You know what I think happened with this whole dubstep phenomenon? I think dudes were kinda embarrassed for liking sweet ass pop/club music so they felt the need to throw in a bunch of hardcore robot fucking so they wouldn’t come off so soft. Think about it. It would be difficult to differentiate these songs from other poppy club songs if you just listened to the normal verse portion, that is with the soothing vocals about love or some shit, along with the happy-go-lucky beat that makes everyone want to join hands and dance together. I mean, how soft is that shit? But then throw in some crazy “whatever-the-fuck you call those sounds” and it’s all of a sudden got an edge to it, and one can point out that portion of the song/music when someone calls them a pussy for liking soft ass pop music. It’s like heavy metal rock, dudes even make the same head-banging motion when it hits hard. I just don’t understand how anyone can actually enjoy that noise, unless of course they were trying to overcompensate for something else. And to a lesser degree, same with those mean ass rap beats with way too much bass and just a bunch of snare drums/noises from Rick Ross’s mouth. There is also the outside chance that it really is merely a matter of taste and this rant is solely based on my musically elitist attitude, but hey at least I’m honest, right? I actually enjoy that sweet as sugar type shit sometimes (see previous post) and would ABSOLUTELY enjoy each one of these songs a lot more without the self-conscious robot fucking. I don’t necessarily HATE dubstep, and these are all still good listens nonetheless. Adventure Club actually gets a pass because even their “noises” somewhat resemble music and do go along with the rest of the song for the most part. Skrillex, on the other hand, gets no such benefit of the doubt. Dude has got some issues and I hate that he feels the need to ruin what otherwise would be really good, albeit soft as hell, club/pop music.
Thumpin Thursday: Chris Brown, Chiddy Bang, Major Lazer ft. Partysquad, The Wanted (HLM Remix) + Foxes (Adventure Club Remix)
Is the alliteration thing too obvious? In any event, whether you’re trying to sweat it out on the dance floor or the treadmill, these beats outta get the blood flowing. I don’t really have anything else to say about the music because I’ve been too focused watching my shorthanded Bulls take it to the Knicks in the Garden. Derrick Rose again showed us why he is the MVP of the league. So sick. As a Bulls fan, it’s truly a blessing to witness this kid’s growth. It’s real nice to be a season ticket holder too.
[A]typical Tuesday: Grouplove & Xaphoon Jones, Nicky Blitz & Brenton Duvall + Lana Del Rey & Count Ninjula
You know the drill, atypical jams to make your Tuesday a little less typical. I could probably categorize this weekly post as “remixes to chill indie/electro shit I found on The Hype Machine,” but that seems a little long-winded. Plus, if you follow the Funk, you can tell why jams like these are out of the ordinary. It’s a necessary change of pace though, for me at least. This seems somewhat contradicting to say since a lot of the music I share that isn’t rap is in some form of a more uptempo remix, but it’s still the mellow backdrop and vocals that really catch my ear. And then it’s really just the added drum and bass that make it awesome.
You may recognize this first one from yesterday’s Mashup Monday post. DJ 21azy used it as the canvas to which he painted his Biggie & Skizzy rhymes over. Me and Xaphoon are totally on the same page when it comes to vibratory appreciation and tolerance, at least in terms of this song. Love the piano most of all, of course. And if you didn’t know, Xaphoon Jones is the beats behind Chiddy Bang (pictured above).
Brenton Duvall has good taste and makes good jams with it. Nuff said. Well, that and this Nicky dude (pictured above) seems pretty legit.
Nicky Blitz – Summer Sinner (Brenton Duvall Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
More good vibrations in this next one. May be better described as dark vibrations. Regardless, diggin it. And “Count Ninjula”? Really? Well done, dude. One more thing; Google image Lana Del Rey (above). Tell me you’re not intrigued….
And just in case you haven’t been up on Florence, check out her and The Machine’s live interpretation of the soon to be radio hit of the year, “Take Care” by Drake. Shout out to Flo for the flow. Holding down Drake pretty well. Did ’em justice plus some, girl.
It’s my birthday, I get high if I want to
can’t deny that I want you, but I’ll lie if I have to
‘cause you don’t say you love me to your friends when they ask you
even though we both know that you do, you do
First of all, let me say this; rappers need to do something with the N word. Seriously, I want to be able to write/sing lyrics to songs and not feel the need to censor myself from what is almost definitely the most used word in the hip hop vernacular. Now, if they don’t want to get rid of it altogether then at least make some sort of declaration that it’s okay for a white dude like me to repeat the word when referring to lyrics. I know Chris Rock already told me its okay, but I’d prefer a representative from the hip hop community set the record straight so I don’t feel awkward.
