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