kweli

It's about time I did one of these on a femcee. Jean Grae, as I've said before on this blog, is my favorite female emcee. What she lacks in consistancy, she makes up for with rare passion and dynamic lycisims when she's on. And on this track, she's definitely ON!. She bodies this so hard, sometimes I forget that Kweli is even on the track, even though he spits a respectable verse. Just peep her second verse:

she lacks delivery, really, nigga I pack rap symmetry and send it to ya dorm
why y'all iggin' me for sure
Jean is synonymous with chivalry
open doors but I step through first
test the waters and I pee in them got no net worth
but now everyone's a rapper and everyone'll shoot you dead
only lead I stay strapped with a razor sharp pencil that could write but it could stab you rapid
it's all ass backwards, you're all mall performers, actors
what though?, come on let's race to where the cash is
get mauled like Roy and alter boy
I'll jet through you like a Jet through flight, I'm unemployed
you still cared to touch me, I got akin to rap leprosy
you face screwed ugly
I'm chasing all you club bunnies
and racing you tackle you down
take your money with your chest on the ground
I know it's foul, what you gonna do now

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Milky Way

Black Milk - Popular Demand [The Samples]

This was one of the first sets I started on. The fact that it has taken this long is both a testament to my laziness and to Black Milk's ability to camouflage his samples. This album, Popular Demand, was, by a wide margin, my favorite hip-hop album of '07. It was fresh and cohesive in a way that very few rap albums, at least nowadays, are.This isn't a complete set but I've been sitting on it for too long, so if I find any of the missing samples I'll update the set. As always, this is brought to you with a huge assist from Thomas.

You've Been My Inspiration ['Popular Demand'] 1 The Main Ingrediants 2:53 Popular Demand [The Samples]
We're A Winner ['Sound The Alarm'] 2 The Impressions 2:25 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Space Intro ['Sound The Alarm'] 3 Steve Miller Band 1:14 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) ['U'] 4 The Supremes 4:03 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Nothing Can Stop Me ['Shut it Down'] 5 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. 4:26 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Tracks of my Tears ['Three+Sum'] 6 Aretha Franklin 2:55 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Roundabout ['Action'] 7 Yes 8:30 Popular Demand [The Samples]
Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out) ['One Song'] 8 The Persuaders 3:20 Popular Demand [The Samples]
If You Can Wait ['I'm Out'] 9 The Miracles 2:45 Popular Demand [The Samples]

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Poll: Lightening vs. Dolphin

The question is simple: What was more impressive? Phelps' 8 golds or Bolt's 9.69 100m. Most people will reflexively vote for Phelps, so let me make the case for Bolt...actually no, just watch it (again) if you have any doubts about how insane a run, nay, a jog, it was. No need to say which way my vote will go.

A brief history of No Homo

Friday, August 15, 2008

Batman & Robin

Lupe on Lyrics, Ye on Beat - Birds & the Bees

I just came across this unreleased Lupe track while doing my usual blog-surfing. This song is more or less perfect because it solves the biggest issues I have with both talented artists. Namely, Lupe's horrible taste in beats and Kanye's insistence on keeping his best beats for himself.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Canibus/Common

Common ft. Canibus - Making a Name for Ourselves

For many people the name Canibus is synonymous with lyricist, so I couldn't do a series on lyrics without dropping at least one Canibus post. While he was always limited as an all-around music artist, no one, not even LL cool J, could doubt the kids spit game. Since I'm lazy I decided to kill two birds with one stone by picking a track that features both Canibus and Common, another artist I was bound to do a post about later. While this is far from Common (Sense) at his best, it is still a nice piece of work.

From now, I will post my favorite line from each artist in each post.

