Now here’s a funky introduction on how nice she is

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By now you may have seen a couple of post not done by me. Well, that was the intro to let you know that I have a partner in crime on this here site. She will be throwing her brand musical flavoring into the mix and stirring it up the way only she knows how(because I never copied the recipe). I figured before we go any further, let’s be getting to know Miss Elle a little better. I’ve needed to give her a ’93 interlude (which is about how long I’ve know her, actually) well before now. So without further ado, Meet Elle Razberry. You can also find her on the Twitters here.

Tell ’em what yo name is.
Elle Razberry some know me as LBoogie though 😉

What’s the meaning of the name? 

A local group I have worked with quite a bit, the House of M, always gets comparisons to Wu Tang, I had been hosting shows and doing things for a while going by just L and we were joking around one day about how I am pretty much the only female vocalist you hear on their tracks. Got myself and one of the members, Gambit, to joking around about Wu Tang’s Blue Raspberry and so it was written.

What is your origin story?
Origin story…that sounds like it should be deep and powerful?  Let’s see my mama says I came out singing and haven’t shut up since.  Music is in my blood, I am the grandchild of a band director, my father has sung for years and I have done everything from performing with the local Youth Symphony (I am classically trained in Flure) to singing in competition Gospel Choirs to singing with a 70s Rock Cover Band to doing musical theater.  Music is in my blood, hip hop, however is inked on my soul!  🙂

Where you from?
Born in VA, raised in the Brew [That’s Milwaukee for the uninitiated.- Ed.]

What’s the music scene like there?
Here in Milwaukee, the scene is interesting. We are a town who has struggled to identify our own sound. For years I never really even knew much about the scene because all of the cats I knew of that were “making music” (if that’s even what you call it) were a copy cat of some other artist that was already out…and many times not even good ones! I have however over the last few years discovered that there is a collection of artists in this city who care about their craft and can outshine many of the famed artists of today if only they got the support and exposure.

Theme music, every good hero(ine) should have some. What is yours?
God just one?  Today…”The Healer” by Erykah Badu…I have commitment issues though so this could change tomorrow. [post writer’s current ringtone, mind you – Ed.]

Your favorite genre(s) of music? 
Music…I pretty much listen to everything.  But I’m hip hop all day, music and lifestyle.

Old school, new school, which school rules?
I still hold on to old school, because there are so few new school cats that have perfected it and put in the blood sweat and tears that the originators did.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Lauryn Hill, Nas, MC Lyte, The Legendary Roots Crew, Common, Adele, Esthero, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, John Mayer, Coldplay, Daft Punk…I don’t think you have enough time or space for my list.

What are your top five favorite albums (any genre)?
1988 – Adele (Mick Boogie Mash Up Album), The Grey Album – DJ Danger Mouse, Wicked (Original Broadway Cast), The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay…there are so many more

Do you sing, rap, dance, in just one show? If not, what skills do you have?
I sing, I haven’t rapped since I was about 15, although everytime I hear some WACKNESS on the radio it makes me think I should pull it back out of me.  lol

Hmm. Any chance of you rippin’ mics on the daily any time soon?
Say me say many money, say me say many many many…  Rappin’ ahhh not sure about that.  That’s outside of my comfort zone, but I have a few folks around me who like to pull me out of that zone and somehow get me to do some things I didn’t even know I could do, so never say never! [insert kanye shrug here]

Where are all of the female emcees nowadays? I know there are some around. What’s the hold back in your opinion?
They are there, but they aren’t sought out so it is hard for some of them to create that path to be heard.  For years female emcees had to ride on the coat tails to be seen and heard, that still happens, but more often these days you have ladies who want to be seen as a reputable artist of their own right, not just because they got the right co-sign.  Others think give the fellas what they want to get them to listen, because the world knows sex/gimmicks sell.  Who’s right?  Who’s wrong?  But there are some quality female artists out there and hopefully I can give more exposure to some of those hidden gems others SHOULD get to know.

Tell ’em yo motto.
No regrets – Don’t spend your time worrying about yesterday, because you will miss the blessings that come your way today. Don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring, because tomorrow may never come.

So when did you fall in love with hip hop?

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So I have been coerced a bit by Sir Roddio Jukebox himself to contribute to this little hear pet of his.  He knew with my past addiction to blogging and my incurable love for music that his argument wouldn’t have to be too strong to get me sucked back in.  So here it is…my first post and the adhd music fiend in me couldn’t figure out what to write about.   I have music tattooed on my skin, but hip hop is inked on my heart, so what better to write about than the beginning.

So the question that will define my opinions about people for ages (thanks to Brown Sugar)…when did YOU fall in love with hip hop?  I FEEL like hip hop has been around all of my life, because of the impact it has had on my ears, my outlook and my soul, but I know the first time I heard Kurtis Blow and Run DMC in Krush Groove  was the moment when my life had changed and I’d found love.

Song of the moment: Sweet Sweet Love

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It’s been a long time for one of these, even though I’ve had many and plenty of songs roaming the brain canal. I kind of had to do this one considering how I loved this Attala Zane Giles written and produced quiet storm hit since it first came out in 1988. It’s been playing in my head (and is still at the time I’m writing this) for the better half of a week or so. I know I tweeted about it around the time it started for whatever reason. Anyway, in the course of thinking about this post, I played it back to back three times and the jam plays on. So, just in time for the weekend, enjoy some Sweet sweet love by the one and only Vesta.

