Friday, August 31, 2007
The following videos lack in overall quality but these videos were once on regular rotation on BET's Rap City (before the dumbing down).
O.G.C.: "Hurricane Starang"
The D&D Allstars: "1,2 Pass It (DJ Premier Remix)"
Channel Live feat. KRS-One: "Mad Izm"
Black Moon: "How Many MC's"
Nas: "The World Is Yours (Q-Tip Remix)"
Wu-Tang Clan: "Can It Be All So Simple"
Friday, August 17, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson films and Rushmore is the most endearing of his work. Faces' "Ooh La La" comes at the films conclusion and all I can say is that it fits perfectly in every way imaginable.
Faces: "Ooh La La"
I've seen every Quentin Tarrantino flick. He knows how to use music in his films and he chose the perfect artist to score Kill Bill Vol. 1. The RZA plucks an angelic Nancy Sinatra tune for the film's intro and it simply draws you in and doesn't let go.
Nancy Sinatra: "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
You're sitting in movie theatre and someone cues up "Shimmy Shimmy Ya". Right as the introductory piano dabs started to fill the theatre it just occurred to me how perfect the song was for this movie. An ODB track about unprotected sex as the backdrop to the opening credits for this particular movie? Genius.
Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (I'm not wasting time in providing a download - I know you already own this. And if you don't, "shame on a NUH!")
Monday, August 06, 2007
This is a cool list I extracted from his page. Only a geeked out music nerd would take interest in idle information like this but it's what I do.
Songs In The Key Of Life (Childhood-Adulthood)
Song You Believe Your Parents Conceived You To: Stay In My Corner by The Dells
Song That Best Makes The Soundtrack of Your Childhood Neighborhood Theme: Lovely Day by Bill Withers
Theme Song To Your Closest Sibling: Reminiscing by Little River Band
The First Album You Ever Purchased: Looking Through The Windows by The Jackson 5ive
The First Single You Ever Purchased: "Dance Wit Me" Rufus And Chaka Khan 45
Album Cover That Scared You In Your Childhood: Why Can't We Be Friends by War/Shame On The World by The Main Ingredient
Song That Scared You In Your Childhood: "If There's Hell Below....We're All Gonna Go (Don't Worry)" by Curtis Mayfield
The TV Theme of Your Childhood: Soul Train 74
Favorite Song From Sesame Street: "Take A Bweath.....Take A Bweath....Smell A Smell Sniff A Sniff Take A Bweath"
Favorite Song From Mister Rodgers Neighborhood: "You Are My Friend You Are Special"
Favorite Song From The Electric Company: "My Name Is Fred....They Call Me Fred...."
What Were You Banned From Listening To In Your Childhood: Anything by Prince
Rock Song That Rocked Ghetto/Ghetto Song That Rocked The Suburbs (as a kid): "Let Em In" Paul McCartney and Wings
Song You First Slow Dragged To: "Good Morning Sunshine" by Brick
First Cassette You Got For Your First Walkman: The Fat Boys
Best Cosby Show Theme: Bobby Mcferrin Theme
Favorite Soundtrack Of Youth: Purple Rain was more a reveloution than "soundtrack"---so imma go with Saturday Night Fever
Song That Played When You Got In Trouble And Grounded At Home: Worst ass beating as a kid ironic for me had Michael W. Smith's "More Power To You" on christian radio
Song That Played When You Thought You Was About To Get Some: "Let's Wait Awhile" video was playing when i thought i was gonna seal the deal. DOH!
Song That Played When You Got Some: "Is It A Crime" Sade
The Theme To Your First Break Up In High School: "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker (last and ONLY time a chick will EVER dump me)---this song was playing and i will forever remember this as the theme from HELL
The First Compact Disc You Ever Brought (not Album/Cassette): Vivid by Living Color/Anthology by Sly And The Family Stone
Album That You Stole From A Friend: The World Is A Ghetto by War (every hip hop producer has a story of a girl's father's record collection they pillaged. you MUST hear Chuck D's story of how he got "The Grunt"
Your Favorite Album You Think Your Friend Stole: Fantastic Vol 1--tariq won't admit it but i KNOW he stole that shit.