Anyway, that Childish Gambino line from “Bonfire” ironically makes sense of why I like mashups. I really don’t like putting labels on things, especially labels like “white” & “black” to distinguish what each perspective race listens to. But in very general terms, up until this point, most people would call rap/R&B music “black” and rock/indie/alternative/electro as “white.” So in those very general (not to mention extremely stereotypical while completely ignoring all other races) terms, that Gambino line reminds me of the way most of my favorite mashups seamlessly combine the aspects I love from both “black” and “white” music into perfect harmony. The promising thing to think about is how in 20 years or so that Gambino line wouldn’t even make sense. We’re well on our way to creating a beautiful blend that supersedes all labels. This is why music will save the world, btw.
This one features the aforementioned lyrics from Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire” over the beat, and with the hook, for T.I.’s “Bottle Poppin”. I’m not a big fan of the “Bonfire” joint, mainly because the beat is wack. T.I.’s beat on the other hand? Dope. So it was nice to get a fresh perspective of Gambino’s lyrics over music I can stand to listen to. In an unrelated observations, Donald’s verses kinda make T.I.’s version seem a little lazy, imo.
DJ 21azy – Make That Fire Go Pop (Childish Gambino // T.I.) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
This one comes from same dude above, DJ 21azy. I’m pretty sure that’s pronounced “too lazy” but I’m not sure. It’s definitely written as the number 21, but I think he’s just being clever. I like it. And with this next one, not only does he continue batting 1.000 but he provides a great example of that whole white/black thing I was rambling about earlier.
DJ 21azy – Can I Get Those Colours (Notorious B.I.G. & Skizzy Mars // Grouplove & Xaphoon Jones) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I don’t know how I can still stand to listen to these vocals, but it’s a problem similar to the way I’d start vibe-ing HARD if “Turn my Swag on” ever came on in the club/at a party…smh. This definitely has not happened enough since I left college. I really need to hit a dance floor again soon!
Waka Flocka // Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso – Hands Free Calling (DJ Spryte & Benzi Edit) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I don’t know that I even really like the Zeds Dead part of this song. Well, I guess they mixed the whole thing, so that doesn’t make sense. To be more specific, I don’t like the hardcore dubstep vibration part at the 1:20 mark. I guess I’m just not a big fan of dubstep? I don’t get it. Because I like some light, simple dubstep sounds. But sometimes that noise just sounds like…horrible noise. Seriously, they always have so much good going for them. Why do they always have to fuck it up with that crazy noise? The beginning? Perfect. Why not just keep it at that? Btw, I am actually a big fan of that Blue Foundation song “ Eyes on Fire.” Shout out L Boogie for putting me on.
Zeds Dead – Eyes on Fire // Jackie Boy (Zeds Dead VIP Remix ft Omar Linx) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
Omar Linx ft Blue Foundation – Jackie Boy (prod. Zeds Dead) (right click, “save as” to dl) or @ Hulkshare
I threw this one in just for the hell of it. Definitely fits the theme of the day. Unfortunately, classic rock is not my favorite “white” music, but I can dig it.
Weekend Rap Up: B.o.B. ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B, The Dean’s List, Lloyd Banks ft ASAP Rocky, Nipsey Hussle, Nas & Amy Winehouse, Freddie Gibbs & Cults + MGK & Skrillex
Let’s see, what have we missed in the past week since my last post? Well, Take Care dropped and I am not only thoroughly impressed with the sophomore effort, but thoroughly entertained as well. I always thought Drake was at his best as an RnB artist, rather than a rapper, and this album accentuates those talents. My favorite tracks are “Crew Love”, “Buried Alive Interlude” (which btw is performed by Kendrick Lamar), “Make Me Proud”, “Doing it Wrong” & “Practice”. Also, Childish Gambino dropped his freshman effort titled Camp. I’m also really liking that one as well. Some of his lines are a little repetitive, but his perspective, as well as sound, is brilliantly refreshing. My favorite tracks are “All the Shine”, “Heartbeat”, “Les” & “Hold You Down”. Hmmm, what else. Oh yea, the “nuclear winter” of the NBA began. Players showing resolve and willingness to actually lose money in order to take a stand against owners and their unrelenting demeaning attitude of superiority along with neglect for fair bargaining has a lot of people upset and unfortunately, out of work as well. As only he can, Bill Simmons lays it out there perfectly for everyone to understand the many different perspectives and motivations at play in this labor situation with his most recent Grantland article, MUST READ CLICK HERE. Whether it turns out to be a devastating move for the players or not, I respect and support it. I’m tired of arguing my position, and frankly anything NBA related, at this point to explain it again. But fuck, I still don’t know what I’m going to do all winter without Derrick and my Bulls though. Anyway, check out a variety of rap jams you may have missed out on too….