Canibus: (too many to choose from...but)
"My face don't belong in The Source
It belongs on the shroud of turin, for certain "

"It's like a Malcolm X-orcisim, fuck the rhythm, I hit him"

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Ghostface Killah/Sheek Louch

Ghostface Killah ft. Sheek Louch - Blue Armor

As with the last post, picking a Ghostface verse that stands head and shoulders above the rest is a futile undertaking. He is incredibly consistent in his output; from album to album, track to track, and verse to verse. To go with the whole underapreciated theme, I decided to go with a banger from his least known album, More Fish. Sheek, another dope lyricist, drops a tight ham verse for Ghost's sandwich slices. I'll post the lyrics later.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Pusha-T (Clipse)

The Clipse - The Funeral (2nd verse)

Though both brothers have lyrics for days, as Thomas posted in the comments, Pusha is head and shoulders above his brother. Picking a Pusha verse to post was no easy task. He has too many classic verses to count. I didn't want to post something from the official albums or the Got it 4 cheap tapes so I had to reach back. This track is the last track on their unrealeased debut, Exclusive Audio Footage. It may not be up there with his later mastrpieces, but it is still superior to 99 percent of the verses ever put to DAT.

Hold me high Gucci suit and tie
Let my casket reach the sky tell my girl dont cry
Just sing me a lullabye and let the white doves fly
Cuz I heard from a bird its only sleep when you die
Break me in unison outside is right thru the lens
My mother cried cuz she knew that I was only true to sin
Celebrate my passing with gun shots and systems blasting
Blown up posters of Terror held by children laughing
No matter how foul my burial open casket
Now simply so they can see my clusters and my diamonds smiling
Im sorry I failed only cuz the ones I left were so real
For me my doggs will lie, die, shoot, cry, or kill
First to Malice sorry that I left you half in a hole
But now you'll write for both of us I'll channel thoughts thru your soul
Emmanuelle remember this when you see my nemesis
Draw my picture on his chest and make his family reminisce
Revenge so sweet and I crush you with the heat
Your the first one I call when its time to put em to sleep
Now Pharrel grand dragon horns stabbing the skys
Turn Mag' em laser tag em couldnt sever all ties
My final request on the day im layed to rest
Take my body to the ocean and have a water front ves'
This will be my burial this eulogy will be in stereo
Blue Angels will draw my face in smoke during an aerial

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Great Moments in Lyricism...Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco - No One Does it Better (Unreleased)

I have my issues with Lupe, but this stands as the greatest lyrical performance I have ever experienced. Every line is wound, rewound, and wound again. 3 years after I heard it, I am still unraveling new layers every time I listen to it again. I won't post the lyrics because it wouldn't do the listening experience justice.

Underappreciated Moments of Great Lyricsim

Over the next week or so, while I try to finish up some half-finished sets I'm working on, I will be doing posts on some of my favorite lyrical performances of all time. I tend to put less emphasis on lyrics than most hip-hop heads do, but...great lyrics are great lyrics. I will concentrate on underrated rappers (AZ, Big L, Turf Talk, Z-Ro, Trae, Clipse), unrealeased tracks (Lupe, Jay-z, Ghostface), and mixtape gems (Lil Wayne, Pharrel).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Fux with...Country Music

Johnny Cash - Flesh and Blood

The Essential Johnny Cash

N.E.R.D. ft. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Pusha T - Everyone Nose (Remix)

I fux with all three guests on this song, especially P-to the-Ush-a, plus the video is stupid in a fun way so I decided to post my first ever (I think) music video on the blog.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Va-Va Voom

Buggati T73 (rarest car in the world)
Jaguar XJC (Only made between 1975-78. My favorite car in the world)
Bugatti Veyron ($2.25 million, only 80 will be built)

Have your say in the comments. I personally fux with the Jag, but, as some of you know, I'm a James Bond Stan (No 'mo, just in case) so my opinion is very biased.

"Production at Kantamanto"

Snr Eddie Donkor - Eye Banker
(This post is brought to you courtesy of the great work done over at

Over the last 2 months, I've been hanging out with a couple of my uncles and they have opened my eyes to a lot of old Ghanaian music, especially highlife from the 80's and early 90's, that I had been too young to experience at the time. This is one of the guys they've been knocking me to. He has a great sense of humor (which I guess doesn't mean much since most of you won't understand what he's saying) and, more importantly, the music is funky enough to get a paraplegic on the dancefloor. Apparently he was BIG back in the day but I had never heard of him until recently. If you enjoy this, check out more of the stuff over at Awesome Tapes. Most of these sorts of music are only available on cassete so it's great that the guy(s) over there are digitizing them and sharing: I'm just a conduit.

