Archive for March, 2008

28
Mar
08

The Wreck Ya Stereo Springtime Mix

“Seasons change, mad things rearrange.”
– Lauryn Hill
Ah yesssss. I can feel it in the air. The time of change. A chance for new beginnings. Don’t let the snow on the ground fool you, spring time is here. If summer wasn’t so damn spectacular, spring would be my favorite season. For a few months, Mother Nature is straight up showing off. Buds are blossoming, everythings getting greener, the sun is finally shining, and the temperature is at a perfect point. All these things combined lift the spirits of people.
It’s easy to let winter get you down. It often seems like the cold weather and dirty snow will never end (especially in Chicago). But making it through these harsh winters just make the beautiful springs so much sweeter. I could go on and on about why I love spring. I can wear shorts, but more importantly, the ladies can wear those skirts and tops that drive men crazy. It’s simply hard not to smile while you watch your environment get more and more beautiful. But my favorite part of spring? You guessed it…listening to music in the car with the windows down. I love to feel the wind go through my hair with a mesmerizing beat in the background. I love pulling up to red lights with my “hippity hoppity” music blaring so loud that haters have to roll up their windows . I love flowing my hand through the air to the beat of a relaxing song while being mesmerized by the city lights. I just love spring. And I’m glad it’s here.
2 mixes today????? WHAT?!?!?! Yup! There are those spring feeling songs that I love to listen to while it’s sunny out and there are those spring feelings songs I love to listen to when the street lights are on. Of course I had to give you both….
That Smoove Daytime Mix
18 tracks, 1 hour 4 minutes DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW
1. Intro
2. Making Progress by Blackalicious
3. You’re Only A Customer by Jay-Z
4. Untitled by J. Dilla
5. Through The Wind by Nicolay & Kay
6. Gin & Juice by Snoop Dogg
7. Almighty Dollar by Devin The Dude
8. Beautiful Day by U-N-I
9. Happiness by Dead Prez
10. Love, Peace, & Nappiness by Lost Boyz
11. Let Me Ride by Dr. Dre
12. Nostalgia (feat. Masta Ace) by Marco Polo
13. For Old Times Sake (feat. Asheru) by Sound Providers
14. Steady Mobbin’ by Ice Cube
15. Luchini (a.k.a. This Is It) by Camp Lo
16. Movin’ by Roc ‘C’
17. It’s Supposed To Bubble by UGK
18. Outro
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That Bumpin’ Nighttime Mix
16 songs, 1 hour 2 minutes DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW
1. Intro
2. Xxplosive (feat. Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, & Six-Two) by Dr. Dre
3. Can’t Hold On by MED
4. Go All Out by Buckshot & 9th Wonder
5. One Time by The J. Davis Trio
6. Just Like Music (feat. Marvin Gaye) by Erick Sermon
7. She Said (Jay Dee Remix) by The Pharcyde
8. The Hustle (feat. Dart Chillz) by Common
9. Drive Slow (Remix feat. Paul Wall, GLC, & T.I.) by Kanye West
10. Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It (Remix feat. Nas & Scarfaee) by Ice Cube
11. 1-2-3 by Boot Camp Clik
12. The Traffic Jam (feat. Damian Marley) by Stephen Marley
13. Takin’ What’s Mine by Busta Rhymes
14. SpottieOttieDopalicious by Outkast
15. Still D.R.E. (feat. Snoop Dogg) by Dr. Dre
16. Outro
So that’s what I’m going to be bumping loud as hell in my car stereo. I hope to pull up to a red light and hear one of ya’ll bumping this mix too. Peace.
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25
Mar
08

Mood Music: Make You Feel That Way by Blackalicious

Why: A lot of things have made me feel that way in the past couple of days.