Vesta – Sweet sweet love

Cupid Hunt 2010 – Love and Hip-Hop

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Once again it’s here, the Cupid Hunt. The annual gathering of music lovers (podcasters and the like) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is my second year participating in the event masterminded by Todd Grundy and I’m more than happy to do so. You can find more info in the event here. And you can also follow the event on Facebook and Twitter. Now, let’s get to it.

When you think of Valentine’s Day or even love music in general, you rarely think of Hip-Hop. This is probably with good reason. You will definitely not find many, if any, rappers talking about love on the radio nowadays. They’re really not talking about anything these days, but that’s beside the point. There was a point in history where rappers were tacking the subject of love in forms and ways. The mix below only touches on the different ways and subjects. In addition, you really can’t speak on the entity that is the Hip-Hop love song without mentioning the two most notable figures, LL Cool J and The Prince of Darkness Big Daddy Kane. So it is with that honor that they get an extra track as mini tributes to them. So without further ado…

De La Soul – Talkin’ Bout Hey Love
Gangstarr – Lovesick
Bahamadia – I Confess
The Pharcyde – Passing Me By
Common – Come Closer(remix)
The Fat Boys – Falling In Love (7 Inch Version)
Jean Grae – Love Thirst
Whodini – One Love
The Roots – You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu)
Big Daddy Kane – The Day You’re Mine
Big Daddy Kane – I’m Not Ashamed ft. Alyson Williams
LL Cool J – You’re in My Heart
LL Cool J – I Need Love
Doc Box and B Fresh – Slow Love
World Class Wrecking Crew – Before You Turn Off The Lights

You can listen below or you can download it below.

If you’ve enjoyed this mix(or even if not), please go check out the other mixes that are floating around the internet from a bunch of great podcasters and music loving folks for this occasion. You can find the master list here.

Funny happy accidents

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So i’m sitting here trying to finger a remix to song a certain song I’ve been looking for. I find the song, but no traces of where it’s from or if it’s legit or not. I decide to go whip out my phone start up Shazam to help me find it. Just like U2, I still haven’t found what i’m looking for. What I did find, in this case at least, that if you play a certain part of a song you might get an unexpected gem. So, while the song I was looking for didn’t come up, the sample the song used did. Now, I don’t know or believe this would work with every song, but I’m glad it did here. If I find a good clip of the song i’m looking, I’ll post it here. Until then, here is originally sampled song (First twenty second is the sample, if you were wondering)

Song of the Moment: Flow

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So it’s been a while. The reason for it is partially shrouded in mystery. I can say that I’ve felt like I’ve lost something. It’s definitely not the love of music, that is never going anywhere I can promise that. I guess part of the reason is, I’ve felt like I’ve lost my flow. Why it took me so long to figure that out, I don’t know. It’s also not known if posting this is going to help bring it back, but I’m doing it anyway. The mood just struck me when I thought of this song a minute or two before writing this. As for my flow, I do need to find it again, we’ve been friends too long for me to be without it. I’m gonna count this as part of my attempt to do that. So while I’m trying to find it, you enjoy this flow by the ever beautiful, Sade.

Sade – Flow

 

Song of the Moment: Gimme Some More

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As a shorty, I saw this video featuring a rapper who’d Busta Rhyme like he bumped his head. And sure enough, the video confirmed it. It started out as the rapper as a little boy playing out in the yard, falling and bumping his head. Somebody elped him up and asked him if he bumped his head. He said, “yea”. They said, “Oh, so that means you gone switch it on ’em”. The kid said, “Yea, Flipmode. Flipmode is the greatest”

The rest you can see for yourself…

End this war for Endless Love

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So i’m at work last night and one of my co-workers who is also on Twitter (@Colden2) tells me that he just got this Ultimate Luther Vandross CD (which they NEVER are & I don’t like them, but that’s another post). Ok, cool. Then the brother, knowing full well he was baiting* me, tells me that the Luther vandross/Mariah Carey version of Endless Love is better than the Lionel Ritchie/Diana Ross version. Actually, what he really said was that Mariah Carey sung her part better than Diana & Lionel’s was better than Luther. I guess you could make a case for this, but I just took each version as a whole…and still gave him the side eye. At first I immediately said no, no, & HELL NO followed by a series of no’s and then a no. Then I thought, NO! I also took into account his personal bias (of which he claims is not a factor) towards Mariah’s talent (among other things) as to why he says that. And as much as love Luther(R.I.P.), I will not go into my belief in the fact that everything he touched was not turned to gold(case in point). That’s not what this is about. I believe that the original Ritchie/Ross pairing is way better than the Vandross/Carey version. This also brings up something about remakes that I want to come back to one day.

Oh, and to make matter worse, I come home, check Twitter and see this in my stream. Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, help me out. Check out the two versions of the classic song and you tell me which one is the better version. And yes, I realize that my personal bias of the original song may have colored my choice, but once again, nope!

Lionel Ritchie / Diana Ross version


Luther Vandross / Mariah Carey version

P.S.

I’ll take this battle over original or extra crispy any day.

* – I can’t believe it took this for me to post. *SMDH*

DOOM needs his own day

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I’ve always maintained that MF Doom (now going by just the name of DOOM*) in any of his various forms, 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.