THE DEVIL ON YOUR FEET

I honestly didn’t think I’d see the day.

D’Angelo & the Vanguard – Prayer

Black Messiah is out right now at this moment, and it’s not what you expect.

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KILLER MIKE SPEAKS

Killer Mike said a lot of true things in this interview but this one is the most relevant to rap music.

How do you tell musicians who escaped the grips of poverty that they should rap about social issues when they’re trying to buy their mother a house? They’re trying to get the hell out of the ghetto themselves. The people that they’re rapping to and rapping for, they experience five, six, seven days of hate, of pain, of psychological torture. They experience that. They don’t even wanna hear about it anymore sometimes. They just want to escape. They escape through the fantasy of “I drive a big car. I have a big house. I’m a boss. Nobody can tell me what to do.” That music can be as therapeutic as recognizing there’s a big problem and speaking about it.

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WAIT FOR IT…

I don’t really think the song or performance is that great but this video is totally worth watching just to hear David Letterman tell The Wu-Tang Clan “Good job.”

Wu-Tang Clan – Ruckus in B Minor (Live on David Letterman)

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YOU KEPT YOUR ARMS WRAPPED ALL AROUND ME

Happy Thanksgiving

The Supremes – Thank Him For Today

Danny Brown – Thank God

Little Chris and the Righteous 5 – I Thank  You Lord

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FRESHER THAN YOU

Very #rare Beyoncé cooking dance at 0:28 and 1:35.

Beyoncé – 7/11

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I’M SPEAKING WORDS INTO EXISTENCE

I really don’t know what to make of this.

Future interview w/ Tim Westwood

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LAC LAC LAC LAC

What I wouldn’t give to have my ’92 DeVille back for a day…

Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica

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RAP JOURNEY #23 – FROM RAEKWON AND TEENA MARIE TO THE FUGEES

Raekwon recently compiled the tracks from his recent Throwback Thursday series into a nice little mixtape called “We Wanna Thank You“.  It’s nothing revolutionary really but still a nice listen, it’s pretty much 20 songs that will remind you of “Holla” by Ghostface except not quite as good.  Still, it’s nice to hear how true to himself Raekwon has stayed after over 20 years of rapping, and, as you’ll discover, you might just learn a little important rap history too.

Raekwon – Ooh La La La

The original is basically intact in the Raekwon version, but just for completeness sake, here’s a sweet Soul Train lip-sync performance in its entirety.

Teena Marie – Ooh La La

If you’ve followed my blog for a while (or even if you haven’t) then you probably know where I’m going with this.  I’ve posted this song here twice already, and it’s a little embarrassing that I’m just now learning this missing link.

 The Fugees – Fu-Gee-La

Better late than never.  Hopefully I didn’t bore  you all with this one, maybe there’s at least one reader out there that hasn’t already connected these dots.  If not, then my apologies, I promise the next one will be better.

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WHAT?

One of the first things I loved about Future’s music were the moments of complete lyrical incomprehensibility scattered throughout his first couple mixtapes.

Future – Conceited (feat. Capo)

There’s something very refreshing to me when language drifts away from literal meaning and I find myself being moved in subtle ways by the way a certain syllable is inflected, truncated, augmented, or otherwise shaped by a vocalist’s imagination.  It beautifully illustrates one of the central realizations one must come to in order to appreciate rap: the literal semantic content of the lyrics is usually secondary in importance to the manner in which those words are spoken.  Future has become a relatively more comprehensible rapper since these early days (with no loss of beauty in my opinion), but I was pleasantly surprised to get a little taste of that old unintelligibility in the opening to his newest mixtape, in an updated form of course.

Future – Radical

 

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HOPE IT TAKE AWAY ALL THIS DAMN PAIN

Monster comes out tomorrow.

Future – Hardly

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