Make You Feel That Way by Blackalicious

maddafact this song is so real I gotta post the lyrics:
[Chorus x15]
Make you feel that way

[Verse One]
Up an early for the hope of a brand new day
See a homie you ain’t seen since back in the day
Fresh haircut fitted wit a fat ass fade
End of work, we chilling on a Saturday
How you felt when you first heard the data came
Rakim KRS hey I had that tape
Cooling out with ol girl on a fat ass date
Find a hundred dollar bill wow man that’s great
Get promoted at your job up to management
Plot a long time finally a plan has made it
Time I feel I wanna shout, man its real that way
Wanna think of things that make you feel that way

[Chorus x15]

[Verse Two]
Christmas day when your mamma got your first bike
Type of feeling when you went and when your first fight
How your team felt winning championship games
Celebrate in a huddle dancing in this rain
Have a thought see a shooting star cross your screen
Put in hard work finally your living your dream
Deaf man get his hearing now in come vibes
Blind man get sight see his first sunrise
Dumb man speaking out, now he’s load and clear
Earth through your chout smile so proud ya wear
Going in your third eye for the styles ya hear
Making music that’ll bump for a thousand years
Eating right feeling conscience like health is first
Said a prayer that’s sincere and you felt it work
Times I feel I wanna shout, man it’s real that way
When I’m thinking things that make you feel that way

[Chorus x15]

[Verse Three]
All up in her vibe something coming over me
Summer days more likely that you notice breezes
Winter days more likely that you notice heat
When I’m warm more likely that you notice me
In the dark it’s more likely that you notice light
In the light more likely that you notice night
Hungry more appreciation for that meal
Dead broke more appreciation for that grill
A bad day’ll make you really notice ones that’s good
And that’ll make things a little better understood
Times I feel I wanna shout, man it’s real that way
When I think of things that make you feel that way
Make you feel that way…

(Ya know its like ahh like the most greatest feeling you could ever feel
you like just total illation. Sunny day, just that day.
You know its just like you know just the most joyous feeling
you could ever comprehend. You know, chilling with your family.
You know just you know just really really feeling,
feeling the moment, with the folks. Ya know really really really just chilling.
It’s love. It’s love. It’s love)

