Friday, October 29, 2010

"You see more clear when yo pockets start to see that reduction..."

My pockets have been seeing "that reduction" for the past few weeks and I definitely see clearly. Budgeting money has always been one of my strengths. I can stretch a dollar easily. But, recently the money hasn't been there like I expected. I've never been the person to worry about problems that come my way, it's just another bump in the road.

That line from "National Anthem" (in the title) is true, being broke, or close to it, puts everything in perspective and shows you what's important and changes that you have to make.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blvck Diamond Life

Blvck (black) Diamond Life. I just downloaded this mixtape the other day and it's already one of my favorites of 2010. Droop-E, son of E-40 (check him out on I'm Loaded), released this 8 track mixtape with samples of Sade songs about a month ago. Not only did he rap on the songs, but he also had a hand in all the production as well. I'm a stickler for solid sampling and this has it. He put his own touch into some of these well-known Sade songs. You won't find the repetitive vocal samples or just taking some of the instrumentation the song already has. He crafts these into something new. I can definitely appreciate that.

I'll just echo this quote from 38th Notes:

...we have had it on repeat nonstop. As you might expect from a project boasting strictly Sade samples, it's smooth. And we're not talking light beer smooth, we're talking silk and cigar smoke smooth. It's the music of midnight migrations through the city in luxury automobiles or down the coast in private planes. Get the picture?

I couldn't have said it better myself. Check the link at the top, the tracklist also includes the sample credits.

Standout Tracks: Like a Tattoo, I'm Loaded, Cherish The Bay

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


The late Minnie Riperton had one of most angelic voices I've ever heard. "perfect Angel" is one of the many songs that display that voice.

In "Hypocrite," Naledge speaks many truths regarding relationships and the many double standards males and females utilize when it comes to them. I wish he would get back to insightful songs like this one...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Mic Get Outlined in Chalk Lines...

Tity Boi- Chalk Lines

When most people hear Playaz Circle they immediately associate them with the Lil Wayne assisted single"Duffle Bag Boy." When I hear Playaz Circle, I think of one of the best groups in the South. Dolla and tit have been at it for damn near 15 years and Flight 360: The Takeoff was one of 2009's hidden gems. I saw the video to "Chalk Lines" last week and I had to download the song. It bangs in the whip and features some of the witty wordplay from 1/2 of the College Park duo.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dessert 4 Thought

The latest Mood Muzik dropped over the weekend and it was classic Mouse Budden. Not classic, in that it was a mixtape for the ages, but classic in terms of the usual from Budden. "Emo rap," average production, and shoddy hooks. The mixtape did have standouts and I enjoyed most of it, but I just wish Joe would hook up with some dope producers. One of my favorites from MM4 was "Dessert 4 Thought", which sampled "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" by Marvin Gaye. The saxophone in the background adds a nice touch to this joint as well, plus you can't go wrong featuring Styles P and Pusha T.

prod. by David "Boom" Pinks

Friday, October 22, 2010

Think Twice

Today's post is more of a cover than a sample per se. The late J Dilla covered "Think Twice" by Donald Byrd and featured on his solo debut Welcome 2 Detroit. While Dilla's rendition is slower tempo'd than Byrd's, he masterfully integrated elements of the 1974 original with vocals from Dwele.

prod. by Jay Dee

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Heart Pt. 2

When I listen to a song or album/mixtape/etc. for the first time it's hard for me to get into it. It usually takes a few listens to fully digest the material. I've never been the type of person to skim through music, I've got to let it marinate. When I heard Kendrick Lamar's O(verly) D(edicated) I was drawn in on the first listen. The day after I downloaded the mixtape I was playing it over and over like I had it for 5 years. "The Heart Pt. 2" is first song on the mixtape, it utilizes the"Peace of Light" intro from The Roots, How I got Over album. The intro to the song is a soundbite from the late Dash Snow, an artist was well known for his controversial views and "bodily fluid laced art." I just sat for the 4 minutes or so and I listened. A lot of of feelings and thoughts were conjured up while listening. As I said in in the MOTY post, nothing has since K.RI.T. Wuz Here has drawn me in on the first listen like this has.

Lines like:

"We used to beefing over turf, f*ck beefing over a verse/niggas dying motherf*ck a double entendre"

Made me think damn we really have a lot more to worry about than this rap shit.

