I’ve always maintained that MF Doom (now going by just the name of DOOM*) inanyofhisvariousforms, is one the hottest emcees out there. He’s your favorite rapper’s, favorite rapper’s, favorite rapper. It is REDONKULOUS that he’s not as known as he should be. “Villain’ll hold the mic like he’s mean and his tummy hurts. In a clean pair of ripped jeans and a bummy shirt”. Fuck Little Wayne or ANY of these other popular clown ass rappers out here right now(I’m looking at the likes of you, Soldja Boy, etc). Naturally, you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out this mix from the Big La, Todd Kelley’s Artist Spotlight: MF Doom (scroll down for it)
Also, peep out these videos from various Doom projects:
Madvillian – All Caps
* – Yes, folks, the all caps spelling is not new. He put it out there a couple of years ago.
King Geedorah – The Fine Print
“Render unto Geedorah what is Geedorah’s. 10 to 1 he sees you through a beeker and a Tweezers”
Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain
“Viktor the director flip a script like Rob Reiner
The way a lotta dudes rhyme their name should be “knob shiner”
For a buck, they’d likely dance the Jig or do the Hucklebuck
To Vik it’s no big deal, they’re just a buncha knuckle-fucks”
Jake One w/ MF Doom – Trapdoor
OH MY GOD, I love this song! I play it in triplicate every time I hear it. Probably did it while writing this post. 🙂
DangerDoom w/ Talib Kweli – Old School
“And since when lyrical skill had to do with killing a cat, what type of Chitlins is that?”
Da Supafriendz – Vast Aire w/ MF Doom
“Give him some skin, a real country bumpkin
Get up off his property, villain, fuzzy lumpkin
Dumpin, enough raw lead to leave a forehead sunk in
When he’s on tour, keep your paws off him pumpkin dumplin'”
MF Doom – HEY!
“I only play the games that I win at. And stay the same with more rhymes than there’s ways to skin cats”
What I’m saying is that if you don’t know this cat, you need to. That said:
It’s always good to see the brother getting his due props from anywhere. Check out this Youtube video (found via @HumanityCritic on Twitter)of the mighty Mos Def speaking on his favorite DOOM verses.
Oh, DOOM’s new album, BORN LIKE THIS is in stores now. Go get it. iTunes and Amazon, also.
It’s that time again. Once again, it’s time for the annual Cupid Hunt Podcast Event masterminded by the one TGrundy over at Rhythms In Black Satin(RIBS, for short). This is the event where a group of music podcasters & DJ’s all release mixes with the theme related to Valentine’s Day and the subject of love. Information about this annual affair can be found, here. This year, I decided to join the fun with a mix of my own. It was no easy task even when knowing what I’ve wanted to do since last year’s Cupid Hunt. Needless to say, I encourage you to go check out every mix that’s being put out for this event. Most of the people in my Blogroll will be providing mixes for this event. The master list of mixes is being kept here. It will be updated as the weekend progresses. Here are some of the ones that I know are posted already:
I would like to thank TGrundy for the opportunity to take part in this event. That said:
I’ve always loved making slow tapes. You either had a mood-setting mix, straight baby making music or some combination of the two. I wish I hadn’t gotten out of doing them or mixes period. That’s another story. Right now, it’s about a soundtrack. As in from a movie. Back in the 90’s, it seemed like most every urban themed or starred movie had a great soundtrack with some notable slow songs attached to it. Sometimes, the soundtracks were better than the movies themselves. I thought I’d make a mix that incorporated some of those songs in my mix. So without further ado, here it is.
Cupid Hunt ’09 – Lights, camera, slow jams*
Tony! Toni! Tone! – Just Me And You (Boyz N The Hood)
Allure – When The Shades Go Down (The Best Man)
Sandra St. Victor – Come Over (A Thin Line Between Love And Hate)
London Jones – I Lust 4 U (House Party II)
Johnny Gill – There U Go (Boomerang)
Faith Evans – Kissing You (Waiting To Exhale)
Keith Washington & Chante Moore – Candlelight & You (House Party II)
Luther Vandross & Cheryl Lynn – If This World Were Mine (The Wood)
Chaka Khan – My Funny Valentine (Waiting To Exhale)
Tears Away – Faith Evans (Hav Plenty)
Mint Condition – My Dear (Mo Money)
Me’shell N’degeocello – Let Me Have You (How Stella Got Her Groove Back)
For Real – Love will be waiting At Home (Waiting To Exhale)
While I don’t put that much stock into the Christmas holiday, I put hella stock into a couple of songs for the season. So in other words, if I don’t hear these three songs, Christmas is canceled. period.
Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
and of course,
The Temptations – Silent Night
Oh, you know what, there is an honorable mention that can be added to this list:
This post got re-sparked by Fave of the Friday Favecast and EJ Flavors of Ejflavors.com (Old School Wednesdays, y’all) on Twitter. I say re-sparked because I’ve had this self same conversation with people for years. Hell, I have a co-worker with whom I STILL go through it with every now and then. If you are a Hip Hop lover, it has to have come up at least once. What it basically boiled down to was one question: “What was your favorite A Tribe Called Quest album”? Everyone has their favorites. Most, like me are split between two. Not sure if anyone but me disregards the last couple of albums, but hey. Anyway, That is where this post comes in. If you are a Tribe fan from way back, I want to know what your favorite album is. If you don’t know who this is, consider this a ATCQ primer. So, I would like to know the answer to this pressing question. If you aren’t so versed in the Tribe or need a refresher, then here is where you will get it.
It breaks down like this:
5 albums. 3 videos (or links) a piece*. The videos that are embedded are either the a single or the ones I like. 🙂
People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm(1990)
I Left My Wallet in El Segundo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpPkGZ6zhzA
So I sometimes do these posts where I give up the song that’s rattling in my brain at the moment. You may have heard of these songs of the moment, maybe not. In either case, I’ve been wanting to put a little something extra on these posts s an added takeaway. I though, HEY!, I’ll put up the song. What a novel idea! Nobody’s thought of that! Sarcasticism (yea?, what of it?) aside, I ended up finding ways to do that alright for the blog, but not for those oh so precious Twitter moments that I seem to be having more of (than actual blog posts).
And as if on cue, it came to me like a sign from the Web 2.0 Deities (or like a song I wrote. You don’t know). Tinysong.com is the site. Let’s say you’re looking for “Sex God” by the Brand New Heavies…Ok, not your cup of tea. How about “Erotic City” by Prince….(*SIGH*) Fine, “3 is the magic number” from Schoolhouse Rock…Prude! Anyway, you have your song, you go to the site, Tinysong.com and put it in the box, and hit the little search icon next to it. If the song is there, it will list it underneath the box or give you what it thinks you meant. You can then click on the song and it will give you a web address AND will copy it to the clipboard for you. Handy, huh? You could also click on the name of the track under that and it will take you to Groovshark.com where it will start streaming. It goes there because that is where it’s searching from. Hence the “Powered by Grooveshark” link near the bottom of the page. Grooveshark is another site for music discovery, streaming, and playlist making. I’ve had a 90% success rate given the search terms i’ve used, so far, so they seem to have a good range of music that I can tell. But hey, give it a try for yourself.
I’ve been going silly with Tinysong links on Twitter because I like it so much. Sometimes, they don’t have the song I’m looking for and that sucks, but it’s not that often. You’ll be seeing more of this from me for a while. Until then, go try it.
So after much hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to kick around Muxtape. You see, i’ve come across some old tapes and playlists that i’ve done in times past (I guess you can call them mixtapes, but there was no real mixing involved). I wanted to find a place or two where I could put them up and link them to the blog for any number of reasons. Not saying that there might be any additional segments to the site, but you never know what may come. Anyway, I’ve found other such websites, but they either need the song to be already on the net or you need to have your music on a site or space you’re in control of. Well, I can’t always find songs on the net using sites like Seeqpod, Skreemr, Mixwit, or Grooveshark lite (though Grooveshark has been having a better average so far), and I don’t have a spot of that I can just store stuff in the cloud…yet. I’m looking into something, but that’s for later. Right about now….
Muxtape is a website wherein one can put up a quick, and I use the word quick loosely (you’ll see), playlist for the world to share in…Well at least your friends or whoever you send the link to or sees it. There are other site that probably do this better and will let you embed something on your own site, but this is a quick dirty job, with a fairly clean interface.
After you sign up, (its free), you can start uploading MP3 tracks or do what little customizing of your page that you are given. This means you can title, caption or change the password and color of the page. Simple. But let’s get to the meat of it. Muxtape is cool for it’s simplicity, but some annoyances at the same time. You’ve got a 12 song limit and you can only load MP3s for now. No problem there, but you can only upload them one at a time. This is not such a bad thing if it wasn’t for the fact that some times you get an error in the midst of uploading a song and have to start again. There is a 24MB limit per track but I don’t know too many MP3s that will exceed this. Once you get your songs in there, you can rearrange them, rename the track, or delete the track if you don’t think it fits, which you probably would have done before uploading songs. And once you delete a track, it’s gone unless you upload it again. By the way, the speed of the upload depends on the speed of your internet connection. Don’t think you’ll be trying this on Dial up. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Rearranging songs is easy, just drag and drop the track where you want it. Doesn’t really get easier. Once done, sit back and enjoy the mix (or mux). Once you get to your playlist page, you can click on a track and listen away. You get the names of the track which, I believe, comes off of the ID3 tags of the MP3 unless you change the name after uploading. This reminds me of a pet peeve with MP3 tagging, but that’s for another post. Anyway, let’s get to controls. You can click a track start/stop a track and/or click on in another track. That’s about it. No rewind, no fast forward. No wire hangers. If you start a track and let it play on through, it’ll go to the next one automatically. You can see how much time the song is under the name and a counter to the right of the song. Also, if you were listening to someone elses Mux and like the song that’s playing, you can buy it by clicking the ‘buy this MP3’ link under the title.