22
Mar
08

Let Me Put You On Game: The Jazz Edition

In my opinion, Jazz is the most impressive genre of music there is. Sometimes I’ll be listening to a jazz album and just drop my jaw at how amazing some of the solos are. The best jazz musicians were the ones who got in their zone. It was like when they found that spot where they played their best, they were untouchable. No other genre could match the improvisational skills jazz musicians had. From slow ballads to blaring sax solos, jazz musicians took you on a journey. And the interesting thing about Jazz is that everybody worked together to release great material. Good musicians teamed up…just imagine if six Hip Hop legends would collaborate on one album. So I put together a small sample of the songs that got me interested in Jazz. This isn’t an essential list, or Jazz for beginners, but I figure if these songs put me on to jazz, maybe they can do the same for you.
Let Me Put You On Game: The Jazz Edition
16 songs, 2 hours and 4 minutes DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW
Because this is such a long mix (there was no way in hell I was gonna edit Jazz tracks), there is no streaming link. The download links work well though, and are ready to be added into iTunes or whatever.
1. ‘Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk: I see Monk as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Jazz. He played his own way, and didn’t care what anybody thought. Monk is best known for his timing, and his unique style made him a Jazz legend. The best Jazz pianist, without a doubt.
2. Jeru by Miles Davis: What can I say about Miles Davis? The coolest man of all time. Nobody has been able to accomplish what he has with just a trumpet. This piece is from Birth Of The Cool and is early, bebop Miles. One thing about Miles is that he could both take Jazz in new directions and follow it wherever it went. Whenever Jazz was shifting its styles, Miles was right there in the forefront keeping up with it.
3. Blue Train by John Coltrane: Personally, Coltrane is my favorite Jazz musician. His sax solos just blow me away, and I love almost all of his albums. A true Jazz god.
4. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus: Mingus is a weird dude. At first he was much like other Jazz musicians and composing amazing pieces of art (like this slow ballad, one of my favorites of his). But as time went on he really invented a whole new style and pushed Jazz in new directions.
5. Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus: Mingus played bass by the way…Another great piece from Mingus Ah Um
6. Flamenco Sketches by Miles Davis: This piece is off of the undisputed best Jazz album of all time, Kind Of Blue. I’m sure you’ve heard it before (picked this piece cause everybody has heard So What & Freddie Freeloader) but really give this album a listen.
7. Will O’ The Wisp by Miles Davis: Miles was always trying out new styles. This piece is off of Sketches Of Spain and just shows Davis’ versatility.
8. My Favorite Things by John Coltrane: Let’s get into some more Coltrane…This piece probably has my favorite sax solo. Coltrane just blacked out on this one…
9. In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: When two Jazz legends come together you can always expect greatness. This is probably my favorite Jazz ballad of all time.
10. Acknowledgment by John Coltrane: Now this one is my favorite Jazz piece of all time. It’s off of A Love Supreme, the first Jazz album I ever bought. I just love this joint so much…
11. Search For The New Land by Lee Morgan: The way you become a great jazz musician is be taken under other great jazz musicians wings. Lee Morgan played trumpet with Dizzy at age 18, and then went on to play with Clifford Brown, Coltrane, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and many other greats. Clearly, they had an effect on him.
12. Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock: This piece shows Herbie Hancock’s skills on the piano. It’s some of his earlier work, before he started experimenting more with the boundaries of Jazz.
13. Orbits by Miles Davis: More Miles…you get the picture though, greatest of all time.
14. Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard: Another great trumpet player. From the start of this track, Hubbard just pulls the listener in and doesn’t let go.
15. Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock: Heres some of the more experimental Hancock I was talking about. This is off of the classic album Head Hunters and really pushed Jazz into a more funky direction.
16. Actual Proof by Herbie Hancock: More Herbie…Off the album Thrust. Just listen to how talented this man is on the keys.
Download Link
.zip file, full and separate tracks
18
Mar
08

A More Perfect Union

After finishing the video (with tears in my eyes by the end) I began to wonder if I was truly witnessing history. At first, although Obama seemed promising, I was hesitant to support him because of my skepticism on any chance for a true change. Our country is condemned by a system which can not so easily be infiltrated by one man…or so I thought. As Obama made more speeches and really showed the American people what it is he represents, I started to believe him. Maybe somebody could somehow make it far in our political system while still staying true to his beliefs. I used to think there was no solution, but now I genuinely believe that Barack Obama can change what has afflicted our nation for so many years.

Truth is, there has never really been an open conversation on racial issues in America without people blaming each other or refusing to acknowledge the underlying issues. Race is the elephant in the room that nobody is allowed to speak of because it deals with some serious issues that everyone is afraid to explore. Dirty politicians (the true meaning of racists) exploit that fear and transform it into tension in order to push their greedy agendas over the American people. This has been going on for centuries, and will continue to go on until somebody stands up and encourages the average American to confront their fears and discuss them instead of bottling them up and channeling them through hate. Luckily for us, today Barack Obama finally challenged the status quo of America’s deeply rooted racism.

In his speech, Obama urges the American people to come together to form a more perfect union. The only way to do is this understanding. It is much easier for critics of unity to say, “Oh they’ll never understand.” than to educate others while also educating themselves on the viewpoints of others. Blacks need to understand that all people have a natural fear of change, and that fear has been exploited to the point where it can create racist beliefs in the minds of white people. Whites need to understand the tragic and atrocious racial injustices of America’s history can easily make people bitter and hateful, and that is understandable. It would be unfair to condemn the bitterness of others if you haven’t had to deal with the same inequalities they have. At the same time, neither fear nor bitterness will bring about change. Unity can be achieved, but only through enlightenment and understanding. Malcolm X realized that once he made his hajj and saw the possibilities of equality, “The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities–he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites. But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the wall and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth–the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.”

