Once in awhile I stumble upon a true gem that has me rolling with laughter after watching it several times. Well normally the songs aren’t meant to be laughed at and I am merely cracking up off the lack of talent but this time the intent was for laughs coupled with actual talent in the music. Presenting Turquoise Jeep Records, a label which has many Youtubers wishing their music was actually available for download and the cause of my new headache from laughing and crying too hard. Their official YouTube channel is at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TurquoiseJeepMusic (subscribe and show them some love) and they have a mix tape in the works which I can’t wait to get my hands on. Anyway I know you want to laugh as hard as I have, so enjoy my favorite 4 videos from Pretty Raheem, Watchymacallit, Slick Mahony, Flynt Flossy and… [Read more]
Nine years ago (August 25, 2001) the world of Hip Hop / Rhythm and Blues was shaken by the news of Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s plane crashing. The thoughts were on the freakishness of such an event in a modern time since artists dying in plane crashes were associated with the 50’s and 60’s (think Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper). The news was horrible and sobering as I had just witnessed her performance as Akasha Queen of The Damned and commented how extremely beautiful she was. Like most children of talent wish and dream of becoming lucky and having the world see their light illuminate the sky, Aaliyah was given that honor and slam dunked it with much emphasis. Her rhythmically coordinated dances are legendary and no dancer can do their thing these days without comparison checks being made (right Ciara?) Her voice… [Read more]
Ciara could easily have her own section on this site for being so excruciatingly hot. This is her video with Ludacris for the song “Ride” and if you can manage 4 minutes and 39 seconds of fire on your screen then go ahead and hit play and watch the princess dance. Now there are some of you who are probably going to see this and say “I don’t see the big deal”, well unless you can submit a video of yourself popping those gym-toned hips to a beat through several unique dance steps then I suggest you sit your hatin’ ass down and find something else to do. For those of you that can appreciate poetry in motion, witness Ride or as I like to call it “sex music”.
Once in awhile we get a brave, unique artist or two with a different sound break through the clones and deliver music that we either cheer or shun. Typically when it’s shunned, we pick it back up years after and lament our closed-minded disdain at the time and then dare to wonder “where are they now”. When David Bowie dropped Space Oddity, the world paid attention and it sent ripples throughout the music world that futuristic, space-aged sound has its place. Unfortunately there is only one Bowie but people such as Jason Kay of Jamiroquai have bravely taken the baton and continued to keep a groovy space-aged sound pumping… In the Hip Hop world Del Tha Funkee Homasapien, Kool Keith and Andre 3000 of Outkast have shown that even in the most closed-minded of music forms the space-age has its place. And now new artist… [Read more]
10. Eric Mongrain You’ve probably never heard of Eric Mongrain, and he probably won’t go down as a guitar legend, but his sound is not typical guitar solo material. I’m not even sure it has a genre. The movie August Rush had a lot of guitar tapping in it, but I haven’t seen anyone do it as well as Mongrain. 9. Lynard Skynard – Freebird If you’re going to make a top ten guitar songs, you are legally obligated to include Freebird. Lynard Skynard will be remembered mostly for this song. It’s just groovy as hell and builds to a near metal fever. You can’t deny the power of FREEBIRD!! 8. Skwisgaar Skwigelf – Crush My Battle Opponent’s Balls What’s better than a blend of amazing metal and cartoons? Nothing. Skwisgaar Skwigelf’s solo “Crush My Battle Opponent’s Balls” is the most insane thing he’s put… [Read more]
Now all of us old hats can argue that Hip Hop died sometime between 1995 and 1996, while you younglings will say that the music is still going strong etc. Regardless of that old argument, we fans can agree that there are a collective of videos and songs that just make you cringe whenever you hear them. Others are just plain bad and it might have caused that person to be permanently placed on your “do not listen” list due to the wackness. Anyway, being that myself and Nia are Hip Hop heads through and through, we got together and came up with a few videos that we consider to be a black mark on Hip Hop history. Please do not get upset if these turds strike up bad memories for you, we do this in good fun… enjoy: 1. J-Lo and The Lox –… [Read more]
This review is late in coming but I cannot stop listening to Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry. Something about the samples and guest artists mixed in with Ghostface’s tales of hitting on pretty pregnant women makes this thing work. My favorite track of the 14 or so hits is a song called Paragraphs of Love featuring Vaughn Anthony (John Legend’s brother) and Estelle (of American Boy fame). In this particular song, Ghost runs into a pregnant woman and it is love at first sight, strange right? that’s what you think until you hear him pour his heart out to her as Vaughn and Estelle coo in the background. The album is pure magic and I find the title very appropriate based on this, Ghostdini the wiz knows how to pick his R&B and his formula for mixing hip hop into it is pure mastery. The standard… [Read more]
Recently I was involved in an email discussion with some good friends in regards to two new albums being released: The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z and Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2 by Raekwon Da Chef and Ghostface Killa. What started out as a funny moment of reminiscing (being that we all at one time had been engrossed fully into the Hip Hop culture) degenerated into a bout of ageism and elitism. Some of them had apparently outgrown Hip Hop, here is a quote from one of my more successful, respected and intellectual friends: “I’d only share that the majority of hip hop music (both now and in the “golden age” too) rang empty to me once I personally matured to an extent. The musical celebration of themes like misogyny, substance abuse, drug trafficking, gunplay, misogyny, homophobia, pride in incarceration, satisfaction with poverty, misdirected territorialism… [Read more]