May 29th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 SnoopDogg-CaliforniaRollftStevieWonderPharrell.mp3
Summary: New Classic
About Artist: Snoop Dogg needs no intro. Stevie Wonder needs no intro. Pharrell needs no intro.
About Song: This song is from Snoop Dogg’s 2015 Pharrell produced album “Bush” highly recommended.
Favorite Part: I love the phone vibe of this song. And I love at 2:51 when Stevie sings “I’m talking bout me and youuu”
Stevie Wonder Wikipedia
Snoop Dogg Wikipedia
February 15th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 JaredEvan-Television.mp3
Summary: Boom Bap Blues
About Artist: I don’t know anything about Jared Evan except that he’s from New York and signed to Interscope. Wais P is an old school New York rapper who been struggling against obscurity despite having been featured on Jay-Z’s Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life back in 1998. Statik Selektah is a Boston based producer who I’m a big fan of.
About Song: This song is from back in feb 2013 from the mixtape/album Boom Bap Blues, which was a collaboration project between Jared and producer Statik Selektah. I posted 2 other songs from the album back in 2013 here and here. Apparently there is a Boom Bap and Blues 2 (Still Blue) album that came out in 2014 (which I’m gonna go listen to right now)!
Favorite Part: I really love this whole album, very chill, very nice blending of sounds and styles
Jared Evan Wikipedia
Statik Selektah Wikipedia
February 14th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 TyDollaSign-StretchSheBetter.mp3
Summary: Happy Lovers Day : )
…and don’t forget to listen to yesterday’s “Good Lovin”
About Artist: Ty is a rapper from LA. Ty Dolla $ign produced “Toot it and Boot it”, was on the song “Paranoid (ft. B.o.B.)”, and also produced Lupe’s “Next to it”(which was awesome).
About Song: This song is from Ty’s 2014 mixtape Sign Language.
Favorite Part: I know the lyrics are somewhat vulgar but my favorite favorite part is the echoing “stretchin it out” (like at 1:16). Happy Valentines day y’all, may everyone’s life be full of love.
Ty Dolla $ign
Stretch Lyrics (via RapGenius)
February 12th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 Felly-Fabrics.mp3
Summary: Laaaaiiid back
About Artist: Felly is a young 19 year old from LA. I’d compare him mostly to Mac Miller, not only cause he’s white.
About Song: This is off of a 2014 project Felly did called”Waking Up To Sirens” (free download here). Felly also produced this track (in his dorm room apparently)
Favorite Part: I like the jazzy piano, and it’s just so laid back.
Felly Official Website
February 11th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 CeeLo-TaxiCabConfessionsSignOfTheTimes.mp3
Summary: Could it be a sign of the times?
About Artist: Cee Lo Green is pretty famous now from his time on the voice. He also had a hit song Fuck You (aka Forget You). He also was a member of Gnarls Barkley that did songs like Crazy. He also has been a member of Goodie Mob since the mid 90s. He also song the hook for Sugar. He also drugged and raped at least one woman.
About Song: This song is from 9 track project that Cee Lo dropped on soundcloud in late January (before removing it a couple weeks later) called “TV On The Radio”. Unfortunately a higher quality version doesn’t exist but…
I posted another great song from this album a few weeks ago Who Ever Loves Me.
This song is the opening track of the album, which weaves in theme songs from different TV shows. This song is focused around the 1970s sitcom “Taxi“.
Favorite Part: I like a lot of things about this song. The track is smooth, and Cee Lo floats well over it. I probably like the chorus the best (the faint echo “could it be a sign of the times” 0:49)
Cee Lo Green Wikipedia
Lyrics (via RapGenius)
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 ; )
January 20th, 2015
DOWNLOAD MP3 LupeFiasco-DotsAndLines.mp3
Summary: New Lupe. Nice and smooth.
About Artist: Lupe FIasco is well known hip hop artist from Chicago. He is know for his positive “conscious” messages and his unmatched lyricism. Lupe it definitely in conversations about best lyrical rapper and his debut album Food and Liquor is a certified classic album. While Lupe’s influence in hip hop has faded dramatically since 2006/2007, which saw the release of Food and Liquor and the critically acclaimed The Cool, he still holds a place among hip hop’s elite.
About Song: This song is off of Lupe’s 5th album Tetsuo and Youth, which dropped today. I haven’t fully deconstructed the song yet so I can’t really say what the song is about but it’s smooth one.
Favorite Part: It’s weird but I like the banjo/guitar intro and outro. I also really like the chorus. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a math nerd or something else but I like this idea of sacred geometry. I also really like the generel instrumentation in the song.
Lupe Fiasco Wikipedia
Dots & Lines Lyrics (via RapGenius)