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Big Boi – Mama Told Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)

You can’t fool me with wordplay and neon colors; I’m a baker.  Those are bagels.  Not donuts.

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I know people aren’t making these kinds of songs for this round, but I hope a few people still have some enthusiasm this year.  Fingers crossed.

Big Boi – Something’s Gotta Give (feat. Mary J. Blige)

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I’m not sure how many rappers besides Killer Mike can be this compelling and look this credible in both of these contexts.  I’m not saying he’s the only dude who can pull off talking about scoring Viagra off his grandpa in one video and posing as a beheaded Holofernes (and/or John the Baptist?) in another, but he’s gotta be on a pretty short list.

Killer Mike – A.D.I.D.A.S. (feat. Big Boi)

Killer Mike & El-P – Untitled

After seeing the shocking powerlessness depicted in 8Ball’s “Lucky’s Theme Song” video from last month, I think I’d put him on that list too.  And maybe Biggie.  That might be it though.  Thoughts?

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When I see a track with a lineup like this, I always get really excited right at first, and then almost immediately really worried that it won’t be able to live up to the sum of its parts.

Big Boi – Gossip (feat. UGK & Big K.R.I.T.)

In this particular situation, you’ve got a lot of potential pitfalls: one of the dudes on the song has been residing in the spiritual world for the past four and a half years, two of them are very established, approaching middle-age rappers from different parts of the south, and one is a young and aspiring artist from yet another part of the south from everybody else.  Ideally, with a song with this many strong talents on board, it would be best for all of them to spend some time in the same room together to get on the same page and get all of their comparably genius creative minds pointed in the same direction, but in this case, that would clearly not be an option (see reasons above).  But in my opinion, aside from the Pimp C verse sounding a little uncharacteristically unsmooth and out of the pocket, this track actually does a pretty good job of living up to its lineup.  Plus, Big Boi in the first verse makes reference to one of my favorite non-Soul Food Goodie Mob tracks.

Goodie Mob – They Don’t Dance No Mo’

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this guest post written by Matt Hall (@mattisonherenow)

I was happy to see that the other day Rick answered the question I posed with my first post. Yes, I’ve got some other ideas in the bag, but to be totally honest, the past few weeks have had me thinking a little less about music, and a little more about one of my other favorite things: the NBA.

It’s been one of the most entertaining postseasons in recent memory, and with the OKC Thunder locking up the Western Conference on Wednesday night, all the focus in on the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.

I know this isn’t a sports blog, but when I was thinking about writing a quick post this morning, I thought it would be fun to look forward to Saturday’s big game seven through the (admittedly loose) guise of listening to some tracks from my favorite Boston and Miami MCs: Guru and Trick Daddy, respectively.

Guru – The Anthem

The late Guru is definitely best known as the MC counterpart to the legendary DJ Premier in Gang Starr, but his solo albums have some really standout tracks too, like this one, “The Anthem” from his 2001 LP Baldhead Slick & da Click, which samples one of my favorite Gang Starr tracks: “You Know My Steez” (which, if you’re interested, lifts its hook and title from GZA and Method Man’s “Shadowboxin’“).

Gang Starr – You Know My Steez

I know that because of his success with Gang Starr, Guru is often associated with New York City, but as any New England rap fan will tell you, he grew up in Boston. This year’s Celtics are one of the older, wiser, and more experienced NBA teams. They have some great players and have been one of the better teams from the East for a while now. The parallels to the latter part of Guru’s career just write themselves, but I’m not going any further down this sports nerd wormhole.

Just listen to my favorite track from Miami’s Trick Daddy, “In Da Wind”, open some windows if it’s as nice out where you are as it is here, and realize that it doesn’t matter that I just wrote and erased a whole ham-fisted paragraph comparing the Miami Heat’s big three of LeBron, D Wade, and Chris Bosh with the principle members of Trick Daddy’s group the Dunk Ryders.

Trick Daddy – In Da Wind

If you’re a basketball fan, enjoy the game. I’ll be back with some more serious posts. Or Maybe I’ll try to compare all the teams competing Euro 2012 with Wu-Tang Clan affiliates. Who knows.

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More driving on the west coast has yielded more musical surprises.  This time, we were checkin’ out some southern California cats that I’ve been a fan of for a while now, but had neglected their more recent album, so I happened to hear this song for the first time yesterday.

Sa-Ra – Just Like A Baby

Sa-Ra has done a better job than almost anybody at taking funk into the 21st century, but this track happens to be reaching more into the past than in the future.

Sly & the Family Stone – Just Like A Baby

I feel like I know this song inside and out, it’s from possibly my favorite Sly Stone album, There’s A Riot Goin’ On.  And interestingly enough, this is not the only modern-day interpretation of a song from this album.  Check out this time warp.

Sly & the Family Stone – Runnin’ Away

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, & Killer Mike – Runnin’ Away

And if you want a little more convincing about the significance of this album, you should check out what ?uestlove has to say about it in this really interesting article Matt turned me onto about funk/soul/hip-hop concept albums.  Maybe I need to not avoid Pitchfork so hard, that article is damn interesting.

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Remember when this video came out right after we screened “Do the Right Thing” on the coffee shop patio?  Well they got a new video from that same album that just came out, and while it’s not quite as amazing or serendipitous as that first one was, it’s still definitely worth watching if for no other reason than the cute kids dancing throughout it.

Nappy Roots – Pete Rose (feat. Khujo Goodie)

The other cool thing about this video is the appearance of Khujo on the track, he’s definitely one of my favorite Dungeon Family dudes, so I always like it when he makes an appearance.  It’s also cool that he happens to be making reference to an earlier track of his from back when he was with Goodie Mob (or maybe he still is, I’m not sure if Goodie Mob is still a thing or not) that has an absolutely killer video.  Definitely one of my favorite Goodie Mob songs.

Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy

I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post that video for a while honestly, I’m glad a video came out for that Nappy Roots song so I could bring that one to light for y’all.  It should come as no surprise that it came from the group that coined the term “Dirty South”.

Goodie Mob – Dirty South (feat. Big Boi)

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A while back, this Sly and the Family Stone tribute album came out called Different Strokes By Different Folks, and it basically consisted of a bunch of modern-day artists covering, sampling, and generally re-working a bunch of old Sly Stone songs.  Like most albums of this type, it gets a little weird at times, but overall I’ve always been pretty into it.  I hadn’t thought about it much for a while though until Trent sent me this video, which is just beautiful.

The Roots – Star

That one’s probably the song on that album that’s least like the original, but they really keep the concept intact and bring it to the present day, and I think they do a damn good job of it.  And that video really seals the deal, in my opinion, and I had no idea it existed until today.  Thanks Trent!

I just wish the reworking of “Runnin’ Away” from that album got a video too, cuz it’s one of my favorite Sly and the Family Stone songs, and it’s definitely my favorite track on that tribute album.

Big Boi – Runnin’ Away (feat. Sleepy Brown & Killer Mike)

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