Unfortunately, Malcolm X (or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was assassinated before he ever got a chance to spread his new found message. He would be ashamed to see that little has changed since his untimely death. Communication (the most important aspect to any relationship) is shunned upon nowadays. Americans are attacked and called politically incorrect whenever they speak their minds. No one seems to care what makes them feel the way they do. A sense of understanding needs to be brought upon through unfiltered communication. I do believe that an open channel of communication between all races of America could bring racial harmony, and Barack Obama might just be able to inspire the people to finally make a change.

14
Mar
08

Dig Deeper Vol. 1 Mix

WNUR Records

When people are getting into Hip Hop they go through different stages. The first stage is what’s available to them: who their friends are listening to, what’s been recommended, who they’ve heard and liked, etc. Then if people are trying to learn more about Hip Hop and its history they study the classics. They’ll go back and pick up all the albums that are considered must have such as Illmatic or Midnight Marauders. After that they go through a second round of near classics such as Fantastic Vol. 2 or Soul Food. These are albums that are still top notch, but just didn’t make the cut for classics. After that people sometimes get lost. They don’t know who to listen to and feel like they’ve already explored all of Hip Hop. That’s where this mix comes in. There are so many overlooked Hip Hop albums from the 90s. The 90s is the best decade of Hip Hop…where there were at least 5 classics being made every year and then 20 or so near classics. Because this is such a huge number of amazing albums, there are still many albums that are great but just got overlooked and lost in the shuffle. That’s where this mix comes in. I learned about most of this music through other blogs (check WYDU & WTR for thorough writeups…and links to these albums) and it’s just taken my love of Hip Hop to the next level. There’s nothing like finding that jewel in the rough. I tried to narrow it down but in my small collection of slept on albums, I made a playlist of 45 songs from different artists. That’s why this will be a three part series (that’s if ya’ll are digging this mix). So if you like some of the songs definitely check the albums out or holla at me for some suggestions. As always, lemme know what you think.

 

Dig Deeper Vol. 1 Mix

16 songs, 59 minutes DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW

 

1. Intro

2. Wrong Side Of Da Tracks by Artifacts: Outta Newark, NJ, Artifacts is a duo composed of El Da Sensei & Tame One. They came on the scene in ’94 with their debut album Between A Rock & A Hard Place. The album’s got funky samples (mainly courtesy of Buckwild) with clever lyrics on topics ranging from graffiti, marijuana, and graffiti.

3. Get Funky by The Beatnuts: The Beatnuts are from Queens, and they started getting attention around ’94 with their self titled album. Before listening, realize these guys aren’t called the Lyricistnuts. Their lyrics are funny as hell usually, but its their production that makes them stand out. Definitely check out their self titled album which is criminally slept on and considered a classic by many.

4. 9 Little Millameta Boys by Eightball & M.J.G.: While New York was controlling the game, Southern emcees were slowly starting to get some recognition. The south had a completely different sound, with simplistic beats that simply bumped in the whip. The best example of this is 8Ball & M.J.G., a duo from Memphis. They’re real consistent dropping dope album after dope album, and their debut album Comin’ Out Hard let the rest of the world know that the South had something to say.

5. Crews Pop by Da Youngsta’s: Even the shorties were making music back in the day. I’m not talking about Lil Romeo, Lil Bow Wow, or Soulja Boy…these kids could actually hold their own. Da Youngsta’s were unique because they actually wrote their own records. I don’t know how the hell they did it, but in ’93 they somehow got heavyweights like The Beatnuts, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, & DJ Premier to produce their second album The Aftermath. I’m not gonna lie, the lyrics could be better, but all the production on this album is simply amazing, and really foreshadowed the direction Hip Hop was going in.