Omen dropped his mixtape Afraid of Heights a week or so ago. If you passed it up without a second glance, take a listen to this one and you might think twice. Really liking this jazzy joint.
Omen – Look of Lust (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Shalonda) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is THAT jam right here. If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, that means it’s currently dominating my most played on iTunes/iPod. Cults + Gibbs = good music + good raps. What a surprisingly amazing combo.
Cults – Bad Things (Remix) (ft. Freddie Gibbs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Another example of good music + good raps courtesy of Nas & Amy. Great collaboration of two of the most talented ever. Unfortunately, there won’t be enough unreleased music like this to keep new Amy Winehouse in our radios forever. RIP Amy.
Amy Winehouse – Like Smoke (ft. Nas) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This is also a definitive jam. Big. K.R.I.T. has been showing up on all of the south’s finest in preparation for Live From The Underground’s 2012 release. This one kinda feels like an International Players Anthem part 2.
B.o.B. – 5 On The Kush (ft Big K.R.I.T. & Bun B) (right click, “save as” to dl)
The Dean’s List – Unbelievers (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one comes off Bank’s most recent mixtape The Cold Corner 2. Pretty solid project if you’re a fan. To a lesser extent than K.R.I.T., ASAP is gonna be a very common featured artist for the foreseeable future.
Lloyd Banks – Make it Stack (ft. ASAP Rocky) (right click, “save as” to dl)
This one’s from Nipsey’s recently released The Marathon Continues. Gotta love what the west coast has recently been producing, talent-wise, with guys like Nipsey and Kendrick Lamar to only name a couple. Great message from Steve at the end of this song.
Nipsey Hussle – Who Detached Us (ft. Steve Jobs) (right click, “save as” to dl)
I think I might slowly be turning into a MGK fan. That’s going too far, but I’m definitely open to the possibility upon hearing more solid material. He sounds just like a less rugged & raw version of Yelawolf. I’m pretty sure that’s a legit comparison and not just because they’re both white. Anyway, this one is off The Madden brother’s (Good Charlotte) Complex sponsored mixtape, Before Vol. 1. Surprisingly, a lot of solid artists/sounds are featured on the project. I’m not particularly a fan of the hardcore Skrillex sound at the end of this song, however.
The Madden Brothers x Machine Gun Kelly x Skrillex – OHMYGOD (OMGMGK) (right click, “save as” to dl)
Lack of motivation, my greatest enemy. That’s why I haven’t been up on my shit. I did manage to find this little gem courtesy of Xaphoon Jones, also known as the whiter half of Chiddy Bang, and felt the need to share. Also, figured I hadn’t thrown a playlist up in a while, so here’s a lil something for the rest of your weekend.
(Mp3): Big Sean ft Kanye West – Marvin & Chardonnay (Xaphoon Jones Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)
[A]typical Tuesday: Keep Shelly in Athens, LIPS (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) + Jacques Greene (Kelly Rowland Remix)
Atypical meaning basically anything outside of the rap, hip hop and traditional r & b that regularly dominate the FUNK. It’s nice to change things up. It’s actually pretty imperative. Anyway, I’ve been hitting these hard on the commute, especially this Keep Shelly in Athens. Speaking of commute, how is it dark out at 4:30 pm? Wtf? Shit just makes me that much more tired and ready to accomplish nothing after work. I’ve been at a loss for words the past couple days as well, so posts are lacking. Also been getting my ass back in the gym. Can’t let this NBA lockout keep me down. But I got some new music I’ll try to continue to post with or without having anything useful to say. So for now, just listen.
(MP3): Keep Shelly in Athens – DIY (right click, “save as” to dl)
(MP3): LIPS – Everything To Me (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)
(MP3): Jacques Greene – Motivation (Kelly Rowland Remix) (right click, “save as” to dl)