Blu's "Wind(Terlude)" is one of those songs that you can just let run continuous. It clocks in at just under two minutes but could use an extended 12" vinyl incarnation. I tell you, the strings has got me something terrible.
This is definitely first rate material. If you haven't put something out in a while, make sure it's a grade A banger when you eventually do. This is the lead from his upcoming full length The Hip Hop Affect set to drop on May 17.
Primo elaborates on 38 of his "classics". I wouldn't necessarily call all of the tracks he speaks on classics but they do include the ones you'd expect. There are definitely tracks that are left out that I think are no brainers (list is too long) but I don't think Primo really had the input. I could be wrong.
I'm a little late getting to this interview with Black Keys but it's a great conversation with some very insightful and funny stuff. The tour story from early on in their career is hilarious. Terry Gross is a fantastic interviewer as usual, probably the best at what she does.
I don't have anything from The Homeboy Sandman. I've seen stuff written about him but never really read them and probably never will. But this cut is serious. He causes much damage on this scorcher of a track - absolutely love the horn loop.
Michael Rapaport talks to E! about the Tribe Called Quest documentary he directed that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. This is one of the better segments with Rapaport that's been floating around because the presumed fallout between him and Q-Tip isn't the main subject of conversation. There's actually some insight on what we can expect from the movie. Good stuff.
It's not often, in any genre of music, that a group puts out 3 consecutive near perfect albums. A Tribe Called Quest did it with Instinctive Travels..., The Low End Theory, and Midnight Mauraders - that kind of consistency is unheard of these days.
10. I Learned The Hard Way - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
9. The OMD Singles - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
8. Infinite Arms - Band of Horses
7. You Need This Music - Nottz
6. This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
5. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
4. Brothers - The Black Keys
3. Lisbon - The Walkmen
2. The New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh - Erykah Badu
1. Marcberg - Roc Marciano
"Ain't No Way" - Aretha Franklin
"Round and Round" - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
"On My Way Back Home" - Band of Horses
"You Wanted A Hit" - LCD Soundsystem
"Marcberg" - Roc Marciano
"10 Mile Stereo" - Beach House
"Torch Song" - The Walkmen
"These Days" - The Black Keys
"Don't Mean To Hurt You" - Consequence
"Light Up" - Drake feat. Jay-Z
"Fall In Love (Your Funeral)" - Erykah Badu
"And So It Goes" - Billy Joel
"Neon Valley Street" - Janelle Monae
"Shiny Suit Theory" - Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z
"Blast That" - Nottz feat. Black Milk
"Love Song" - The Ocean Blue
"Turn It Up" - Sadat X
"Taxi" - Ski Beats feat. Mos Def & Whosane
"It Ain't Necessarily So" - Mary Lou Williams
"Devil In A New Dress" - Kanye West
Of all the songs listed, Badu's "Fall In Love" got heavy, heavy rotation in 2010. Nottz put out a pretty solid effort in 2010 as well. "Blast That" is that crack. But Roc Marciano's Marcberg gets the nod for my favorite album of year, hands down. I say that because Hip Hop is my first love and this album is everything I've been waiting to hear - no other Hip Hop album has delivered like Marcberg for as long as I can remember.