New Poll/Caption Contest: Does Jackos Skin Tan?

This absurdly beautiful poll question was inspired by a comment a friend made after I sent her the above pic so I can't take credit for its existance. With that said, if anyone else has any random comments to make about it, drop it in...well, the comments section. Vote early and vote oft...once.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Rice and Beans

Beanie Sigal - The Truth & The Reason [The Samples]

I post this with a huge apology to Thomas. He hooked me up with most of these from a while back, I just hadn't got'n around to posting them yet. I meant to add the samples for "The Solution" to this set, but I'm still digging out a good sample list for it. This has been a long time coming.

Back On My Blogging ish!

This is my official return to regular blogging. I've finally gotten over my Post-Graduation existential ennui. I will be posting regularly but probably less sample sets since I have done most of the albums I set out to do and I don't have the superfast internet access that I had at school. Let me shut up and get posting.

PS. - That picture is of my favorite person in the world (well, after myself...), my 6 year old cousin.

Friday, July 11, 2008

"I'm Back Like a Chiropractor" - Common (Sense)

I'm slowly coming out of hibernation. I should return to full-time blogging and sample posting in a few weeks. I'm posting a few songs from an underground cat that a friend has hooked me on to. This cat, M.anifest, is on some early 2000's Rawkus lyricism and it's taking me back to my high school days. Since I've been reliving my high school days over the last week or so, I guess it's appropriate that I post them.

Spell Check

Babylon Breakdown

eMcee PSA

Friday, June 13, 2008

The world went crazy while I was away.

I take a short Graduation/Birthday hiatus and the world looses it's mind. First, R.Kelly is not guilty (I've seen the video, it IS that nigga). Not that I'm mad, since I'm a fan, but WOW.

Second, Lil Wayne has 7 songs in the billboard top 100. Say what you will about the boy, but as he himself said, "If hip-hop is dead [commercially], I am the embalming fluid".

Lastly, Carter 3 is voted the best Wayne album. That is inexplicable. I am feeling the album and all, but I put C2, Drought 3, Dedication 1/2, and even Like Father, Like Son over Carter 3 as a complete piece of work. Carter 3 has too many commercial concessions, something that none of his other work can be accused of having. But to each his own.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Why Mixtapes are the New Albums

B.o.B - Hi! My Name is B.o.B (The LRG mixtape)

As I said in my last poll, I have completely dispensed with the Mixtape/Album demarcation. A hot 20 tracks (or in this case 36) is a hot 20 tracks, whether it is dropped by Atlantic or DJ "Shout my head off". This is a perfect case of where this dichotomy is completely useless. Every track on this mixtape except for 2 or 3 is over an original beat. The problem is that most of the samples (Beatles, anyone?) are unclearable, so this, what would be one of the most refreshing rap debuts in some time, is "relegated" to Mixtape status.

B.o.B, the 19 year old rapper/producer from Georgia, has crafted one of the most varied, heartfelt, origional albums hip-hop has seen in a long time. He isn't underground because he raps about "Haterz Everywhere" and he isn't mainstream because he actually has a sense of humor. He is like a cross between Devin the Dude and Andre 3k (lofty comparisons but a listen to this mixtape will convince anyone that I'm not insane).

I normally can't stand skits, but the skits on this album are genuinely funny and well thought out. Some have even been made into youtube videos: Locked Up, Muggin'. I think the two skits pretty much sum up the tongue in cheek attitude with which he approaches the rap game. The game needs it.

I'm listening to it as I type and I'm still blown away by the deft combination of humor and skill that B.o.B brings on every track.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

My first ever poll

To finish off this weekend of Wayne Stanary, I have put up a poll to the right. I don't really make a separation between Mixtapes and albums (especially when it comes to this maniac) so I've lumped them together. Plus, I was arrogant enough to include my own Wayne compilation in the poll.

Use the comments of this post to explain votes, lobby for your favorite album or to insult me for being a Wayne stan (I blame it on youth) or whatever.

And, Yes, I will get back to posting Sample Sets...soon.

