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Funkworthy Music Videos: Nas, Danny Brown, Freeway ft Young Chris + Kanye & Jay-Z

Just a handful of rap videos I came across today that I would be proud to to share with everyone. Enjoy.


Weekend Rap Up: Shwayze & Cisco ft. Kendrick Lamar, E-Dubble, J. Cole ft Jay-Z + XV

I got a pretty good sample here to display hip hop’s range of musical sounds. Snare drums and hard bass are in fact NOT a prerequisite to every rap song. First up, I got a nice chill track from Shwayze & Cisco featuring a top notch verse from one of my new favorite up and comers, Kendrick Lamar. Really surprised by this link up, but extremely pleased with the results.

(MP3): Shwayze & Cisco – Over & Over (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Sophie Stern)

This is a jam right here. The anthem…

(MP3): E-Dubble – Life Coach

Not quite sure how to feel about this one. Actually, I don’t really like it. Second and third listens have inspired at least a tolerance of the interesting beat, supposedly produced by coley cole himself. I’m hoping this was released as somewhat of a throwaway because The Sideline Story is already packed with heat. This one? Not so much…

(MP3): J. Cole – Mr. Nice Watch (ft. Jay-Z)

I just mentioned to my dude how when it comes to sports metaphors, Wale has got that game on lock. XV does his best to give Wale’s “Barry Sanders” a run for his money with this one.

“The dudes in his crew would move keys fast
but he pass like Steve Nash
‘til the day that he need cash, then he has to start to say
move dimes easy or make pennies da hardaway”

(MP3): XV – Hoop Dreams (prod. B. Dolla)

Kanye West and Jay Z – No Church In The Wild [unofficial video]

This is one of the most interesting unofficial videos I’ve ever seen. As a white person, it evokes some intense emotions. Now imagine if it was non-fiction…..

Vodpod videos no longer available.

This is easily my favorite song off “Watch The Throne” so far. Granted of course, that’s always subject to change as time goes by. I hear a lot of people say their favorite is “Made In America.” For me, I really can’t stand to listen to Kanye in that song. His interpretation of the “American Dream” makes me sick. For him, “making it” equates to being rich enough to provide the validation he needs to be the ignorant, materialistic douchebag he has always wanted to be, and without repercussion….because that’s how we value famous people and riches. I don’t know, that’s just my opinion. But it’s pretty sad when that is anyone’s interpretation of “making it” in America.

Nas/Common >>>>>> Jay/Kanye….Ghetto Dreams vs Otis [video]

(> means greater than)….when it comes to rhyming and diction, no doubt. Beats & production are another story. I’m getting through my first listen of Watch the Throne as we speak, so I’ll let you know how apparent those last statements are with confidence a lil later. No way I would ever wait 3 hours, let alone 3 days, to listen to a Nas & Common collaborative album.

For now, check some new visuals from these 2 unbelievable pairings. But speaking of apparent, just watching these two videos back to back shows how different these dude’s mindsets/personalities are. I think the directors really captured those personalities well, in both instances. Proof, not all rappers are the same. Nas & Common are my guys.

“ass is a weapon and it’s hard to conceal it”

It’s Overture – Liberian Money (Jay-Z & Jermaine Dupri // Michael Jackson)

Yes, JD is pushing 5 feet tall. This is all I got for mashup Monday though, I’m not tryin to feed you any garbage. Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life was my first Jay-Z CD, mainly because of Money Aint a Thang. Remember dudes riding horses throwing money in the wind? (smh) And I was trying to figure out where else I heard this MJ sample (Liberian Girl) for about 20 minutes. Shit was really pissing me off because I knew it was another one of my favorites from the past. Well, regrettably I finally gave up and just googled it (smh in shame). Of course it’s my man Pac coming with that heart.

(MP3): It’s Overture – Liberian Money (Jay-Z & Jermaine Dupri // Michael Jackson)

(MP3): 2Pac – Letter to My Unborn Child

Best of….The Funk’s First Half of 2011: Top 10 Rap Remix/Mashups

My bad for not getting this one up before the weekend festivities, cuz this one’s got some cool ass jams. I don’t know how often people actually come to the funk, or if the regulars make it back through all my posts they’ve missed, so these “Best of the funk” posts are meant to bring everyone back up to speed. Again, in case you didn’t know, I love the remix. The remix can bring to life to a jam that never took a breath or bring back one that was previously deceased. The remix can also shed light upon the dark or bring about new enlightenment upon the confused. But most importantly, the remix can bring two different genres, and therefore groups of people with different tastes, together into one perfectly harmonious physical entity; the peaceful type of harmony that only music can accomplish.

This group of remix/mashups is particularly special because not only does is combine all of my favorite musical elements, it’s also kind of representative of my make up in the musical form. Take that Pac joint for example. Afterall, it’s #1 for a reason. By the kid’s standards these days, Pac was one of the hardest dudes to walk the earth. But you always knew there was more to Pac than just the thug, and that’s because he shared real emotions in his music. That didn’t make him any less “hard” though, it just made him real; a humanizing effect that most of these rappers are scared to reveal because the character they personify is much safer. But I digress. I was actually just talking about these songs having two types of styles or sides to them; one kinda gansgta and one kinda soft and peaceful.

10. Adele ft Childish Gambino – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Remix)

9. The Hood Internet – Go Hahahaha (Das Racist vs Cults)

8. Brenton Duvall ft Tayib Ali – Pretty Little Penthouse

7. Wick-it The Instigator – Follow The One (Big Boi vs The Black Keys)

6. Kid Cudi – Falling Star (R3K)

5. Planet Asia ft Blabbwona & Pep Love – Soundclash (DJ Duke Remix)

4. Adele ft Jay-Z & Biggie – Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)

3. The Hood Internet – Slow John (Lil Wayne/Rick Ross vs Com Truise)

2. Emancipator ft Nas – Nevergreen (Made U Look)

1. Mother Earth & Young Church – Skinny Pain (2pac vs Birdie)

Best of….Jay Z – Feelin’ It

So first things first, I’ve been thinking about putting together a “Best of”, or top 10, from the first half of 2011 (basically since I been on the Funk) for a couple days now. And well, of course I’ve been doing my best to procrastinate since that idea popped up, but at least the thought was there, and next up is the doing…which will happen, at some point. But like I said, the thought was in my head, and while I was running today, right around my mile 5 glide, the idea of natural highs came up. Of course running being one of those. I’m a big fan of the natural highs…and a couple unnatural (?). But this song just comes to mind when I’m getting in the zone for anything. And that zone I get in when I’m just floating along (right before mile 7 when I begin to suck air violently) is a something else, man. Bottom line, great song to get to zonin’ to.

“OK I’m gettin weeded now I know I’m contradicting myself
Look I don’t need that now
It just once in a blue when there’s nothin to do and
The tension gets too thick for my sober mind to cut through”

Any who, I can easily call this my favorite Jay Z song, which basically means the best, to me. Although I have to say, I don’t have just “one” favorite for almost any artists, let alone one of the greats. There’s just no way to rank one song over another objectively. Like ranking Jay and Nas. It’s just a matter of taste. Actually for me though, that one’s easy, it’s Nas. But you probably already knew that. And while I don’t share many commonalities with Jay’s thinking, the way I do Nas’, this is the way you rap about “the good life.” Btw, look out for more “Best of’s” coming up.

(MP3): Jay Z – Feelin’ It