OUR HEARTS BEATING AS ONE

Two words I didn’t expect to type today:

“New Jodeci”

Jodeci – Every Moment

I challenge anyone to watch this video start to finish and not involuntarily smile at least once.

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THAT CRACKED UP ROCK WAS LIKE THE NEWFOUND HOPE

Tela – Set Me Free

Al Green – Look What You’ve Done For me

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I’M AN ADDICT AND I CAN’T EVEN HIDE IT

Future – Codeine Crazy

Did anybody else find the visible bar code on the gold foil balloon that Future bats away around the two minute mark strangely poignant?

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YOU’RE TOO SLICK, I’M DONE WITH YOU

I could listen to Young Thug mumblechant “lilbittybihh” for so much longer than this.

Rocko – Lil’ Gurl Shit (feat. Young Thug)

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CHANGE THE COLOR OF YOUR BLUE TOPS

This is a real eyes-closed-head-nod-lip-biter.

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Street Knowledge (feat. Tree)

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DAY 0

KA – Day 0

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READY FOR THE KILL

Cellski – Bangin’

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I HEARD THIS AND SAID FUCK SLEEP

I always wondered if rap would develop along the same path jazz did when free jazz came along.

Ornette Coleman – Free

All the gestures are clearly still jazz gestures, but the theoretical harmonic glue that usually holds those gestures together in unfree jazz is dissolved.  The gestures take on a life of their own outside of their usual boundaries and seem to float chaotically like released balloons.

Rap has different restrictions to break from since harmony and melody have consistently (thankfully) taken a back seat to rhythm and texture.  Deviations in texture have been common for decades, but a true break from clear rhythmic structure is far less common.  Some spoken word and some Lil’ B experiments remove pulse altogether, but this isn’t quite the same as what free jazz did.  It’s not like Ornette removed notes from his music, he just freed them from their usual restrictions.  I think this Tree/Chris Crack song is the best example I’ve heard of a rap version of this.

Tree + Chris Crack – Marv

As with free jazz, all the gestures are still rap gestures, but the drum programming is confusing enough that it’s easy to lose the bar and both rappers seem to pay no attention to the pulse and rap at their own chosen writhing pace, it has that same refreshing chaos that I hear in the free jazz that I love.

I’d welcome any other examples if anybody knows some (and if this post makes sense to anybody but me).

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I’D LIKE TO SAVE YOU

Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator

Previously – YOU’RE DEAD!

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CATCH ME BOOLIN’ WITH THEM SLIMES, THEM MY YOUNGINS

Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, & A$AP Ferg – Old English

I didn’t realize that this should have been a series when I first wrote this post, so I’m going back through now and adding tags to all the posts that have videos like this so you can see them all in one place.  There are a bunch and they’re all good.  Just click “Watch What I Say” in the sidebar or in the “SERIES” section at the top of the page and check out all the others, and I’ll keep adding more as I find ‘em.

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