Tha Carter 2 1/2 [Fear God]

Lil' Wayne - Fear God

My opinion of Carter 3 keeps seesawing back and forth. On it's own merits it is an enjoyable, occasionally brilliant (Dr. Carter, Tie My Hands, Let the Beat Build), album. At the same time I can't help but be disappointed in Wayne's drop in lyricism.

That said, a while back I played A&R and put together an album of the best original (hence no Drought 3 or Dedication 2) Wayne tracks that leaked over the past two or so years. Having listened to it again, I have to say that lyrically and conceptually it is more consistent and at points far superior to the actual Carter 3 (though Carter 3 might have the edge beats-wise). Hell, even the cover is better.

Thomas asked for it a few days ago but I had to find untagged versions of some of the songs. Here goes my application to be the mountain biking, guitar totting A&R for Wayne's next album. Download it and imagine that on June 10th 2007 (my 21st birthday), Wayne dropped a classic 20-track album and you just didn't hear about it.

I'm Me 1 Lil' Wayne 4:55 Fear God
Gossip 2 Lil' Wayne 3:25 Fear God
Kush 3 Lil' Wayne 3:42 Fear God
Love Me Or Hate Me 4 Lil' Wayne 4:00 Fear God
Do What You Do 5 Lil' Wayne 3:28 Fear God
Zoo Feat. Mack Maine 6 Lil' Wayne 3:39 Fear God
Dear Lord 7 Lil' Wayne 3:59 Fear God
Killing Me 8 Lil' Wayne 3:19 Fear God
One Night Only 9 Lil' Wayne 4:07 Fear God
Did It Before 10 Lil' Wayne 3:43 Fear God
Let's Talk 11 Lil' Wayne 3:23 Fear God
What He Does 12 Lil' Wayne 3:31 Fear God
Need Some Quiet Time 13 Lil' Wayne 4:32 Fear God
I Know The Future Mack Maine 14 Lil' Wayne 3:21 Fear God
La La 15 Lil' Wayne 3:47 Fear God
Something You Forgot 16 Lil' Wayne 3:00 Fear God
I Feel Like Dying 17 Lil' Wayne 3:28 Fear God
Trouble 18 Lil' Wayne 3:59 Fear God
Pray To The Lord 19 Lil' Wayne 3:50 Fear God
Boom Bap 20 Lil' Wayne 3:22 Fear God

Friday, May 30, 2008

3 retaC

I don't normally do this but, to my complete shock Lil' Gremlin's album turned out to be a BANGER and I had to share.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reppin' Time pt. 2 of pt. 2: Ghana

This is another Ghanaian album that's burning up my speakers. I had a friend of mine (the proverbial "cool ass chick" from the other post) do a mini review for her favorite songs on the album.

Odo - pro: simple, realistic, women love it... con- that song is too long, but it doesnt get boring

Repatriation - Relevant issue, could have done more with it though

African Lady - Which African woman doesnt like being told how great their rear is and the amazingly impossible ways in which they should move it?

Obaa Besia - Very similar to his debut hit Linda, once again a song the ladies will swoon over

Music - My fave song on there. Talks about his 'struggle' and what making music means to him

My only addition is that he Sounded like he was in some deep ass love when he wrote this album. It's more representative of popular Ghanaian music but it is a very sonically diverse album. Again, here's the eMusic link: Batman - Samini

Monday, May 26, 2008

Reppin' Time pt. 2: Ghana

King Ayisoba - I Want To See My Father

King Ayisoba - My Friend, My Friend

King Ayisoba ft. Batman Samini - Champion No Easy

I have rep'd my adopted home town so now it's time to rep my Homeland. Truth is, I was never a huge fan of Ghanaian music until I started chilling with this cool ass chick recently who somehow got me into it. This is by far the best Ghanaian album I've heard so far: It's like a cross between Ali Farka Toure and Fela Kuti (Ok, I'm hyperboling again, but it really is very good). Its sound isn't truly representative of the rest of popular Ghanaian music, but I have a strong feeling that there will be more like this as time goes on. Here's a link to the eMusic page of the album, King Ayisoba - Modern Ghanaians. I strongly suggest that if you are feeling the 3 songs above, you should cop the rest of the album off eMusic (their subscription rates are insanely cheap, considering the number of drm-free tracks you can download for $9.99 (70)). But I will be willing to send it to anyone who hits me up on my email with a funny reason why I should.

