Posts in Category/Tag: Soul

Lupe Fiasco – Blur My Hands (ft. Guy Sebastian)

February 1st, 2015

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Summary: Some uplifting Sunday music.
About Artist: Lupe Fiasco is hip hop royalty from Chicago. Though he’s “fallen off” in recent years, Lupe was blazing lyrical trails back in the mid 2000s. I don’t know that much about Guy Sebastian except that he’s an Australian singer and was the singer on Lupe’s Battle Scars
About Song: This song is the second song I’ve posted from Lupe’s 2015 album Tetsuo & Youth.
Favorite Part: This song doesn’t have the craziest Lupe verses but I really love the gospely hook, Guy Sebastian does a great job.

“Well that’s cool, cause I think you’re number one too”
Other:
Lupe Fiasco Wikipedia
Blur Your Hands Lyrics (via RapGenius)

Pharoahe Monch – Push

January 29th, 2015

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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.

Other:
Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia
Pharoahe Monch Wikipedia

Jazmine Sullivan – Let It Burn

January 28th, 2015

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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.

Other:
Jazmine Sullivan Wikipedia

 

 

Seinabo Sey – Pistols At Dawn (Lucian x Mickey Valen Remix)

January 27th, 2015

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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

Other:
Seinabo Sey Wiki

YG – Thank God (Interlude) (ft. Big TC & R.J)

January 25th, 2015

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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.

Other:
YG Wikipedia
Ty Dolla $ign Wikipedia
Thank God Lyrics (via RapGenius)
My Krazy Life <-Listen

Young One Era – Life is a Game (ft. Versailles the Truth)(prod. by J. Dominguez)

January 19th, 2015

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Summary: Good rap. Soulful hook
About Artist: Young One Era is a local Tucson artist! I don’t know anything about Versailles the Truth but I looked her up on soundcloud and she is actually more of a rapper than a hook singer.
About Song: I don’t know much about this song except that it came out in late 2014. Also that it was produced by J. Dominguez
Favorite Part: The production on this song is awesome. I love the video game sounds (Mario, the Donkey Kong drop at 1:55 etc). The rap is solid, and hook is the best part. So beautiful so soulful.
Other:
Young One Era Soundcloud
Versailles the Truth Soundcloud
J. Dominguez Soundcloud

Amerigo Gazaway – Two Words (ft. Mos Def, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West)

August 17th, 2014

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Summary: Taking mash-ups to a whole new level.
About Artist: Amerigo Gazaway is my number 1 favorite artist right now. He is a remix artist who blends classic tracks into entirely new creations. He is my favorite example of how remixes can be so transformative, and not just a “rip off” of the original material.
About Song: This song is off of a project called Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One), which has launched Amerigo Gazaway’s career to a whole new level. This free project is part of a series called Soul Mates where Amerigo takes two artist and blends their songs together into a whole new album. In this case Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) collides with soul legend Marvin Gaye.

The vocals on this song are from Kanye West’s first album College Dropout (2004), on a track called Two Words (ft. Mos Def).

Favorite Part:
Having listened to the original Two Words version so many times, so many years ago, I love you this song breaths new life into the lyrics.

Other:
Yasiin Gaye – The Departure (Side One) – Free Download
Amerigo Gazaway Official Website