If you know of someone else with a muxtape, you can favorite there mux at the top right. They can do likewise and you can see the ones you’ve favorited when you log in. One thing I’ve noticed is that in the terms of service, they say that once you you upload a track, they can use it. I have little problem with this, but I’ve not seen what they do with the track and/or whether it stays with them should you delete the track.
And speaking of deleting, This brings up the thing that peeves me out about the site. Suppose you are tired of the mux that you’ve made and want to another one. No problem, just delete it and start fresh with a new one….oookay, and what does one do if one wants to recall an old mux. Guess what, you’re SOL unless you delete and reload it! You can’t have more than one muxtape ever (Unless you have multiple logins). That’s bunk! I would really like to see the ability to keep at least 5 muxes around, but maybe the internet music license strikes again. Who knows.
Now you may be asking yourself, I wonder how can I find a particular artist or song in someone’s muxtape. Well, look no further than Muxtape Stumbler. I don’t think it has anything to do with the folks at muxtape, but it doesn’t matter. Muxtape Stumbler, as you would expect, is a music search engine using muxtape as the playground. this way, you can find songs and there by finding new muxtapes to discover, as opposed to the ones you see on the front page of the site. Now if there was an alternate way to get the mp3’s this would be a dangerous combination. it’s just as well there isn’t. you should really support the artists and but the songs anyway. What would also be cool is if they had support for Last.FM, which I hear is coming.(EDIT: as of the day after I originally posted this (probably the day of) Muxtape now has Last.FM integration. You first have to logon and link it to your Last.FM account. Then while you’re logged in to Muxtape, you can scrobble any songs you listen to.
(EDIT) Came across an app that let’s you have Muxtape up without going to the site in a browser. It’s called Muxtape on AIR. It’s made with Adobe’s AIR platform, so if you don’t already have it, you will have to download it and install it before installing MoA. This is cool if you don’t feel like having a browser open or don’t want to have Muxtape in a browser while surfing. haven’t checked this out yet, but I will.
Well, that’s about it except for one thing from the ‘You should have saw this coming’ file: If you care to check out MY muxtape, you can go here. What’s there now may not be new to a couple of you, but if it is, enjoy it. It was something I put together a few months ago, just for giggles. Plus, if you should happen to see this post sometime from now and the content has changed, hopefully, it’ll still be good. And while this defeats the purpose of sending you there, you can download the mix (if you liked it) from here:
Now before you ask me why I’m using Pando, 1) is because I like it, and 2)Mediafire wasn’t playing right and zshare…I just didn’t try. There you go.
â€œList seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if theyâ€™re not any good, but they must be songs youâ€™re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what theyâ€™re listening to.â€
So in no terribly particular order….
Love thirst- Jean Grae
Now and Then – Lalah Hathaway
Journey In Satchinanda – Alice Coltrane
Should I – Grenique
Somersault (Dangermouse remix) – Zero 7 w / MF Doom
She always in my hair – Prince (edited because I keep confusing it with Outkast’s song)
Flashing Lights – Colin Munroe
List points out a couple of glaring facts. I need to dig into some more music(and I will), and I keep a lot of music in my head. 🙂
(This kinda sucks because “something” caused me to lose this post the first time around. That’ll teach me to save, I guess. This might seemed phoned in as a result)
Song of the Moment: I Wish – Carl Thomas
First things first, A Rock pioneer and founding father, Bo Diddly, has passed away on June 2nd. I was never really up on his pedigree, but I do know that the originator of what is known as the “Bo Diddly beat” has had his style bitten umpteenth amounts of time since the 50s & 60s (That’s 1950s & 1960s for those not trying to grasp it). If there was a song with his name in it, it was either by him, about him, or both. Even if you don’t know his music, you may have also seen one of his cameos in movies like Trading Places. You know of him even if you don’t know him. 🙂 He will be missed.
Now, we come to the new release portion of the post. There were a couple of albums that came out this past Tuesday that caught my fancy enough to grab them. And by caught my fancy I mean that I heard they were coming out and bought them without hearing anything from the artists. I don’t do it often, but often enough when it feels right. That could be something for another time but right now, let’s do this. The albums in question are: Wayman Tisdale’s “Rebound” and Lalah Hathaway’s “Self Portrait“. I’m especially excited for Lalah’s album becuase while it hasn’t been that long since her last album, it’s been too long.