You've Gotta love how fucked up Fox News is

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Things to do, People to see

I haven't been able to post much this week because of a 4-way attack on my time and attention.

1. I'm finishing up a HUGE 3 in 1 sample set that Thomas and I are working on
2. I'm finishing up my thesis and a bunch of other shit so I can graduate
2B. Trying to find a job after I graduate
3. The NBA Playoffs.
4. Prepping for a 7-hour Memorial day Djing gig I have to do later today. I will post the playlist afterwards.


Dying Movado 3:09
Chillin With My Bitch T.I. 3:57
How Many Times Bob Marley 3:06
Kryptonite (I'm On It) Big Boi & the Purple Ribbons Allstars 4:33
Hello Brooklyn Jay-Z and Marvin Gaye 4:20
Hey Ma (Ft. Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Kayslay) Cam'ron 3:41
Deport Them Sean Paul 3:08
Ruff Ryders Anthem DMX 3:32
I'm Coming Out ['Mo Money Mo Problems'] Diana Ross 5:25
Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) Featuring Outkast UGK 4:19
Poppin My Collar Three 6 Mafia 2:57
Kinky Reggae Bob Marley & The Wailers 3:39
It's So Hard (Dirty) Big Punisher 3:27
Temperature Sean Paul 3:32
Moyen Te Awilo Longomba 4:39
A Woman's Threat ['Threat'] R. Kelly 5:49
welcome to jamrock damian marley 3:35
Weh dem a Do Movado 2:58
Wassup Jo' Kidz In The Hall 3:52
Hustlin' (Remix) (Feat. Jay-Z & Young Jeezy) Rick Ross 4:44
Killing Me Softly The Fugees 4:59
Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta Geto Boys 5:09
One Loaf of Bread Damian Marley 3:35
Follow The Leader Soca Boys 5:46
Band of D Year Patrice Roberts & Machel Montano 4:39
Madder Than That Machel Montano 3:36
Duffle Bag Boy feat. Playaz Circle Lil Wayne 2:43
Pass The Duchie Musical Youth 6:07
100 Percent Big Punisher 3:52
Trench Town Bob Marley 3:13
Mr. Me Too remix clipse_fields Clipse 3:03
These Streets Tanya Stephens 3:54
Bam Bam Sister Nancy 3:20
If I Die II Night (featuring Young Buck & Lyfe Jennings) Bun B 4:15
Damn I'm Cold (featuring Lil' Wayne) Bun B 4:31
Shaft In Africa (Addis) Johnny Pate 3:05
solid as a rock Sizzla 3:35
Iron Lion Zion Bob Marley & The Wailers 3:23
Stack My Paper Up Born With It & B.O.B 3:23
Guantanamera Buena Vista Social Club 3:06
Broadway Special Broadway Dance Band 2:46
Preacher On A Sunday Morning Fat Joe 3:29
It's Okay (One Blood) (Produced By Reefa) The Game 4:18
Under Me Sensi Barrington Levy 3:11
Haffiget de Gal Ya (Hot Gal Today) Sean Paul 3:16
Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City Bobby "Blue" Bland 3:53
Night nurse Gregory Isaacs 4:10
assassin busy signal - line fi line Assassin 2:30
U (feat. Ty & Kory) Black Milk 3:12
It's a Pity Tanya Stephens 4:15
what you know t.i. 4:34
Grindin' Clipse 4:25
You Got Me (Erykahs Version) The Roots 4:18
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) Pete Rock & CL Smooth 4:47
Love In This Club, Part II feat. Beyonce & Lil' Wayne Usher 5:13
Nuthin But A G Thang Dr. Dre 4:00
Ghetto Story (Rmx) feat. Akon Baby Cham 4:23
Bahia Angélique Kidjo 3:34
I Want to Be Your Man ('Hey Lady') Zapp & Roger 3:45
Last Night Movado 2:44
Dey Know Yayo Clipse & The Re-Up Gang 4:25
Cot Damn Clipse 5:01
Dipset Anthem The Diplomats 4:11
Pretty Rave Girl Princess (of Crime Mob) 2:48
Guess Who's Back (ft. Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel) Scarface 4:16
Blues Dance rain Steel Pulse 4:52
Don Dadda Supercat 3:29
African Queen 2Face Idibia 4:21
Dollar Wine Byron Lee 4:08

