Monthly Archives: February 2013

WHEN MY BABY COMES HOME

It’s been a while since I posted some older soul music on here, so here’s a truly lovely one courtesy of my new favorite blogger and long-time best bud Trent Still.

William Bell – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday

He also graciously put me on the more recent RZA-produced remake for the Repo Men soundtrack.

Rev. William Burk & Stone Mecca – Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday

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IN THE LAB

Zaytoven Makes a Beat on MPC Renaissance

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I’M SO TIRED OF THE STRUGGLE, AND I’M SO TIRED OF THE PAIN

Alpoko Don – The Ol’ Soul EP

This album could have gone so wrong, and it so didn’t.  Not that I’m opposed to Alpoko Don’s style progressing into a more “produced” sound, but I really admire his courage to put out such a raw body of work for his debut.  I’m sure we’ll someday hear his charismatic genius over drum machines and synth guitars, I just hope it grows there organically.  I’d hate for him to give in to pressure to sound like other rap music before he’s really ready.  He’s got a truly great, original thing going and I see no reason to abandon it unless he begins to feel stifled by it.  How great would it be if he could start recruiting already established rappers to guest on his songs in his style instead of the other way around.  I’d be so excited to hear “Alpoko Don (feat. Rich Boy)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Tim Trees)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Gunplay)…”, or think about this: “Alpoko Don (feat. Erykah Badu)…” with NO production.  That would be incredible.  Until then though, I’ll totally pay $8 for 30 more Alpoko Don albums that sound exactly like this.

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SOUND ADVICE

While bravely defending a particular artist (who completely deserves defending, by the way), the delightfully humble Mike Will inadvertently gives some of the best advice for listening to rap I’ve ever heard.

Mike Will Made It interview on Shade 45

Yes, there is definitely a lot to be gained by listening to a lot of rap line by line, but exclusively using that kind of listening as your only approach is really going to make you miss the larger pictures being painted.  Amen Mike.

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LOVING YOU

Minnie Ripperton – Loving You

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I THREW MY HANDS IN THE AIR AND SAID SHOW ME SOMETHIN’

Hopefully this video doesn’t get taken down immediately after I post this, the link where I originally watched it less than 12 hours ago is already dead.  Rihanna has a history of having some of the most emotionally powerful music videos of any artist ever, and this uncut version that she leaked before the release of the official video is right there at the top of that scale.  Take it in while you still can.

Rihanna – Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)

It’s amazing how much like D’Angelo’s “Untitled” video this is, except it’s also completely different.

D’Angelo – Untitled

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SOFTER THAN A BLUEBERRY MUFFIN

Hearing Gucci on that first verse rhyme “bail bondsman” / “Charles Bronson” / “do nothin” / “be bluffin” / “blueberry muffin” / etc. etc. is just gorgeous.  And shout out to OG Boo Dirty for dropping the first Peach Nehi reference I’ve ever heard in a rap song, that was awesome!  Speaking of OG Boo Dirty, doesn’t the lineup on this track reads like a brainstorm session to make up names for a rapper character on In Living Color or something (that is if In Living Color had made the comeback it was supposed to in 2012)?

Gucci Mane – Squad Car (feat. Big Bank Black & OG Boo Dirty)

Trap God 2 comes out sometime today…

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WE F’D UP

Fans of this post will appreciate this recent update:

J Dilla – Anthem (feat. Frank-N-Dank)

I originally knew this song as “We F’d Up” from the lost Dilla MCA album (thanks again to Tim for hookin’ me up with that) with a beat by Kanye that was alright, but to me always stuck out a little bit from the rest of the production on the album, and honestly sounded like a recycled version of “Takeover” in a lot of ways (also produced by Kanye around the same time).  This new beat, which is actually an old beat crafted by Dilla himself, makes the track even more enjoyable and lively to me, I think it’s a welcome addition to the now heaping catalog of posthumous Dilla releases.

As a bonus, here’s a link to the B-Side of this version of “Anthem” Rappcats is putting out, also from the lost MCA album (now being referred to as The Diary?), and definitely the funniest Dilla song of all time.  If you need some extra motivation to click that link, just imagine Dilla in this scene and that’s pretty much what “Trucks” is like.

Gary Numan – Cars

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RUDOLF THE RED-NOSED WHITE CHICK

Speaking of Mannie Fresh

Mannie Fresh – Heal the World (feat. Jay Ant)

Nice little re-interpolation of the hook from this track, which I was coincidentally listening to on my bike ride to work today.

Jay Ant & Iamsu! – What’s Hatnin?

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GOOFBALL

Mannie Fresh might have some competition for most lovable street rap producer of all time.

Young Chop interview with FADER TV

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