Sam Cooke – Chain Gang

December 27th, 2016

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Summary: Not hip hop, but a great song.
About Artist: Sam Cooke is one of the kings of soul. Though he was murdered in 1964 at age 33, he had over thirty top 40 songs in the last seven years of his life. Sam Cooke’s music gave way to the likes of Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and James Brown.
About Song: I listened to this song growing up but was reminded of it recently when a clipe of it appeared in Donald Glover’s (aka Childish Gambino) “Atlanta” TV show (which is one of my favorites).
Favorite Part: I love Sam Cooke’s vocals (which is why he was such a sensation in his own time). I love music of this era and was a huge motown fan growing up. I’ve also been thinkin a lot about mass incarceration since watching “The 13th” on Netflix.
Other:
Sam Cooke Wikipedia

John Legend – Overload (ft. Miguel)

December 26th, 2016

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Summary: A new classic. John Legend and Miguel make me melt.
About Artist: John Legend is singer/songwriter/piano player with a voice of god. He is one of my favorite singers, his voice just melts me. John Legend was first made famous by Kanye West, and had a hit freshmen album in “Get Lifted” (2004). Miguel is another R&B singer who I’m also in love with.
About Song: This song is a track off of John Legend’s 5th album “Darkness and Light” which came out on December 2nd 2016.
Favorite Part: I love how simple the song structure is. I love how sparse the intro is and how the song slowly builds as it progresses. I also am in love with John Legend and Miguel’s harmonies. I’m always a sucker for duets and to me this is one of the best. The song is so subtle and so beautiful.
Other:
John Legend Wikipedia
Miguel Wikipedia

Amerigo Gazaway – Smoke Sumthin’

December 20th, 2016

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Summary: B.B. King meets UGK.
About Artist: Amerigo Gazaway is one of my favorite mashup artists. He’s been on gregsiphop.com before for his mashups of Mos Def and Marvin Gaye. Amerigo Gazaway really bring the concept of the mashup to the next level.
About Song: This song is a bonus track off of Amerigo’s “B.B. & The Underground Kingz – The Trill Is Gone” (2015). Which I highly highly highly recommend if you like this track. This song is a mashup of blues guitarist B.B. King with Texas rap legend duo UGK.
Favorite Part: I love this whole project, the concept of B.B. with UGK just works and Amerigo does an awesome job. This track sums up the whole album really well.
Other:
The Trill is Gone (Bandcamp)

Anderson .Paak – Might Be

December 19th, 2016

AndersonPaak-MightBe

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Summary: 1 Track. 4 Songs
About Artist: Anderson .Paak is rising west coast star puttin out all the right vibes. Phil Ade is an DC area rapper who I first featured on gregshiphop.com back in 2009. The Game is an LA rapper who been in the game for a while now (no pun intended). Xscape is an old R&B group from the 90’s.
About Song:I am absolutely in love this this track. Below are four songs that all use the same track. I love all of these verisions…
Anderson .Paak – “Might Be” (2015)
Phil Ade – “Xscape” (2014)
The Game – “Do It To You (ft. Trey Songz)” (2016)
Xscape “Who Can I Run To” (1995)
In January 2016 I heard The Game’s “Do It To You (ft. Trey Songz)”. That reminded me of this Anderson .Paak version from September 2015. I really liked the Anderson .Paak version which at the time reminded me of the Phil Ade’s song “Xscape” (2014). Of course the original is by Xscape and is called “Who Can I Run To” (1995).
Favorite Part: Love the track and I love all of the versions…
Anderson .Paak – “Might Be” (2015)
Phil Ade – “Xscape” (2014)
The Game – “Do It To You (ft. Trey Songz)” (2016)
Xscape “Who Can I Run To” (1995)
Other: ^^^ Listen to the other versions ^^^

Travis Scott – goosebumps (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

December 19th, 2016

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Summary: I get those goosebumps everytime Kendrick goes off.
About Artist: Travis Scott is a 24 year old rapper from Texas. He was a XXL Freshmen in 2013.I saw him perform with Kanye and Chance the Rapper in 2015 and have had my eye more on him since. Kendrick Lamar is hip hop’s west coast king.
About Song: This song is off of Travis Scott’s second album “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” (2016). I really liked the album, and another song Pick Up the Phone (ft. Young Thug) which was pretty successful (it’s the song with the super mario steel drums).
Favorite Part: Ahhh! This song had me on one for more than a minute in early September. I love the track! I have like four different instrumental/cover versions. I like how the song slowly builds and Travis sounds nice on it. Then Kedrick Lamar comes in and completely destroys it. It’s not a long verse but it kills. Love it.
Other:
Goosebumps (lyrics via RapGenius)
Travis Scott (Wikipedia)

Seu Jorge – Ziggy Stardust

December 19th, 2016

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Summary: Not hip hop, but a wonderful cultural mashup.
About Artist: Seu Jorge has been a popular brazilian singer/songwriter for over a decade. Seu Jorge also happened to be featured in a Talib Kweli song “Favela Love”.
About Song: This song is a remake of David Bowie’s classic ZIggy Stardust.
Favorite Part: Seu Jorge recently came to perform in Tucson. Seu Jorge had written over a dozen David Bowie covers which were featured in the movie The Life Aquatic. The tour was in honor of David Bowie’s passing, along with the passing of Seu Jorge’s own father. The crowd in attendance was mostly part of the Life Aquatic’s cult following. Even so, I loved the show. It was just Seu Jorge doing his thing on the stage and it was beautiful.
Other:
Seu Jorge Wikiepedia

Kirk Fanklin – 123 Victory (remix) (ft. Pharrell)

December 19th, 2016

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Summary: Gospel gets a remix #123Victory
About Artist: Kirk Franklin is a famous gospel musician. I love Kirk Franklin. Pharrell Williams is an a-list hip hop legend as a producer with a huge crossover pop audience.
About Song: The original song comes from Kirk Franklin’s “Losing My Religion” (2015). I love the original track! (download here). The remix came over a year later (watch an interview with Pharrell and Kirk Franklin). This song was my jam for like two weeks in mid November.
Favorite Part: I love the gospel elements of the chorus.I love the message. Kirk Franklin is amazing. Pharrell takes it to different level.
Other:
Listen to the Original Version
Kirk Franklin Wikipedia