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kingdom Came (It wasn't all that impressive)

Jay-Z - Kingdom Come [The Samples]
(Megaupload - see of post for alternative mirror)

I only started on this a few days ago but thanks to a major assist from Thomas, it's finito. This is probably Jay's worst recieved album even though, in my opinion, it's faaaaaaar better than volume 2 and on par with volume 3 and Blueprint 2, but obviously below his best. Much of the album is played so only about half the tracks use samples, the obvious ones being the "Superfreak" sample on "Kingdom Come" and the "Shaft in Africa" sample on "Show Me..." So Between Kev, Ivan, and I, we've done sets for all of Jay's albums (unless someone is REALLY dying to hear a sample set for "Street's is Watching"). Hooray for us...or not.

Keep The Faith ['The Prelude'] 1 Mel & Tim 3:53 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Whipping Post ['Oh My God'] 2 Genya Ravan 4:32 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Super Freak ['Kingdom Come'] 3 Rick James 3:26 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
100 Guns ['Kingdom Come'] 4 KRS-One 3:58 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Ode to Billy Joe ['Kingdom Come'] 5 Lou Donaldson 6:32 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Shaft In Africa ['Show Me What You Got'] 6 Johnny Pate 3:04 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Show Em Whatcha Got ['Show Me What You Got'] 7 Public Enemy 1:56 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Darkest Light ['Show Me What You Got'] 8 Lafayette Afro Rock Band 6:21 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Take Me To The Mardi Gras ['Dig A Hole'] 9 Bob James 5:51 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
Non Ti Scordar Di Me [Minority Report'] 10 Luciano Pavarotti 2:59 Kingdom Come [The Samples]
22 Two's ['44 Fours] 11 Jay-Z 3:31 Kingdom Come [The Samples]

Alternate Mirror
- Use only if Megaupload link is down or Mega doesn't work in your country. Megaupload's insanely inaccurate but still useful counter helps me get a sense of which sets are most popular and thus what to do more of.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mr. Lucky Lefty

Jay-Z - Vol, 3. The Life and Times of S. Carter [The Samples]
(Megaupload for now, I'll mirror somewhere else later)

This is another Chris Paul-David West alley-hoop from Thomas. Ivan and Kev have already done most of Jay's catalog (except "Kingdom Come", which I started on a few days ago). Since this album was made at the height of the whole early 200o's Timbo and Swizzy induced Cassio-craze there aren't as many samples as there are on a usual Jay album; But the ones here are especially serious (The two "Big Pimpin" samples are the on opposite sides of the music spectrum but are both works of immaculate beauty).

The Burining of The Midnight Lamp ['Hova Song (Intro-Outro)'] 1 Rotary Connection 4:42 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Crop Dustin' ['So Ghetto'] 2 Steve Cropper 3:05 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Sporco Ma Distinto ['So Ghetto'] 3 Ennio Morricone 1:59 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Who You Wit II ['So Ghetto'] 4 Jay-Z 4:30 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Overnight Scenario ['Let's Do It Again'] 5 Rare Essence 4:56 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Heads High ['S. Carter'] 6 Mr. Vegas 3:31 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime ['Big Pimpin'] 7 The Korgis 4:12 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Khosara ['Big Pimpin'] 8 Abdel Halim Hafez 2:16 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Murder ['There's Been a Murder'] 8 Alana Davis 5:01 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Keep It Comin' Love ['Girl's Best Friend'] 9 KC and the Sunshine Band 4:29 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Contract Man ['Come and Get Me'] 10 Bullet and Alan Tew 2:27 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
Life Could Be So Grand ['NYMP'] 11 Brian & Brenda 4:18 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]
I'd Do Anything ['Anything'] 12 Lionel Bart 3:47 Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter [The Samples]

