This trend of mixing old school hip hop and R&B tracks with new dance and electric sounds is on the up, and this mix I found is an absolute GEM.
French producer Lucas Chambon takes The Fugees‘ “Ready or Not” and creates higher vocals to start the verses and then switches to an alto in the chorus. The more laid back, chill beats sends you into some awesome, ambient trance, making you question whether you’re still at work at 3:30 on a Thursday afternoon or inside a lounge somewhere on the beach in Miami…
One can only dream!
I only discovered Kendrick Lamar this past year but I quickly became a fan shortly after, hearing tracks like “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” “Swimming Pools,” “Collard Queens,” “She Needs Me,” “No Makeup” … the list could go on. But when I found “The Recipe,” I think I had this song on repeat for a week.
The one and only Dr. Dre makes an appearance on the track, which debuted as a single from his first major label good kid, m.A.A.d city in 2012. The song gives props to some of Lamar’s favourite cities, but his main focus is on L.A. and the best of what it has to offer: women, weed and weather. The bottom line? There’s nothing like Cali.For.N.I.A.
Wha-what more can I say, w-welcome to L.A.!
If you have yet to hear this song, please remove the rock you’ve been sitting under. Kidding! But seriously.
Thrift Shop was brought onto the scene by newcomers Macklemore, a rapper hailing from Seattle and his producer Ryan Lewis. This song, which is about shopping, is a fifth and final single from their album The Heist. And yes, it’s actually hilarious. The chorus goes something like this:
“I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is f*cking awesome.”
Then there is a reference to R. Kelly’s bed sheets smelling like urine and then something about your grammy, your aunty, your momma and your mammy. A classic really, which still made its way to #31 on Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40 charts and the Billboard Top 100. Word.
What could be more entertaining than two white boys spitting rap, riding around on a bicycle and bearing $20 pimp jackets?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
To kick off the launch of this blog, I wanted to make a bit of a bold statement. I chose to go out with Lauryn Hill and play a song of hers that shows off her edgier side, expressed through raw lyrics.
The song I chose is called “Lost Ones,” a song that was put on her breakthrough 1998 album titled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. My take on it is about people’s claims to purity and good intent, but don’t practice what they preach. They judge and criticize others and expect to receive positive feedback in return.
I think this is Lauryn’s way of teaching people about delusion and the truth of karma in the music business – and everyday life.
On one of her tours in October of last year, Lauryn said the following before performing “Lost Ones” in Dallas:
“Be careful how you judge. A lot of deception out there. A lot of misunderstanding out there. A lot of miscommunication out there. A lot of false information out there. A whole lot and notice after all the people that just talk, talk, talk, who’s the silent one?
And you know why? Let me tell you why I don’t really chat back. Because I know that my brothers and my sisters are often times pawns in a bigger scheme. So when they, under pressure, attack me…. I love them still.
You know I know I’m not crazy, which is why I can use the word so freely…. Crazy like a fox. Ahead, ahead of the curve. People don’t like people necessarily who are ahead of the curve, but unfortunately that’s not my problem.”
And no it ain’t.
So without further ado, L. Boogie in the house!