January 30th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 KWash-NothingWrong.mp3
Summary: Ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.
About Artist: K-Wash is just some remix DJ I found on the internets.
About Song: This song is of course a remix of R. Kelly’s Bump and Grind
Favorite Part: I like when he drops the “Body!” like at 1:05
January 29th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 PharoaheMonch-Push.mp3
Summary: It’s almost Friday. Just Push! #throwbackThursday
About Artist: Is an old school rapper from New York, most famous for his song Simon Says. Pharoahe Monch’s first album, as a solo artist, was a classic “Internal Affairs” (1999). But it wasn’t until eight years later in 2008 that he released his second album.
About Song: This song is from that second album “Desire”. I got to see Pharoahe Monch perform at Rock the Bells in 2007 and I was blown away by his performance of the title track “Desire”. I also really love the remake of Welcome to the Terrordome that’s on the album.
Favorite Part: I like the soul elements of course. I love the horns my Tower of Power, and MeLa Machinko just kills it on the vocals. Pharoahe Monch’s powerful and always political raps are also great.
Also gotta love the George W shoutout at 2:05.
Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia
Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia
January 28th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 JazmineSullivan-LetItBurn.mp3
Summary: A little sumthin sumthin to get you over that humpday.
About Artist: Jazmine Sullivan is an R&B/Neo Soul singer from Philadelphia. Her most popular song is Bust Your Windows, but all the songs on her 2008 debut album “Fearless” are awesome.
About Song: Jazmine Sullivan just released her third album a couple weeks ago and I’m a big fan.
Favorite Part: I love Jazmine Sullivan’s voice, and this is just a great song. I like that that slow but moving tempo, all the harmonies. I like the parts like at 1:10-1:21.
Jazmine Sullivan Wikipedia
January 27th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 SeinaboSey-PistolsAtDawn.mp3
Summary: ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME. #facemelting
About Artist: Seinabo is 24 year old black musician from Sweeden. She only started releasing music in 2013 and her original song Pistols At Dawn is an amazing song on it’s own. Lucia and Mickey Valen seem to be two semi-obscure remix producer dude from New York.
About Song: The original Pistols At Dawn is a great song but this remix kicks it up a notch.
Favorite Part: The song starts with some of that real soul that the original has, adds a little electronic pop in the middle, and rides out with the craziness!
The outro reminds me of C2C’s Down the Road
Seinabo Sey Wiki
January 26th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 CeeLoGreen-WHoEverLovesMe.mp3
Summary: Short little Monday diddy.
About Artist: Cee Lo Green, the one and only soul machine. Cee Lo is now pretty famous but has had a much longer career than people realize going back to Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley.
It should also be noted that Cee Lo is a rapist.
About Song: This is song a little track off of a project called TV On the Radio that Cee Lo dropped on SoundCloud last week.
Favorite Part: I just like Cee Lo’s voice and this is a nice short little tune.
Cee Lo Green Wikipedia
January 25th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 YG-ThankGod.mp3
Summary: Take em to church.
About: YG is famous for his songs “My N*gga”, “Who Do You Love (ft. Drake)”, and was featured on Jerimih’s“Don’t Tell ‘Em. Back in 2009 YG partnered with Ty Dolla $ign to make “Toot it and Boot it”. Ty Dolla $ign is most well know for his song “Paranoid (ft. B.o.B.)”, but also produced Lupe’s “Next to it”(which was awesome). YG created a label, Pu$haz Ink, that includes Ty Dolla $ign and DJ Mustard among others. Big TC, who sings the soulful hook on this song, is Ty Dolla $ign’s younger brother.
Big TC is also incarcerated looking at life in prison for a murder charge. Ty Dolla $ign’s debut album is going to be call Free TC in reference to his brother and to wrongfully imprisoned people everywhere.
The core of Thank God was record from Big TC’s cell. Video below
This song is only one of many great song’s on YG’s 2014 album “My Krazy Life” which was was snubbed by the Grammys. Definitely one of the best rap albums this year. I’m sure YG being a blood had nothing to do with not getting nominated.
Favorite Part: This song is part of a great album with great songs, but this hook still jumped out at me. It wasn’t until much later that I discovered the story behind the song.
Big TC’s voice is just so soulful, so beautiful.
Ty Dolla $ign Wikipedia
Thank God Lyrics (via RapGenius)
My Krazy Life <-Listen
January 24th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 KendrickLamar-SingAboutMeCoverByGreg.mp3
Summary: This is not part of the regular blog series… just a shitty cover I did in one take.
This song is a quick first take cover I made of Kendrick Lamar’s masterful “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” (produced by Like of Pac Div).
I originally just wanted to save this song to my Soundcloud account but when I tried to save it I got the following message….
“Our automatic content protection system has detected that your track, “———- ——“, may contain copyright protected content and we’ve blocked it from being published on your profile.”
It feels shitty to be told a small piece of art that you made with love, in appreciation of a great song, is illegal and shall be blocked. Fuck You Soundcloud. How can you supress culture like that?
Lucky for me I pay for my own web host and, at least for now, that web host will still let me host this mp3.
Favorite Part: You have listen to the original song (I don’t do it any justice). The gunshots at the end of the first verse is one of the most power pieces of music that I know.
Other: Original album art by greg ; )