Friday, May 16, 2008

You've Got To Love How Openely Racsist America is

Obama Faces Racism in West Virginia - The top video clips of the week are here

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Return on the Mac

I'm (effectively) done with my thesis so I will be dropping sets regularly again.
As Timbo said,
"It's been a long time (not really), I shouldn't have left you without a dope beat to step to"

Sunday, May 11, 2008

New Host

I'm thinking of a new site to host the sets on besides Megaupload (I'll continue using Mega as well). I don't know much about the rest of the file hosts out there, so if anyone has any file host that they personally recommend, hit me up in the comments. It would also be helpfull if you added a line or two about the specific advantages of said file host.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Reppin' Time: BX

Fat Joe- The Elephant in the Room [The Samples]
Fat Joe- Me, Myself & I [The Samples]

I definitely haven't been repping the Bronx enough on this blog. I'll try to make up for it with this two-fer. As I told Ivan the other day, Fat Joe, in my opinion, is the only remaining commercially relevant rapper the Bronx has going for it. I didn't always like him but his last two albums have made a believer of me. He is not the most talented rapper out there, but he's a hard worker and you can tell that he is putting in the effort, even if the result isn't always pretty. He's always had a good ear for beats and these sample sets bear that out. Some of these joints will simply blow your minds ("Fugitive From Love" and "Women of the Ghetto" especially).

A shout out goes to Thomas for his help on both sets.

UPDATE- I forgot to add the Premo scratch samples on "The White". Here it is

Fugitive From Love ['The Fugitive'] 1 Linda Jones 3:00 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
Duke Of Earl ['The Crackhouse'] 2 Gene Chandler 2:28 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
Hand On The Pump ['The Crackhouse'] 3 Cypress Hill 4:03 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
Woman of The Ghetto ['KAR'] 4 Marlena shaw 6:04 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
300 War Scene ['300 Brolic] 5 300 0:58 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
Returns A King ['300 Brolic'] 6 Tyler Bates 2:25 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]
Nasty ['The White'] 7 The Eleventh Hour 4:01 The Elephant In The Room [The Samples]

Let Me Be Your Friend ['Pandemic'] 1 The Dynamics 3:49 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
Excursion With Complications ['Damn'] 2 Bo Hansson 3:29 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
War ['Breath and Stop'] 3 Bob Marley 3:37 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
Keep On Runnin' ['She's My Mama'] 4 Black Heat 5:49 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
Medley: Monologue; You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin ['Jealousy'] 5 Isaac Hayes 15:34 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
Jan ['Hard Not To Kill'] 6 The Intruders 4:39 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]
Maria ['Benediction Mami'] 7 The Jackson 5 3:44 Me, Myself & I [The Samples]

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Rhymefest - Blue Collar [The Samples]

Ivan and I whipped this together last weekend. My favorite part of this set is the fact that Mark Ronson samples Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. I've always wondered why more producers don't sample them, you can damn near get them to come play it for you themselves.

This album is one of the few rap albums (about 10 -15) that actually live on my ipod in their entirety. The word underrated may be in and of itself overrated but this album perfectly fits. So if you've never heard this before, run to your nearest best buy...who am I kidding, just iTunes or rapidshare it.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dah Samples

Smif-N-Wessen - Dah Shinin' [Dah Samples]

All thanks, again, go to Thomas for this one. This was all him.

Smif-N-Wessen, along with MOP, and to a lesser degree ONYX, brought new levels of lyricism and flair to shout-rap. Tek and Steele proved that it was possible to build entire careers around dressing like construction workers (Carhatt Jackets and Timbaland Boots) and stomping out bitchassness. This album stands as the masterpiece of the genre (though a strong argument can be made for MOP's Warriorz) and its sample set, as would be expected, is canyon-like.