I swear to God half of y'all just don't know Kendrick/the school of hard knocks we was the first ones in attendance/you walkin down the block he got shot you are no eyewitness/you just mind yo business/you just turn yo head kneel down and then tie yo tennis/it's kinda scary ain't it?/you can't act like no bitch that only got Tyler Perry famous

Wow. He isn't lying.

Just let me explain it/why you pick up that stainless?/cuz yo pops wasn't anxious to see you and you hate it/so much you probably had yo burner tucked at graduation/said if you see him on them bleachers then you'll kill him face it 25 to life with a murder charge

Another line that had me astounded. Time for me download the rest of K.Dot's material.

The most telling lines in the song were the following:

Got all these n*ggas approaching they mixtapes different/they said 7 tracks i said 15, called it an EP/they said I'm trippin, but little did they know I'm tryin to change the rules that we been confined to so the corporate won't make decisions/uppity bitches handling business/killing our dreams stealing our vision

This line actually describes his last project the Kendrick Lamar EP.  Here you can see he wasn't happy with the politics this time around either.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What's the difference between a 4.0 and a 4.6?

That quote in the outro of "Imaginary Players" never gets old. The Streets is Watching movie is timeless as well, an hour of dope imagery from Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol. 1 and the Streets is Watching soundtrack."Imaginary Player" samples "Imaginary Playmates" by Rene and Angela.

Jay-Z - Imaginary Player
prod. by Prestige

Monday, October 18, 2010

Money's Just A Touch Away

"Money's Just A Touch Away" by Mack 10 samples "Love Is Just A Touch Away" by Freddie Jackson. It is also sampled in "Gimme Yours Remix" by AZ.

prod. by Rhythm D and Slice

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pimpin Don't Fail Me Now

"Pimpin Don't Fail Me Now" is a song off of 8Ball & MJG's second Bad Boy release, Ridin High. On ttis joint, Jazze Pha switched up the hook and beat of Missy Elliot's "Pussycat". The songs have similar content except one is from the perspective of a female and the other from a male.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I Hit The Highway

Devin the Dude ft. Dee-Rail- Highway

"Highway" is one of my favorite songs from Landing Gear.

Fun Fact: I once listened to this album 3 times (in its entirety) in a row while searching for parking prior to a court date.

Monday, October 11, 2010

We On

"We On" features crafty wordplay by Chicagoans Gemstones and Lupe Fiasco. This song was in constant rotation my senior year of high school. A lot of mix CD's were made with songs by Gem and Lupe. Since this song has dropped Gemstones has taken a hiatus from the rap game, left FNF, and returned to rap a new message and image. Check out his recent mixtape, "On The Road To Glory: My Story"

prod. by Jaguar Skills

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's a Brand New Day!

"Brand New Day" is one of the songs that didn't get posted during "Morning Week." Straight dopeness by Aleon Craft.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

State of Clarity

"State of Clarity" by Guru samples "Night Crawler" by Bob James.

R.I.P. Guru

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Day

"Another Day"came up randomly while I was listening to my music library the other day. It was the first time I had ever heard the song before. The song was released on the Lifted EP in 2006, but I have it as a part of the Untaped Mixtape that was put together. It was described as a tape full of unreleased and rare tracks. I was listening to the song and I got to the 3rd verse and all I could do was smile. Just listen and watch.

The lines where he cited Xzibit line in "What's The Difference" and the line about idolizing the lifestyle but not wanting it going down, are right on point. I'm not saying I'm not guilty of it, hell we all are. I really wanted to mention issues like that in my rant the other day, but I'll save those opinions for later. Overall, John Barnes was on point with the whole song.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Ain't Gotta Go Home

I have to thank my one loyal commenter, Tap Out, for putting me onto Jason James (aka WEB). I listened to "Marvelous World of Color" last night and I enjoyed hearing some good music. Frankly, the 14 tracks were mind-blowing, the lyrics were deep enough to force me to listen to the whole LP two times in a row and the production from Rodney Hazard (aka I.D.E.A.) was stellar. While I was listening to the LP (the first time around) I decided to do some reading. When track #8 "You Ain't Gotta Go Home" came on I dropped the book. I was like, "damn they flipped the little outro from "Prototype!" Outside of the 3 Stacks sample flip, the lyrics about pulling a female from the club and the "events that occur afterward" aren't in the same vein as other tracks of that nature. To sum it up not your ordinary slow jam. Be on the lookout for more posts about Jason James and Rodney Hazard.