Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Sweet Mac Music Video for Again and Again

Monday, May 12th, 2008

I just came across this music video in the Delicious/popular feed and thought I’d share it for two reasons. First, the music video is pretty amazing and I gotta think that it took the creator quite a while to put together. It is hard to describe so check it out right here:

Also, the song is pretty cool and I had never heard of The Bird and The Bee before.

This music video is a pretty good example of the way people are mashing and mixing things up in our globally connected world with all these digital tools at our disposal. At the same time this music video is a portfolio piece for its creator as well as a hype-generating machine for a lesser known music group. I think it is a win / win for both parties.

Let’s hope the group is not signed with a draconian music label that tries to get the video taken down or, maybe they’ve already got permissions figured out. Either way, I think it is tremendously valuable for people to be able to do little things like this to “add value” to existing art or work by others. Each group adds their own layer of creativity or thought and, as long as everyone is given their due credit, I think everyone wins.

Update: I guess the song does have its own music video that you can watch on YouTube.

Skillz – 2005 Rap Up

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Most hip hop heads will have heard the last three Rap Ups by Skillz. He’s a clever lyricist and with all the great fodder the hip hop community gives him, it’s hard to imagine how the result wouldn’t be funny. Check it out.

Skillz – 2005 Rap Up (RealAudio) [via]

What’s Playing – March 2005

Friday, March 4th, 2005

I’ve been listening to a lot of good new music lately. I’d like to share some of with you.

Cormega – The Testament
Cormega was a buddy of Nas some time ago although the two have had their differences in the past few years. The Testament was the album he recorded while he was signed to Def Jam but was never released. He recently got the record back from them and has released it on his own. Although the material was recorded back in ’97 or ’98, it doesn’t sound dated at all. Songs I really like from the album include Dead Man Walking, Testament, and Love is Love. If you’ve heard Nas’ music I suppose Cormega could be put in the same general category of hip hop as him. But he definitely has a flow and delivery that’s all his own. Give it a try at your local P2P app, BitTorrent site, or record store. Oh he also re-released his first two albums, The Realness and The True Meaning together for the price of one recently. If you like his music you should pick that up, I did. Its labeled Cormega – Special Edition.

Gift of Gab – 4th Dimensional Rockets Going Up
Uplifting hip hop. Gift of Gab is almost the definition of it. Not to mention the ridiculous breath control and rhyming ability that he possesses. The name is not a gimick. This is his first solo album, since he usually works with Chief Xcel his DJ. Together they are Blackalicious. Check out the single from this album, which has also been featured in a Coke commercial.

Gift of Gab – Way of the Light

Anyway, the album is awesome, you can sample it on the iTunes Music Store or Amazon or wherever you download your music. But if you really enjoy the music, then buy the album. I just did and I’m quite happy with it.

The Chemical Brothers – Push the Button
These guys aren’t new to electronic music, they’re legends. If you’ve heard their music before you know what its all about. If not, well, sample it to see if you like it. I’m really enjoying the new album.

Elvis – King Creole

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

So I’ve been listening to a lot of Elvis recently. I’ve always wanted to hear more of his music and really learn about why he’s such a legend and “The King of Rock”. I just never actually had the music to listen to or wasn’t motivated enough to get my hands on it I guess. In general I’m pretty open-minded about what types of music I can appreciate but lately I had pigeon-holed myself by making hip-hop the only genre of music I actively pursued. Well I’ve changed that and I guess someone I know finally gave me the little push I needed to do that by letting me sample some of this stuff. I started picking up quite a bit of “new-to-me” music, most of it from well-known and significant rock bands. Artists such as Elvis, Led Zepplin, Nirvana, Guns N Roses, and others.

Well I posted one of my favorite songs from the Elvis compilation I’ve been listening to on the Reviews page. Check it out.

Vitamin D – No Good

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Thanks to DJ Nu-Mark’s awesome mix CD I came across this fun hip hop
song. Check it out… Vitamin D – No Good

CL Smooth & Pete Rock – Its A Love Thing

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

Here is an excellent song I’d like to share with you all. Its called “Its A Love Thing” and its by legendary hip hop duo, rapper CL Smooth and producer Pete Rock. Its just beautiful music. Check it out, let me know if you’re feelin’ it.

Music Update

Sunday, August 17th, 2003

Oh yeah, I put up my updated music catalog. Check it out here.

Canibus – Rip the Jacker

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003

Y’all all are gonna have to excuse the lack of posts but I’ve been going through some shit recently that has kept me occupied. Ummm, did I just say y’all? Okay now you KNOW I’m not myself. Anyway…

As always music is keeping my head straight and able to still function. Recently it was the Gang Starr album, The Ownerz. Currently on rotation at KARM radio a.k.a. my Winamp music player is Canibus’ Rip the Jacker album. If you’ve heard Canibus’ music before, let me just say that this is by far his greatest music yet. If you haven’t heard his music before, well, you’re more than welcome to sample it below. Don’t get turned off by the complexity of the lyrics though, there’s an interesting story he’s telling; it might take a few listens for it to grow on you.

One of my favorite tracks from this new album is No Return. Canibus raps, over an interesting reggae style beat, three verses. Each one is a different version of his death. I thought it was really creative. Check it out…

Then of course…let me know what ya think!

“The Ownerz” Falls Short

Thursday, July 3rd, 2003

“Despite vows of support by hip-hop purists, Gang Starr’s “The Ownerz” made a disappointing first week showing, selling less than 50,000 copies to date.”

If you listen to hip hop and you haven’t purchased this album, don’t ever speak to me again until you do. If you don’t listen to hip hop, allow me to suggest a quality hip hop CD to introduce you to the genre. CMON PEOPLE where’s the love for Gang Starr??? I pre-ordered my copy but it’s a sad day when they sell only 50,000. Lame ass radio and MTV.

Smile

Tuesday, February 11th, 2003

There’s gone be some stuff you gonna see,

That’s gone make it hard to smile in the future,

But through whatever you see,

Through all the rain and the pain,

You gotta keep your sense of humor,

You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit,

Remember that…

R.I.P. 2Pac