Black Smif-N-Wessun ['Timz N Hood Chek'] 1 Black Moon 4:23 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Somebody To Love ['Wrektime'] 2 Barbara & Ernie 4:39 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Get Out of My Life Woman ['Wrekonize'] 3 The Mad Lads 3:07 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Just the Two of Us ['Wrekonize'] 4 Grover Washington Jr 4:01 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Dust Out a Sound Bwoy ['Sound Bwoy Bureill'] 6 Super Beagle 3:36 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Louisiana Blues ['Sound Bwoy Bureill'] 7 Climax Blues Band 5:22 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Momma Miss America ['K.I.M.'] 8 Paul McCartney 4:05 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Why Can't People Be Colors Too ['Bucktown'] 9 The Whatnauts 4:12 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Born To Be Blue ['Bucktown'] 10 Jack Bruce 4:19 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
The Sorcerer of Isis ['Bucktown'] 11 Power of Zeus 5:42 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
The Look Of Love ['Stand Strong'] 12 Issac Hayes 5:59 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
The Jam ['Shinin...Next Shit'] 13 Graham Central Station 8:14 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Harlem River Drive ['Cession at Da Doghillee'] 14 Bobbi Humphrey 7:51 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Only When I'm Dreaming ['Hellucination'] 15 Minnie Riperton 3:27 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Help Is On The Way ['Hellicuination'] 16 The Whatnauts 7:13 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
We Live in Brooklyn, Baby ['Home Sweet Home'] 17 Roy Ayers 3:46 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
You're Welcome, Stop on By ['Wipe Ya Mouf'] 18 Ahmad Jamal 1:00 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
After The Race ['Let's Git It On'] 19 Mandrill 6:29 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
North Carolina ['Let's Git It On'] 20 Les McCann 11:28 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Buffalo Girls ['Let's Git It On'] 21 Malcom MacLaren 3:39 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]
Get it Over ['P.N.C.'] 22 One Way feat Al Hudson 4:43 Dah Shinin' [The Samples]

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Legend vs. The Heir Apparent pt. 2

The Queen of rap may retiring but her Crown will be in capable hands for the next decade or so.

Jean Grae - The Legend

Lil' Mama - The Heir Apparent

Don't let her Lip Gloss fool you, She's a Spitta. A few more years of seasoning and She's going to have these male rappers running for cover. Simply for dropping this song as a single, she's shown she has more heart (was going to go with "balls" but, you know...) than 90% of these rap niggas out here.


Talib Kweli - Quality [The Samples]

This is one of the albums that introduced me to Hip-Hop and it has held up surprisingly well over the years. It is often cited as Kweli's definitive solo album and even as the definitive album of the whole early 2000's New York coffehouse backpack/Neo-Soul Aesthetic movement (I would personally give that badge to D'Angelo's Voodoo). Since most of the album uses live instrumentation the samples in this set are often not samples in the purest sense, but rather interpolations and resung/replayed parts. It's an eclectic mix of smooth soul (think Curtis Mayfield), hard soul (think Stax), psychadelic, jazz, reggae, and plain ol' hip-hop. The 4 sample sequence from track 6-9 are some of the most soulful 20 minutes I have ever experienced in my life.

There is one track missing from the set, Wilbur Bascomb's "Devil's Triangle" from his album "And Future Dreams". It has never been released on CD, so if anyone out there has it somewhere in their LP collection, hit me up in the comments or via email.

Sinnerman ['Get By'] 1 Nina Simone 10:20 Quality [The Samples]
Doggone ['Get By'] 2 Love 12:07 Quality [The Samples]
Diana In the Autumn Wind ['Shock Body'] 3 Gap Mangione 3:01 Quality [The Samples]
Long Hair Soulful ['Shock Body'] 4 Gap Mangione 4:39 Quality [The Samples]
Ghetto Red Hot (hip-hop mix) ['Gun Music'] 5 Super Cat 5:05 Quality [The Samples]
I Get High ['Joy'] 6 Aretha Franklin 4:12 Quality [The Samples]
Can I ['Talk To You'] 7 Nancy Wilson 3:14 Quality [The Samples]
Never Had It So Good ['Guerilla Monsoon Rap'] 8 The Chi-Lites 5:06 Quality [The Samples]
Simply Beautiful ['Good To You'] 9 Al Green 4:14 Quality [The Samples]
Strobelite Honey ['Won't You Stay'] 10 Black Sheep 3:06 Quality [The Samples]