If Ever In Car Accident....What Song Was Playing?: "Ironic" Alanis Morrisette (SHUTUP MICHELLE!)
5 Songs You'd Put On A Mixtape For A Potential Love One: 1) "Fall" Miles Davis, 2) "Circle Of Amour" Prince, 3)"Before The Dawn" Patrice Rushen, 4)"We Work The Black Seam" Sting, 5)"Easy Goin Evening (My Mama's Call) Stevie Wonder
Song To Best Describe Your Best Relationship: "6.4=Makeout" by Gary Wilson
Song To Best Describe Your Worst Breakup: "Just To Keep You Satisfied" Marvin Gaye
First Concert You Ever Went To: Besides My Dad? The Jacksons
Magical Concert You Ever Went To: Prince Calling Me From The Audience To Play Drums.
Worst Concert You Ever Went To: Masta Ace at the Troc in 92. His shit was dope. it was the fights that sucked.
Coolest Celeb Ever Met: 3 way tie: Annabella Sciorra is more Bgirl than anyone i know, Flea is the coolest ever, Cyndi Lauper is incredible
Assholish Celeb You Ever Met: Chuck Berry. "I Ain't Signing No Gotdamn Autograph
Godlike Celeb You Ever Met: Prince
The US Weekly "Oh They Just Like Me!" Celeb You Ever Met: Samual L Jackson
Song So Hype You'd Run Your Moms Over With A Trash Truck Going 100 mph: "Welcome To The Terrordome" by Public Enemy
Song That Has The Ability To Make You Cry: "Trying People" by De La Soul
The One Song That Has The Ability To Make You A Kid Again: "Sentimental Lady" by Bob Welch
Song You Are Ashamed To Admit You Love: "I Wish" by Skee Lo
Song/Album That You Have To Gunpoint Others To: Anything by Mars Volta
If You Were To Marry Now What Song Would Be Your Wedding Song?: "Cleo's Apartment" by Marvin Gaye
What Song Best Describes Your Children/Future Children?: "Dat Dere" by Oscar Brown Jr.
Who Killed Music?: Clive Davis
Who Keeps Music Alive For You?: James "J Dilla" Yancey
Song Playing Right Now: "Cool" by The Time
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
Seeing this really pains me. Don't get me wrong, the interview is very informative and I've wondered off and on what kind of progress she's been making, musically. At one point I was convinced that she was going to be the Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday of my generation. She's got that much talent and potential, not that I even know what "talent" and "potential" is. What I do know is that she's got something very unique. But during these past few years of self-imposed reclusivity and sporadic re-emergences, Lauryn Hill has been slowly disintegrating and becoming marginalized and irrelevant, all through her own doing (or undoing).
I don't care about a Fugees reunion. She doesn't need a reunion. No one even gives a fuck whether or not Wyclef or Pras are even on an album with her. Everyone wants to hear Lauryn. The Fugees didn't sell millions because of Wyclef & Pras. They were really just oversized, ornamental hype-men for the group. The success of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was not a fluke. Wyclef's Carnival was good but wasn't nearly as successful, and that was not fluke either. Ask anyone why they bought The Score and I doubt you'll get any response other than Lauryn Hill.
My advice: Just ease your clamp on the Bible and simply start to "make meaningful music".
The video interview should have never been allowed. Homey The Clown, not a good look.
Listen to these and tell me she's not the whole package (Erase the visual from the above interview from your consciousness).
"The Sweetest Thing" (It's my favorite of anything she's ever done. The sweetest thing, indeed.)
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
"Rhymes & Ammo" feat. Talib Kweli - from Phrenology
"The Mic" feat. Dave Chappelle, Skills & Truck North - from The Tipping Point