Wayman Tisdale is a former NBA Basketball player turned Jazz artist whom I’d say makes a pretty good Bass player for a B-baller. I caught wind of him during his 1st outing, 1995’s “Power Forward“, which spent pleny of time in rotation (sometimes even now) when it came out. He hasn’t disappionted me yet, so I don’t expect any different for this his 7th album. Below is one of my favorite songs from his Wayman’s first album. Peep it.
Now for miss Hathaway. If that name sounds familiar, it might be because you may have heard of her father, Soul great Donnie Hathaway, whose voice has been imitated a few times here and there (*cough* Donnie, Kenny Latimore *cough*). Lalah, however, is NOT her father, and is very distinctive and beautiful in her own sound. Make no mistake, though. She is her father daugther in that she is a great artist with a smoky hot voice. I first came across her back in 1990 with the first single “Somethin’” from her debut self titled album, “Lalah Hathaway“. Her releases since then have been staggered, particularly between the 2nd and 3rd joints, but always a treat. Again, I don’t expect her latest to disappoint in the least. I’ll know once I get to peep this and Wayman out, though. One note: in the liner notes of her new album, Lalah notes that “pitch is the new black”. Sounds like a shot at all of the “studio vocalists” running around nowadays. I LIKE IT! 🙂 By the way, I call myself a fan, yet haven’t checked out her blog in quite some time. For shame, but you can check it out yourself. Below, you will find one of my favorite songs from Lalah’s first album. Give it a listen.
I’m Coming Back
Once I get around to listening the these two albums, maybe I’ll do another quick review. I’m lazy and got a long work week ahead, so don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, you may have noticed the little music players behind the last couple paragraphs. They are from a site called Muzicons.com. you can put up song to your blog pretty easy with it. All you do is click on an icon, upload a song, choose the look and the color and copy and paste the code it spits out on the right side into your blog or a post. Pretty easy. Legality is not certain, but considering the other sites that are around, it might be here a minute. Looks like a Russian operation anyway, if it matters. Try it out if you want.
I just have one simple question. Where the HELL is Remy Shand? He busted on the scene in 2002 with his hit single, “Take a message”, had a couple of other hits(“The way I feel & “Rocksteady”), and just disappeared. It should be noted the Shand is one of the few artists to get me to buy their album based on hearing one song one time(true story. It was the video, actually). One other being Maxwell (and we’re still waiting on him). The album itself, was said to all have been all done in his bedroom and was pretty much ready to press when he got signed to Motown in 2001.
Do you all know that for a good minute I thought Remy Shand was Robin Thicke. They were out around during the sametime and sounded similar to me. Sandwiched in sound somewhere between the aforementioned Thicke and Jamiroqui (maybe a touch of Maxwell too, come to think of it), the album was a nonstop listen through and in heavy (personal) rotation when it came out. Anyway, Remy was said to be working on a second that hasn’t materialized yet. If anyone sees him or has any knowledge to his whereabouts, tackle him and march his ass to the nearest studio and tell him he’s not to leave until he comes with a album. A quality one would be preferred. I’m going to go dig out his album now. You can take a chill and check out these videos.
Take a Message
The Way I Feel
Rocksteady (BOO Universal for not letting this be embedded)
I gotta give props to one of the baddest MC’s in the game at the the moment. Or at least for as long as she’s still in the game, if the rumors are true. I’m thinking of blaming Busta, but that might not be right. Yes folks, I’m speaking on JeanGrae. Probably one of the few real MC’s (female or otherwise) still out there right now. She’s been repping strong since she was going by the name What? What? back in the day. I’m hoping the aforementioned rumors are not true(though this is making me believe it is) because pickings are slim right now and Jean stays fresh like zip loc bags and baking soda… I don’t know what that means either so let’s move on, shall we?
Anywhoo, a few months ago, I heard the song “Love Thirst“(produced by 9th Wonder) from Jean’s hopefully soon to be forthcoming album, “Jeanius“, during a little event you should have heard of called the CupidHunt(if you didn’t, shame on me). Props go to the Big La, Todd Kelley (check his entry here) for that one because I might not had heard it if it wasn’t for him. The song is a little different from what I’m used to hearing Jean spit, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It’s in rotation constantly (despite what Last.fm says). Well, now there is a video for it that shows Jean…going through changes, if you will. I’m thinking sexy and Hip Hop, two words that don’t exactly taste great together. Peep out the video below and get your head nod on.
Check Jean Greazy out on Myspace for her thoughts (I believe it really is her) and some of her videos. And to Jean, if you are seeing this: I understand if you gotta, I thank you for being you. Ans SOMEBODY’S got to have the actual video for Natural Resource’s “Negro League Baseball“! I know I do, but have no way to get it on Youtube. SUX!