Gen 4 2010, 17:33
Set 19 2009, 17:52
Gen 20 2009, 22:05So I finally got around to writing up my top 20 tracks of last year:
Jackie Chain, Young Gunz, G-Side, Turf Talk, Nas, TV on the Radio, Killer Mike, Wyld Money, Keak Da Sneak, K.D., Big Boi, Count Bass D, Re-Up Gang, Danity Kane, P Brothers, San Quin, Lil' Wayne, E-40, Gorilla Zoe, Ne-Yo.
Gen 16 2009, 15:55So I just scrobbled my 25 thousandth tune on last.fm and would you believe it just so happens to be (bullshit) the new MF DOOM track Ballskin.
It's actually been a while since DOOM put an album out and I'm back to really anticipating it. The album is supposed to drop on March the 2nd and this is the first track I've heard from it.
It's pretty good. The beat isn't anything too exciting, just solid. The lyrics are great and need a few listens but the amount of wordplay he throws in seems to have slightly hamstrung his flow. I don't know. We'll see. It's a good track and I've got good feelings about the album. There are so many people kind of doubting him now that I think he'll have to bring out the big guns and scorch us all.
"these walls are thin, feel, original ballskin"
Gen 14 2009, 1:19My favourite rappers from The Bay/ Northern Cali, in order of
3. Mac Dre
4. Turf Talk
5. Mac Mall
I really need to get more Mac Mall records. I like what I have so much
but I've never picked up more. Saafir really hasn't made A LOT of
great music but...
Am I the only person who thinks Turf Talk is actually really good?
Peace to Dre Dog, Boots, Paris, Casual, Too $hort, Shock-G and San Quin who couldn't make my top 5.
Got a five?
Gen 11 2009, 22:59So I haven't come up with a list for like a month so I wanna do a
Hopefully people will kick their top five rappers (not groups,
rappers) from each area and we'll all be hella entertained by it. I'm
trying to work out how many ways to split NY. I don't think you can do
all the boroughs seperately cos Staten and Manhatten suck compared to
the other three. Also you want to include upstate rappers somehow.
First up is Southern California. Mostly LA but I made it so people
don't get silly about Ras Kass or whatever.
My favourite rappers from LA/Socal ever, in order of bestness:
1. King Tee
2. MC Ren
3. Ice Cube
I think I'm pretty happy with this for now. Ace gets there mostly for
one album. Ren fell off and had terrible taste in beats but he's been
a favourite since I was about four foot tall. King Tee is just my
favourite these days and Cube and Tracy or obviously just great.
Peace to Eazy-E, Sen Dog, MC Eiht, Hutch, Xzibit, Kid Frost and all my
other favourites that didn't get in for one reason or other.
I think I'm bumping the DOC into Texas btw. Where the hell do you put
Donald D? NC? BX? LA?
Nov 16 2008, 20:42In honour of Q-Tip finally putting a record out I thought I'd try and write down my top ten A Tribe Called Quest songs. In order. Damn.
One of my favourite groups ever, who I must have spent as many hours listening to as any other band. Not easy to whittle down to just ten.
10. Mr. Muhammad
9. We Can Get Down
6. Buggin' Out
5. Can I Kick it (Spirit Mix)
4. Youthful Expression
3. Lyrics to Go
2. If the Papes Come (remix)
1. Vibes and Stuff
Vibes and Stuff picks itself. Its always been my favourite Tribe track or at least it has been since if came out. Before that it was If the Papes Come (remix) so at least I've been consistent.
For the rest I just had to go on which tracks I'm the most hyped to hear when they come on. Looking at the list its a lot of the bassier tracks but I don't tend to think of Tribe having bass like that. At least not compared to EPMD or someone like that. For me, there's only a handful of rap acts that could put up a top ten on this level. I didn't even include Award Tour...
There's no Scenario (remix), there's no Oh My God or Check the Rhime. Not for me at least. Not in my top ten.
What would you have? What wouldn't you have?
Lug 3 2008, 14:29
Mag 8 2008, 22:47Casual - That's How it is (Disseshowedo Mix)
Best Hiero track ever? Bassline for your face London. I wish the Saafir track on Fear Itself was a proper collabo. Those two at that time were ON and different.
Constant Deviants - Competition Catch Speed Knots
"and if there's any discrepancy, I'm punching out gold teeth". Why isn't this track on loads of compilations? When will 90s Hiphop obscurities be collected by Charly or Soul Jazz?
Blockhead - Sunday Seance
Crepuscular as fuck. Don't play at lunchtime.
John Coltrane - Song of the Underground Railroad
Elllllllllvin! and the horns are hitting TOGETHER. So untraney (new word) but he still stamps on it. Chorus chorus chorus.
Shuggie Otis - XL-30
Doubledirty Bossanova. Best song beginning with "X" ever? He should have made more discosleeze instrumentals. A whole album or two of them. He should have worked with Erotic Drum Band. Is the "Snatch and the Poontangs" album any good? I always wonder about it...
Brother Bones - Sweet Georgia Brown
More bones in music please. More bones. The world demandeth more bones. Bullshit spellchecker didn't even know the word "demandeth".
Frijid Pink - House Of The Rising Sun
Frijid Pink were the shit. You know that band Heavy the World? They suck but they are what Frijid Pink should have been called.
Honey & The Bees - It's Gonna Take A Miracle (Medley)
Ooh how I love relatively insincere soul that has strings that almost make your heart cry tears of blood. A lot of soul records are like John Williams' score to Saving Private Ryan. The strings do all the emotional manipulation that the artist (Honey & The Bees, Steven Spielberg) couldn't manage to pull off. It all comes out in the wash though right?
Paavoharju - Yllään on aamu, korennot ja kesä
These dudes are so multi-inspired they are almost flying. When I grow up I want to make ambient/piano tracks like this and then surround them with other tracks that don't blend. Cuckoo.
Aloe Blacc - One Inna
This dude really doesn't know if he wants to be Talib Kweli or R. Kelly and his songwriting is... not good but he hits sometimes and he's an excellent producer. This track has no verses and it's pretty goddamn cheesy. I like it a whole bunch.
Yeah so those ten tunes are the shit, to me, today. You like/nolike any of thems? What's the shit, to you, today? You have to tell me, there's no one here to talk about music with.
Apr 3 2008, 12:16Just a quick one to say that the entire output of Siah And Yeshua Dapo ED (Or Siah & Yeshua dapoED check the epic battle over the name) is being collected on CD for the first time this week.
Needles to say it comes with my highest possible recommendation, not just for the Hiphop fan that hasn't heard it but for any fan of good music. It's earnestness may be a touch dated twelve years on and much of the verbal gymnastics is just gymnastics for show (like floor as opposed to say the vault...) it remains one of my favourite underheard Hiphop records. The centrepiece eleven minute fantasy-adventure "A Day Like Any Other" is 1,000,000 times better than it sounds and about 1,000 times less prog-rocky. No Bo Hansson yo, the track Yang Bos to rapping heights probably still unreached to this day. Plus it's one hell entertaining.
siah had the brain-mouth coordination of Clipse while wearing the trousers(pants) of Digable Planets and the bum bag(fanny pack) of WISE INTELLIGENT.
If you buy one CD this life based on a recommendation of mine, I think it should be this one. Probably. Until further notice.
Peace in the middle east!