6. ’85 South (Remix) by Ya’ll So Stupid: I don’t know much about this group, and they do sound like Pharcyde knockoffs…but nevertheless, they dropped a dope album called Van Full Of Pakistans (don’t ask me) in 1993.

7. N**** For Hire by Hard Knocks: Not many people know about this group here. In 1992 they came out with their debut album School Of Hard Knocks. It had great production and real political and thought provoking lyrics. They never got much recognition, but looking back…they made a real thorough album.

8. Next Level (Nyte Tyme Mix) by Showbiz & A.G.: Before you ask, you recognize this beat from 8 Mile. Now that that’s out of the way, Showbiz & A.G. were getting mad respect in the underground for a while. They came amazing (and most would consider classic) albums such as Runaway Slave and Goodfellas. This song is a Hip Hop classic off of Goodfellas. They later hooked up with DITC.

9. The Big East by Masta Ace Incorporated: Masta Ace is one of my favorite emcees of all time. It’s crazy to think that he’s been releasing music for 20 years now. Although he’s one of the most consistent rappers of all time, he is still criminally slept on. I hope one day he finally gets the respect he deserves.

10. Funky Child by Lords Of The Underground: LOTUG hit the scene around ’93 with their debut album Here Come The Lords. This was around the time when the whole “underground” scene was starting to form. They created a name for the underground and quickly gained respect as one of the best groups in it.

11. Tears by Da King & I: What a fucking good album. Not many have heard it, but Contemporary Jeep Music is just fucking good. The production shows you exactly what Hip Hop was about in the early nineties. I don’t even know where these guys came from, and they vanished as quickly as they appeared, but they still dropped a fucking good album.

12. Attitudes by Rumpletilskinz: Groups really thrived in the early nineties. It seemed like a whole crew would get together and release an album. Some turned out weak, others really worked. Rumpletilskinz’s What Is A Rumpletilskin? is an example of the latter.

13. Wopbabbalupop (feat. B-Real) by Funkdoobiest: West Coast was starting to make noise too. They were trying to find their identity in the game, and like NY, they birthed a lot of new styles. DJ Muggs was in his prime at this time. Everybody knows about Cypress Hill, but Muggs also executively produced Funkdoobiest’s Which Doobie You Be? which is in my opinion on par with some of Cypress Hill’s work.

14. Only When I’m Drunk by Tha Alkaholiks: Yup…another style of that West Coast Rap. Tha Alkaholiks became known as some of LA’s finest on the underground scene when they released 21 & Over in ’93. Real good production, with funny rhymes about drinking, smoking, more drinking, and more smoking.

15. Generals by Fu-Schnickens: When you got the Native Tongues running shit…it’s kinda hard to get recognized. Nevertheless, Fu-Schnickens were dope, and get more respect nowadays as people are starting to rediscover them.

16. Recognized Thresholds Of Negative Stress by Boogiemonsters: Awww shit. I love saving the best for last. I don’t know much about Boogiemonsters. I’d be lying if I said their debut album, Riders Of The Storm was a near classic or anything…but this song? JUST LISTEN TO THIS SONG!!!!!!!!! Out of all the slept on groups, albums, and songs who I’ve been discovering lately, this is probably my favorite song.

Download Links

One song, mixed:

Streaming & Download (zshare)

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.zip file, unmixed, full & separate tracks (I finally figured it out though, should work)

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If you enjoyed the mix, let me know…I got plenty more of this to come if ya’ll are digging it. There are some blogs dedicated solely to this type of Hip Hop.

11
Mar
08

mood music: play your cards right by common feat. bilal

why: Lately I been faced with a lot of challenges, but I know that if I play my cards right everythings gon’ be alright.

Play Your Cards Right (feat. Bilal) by Common

07
Mar
08

Here My Dear

I suppose I’m naive. I suppose I’m an idiot, and I don’t know a thing about love. I mean I guess I can write well about love and break it down scientifically so that I can make sense of it, but when push comes to shove, my experiences (or lack thereof) with love give me no right to tell people about it. I suppose I shouldn’t be sharing this, suppose it’ll make me vulnerable, suppose nobody is reading my blog for this, and that this is too much information for people I barely know, but this is therapeutic for me. I need to express my feelings and I need to look for understanding through writing and music. Music is what I’ve always turned to in times of need, and that’s been the most dependable friend in my life. That’s all I got right now, because I just (temporarily I hope) lost someone real close to me. She had been asking me to do an entry dedicated solely to her, well…Here, my dear. I could never really understand why men carried so much animosity towards women. I was mostly raised by my mother. It’s not like my father wasn’t there, he did play an important role in my life, but I mostly took after my mother. I learned to treat women with the utmost respect and care that they deserved. So from a young age, I never could understand why men would cheat on their girlfriends or ‘dog’ women out. To put it bluntly, I never been the hit it and quit it type of guy. That’s just not me.In my early teenage years I didn’t really know what was expected of me. I had strong feelings of attraction towards girls my age, but what was I supposed to do, marry them? Still, I approached them, assuming I would figure it out as I went along. I had some ups, had some downs. Probably had more rejections than successes, but that didn’t really faze me. I tried not to let anything faze me.

In high school I couldn’t really get into relationships. There were a lot of outside factors that restricted me from being able to commit to one woman. Still, I had my experiences. I got backstabbed and betrayed a couple of times, learned from those experiences, and kept it moving. I refused to let people break me down, refused to let anything faze me. I don’t suppress these feelings though. I acknowledge them as a specific experience I had with one person. If I don’t let one person represent an entire race why would I let one woman represent half the world? I don’t let the negative impressions of one relationship roll over to the next one.

This past year I’ve been put to the test. I’ve misled, hurt, and rejected. Yet I’ve also been loved, cared about, and maybe happier than I’ve ever been in my life. I opened up to let my feelings be known because I thought they were mutual and put my heart out on the table only to get it sent right back. I now can understand why men become cold hearted. I been told before that, “You never know what it means to be a man until you’ve had your heart broken.” Well, now I’m presented with a choice. I could accept manhood in the traditional sense and become cold hearted too. I could lose all my respect for women, never trust anybody again, never express my feelings again, and completely shut myself down. I could do all that, but I won’t. I’ma get over it, become stronger, and keep it moving.

It’s a good thing I don’t let shit faze me…
Here My Dear Mix

14 Songs, 1 hour 3 minutes, DOWNLOAD/STREAMING LINKS BELOW

It’s still always important to acknowledge your feelings and let them sink in. Just don’t dwell on them. Well…in my time of need and understanding I turn towards music. It’s easy to talk to friends and have them nod at your ramblings, but I get more out of listening to musicians artistically express the same feelings I have. The person this mix is dedicated to surely knows it. I just want her to know that I didn’t make this to hurt you at all. These songs represent all the feelings I’ve gone through in the past couple of days. I fought through anger, bitterness, and many other emotions that I’ve never experienced so strongly. They all come from love though, and that’s the emotion that conquers all in the end. I still do love you, and always will. This ones for you. Here, my dear:

1. Here, My Dear by Marvin Gaye

2. Giving Up by Donny Hathaway

3. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

4. Walkin’ Away by Brother Ali

5. Fuck You Lucy by Atmosphere

6. When Will You Call by Bilal

7. Green Eyes by Erykah Badu

8. Hope She’ll Be Happier by Bill Withers

9. Where I Wanna Be by Donnell Jones

10. Ex-Factor by Lauryn Hill

11. Want U To Want Me by Tanya Morgan

12. Walk On By by Isaac Hayes

13. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know by Donny Hathaway

14. Grits by The RZA

DOWNLOAD LINKS:

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I’d rather not even have any comments on this mix. If you like it, great. If not…stay tuned for next week.